Using Stamps in your Art Journal

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Hello friends! Today I want to talk about my newest addiction.... stamps!!! I started buying stamps to use in mail art and they gradually made their way into my art journal! The best part??? Most of them are from the dollar bin at Michaels!  

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Well I hope I inspired you to try something new in your art journal! Break out your stamps and have some fun!!!  

Creating Art when you are Disabled

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So a lot of you may not know this but I create art with a slight disadvantage! I am blind in my left eye, not only that I have 25% vision in my right eye and no peripheral vision.    So let me tell you how I got this way. Well when I was twelve I had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball growing behind my left eye.  I was super lucky and blessed that it was not cancerous  and that there were really no complications. Yes I lost a lot of my vision, I also lost my pituitary gland and some other random things lol. I also stopped growing so this thirty something girl you look at today still has the same body she had when she was twelve! Crazy I know, what I also know is that I think differently, process things differently and just have a different outlook on things, but then again don't we all? 

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I have tried really hard to not let my lack of vision get in the way of what I want, now there are certain things I definetly shouldn't do like drive a car or operate heavy machinery! I think making art became an outlet for me because it was so easy and natural for me even though drawing things with perspective and shadow and light did not and still do not come easy! I discovered art in junior high (I started 7th grade bald and gained about 60 pounds due to surgery) and let me tell you I NEEDED it like really needed it! Art became and still is like a best friend and I rarely think about the fact I am only seeing a limited range of what I am making at a time. 

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So what I really want to say to you is no matter what your disability is you can make something beautiful. You can find a way to make it work and find a special way to express yourself. Art doesn't judge us for our disadvantages so just get out there pick up that paintbrush and make something, anything because I know you have it in you to put beautiful things out into this world! 

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Art Journal Everyday

Hey friends! So at the beginning of February I decided to challenge myself with doing at least fifteen minutes of art journaling daily. Let me just say that I am so so loving it! I find myself trying new things and experimenting on a daily basis! I often find that my fifteen minutes soon turns to thirty but I am just as happy on days when I just get the fifteen minutes in! Here is what I have created so far! 

 

 

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Well I will be back soon to share more! Just remember it's never to late to start a daily habit/ritual! Just put your mind to it, I know you can! So what's your next challenge going to be?  

Summer Frame DIY




Hi friends! Hope you are all having a fabulous day I know I am! I just wanted to share a little project with you that I whipped up the other day! It's super fun and simple and will look fantabulous in anyone's home!
 I had this cute frame I bought from Michael's ages ago and finally decided to put it to use! The first thing I did was paint it teal (a favorite color in our house!) I then found some cute Jar stamps and found some of my favorite paper!



 I stamped all the papers with my cute Mason Jar stamp also found at Michael's! I cut all 12 of the jars and and simply stung them with some yellow twine! I added some cute letters and a few flowers and voila! So simple and easy and the best part is that I can take the jars off and put a new banner up there at any time!
Well I hope you enjoyed my little project! Are you making anything fun for the summer? Feel free to share below! Have a great day friends!

Altered Clipboard



Hi there! Hope you are having a great day! I am here to share just a fun little tutorial! You can do this project in less than an hour and it is super cute!

I found this cute burlap clipboard at Michael's its made by Tim Holtz and comes with lots of fun embellishments BUT they weren't really my style so I went ahead and made it my own!


I started with the blank burlap clipboard and used this awesome Heidi Swapp stencil with white spray ink!




 I also painted the actual clip a metallic black, added some hot pink around the edges and a bit here and there. I used my black stamp pad to add some black around the edge of the clipboard!


I added an inked up flower, some feathers and gems and voila done! I love how it turned out! Well I hope you enjoyed my little project have a great day and happy arting friends!

Canvas Heart Tutorial




Hi friends! I hope you are having a great day! Today I am sharing a fun little tutorial on how to make this cute heart canvas! Its super fun and easy and will bring a little sparkle to wherever you decide to hang it! Lets get started!



Start out by cutting out a heart shape from your canvas fabric

I then completley  gessoed over the entire heart to stiffen the fabric some and to give me a nice white clean surface

 I used some black ink and splattered some accrossed the heart I then added some stamped words to add some extra flare 

 I used this great flower stencil all over the heart I used my hot pink fluid acrylics mixed with both texture paste and modeling paste so that it was super thick and textured when dry
I used my hot glue gun to add some pretty flowers a gold frame and a pretty gold key! It was super fun and easy to make and I am a bit addicted I have two more in the works as we speak! I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial happy creating friends!

Hello 2015!



Hi friends! Hope everyone had a great Holiday season I know I did! I spent two weeks in California with family and had a blast! Things here are finally settling down so I thought I would do a quick recap of the last few months before getting all the fun things for 2015 going!

Celebrated New Years in San Diego

 Taught my first in person class!
 Tried new things and challenged myself!




Lot's of fun art added in there! One of my biggest goals for 2015 is to journal more and blog more! What are your plans for 2015? How has your January been so far? Talk to you soon friends!

Gelli Print Pillow Box



Hi friends! I hope you all are having a great day and a happy holiday season! Today I am bringing you a super simple (but super cute) tutorial on how to make a pillow box for little gifts and treats! Lets get started!

Things you will need:
An empty toilet paper roll (or paper towel roll cut in half)
Gesso or white paint
Paint of your choosing
Gelli Arts Gel Plate
Stencils
Brayer
Fun things like ribbons and anything else you might want to decorate your box with!


I started out by sanding off as much of the left over tissue and then applied two coats of gesso

Now starts the fun! I got out my Gelli Arts gel printing plate and used hot pink first

Next I decided to do some fun green polka dots!


Then I added some teal, after the teal I added a coat of Pearl glazing medium just to add a bit of shimmer!




Fold the two ends into each other and your ready to decorate!
I added a doily, some seam binding and tulle to tie it all together and thats it! Super simple and now you have a cute box to give a small gift in! You would never even guess it was a toilet paper roll! Well I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial have a great day friends!

New Supply Love

Hi friends! I know its been awhile but I wanted to do a quick post about some fun new supplies! Some of these I have been saving up for and others were garage sale bargains!

Here is the page I made using the new supplies!

So here are my fun new supplies! 
 I have been wanting to try Heavy Body Acrylics for awhile so I picked up two bottles of the Liquitex brand at Micheal's and went for it! I used the paint with a stencil in the middle of the circles and I love the texture it left behind! So much fun, I definitely recommend trying them out, its kind of like painting with lipstick!

I have been DYING to try out the Liquitex paint markers and I splurged (two months of savings) and bought these! I am so happy i did! The go over any color fabulously and I love that I can press harder for a more intense color or keep it light for a more transparent look! I am one happy lady, I cant wait to play with them more!

 How cute are these Martha Stewart Washi tapes? I love anything rainbow so I HAD to have these! They aren't transparent so they are perfect for making cute ruffles and such! Love em!

So last Saturday I pulled up to a garage sale and saw these Prismacolor chalk pastels, at first I wasn't going to ask how much they were figuring it would be at least 5 to 10 bucks buuut I asked anyways and well I got them for 50 cents!!! I nearly started jumping up and down in excitement! I love them, the colors are so gorgeous and bold, I;m in love to say the least!


So what new supplies have you tried lately? Its amazing how refreshing just trying something new can be, whether it cost you ten bucks or fifty cents! Well that is all for me now, I will be back soon with a few fun tutorials in the mean time here is a new art journal spread I recently finished! Happy Wednesday!!!

Art Journal Love



Hi friends I know its been awhile but I figured I would stop by for an update and share some art journal love! I am finding my love of color just continues to grow, I love using my neon paints and contrasting them with a darker purple or blue! I also love adding pops of black, I love how back + neon looks!




 I am also in love with drippy circles! I find myself filling my pages with them! Do you have any shapes that are always popping up on your pages? I also really love adding text to my pages whether it be stamps or some paper collage!



Maps continue to be one of the things I always reach for when I need paper! I love the colors, the lines and the text! What do you tend to reach for? That's all for me now, I hope you have a wonderful Monday!







My Top 5 Art Journaling Supplies!



Hi there! Today I thought I would share what my top five art journaling supplies are. Now this list changes as I get new supplies or discover new techniques. But for now these are what I am loving!

Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint 
 I love this stuff, seriously it's my go to paint, I love that it's transparent and is almost like an ink but better! The mini bottles are perfect for on the go creating and I am sooo in love with the selection of colors, especially the neon!


Paint Rollers
 I looove this triangle roller, it was given to me by a friend who didn't want it, score! I believe this one is from a scrapbooking company! I also like making my own rollers from tp tubes and hot glue or rubber bands!

India Ink
 I recently found these at the very bottom of my AJ on the go bag and well fell in love again! I love writing and doodling with the ink, and with all the new colors popping up there is tons of possibilities!

Painted Papers

 I love having pre-painted paper to use in my journal! I love doodling on book pages and using up extra paint to make cool papers for collage in my journal! Here are some that are painted on plain paper and book paper and then written on. Some days I just sit and make pages for collage, its fun no pressure painting!

Heidi Swapp Stencils
These are two of my favorite stencils right now (can you tell?) Heidi Swapp has a bunch of fun stencils that are in the scrapbooking section at Michael's and are so much fun! As you can tell I love these!


Well there ya have it my five favorite supplies right now! So what are some of your favorite supplies? Do they tend to change or rotate? Is there one thing you just have to have for art journaling?





Why I Art Journal



 Hi there, I know it's been yet another month but well here I am again! This past weekend I had a small meetup with a few other crafty ladies at my house. Both of which were scrapbookers and had never really heard of art journaling, I showed them my journals and watched as they flipped through the pages. They asked how I got started and then one of them asked me why I art journal. Well it got me thinking why do I art journal? I have a few answers first I said simply because I love it I love taking paper and paint and making something beautiful.

 When I first started art journaling, I needed it, like really needed that outlet to gush all of my thoughts out on a page and then to cover them with paint. So why has that changed so much over the past four years? Now a days I write one word or a few little things that are running through my head. There are days when I pick up my journal turn to a blank page and find myself writing, but per usual it gets covered.  I guess I have changed and my need for art journaling has changed.

I art journal because it soothes ans awakens me, it sets me free, it lets me be messy and be a bit of a mad scientist. I love it so, my journals and the pages that fill them are a peek into my soul. So ask yourself why do you art journal? You never know what answer you might come up with.








The Documented Life Project

Hi friends how are you? I know it has been awhile but I really want to keep up with my blog in 2014! Well my first post is about the super fun Document Life project! This is my first weeks page which you can find the prompt.here I have a really fun month planned on the blog, I am super excited! I am doing a whole month dedicated to using fabric for art! I know that sounds tricky but every project is super fun and easy! We will be making everything from journals to jewelry and all kinds of things n between! So I will be back tomorrow to revisit a fun project and get things started! Happy Monday!

Long time no see...






Hi friends, how are you? Well October was a really busy month for me, a trip to California and of course lots of Halloween fun! I took a fun class with Tangie Baxter, and when I finish the little journal I will share that with you! Right now I am just working on getting a little painting in each day, it is art every day month and so far I have painted all four days, go me! Even if its just some collage or a background, its something, its a start. Here are some close ups of my pages! Have a great day and see you tomorrow for Glue it Tuesday!






Saying thank you



Normally I would post a tutorial today but I kind of felt like doing some writing so here is goes. I am so so thankful for the amazing things happening in my life right now, it's so important to stop and give gratitude when the universe gives you the things you have been working and hoping for. I recently found out that I have been granted disability/social security. We have been struggling with this for about two years now and I am so thankful that things have finally come around. You see just going to work and doing the things most people do daily can be difficult sometimes, I am legally blind in my left eye and have only 25% vision in my right, I had a brain tumor when I was 12 and do to that and the years following that, I became really socially awkward and am just now coming out of that (even though it shows up at the worst times) I could go on listing my health problems but I wont, I just needed to say thank you. Thank you for the recognition I have been receiving for the art I love making, for my family being in this amazing happy place right now, for the new friendships I am making and for my readers even if you just randomly stumbled across my page today for the first time. Thanks for reading my ramblings, have a happy Friday!

Glue it Tuesday




Hi there! Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! I am just here with a quick page I did this morning for Glue it Tuesday! I really love doing these pages they are so fun and spontaneous! I love the cute little tape sticker that Tangie Baxter gave me at her studio opening on Saturday! Also please sign up for my newsletter, I will be hoping to at least get them out twice a month, they will have lots of fun artsy goodness, so sign up and stayed tuned!  Well that is all for me I will be back soon to share some fun pages with you!



Creating your own Collage Papers




Hi friends, I hope you have all had an amazing summer and are getting ready to enjoy one of my favorite seasons, Fall. Today I have a mini tutorial for you all and I really hope you enjoy it. So I took out my HUGE Strathmore 18x24 paper and started painting fun shapes and patterns.





 Flowers and Feathers oh my
  

My wife sat down and helped me finish the rest of the page so I don't have to many in progress pictures

 
My last step was just doodling around the page with sharpie but I accidentally deleted the picture (oops)
I then cut it into smaller sheets and used it some in my journal.



Alright well there it is, super simple and fun. It's a great way to just relax and doodle with no pressure for your finished product because it's getting cut up. 
I am leaving you with a few new pages I have recently finished, have a great weekend.






Scrapook Sunday


So it has been awhile, I know but life has been a bit on the crazy side for these last few months! I got a new job , the ceiling caved in on our house and right  now we are in the middle of moving! This summer has been anything but relaxing but I have been very crafty and creative! Here are some scrapbook pages and some other paper crafting projects I've done in the last month. The first is a altered embroidery hoop that I made for a swap and I really like how it turned out but was so sad to give it away!





Well there ya go, my favorite is the altered dress form and well sadly it was also for a swap and I hope she loves it as much as I did! The two layouts I did for a challenge on Two Peas in Bucket and also for a scrapbooking site called Let's Scrap. I also had a lot of fun making the altered dominoes, they are super fun and easy! I also did those for a swap but I definitely want to make more! Alright that is all for me today but I will be back very soon! I hope you all have a great Sunday!

Glue it Tuesday and a Sneak Peek!

Hi friends, hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! Sorry for being MIA but I have been busy with work and family and life in general! I want to say a special thank you to Mimi for being such a great host while I was in California! I hope you all enjoyed her tutorial as much as I did! Alright on to Glue it Tuesday!

Her is my page for this week and then last weeks as well!


I also started ICAD I already shared the first card with yo, but let me tell you I am WAY behind!!! But I am going to stick with it! Here is what I have so far




And lastly a journal page I finished yesterday! I like how the page turned out! Alright well I promised you a sneak peek to something and that something is a fun summer art journaling class that I will be announcing tomorrow! The best part? It only costs $15usd !!! So come back tomorrow to check out the details and sign up! Have a great Tuesday!

Scraobook Sunday mini album style!

Hi friends I  hope everyone had a good weekend! Sorry this is coming in so late but I had SO many technical difficulties that caused me to almost give up! Well two hours later here I am with a fun mini album I made for a swap! I really love how it turned out and was SO sad to give it away! I don't have a picture of every page but you get the idea!



Alright that is it for me today, talk to you soon!