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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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!



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!


ICAD Day One yay!!!

Hi guys just a quick hello and then I am off to my birthday dinner (even though my birthday isn't until Tuesday) But anyhoo here is my first card. Today she put up some prompts for this week and the first one was Zebra so I grabbed my zebra print fabric and made some fun ruffles! If you don't know about ICAD go check out Daisy Yellow's blog for all the info! Have a great Saturday night!


Friday Video Tutorial!

Hi friends I hope everyone is having a great week and having a great start to their weekend! Alright well I am here with another fun tutorial for you this week! It's super easy, super fun and super cheap! We are using transparencies to make fun backgrounds and fun papers! I love doing this technique, I could probably sit and do this for hours! There are so many possibilities! Alright onto the video!


So here are some pics of all the papers I covered!


If you guys give this a try feel free to let me know I would love to see your results as well!
Alright so for June I am giving myself a few challenges, number one means a post EVERYDAY in the month of June, I know I can do it and well so I will! Second I am finally going to participate in ICAD over on Daisy Yellow's blog (it starts tomorrow!!!) I am dedicating myself to do at least 33 cards! Why 33 you ask? Because it's over half way and I am turning 33 in a few days! So hop on over to her blog and check it out! In the meantime I will see you tomorrow!!!

Glue it Tuesday (the rectangle edition) !!!

Hi friends I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I am back with another page for Glue it Tuesday as well as a few new journal pages! So this week I went on a rectangle rampage and just cut up a bunch of rectangles, which was fun but different.... Anyways I am happy with the way it turned out, I mean I have Darth Vader on this page. I think this week was just a reminder to have fun with your art and to not take yourself to seriously!
So yea it's a little crazy but I like it!!!

Loving this journal page, considering making it into a print to sell, what do you think?

And another journal page! It is a little busy but I like it!

 I hope everyone has a great Tuesday and I will see you again soon!


Glue it Tuesday!

Hi friends, I hope you are having great start to your week, I know I am! Well it Tuesday and lately Tuesday has become one of my favorite days, mainly because of Glue it Tuesday! I am really loving collage right now so the chance to get to do it weekly is lots of fun! Here is this weeks page!

I had a lot of fun putting this page together! The page was painted a couple days ago so that made it much easier to get started! I have sheets upon sheets of chipboard letters so I thought this would be a fun way to use them up! Happy Glue it Tuesday everyone!

Oooh and hey that's me! I finally got new glasses! I have had the same black and red glasses for probably five years now so it was about time, I love these!
I will be back soon with some fun projects and such, I hope everyone has a great week!!!

Scrappin Sunday!

So I have been bit by the scrapbooking bug again (it comes and goes) but right now I am addicted to making mini albums! So here is one I made earlier this week, I am thinking it might be fun for a Mothers Day gift!

It comes in this cute little box!

The whole album is made out of file folders!


love this page!


Almost all of the flip pages and pockets are made out of the extra pieces of file folder!





This mini album is really really easy to make, you could even make this into a travel journal of some sort, lots of possibilities! Here is the tutorial for the book,mine is tweaked a bit to my liking (I have one more page then she does for instance) Let me know if you guys make one, its a lot of fun! Have a great Sunday, see you soon!

Friday Five Minute Tutorial! (transparent papers)

I may have lied I believe the video is a bit longer than five minutes (ahem twenty to be exact) but I wanted to be thorough! I really really love making these papers, I make a new batch every couple weeks because I use it up so quickly! So I really hope you all enjoy and let me know if you try it and like it!




Also I wanted to ask you all a favor, are there any new techniques, or new things you are wanting to try? Something you see in my journal that you want to learn how to do yourself? Please feel free to comment or email me (freckles2531@gmail.com), I want your opinions so I can build a better blog so that I am trying new things and of course so are you! I hope you all have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Glue it Tuesday and some other Fun Things!

Hi I hope everyone is having a great week so far! This week seems to be flying by so quickly! I just have a few things to share fro you today!

Here is my Glue it Tuesday page!




 And a few new pages and finished paintings!
Lots of fun and lots of neon!

A page done for a Year in the Life you can check it out here

Ignore the terrible picture but I just finished this and am super happy with the way the canvas turned out!

Another canvas I recently finished, lots of fun puffy paint!


 I hope you all have a great Wednesday and I will talk to you soon!

xoxo






Just a bit of an update!

Hi there! I hope you all are having a great spring so far! I have quite a few pages to share with you all so lets get started!

I started using my Moleskin journal for Glue it Tuesdays over at Artsyville's blog, I am having lots of fun so far!

I worked on this spread until the wee hours last night (4am to be exact) I really love the message that came through oh and I LOVE the neon! This page is also for the Sodalicious challenge!


At the Renaissance festival a few weeks ago I got this really awesome handmade journal and I just love working in it! It's much larger than any other journal I have worked in but I am really enjoying it!

Well I hope you are all having a great week! Talk to you soon!

Five minute Friday Tutorial!! Fun with chalk pastels!!


Hi guys hope your week is going great! Here is this weeks video about using chalk pastels and gesso to get some bright vivid color in your journal! I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you guys try it out!! Have a great weekend!




Discoveries made in the Process....

Hi friends, hope everyone is doing well! Just a quick update, sharing some new pages and such, I will be back on Friday with a new fun 5 minute tutorial!

Lately I have had a lot on my mind, friendship, forgivness, being open to new possibilities and self love. You can tell in my journal pages that I have been writing a lot more than usual.

do you have periods of time where you feel more reflective? Feel like you need to get everything out, the good and bad?

Well I thing we all have go through things that make us think, make us evolve and learn who we are, maybe I am learning from my mistakes....









What is on your mind this week? Make sure to take time out of your day to reflect, journal and of course get some paint on your fingers! See ya Friday!

Five minute Friday Tutorial!!

Hi there! Hope everyone is having a great week! I figured I would do a quick update and I a starting a new video series that will be on the blog every Friday! This week I am going to do a cool gesso back ground with you! The video is a little dark, so lets hope next weeks goes better!


I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial! Here are some pictures from my journal!





Alright I will be back tomorrow with a fun little project for you all! I hope you have a great Saturday!!!

Art Journaling is a SMASHing good time!

Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well! I have been super busy with work as well as THREE new dogs!  We adopted two goldendoodle puppies and took in a 13 year old dog! Needless to say life has been a bit crazy but on to the fun stuff!


I am so in love with my SMASHbook!
I am having such a great time working in my smashbook, granted I only have a few pages done but I love them! I love that I am taking my old passion of scrapbooking and my passion of art journaling and putting them together! So if you have a chance try it out, there are so many great ideas for using smashbooks! Here are some blogs with some fun ideas for using a smashbook

Instagram photos in a SMASHbook!
I adore her SMASHbook pages!
The official SMASHbook blog!
A Pintrest boaed for SMASHbooks!

Here are my SMASHbook pages thus far
I have two more SMASHbook pages in the works right now so stay tuned!!!


My Art Journal has been well a bit neglected...... BUT I am slowly getting myself back into it as well as experimenting, playing and just having fun with it! My new love is watercolors, I love the cool effects you can achieve with them! I will be doing a little watercolor tutorial for you really soon! I am still such a sucker for bright colors and painted doodles, I could sit for hours and doodle with paint it seems! Here are some recent pages!



 Challenge yourself this week and try some new things in your journal
  • Use some scrapbook paper in your art journal
  • Doodle with your paintbrush
  • Use your favorite art supply in a new way
Please check out Samantha Kira's post about our fun art picnic over here
Well friends that is all from me tonight but I will be back soon so stay tuned!

Inspiration Week umm again?

Sorry friends for the break! But I am back and even whith a video for you! So today we are talking about using prompts to inspire us!so here goes it! Here is the video!

 Once again my final result!


So here are some links for you! Have fun! See ya tomorrow!
a year in the life
Journal Craft Inspration
Journaling Saves
Rhomany's Realm
Creativity Portal
Picture Prompts
My Creativity Blog
Art Journaling Challenges
GPP Street Team
52 Week Challenge
Studio Tangie
Tuesday Ten
Creative Therapy

OOOH! Also please check out my facebook page all this week for extra videos, links and fun!
Adventures in Art Journaling on FB

Inspiration Week!

Hello friends! This week I have something special to share with you! I decided to do a week full of artsy inspiration, we all can you some right? So today I have a video for you and I accidentally already posted the result page (oops) but I will re post it anyway!


So here is the result from using an inspiration flair tray!

On a sad note my golden retriever Copper passed away last Thursday, he wasn't eating and he was so skinny, and any time he did eat he couldn't keep it down. On top of all of that he was having a hard time getting around and was just sleeping all day because he had a huge tumor that was bleeding into his stomach. So on Thursday night our vet came to the house and put him to sleep, I miss him so much already but I know he is in heaven playing with his brother right now....  Well I will be back tomorrow, have a great day!