Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In the Spirit of RED

Creating a handmade postcard as a RAK.


Creating a “sea of red” using Distress Paints in candid apple, barn door, and fired brick with a touch of Craftsmart metallic red. 
6 x 8 watercolor paper
Using torn strips of decorative tape as a layering technique around a quote from the Seize the Day desk calendar.

A linen stamped background, embossing, and glitter glue create texture.

Happy Mail!

What "happy mail" are you creating this month?  If you're not, think about creating one of these postcards the next time you art journal.  Use what you have out and send someone a little piece of your art while making their day.  

Creating these small pieces of art as a means of working on my goals to share my art and do more RAK's in 2017.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: Simplicity quote

Page began with a quote from a Simplicity Desk Calendar. It was a week full of discouragement; leaving the teaching day feeling beaten,worthless and broken-down.

In my heart I know I am nearing the end of a career I loved  but is now nothing more than testing, documenting (CYA), and babysitting.

 This Tree Poem stamp was the perfect addition with the brown paper bringing out the brown wood left of the door. The mica chips conceal the corner of the quote while adding texture.

I first tried to emboss the stamp on tissue paper but it didn't turn out because the paper was too wrinkled.  I tore some of the words and used them for layering. Will be using this as a new layering technique.

What messages did your heart send you this week?  Are you actually listening? Please share so we can encourage each other to follow where our hearts are leading us.

Creating in my Listen to My Heart Art Journal using dylusions 8" x 8" creative journal while working on my layering techniques.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mixed media Valentine and Giveaway winner.

Red is not one of my go-to colors. As a teacher I have avoid using red pens to correct papers simply because kids only see "bad, wrong, never getting anything right".

According to Color Psychology, there are positive traits for red such as, "action, energy and speed, attention-getting, assertive and confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, stimulating and driven, courageous and strong, spontaneous and determined."  I find I associate more with its negative traits, "aggressive and domineering, over-bearing, tiring, angry and quick-tempered, ruthless, fearful and intolerant, rebellious and obstinate, resentful, violent and brutal".  Thus, I use it rather sparingly in my work.

I was invited by Susi at Frobestenchen to join Art Journal Journey's challenge, Fifty Shades of RED. Putting my dislike aside and using the opportunity to get into the mood for Valentines Day...
Mixed media piece on 9 x 12 watercolor paper

The heart was created on scrap corrugated cardboard using washi tape and ribbon.

This heart pin is my mother's.  A wonderful way to remember her and her love of costume jewelry.

The background was created using various shades of red acrylic paint, embossing powder, sequins and glitter glue. To soften the rough edges of the heart I added a layer of cheese cloth which I sprayed with Dylusions Postbox Red spray ink.

Incorporating a favorite Dylusions stamp by embossing on red tissue paper.

For added dimension: 
a fun feather and wood heart buttons.



Art Journal Journey
Joining in with Art Journal Journey.

Valentine box Giveaway Winner is...

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Get up. Get dressed. Paint.: Let your heart speak...

Working in my Listen to my Heart journal.  Inspiration came from the Yogi tea bag quote. This past week was especially difficult with state count and a full moon.  

  Being bombarded by negativity, anger, and noise all day every day makes it difficult to hear or feel much of anything other than frustration.

Working in this journal allows to me to let go of the week, hang on to the few moments that were positive, and capture the messages my heart was sending me.

Noticing: As I worked with the layering for this page I noticed being more intuitive when bringing together the colors, papers and textures. I did less thinking about how to layer it and more on what felt right.  A small success in my goal in creating soul inspired art rather than art inspired by what other's create.

How are your art goals coming along?  Have you kept them in the forefront, working on them a little each week or have you let them slip behind other things that seemed to have taken over?  Let me know so we can encourage one another.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Love & Hearts: Valentine Journal: Flip through and Giveaway.

A labor of love and heart.   

A flip through:

A few of my favorite pages:
 I added a heart which opens to reveal silver embossing and a butterfly.  I wanted the butterflies from the card to look as though they were flying off the page.

Here I wanted to incorporate elements from the card by adding a yellow ribbon and silk lily-of-the-valley. Notice the quote references the bow.

 I was gifted this metallic gold hearts tissue paper. I knew it had to be a part of this journal.


 Gold crochet thread with tiny sequins wrapped around a heart. Wedding veil material allows the gold hearts of the tissue paper to peak through.

Embellishing one of my photos with cheesecloth, ribbon, crocheting thread and Stampendous Color Fragments.

Adding layers to this beautiful card.


A Giveaway!

Want to win some of the supplies I used in this journal?  One lucky reader will win all this: 



 Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win. Random.org will be picking a winner on February 11th at 11:59 pm. EST. Winner will be announced on the blog the next day. Sorry, but due to the cost of postage, US residences only, please.

Good luck!