Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Little Snowmen Book

Hi everyone! Long time, no write! Between being sick for over a month and having some projects to finish which can't be shared yet, I've had very little time to create things I can post. I purchased a whole bunch of sweet snowmen images from Sassy Cheryl's and have been itching to get at them. Snowmen just make me smile! In an effort to use up things from my stash, I decided to do a little mini album featuring these little guys. The chipboard album is 4.25 inches high at the largest point and 3.25 inches at the widest point. It's shaped like a label and was fastened together with a chain but I plan to change that to a binder ring. Above is the cover of the album with Sassy Cheryl's image called Snowman Parts which I thought was the ideal image for the beginning :)

I began by coating both sides of the chipboard shapes with absorbent ground because I knew that I wanted to use sprays and gesso doesn't react well with spray inks. Once dry, I spritzed each side with a combination of two blue spray inks...either Lindy's Starburst Sprays or Heidi Swapp Color Shine. Then Ranger Texture paste was scraped through stencils and once dry, brushed lightly with white acrylic paint to brighten them in places. The Texture Paste absorbs some of the colour from the sprays so the white returns it to the original colour of the paste. A little stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink and various background stamps added more pattern. The photo above is the first page inside the book and features one of Sassy Cheryl's retired images called Man's Best Friend. Don't despair though because there are a whole bunch of other cute snowman images from which to choose.

The images were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black card stock to frame them. Single words from Idea-ology Chit Chat Stickers were matted with black and added to each page to coordinate with each image. Die cut white snowflakes were also added to complete each page. The image above is the second inside page and features the adorable Sassy Cheryl's image called Blinkie's Snowday Dreaming. I love his sweet smile and little friend hopping around beside him.

This is the third inside page and features Sassy Cheryl's image called Admiring the Star. I see him as making a wish upon the first star he sees tonight. On some of the backgrounds, I have outlined part of the Texture Paste stencilled shapes with black pen. On this one, I used an Inktense pencil activated with water. Who knows what I will do next time...LOL

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with my little snowman friends and me. We all appreciate that and hope that you will come back to see the rest of the book and Sassy Cheryl's sweet snowmen. I'm loving this little project!

Life is good; so is art...and snowmen!

Monday, January 09, 2017

2017 Art Journal Adventure - Week 2 Sneak peek

Hi everyone! It's Week 2 for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and with Barb and I switching up the hosting every other week, it's my turn to come up with the weekly prompt. This week I chose Explore Texture since it's one of my all time favourite elements of art. While I love both visual and physical texture, the latter is the one that really floats my boat. I like texture I can actually feel!

Above is a sneak peek of the page I created for the Joggles blog where I show some of my favourite ways to add tactile (physical) texture. If you want to see more and hear about my process, pop over to the Joggles blog where I explain and show the steps in photos. Our Art Journal Adventure Facebook group is absolutely blossoming with so many enthusiastic members (Both new and returnees), lots of wonderful discussion, and all kinds of inspiring art being shared. If you haven't already joined, we would love to have you along for this 52 week journey. I'm loving every minute of it!

Life is good; so is art...and texture!

Monday, January 02, 2017

2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Cover story

Hi everyone! I am so excited that this day has arrived. We are beginning our Art Journal Adventure for 2017 on the Joggles blog today. This year, Barb and I are each taking every other week to host...something I have been so looking forward to. Our Art Journal Adventure Facebook group has grown by leaps and bounds this past few days and the inspiration, ideas, and enthusiasm flying around over there is awesome.

Barb and I are both featuring  our cover pages today as we launch this new year. We also both have binding systems which we will be using to create more flexibility and suit our styles better than the coil bound  or fixed binding journals we used last year. I have given you only a sneak peek of my cover here. To discover more and read about my process, hop over to the Joggles blog where I have explained my process and included more photos.

We would love it if you played along with us. The Facebook group is a fabulous collection of people who all share a love of art and are incredibly kind and supportive. Come join in the fun for the next 52 weeks...play along when you can.

Life is good; so is art...and the AJA!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 50 Response

Hi everyone! Twas the Day before Christmas...and I took some time out to finish up my response to Barb's Art Journal Adventure prompt for Week 50 which was to Use a Brayer With Something That Will  Act as a Resist. As usual there is no pressure to follow the prompt exactly so I chose to use the resist part and skip the brayer part. Like Barb, I chose Gel Medium as the resist medium of choice.

I began by scraping gel medium onto the page background through Joggles Number Sparkle Mask using a palette knife. It took a while to dry but once it did, I spritzed Hag's Wart Orange, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, and California Poppy Gold Lindy's Starburst Sprays over the stencilled page and then used paper towel to blot the sprays off the gel medium. It sunk in where there was no gel medium showing off the stencil pattern. To deepen the colour and add a little more pink, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink was added here and there.

The page looked very cool at this point but WAY too busy...even for me. To break it up and give the eye some places to rest, I tore out the page and then tore the background into three strips leaving white space between each. A big improvement! Black gesso was stencilled through Joggles Punchinella Quartet stars overlapping both the coloured strips and the plain white. This helped to tie them together. The white spaces were too stark now so Gray Flannel Memento ink was pounced through Carabelle Studio Handwritten Text Stencil. First black Pitt pen and then Gray Neocolor II were used to outline next to the coloured sections.

The stars of this page were going to be the funny little Birds stamps from Carabelle stamps. I love those little guys with their fancy hats. They were coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cut leaving a white border and then matted with black card stock. Hexagons were die cut from previously white card stock which I had used to clean paint off my brayer when gel printing.

To make the backgrounds a little more interesting and textured, Tiger Lily Archival Ink was used to stamp Joggles Nonsense Latin Text stamp. Magenta Hue Archival Ink was used to stamp a large mesh stamp in a few places and then Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through TCW's Microbial stencil. Faux stitching was added to the outside edges of each hexagon before they were matted with black.

The wording, from the old camp song we used to sing as kids, was printed onto white card stock and then cut into sections which were matted with black. To finish off the page, black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the two sides and bottom edge making sure that some of the ink overlapped the front edge. I like the way that frames the page and also makes the edges less perfect and more in keeping with the rest of the page.

Thanks for stopping by. The Junior Birdmen and I appreciate that and wish you a Merry Christmas. I cannot believe that this Monday will be the last prompt for the 2016 Joggles Art Journal Adventure. It's been a blast. I sure hope you will join us for 2017 :)

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Joggles DT Post Sneak Peek ~ Twinchies

Hi everyone! It's my turn to host on the Joggles blog today. I've been getting my January Create 365 Happy Planner all ready to go because it looks like a busy month ahead plus it's a new year and a new season, I decided to make some art to include in my planner. I love having my own seasonal art in there...it keeps me motivated to stay current with the planning. Today I took one of the Create 365 page protectors with the 2x2 inch openings and filled it with double sided twinchies featuring some of my mop-up pages and the Joggles Snowy Portraits and Winter Animals Collage Sheet images.

You can check out the completed Pocket Letter and the full tutorial on the Joggles blog. I hope you do! And to all who celebrate, Merry Christmas! I hope your holiday is filled with joy and love.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, December 16, 2016


Hi everyone! I needed to take a break from Christmas images and this image from Bloobel Stamps has been calling me very loudly. Her name is Just One Coffee and she makes me laugh. I know that desperate look in her eyes where you just know that a small regular just isn't going to do it...LOL

I coloured her with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border. That thickens all those crazy hair strands so they are less likely to tear off in the fussy cutting or gluing. I then matted her with black card stock and trimmed her out again leaving a narrow black border which helps her show against the background. Foam tape was used to pop her up and create a natural shadow.

The background was created using my gel plate and pulling prints onto white card stock. I used two colours of pink Liquitex Basics acrylic paint and brayered them onto 1/2 of the 5  x 7 inch plate. Then I used a bottle cap to create rings and stamped the lid off each time on the other 1/2 of the plate. I cleaned the brayer horizontally across the page and then printed the gel plate design vertically on the same page. Extra pattern and texture was added with Carabelle Studios Texture Etoiles Stamp and Magenta Hue Archival Ink. More was applied with Cactus Flower Archival Ink and a VLV numbers stamp. The word Java was stamped repeatedly with Jet Black Archival ink and the stitching pattern was stamped with the same ink.

To give my coffee fiend a place to stand, two washi tapes, one which had been punched with holes, were layered near the bottom. The sentiment was printed on white card stock, cut apart and matted with black. Foam Tape was used to pop each word up. Two coffee themed buttons were adhered in opposite corners to emphasize the diagonal line of the image. Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the background before it was adhered to a black card stock rectangle cut slightly larger to serve as a frame to the page.

Thanks for popping by today. The crazy coffee lady and I appreciate you doing that. To see more of Lisa's wonderful quirky images, be sure to stop by Bloobel.com. You are sure to smile and to find many Must-Haves there!

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Santa says....

Hi everyone! The other day I stopped by Sassy Cheryl's Stamps to check out Cheryl's retiring stamps and a whole bunch of retiring and not-retiring stamps fell into my cart. I had a lovely time browsing her images which I hadn't coloured for quite a while (no idea why!) and fell in love with her style all over again.The image I coloured for this Christmas card is called Better Not Pout. Is he not the cutest with that little wink and big ol' stache?

I coloured Santa with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. He was fussy cut leaving my usual white border. He was then matted with black card stock and fussy cut leaving a narrow black border to help him stand out against the background. Foam tape was used to pop him up and create a natural shadow.

A layered frame was cut out from designer paper and dark red coloured pencil was used to shade on the red next to the green. A black mat was cut slightly larger than the red rectangle and the red/green frame was adhered to it. A small rectangle of Christmas music designer paper was cut to fit inside the frame opening while still leaving some black showing. The entire stack was then adhered to a white card base. Small white buttons threaded with red were added to each green corner. The sentiment was stamped on white, die cut and matted with red card stock. The inside of the open letters were coloured with green marker and the edge of the label was faux stitched with black to repeat the stitching on the green layer.

Thanks for stopping by today. Santa will be moving you to the good list now...LOL Stay tuned for more projects with these sweet images. I see an altered children's board book in my future ;)

Life is good; so is art.