Thursday, March 31, 2016

Twinkling in My Studio...

I am sharing another page from my art journal today. I am working on several projects, but i keep going back to my art journal. It is just so much fun for me right now. I also and using this as a submission to the ColourArte Design Team Call. ....so fingers crossed! 

Once again...starting with blank pages... You can see here that I have parchment paper between my pages. This is to protect the rest of the journal as I get a bit carried away with paint, ink, and more!!! 
...and you can see that my parchment paper is very well loved. 

I wanted to play with resist techniques. So using Extra Thick Gloss Medium and ColourArte Silks, I created the color I wanted to use with my stencil. The Gloss Medium is what will resist the other mediums used. 
 I used the Silks to add color to my Gloss Medium. Otherwise it would of dried clear. 

Now time to stencil... 

 After spreading the yellow medium out, I decided to shake it up a little more and added some orange to the stenciling.... 


I loved how it turned out... 

I had quite a bit of medium on my stencil, so I once I pulled it up, I put it face down on the opposite page and used a brayer to "stamp" the stencil on to the page. 


This really made me happy! I then used my heat gun to dry it. This side took a lot less time to dry vs. the other side. It was not as thick. 

Now this is where the magic begins! Using the Twinkling H2O's from ColourArte, I washed color over the pages. I was able to wipe it off of all my stenciling. 


See how the stenciling resisted the Twinkling H2O's? 


I then used another one of my favorite stencils and Distress Ink and created rays. 


A little gesso to create a place for my quote... 

Both sides are now washed in that beautiful color! 

Now after this, I just started playing. Adding some Dylusions Paint, Tissue Paper, Washi Tape and a few photos.... 
...and Wa-La!!! 




Supplies Used: 



Until next time loves... Happy Creating! 
XOXO! 






Monday, March 28, 2016

"Water your Flowers"

Happy Monday! 
Today I am going to share my favorite Art Journal page so far...
...and it all started with a blank page.
I love opening my journal up and looking at a blank page... so empty and so ready for so many possibilities!

Using Matte Medium, I covered both pages in various pieces of scrap paper. 



Mixing Modeling Paste with ColourArte Silks, I created a two-toned texture using a stencil from Faber-Castell. 


 I knew I was going to be adding a ton of color, so to protect my stenciling, I painted Gloss Gel Medium over it, once it was dried. 


I then proceeded to go absolutely crazy with color! Using my Silks and several different techniques from straight to paper, to using it as a wash, to mixing with my Multi-Medium. 



I also added a little more stenciling...
 

I started this page with a very specific quote in mind... 
Here it is added: 


 I chose a Bird of Paradise because of the meaning behind the flower:
" Joy through challenges and successes alike."

I sketched it out and then colored it in with the Silks.

Here is the completed page. It makes me happy every time I see it! 

Until next time...
Happy Creating! 

XOXO,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Art Journaling...

Happy Monday Loves! 

I spent the weekend creating... and going on a shopping spree for art supplies! Needless to say, I am one happy girl. 

My mind has been on creative overdrive the past month. I have played with several new mediums as well as dabbled with Zentangle and keeping a sketch book.

I am happier than I have been in a long time. A couple weeks ago, I purchased an Art Journal, Ranger Ink - Dylusions Creative Journal. This has been one of the most inspiring and soul nurturing projects. There are no rules. Every art journal is unique to it's creator... and I LOVE it. 

Today I want to share the first page I ever did in my journal... 

Here are some highlights of the first page: "Pieces"

The quote that inspired this page is:

"You don't know this new me. I put back my pieces differently." 

This is a perfect quote for me. I have been broken and I am putting myself back together. Differently, but me. A beautiful, crazy, mess!

A blank page. Just waiting to have the inspiration and ideas come to life on it.

Covered in Gesso & Liquitex Ink.




 Details:



The completed page was perfect. There are personal details on it, so I am not going to share the whole completed page. ...but it is a journal, free for me to express me, my feelings, and my life. 

If you get into Art Journaling, remember: THERE ARE NO RULES! Play, enjoy, experiment. This is your creative expression and it is perfectly unique to you.  

Until next time... Happy Creating! 

XOXO-

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Note to Self: You Got This

Hello Lovelies. I wish I could even begin to share what the past three years have been like, what they have done to me. I have been to the depths of Hell and back, and then to the depths again. I have not wanted to create. Being in my studio hurt and was just too painful. ....but I also knew it is where I would find healing. Longing for the freeing experience of creating, I tried over and over to get back in there. Here and there, I did. 
As time has passed, I have found myself longing even more to release my creativity. New Year's Day I came in here and it was magical. It felt like home again. My happy place. My safe place. It brought peace and clarity. 

As I was in here, I thought a lot about what I am wanting out of life. So, I was thrown a curve ball, and I am not where I thought I would be, but I am done letting what I have been through guide where I am going. Yes, that may not of worked. Yes, I was faced with some scary things. BUT that doesn't mean I have to give up on my dreams. To give up on me. ...and that is what I had done. 


Slowly I am redefining my dreams and goals. Perspective is such a crazy little word. I am changing my perspective of myself and my life. I am sure I will stumble, I am sure it will have its bumps in the road, but I know I will be happier, I will be truer to myself, and I will enjoy the journey of life more than ever. 


I couldn't think of a better layout to start this journey off then the one below. This is one that I did create this past year. As much as I love scrapbooking and reliving the wonderful memories that come when looking at my photos, I have learned that scrapbooking the tough times, the feelings that tear you up inside, the heartache, the pain... that releasing that on a blank canvas is one of the most therapeutic experiences. 




As far as technique goes, this is a fairly basic layout. The edges are inked and there is splattered ink throughout. I used paper from Kaiser Craft's Expressions line. 

Up Close: 





I look forward to what my journey has ahead of me. In life and in my studio. I have started drawing and sketching, playing with Zentangle, and even a little bit of writing. My creativity has been found and I feel whole again. 

XOXO-

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Beautiful Friends... and lots of ink!

Happy Sunday my creative loves. Today I have a layout to share that I had so much fun creating. It is full of color, stamping, and mixed media goodness. I love all the texture throughout as well. 


I started with a 12 x 12 piece of paper that I cut down to 11 x 8.5. I knew I was using one of the Project Life page protectors from the awesome variety pack. The paper line I am using is Basic Grey Serenade.


I then laid my Prima stencil over the whole background.


Using Thick Gesso I stenciled random parts of the background. I then went in and added various spray inks and used water in a mini mister to blend a bit. The, using another stencil I added the arrow accents. 


Using one of my favorite stamps from 100 Proof Press, the honeycomb pattern, I stamped throughout the layout. 
The letters were a white color-able alphabet that I inked up.  
The flowers were scraps that I cut in a spiral and the rolled up into the flower shape you see here. I then just inked the top to add a little color.


I took strips of burlap and painted them with Gesso and sprayed them with ink. Absolutely love the texture this adds to the layout! 
The dragonfly was stamped on canvas that I also sprayed with ink.  

Here you see more of the burlap and the honeycomb stamping. 

I took the white twine and ran it through the excess mist on my mat to add a little color, and not to waste my precious ink, and then wrapped it up and glued it down. 

You see that I just stamped the Honeycomb over the stenciling and inked surfaces. 
I added a little journaling to go with my title. 

I am very happy with how it turned out. I love the memory that I captured and love all the colors and textures that are throughout the layout. 


Happy creating loves!
XOXO