Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - Week Four

Welcome to Week Four of #30Lists.  In case you're still not following me on Instagram, here are my lists for the past week and the very end of this awesome activity!

I can't begin to say how much fun this challenge has been.  It's really made me have to think about some things.  I will definitely be playing along again in October!  Thanks again so much to Belen from Art & Whimsey for this fantastic opportunity!

Now go make some art y'all!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sweet Treats - Artist Trading Cards

Hey y'all!  Welcome to another ATC Monday.  Today I'm sharing a set of sweet ATCs for a special Sweets Swap.

I went on Pinterest and found an idea for a background.  I had no idea where I was going to go from the background - I wasn't particularly inclined to actually draw anything and I hadn't found the perfect stamp yet.  I started by adhering old dictionary pages to my base.  I used Tea Dye Distress Ink all over and then stamped Dwelling Dots (Unity Stamp Co Layers of Life Nov 2014) in Vintage Photo.  I added a Recollections lacy border stamp in Blue and Pink pigment inks on the outside edges and then added coordinating washi.

I finally found my perfect stamp - "Guilty of Love in the First Degree" by Tiddly Inks.  I stamped it onto mixed media paper, colored with Inktense Pencils and cut out.  I added white highlights with my Uni-Ball Signo pen.  I stamped "Candy" in black archival ink with an Alpha set by Jillibean Soup and little candy hearts that came with the Tiddly Inks set.  Outlined and highlighted in white, inked the edges in black and sent them out to be swapped!

This was a difficult swap to come up with an idea for but I'm glad I found the Tiddly Inks stamps - they are some of my new favorites!

Happy creating y'all.  Now go make art!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Another Tangled Doodle Sunday

It's Sunday and y'all know what that means - it's Doodle Sunday!  I'm still using my Strathmore 4x4 Black Artist Tiles and a green souffle pen by Sakura.  This was just a simple little zentangle but unfortunately my pen ran out of ink!  See those circles in the bottom right corner?  Yep - my pen ran out on them.  I didn't want to use a different color so I will have to finish this when I get a new pen.

Have a great day and happy crafting!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Twelve

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)

March 21

Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point

Journal Prompt:  Coming into Focus

I've been playing catch up all week.  This week's prompt is taking somewhat literally - this journal page is what came into focus.  I had no plan, no direction, and hardly even a color scheme to go on!  So yeah, my usual way to begin.

I started by brayering Blackberry Violet acrylic imperfectly on my page. 

I then added bits of Turquoise with my brayer.

I added spots of Lime with my brayer.  Now, I took this picture before it dried so it still looks green.  For some reason, when it dried it turned a dull orange color.  Maybe because my previous layers weren't totally dry?  I'm not sure.  But either way, my green disappeared and I got orange instead.  I made it work.

Time for a little stenciling - black acrylic through my new Dylusions stencil "Diamond".

I added streaks of Turquoise (Artist's Loft) with a paint brush to help cover up some of my "orange" green bits and to push the stenciling further into the background.

Next was some Aqua through my Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil.  Love those dots!  After that dried I got in my groove.  And y'all know what happened!  I stopped taking pictures.  I did however have to stop and sleep for a few hours so before I started again, I did take a picture!

I added circles of white acrylic, let that dry.  Added Quin. Magenta over those circles and blended with white.  Used my Stabilo pencil to scribble around the circles.  Used white acrylic and my Dylusions stencil "Triangles" within the circles.  Dripped Red Violet india ink and added washi tape.  Then I stamped a butterfly by Dina Wakley and colored it with souffle pens.  The little flowers are stamped from the Dylusions set "How Does Your Garden Grow" and colored with my white Signo and teal souffle pens.  After all of that, I've totally gone to town with my white Signo pen and mendhi designs and doodles.  I have to say, even with that crazy background, I'm very pleased by how well the doodles stand out!

And here's the finished page with close-ups of those fun little designs!

I choose to do lots of little intricate details and a quote that states: "Life is much better when you focus on what truly matters."  The big picture or the page as a whole is very nice, but when you focus on the little details is when you see the truly beautiful things!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Journal Thursday - a Mendhi Inspired Peacock

 Welcome back y'all for another Journal Thursday!  Today I'm sharing a little mendhi-inspired piece I did in my small Dylusions journal.

I started with a layer of Turquoise (Artist's Loft) brayered over a piece of turquoise polka dotted washi tape.

I then laid my 9x12 Dylusions "Bubbles" stencil over my page and sprayed Calypso Teal through the stencil.  Once that dried I took it outside and sprayed multiple coats of Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer over the whole thing.  I didn't want my ink to smear too badly though my white pen.  This stuff is great for sealing both Dylusions and Distress inks.

 Then it was time for my white pen to shine!  I used only my Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen and doodled like crazy!  I found tons and tons of inspiration on Pinterest and combined different designs to create my peacock.

I decided to go with a peacock because of the gorgeous turquoise blue background.  I love how the white pops.  It almost looks like a batik fabric.

 Here are some close ups of my page:

Hope y'all enjoyed!  No go make some art!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

Welcome back y'all to another wonderful edition of What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday!

Today I have a little work in progress (a very early progress shot) and a relatively clean desk.  Go figure!  I seem to swing from nice and neat to Oh-My-Craft-Gods-What-Exploded-On-Your-Desk!?!?!?!

Last week was taken up by Graphic 45 projects so this week I am playing catch up on my Documented Life Project!  I am a whole week behind and not sure I will catch all the way up by Saturday either.  Oh well.  It will give me a fabulous excuse to make a mess at work.  My bosses love that!

Anyway, on to the desk - you can see one of my boxes of Washi Tape.  Totally not organized at all.  It's way more fun to dig and find forgotten treasures.  Then you can see my journal's early background stage.  Yes, it's another turquoise week.  And of course, my trusty brayer.  Love that thing!  Then we have a few tubes of paint and a couple of new wooden stamps on my lamp.  A new Heidi Swapp stamp, lots of newspaper which is supposed to help me keep paint off my previous and next pages - I'm too messy.  It doesn't really help.  And lastly, you can see my new Dylusions Bubble stencil (9x12)  I am very much digging that stencil!  That's all I've got so for this week y'all.

Stop over at Julia's awesome blog to find out more about WOYWW!  See y'all next week!!

Oh y'all didn't really think I'd leave you hanging about last week's desk now did you?

Ok, so the blue things with the red letters in the middle of my desk was for this project right here:  Altered ATC Album and the papers on the right were for this project right here: Altered Box.

Now, the stack of letters that my lamp is sitting on?  Those were supposed to be finished for my Graphic 45 audition but between the kids and being unmotivated early in the week, procrastinating, and just being ridiculously busy I didn't get them finished.  Started but not finished.  So one day (hopefully soon) those will show up in a blog post!

Hope y'all weren't too overwrought at my secret keeping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of #30Lists.  In case you're still not following me on Instagram, here are my lists for the past week!

 Check back next week for the very last week of this challenge!  How much fun has this been?  For me, tons of fun! 

Go make art now!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Vintage Transportation - Artist Trading Cards

J.R.R. Tolkien was a wise man.  Not all who wander are lost.  There are a lot of folks lost out there but if you're truly enjoying the journey then you are not lost you're living!

This atc swap theme was Transportation.

Being inspired but lazy, I made some simple cards.  I used a piece of sepia toned map scrapbook paper as my background and stamps from "The Journey" set by Tim Holtz.  The clock was stamped in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink while the car and ticket thing were stamped in Timber StazOn.  I used a sepia toned Micron to hand write my sentiment and inked the edges in brown.  Voila - Vintage Transportation Cards for the lazy!!!

I think it is an effective card even without tons of effort.  That's my opinion anyway!

Happy Crafting y'all!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Hey y'all!  Welcome both loyal readers, new guests, and of course the folks from Graphic 45!  I am super duper excited to share some projects I've been working on as well as some old projects that I have created throughout the year.  I'm also excited (and nervous) to tell y'all a little about me.

Let's get started, shall we?

As you know, if you follow me anywhere, I am a fanatic for ATCs.  I started making them in March of last year and trading in May.  It's been a whirlwind experience.  It's easy for me to work large and I wanted to push myself past my own boundaries to work in the miniature.  I have fallen absolutely in love with these things!

 Here are some ATCs I've made and links to their posts:

To see more about my "Art" ATC, click HERE.

To see more about my "Happy Owl-idays" ATC, click HERE.

To see more about my "Irish Blessing" ATC, click HERE.

To See more about my "Paint the Rainbow" ATC, click HERE.

To learn more about my "Steampunk" ATC, click HERE.

To learn more about my "Mermaid" ATC, click HERE.

 To learn more about my "Month" ATCs, click HERE.

I don't just make ATCs though!  I am also an Art Journaler!  I find that working in an art journal is one of the most fun and inspiring things that I can do!

To see more about this journal page, click HERE.

To see more about this journal page, click HERE.

 To see more about this journal page, click HERE.
 To see more about this journal page, click HERE.

To see more about this journal page, click HERE. 

To see more about this journal page, click HERE. 

This year, for the first time, I also made my very own hand made art journal for a Round Robin Traveling Art Journal Swap.

To see more about this handmade journal, click HERE.

Besides ATCs and Art Journals, I also create Mixed Media Canvases!

To see more about my bright an fun "Embrace Perfection" canvas click HERE.

To see more about my "Love You" canvas click HERE.

 I feel something like an infomercial here, but that's not all!

In addition to all of those things... I have been known to make "altered" art as well!

Here are a couple of new projects that I am sharing for the first time....

To learn more about this Altered Box, click HERE.

To learn more about this Altered ATC Journal, click HERE.

I know!  I know!  I have totally bombarded y'all with far more than four projects, but I really wanted to share.  This year is all about making a beautiful mess each and every day.  I don't really need an excuse to make a mess, who does?  But this year I am making myself do something creative, weekly if not daily.  It's helping keep me sane, keep me on track, and keeping me growing as an artist and crafter.  I love crafting for a thousand reasons.  I love to craft because I love to make a mess.  I love throwing paints and ink around until something beautiful emerges.  I love teaching my children that nothing is ruined and that you don't throw everything away.  I like taking plain things and making them pretty.  I hate boring walls.  I paint so I have something to look at that is interesting.  I create because it is in me to create something.  Sometimes it's only a scribbled doodle while I am on the phone.  And sometimes that's enough.  Other times it's an elaborate art journal or a huge painting or because I want my storage boxes to be pretty as well as functional.  I craft, I paint, and I create because to not do those things hurts my soul.

I have always been an artist.  I knew the names of every single crayon in the Crayola 64 Box before I could count.  True story!  I was an artist before I was a wife and mother.  I have been an artist for my entire life and will continue to be one until the day I die.  It's such an integral part of who I am and I cannot be parted from it.

On that note, that's all I've got for today.  Wish me luck with the audition!

Happy Crafting!
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