Thursday, April 30, 2015

Journal Thursday - Only a Little Progress

Hi y'all!  Welcome to an almost late Journal Thursday.  I don't have anything finished since last week - not anything in my small journal any way.  I did manage to finish my Documented Life Project journal on time for this week though.  That's the big journal hiding under the little one.

While we've been to the park 3 times this week I have spent more time playing and talking than doodling.  Maybe I will get some more done while I'm at work.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Hi deskers!  Welcome back to a (late) WOYWW.  Through the magic of Blogger I can actually make it look like I posted this yesterday instead of today which is almost tomorrow!  Did you figure that one out?  Good on you!!!

I'm running atrociously behind on pretty much everything.  My hubby took a couple of days off from work so we've been having some much needed extra family time and we've been on the hunt for a rental house.  So here's what makes the house hunt both fun, frustrating, and a little exciting all at the same time.  We both work in a college town, in fact I actually work for the college itself.  And because of it being a college town, rentals are starting to pop up for new tenants now because the seniors graduate on May 9th.  However, new/returning college kids are eating up the rentals now for the next school year.  I mean it!  There were 2 houses we'd called about that were literally just rented by kids the day before.  So there is literally a teeny tiny window of opportunity that we are trying to catch.

That being said... we looked at a house yesterday.  Price is right, location is right, house is not quite right.  In fact it's pretty wrong in a lot of ways but it's manageable and we're not buying, just renting.  The only amazing thing I can truly say about that house is the outside doors and shutters are turquoise.  I will leave it at that.  While riding around yesterday discussing the house we'd just seen we did pass by a couple of other houses with "For Rent" signs.  I called them both.  One... price so not right so scratch that.  The other called me back today.  Price is right and according to what I've seen on Zillow it may very well be the right one.  I have an appointment Friday before work to view the house.  I am hoping beyond hope that this one will meet our needs.  This second one has 2 living rooms and a dining room according to the lady on the phone.  Who needs 2 living rooms?  No one... but I need an art studio!  I know y'all feel me on that!  So please wish me lots and lots of luck. 

So with all of that going on - and I haven't even begun to think about packing yet - I am terribly behind on pretty much everything.  Especially laundry.

On to my desk though because I've got a wicked little mess going on this week.

Front and center you can see 2 journals I'm working on.  My little travel journal that I doodle in while at the park with the kids and my big Documented Life Project journal.  Check in on Friday to see what I'm hiding there!

There is quite a lovely little selection of paint, pens, Dylusions Inks, brushes, and paper towels.  The large stamp set is the April S.M.A.K. kit from Unity Stamp Co.

Can you see the blue topped canister next to my black lamp?  That's spray paint.  "Blue Ocean Breeze" by Krylon.  It has a purpose.  No, not to be used in my journal though I'm sure I could if I were feeling particularly brave.  But no, I'm feeling braver than that!  Remember that rusty icky white cart I found on the side of the road a couple of weeks back?

Yep, that's the one right there ------>

I had the notion when I found it to clean it up and spray paint it something pretty.  I have sand paper and I picked up the spray paint on Monday.  I have yet to even think about touching it!  Maybe once we move.  Maybe!!!

Well, that's all I've got for this week.  Been super busy, going to get busier.  I'm terribly sorry I've been such a snail about getting around to visit folks.  Y'all are so sweet to come by and leave me a comment.  I want y'all  to know how much I appreciate each and every one.  I am going to try while at work to come a-visiting.  I miss coming by each week and being nosey!

Thanks again for stopping by and head on over to Julia's for more awesome desks to visit!

Monday, April 27, 2015

ATC Monday - "Fairy Dust"

Good morning y'all!  I know it's Monday morning and that is no fun.  But here is a pretty little fairy to send you good wishes throughout your day.

We're doing a Fairy Swap on IG and I did a series of these pretty little things.  They look much more difficult than they were and I adore the colors.  Blue and purple swirly skies are my absolute fav!

Anyway, the fairy is from Unity Stamp Co's Kit of the Month "What Lies Within Us" Nov. 2014.  I used only my Koi Field Watercolor set to color and my favorite uni-ball white pen.

Voila!  Instant awesome fairy-ness!

Have a great Monday and a wonderful rest of the week y'all!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Sixteen

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)

April 18

Art Challenge:  Gelli Plate

Journal Prompt:  A Lot On My Plate

Look who finally got caught up on her DLP!  This lady right here, that's who!  Besides being super stoked about that, I am very proud of myself as I am really jumping out of my comfort zone with this page!

I have been watching some of the uber talented Tamara Laporte's YouTube videos and am just so inspired by the beautiful whimsical girls she creates.  I am really working up to taking some of her classes.  I'm terribly late for Life Book 2015 but I still want to jump in even though I'm late to the game.  I'm just dying to see how she creates her stunningly beautiful world.  Anyway, Tam posted a video called "Working Big" yesterday and I had to jump in and try it out in my DLP.  My piece is very similar to hers as I was completely inspired and loved all the little details and the houses and such.  I promise, she's not paying me to say any of this and I am in no way affiliated with her, I just truly admire her as an artist!

So long story short, I watched the video, said "I want to try that" and gave it my best shot.  The challenge this week was to use a Gelli Plate®.  I have 2 Gelli Plates® that I could have used and a whole bunch of prints lurking around in dark corners waiting to have some life brought to them.  I could have taken this challenge literally and used my plates.  Could have, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I did cut down a couple of prints and used those for my houses.  As far as the prompt is concerned, this is a very busy page... there is a lot going on.

I have a confession.  I splurged on a single art supply.  While I understand, respect, and prefer quality art supplies, I find it very difficult to allow myself to spend more than $25 on a single something.  I can easily blow through $200 without blinking but I want to have a lot of stuff to show for it. I had a package arrive yesterday and I am so happy that I allowed myself to splurge on a single something!  I sucked it up and bought myself a 40 count of Neocolor II Water-Soluable Wax Pastels from Caran D'Ache.  I've had the 15 tin for over a year and I absolutely adore them.  So I convinced myself that it was time and upgraded.  So glad I did!  I used them quite liberally on this page! 

I used a lot of acrylics (of course) and smeared and blended them with a brush instead of my favorite brayer method.  I did use a brayer for a layer of white because I wanted it to be thin, but otherwise I was a good girl and only used a brush or my fingers!  I liberally applied various Neocolors and blended either with a
brush or my wet finger.  I was very pleased by the opacity of the neocolors over the acrylic.  I also used my Stabilo All pencil (which is every bit of awesome as people claim), Uni-Ball Signo Gel pen, Faber Castell Pitt Pens, a single stamp (Dylusions "In Betweenies"), a single stencil (Tim Holtz "Bubbles"), and a little bit of washi.  Oh, as an adhesive for my Gelli Print houses, I used Matte Medium (Liquitex).  It's very fluid but fabulous and as I wasn't using it over any water-soluble media it worked great.  I should add that I used such a "strong" adhesive because I print most of my gelli prints on watercolor paper and because it's so thick I need a stronger glue.  One of these days I will get around to getting and trying out some deli paper.

So there we go, my first attempt at a Tam-Inspired lady.  I need to practice so be expecting to see lots more girls showing up in my journal! 

Until next time,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Journal Thursday - "Dreams Fly"

Hi everyone!  Today I want to show a little art journal page that I did while at work last weekend.  

I really want to make myself use my Neocolor II's by Caran D'Ache more so I made an effort to limit my supplies with this page.  Everything is hand doodled except the butterflies and words.  I had a new stamp set and isn't it just wonderful to have butterflies flitting about in the garden?  It is and you know it!

I also used some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs for a few of the words, a tiny bit of washi, and my Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker in white.  All the black lines were done with a Pitt Pen.  Just something fun to do in between calls at work.  I particularly love the rose.  I think it's my favorite part!

See y'all next time,


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

Good morning y'all!  It's Wednesday again and that means another peak at my work desk.  I'm running a week late on Documented Life so I've got my journal out and a background started.  I went over to my crafty bestie's house yesterday and helped her clean and organize her studio and she gave me tons of awesome goodies... but included in those awesome goodies were some digital collage sheets by Crowabout StudioB.  I saw that gypsy wagon and just knew I had to use it.

My desk look relatively sane!  Which is crazy but true.  Even with a project going on.  But let me show you why!

Another goodie from my Crafty Bestie!  This multi-colored organizer was so overloaded at her house and she really didn't have room for it any longer.  And I never turn down free organizational supplies!  So totally easy to use something and then stick it in a drawer!!!!  Of course, I better not get too comfortable with that because then I will never find anything in those drawers.

For an added bonus this week I'm showing y'all in full my bakers rack stuffed to bursting with supplies!  Have fun snooping!

For more nosey awesomeness, hop over to Julia's to peek into others' creative spaces.

Have a great day y'all!

Monday, April 20, 2015

ATC Monday - "Kiss Me"

Good morning everyone!

So sorry I've been a little absent from blogging the past few days.  Life is very hectic as the end of the school year closes.  My oldest has only a few weeks left and I work at a college and they only have 2 more weeks to go.  With all of that going on you would think I'd be full up... as an added dash of insanity we are house hunting.  Once we can find a house then the crazy will truly happen with packing, moving, unpacking, and settling in.  Super crazy and super fun, but mostly crazy.  So If I miss a blog post here and there just know that I will be back as soon as I can.

Today I have an ATC made for a Hats and Crowns Swap.  I wanted something bright and funky so I pulled out my Dylusions Inks and Stamps!  That funny frog and body are from the Pondering Petunia stamp set.  I cut off the bottom of the dress so it would be shorter.  I colored the image with Dylusions Ink and my Neocolor IIs.

I love how absolutely Dylusions this is!  Fun, bright, and totally funky!  But I'm not sure I would want to kiss her - even if she did turn into a princess!

Have a great day y'all!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Fifteen

April Theme

Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)

April 11

Art Challenge:  Acrylics

Journal Prompt:  Cry Me a River

There is no denying it... I love color.  I am a color-holic, a color slut.  I just can't help it!  And I love my acrylics.  I wanted something bright, something funky, and something different this week.  After all, art journaling is supposed to be about moving out of your comfort zone and playing with new techniques and new products.  My crafty bestie, Elizabeth, was cleaning out her studio this week and she gave me a whole heap of collage sheets she had purchased from Mischief Circus (previously Deviant Scrap).  They were so quirky and funky I just had to find a use for them - especially since many of them were Gypsy-themed!

I started my layout with Turquoise and Blackberry Violet (Dina Wakley) and added swirls of bright color using Faber-Castell Gelatos®.  Some stenciling, doodles, and of course collage made for a very bright, busy, funky, and severely quirky layout.  I love it!

It's not that I'm not sympathetic.  I have had plenty of bad days, experiences, and just bad stuff in my life.  I learned a long time agothat you can either wallow or suck it up and move on.  Every day is a new day and the only thing in life that you can absolutely count on is that everything changes.  So go ahead and cry a river, but then get over it and move on.

I hope y'all enjoy this layout as much as I do.  I'm finding myself loving a lot of these so far.  I know I keep saying "Oh!  I think this is my favorite so far!" but most of them are my favorites.  I'm really pushing myself to think outside of my comfortable box and push my own personal limits.  Of course, that's the point of art journaling... to try new things without the fear of them being "terrible" or "not perfect".

Oh yeah, and as the perfect excuse to buy new supplies to try!

Needless to say, I went on Mischief Circus and purchased quite a few of my own Collage Packs so y'all will be seeing more funky collage on my projects!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

Welcome back to another edition of What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday!  This is my 9th edition and I have to say, it's been so much fun participating and totally wallowing in my love of being nosey in other artist's work spaces!

This week I'm back to a messy desk!  Yay!  I'm working on an ATC series for a set that is about 10 days late!  Thankfully I have a very understanding hostess (and she hasn't done hers yet)!!

I have paints and Dylusions Ink Sprays gathered in the top left corner along with paper towels, scrap paper I've used to stamp on, a box of ATC bases and a bag of Distress Inks.  The "R" is a project I will eventually get around to.  My toddler found it and I had to rescue it!  The stamp set hiding under the baby wipes is Dina Wakley's "Scribbly Insects". 

If you've nosed around my desks before you will notice one major thing missing!  Where is the Mountain Dew?  *le gasp*  I'm out and too lazy to run to the store.  Instead I'm indulging in my 2nd favorite beverage - COFFEE!!!  Which, I notice in the picture the cup is empty and it's time for a refill.  Like now.

That's it for the desk, but in other news... my boss got a wild hair up his butt last Friday and moved a bunch of furniture around including my dispatch center.  We'd been using a couple of office-type tables and are now using an actual desk complete with hutch.  I asked the boss man what would happen to the tables and he told me that if I wanted them they were mine.  So scooped them up I did!  Great sturdy tables that I don't have to worry about getting messy complete with the perfect price tag - free!  But how can I use them since my set up is currently temporary by necessity?  That's the beauty of it.

In the next few months we will be moving!  We'll have a larger space, hopefully the kids can get separate bedroom, and while I doubt I will be able to manage a true "studio" room, I am hoping we can find a house with a dining room and kitchen nook.  We are not a "formal dining" family, especially because we go to parents' for the holidays so a dining room would be perfect for a studio!  Anyway, regardless of what we find, I will be able to have some sort of permanent studio space and I am beyond excited for that!  I have big plans for it, starting with my new tables!  Wish us luck on the house hunt y'all.  With the college students moving out for the summer, places will start opening up in the next few weeks and we're going house hunting!

Ok, I'm done rambling y'all.  Head on over to Julia Dunnit's for more fabulous nosey blog hopping!  I'll see y'all back here next week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's Only Black and White - Artist Trading Cards

Blackbird by Tim Holtz for S.A.
Good morning everyone and welcome back to another ATC Monday!  Today I am sharing an ATC set I made for a Black and White swap.

I was thoroughly inspired to do this ATC by Tim Holtz's Components ATC stamps, particularly "Blackbird".  I didn't have enough time to order that stamp and complete my ATCs by the deadline so I improvised.  I took several different Tim Holtz clear stamp sets and stamped using Archival Ink onto a Mixed Media paper base.

The three stamps sets I used were "The Journey", "Urban Grunge", and "French Marketplace".  I tried to replicate the original Blackbird stamp as much as possible with what I had on hand.  And I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results!  Not that I won't be ordering that adorable Blackbird stamp, but I managed to get through this swap at least without ordering anything new!

I hope you all have a great week.  I'm off to play in the rain and try to get my creative muses flowing!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Fourteen

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)

April 4

Art Challenge:  Watercolors

Journal Prompt:  It's Water Under the Bridge

This week's challenge was to use watercolors.  While I don't dislike watercolors at all, I chose to use a variety of water-soluble media (which is all watercolors are anyway) instead.

I started my background by using Faber-Castell Gelatos® in blue shades.  I smeared them with a baby wipe and had to go over them a couple of times to get the intensity I wanted.  It made for a lovely blue watery background. 

I really wasn't feeling the whole "bridge" thing but was totally feeling the whole "water" thing!  It's getting really hot and humid here in ol' Mississippi (can we say 89 degrees in April?!!!!) and I am seriously jonesing for a trip to the beach.  So as my muses took over, this lovely little mermaid emerged.

I'm very proud of myself!  I'm getting quite brave about doing faces!  Why my mermaid has bubblegum pink hair, I could not tell you.  Ask the muses!

I used acrylic for the base pink on her hair, lips, the shell, and her body.  The scales and swirls are also done with acrylics.  Everything else was done with Gelatos® and Inktense pencils.    I used a wave stencil by Recolections and Dylusions Ink Spray in Vibrant Turquoise on the background and then smeared a little Teal acrylic here and there.

My standard Uni-Ball signo gel pen and a white paint pen finished everything off with highlights and words.  The sea is calling and my inner voice is screaming to go!  Maybe I can work a trip in this summer!

I hope y'all have had a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Journal Thursday - A Mendhi Flower

It's Journal Thursday and I have for y'all a (finally) finished Mendhi-Inspired flower!  If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I've been working on this bit by bit since last week. 

I brayered some black acrylic all over my page and have used my Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen to doodle to my heart's content.  I've been very inspired by the flowing line work used in mendhi and henna lately and it is showing up all over my journal pages! 

Since this piece is finally finished I'm not sure what I will start on next!  Check back next week to find out.

Until then, happy crafting!
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