Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today Is a Good Day

There was another beautiful month of inspiration over at Lindy's Stamp Gang.  However a difficult one for me.  I have several Lindy's colors, but I guess I need a wider variety in my color options! I didn't have a green that would work well for this challenge, and I have no purple at all, so to get the colors I wanted I used a mixture of Yellow Rose of Texas and Hydrangea Blue the resulting green is so beautiful!

I didn't have a green that would work well for this challenge, and I have no purple at all, so to get the colors I wanted I used a mixture of Yellow Rose of Texas and Hydrangea Blue the resulting green is so beautiful!

Normally I just use texture paste and shading instead of three dimensional embellishments in my journals to keep the bulk down, in this case I used microbeads mixed with softgel and one of my favorite Finnabair stencils, but I loved the little bird cages with this page.

Since I don't have a purple in Lindy's I used alcohol ink which I then gesso'd over to tone it down a bit.  I really liked how the alcohol ink mixed with the gesso to give that really soft purple color.

While I can no longer fully close my art journal, I really love how this spread turned out.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy NSBD!!! (A bit late...)

I hope everyone had a fantastic National Scrapbook Day!  We had a parade for the Renaissance Festival then I worked in the afternoon, so I had very little time in my room.  But I was still able to get a few projects done for a couple challenges over at

The first was for their Pet challenge, and I decided to use the last photo I took of our dear Jewel who passed away a couple of years ago.  While she isn't actually in the photo, it commemorates the spot that she passed away-her favorite spot in front of the couch.  

The second is for their color challenge, I think the colors lost something in translation, but it appeared that they were pink, light and dark purple, and green.  I decided to do a spread in my art journal.  

I used modeling paste as well as soft gel mixed with silver micro beads for some texture.  I love how the color mixed with the soft gel and micro beads.

My final project was one I had the most fun with, for the mixed media challenge.  I really wanted to see how colors react on black, and to channel my inner Finnabair-such an inspirational lady!

Stay tuned for a full post on this in the next few days!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Every Artist

Today I have a project that I've been working on for awhile, it was inspired by the beautifully talented Gabrielle Pollacco.  There is a quote that I wanted to put in my studio for ages, but I wanted to do it justice.  I had just started my journey into mixed media and was certainly scared about it not working out.  But when I saw this video tutorial it was the kick I needed to get started.

When I first started it I was terrified about where it was going.  I didn't like the texture and the colors weren't looking the way I wanted them.  So after sticking it on a shelf for a good 6 months I finally had the confidence to finish it.

It has been so cloudy lately that I had to use my gross lights in my studio, so please pardon the glare.  The quote reads 'Every Artist was first an amateur'

I colored the gems with alcohol ink and used perfect pearls to create a halo around them.  So much sparkle on this project!

I used Lindy's Magicals on the flowers to add even more shimmer-super bright and pretty in person.

Overall I am extremely happy with how it turned out-while I closely followed a lot of Gabrielle's ideas it was a great way to stretch my creative legs and gain more confidence in my own work.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Love is...

Hello dear friends!  I've been in a funk lately, but the amazing race challenge has gotten the juices flowing, and I was able to create a few new pages that I will share over the next week or so.

I have been watching a lot of Marta Lapkowska's videos lately, as well as Vicky Papaioannou, and while they have two completely different styles they both have so many amazing tips and are so inspiring.

I have been using lots of Lindy's and Faber Castell, and I love all the texture and looks that can be achieved.  Especially mixed with layers and stamping.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A trip to China

I have recently joined in Irreversible Moi's Amazing Race art journal challenge over on Facebook-and I have found it is a great way to stretch my creative legs.  There will be several stops long the way as well as a few detours thrown in.  We began our journey in China and while I always enjoy seeing Chinese art in museums, I never thought about using it for inspiration.

My first page I used some of my favorite symbols from Chinese art, Koi and cherry blossoms, I wanted to make it look a little more antiqued so I did a tinted gesso wash on the background.  And while I have discovered I need a lot of help with my kanji-I am very happy with the overall results

Our first detour also came in China, the detour was either draw a dragon and use it in an art journal spread, or try your hand at Chinese kanji.  Since I am lacking drawing skills I decided to try Kanji.
I covered the entire background of the page with kanji before turning right around and covering it up again, but some still shows through the edges.

Again, there are a few changes I could have made-the branch for my bottom bird disappeared into the background so he looks like he is just hanging out-and the phrase on the right should have been centered a bit more-but overall I had a great time creating this!

Please stop by and join us for the challenge-a lot of great ladies and beautiful art!  Next stop France!

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Hopes have been high around here these last few months.  We hope to have good news about a new home in the next couple of weeks-a process we've been going through for several months.  While plans have been in process for that I haven't had much crafting time-but I decided I had to make time when I saw this month's color challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang:

I loved the colors and it fit so well with a little project I have had in mind for awhile.  Last year I created a canvas for Lindy's March challenge using one of my favorite wedding photos (see the original post here) and I decided I wanted to make a set of three.  The colors in this challenge fit so nicely with the same embellishments I used last time this canvas came very easily.

For this canvas I used Lindy's in the following colors, Creme Bruelee Cream, Bodacious Blush, Time Travel Teal-one of my absolute favorites-and Cattail Copper Brown.  

Here are a few close ups.

Don't forget to hop over to Lindy's to take part in their challenge!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

When I see you again

For this month's color challenge I had a very special photo that I wanted to use, we got it in a Christmas card from the family of my husband's childhood best friend who was killed in a car accident.  I never showed Coby the photo, I wanted to do something special with it for him for his birthday.  This month's color combo over at Lindy's color challenge was a great starting point.  

I wanted to frame it for him so I opted to work on an 8x10 surface.  I started using a 12x12 piece of patterned  paper.  I used a light coat of gesso texture paste, for color I went with Hydrangea Blue, Silent Night Silver  and Clam Bake Beige.  After my background dried I cut it down and edged it using a gray gelato.  I used the scraps to create more texture on the background, also edged in gelatos.

 The title came from the song 'When I See You Again' from the new Fast and the Furious movie, it really hit home with Coby and made him think of David quite a lot.

The photo was layered with several bits of ephemera some twine and a few bits of metal jewelry colored with alcohol inks.  I added some mica flakes using soft gel. 

I think Coby was happy with the outcome, I certainly was.  Thanks for taking a look.