Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 days of Collage Day 2

Hello and welcome to 30 days of collage day 2! I am pretty tired so I am going to keep it short!

Have a great night everyone see ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Introducing 30 days of Collage!

Hello there friends I apologize for being absent but there has been lots going on here! Things are slowing down a bit so I wanted to start a new project and I thought why not include it in my blog? This way you lovely people can do it along with me! I am really excited about this, I have never been one to collage in my art journal, so I thought this would be a fun challenge for me and for you to if you decide to play along! Here is my first page!
I am pretty happy on how it came out, I used my new beads in a bottle on her and around the page! I will be back tomorrow with another page, in the mean time you can look at my new journal pages!
This was me just having fun with some puffy paint!

Music inspires me <3

This was me playing with my pastels!

I will be back tomorrow with more fun collage and journal pages! Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crayon Melting Tutorial!

Hello there! Once again I am very sorry for the long break, we forgot to pay our Internet bill (oops) so it got shut off for a few days! I have had this tutorial ready for you for awhile just been busy and then the whole Internet thing happened so now here I am! Melting crayons is a lot of fun and totally something you could do with your kids as well! But for art journaling sake I used it almost like an ink... Anyways on to the video!

Here is the finished page -
Also here are some of the other things I have been working on -

These fun fabric bracelets! I love making these and once I open my Etsy shop I will be selling them!

This one is a fabric headband!

And this one was my first bracelet! I personally like the teal one better!

I made this for a mail art swap it's a post card made from tin foil, ink and chipboard letters!

My first time sewing on paper! The fabric is some fabric I dyed using bottle caps wrapped around the fabric with rubber bands. I also dyed the lace and used the same tin foil method on the center of the flower!
Well I will be back on Thursday with some new projects and journal pages, I hope everyone is having a great week!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lots of pretty pages to share!

Hello! I know it's been awhile but this last week was really busy and I had a lot going on! On Thursday our dog Copper had to have a cancerous tumor removed from the side of his body. I have to say Copper just doesn't give up he is a big (snuggly) tank! I have been working on a lot of different projects, last night I made my first fabric card with lots of messy sewing, I also made a really cool postcard and envelope for a swap. I will take pictures tonight and post them soon! I also made some fabric bracelets and headbands and will also post them soon! For now though I have lots of journal pages to share so enjoy!

Made mostly with ink and just a bit of acrylic in the background

This is one of my fave pages it has a layer of random papers sealed down with gel medium then paint and such with of course my lovely graffiti heart!

My favorite part about this page is the scribbly buttons! Lots of acrylic and ink on this page it reads"you are my only love always and forever"

This my favorite page in my journal! Her lips are a bit weird bt I still love it!

Another page where I put scrap paper down first, I am really loving that you can see little peeks of paper through the paint! Mostly acrylic paint and some ink and that awesome trim Samantha gave me! It reads "The only thing getting in my way is me"

I don't really know if I like this page, the girl is a stencil I made and then put modeling paste over it so its pretty thick, the page is mostly acrylic with some pastels

Layers of paper, gel medium, acrylic, inks, chipboard and yes even some feathers! (I have a new feather obsession) The purple you see dripping down is not paint nor ink its melted crayon! I am going to do a little tutorial for you guys tomorrow! It reads "you make every star shine brighter"

This is probably my second favorite page in my journal right now. It has a layer of paper, gel medium, gesso, modeling paste, lots of acrylic paint and my new brown paper bag graffiti hearts! It reads "sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air but you've got the love I need to see me through" It is from one of my favorite Florence and the Machine's songs! It makes me think of my wife who seriously saves me from anything and everything, even myself <3

One last thing here is a post on Samantha Kira's blog about us meeting for coffee and such! What I've learned about journaling with a friend

Well I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A quick Vlog!

Hi there lovelies! I apologize for being MIA I have a vlog for you since I have been super busy! Tomorrow I will be back with a fun PDF tutorial for you so be sure to check back tomorrow! Well on to the vlog! Have a great Sunday night!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Watch the process!

Let me just say last night I almost threw the computer in the trash! But 4 uploads and 2 software downloads later I have a video for you! So enjoy it and I will be back Friday with some new pages and another small tutorial! Have a happy hump day!

And the finished page: it reads- I am just a girl trying to find her way

Friday, August 12, 2011

Finally an update!

I apologize for not posting just been busy and well you need a blogging break from time to time! I have quite a few things to show you two paintings, four ATC's and two journal pages!

this was made for a newspaper/magazine ATC swap!

Another newspaper/magazine ATC

This was made for a sparkly ATC swap

Another sparkly ATC

8x10 mixed media canvas, there are so may layers on this painting it is crazy but I love how it turned out! If you are interested in buying feel free to email me!
close up

16x20 mixed media canvas, I think I made this in a half hour! I love its simplicity though! If you are interested in buying feel free to email me!

Second to last page in my journal (sad I know) I hate that my writing is crooked!

Last page in journal! She was lots of fun to draw and color in! I miss this journal already!

Well I am going to work on a tutorial for you this weekend and hopefully be done by Monday! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Make your own chipboard accents!

So today I have a cool project for you, I love buying blank chipboard shapes and inking, painting and decorating them! My fave are the Tim Holtz Grungeboard, BUT since not all of us can afford the expensive stuff I figured I would do a quick photo tutorial for you!

Assorted cut out cardboard shapes (I like to use cereal and cracker boxes)
Modge Podge
The sky is the limit!

Start out by painting your shapes white

Once your paint is dry you are ready to go!

Swirls of fuchsia, pink and purple paint

Leftover paint from star!

Spray Ink with a stencil!

Painted blue, pink and purple and wiped with baby wipe to show off embossing!

painted orange, yellow and pink and then wiped with a baby wipe to show texture!

Water color hearts!

Graffiti fabric (made by me) cut and modge podged!

Another graffiti heart

Painted, wiped, written on and then a clear coat of glitter glue

My finished results, can't wait to use these in my journal!

Well I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, try it out and let me know how it turns out! Have a great Sunday and I will be back tomorrow with some of my last journal pages!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Spray Ink Tutorial!

Hello there! Hope you are having a fabulous Thursday! So today I would give you some writing and general journaling sparks to get you going! I know sometimes I sit down with my journal and ponder what I want to achieve with this page? What do I want to try? What do I want to say? So if you ever have days like these then these journal jumps will get you going!

Reverse Silhouette
Make a silhouette of yourself (which may require some help) or use an already taken picture, 
it can be your head or you whole body! Trace your sillouette into your journal 
(this way it can be used as a stencil later on!) Instead of filling your head or body in black, 
I want you to draw, paint, or collage the interior of your silhouette with the things that 
describe, represent or define you - fill the space. Then surround the sillouette with black!

One word
Pick a word - just one word! This word should be something that triggers a strong emotion - either positive or negative. Fill your journal page with that word - just that one word. Write it, stamp it, cut it out of a book or magazine. Write it once - BIG or write it many times in tiny writing. Explore that one word - try to explain what it means with your art. You cannot use any other words to convey what this word makes you feel.

I am sure you see graffiti on the sides of building in the cities or neighborhoods around you... This week create your own "tag" using your name or initials in a street style. Make it big and bold - fill your journal page with your "tag". Use colors that speak to you, make a stencil so you can repeat your "tag". Get in touch with your youthful side - set your inner child (or teenager) free!!

Use only the color red to make art today. You can use any shade or many shades of red, but you can only use red. No pure black, pure white - only shades of red. What emotion does the color red inspire? Passion or anger? Splash it on your page - release those inhibitions - go for it!!

Dedicate an entire page in your journal to doodling. Try out designs and patterns. Look for inspiration all around you, in everyday stuff.

And I saved the tutorial for last because I think it's terrible! But if it helps you or you learn something new from it than I am happy!

Here is my finished page!

Well I hope all of this get you going! Feel free to leave a link to your blog or web album so we can see how you used the prompts! Have a great Thursday!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Some revamping to be done!

Hello there I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am going to be making some changes to the blog, but good ones I promise! So if you come by and things look crazy it's because I am working on some new things!

Lately I have been dying fabrics, I use some of them in my art journal and on other mixed medial products. I have a blast dying them and seeing how they come out! I can't wait to cut these up and use them in my journal!

My art journal is almost finished! I feel like I went through so quickly, and if you look through it the front half of the book it is so different from the back half.  But I really love that my style is changing, has your style ever changed? Did you like it? I am really happy with my recent work so let's hope that it keeps going and evolving! Well onto the pages!

I'm gonna keep going, I'm gonna keep trying til I reach the stars

you've got to be kind to yourself

I don't need you anymore, I'm letting go...

lots of hidden journaling and unreadable journaling!
Well I hope you all have a good beginning of the week! I will be back on Tuesday with a tutorial!