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Monday Journal- Parchment Paper Flowers

It has been quite a while since I have done a Monday Journal page/post.  So, I thought I would head over to see what the challenge is this week on Collage Obsession to try and inspire me.  This week’s theme is gardening.  It reminded me of the parchment paper flowers that I wanted to try and recreate from the Art of Wild Abandonment class I have been finishing up this week.  This is a class from Junelle Jacobson that I started almost a year ago (where does the time go?) and have been trying to get done before it expires, haha.  I have been sketching all of the projects just to get myself in the habit of sketching as I am not a big fan.  Strange isn’t it?  An artist that doesn’t really like to draw.  I just like getting right in there and getting dirty.

Here is the sketch I did of her project.  I finished it up with some Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  I knew I wanted to do the actual project as well since working with the parchment paper really intrigued me.

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For the background, I started with covering the pages of my art journal with Absorbent Ground and let that dry.  I then sprayed it with water and applied drops of fluid acrylic in a teal, yellow and red.  Once done, I just smeared it all with my fingers, trying not to overdo it as it would have turned into a muddy brown mess.

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  I got so carried away I forgot to take more pictures of my process, haha.  It was a good day :)  Here is the finished piece.  It isn’t exactly a garden but flowers come from a garden so it should count right?  The flowers were individually cut from parchment paper that I had painted florescent red and covered with Mod Podge.  Covering the parchment with podge once it has been painted is a very important step as the paint will peel right off.

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 The vases were made from vintage sheet music and the centres from Cinamon coloured Stickles (to add a little sparkle).

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 Loving the black stars in the background done with the stencil.

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I finished it off with a quote that just came to me while I did the original sketch which was “Art washes away the dust of every day life” not sure who said it, but it is totally true as it did that exact thing for me today.

Monday Journal – Fly Mixed Media

I guess this didn’t post last night so here is me trying again…

This week’s Monday Journal was inspired by nature.  We were camping over the weekend with our girls.  It was our first weekend out and it was great, except for Sunday.  It rained ALL day which meant we were all in the tent trailer together for most of the day.  2 adults, 1 puppy, 1 two year old, 1 eight year old and 2 thirteen year olds (Milah brought a friend).  I am sure you can imagine how much we wanted to scratch each other eyes out by the end of the evening, haha.  I really wished I had brought a portable art kit with me.  I really must put one together that I can grab on the go.  I am exaggerating a tad as it actually wasn’t that bad.

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I knew I wanted earthy colours and leaves.  I started with my 2inch circle punch (cause I love circles) and covered my pages with them.

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I then circled the punches with silver and orange paint using my finger.  I also applied modeling paste with punchinella, being careful not to cover my circles.

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I didn’t have any leaf stamps handy but I did have feather ones so that is what I used.  I bunched them together to give the effect of leaves and I embossed them using an American Craft Zing! Aqua embossing powder.

I then stamped some butterflies (another of my favourite things) onto a patterned paper and cut them out.  I also threw some buttons on.  Here is the first side…

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And the other.  Voila, the Fly mixed media layout.  The one word “Fly” was inspired by the Collage Obsession challenge for this week.

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I hope you are taking the time for yourself and getting your art on.

Monday Journal – Vintage Mixed Media

The beginnings of my vintage mixed media art journal layout…

I went to the grocery store the other day to find some veg to go with our dinner and was super excited to find local beets for sale.  I grabbed a bag and threw them in my cart.  When I was home and slicing them up (to toss in olive oil and spices then grill in the oven), my hands of course became bright red from the juice.  I immediately thought, hey I could use this as a stain.  So, off I went to pull out my art journal.  Dinner would just have to wait a moment, haha.  I immediately opened it up to the page I was building on and rubbed the beet ends all over which gave it a redish purple stain effect that I quite liked.

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This helped me decide to use red and blue for these pages, I already knew I wanted it to be an ode to vintage.  I then slapped on the paint quite thickly in random spots and then pressed punchinella into it to create texture and pattern.

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I love the pattern it created on my hand.  Nothing like getting messy = happiness.

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I wanted to keep this one fairly simple, all I did after was cover it with vintage images and rub-ons.

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The girl with the umbrella is one of my favourites from the Graphics Fairy and so is the bike.  The cute little chair was a Micheals rub-on.

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I usually outline everything in black but because the background was fairly dark I decided to outline everything in white.  I used a Stabilo coloured marking pencil (they write on anything).  Here is the image once I outlined it.  Not a huge difference, but I like it better.  I am a details person :)

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I added an image of an old clock I pulled from a vintage photography book.

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On the insert I used the punchinella as a stencil.  Then more rub-ons and a title “the Good Stuff” because the old stuff really is the good stuff.

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Monday Journal – Tissue Paper Technique

 I just got back from an amazing girls weekend in Vermont last night (will write more on that later).  But first, it’s Monday Journal time and I just wanted to share a page I finished today (my last day before having to head back to work tomorrow)  I did a little tissue paper technique to add some texture and colour to this one.  When I was working on some Easter eggs a couple weeks ago I had pieces of tissue paper lying around, so not wanting anything to go to waste, I stuck them immediately into my art journal.  I always try to keep it around when I am working on other projects to add any leftover pieces or paint to it.

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So when I was ready to get my art on, I already had a page started which gave me a jumping off point with the colours.  I added some pretty flowers and pink doilies to it.  I also applied my awesome Crafter’s Workshop Life Numbers stencil with black paint I had purchased at Scrapbook Centrale when I was there for Donna’s class.

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 I have been thinking about family and how I grew up lately.  Things weren’t always perfect as I am sure no one else’s upbringing was either.  I feel it is always  important to “bloom where you are planted”.  Which is the theme of this layout.  I think that it is an important thing to remember in many aspects of our lives (not just with our families).

For the word “bloom” I used some fairly big (and thick) letter stickers and covered them in glass bead gel.

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I then removed them before the gel dried too much as all I wanted was the impression it left behindl.  I love that you can see the flower image and colourful tissue underneath.

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Instead of throwing them out, I quickly stuck the removed letters on the flap of the insert.

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For the rest of the quote I used the same letters and dirtied them up a little by rubbing some Inka-Gold in the Harmatite colour.  I also rubbed some of it on various parts of the pages. Such fun stuff!  It’s non-toxic, has no smell and is made with beeswax.  Over the tree stencil is a fairly big rub-on I found in a discount bin for a whole dollar (such a steal!)

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 Have a great week everyone and don’t forget to bloom lovelies, no matter where you are planted.

 

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Monday Journal – Community Art Journal Page

This week I wanted to do something to honour the group of amazing ladies I met doing an on-line course through Kelly Rae Roberts.  I thought I would do a community art journal page.  This community of women has been wonderful to each other right from day one.  Being a part of a group of like minded artists with similar business goals was a gift all on its own but the way everyone jumps in to offer unconditional support (especially with the difficult things life throws at us) has been pretty special.  They are all like a warm blanket on a cold day.

With Spring here (or attempting to be here, the sun was out today, YEY!) I thought I would use some brighter colours.  I stretched myself a little and used pinks and yellows which I tend never to gravitate towards.  I grabbed papers from my scrap stash and ripped different shaped houses and then applied them with an artist’s medium.

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I then used my navy sludge to paint the night sky.  Why is it night time in my community?  Not sure, maybe it’s because I tend to catch up with them at night once the kids are in bed, haha.  I applied drops of yellow India ink to represent stars (and the ladies).

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I outlined each of the houses with a watercolour crayon and painted the houses or just the edges to give the paper a more painted effect.  A couple of them it was to add colour as the paper was white.

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I re-emphasized and added texture with the word “community” down one of the houses with some mini alphabet stickers. ( I add medium over any stickers I use when painting, btw).

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 What is a neighbourhood without flowers?  I added some Miss Carolina rub-ons from My Mind’s Eye to add a little greenery and finishing touches.

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Last but not least I took a white china marker, (that will basically write on anything)…

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and wrote out the definition of community as it relates to my ladies.  Here it is finished.

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 Strange as you get older and maybe wiser, you realize the importance of community.  Have any of you found that as well?

 

 

 

Believe Art Journal Page

So, I have discovered that I frequently post my art journal pages on Monday, so it has now been officially changed to Monday Journal, haha.  I knew this week I wanted to do a BELIEVE art journal page.  I started with red lettering and a silver background.  I also added some vintage cigar bands I picked up at an antique store in Vermont, which you can see under all the ink and paint here.

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Once I got that down I was a little stumped.  I was looking for some inspiration so headed to Donna Downey’s site to check out Inspiration Wednesday.  Once I saw the inked circles with drippage I was off.  Thanks Donna!!  I pulled out a circle stencil and first sprayed them with a teal ink.  Once they dried, I put the stencil back on and covered the circles with another swirly stencil which I applied white paint to.

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Since the ink was water soluble I had to be careful and just dab on the paint with my fingers.  In some circles I just rubbed it in so it would reactivate the ink and combine with the white. ( I need to get my video camera set up so I can just do videos and show you exactly what I mean :).

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I wanted to add a little texture with the letters so for the L’s in “WILL” I used a fabric ribbon and for the last S in “PASS” I used a red India Ink.  I then outlined all the letters with my black pen.

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I then outlined all the circles with lots of black India Ink and tilted my book because I wanted lots of drippage.  You can see to the right of this pic the gorgeous vintage sugar package I also discovered in the loot of cigar bands I got.

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I am a pretty positive person but even I need a little reminder at times to “BELIEVE THIS WILL PASS”.

Sunday Journal on Monday – WOTY Check in

I have been a little MIA lately as I had an unexpected health issue that required emergency surgery.  I am sure I shall share more later once there has been a little more healing.  In the meantime, I hope to do some with my art.  This is the first day I have been able to do anything for any length of time (although it had to be done sitting).  I thought I would do a Sunday Journal (on Monday) and check in with my word of the year (WOTY).  I want to do this once a month to try and remind myself to keep on track.

A lot of people like to gesso their pages before starting in their art journals but I like that the original pages show through, most of the time anyway.  Adds depth and another layer.  For the base of the pages I used an October Afternoon Sprinkler from their Sidewalk collection over a stencil.  The colour is called “Miss Mary Mack”, love the colour and the name.

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 I cut out a head and shoulders from watercolour paper (because it was close by) and some frames from the Amy Tangerine collection of scrapbooking paper at American Crafts.  I then pulled out an alphabet stencil and sprayed a bit of walnut ink on it so it didn’t look too sweet and pastelly (that’s a word right? In my dictionary next to it would read “an abundance of pastel colours”, haha).

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Here is the finished piece.

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I chose to use the quote “Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown”.  I pulled my container of alphabet stickers out and used different sets for each word.  I even wrote one in.  I wanted change to stand out so I used scrabble tiles for that one.

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For the representation of myself, I used a fluid acrylic for my hair in a brown and black colour, wrote change in again on the body and added a bird atop my head who is waiting to take flight…

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Which is what I am hoping to do this year :)  Wish me luck!

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Sunday Journal – Love Mixed Media

This week’s journal page is a LOVE mixed media.  Since the art journal I am currently working in seems to be all the about the things that I love and with Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I would do a page about my hunnie and I.

I started by flipping through magazines looking for a picture of a couple.  I found one that looked nothing like us but seemed fun and funky so I cut it out.  I then took Nevr Dull, which is actually a chrome polisher and applied it to the picture to take it down a bit.  It acts almost like you are sanding it as the chemical in it removes some of the colour.  It is a technique I learned from Jeanne Oliver which I was happy to discover since I had used shoe polish to try and do something similar in the past, haha.  You can see where it has started to turn white a bit.

I stuck the picture down on one side and a red paper doily on the other and covered the entire thing with a bit of a white wash as I still wanted to see the pages behind them a bit.  I then pulled out my Bombay India Inks…

and with the applicator, right to the paper I created the green stems and some round red poppies.  They were inspired by one of Donna Downey’s Inpiration Wednesdays.I took black to the centres to finish them off.

 It is called “All you need is LOVE”.  That statement (and lovely song by the beetles) has slowly been ringing truer and truer for me over the last few years.

Here it is with the little insert flipped over.  I of course had to add a couple hearts to it as well.

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Phasha Journal

Merry Christmas everyone!!  I hope you are enjoying the holidays and were spoiled as much as I was.  I just HAD to share this amazing Phasha Journal my man gave me for my art.  I cried when I opened it.  It is the best journal I have ever seen.  He is so thoughtful and always makes sure to get something that is me.  Check this out…

So much detail and isn’t the stone in the middle an amazing touch?

The binding is pretty great as you take out the pages and refill it if you want/need to.

Even the back of it has all this intricate embossed detailing.

The inside pages are thick, textured and just waiting for me to get painting!!  Maybe I will get to over the holidays, I wish I had more time off work though.

LOVE it!!  I think this was my favourite gift.  Although I did get quite a few amazing things.  He even got me an external hard drive for me to save all of my pictures, posts and art stuff on.  One of my new year’s resolutions is to back everything up.  Just a reminder to all of you out there to start the new year off right and back-up all of those treasures you have sitting on your laptops/computers/devices.  You never know when one will crash or get stolen.  Both of which have happened to close friends and it made me realize how devastating that would be.

 

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Sunday Journal – Butterfly Art Journal Page

Time for Sunday Journal as it has been a while.  This one was dedicated to my girls and I decided to go with a butterfly art journal page.  As it goes with the whole “We give them wings so they can learn to fly”.  Or so we hope :) I started with this background.  I used my favourite plastic doily as a stencil in the bottom right corner with black paint.

I then used my Stampin Up! Medallion Stamp with pink ink and stamped it on vintage book paper.  I cut it out then podged it on.

I then took all of these beautiful sparkly butterflies…

and ran all of the black and white ones up the page, which are supposed to represent the average person or child (no offence to other children out there, haha).  Then chose a brightly coloured one to represent each of my girls because they are the light in our lives.

The pink one was for my little Amelia.  I put the first letter of their names next to each butterfly that represented them.  Ava was the green and Milah was the blue.

I stenciled the word “Daughters” across the back of the little insert.

I had to add a little washi tape in there as well, since I am all about the washi tape lately.

Voila, all done!!  I hope you are getting a little art time in amongst all the holiday chaos!  Christmas eve tomorrow. SO exciting!!