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!

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!

Mixed Media Fabric Cuff Bracelet

Hello friends! Today I am here with a super easy and fun tutorial! Its a fun fabric cuff that you can put together in less than fifteen minutes! So easy and super cute in no time at all! Let's get started!

Here's what you'll need:
Fabric
Empty Tape Roll
Ribbon
Hot Glue
Pendant


So I have been a bit of a hoarder and have been saving these empty duct tape rolls AND my hand painted fabric for forever! Well I decided it was time to put them to good use!

 Start but cutting a strip of your fabric about an inch to an inch and a half wide

 Grab your tape roll and start on the inside with a bit of hot glue

Start wrapping the cuff, only gluing every other strip on the inside of the cuff


 Grab some ribbon and glue around the cuff, leaving a bit of a tail, tie in a knot, adding a dot of glue to the center of knot so it stays together. Trim and fray check your ribbon.

 Add your pendant with some glue and you are done! Super simple!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, its a great way to wear your art and add some fun to any outfit! What are some ways you enjoy wearing your art? The possibilities are endless! Questions? Comments? Feel free to Comment below! Happy Crafting!!!

File Folder Stencils!



Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to start the week with a little tutorial! I learned how to make file folder stencils in a class I took from Tangie Baxter and well I am hooked! So I thought I would share a quick little tutorial on how to easily make them yourself!


I simply drew out some simple shapes and then cut them out with scissors and a razor blade! Thats all there is to it! Here is a close up of the stencils being used!




Well friends that's all there is to it! I actually laminated mine and then re cut them so that they last longer! Imagine all the fun designs you can come up with! Well friends I will talk to you soon, happy Monday!

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!

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!







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.






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!

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!!!

Some revamping to be done!

Hello there I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am going to be making some changes to the blog, but good ones I promise! So if you come by and things look crazy it's because I am working on some new things!

Lately I have been dying fabrics, I use some of them in my art journal and on other mixed medial products. I have a blast dying them and seeing how they come out! I can't wait to cut these up and use them in my journal!




My art journal is almost finished! I feel like I went through so quickly, and if you look through it the front half of the book it is so different from the back half.  But I really love that my style is changing, has your style ever changed? Did you like it? I am really happy with my recent work so let's hope that it keeps going and evolving! Well onto the pages!

I'm gonna keep going, I'm gonna keep trying til I reach the stars

you've got to be kind to yourself

I don't need you anymore, I'm letting go...

lots of hidden journaling and unreadable journaling!
Well I hope you all have a good beginning of the week! I will be back on Tuesday with a tutorial!