Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Art Journal Pages

Well, I've had a creative summer with a nice vacation thrown in and want to share some of my journal pages.  Note: I have lots of links thoughout this post, so just click on the highlighted names to see more info or a related video.

I got a bunch of Stencil Girl stencils recently and had fun playing with them in the following two page spreads. They are designed by Traci Bautista.

Embrace Imperfection
The first quote reads, "Mistakes are proof that you are trying." The second quote reads, "To ensure misery, strive for perfection at all times." Attention all perfectionists (including me): Read those quotes 10 times daily!  Caroline Dube's video using the circle stencil inspired this page.

The page below was inspired by a video made by Traci Bautista using her flower stencil. I primed the pages using black gesso, then sponged magenta, orange, and white acrylic paint through the stencil.  I really love these stencils and have used them many times already in different projects.

Traci Flowers

I used Dina Wakely's acrylic paint in turquoise for the background of Happy Circle Flowers.  I LOVE her paints.  They are very creamy, dry to a matte finish, and the colors are so beautiful and vibrant!  I watched a video a few months back about making these colorful circles and I wish I could  find the video to link it.  I painted a bunch of them and cut them out and made flowers for this page spread. I also did some sewing as well.  What is it about circles that makes me so happy!!!  
Happy Circle Flowers
Happy Circle Flowers Detail
My favorite song this summer is "Sky Full of Stars", by Coldplay and I was inspired to do the following page spread.  It reads, "In a sky full of stars, I think I saw you."  Such a happy, positive song!!!
Sky Full of Stars
I sometimes use my art journal to clean off stencils and use up excess paint. I had one of these pages and decided to use a technique that I've seen artists use to restore order to the chaos.  I drew the organic shapes with a pencil over the messy page, then painted the background around them in blue, letting the chaos peek out through the shapes.  I don't think it's finished, but it's much better than the mess I had before.

Organic 1
Organic 2
I'm not a big fan of pink, but I love to combine magenta and orange.  I used molding paste and stamped a poppy stamp into it, then let it dry.  I used various colors over the page and it ended up too pastel pink for my liking.  Then I used brighter magenta and orange paint, using the same poppy stamp to define the poppies and add some brightness. I used the edge of an old key card to add the grass at the bottom.  I think it needs some butterflies or something.
Pink Poppies 1
Pink Poppies 2

So what do you think?  Give me some suggestions as to how I can finish some of these.  Don't be shy!!  I'd love to read your comments.  Can't wait to share my latest canvases later this week.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Gardening Journal

This Gelli print seemed perfect for my cover! 
 I cut the title out with my Silhouette Cameo.
This spring I planted more flowers and plants than I normally do. We inherited a bunch of large planters from friends that moved overseas and didn't want to incur the cost of moving them. So I placed them around the front and back of my house and filled them with flowers and herbs, even some veggie plants!  I think there were about 2 dozen in various sizes by the time I was all done planting!  I think I'll be spending my summer watering plants!

Since I love art journaling, I decided to make a gardening journal to help remind me what worked and what didn't next year.  I knew I wanted to use watercolors, so I decided to use a 9 x 12  Strathmore Mixed Media Watercolor journal. The paper has a bit more texture than the mixed media paper and it takes lots of water and color well. It has a nice sturdy cover that I glued a Gelli print I had laying around.

Gelli print for the inside cover:


Below is a page spread that I haven't filled with pictures yet.  
Here is how I got the look:  

 I used the Crafters Workshop Vine mask (the black areas in the picture above are the open spaces) as a stamp.  Apply several colors of green Distress ink directly onto the stencil then spritz liberally with water. Flip it over onto the page.  I do this several times till I get the look I want.  Heat set the ink then watercolor blue around the leaves.  I love the subtle results of this technique.  

Now I must go water my plants so I don't kill them!! Thanks for visiting my blog and leave a comment below!

Monday, May 19, 2014

24 Years

Today is my 24th wedding anniversary.  How time does fly!!! Just yesterday my kids were born, then going to school, and they needed us every moment of every day!!  Now they can't seem to get rid of us fast enough! I wanted to share the handmade gift I made for my wonderful hubby.

I made this scrapbook page using 12x12 watercolor paper and Art Anthology sprays.  I initially was going to use hearts but didn't want to use any pink.  I LOVE stars and was thinking about the new Coldplay song, Sky Full of Stars.  So I went with a totally nontraditional look for an anniversary....and I love that I did that!
I die cut the stars from some gelli printed paper that was close in color to the sprays that I used. I finished it off with some grungy stamps, tissue tape and letters.  
I framed it in a black shadowbox frame so he can hang it in his office.  

Here is the matching card.  On the inside I typed: In all kinds of weather.

Then, I went to wrap it and decided to do a quick stamping with some paint on kraft paper.

Hope he likes it!!  Now I have to go get paint off my hands and go out on a date with my hubby!!! 
Thanks for visiting my blog and I'd love to read your comment below.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Art Journal Pages

Here are my latest art journal pages.

The quote says, "It is usually best to be generous with praise but cautious with criticism."
Good advise to live by!  

Decided it was time to involve my furry children!
They are enjoying the beautiful weather we are having.  

LOVE the colors in this one! You can see the leaves better in person.  For some reason the photo doesn't do it justice. I used gelli prints with my Silhouette Cameo and cut branches, leaves, birds, and cage.  

I've had this stamp for a long time and love it but never used it for anything.
The name of the stamp is Foundation of Women.  

I'm not sure why my latest pages have so much pink, since I really don't like the color at all.  I do love the combination of bright pink, orange, and purple together, the brighter the better!  Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment below!  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My May Tag

Here is a quick blog post with my rendition of the Tim Holtz May tag.  

Tim's tag: 

My tag:

I mounted the tag on chipboard for stability since all the embellishments are heavy.  This was a fun tag for me since I love to mix unrelated items and somehow make them work.  I might call this tag, Spring In The City. Thanks for visiting my blog!  What do you think?    

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Between preparing for a huge yard sale on Saturday, and trying to get the plants that I bought recently in the ground, I made two Mother's Day cards; one for my mother, and one for my mother-in-law.  They live far away so I had to make sure they were mailed early this week.

I used the embossing resist technique and the big Doily and Medallion stamps by Stampin' Up!  I LOVE these stamps, and they are perfect for using this technique.

I can't get enough of watercolors lately! I started with thick watercolor paper, cut to 5.5" x 4.25",  and embossed the stamped image with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. I then saturated the paper with water and added watercolors, letting them pool up in areas and dry naturally. I used a dry cloth to wipe away any color that pooled onto the stamped images.  I mounted the card front onto an A2 size card and finished them off with fibers, sequins, and sentiments.  I also used the same stamps on the envelopes.  I really love how they turned out and I hope my moms will love them too.  I also added a restaurant gift card inside.  I know they will love that!  Thanks for visiting my blog and leave a comment below!  Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Painting Class

Recently I signed up for an online class called, "8 Great Paintings." 

Link: https://julie-prichard.squarespace.com/8-great-paintings

I want to learn new techniques and expand my knowledge of acrylic painting and I like that the paintings are small, no larger than 12 x 12 and somewhat abstract.  I'm currently on the second painting and they are far from masterpieces but I'm learning new techniques I will use in future projects.

#1 is 9 x 12 and all about layering techniques. Although it's suppose to be abstract, somehow, I made it into a grungy urban landscape. I grew up in a large city and have been a suburbanite for many years. So I guess I gave meaning to an otherwise meaningless painting.  I do like to give my work some sort of meaning, so it works for me!

#1 detail showing lots of layers.

#2 incorporates collage elements and black and white paint to start. I like it so far.

More layering so that almost all the collage elements are covered.  This one is not done yet.

#2 detail

I'm finding that the lack of color in these paintings is out of my comfort zone and making me not want to finish #2.  So I've decided to add lots of color to the following lessons.  I may come back to #1 and 2 and do the same.  I need to make them mine and not just copy my teacher!