Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Top 5 Art Journaling Supplies!

Hi there! Today I thought I would share what my top five art journaling supplies are. Now this list changes as I get new supplies or discover new techniques. But for now these are what I am loving!

Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint 
 I love this stuff, seriously it's my go to paint, I love that it's transparent and is almost like an ink but better! The mini bottles are perfect for on the go creating and I am sooo in love with the selection of colors, especially the neon!

Paint Rollers
 I looove this triangle roller, it was given to me by a friend who didn't want it, score! I believe this one is from a scrapbooking company! I also like making my own rollers from tp tubes and hot glue or rubber bands!

India Ink
 I recently found these at the very bottom of my AJ on the go bag and well fell in love again! I love writing and doodling with the ink, and with all the new colors popping up there is tons of possibilities!

Painted Papers

 I love having pre-painted paper to use in my journal! I love doodling on book pages and using up extra paint to make cool papers for collage in my journal! Here are some that are painted on plain paper and book paper and then written on. Some days I just sit and make pages for collage, its fun no pressure painting!

Heidi Swapp Stencils
These are two of my favorite stencils right now (can you tell?) Heidi Swapp has a bunch of fun stencils that are in the scrapbooking section at Michael's and are so much fun! As you can tell I love these!

Well there ya have it my five favorite supplies right now! So what are some of your favorite supplies? Do they tend to change or rotate? Is there one thing you just have to have for art journaling?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Why I Art Journal

 Hi there, I know it's been yet another month but well here I am again! This past weekend I had a small meetup with a few other crafty ladies at my house. Both of which were scrapbookers and had never really heard of art journaling, I showed them my journals and watched as they flipped through the pages. They asked how I got started and then one of them asked me why I art journal. Well it got me thinking why do I art journal? I have a few answers first I said simply because I love it I love taking paper and paint and making something beautiful.

 When I first started art journaling, I needed it, like really needed that outlet to gush all of my thoughts out on a page and then to cover them with paint. So why has that changed so much over the past four years? Now a days I write one word or a few little things that are running through my head. There are days when I pick up my journal turn to a blank page and find myself writing, but per usual it gets covered.  I guess I have changed and my need for art journaling has changed.

I art journal because it soothes ans awakens me, it sets me free, it lets me be messy and be a bit of a mad scientist. I love it so, my journals and the pages that fill them are a peek into my soul. So ask yourself why do you art journal? You never know what answer you might come up with.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Documented Life Project

Hi friends how are you? I know it has been awhile but I really want to keep up with my blog in 2014! Well my first post is about the super fun Document Life project! This is my first weeks page which you can find the I have a really fun month planned on the blog, I am super excited! I am doing a whole month dedicated to using fabric for art! I know that sounds tricky but every project is super fun and easy! We will be making everything from journals to jewelry and all kinds of things n between! So I will be back tomorrow to revisit a fun project and get things started! Happy Monday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Long time no see...

Hi friends, how are you? Well October was a really busy month for me, a trip to California and of course lots of Halloween fun! I took a fun class with Tangie Baxter, and when I finish the little journal I will share that with you! Right now I am just working on getting a little painting in each day, it is art every day month and so far I have painted all four days, go me! Even if its just some collage or a background, its something, its a start. Here are some close ups of my pages! Have a great day and see you tomorrow for Glue it Tuesday!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Saying thank you

Normally I would post a tutorial today but I kind of felt like doing some writing so here is goes. I am so so thankful for the amazing things happening in my life right now, it's so important to stop and give gratitude when the universe gives you the things you have been working and hoping for. I recently found out that I have been granted disability/social security. We have been struggling with this for about two years now and I am so thankful that things have finally come around. You see just going to work and doing the things most people do daily can be difficult sometimes, I am legally blind in my left eye and have only 25% vision in my right, I had a brain tumor when I was 12 and do to that and the years following that, I became really socially awkward and am just now coming out of that (even though it shows up at the worst times) I could go on listing my health problems but I wont, I just needed to say thank you. Thank you for the recognition I have been receiving for the art I love making, for my family being in this amazing happy place right now, for the new friendships I am making and for my readers even if you just randomly stumbled across my page today for the first time. Thanks for reading my ramblings, have a happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Glue it Tuesday

Hi there! Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! I am just here with a quick page I did this morning for Glue it Tuesday! I really love doing these pages they are so fun and spontaneous! I love the cute little tape sticker that Tangie Baxter gave me at her studio opening on Saturday! Also please sign up for my newsletter, I will be hoping to at least get them out twice a month, they will have lots of fun artsy goodness, so sign up and stayed tuned!  Well that is all for me I will be back soon to share some fun pages with you!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Creating your own Collage Papers

Hi friends, I hope you have all had an amazing summer and are getting ready to enjoy one of my favorite seasons, Fall. Today I have a mini tutorial for you all and I really hope you enjoy it. So I took out my HUGE Strathmore 18x24 paper and started painting fun shapes and patterns.

 Flowers and Feathers oh my

My wife sat down and helped me finish the rest of the page so I don't have to many in progress pictures

My last step was just doodling around the page with sharpie but I accidentally deleted the picture (oops)
I then cut it into smaller sheets and used it some in my journal.

Alright well there it is, super simple and fun. It's a great way to just relax and doodle with no pressure for your finished product because it's getting cut up. 
I am leaving you with a few new pages I have recently finished, have a great weekend.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scrapook Sunday

So it has been awhile, I know but life has been a bit on the crazy side for these last few months! I got a new job , the ceiling caved in on our house and right  now we are in the middle of moving! This summer has been anything but relaxing but I have been very crafty and creative! Here are some scrapbook pages and some other paper crafting projects I've done in the last month. The first is a altered embroidery hoop that I made for a swap and I really like how it turned out but was so sad to give it away!

Well there ya go, my favorite is the altered dress form and well sadly it was also for a swap and I hope she loves it as much as I did! The two layouts I did for a challenge on Two Peas in Bucket and also for a scrapbooking site called Let's Scrap. I also had a lot of fun making the altered dominoes, they are super fun and easy! I also did those for a swap but I definitely want to make more! Alright that is all for me today but I will be back very soon! I hope you all have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Glue it Tuesday and a Sneak Peek!

Hi friends, hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! Sorry for being MIA but I have been busy with work and family and life in general! I want to say a special thank you to Mimi for being such a great host while I was in California! I hope you all enjoyed her tutorial as much as I did! Alright on to Glue it Tuesday!

Her is my page for this week and then last weeks as well!

I also started ICAD I already shared the first card with yo, but let me tell you I am WAY behind!!! But I am going to stick with it! Here is what I have so far

And lastly a journal page I finished yesterday! I like how the page turned out! Alright well I promised you a sneak peek to something and that something is a fun summer art journaling class that I will be announcing tomorrow! The best part? It only costs $15usd !!! So come back tomorrow to check out the details and sign up! Have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hi everyone. My name is MiMi Dibble.  I am happy to be guest posting for Rebecca today.  I am a stay at home mom for two middle school boys who I chase around all year, from sporting event to sporting event.  When I am not doing that, I find time to get messy and create.  I love journaling, recycling, and making books to put all my pictures in.  Today, I thought we'd make a canvas.

Have you ever seen a really pretty canvas that someone made and then you stop and think ... man, I wish I could make one of those?  Well you can. It's super easy and I promise, you do not have to know how to draw to make one.  All you need is a few simple supplies and a little bit of time.

Here is a list of supplies I used:
  • Gesso prepped canvas, mine measures 6 x 6 
  • old sewing patterns or tissue paper
  • 6 x 6 pattern papers  (2 or 3 different ones)
  • Mod Podge or other medium
  • 3 colors of coordinating paints
  • rubber stamps and Archival Ink
  • a texture stencil
  • rub-ons if you have them
  • molding paste
  • pallet knife
  • larger stencil for your focal point such as a bird or flower
  • markers for doodling
There are 3 easy steps to making a canvas:  create a background, add color and texture, create a focal point.  

Step 1:  Backgrounds

The first thing I did was to use Mod Podge and put down a layer of old sewing patterns.  I added some ripped pattern papers over the top of that.

Step 2: Color and textures

I bought these new craft paints because they were on sale.  I have never tried this brand before.  Usually craft paints are opaque but I was pleasantly surprised that they are a bit transparent.  That's a great thing when creating a canvas. You can add color without covering up the layers you already have.

I first added some red as the main color and then little accents of green. I used my finders to apply the paint.

Next, I used some rubber stamps to create some depth.  I used a background grid stamp as well as a couple roller stamps with a fun patterns.  Archival Ink is great for projects like this because it dries quick and won't smear.  

Punchinella with some paint is a fun way to add some contrasting paint patterns to your canvas.  

The next thing I did was add some rub-ons. I got this idea from the wonderful Christy Tomlinson.  They used to be really popular several years ago and I have a drawer full of them.  I used some fun sewing border ones.    If you don't have rub-ons, you can use a fine point sharpie to make some doodles.

Step 3:  Focal Point

So this is the part that makes most people stop from making a canvas.  People think they have to be able to draw an image for the focal point. You don't have to be able to draw girls or flowers or houses or scenery.  You just need a stencil.   

I mixed a little of the same red paint with some molding paste.  It doesn't cost very much for a tube and it lasts forever. I've had mine for over two years.  I got my tube with a coupon for $5.00 at Michaels.  

I chose a stencil with a bird on a branch. I first used my pallet knife to spread the red molding paste to make the bird.

Once that was really dry, I placed the stencil back on the canvas and lined it up with the bird. This time I used the green paint with molding paste and added the branches and leaves from the stencil.

See the big blob of green on the bottom left corner? That's some molding paste that got under the stencil.  All I did to clean it up was to scrape it off immediately, before it sets.  

Next is doodling to add some touches of shading.  Just get out some markers, any markers and create some more lines.  I love these Faber-Castell pens. They have some really good open time to work with.  I shaded around the branches and leaves, put some red dots in the berries and highlighted some of my blue punchinella circles.

See, the big green blob on the bottom is problem.

I decided the bird needed a wing but I didn't want to just draw one. I used the Tim Holtz die, Caged Bird and cut out the wing using some extra grunge board I had left over from another project.  I painted it red and outlined it in the black Pitt pen.  I also added some black out line doodles around the whole bird.

All done...see, wasn't that easy?

If you'd like to see more of my work, you can find me at Check out my junk journal series.  It's full of mixed media fun!   Hope to see you there.

Thanks again and I do hope you leave a comment and let me know what you think of the canvas.

MiMi Dibble