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Monday Journal – Antler Mixed Media

Sometimes when looking for inspiration I flip through my W Magazine which is a large format fashion/art magazine.  I tear out anything that moves me and this time it was this pic with one of the Olsen twins wearing a funky headband.  Not a fan of the Olsen twins but thought I could make some kind of antler mixed media with it.

The background had already been started from all of my stencil wiping.  I also took down some of the magazine image with Nevr-Dull so the face wasn’t as clear.

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I extended the antlers with a black sharpie.

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 Then painted in some yellow hair and highlighted it with a brown Faber Castell marker.  Then some blue for the eyes and some luscious red lips.

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 I added the quote “she who seeks beauty shall find it” which is what I wanted the theme to my art retreat to be this last weekend.  I think the original quote actually said “he” but I of course, had to change that.

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The finishing touch was adding some crackle paste that was mixed with yellow paint to provide some texture.

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 So next time you are struggling for inspiration, just open up your closest fashion mag and get cracking.

Monday Journal – Bird Mixed Media

What a rainy miserable day today.  Great day to play around in my art journal however.  I knew I wanted to do a bird mixed media as I was missing hearing their songs today.  This was the last available page in my Book of Paris turned art journal.  I love that you can still see some of the images through all the paint and ink I have applied.

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Most of this was already there from my cleaning up of stencils and using up leftover paint.  Love the colour combination.

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I wanted to keep this simple as I had the two youngest girls with me so not a lot of time to create.  (My oldest is gone to camp, 7 hours away from here for over two weeks.  She just left on Saturday and I am already going crazy without her.  Probably because she doesn’t have phone access so we can’t communicate at all, URGH!!)  Anyway, focus Renee, haha.

 So, instead of painting the inside of a stencil I decided to trace it and colour the outside with white Shiva Artist’s Oil Paintstick.

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I was sorting through cards I had received during the opening of the store and one of them had the quote “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it” by Ralph Waldo Emerson which is so true.  So I decided to cut up the card and incorporate this little reminder and stuck the first part to the insert page with a little washi.

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For the opposite page I did the opposite of the first and used the stencil properly with the white oil paintstik.  It was a little difficult to get the fat stick into the little lines of the stencil.  Won’t be doing that again.  I then just stuck the rest of the quote over the birdcage.

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Here you can see the entire insert where I used only part of the same bird stencil from the previous page.

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 Got it all done just in time for Amelia to wake up from her nap, YEY!!  Hope you all have a great week.

One last thing, I still have room in my mixed media canvas workshop at the store on Wednesday if you would like to come down and get your art on!!

Monday Journal – Altered Photos

 For this week’s Monday Journal I did some altered photos as I was inspired by the theme for our upcoming Etsy Craft Party on June 6th.  I pulled out my journal that I had made out of a book to a spot that already had some yellow, blue and pink paint on it from previous projects.  Instant colour scheme.  I added some stars with florescent pink, aren’t they awesome?

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I didn’t take any in between photos unfortunately but this is mostly how is turned out.  It says “Be You, Be Happy, Be Free”

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I used one of my favourite photos of the girls and I on vacation in Quebec city for both techniques.  It took many tries to get us all off of the “jumpolene” (which is what Amelia calls it) at the same time to take that picture.

For the first technique I used paint pens and my favourite Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  Milah is flying away with her ankle wings and Ava sprouted horns.  Totally normal right?  It should be noted that all of the pens work better on photographs printed onto regular paper.

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Here is the same photo but I embroidered it instead.  So many different stitches you can do with both but this technique worked best with actual photographs.  I got bear ears and Amelia some pink socks.  I then just stuck the photos in with good old washi tape.  I really enjoyed this project and will definately be doing some more.

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 Hopefully you will come out to enjoy some photo fun with us on the 6th.  I am quite looking forward to it.

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Monday Journal – Believe

I have been experiencing a bit of a lull in creativity lately.  I know that is normal and it brings to mind something Stephanie Lee said in an interview that it is kind of like breathing and is totally natural.  I am struggling to remember that as I am getting a little frustrated when I show up to the paper and nothing happens.  So, for this art journal session I decided to immediately start with a word on my page (which I usually tend to leave until the end) to force myself to BELIEVE that I will soon be able to exhale and have the inspiration come.

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It started slowly at first, added some pastel lines (filling them in), polka dots and dashes, then…

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I got totally into it and forgot to take pictures of the progress, haha.  I believed and this is what happened.  I was inspired by the cover of the book Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne.

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Kind of hard to back track as you can’t see some of the layers in the background but I promise there were some cool looking ink drops (that you can kind of get a glimpse of).  Lots of pastel and some rub-ons but mostly I wanted to point out that you don’t always need to use a stencil in it’s entirety.  Here I used sludge in only three sections of the Crafter’s Workshop stencil Peacock Pattern.

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I then used only one to give my balloon some texture.

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Love the simplicity of their faces and the blue glow I created around them (so they don’t compete with the busy background) with my True Blue Portfolio pastel.  I love how they go on like butter, so creamy.

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 Hopefully this means I am officially out of my rut.  Next week I think I am finally going to get with the times and do a video tutorial.  That way I won’t miss stuff.  Happy creating all XO.

Monday Journal – Ink Blowing

Sundays are my regular kids mixed media classes and yesterday, all were sick but one.  I thought she was going to be bored but it worked out well as I was able to give her my undivided attention.  It ended up being one of the most heart warming experiences I have had as an artist and a teacher.  She asked if we could look at one of my art journals and insisted on an explanation for each and every piece, how I did it and why.  She even wanted to know the meaning behind each.   This girl is 7 (she also just happens to have the same name and middle name as my youngest) and I was shocked she was so interested.  That and the fact that she was so complimentary and in genuine awe, page after page.  Funny, as I have been in the same situation as her admiring someone else’s work but have not asked any questions.  She mentioned that she would never be as good an artist as I.  So, I decided I would sit down and create the ink blowing project right along side of her, both of us in our art journals.  I explained to her that I wasn’t a better artist, just one with more experience was all.  She just needed to show up to the page to gain that experience.

The first thing we did was gesso our pages so the ink would move around better as opposed to being soaked up by the paper.  We used india ink with a regular old plastic straw and blew it around.

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We then created a heart stencil out of plain white paper and used the cut out part as a mask on the other side.

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 It was fun keeping things basic and not over thinking which products to use and where to place things.  That is my general philosophy with the kids “don’t over-complicate things”.  It was kind of a lesson for myself as well.  Why don’t I do that more often?  The only extra things I used were the Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 pencils (which write on almost anything and can also be used as a water colour) and the Faber Castell Gelatos (which are like liptsick and go on like butter).

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 I added some pieces of vintage pattern paper here and there.

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 I decided I would dedicate this layout to teaching due to the amazing experience I had just had.

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 I added the quote “The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.”

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 I just rubbed the Gelatos with my finger and used a vintage bird image to add a little something more as there were quite a few hearts.

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 My little addition to the quote.

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 I realized my little student also taught me something on that sunny Sunday morning.  Sometimes as adults we are so afraid of appearing to pry or being improper that we forget to show genuine interest or sincere appreciation and awe.  I will hopefully in future remember to be so bold and just ask questions.  If  they don’t want to answer, they won’t but if they do, I might just get to know them a whole lot better and make a genuine connection with another human being.

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Monday Journal – Mixed Media Garden

With the new year here and the holidays over I thought it was time to get back into the routine and my weekly art journal creations to keep my creative soul in check.  This week I thought I would do a mixed media garden.

I always have pages with paint and stencil leftovers from other projects.  This one I had started at the Beyoutiful Souls retreat in Red Deer.  It was Lauren’s stencil and I just had to try it before I left.

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I then added some tree patterned napkins and some dollar store tissue squares for my grass that I discovered thanks to Danielle Daniel.

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Then just stenciled over the tissue paper in a lighter green and added the pink lacey stencil on the left.

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I loved this flowery paper and colours so I just cut my blooms right from it.

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I then topped them with a perching Raven (whose beak should have been much longer, haha).

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This quote by Shakespeare has been especially speaking to me with the arrival of the new year.   “Expectation is the root of all heartache”.   I have realized all these expectations I have had with life and following my dreams haven’t exactly been all they are cracked up to be and have been causing some heartache.

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Which leads me to my word of the year which I have been carefully pondering so it will help guide me through the next year.  Stay tuned…

Monday Journal – Retreat Mixed Media

This past weekend was our first Beyoutiful Souls retreat in Red Deer.  I had such an amazing time and the ladies we had were all wonderful and just dug right in.  I will be doing a post on that later but luckily while I was there I got to have a little creative time in between teaching classes.  I wanted to commemorate the weekend so pulled out my journal and did a retreat mixed media layout.  It was hard not to with all of the art supplies and paper calling my name.

The circular mandala looking paper on the left is a napkin (just remember to remove the two backing pieces before gluing down) and the right teal blue piece is leather that I stitched right into my journal with a sewing machine.

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 I added some fabric strips to the far right side and a little bit of lace.  I feel every piece should always have a bit of black in it to ground it so I added black arrows and stenciled some numbers.

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 Love the imprint it left on my hand.

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 Of course I had to use our retreat stamps.  I have a little paper insert in between my two pages so here is the first side.

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 One of the girls at the retreat, Jodi, had the Golden Burnt Umber Glaze which I just had to try and immediately decided I must get some for myself.  It is great for aging and adding a vintage feel.  I just poured it on and rubbed it in.

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 Here is the other side when you flip over the paper insert.  A little piece of leather with a quote on it that was tucked under the butterfly.  I used this side to write the things that resonated with me over the weekend to remind myself and yes there is a bad word in there, haha.  We had a guest speaker on Friday night and it was one of things she said to us.

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Now back to reality, which is pretty great mind you since I get to see my kids and man tonight, but I will miss being submerged in creative goodness and spending time with Lauren, my retreat partner and soul sister.

Monday Journal- Shooting for the Stars

For this week’s Monday Journal I knew I wanted to use my old business cards (from when my blog was on Blogger) that I had ordered from Moo.  They are so pretty that I figured they should be used for something.  What, I just wasn’t sure.  I opened my journal up to a page I had used to wipe off stencil excess and just stared at it, for a long, long time, haha.

Once I spread the cards out they kind of started to look like stairs so I just glued them down.

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 There was a lot of light green in the cards so I pulled out my Citrus Tim Holtz Dabber but I must have forgotten to seal it as it was thick and I couldn’t paint with it.  Being the spend thrift that I am I thought, “I shall use it like modeling paste”, then smeared it into a vintage plastic doily.  Low and behold, it worked :)

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 The stairs and the old business cards really got me thinking.  It seems like yesterday that I ordered those cards, then my art started to evolve and I moved on to the next step in my dreams (which prompted new business cards) and now I am about to embark on yet another step (if all goes well).   My little journey up those stairs, constantly shooting for the stars.  Once this came to mind, the entire piece just came flowing out.

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 I tried another watercolour face as I am still doing Mindy Lacefield’s Paint Your Story class when I get a few moments to myself.  I am savouring it as I am missing the girls from the Sugar & Spice retreat.  I received a package of origami paper with a birthday present (do my friends know me or what) so I used a piece of it for my dress.  I am also carrying my heart in my hands as for once this journey is all about my heart and not my head.

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 The stars I punched from the origami paper and surrounded them with yellow pastel.

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 I added the black plants by outlining them with a Faber Castell marker then filling them in with pastel.  I just love that when I rubbed it in it picked up the pattern of the doily.

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Keep your fingers crossed and send some positive vibes that things go well in the next couple of days.  I just might have some exciting news for you all on Wednesday!!

Monday Journal – Watercolour Bunny

I just got back from a weekend away with a few of my girlfriends, as Christy Tomlinson calls them ”her true’s” (love it).  We were celebrating two of our birthdays (more on that later this week) and I had a blast.  I was, however, looking forward to getting home to see my family and get a little messy.  Getting away always gets my creative juices following.  For this week’s Monday Journal I knew I wanted to use my adorable watercolour bunny I created last week.

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It’s funny because I have never really liked watercolour painting very much before because it was too transparent and I like rich saturated colour.  That is has slowly been changing this summer.

I opened up one of my art journals to a page that already had some leftover paint bits on them and added some pink sun rays to it with the Heidi Swapp Sunshine stencil.

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I changed some of the pink rays to blue then used my trusty white and brown Shiva Oil Paint Sticks in between the rays to tone down the background a little.

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Pastels, a quote and my little watercolour bunny and voila…

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I outlined everything in a black Stabilo marks all pencil and made the quote into a thought bubble.

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The quote is from the insightful Julia Cameron of the Artist’s Way and the stamp is from Mindy Lacefield’s set from last week.

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I am sure we all have a hard time following Julia’s advice, I know I do.  Today I just tried to not over think it and just have fun.   You should try it, you never know what will come out of you.

Monday Journal – With One Stamp

When I was at the Sugar & Spice retreat in June, I purchased a stamp set from Mindy Lacefield.  I have been dying to use it ever since.  I was itching to get creative so figured today was the day and I thought I would show you how to make two different images with one stamp from the set (to show you how to extend the use of your supplies).

I started with two sheets of deli paper painted using a Gelli Plate which I then stuck in my art journal with Mod Podge.  I am in love with this colour combination.

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I then covered them with pastels and paint pens.

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Next, I took some of the images from the set and stamped them onto watercolour paper.   I love Mindy’s images, they are simple, childlike and can’t help but put a smile on your face.

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Then painted the faces with my Neocolor crayons and cut them out.

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One I made into a shy girl who likes to keep her hands in her pockets and the other…

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I turned into a bear.  Both bodies were also cut from the watercolour paper and I used my Faber Castell Pitt pens to colour them in.

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Here are the Care Free Spirits together.

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Endeavour to think outside the box when it comes to your stamps (use a leaf as a feather or circles as cobblestones on a path).

Hope you took some time to be creative on this fine holiday Monday!!