Ancestor Tribute Art Journal Page

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Recently I created another art journal page for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal! (This is the traveling art journal that I am a part of) If you have missed the explanation of the art journal  series you can see that post here- Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal.

The theme of this journal is cemeteries. This is a new theme for me, and I love expanding my creativity and seeing what I can do with a new theme. Rather than do a cemetery as a place I decided to a ancestor tribute art journal page to my Great Aunt Naomi who passed away in March. This seemed like the most appropriate way for me to express a cemetery.


For this journal page I wanted to be a little more subtle that I usually am. I know, big shock right, lol. I usually put everything including the kitchen sink on my journal pages, but this time I wanted to do a less is more theme.

ancestor art journal

I used her high school graduation picture and used that as my focal point (don’t use originals, this is just a print from Wal Mart). Once I knew my focal point the rest was easy to build upon.

I used lace, washi tape, Tim Holtz stickers and quotes, ripped book pages, Prima Marketing oil pastels, and Lindy’s Sprays.

ancestor art journal

I loved challenging myself by creating a simpler page. I love how it turned out and I think this is a perfect tribute to one of my favorite people on the planet.

ancestor art journal

This page has inspired me to create some additional pages that are in the simpler side, pages that showcase a photo and use a small amount of products rather than create a page that uses everything in my stash, lol. I am looking forward to the next page I create.

What do you do to get out of your comfort zone when creating?

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Upcycled Mixed Media Tag Using Dollar Tree Cards

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I am excited to tell you that as of today the Dollar Tree will be selling Expression from Hallmark cards! Now, I usually like to make my greeting cards, but sometimes I am in a pinch and so I need a good place to purchase them, and the Dollar Tree really came through with these cards!

There are over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores nationwide and on August 30th every store will carry Expressions from Hallmark, $1 each and Heartline a Hallmark company, 2 for $1. With hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from, you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family without breaking the bank!

I received a pack of cards from the Dollar Tree and I have to say, they are wonderful. Great colors and designs and some glitter (of course I am a fan of glitter, lol) and they are printed on nice heavy card stock.

upcycled tag

They a few different varieties, like the Joyfully Yours line (that is the teal one on the right in the above photo)  Joyfully Yours lets family and friends express their faith in just the right way during holidays, special occasions, and moments big and small.

upcycled tag

I was please with the selection and I am excited to use the cards. You all know I am a big fan of upcycling and repurposing items in my art. Since the cards are on nice paper it is easy to reuse them and make cards and tags from old greeting cards.

upcycled tag

In the video at the beginning of the post I show you how to take the baby card and make this cute mixed media tag. I used some ink, stencils, scrabble tiles, bakers twine, and other elements.

upcycled tag

Such a cute little tag and easy to make and have on hand. You can do this technique for any occasion!

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Watercolor Green Galaxy Art Journal Page

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I have really been enjoying watercolors! This art journal was an experiment with a green galaxy rather than a pink or blue one. I really like the way it turned out!

 

Watercoloring is so freeing and expressive! I love that you can do so much with a watercolor and you can create some really cool textures and images with watercolors.

For this galaxy I wanted to use some yellows and greens and dark grays to create this galaxy. That bright yellow in the center is so fun and exactly what I was going for

watercolor galaxy art journal

I don’t have the skills to paint a whale, lol so I used this really cute whale I had in my stash, just the perfect touch for the journal page. I used a stencil from the Dollar Tree to create a mandala effect and i think it ties it all together

The last piece to the journal page was for me to add a quote. My handwriting is not the best, lol, but I really thought this quote was perfect for the page.

watercolor galaxy art journal

 

I really love how this all came together! Art journaling is becoming one of my favorite activities, I love that is is the perfect place to play and experiment with new techniques and ideas!

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Sailboat- a Mixed Media Fabric Canvas

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Are you ready for another Fabric Canvas? I am still loving the fabric and the process of creating a canvas with fabric.

This scene was inspired by our recent vacation to Ft Lauderdale. We saw a lot of boats on the water and they looked so peaceful and wonderful that I knew I had to create one on a canvas with fabric.

I did use a smaller canvas than normal, but I really liked how it turned out.  And I used a variety of blues for the water and sky. I wanted to create depths and dimension with just one color. There are so many blues out there it was fun to pick and choose which one to use to get the look I was going for.

sailboat canvas

I used a heavy body paint from Finnabair to paint the boat, and that added additional texture and dimension to the boat. I really enjoyed that paint and I am looking forward to using it even more.

sailboat canvas

The last details were painted on to the sky and water with regular acrylic paint and that is what the painting needed.  I didn’t add any metalic paints or sparks or glitter to this canvas. I kept it all matte and I think that was the right choice for this piece of art.

sailboat canvas

This was such a fun piece to create and it was a great way to commemorate a wonderful vacation.

 

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Art Journal Page- Travel Theme

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It is time for another art journal page! I am part of a group of artists, we call ourselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal, lol. And what we do is everyone creates a page and then mails it to the next person on the list. Then when I get the next journal in the mail I add to it, using the theme they decided on. My journal is a travel theme, I love to travel so I figured this would be the best theme for my journal.

I am excited to see what people come up with and what their themes will be. I think this will take over a year to complete, so it is a long term project. I will share the pages when I get the next journal in and I will do tutorials on the pages I create.

I attached the video where I explain how I created my first page.

I did a generic travel page rather than an individual place or country. I thought this would really show my love of travel, no matter where I go, or who it is with.

art journal travel page

I used a ton of products to create a layered look, all surrounding the focal point.  I really enjoyed going through my stash and finding vintage looking papers, stickers, and embellishments.


art journal travel page

The journal I picked is the Dylusions art journal. It is the perfect size and easy to transport. I added a cover to protect it and a pocket in case someone wants to add goodies to send to the next person.


art journal travel page

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Summer Greeting Cards

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I just love the summer! Bright colors, warm weather, and sunshine! So when I saw the Bo Bunny Summer Mood Collections I knew I had to  make some summer greeting cards!

This post is sponsored by Scrapbookcollections.com, a one stop shop for an entire Scrapbook Collection! Perfect way to get everything you need all in one place.

Recently I have become pen pals with my sisters and I really like to make handmade cards to send them. Writing each other has helped us learn more about each other as adults and I have really been enjoying it!

You can create both of these cards with everything in the kit, you will just need to add a blank card, and adhesive.

This first card I used the bright yellow paper for the background then added the pretty circle cut out in the middle.

I added accents and rhinestones to jazz it up and the flower in the middle is raised just a little bit with foam tape. You don’t want to add too many embellishments if the card is going through the mail, you don’t want it to arrive damaged.

summer greeting card

This second card is not featured in the video, it is a bonus for my blog readers.

I took 2 different paper backgrounds and layered them together, then I added the typewriter from the Noteworthy pack. Then I added the flower to the corner. This is a perfect card to send to friends or family for almost any occasion.

summer greeting card

I think both cards turned out really cute and I am excited to send them to my sisters. And I am excited to create even more creations from this adorable scrapbook kit!

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summer greeting card

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Fabric Watercolor Landscape

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Sometimes an experiment turns out really cool, and this just so happens to be one of those times! I did a class at ArtVenture in January of this year that taught us how to watercolor on fabric. Not quite like this example, but it got my creative juices flowing! I really wanted to explore this method and develop my own technique, and this is what I came up with- A Fabric Watercolor Landscape (actually the ocean, and it is abstract…. lol)

As always the video goes over all the steps, and it is a good companion to the blog post.

To start prep your canvas by painting it a light color, I used a slightly off white and painted the top and sides.

you will need a light gauzy fabric for the base layer. I had some in my stash, so use what you have, as long as it is a very light fabric. Take a Heavy gel and spread that all over the canvas, then coat each strip of fabric with a gloss gel. (this is the same procedure that I use on all my canvases) Once the strip is coated adhere it to the canvas. Add as many wrinkles as you want and create the texture you are going for. (I have to say I really like this stage, in fact I almost stopped here because it is so pretty, an all white fabric canvas. I might have to make one and just leave it as is. Some thing to think about, lol)

watercolor fabric landscape

Once you are done with the fabric, let is step dry. I usually leave it over night just to make sure.

After it is dry it is time to start watercoloring! gently spray the canvas with water (this allows the watercolors to move freely on the canvas) and then start watercoloring! Slowly add colors and see where they go and blend to create new looks. You can dry in between layers if you want and just keep building until you get the look you are going for. I wanted to create a sunset on the water, it is a little abstract, but that is ok, I really like how it turned out.


watercolor fabric landscape

Once the watercolors are dry you can start adding in texture. I added some iridescent micro bead to add some more shimmer and shine to the water. Just apply some gloss gel and pour on some beads. Let it dry over night before removing the excess beads.

watercolor fabric landscape

Once the beads are dry you can add even more shimmer and shine by adding Metallic watercolors. I thought this would be the perfect way to add some more details. It is a little hard to see in the photos, but up close the metallic really added that perfect final touch.

Let everything dry completely and then spray it with a spray protector.


watercolor fabric landscape

I really like how this turned out and I can’t wait to try this technique on another canvas! What should I try to watercolor next? I love experiementing with my supplies and I would love suggestions on what to do next!

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Faux Leather Art Journal Page

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Art journaling is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities! I love creating quick little projects that help me grow and expand my abilities. I have this faux leather art journal page that I wanted to share with you.

I really wanted to start with a faux leather look for the background. So I took the tissue paper inserts from old patterns and Mod Podged that onto the page. Once it was dry I painted it all in browns and yellows to make it look like leather.

You can use different colors to create different looks, and you very the “wrinkly-ness” of the tissue paper to create different looks as well.

Faux leather art journal

Once everything was dry I started to add all the details. I wanted the tiny book to be the focal point. You can see the video tutorial for the book here: Tiny Book

That tiny book was so much fun to make, and the perfect addition to my page.

 

Faux leather art journal

I added string, torn up old book pages, doilies, chip boards, words, and butterflies. I added color with Finnabair’s mica flakes and a little water, that was really fun because it brought out the texture of the tissue paper and brought the page to life.  Once everything was dry I light sprayed everything with some cheap hairspray to help seal the mica powders (otherwise it could all be brushed off)

Faux leather art journal

There you go, a very easy faux leather journal page. I am thinking about doing this same technique on an old trunk. What else can I faux leather?

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Craft Goodies Haul and Art Journal Page

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I know it is cliche, but can you believe how fast the year is going? I have a few videos that I would like to share with you, and if you want to stay up on my latest videos don’t forget to subscribe to my You Tube Channel: Take Time To Create. I recently posted a video on my craft goodies haul and an art journal page that I thought you might enjoy.

I haven’t been shopping too much lately for craft goodies, I am trying to use up what I have. I know, an impossible task, lol. But I did get some really cool goodies from my Finnabair weekend and so I made a video showing what I got.

I am in love with the Impasto Paints and I can’t wait to do even more playing with them. I also got some cool waxes and metallique paints.

The other video is an art journal page I created. I used the new art journal I altered in Finnabair’s class, it was so much fun getting back into journaling!

I was so in the zone of creating that I forgot to take pictures of my process, but I do have some up close pictures of the finished page and the video will take you through the process and show you the techniques that I did. I am happy with how it turned out!

flatiron art journal

Check out the video for all the step by step instructions and details.

So much fun creating and discovering new products and seeing what they can do.

I there a particular technique or product you would like me to demonstrate?

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Weekend Mixed Media Classes with Finnabair

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A couple of weekends ago I had the most magical, special weekend! I was able to take 4 mixed media classes from the amazing Finnabair! She is so wonderful and sweet and patient, and I learned a ton from her!

I did a try to keep my squeals and fan girling to a minimum, but I am not sure I succeeded, lol. It was just so awesome!

See here we are, bffs now, lol.

 

I am only kidding, but just a little bit. It was so nice to spend the time with her at Mojito Creek, a retreat in Colorado. I have been there before, and I love it there! You can read my review on the retreat here: Mojito Creek Review Link

You can check out Finnabair here: Finnabair’s website

And you can check out Mojito Creek here: Mojito Creek’s website

I did a video of the projects we completed and you can see that here:

At the end of this post I will add affiliate links to some of the supplies we used, but there was just too many to list all of them.

The first project we did is the Book of Rust. I loved learning more about the rust paste and how to use it and just to get better with it. I am going to incorporate more rust into my projects because I love the look of rusty old things.

The next project is the long skinny canvas with rust paste and patina. I loved learning about how to use the patina, I have the paint at home but I never use it. Now I know what it can do and I am excited to add this medium to my projects!

That wrapped up the classes for Friday. It was a long day full of learning and exploring and I was ready for bed that night! The next day we got up not too early and started our day learning how to do 2 more projects.

The first one was the journal. This picture is the cover we made, I don’t have a pic of it reassembled. But it did go back together nicely, lol. I love this journal and I have been using it to make art journal pages, which is so nice because I have missed making art journal pages.

 

 

 

The last project is the moonlight one. I have to say this is the one I was most excited to learn! I love the technique and the final canvas is just so pretty.

All of these projects were so much fun to make! And I actually finished all the projects while I was at Mojito Creek, so that was nice to actually come home with finished projects! If she comes to Colorado again I will be sure to sign up for her classes! This a dream come true and I can wait to incorporate what I learned into my projects!

Here is the list of some of the products I used (they are all affiliate links)

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