The Two of Us

Last Tuesday night Terri Sproul continued giving a lesson in using the color wheel.  During her live show, she created an art journal page using acrylic paints, Dylusions ink sprays, gelatos and stamps without creating “mud.”  I’ve had issues with making mud in the past, so this lesson was perfect for me.

First we sprayed some book paper with Dylusions  Ink Spray, and we set it aside to dry while we played in our art journals.  We stenciled images on our pages with acrylic paints, and then removed some of the paint with baby wipes.  We used Faber-Castell gelatos to edge around our pages using our fingers to spread the gelatos.   We cut heart shapes from our ink sprayed paper, and applied them to our pages using gel medium.  We stamped images using Staz-On ink.  Finally we added rub-ons for sentiments.  Here is my art journal spread.

2014-02-07_12-49-21_2522014-02-07_12-49-33_3892014-02-07_12-49-45_170The Tuesday night shows with Terri Sproul  are so much fun.  Hope to see you there!

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Mixed Media Monday

I just finished my version of the page Tracy Weinzapfel showed us last Monday night during her Ustream show.  The page we created is called “Grateful.”  The quote on my page is, “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”

I chose this quote because it reminded me of a wonderful woman who willingly and enthusiastically helped me when all others involved were disinterested and not inclined.  My heart will never forget and will forever be grateful.  Thank you, Gayle. xoxo

Here is what I created using acrylic paints, Bic markers, pencil, stencil, and bubble wrap.

2014-02-06_13-52-22_952If you get the chance, check out Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel.  You can find her on Ustream on Monday nights 9 pm (EST).

Can We Bee Friends?

Last month I tried something new in my art journal.  I incorporated a digital image in my project. I liked the result, so I submitted my project to the Just Some Lines December Monthly Challenge.  As beginner’s luck would have it, I wound up being one of their winners!  Are you wondering what I won?   I got a cool digital stamp of my choice from the Just Some Lines shop (I chose Emo Amber and Pup).  I also got a new challenge addiction.  🙂

The January Challenge theme is Favorite Color Combo.  We are asked to stick to the theme and we must use an image from Just Some Lines. Freebie images are provided, which is really nice for folks on a tight crafting budget.

I chose to use this month’s freebie for my project.  It’s a little whimsy bee.  So cute!  So cute, in fact, that I printed a trio of bees in varying sizes!  I colored the bee images with Crayola watercolor pencils.  I painted a watercolor background for them using Niji Pearlescent Watercolors.  Finally, the bees needed some flowers to buzz around, so I gave them a field of orange and yellow flowers with Crayola Washable Watercolors.  Bees sometimes have a reputation for being mean and aggressive, but these bees just want to BEE friends!

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The Just Some Lines monthly challenges start on the first Saturday of the month.  I hope you decide to give it a try.

January 2014 Creative Dare!

Every month Tracy Weinzapfel issues her Ustream channel viewers a creative dare.  January’s creative dare is to incorporate a chosen word for the year in something we create.  My word for 2014 is embrace.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, one definition of embrace is to accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.  There have been big changes in my life during the last decade, and I have not embraced any of them willingly or enthusiastically. It’s time to stop being a brat, and embrace what life is offering me!  I know it will make me a lot happier. 🙂

Here is my page.

2014-01-27_14-55-57_834If you get the chance, check out Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel.  You can find her on Ustream on Monday nights 9 pm (EST).

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty-Seven

Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Seven Inspiration Piece (image)

The yellow and red pages reminded me of a traffic light, and the exclamation points commanded my attention.  Those elements provided the inspiration for this Thank You card.

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I painted the background colors with watercolor paints.  I substituted green for red because GO is way more fun than STOP.  I borrowed the Merci and Gracias stamps from Kerri at Kerri’s Kreations.  The Gracias stamp didn’t have exclamation points, so I improvised by inking the “i” from Merci and stamping at the front and end of Gracias.  I doodled around the card edge and a little bit in the middle with markers.  I think it turned out to be a fun little card.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty-Six

Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Six - Inspiration Piece (image)

The grid of nine squares in this layout was my inspiration.  I opened up my art journal, collected my Faber-Castell gelatos, some flower stamps, some markers, and a couple of 3D flower stickers, and proceeded to “go to town.”   The result is a simple reminder to “take time for the flowers.”

magazine monday week 36Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂

Magazine Mondays – Week Thirty-Five

Happy New Year!  Every Monday, PaperCrafter’s Corner posts a magazine cover on their blog as inspiration for their weekly challenge.  Based on the magazine covers, we are asked to create a papercraft project (card, art journal, scrapbook layout, etc.).

Here is the inspiration for this week.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Five Inspiration Piece (image)

I like the side curtains, corner circles, and the bottom banners.  I decided to see if I could represent those in a zentangle.  It’s not perfect, but here’s what I did.

2014-01-04_22-37-47_192I also have to apologize for the photo.  The deadline for submitting this project is quickly approaching and I’d really like to participate in this week’s challenge, so this photo will have to do.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you at the next Magazine Monday challenge. 🙂