March 2017 Artsnacks

This month marked Artsnacks four year anniversary and they tried to help celebrate with this months box.  I felt that the box fell a little flat for me.  It contained products that I enjoy using but it didn’t contain any WOW products for me.  Long story short, I didn’t love this month’s box but I didn’t hate it either.  Although I thought that all of the products were good quality art supplies.  Check out the unboxing video HERE!

January 2017 Artsnacks

I just received my favorite Artsnacks box yet…the January 2017 Artsnacks box.  I am in love with the supplies.  Interested in seeing what all of the fuss is about?  Check out my YouTube video to watch the unboxing, then see me play with the art supplies in my art journal.  You can find the video HERE.

And don’t forget, you can always check out my previous Artsnacks unboxing videos here on my blog by searching under the tag or category “Artsnacks.”

Thanks for stopping by and always remember to keep art in your heart 🙂

Raccoon Monster Art Journal Page

I have another video for you this week.  Watch as I create a whimsical raccoon monster in my vintage ledger book journal with the below listed supplies.  As always, let me know if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy the process 🙂

Raccoon Monster Art Journal Page Video

Faber Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pen

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen (Fine)

Faber Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen

Caran d’Ache Neocolor II

Stabile All Pencil

Gesso (White)

White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen (Broad)

Ranger Heat It Craft Tool

Princeton Synthetic Watercolor and Acrylic Brushes

Vintage Ledger Book

October 2016 Artsnacks

It’s that time of the month again when I get giddy with excitement to open my monthly Artsnacks box.  There were some great products in this months box that I like to use regularly.  Check out the unboxing and a speed video of me playing in my art journal with the products HERE.

If you would like to view previous Artsnacks unboxing blog posts and videos, you can find them here:

 Artsnacks September 2016 Unboxing

August 2016 Art Snacks Unboxing

July 2016 Art Snacks Unboxing

I also wanted to mention that I am teaching an in person Mixed Media Canvas class on November 12th.  Check out my Classes page to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mother and Daughter Art Journal Page

I created an art journal page of a mother and daughter while playing around in my art journal.  I sped up the video so that you could get a quick look at my process.  I hope you enjoy!

You can watch it on YouTube HERE.

mother-and-daughter-aj-page

This is also my last blog post until my show coming up on 10/1/16 at the Colonel Crawford Fall Festival.  You can visit me as well as many other makers, enjoy homemade cornbread and bean soup, and shop for a pumpkin while you are there.  It is a good time.  You can find out more about the event HERE.

Hope to see you there 🙂

More Daily Art Journal Pages

I have a few art journal pages from my daily art journal (junk journal) to show you.  And just to clarify, I do not always journal in this journal on a daily basis.  It is just where I usually do my journaling about my day, like a diary if you will.  My other journals are more about expression and technique.  I will be sharing those journals in a future blog post.

In the below pictured journal page, I had glued painted deli paper on to the page.  I then turned my journal to a portrait orientation and drew the whimsical plants.  I painted around the plants with acrylic paint.  I also highlighted the plants with a white paint marker.  The months and numbers are hand carved stamps that I made.

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In this next journal page I adhered more painted papers to the pages and then adhered scrap paper that had circles cut out of it on top of the painted papers.  I painted it with black paint, leaving the inside of the circles the color of the painted papers underneath.  I adhered a Diet Coke label from a Diet Coke that my friend purchased for me because he thought that I would like how artsy it looked.  I bet he never thought that I would put it in my journal 🙂  I embellished the pages with gel pens, white paint marker and a tag.

Art-Journal-Page-Artsy-Diet-Coke-Label

This next journal spread may look familiar.  I created most of it in a video I shared that you can find here.  I added the poppies with a black Stabilo Marks All and activated the pencil with water.  I added my journaling and stamped the date.

 Art Journal-Stabilo-Poppies

For this journal page, I had smooshed left over paint, stamped foam stamps on the background, glued in a photo from a magazine, stapled a few torn tags with the journaling dates and added large words with my Permapaque markers.  The quote is from my Yoga teacher, you would have to be there to understand 😉  I also added a little piece of decorative tape as a tab on the right page and stapled it to the page.

Art-Journal-Page-Tighten-Your-Anus

A vellum page with a quote was used to create the page in my junk journal and I just added paint to the background around it.  I also outlined the umbrellas on the pattered paper above the quote, which matched the theme of the quote perfectly.  Totally unplanned.  I then wrote my journaling with my white paint marker.

Art-Journal-Page-Vellum-Quote

You can see the opposite side of the quote image from the previous journal spread on the left journal page in this spread.  I had stenciled a design on the right side of the journal spread and used a paint brush to write the quote.  I doodled along the top of the spread with various pens and markers.

Art-Journal-Page-Free-Your-Heart-Doodle

The following spread has images that I made with my Gelli Plate.  I added a little bit of paint around them then adhered the flap of an envelope from a card that my husband gave me for our anniversary.  I added a journaling card to the front of the envelope to add my journaling and when you flip the card up, you can pull out the card from the envelope.

I like using images from other artwork that I have created in my journals.  This journal spread is no exception.  I used the image of my original painting titled “Seeker” in this spread, as well as masks with ink on them and foam stamps.  I again used my hand carved stamps for the date and used a gel pen for journaling.  The small insert at the bottom was a piece of mail that I inserted with washi tape.  I punched out butterflies from the small insert and adhered napkins over it.  It gives it an almost stained glass appearance.

Does this next journal spread look familiar?  I made it in my Flowering Faces video that you can find here.

Art-Journal-Page-Flowering-Faces

I hoped you enjoyed looking at a few of my art journal pages in my daily journal and may have found a bit of inspiration.

Do you keep a daily journal, a junk journal or other art journal?  I would love to hear about it or see!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Product Play with DecoArt Media Sprays

I recently purchased a few DecoArt Media Sprays from my local craft store and thought I would record my play and experimentation with them to share with you.  What really attracted me to the spray was that they are permanent.  I love the idea that I can add other wet media on top of them without having them bleed all over.

Check out the video here.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have played with the DecoArt Media Sprays, I’d love to hear what you thought about them!

Watercolor Resist ATC

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed bringing in the New Year and you are looking forward to 2016.  I know I am.  Lots of exciting things planned for the new year.

To kick off 2016, I filmed a quick video to show a fun and easy watercolor resist technique.  I created an Artist Trading Card (ATC) in the video; however, you could use this technique in your art journal, on a canvas, the sky is the limit.  This would also be a great warmup exercise to get those creative juices flowing.

A few tips that I forgot to mention in the video, make sure that your watercolor surrounds your letters so they are legible, and sometimes it’s easier if you use analogous colors.  Analogous colors are three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as red, red-violet and violet.  Using analogous colors helps prevent making mud, or colors that aren’t as interesting.  But have fun experimenting and seeing what colors you like to use together.

Simply click on the link below to watch the video:

Watercolor-Resist-ATC

 Watercolor Resist ATC

I hope you enjoy the video and I would love to hear about your experience if you give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by the blog and be sure to visit next week when I tell you all about my Product Pick for January 2016.

Flowering Faces Art Journal Page

Hello creative friends.  For those of you in the fall season, I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful leaves and fall festivities.  I know fall is my favorite time of year.  When you are snuggled up with a hot cup of whatever you enjoy and a blanket, check out my new video on YouTube.  It is a fast forwarded look at my process when I completed an art journal page in my junk journal called “Flowering Faces.”  You can find the supplies that I used in the video listed below, as well as on YouTube.  I hope you enjoy it!

Flowering Faces Art Journal Page

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SUPPLIES USED:

 Scrapbook Paper and Paper Scraps
 Liquitex Matte Medium
Liquitex Matte Gel
Liquitex White Gesso
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint (Black)
Viva Gold (several colors with pairs in similar colors)
Paintbrush
Palette Knife
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Stencils (For the faces I used Dina Wakley’s Moon Faces stencil and I believe TCW Balzer Designs stencils)
Graphite Crayon
Blending Stump
Spray Bottle with Water
Acrylic Ink
India Ink
White Water-based Sharpie Paint Marker
Cosmetic Wedge (found in the makeup isle)
Circle Punch
Canned Air
Mesh from a bag of Oranges (or other similar “trash” that can be used)
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher with Staples
Paper Towels or Baby Wipes
Stabilo All Pencil (black)
Heat Tool