July 2017 Artsnacks

It’s time for another Artsnacks unboxing video.  In this video, I unbox the July 2017 Artsnacks and play with the supplies in my sewing book journal.  You can watch the video HERE.

You can find more of my Artsnacks unboxing videos here on my blog and if you are interested in subscribing to Artsnacks, you can learn more HERE.

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June 2017 Artsnacks

It’s time for another Artsnacks unboxing video and let me just say, I was pretty darn happy with this month’s products!  Check them out HERE!

Did you receive an Artsnacks box this month?  What did you think and what colors of supplies did you receive?  I’d love to know!

Thanks for watching guys and gals.

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

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.

Art-Journal-Page-Long-Plants

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 🙂

June Product Pick

For my Monthly Product Pick for June, I haven chosen a product that I use often.  The Neocolor II by Caran d’Ache.  These water-soluble crayons have a high pigment concentration and are so vibrant.

Neocolor-II-2

They are softer than colored pencils but denser than normal children’s crayons.  You can smudge them with your fingertip, activate them with water or just layer them on top of one another without wetting them.  These little beauties come in several sets or you can purchase them separately for just under $2 each.  I started with a 10-pack, but you can see that my collection has grown quite larger than just 10 crayons 🙂

Neocolor-II

Just to give you an idea of how I use my NeocolorII’s, here are a few samples.  In this picture, which I completed in a workshop from Donna Downey (if you’ve never heard of her, you have to check her out), we used the NeocolorII’s for the background color (not the print that you see in the background), as well as for the flowers.

Poppies-neocolor-II-sample

I layered my NeocolorII’s on top of acrylic paint to create these little cuties.  The one with the fox on her head is still a work in progress.

Wild-Child-neocolor-II-samp Innocence-neocolor-II-examp

And this journal page, which I completed during Lifebook 2014 with Tamara Laporte, was created by coloring the NeocolorII’s in the background and then activating them with white gesso to create the muted background.

Heart-Journal-Page-neocolor

These are just a few ways that I like to use my NeocolorII’s.  How about you?  Do you use them and if so, what are some of your favorite techniques?  I’d love to hear from you 🙂