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?  

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!

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!

Fun with Acrylic Skins



 So I have been reading up on Acrylic skins and I have really been wanting to try it out so I thought I would document my little experiment and share it with you! (Let me just say I have made two more of these! Its a bit addicting!) Alright lets get started

Things you need

  • a Transparency (I used a 12x12 sheet protector)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used my high flow acrylics by Golden)
  • Liquitex Glazing Medium
  • Any other fun things you can throw in there! (glitter, puffy paint stamps maybe?)



 First spread out some of the glazing medium onto your surface (whether it be a transparency etc.) Don't worry about it being perfectly even it will settle overnight!

Now add drops of color into your glazing medium! Keep going til its just about full of color! I then just swirled some of the paint together with a toothpick! Then let it dry overnight!


 After it dries overnight it will be clear, I let mine dry two days just to be safe but that's all up to you! It will pull up really easily and feel almost like a taffy so be careful it will stick together!

 I used some black puffy paint to write all over mine and  then cut a heart out of it and put it in my journal! I love that its transparent! So many possibilities! Let me know if you try it out and I will see you soon! Happy Arting!

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.








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!






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.






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!

Glue it Tuesday and the big 33!

Well today is my birthday and I am 33 wow how did I get to be 33? I feel like I am still 25 and look more like 21, (I get carded all the time and here the wow you don't look like you are in your thirties!) I have a lot of things I want to accomplish before 34 so I better get started! Alright on to Glue it Tuesday! I did this page in less then 15 minutes, I love collage it's such a quick and easy way to express yourself! Not to mention I am using up all of these papers and magazines I have had forever!  I also have my day 2 ICAD (I have more just no pictures yet!) 
Alright well I hope everyone has a great Tuesday and I will 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!


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!!!

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