Hello & happy Tuesday. I have big news to share with you today! StencilGirl has invited me to join their design team and I am over the moon!
I’m so grateful for this opportunity to be able to play with stencils, share my art and be inspired by a wonderful group of stencil loving people.
You can meet the rest of the design team and read the full announcement over on StencilGirl Talk.
I hope you’ll follow along and share in this adventure with me. It’s sure to be a fabulous year!
Wishing you a week full of art and full of whimsy…
Hello Lovelies! Today I’m sharing the final week+ of Art Marks. Since it’s a 30 day challenge, you’ll see the last couple days of the challenge tacked onto the end of this blog post.
Wowzers, it was such a FUN month! Art Marks really helped me loosen up in my journal. I played with abandon, embraced those oops moments and had such a memorable experience. I’m so happy that I decided to jump in!
Day 22 – Spiral
Day 23 – Numerous
Day 24 – Squared
Day 25 – Odd
Day 26 – Even
Day 27 – Connected
Day 28 – Dotted
Day 29 – Inside
Day 30 – Numbered
A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone that followed my participation in Rae Missigman’s #artmarks30daychallenge , here and on Instagram.
Thank you for the kind comments and all the Instaluv!
I’m crossing my fingers, hoping she does a third round. In the meantime, I think I’ll pick some prompts from the first round and finishing filling up my Painty Papers Journal.
Wishing you a week full of art and full of whimsy!
Good morning & Happy Friday. Week three of Art Marks is done and it was another great one! I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as much creative energy flowing as I do now. This challenge has really helped me open up, have fun and just enjoy the process for what it is.
If you didn’t jump in on this round, and kinda wish you had, I encourage you to do it. It’s not too late to grab your journal and go at your own pace. If you’re on Instagram, tag me @ArtandWhimsy and I’ll be there to cheer you on.
Day 15 – Transparent
Day 16 – Half
Day 17 – Pinpoint
Day 18 – Striped
Day 19 – Encircled
Day 20 – Open
Today’s prompt reminded me of how I used to struggle to cover things up in my art journaling. Sometimes it was bits of “precious” ephemera that I’d hoarded since the beginning of time. At others, maybe a particularly juicy spot on the page where the paint had pooled just so.
I used to be so resistant. What if I didn’t like it after I covered it? What if I ruined my page?
It took me a long while to learn to Be Open to other possibilities in my art… Open to other outcomes. Even to Be Open to not liking the end result, but learning something in the process. Nowadays I don’t let that old hesitation stop me. There will always be more ephemera and paint. I’ve learned to trust in myself, enjoy the process and embrace those learning moments when they present themselves. 💖
Day 21 – Parallel
Thank you for following along. I wish you a weekend full of art and full of whimsy!
I can hardly believe that we’re already at the halfway point of the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge. I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for managing to keep up on the daily prompts, which is a huge accomplishment for me. I think that limiting how much time I give myself on each prompt has had a lot to do with making this art challenge manageable for me.
If you want to get in on the fun, there’s still time! New people are joining everyday, so grab you Painty Papers Journal and jump in! You can find all the challenge details on Rae Missigman’s blog.
Day 8 – Filled
Day 9 X’d
Day 10 – Horizontal
Day 11 – Just One
Day 12 – Erased
Day 13 – Sketched
Day 14 – Vertical
Thanks for following along and sharing in my art journey. I wish you a wonderful week full of Whimsy.
My first week of participating in the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge has been such fun and I’m excited to share it with you. If you follow me on Instagram you may have read that I post daily there and allow myself 15 minutes for each daily prompt. My Painty Papers Journal has been such a treasured place to just play and have fun with some of my favorite pens, paints and stencils.
It’s not too late to join the party!. You can find all the details on Rae’s Missigman’s blog.
Day 1 – Clustered
Day 2 – Repeating
Day 3 – Layered
Day 4 – Stacked
Day 5 – Round
Day 6 – Black & White
Day 7 – Arrow Like
Thanks for following along. I wish you a beautiful week & Happy Arting!
Hello & Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share with you today! A while back I was asked by StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer on their blog and create something using their awesome stencils. I made a canvas Travelers Notebook! My post goes live today.
I invite you to head over to the StencilGirl Talk blog to see my step by step tutorial showing how you can create your own.
Planner Charm by Posh Pieces by Melissa on Etsy
Special thanks to my friend Angel for offering me the TN suggestion. What a great way to blend my two loves, mixed media and planners!
Thank you and Happy Stenciling!
This is a departure from my usual style but it was fun and seemed to help sort out the stresses of the work week.
I used gesso in black and white, acrylics, modeling paste and a few different stencils, including a Dec 2014 StencilClub stencil from StencilGirl.
Thanks for looking!
I love using stencils in my art projects. I have all sizes of them and currently store them in a 3 ring album with 12×12 page protectors. It’s a system that really works for me and I love it.
Where I struggle is with storing the mini stencils, those small Balzer Bits and the 4×4 stencils that come as part of my monthly StencilGirl subscription. They usually end up all jumbled up and lost inside of a large page protector, which makes finding them difficult and using them unlikely.
That’s why I’m so excited to share that just now, while organizing my art studio, I stumbled upon the perfect storage solution for them… page protectors with 4×4 pockets! I had some in my scrapbook stash and find they’re a perfect fit!
I got them from Scrapbook.com and can be found HERE.In my excitement to share my discovery with you, I only snapped this one photo of my 4×4 StencilGirl stencils (yes I gave each line of mini stencils it’s own page because I’m crazy like that ) but Balzer Bits fit just as well.
It’s going to be so much easier and time efficient to find and use these smaller stencils now!
For more information about StencilGirl products and their Stencil Club, you can visit their page HERE.
Thanks for looking and have a happy Sunday!
Being sick this weekend left me with lots of time for arting so I’ve been busy in my studio creating. That’s still considered “resting”, right? 🙂
I started with a gelli print that I pulled using a StencilGirl stencil, from the November 2014 monthly subscription and adhered that to my journal page.
I recently discovered some wonderful Donna Downey stencils on Esty and couldn’t resist. I used one of my favorite, Poppy Collage and stenciled that over the gelli print using night, a really dark blue acrylic.
Since my print was a tad smaller that my journal page, I used Faber Castell gelatos, some markers and paint to fill in the edges around the print and give the page a more cohesive look.
Next, for some added texture, I used some punchinella and randomly dabbed another layer of paint through it.
The page was almost done, but I felt it that it needed a pop of something so I used that same piece of punchinella and some old book paper to add a little embellishment to the corners and then finished it off with a sentiment that I had in my scrapbook stash.
Thank you for looking and however you chose to spend this day, I wish you a great one.
Happy Monday to my lovely followers! I have exciting news to share today. I was just published in heART Journal Magazine!
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Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week.