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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!!

Collage Obsession Challenge – Time Mixed Media

After the chaos that was our vacation I thought I should take a few minutes for some creative time.  I headed over to the Collage Obsession site to see what the challenge was for the week to get a little inspiration.  So, off I went to create a Time Mixed Media piece.  I knew I wanted to start with these vintage Pennsylvania Railway cards I got off of E-bay.  Aren’t they cool?

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I prepared a few canvases at once, which is a great time saving idea and reduces waste of supplies.  I layered the cards, some vintage book pages and sheet music and then covered them with a fluid acrylic in Titan Buff.  It is close to the colour of the paper and I just applied it with my finger so as not to cover up too much of the papers.  I really wanted them to show through.

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 This was my “Time” piece.  Elephants playing on top of a clock, seems possible doesn’t it? haha.  I incorporated the elephants as our youngest Amelia seems a little obsessed with them lately.

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I added this oh so true quote on it.

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While I was in the groove, I thought I would create a couple extra finished pieces with the backgrounds I had done.  Here is the proud rooster strutting his stuff enjoying his journey high atop this bike he found in the farm yard.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I would incorporate hearts into this one.  Isn’t she a little cutey?

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I am loving the monochromatic look of these with just little pops of colour.  I think I shall do a few more.