Time To Play

So there is a new 1-2-3 Challenge that I thought I’d try.  This one requires 1-a line from a song; 2- two musical instruments; and 3- three music notes.

The song line I used is from a Jackson Browne song called The Load-Out.  The song contains a line that reflects how I feel about crafting, and, well, life in general, really.  The line is, “the only time that seems too short is the time that we get to play.”

I had an old issue of Guitar Player magazine, and I was able to use some content from the magazine for this journal prompt.  I found pictures of guitars and a drum set (my two instruments), and I found some sheet music (three music notes).

I used acrylic paints, stencils, card stock, markers, and ribbon to create the following.

Time to Play

I love 1-2-3 Challenges. Not only are they fun, but they stretch my creativity.  What art challenges inspire you?


Make A Promise

Wow, I can’t believe how long it has been since I have posted anything.  It’s not like I haven’t been creating; I have.  I guess I haven’t been finishing things, and I know I haven’t been participating in any challenges.  Well, that changes today.

I recently came across what’s called a 1-2-3 challenge in one of the facebook groups I belong to.  The challenge is to create a journal page with 1- one handwritten quote, 2- as many pieces of scrapbook paper as you would like, and 3- three triangles.

I played and played and this is the result.

photo 1The handwritten quote is: Make a promise to yourself.  The scrapbook papers are from an old envelope and from my stash.  The three triangles are around my girl’s neck.

photo 2photo 3

I hope I can keep a promise to myself to finish more project, participate more regularly in challenges, and to post more often.  Are you making any promises to yourself?

The One

The month of February is coming to a close, and that means another monthly challenge at Just Some Lines is closing too.  This month’s theme is Hearts & Love.  The rules of the challenge are simple: 1) stick to the theme and 2) use an image from Just Some Lines. Freebie images are provided (yeah!).

I chose to use this month’s freebie in my art journal for my project.  It’s a girl dreaming of love.  She looks to me like she’s dreaming of one particular love.  I created a background collage from magazine pictures of boys/possible love interests.  I gave the collage a paint wash to help unify the background.  I colored the Just Some Lines image with markers, and adhered it to the journal page.  I added some more paint around the edges of the page to help draw the eye to the digital image.  Finally, I used my new Scarlet Lime pen (thanks, Kerri’s Kreations!) to provide a caption, and colored around the words with a Sharpie.  She knew in her heart she had finally found “the one!”

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

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!

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).

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).

December 2013 Creative Dare!

Each month Tracy Weinzapfel issues her Ustream channel viewers a creative dare.  December’s creative dare focuses on values.  She asked us each to share our top five values on our December page.    Here is my page.

2013-12-16_13-33-38_718The values I list are:  Loyal, Loving, Respectful Humorous, and Honest.

I always like my pages until I add my handwriting to them.  I don’t seem to have a good gauge for size, location, or line-weight of my letters. They say practice makes perfect.  I’m not going for perfection, but I am looking forward to improvement.

If you get the chance, check out Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel.  You can find her on Ustream on Monday nights 9 pm (EST).