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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!!

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”.