Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Passion Week

This week marks the holiest of all weeks.  I can not fathom what Jesus was thinking as he headed into Jerusalem.  The fate that awaited him would have been terrifying to the average man.

How blessed we are that our God chose his only Son to die for our sins!

As we head toward Good Friday and then Easter Sunday, take a moment and thank God for all he has done for you.  We are all sinners, we have all made mistakes in life.  How blessed we are to have those sins washed away and forgiven!

Enjoy the chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps and the family dinner, but don't forget to offer up a prayer to the Lord our God, who is the real reason behind this season!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Another Layout from Dina

Hi Friends,
I am still working my way through a book by Dina Wakley and decided to share my interpretation of one of her lessons.  I used my mini journal for this one.  Happy Monday!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Week 12

Whew, I struggled with this for some reason.  I think I fear that I am just not good enough.  Then I read some things from a few fellow artists and that got me thinking.  Who am I doing this for?  Why am I doing this?  Does it matter?

Hmm...so I am doing this for me.  That was easy.  I am happiest when I am creating, it is that simple.  That kind of goes into the why.  I am doing this to improve my artistic abilities.  There is no goal in mind.  I just want to get better.  Wow, could it be that easy?  That sort of takes the pressure off.

If you are on your art journey give yourself a break.  Every artist starts somewhere.  Don't be discouraged because then you will want to quit.  Do it for you!  Do it every chance you get!

With all this in mind I decided to just DO IT on Saturday.  And here are the results.  Thanks so much for looking.

The Documented Life Project for the month of March is "Making your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making).  To read more about this amazing program, check out the Academy here.

The challenges for week 12 are:

  • Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point
  • Journal Challenge:  Coming into Focus

I just started to doodle on the page.  I knew this would probably be covered up and that was okay.

I added some tissue paper elements from Tim Holtz collection with gel medium.  Love this stuff!  I also stenciled on some modeling paste with a Grungy Grid 7 X 9 stencil by Finnabair - Prima. I think this one might be my favorite go to stencil right now. 

Next I added some border elements.  I had a piece of cardstock that I had used with my Gelli Plate and decided to cut it up for the border to create interest. 

I painted and stamped and added extra marking to support the challenges.  I am happy with the result. 

Thanks for looking!  No pun intended.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grocery Bags and more!

The more I delve into mixed media the more I look around me for things to incorporate into my work.  I have several art journals that I am working on but that doesn't seem to be enough.  I had some paper grocery sacks in my craft room from doing an ATC card and I thought, hmm..why not.  So I took a few and cut them and folded them.  That is when thing got exciting.  How fun to paint/journal one side at a time and them when finished sew them into a journal!  This is awesome on so many levels.  First, you have freedom to move your page around.  Secondly, once you cover with gesso, your page feels just like the inside of a store bought journal.  And last but not least, huge cost savings!!!!

Down the road, maybe soon, I will be giving a class in art journaling.  What an inexpensive way for my students to get their feet wet without a huge investment. 

Here is my first page.  It was inspired by a layout in the book, Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley.  I just love her!   I am inspired by so many artists out there and she is definitely at the top of the list. 

I painted over the sack with Gesso and then set aside to dry.  I then cut out four 31/2" squares out of an old manilla file folder.  I painted, stenciled and stamped them similarly but not exact.  The using one of my Pitt Pens I journaled a few thoughts and then added a cutout to the bottom square. 

For the background I did a wash of light blue paint.  Then I added some of the green color that I had in my squares as well as some stamped images.  This was to bring it all together.    I then outlined the squares and some of the background with my Stabilo pencil.  I blended it in with a tad of water and then sprayed with fixative so it wouldn't run anymore. 

I am kind of happy with the results. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Learning as I go...

Do you ever feel that you have gone too far in your art work or not far enough?  Since I am in the learning stages I find that I don't often plan what I am going to do.  Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.  Either way I am trying really hard not to be to critical of my work because I know I will get better.  Here a page from my art journal I did the other day.  I did enjoy doing it.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 11

This weeks layout challenge was to doodle your borders.  I decided to take my love of reading and work it into the page by creating some books.  I used Ranger paints for the background and Ranger distressed inks on the books.  I love my stencil of the girl with words in her head so I added that with some Deco Arts paint.  Overall I am pleased with the way it turned out. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

More Fun with ATCs!

I spent the weekend having so much fun making more ATCs.  I just love this little art.  I worked in my journal as well but it was not happening for me.  Once I switched to little art things started to come together.  What do you think?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DLP Week 10

I joined the Art to the 5th Academy's website 10 weeks ago and can honestly say that my heart is HAPPY!  This website contains prompts each week for you to use in an art journal.  You then upload the photo and other artists and newbies alike comment.  It is such an encouraging website and the artists are amazing!  Here is my layout for this week.

Here is a link to the website if you are interested in joining:


Sunday, March 1, 2015

ATCs are Fun!

I love making little art.  I just do.  It is a great way to used up supplies and it doesn't take long.  I swap ATC cards on a few websites.  Swapping is a wonderful way to see what others are doing and to incorporate that into your work.  Here is an ATC card I did for an Easter swap.

I encourage you to check out the following websites if you are interested in swapping too.