Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sharing another Art Journal page today.

Been down with a cold / flu for a week and a half
(way to early in the season!)
So haven't done much creating.

Finally starting to feel better and pulled out my AJ yesterday.
Created a page on a base of leftover paint from making postcards a while back.
I always use pages in my journal for the extra paint from projects, takes that blank page syndrome away.

So the base was leftover paint.
I then splattered some Liquitex Acrylic ink in Carbon Black
randomly across the page.
Then some music lines were stamped using Archival ink.

The hearts are leftover painted papers from my heart postcards
aslo a few weeks back.
Seriously I don't throw ANYTHING away.
They were then outlined with a Derwent Intense pencil.
The pink painted scraps also came from an old project.

Dylusions mist in Vibrant Turquoise was sprayed heavily in spots 
and let drip.
A sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Gelli printed tissue paper 
and outlined with a white gel pen.
More doodling with the white pen in spots.

The circles are made using a cardboard tube and white
acrylic paint.
I like how the paint reactivated the Dyslusions mist in spots and drew up 
some of the color to tint it.

Finally there was Distress ink in Black Soot
used with a stencil from Stencil Girl Stencils to add
words to the background as a last layer. 
Think I need a new ink pad, it was pretty light but in the end it was just what I was looking for.

Feels good to be back making things.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Deconstructed Art Journaling...Girly Swap

Hey Everyone!
Today I want to share the pages I have made for a swap at
over on Facebook.

This is an easy fun way to swap art journal pages.
You a swapping loose pages created from 8x8 sheets of paper.
It cuts down on shipping costs as well as the chance that your book could end up lost in transit.
Any base works (for mine I am slowly making a dent in my scrapbook paper stash) and the themes are always fun.
A great way to add to your art journal.

I created a video sharing all the pages and below it are closeups of each page.
As I said you start with an 8x8 sheet of paper and fold it in half. 
This gives you 2 4x8 spread and 1 8x8 spread.

The theme for this swap is GIRLY 
and it gave me a chance to use up lots of my Graphic 45 images I was hoarding as well as vintage images I had in my stash.


This is the front of the first page
The image is from an old newspaper, and some G45 ones were added as well
When you open this is the inside 8x8 spread.
Graphic 45 images, tape and stenciling and stamping.

This is the back.
More G45, some acrylic clock faces, Gesso, stenciling and tape.

Start of the 2nd page.
Another newspaper image, acrylic paint, stamping, tape & stenciling.

The inside features a free collage image from an art magazine,
 layered over papers, gesso, ink and stamping.
A metallic Sharpie was used to add a bit of color to the stamped images

The back.
Paint, stamping, collage image and rub ons

Start of the next page.
Tape, scrapbook paper and a collage image.

The inside is created by collaging over a piece of scrapbook paper 
with book text to only have the 2 sentiments left visible.
Some paper scraps over that and a thing layer of Gesso.
Some collage images and stamping with more metallic marker for a pop.

The back is created with tape, scrapbook papers & G45 fussy cut images.

The next page.
G45 images, die cuts, acrylic paint and stamping.

The inside is more collaged book texts, Gesso, acrylic paint & stenciling.
The collage images were mixed with Kaisercraft flower die cuts.

The back.

Almost done!
This page was created eons ago and I found it while unpacking a box.
The image is from a magazine layered over tissue paper.
The Eiffel Tower is stamped & embossed.
Postage stamps & bling finish it off.

The inside of this one is my favorite.
A piece of scrapbook paper, covered with sewing pattern paper, Gesso,
acrylic paint, and stamping.
The image is the last one from the newspaper.

Now here I should be showing you the back but oops! forgot to take a picture.
You can see it in the video though.

That's it for my 5 Girly pages for the swap.
On to creating for my next one.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Journal Charm

Something a little different from me today.

on Facebook 
is an on going swap for handmade Journal Charms.

The idea is to create a dangly charm which can be attached to the 
spine of an Art Journal.
Fun, right?

This is a little outside of my normal mediums but thought it would be interesting
 so jumped on in.
Here is my charm...
I used a combination of metal charms, glass beads,
pearls etc.
The above picture is what it looks like hanging straight down.

And this is what it looks like spread out a little.
I don't think I'll commit to making these all the time but definitely will periodically.

It makes me smile seeing it all hanging there and can't wait to see it dangly from someone's journal.

Off to get it in the mail...
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

September Hop with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!


Thanks for joining me for the September Craft Hoarders Anonymous Hop.

You should be coming to me from Marissa's blog .
After, head on back to Gloria's blog

Once a month a group of us will get together to inspire, share, and show you how to use up 
your hoard.
To start at the beginning or to get a full list of participating bloggers
head on over to Gloria's blog

My project this month is an altered deck of playing cards.
I joined a swap with Jessica Brogan called the 
Inspirational Card Deck Swap.
Alter 52 cards, send them out and get 52 back.
How fun is that?
To create my cards the backgrounds are all from my underpapers
(the paper I cover my desk with to catch errant paint, mist, and stamping)

I added some more stamping, Sewing pattern paper,
Wasii tape etc...

Some cards have embossing 
(to allow me to use pigment ink which NEVER dries on paint)

The hearts on some of the cards were created by cutting 
free hand from painted pieces of book text.

I have tons of sheets of word stickers
so I would cut them up to say what I wanted, AND 
make a huge dent in my stash

52 cards sure is a lot.
They all measure roughly the size of ATCs.
That is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Almost to the end...
To finish them all off I flicked watered down acrylic paint
over them all.
I love me some splatters.

Well that is it for this month's 
Hoarders Hop.

Make to check with us every 5th of the month to get inspired on ways to 
use that hoard.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More mixed media postcards (and the winner of one being sent out)

So the other day I shared a step by step tutorial on creating backgrounds..
Today I want to share with you what I turned that background into.

More mixed media postcards...
Most of these are going out to a swap with Lisa Vollrath over at
but one of these is being sent out to 
April Dawn who was the winner of the random comments drawing.

April, send me your mailing address and your postcard will be on the way!

Here are the 5 cards I created.
I could have made a sixth one but I cut that down and made a tag.
See these backgrounds are versatile...
and here are photos of each one.
The green, blue, yellow color combination is not one I use often but as I worked I grew to be happy with it.

I used word stickers  to create little sayings on each card.

My hearts are all free hand cut from book text that was painted
when cleaning off my brushes in other projects.


These are so easy and fun to make. 
I love sending them out for people to find in their mailboxes, WAY better than a bill!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!