Thursday, January 18, 2018

My rememberer - Inspired by a Vera Lane image

Hi everyone! I made some time to colour one of the fabulous Vera Lane Studio images (had to buy a few last week) and then I had a play with a mixed media background to complete a journal page. The image is from the set called  New Day and I think she's as cute as a button!

I coloured Charlee with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils using colours to coordinate with the start of a background I had made in a gel printing session using Liquitex Basics Brilliant Yellow Green, Cerulean Blue Hue, and Bright Aqua Green Acrylic Paint. I fussy cut Charlee leaving a narrow white border, matted her with black cardstock, and fussy cut her again leaving a narrow black border. I generally do that because I love the way it makes her pop against the background. Foam tape was applied to the back of her and a tiny bow made from red embroidery floss was adhered to her raised finger to remind her of something. Too bad she can't remember what...LOL.

The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper already had a white border left from the printing process. To add more texture and detail, I randomly stamped a VLV number stamp and a Crafty Individuals text stamp using Manganese Blue Archival Ink. Then I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp an Ellen Hutson Bokeh stamp (the dots) and a Finnabair lines stamp to add some lovely contrast. Then, for a little dimension, Texture Paste was scraped through stars from the Joggles Punchinella Quintet stencil.

The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock, cut into individual words, and matted with black. Foam tape was used to adhere them to the background. Two narrow pieces of washi tape were placed below Charlee to give her a place to stand and ground her. A red threaded button chosen to repeat the red from her mouth and her finger string was adhered to the washi end. Strips of  drywall mesh were added in three clusters once Charlee was adhered in place and to finish off the page, a border was doodled with black pen. Like many of my art journal pages, a black mat was adhered to the page both to add strength, and to serve as a frame.

Thanks for joining Charlee and me today. We're so happy you did! be sure to stop by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop to see the rest of Charlee's set and all of the other fabulous images waiting to inspire you. I have a few more in the fun!

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Joggles 2018 AJA - Week 3 and an optional twist

Hi everyone! It's week 3 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and this week, the prompt is the number 7...and there is an optional twist to which you may or may not wish to respond. The optional twist is to Create a Border around your page. This one took me a while to come up with what I wanted to do...I had lots of ideas around the # 7 but I only wanted to use one 6 x 6 inch page instead of a two page spread and many were just to complicated for such a small piece of real estate. I'm not complaining...I'm loving the challenge of this size of journal and also of keeping it simple.

I decided to punch 7 flowers from my mop-up scraps and place them on a Distress inks background. The centers are these little black discs with white numbers and I like how they contrast with the flowers and tie in with the doodled stems. To create the sky portion of the background, I applied Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks with a mini ink blending tool. The grass portion was created using Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. I used a hand cut mask to divide the two sections and then blended the colours a little where they met so I didn't have such a distinct line. More of the Mermaid Lagoon DI was inked through Carabelle Studio Weft Fabric and Numbers stencil as well as onto a Crafty Individuals text stamp on both the green and blue to tie them together.

The optional border was created by drawing a wonky border on another 6 x 6 inch watercolour page from the disc bound refills so that the holes lined up. I then lined off squares and used my black Faber Castell Pitt pens to fill in every other square and edge the inside and outside of the border once it was cut from the page.It was then glued onto the Distress Inked background page using Aleene's Super Thick Tacky Glue. I love that it is raised slightly from the background. Because I wanted to emphasize the number 7 and the counting aspect, I chose three Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs featuring the numbers 1-7. I love the size of these and they form a visual triangle that moves the eye around the page.

The flowers were staggered across the sky, varying the heights and closeness to others for more interest. Pitt pens were used to doodle in the stems and wonky leaves but I wanted to stamp some Jet Black Archival grass tufts lightly at the base of each stem to ground them. I looked through many stamps but they all were too large or too distinct until I came across Joggles Loretta stamp.

Her top knot was perfect for what I wanted and it was a great reminder to look at my stamps with a fresh eye for new uses :)

The final steps were the wording printed on white cardstock and matted with black as well as a little extra doodling on the flower petals to bring in a little more detail. I also punched a wee butterfly which I edged with Mermaid Lagoon and used Black Diamond Stickles for the body. This page was pure play and I loved how it turned out. Whimsy makes me happy :)

Thanks for joining me today. If you haven't already checked out our Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group where we post the weekly prompts and our fabulous members share their responses, I urge you to join. Not only is there an absolute ton of inspiration each week but the company and encouragement are delightful. This is our third year...hard to believe. I love our little AJA community!

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Joggles 2018 AJA Week 2 - A is for...

Hi everyone! The Joggles 2018 Art Journal Adventure began on the Facebook group last week. This week, it's my turn to choose the prompt and I am picking the Letter A.  That means that to play along, you can feature a colour or colours which start with A (Acid Green, Air Force Blue, Alizarin Crimson), or maybe a feeling/emotion (affection, acceptance, afraid), a medium which begins with A like acrylic paint or a technique like abstract art or alphabet stencilling...anything you want as long as it begins with A. You could even create a fancy letter A as the's wide open. I chose to feature the word affirmation, plus I used Aqua coloured pencils and acrylic paint so I've got it covered...LOL.

The background is a 6 x 6 inch watercolour page from one of the Joggles disc bound journals. I spread the Aqua Acrylic paint onto my 5 x 7 inch gel plate and then removed some of the paint with Carabelle Studio Art Printing Rubber Texture - In Uppercase ('cause alphabet begins with A). I then printed onto the page in a few places. Next I added some Cerulean Blue Hue Liquitex paint to the gel plate and pulled it off in a few places. Finally, I brayered black onto the gel plate in order to load Joggles One Ringy Dingy Creative Art Texture so I could stamp it onto the page. Texture Paste was added through TCW Tiny Circles stencil and allowed to dry completely.

Because of the affirmation I knew I was going to write, I chose one of the Santoro Gorjuss girls stamps called Sweetheart as the focal image. She was coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. She was then matted with black cardstock and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border to help her stand out against the busy background. Foam tape was placed on the back of the image to pop her up and create a natural shadow. To ground her and give her a place to stand, three different lengths of washi tape were adhered to white cardstock and trimmed out. I like doing this because it takes away the translucency and allows the pattern to really show. Cheesecloth was placed behind her to help diffuse the background so she didn't have to compete with it.

The affirmation and sentiment were printed onto white cardstock, cut into sentences, and matted with black. Foam tape was used to pop them up and adhere them to the page. To balance the design, another cluster of the same washi was placed in the top right corner. Enamel dots were used to embellish both sets of washi. I also added some touches of watered down black gesso using the edge of a plastic gift card for some mark making. You know me...I like my touches of black. Black Big Brush Pen was used to darken the edges of the page which helps frame it.

Last week I showed how I was constructing this AJA journal using the different sized disc bound watercolour papers. I also mentioned that the black cardstock covers have a pocket on the inside. This week, just for fun, I decorated that pocket with a few collage pieces like I do in my junk journals and then stuffed it with a postcard featuring a Bo Bunny Postale flag, a map piece, and a bingo card. I figure I can write any notes I want about the AJA on the back of these pieces of ephemera or use them to jot down the challenge themes.

Thanks for visiting today. The little Sweetheart and I appreciate that. I hope you will join our 2018 Art Journal Adventure and play along with our weekly challenges. It's great fun and the people who have joined our Facebook group are amazingly supportive, creative, and fun to hang out with :)

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The Joggles 2018 Art Journal Adventure Begins!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited that the 2018 Joggles Art Journal Adventure has started as of Monday, January 1. I had to bail on the last two months last year due to health reasons so I've been chomping at the bit to start anew :) 

This year I've decided to go with a smaller format, changing up the orientation and size by combining pages from the 6x6, 4x6, and 8x5 disc bound watercolour art journals Joggles produces. I have put in 2 of the 6x6, then 2 of the 4x6 which I will treat as one page, then a 6x6 kraft background, and then one of the 8x5 which I have folded at 6 inches so that it has a flap. Then repeated that sequence. For the cover, I cut a piece of black slightly larger, folded in a flap and glued the two edges so I have a pocket on the inside covers, front and back. I'm excited at the possibilities these different size pages will present.

Our first prompt from Barb was to create a page incorporating a canine to celebrate this being The Year of the Dog. I cut a 6 x 6 inch rectangle from heavy kraft cardstock to fit on my black cover leaving a black border all around. To create the background, I adhered two torn pieces of coffee dyed French book text which I had edged with Coffee Archival Ink. I then stencilled dots with the same ink pounced through Joggles Punchinella Quintet Minis stencil and then added Jet Black Archival Ink using Carabelle Stars stamp. Slighly watered down white paint was used with an old gift card to create the lines.

The larger sales tag began as plain white but I stamped a second generation image of text using Coffee Archival. The same ink was used to edge the tag and then was topped with Black Big Brush Pen. A Tim Holtz rub-on was used to transfer the star row. The smaller tag was die cut, inked with Coffee Archival, and then number stickers were added for the year. This was attached to the page using a black brad. A scrap of dotty burlap was sitting on my desk and became the frayed background for the Tim Holtz Ransom letters spelling AJA. I made sure that the fringe of the burlap overlapped the tag slightly to create cohesion between the elements.

After adding my own shading, Glossy Accents on the glasses, and details to the images, the three amigos (dogs) were fussy cut from Joggles Haute Couture Dogs & Cats 1 Collage sheet leaving a narrow white border. They were then matted with black and trimmed out again to help them pop against the background. Before applying them with foam tape to add dimension, a scrap striped piece of packaging was added to ground floating puppies here :) A little outlining and a doodled border were added to finish the page before it was adhered to my black cover. 

I love this makes me smile which is exactly what I had hoped for. My art journal sits out all the time and I wanted something on the front that would make me want to play with it each week. We hope you will join us for the 2018 Art Journal Adventure. This year we will only be posting on the Joggles AJA Facebook group so you have to join to see what we are doing. There are wonderful, friendly and creative people in our group who are happy to share their talents with us there. Come join the fun!

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Drink the coffee! - inspired by Bloobel Stamps images

Hi everyone! This is the first art journal page I have created in ages and the first colouring I have done in a couple of months. I thought I would have to retrain myself but it all came back...LOL. A while ago, I  had a great "enjoy every day" chat with my sister over a yummy cup of coffee at Timmy's. The idea for this page and the quote came from that conversation and was just what I needed to make me want to return to my art. I knew just the images I would choose to illustrate it: Tea Break and Cake Break by Lisa at Bloobel Stamps.

The images were coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cut, and matted with black before being popped up on foam tape. Diamond Stickles was added to the coffee steam because coffee is really magical...LOL. The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper was spritzed with one of my favourite Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray combinations: Yellow Rose of Texas, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, and Marigold Yellow Orange. Once the background was dry, I added pattern with Tiger Lily Archival Ink and Kaisercraft Criss Cross stencil. Additional  detail was added with Jet Black Archival Ink and one of Ellen Hutson's Bokeh Dots stamps plus a TH dotty stamp.

Checked Washi Tape was applied to white cardstock, fussy cut, and then adhered to the bottom of the page to ground the pair and create a floor for the cafe. Scraps of drywall mesh were layered over the background in three places to add a little texture without adding busyness. The sentiment was printed on white cardstock and the open letters were filled in with markers. The strips were then matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the page before it was matted with black cardstock to frame it.

Thanks so much for popping by today. The three of us appreciate it. Now go and seize the day...and the coffee...and the cake :)

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Decorating my simple planner with G45

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted...been taking a needed break for a little while. In an effort to dip my toe back into the creative pool, I decided to get my planner calendar ready for January. Last year I used one of the Create 365 Happy Planners from MAMBI but I found that I wasn't using much more than the monthly calendar so this year, I decided to simplify and go old school.

I purchased a boring spiral bound monthly planner from Staples and grabbed the Graphics 45 Children's Hour Collection 6x6 pad to see what I could come up with for the first few months. The only things I added besides elements and papers from this pad were washi tape, some punched shapes, and black cardstock.

Here is what I came up with for January until April:

I had so much fun that I will definitely continue with the other 8 months. I haven't decided whether I will do anything with the cover or not...lots of time and months left to decide :)

Thanks for joining me today. Stay tuned for another installment when I get the next block done.

Life is good; so is art...again :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Day 31 Sneak Peek - 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns

Hi everyone! We made it! As part of the LeighSBDesigns DT, I've been excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop sponsored by Terra. Above is a sneak peek of my Day 31 project featuring the image Alfred Hitchcock by LeighSBDesigns. To see the entire project, pop over to the LeighSBDesigns Blog

Hey, while you are there, why not join the blog hop. It's your last chance. You can find the hop list in the sidebar on the blog. There are all kinds of prizes/blog candy to be won like a free single digi image for each of the weeks of the hop or Leigh's grand prize of 3 images which will be chosen at the end of the month. Check out the details on the blog. There is also a flash sale at Leigh's Etsy shop for the image featured that day by the DT member.

Sound like fun? You betcha :)

Life is good; art is spooktacular!