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.

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.

Watercolor Holiday Scene

Last Tuesday night Terri Sproul gave viewers a lesson in using watercolor pencils.  During her live show, she created a beautiful art journal page using glass bead gel, watercolor pencils, and stamps.  First Terri showed us how to use glass bead gel to create some “snow.” Next she showed us how to create a background using different colors of watercolor pencils.  She built a pine tree on her page using a stamp.  Finally she adhered a stamped image she had colored using the watercolor pencils.  Terri issued a three-part art journal challenge: 1) create some snow; 2) use watercolors for a background, and; 3) color a stamped image.  Here’s how I tackled the challenge.

Create Some Snow – I don’t have any glass bead gel, so I decided to try gluing pieces of torn fabric softener sheets.

Use Watercolors For A Background – I also don’t have watercolor pencils, but I do have a Crayola watercolor set.  That’s what I used.

Color A Stamped Image – I do have some holiday stamps, but nothing that I could really color, cut, and add.  I used the digital stamp Christmas Robin.   It was available as a “Try Before You Buy” freebie from Just Some Lines.  I colored the image using my watercolors.

Just like Terri, I built an evergreen tree by building up a single stamp.  I decided to decorate my tree using Liquid Pearls and Beadazzles.  I made some snowflakes in the air with Ice Stickles.  And here is the end product.

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The Tuesday night shows with Terri Sproul  are so much fun.  Hope to see you there!

I am entering this project into the Just Some Lines December Challenge.