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.