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Watercolor Page and Story time

Hello Everyone!

Today I am painting this Prima Princess water color art journal page and doing a little story time. I wanted to talk about why I started Take Time to Create and what it means to me. 

 

I am passionate about taking time to create everyday and that is what I encourage everyone to do. We are all so busy and running from here to there that we forget to stop and relax and to create. Creating can be anything from art to gardening to cooking. Whatever you need to do to feel creative. 

Prima Princess Watercolor Page
Prima Princess Watercolor Page

Creating everyday helps keep my stress at bay and having a blog and YouTube channel keeps me on schedule and motivated to provide content to you guys. It is what works for me and I love it. I enjoy creating and sharing!

I love teaching and seeing what you guys create. 

Prima Princess Watercolor Page
Prima Princess Watercolor Page

What do you create? What do you to keep the stress at bay? 

Affiliate links
Prima Princess book (this is Vol 2, I couldn’t find a link to Vol 1) https://amzn.to/2Utx6ti
Watercolor pencils- https://amzn.to/2O1JvSD
Prima complexions watercolors-https://amzn.to/2XV4RFN
Prima pastel dreams watercolors- https://amzn.to/2F8naA4
Prima decadent pies watercolors-https://amzn.to/2Fa4bFr

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New Beginnings Art Journal Page

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Today we have a page for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal and this journal’s theme is New Beginnings.

I love this theme, and it reminded me of springtime and caterpillars turning into butterflies. 

This page is an update to the vintage pattern collage girls that I have done in the past. You can visit that blog post here:

Vintage Sewing Pattern Collage

New Beginings
New Beginnings Art Journal page

It was a lot of fun to revisit this technique and improve upon the designs and add more detail. The traveling art journal is expanding my boundaries and helping me be more creative. 

New beginnings art journal page

I hope you enjoyed this take in new beginnings. What makes you think of a new beginning and how would you journal it?

Affiliate links:

metallic gelatos: https://amzn.to/2TfKUeh
Prima marketing Oil Pastels: https://amzn.to/2EPIZV4
Ranger Art journal: https://amzn.to/2EAWpmh
Faber Castel white Pitt Pen https://amzn.to/2UhBlrH
Stickles https://amzn.to/2TgIJqO
Liquitex Gloss Gel https://amzn.to/2NHBGS9

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Low Buy Challenge Update

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Today I have a video update on my low buy challenge. 

I did make some purchases over the last 2 months, some were to replenish what I used up and other purchases were new to me. 

This challenge has been a lot of fun for me. I have been using what I own and trying to find new uses for what I already have. 

I am excited to continue on my low buy journey and I will keep you updated throughout the year

Low buy challenge update

Are you participating in a low buy this year? And how are you doing with it?

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How to Start a Blank Art Journal Page

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Have you ever just looked at a blank piece of paper trying to figure out what to paint or draw.

Don’t worry this happens to all of us. When I start having trouble figuring out what to do I tend to do one of these 5 way to start a page.

Some of the pages I took pages from books and tissue paper and used a gel medium to adhere them down.

How to start a blank journal page
How to start a blank journal page

Other pages I just painted different texture and stenciled on. 

The whole idea is to just start, once you start then it is easier to be creative. Even if you don’t love the final page it is still a good exercise to get the creative juices flowing. 

How to start a blank journal page

How to start a blank journal page

I had a good time filming how I start a blank page. I think I will continue this series and show you how I start a page with with watercolors and markers and other art supplies. 

What art supplies would you like to see me use next time when I film how I start a blank art journal page?

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Sword in the Stone Art Journal Page

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I have another page for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal. This theme was a little harder for me, and really challenged me creatively, but in the end I think I found a creative way to approach this theme. 

 

So the theme of this journal is medieval gypsy. I am not sure exactly what that means so I just went with the medieval part, specifically the legend of the Sword in the Stone. 

Sword in the Stone
Sword in the Stone

I love this story, and this page reflect this. I created a rock out of fabric, and the background is textured with tissue paper and colored with dylusions sprays. 

Sword in the Stone
Sword in the Stone

The best part of this page is that the sword actually goes up and down! So much fun! 

Sword in the Stone
Sword in the Stone

I am really loving how this Sisterhood program that I am in really helps me expand my boundaries and stretch my creativity. I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!

Affiliate Links

Dylusions sprays https://amzn.to/2V1O7KI
Ranger journal https://amzn.to/2XlctRU
White gesso https://amzn.to/2NdBUju
gloss gel https://amzn.to/2GRAlXi
Tim holtz grunge board https://amzn.to/2Xcb1B5
Finnabair wax https://amzn.to/2GXo4Rt
Distress ink https://amzn.to/2T3jaZf
Folk art paint https://amzn.to/2TXCpAS

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No Sew Cat Bed

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I have a cat that thinks she is a princess, and since she is a princess she needed a pink velour bed with gold trim. And since I don’t sew, I had to create a no sew version.

Our cat rules the house, lol. And since she does this pretty pink pillow is perfect for her. 

Starlight
Starlight

This pillow is easy to create. Take 2 pieces of fabric and glue them together with fabric glue. If you want trim add it now. Make sure you leave a hole so you can stuff the pillow with ploy fill. 

Stuff your pillow and then glue the hole shut. That is it. Such a fun, easy way to create a new space for your pet.

No sew cat bed

I placed the bed on the trunk that Starlight sleeps on. The trunk is super hard and I thought she would appreciate the soft pillow. In true cat form she refused to pose for a picture, lol

But at least she has a new bed when she is ready to sleep on it. What other no sew projects do you work on?

Affiliate links:
Fabric Fusion https://amzn.to/2tvf0eF
Poly Fill https://amzn.to/2TJUNgt
Pink Velour (I found mine at a creative reuse center, but this is similar) https://amzn.to/2N6CFe5
Gold Cord trim (I found mine at a creative reuse center, but this is similar) https://amzn.to/2TPcdbE

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Mixed Media Collage Art #1

Hello Everyone!

I have really been getting into collages. It is a fun way to explore my creative process and really stretch me creatively.

I started with a canvas board and added acrylic paint and stencils and stamps and splatters to add detail and dimension to the background.

Collage art
Collage Art- Man in Saturn

Once I was happy with the background I added the collage pieces on top. I like to find images in magazines and catalogs. You never know what can be combined to create an art piece.

Collage art
Collage Art- Man in Saturn

To finish the piece I added details with paint pens. I think that added he detail that the piece was missing. 

This was a lot of fun and I will continue to explore my collage capabilities this year. 

Where do you fine images to use in your collages?

Affiliate links:
canvas boards https://amzn.to/2Ib2evP
metallic acrylic paint https://amzn.to/2X0QcJ1
Circle stencil (similar to the one I used) https://amzn.to/2SGR3zb
white gel pen https://amzn.to/2N108xd
Metallic paint pens (similar to the ones I used) https://amzn.to/2DvkSsS

 

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How to Create a Junk Journal

Hello Everyone!

Junk journals are all the over the internet right now! I have always loved junk journals and I want to show you how I create mine. 

I use my journals to try out new products or when I go on vacation I like to take my journal and fill it with all the goodies I find along the way like tickets and postcards. 

Junk Journal
Junk Journal

These are so much to make with a vintage pattern. I add all kinds of emphrema and washi tape and bits and bobs from my studio. 

Junk Journal
Junk Journal

For the binding I like to stitch the side, but you can use a long stapler if you want. I add a ribbon to keep it all together.

Junk Journal
Junk Journal

These are so much to make and I like to take mine everywhere!

If you try it out let me know how it works for you. 

 

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Paris Art Journal Page

Hello Everyone!

Sometime things just get lost. That is exactly what happened to my journal that I created for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal. Mine was lost in the mail! All that hard work gone. But we are only half way though so I created a new one and I am sending it on to the girl that did not get it. 

 

If you are not up to speed with the Sisterhood here is a link to my very first post about it.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal

Paris art journal page
Paris is always a good idea.

I have been loving the journaling and the themes that everyone is coming up with. This whole journey has been amazing! And I will admit that I even liked creating a new travel theme page, lol. 

And getting out my watercolors was so much fun and refreshing. I need to grab them more often. 

paris art journal
Paris Art journal page

So is this journal swapping something you might do you with your friends? You can even do a version with quilts or crochet. The ideas are endless. 

Designs by Rachel Beth Watercolors https://www.etsy.com/shop/DesignsbyRachelBeth

Affiliate links:
Dylusions journal bundle- https://amzn.to/2AXUwix
Prima Marketing watercolors Pastel Dreams https://amzn.to/2RZAJsS
White gel pen https://amzn.to/2S3gvOO

Mixed Media Photo Shadow Box

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I have always love these pictures of my Grandmother and Great Aunt. They both look so beautiful, so I wanted to honor them with this mixed media shadow box.

I found these really great square trays in my stash and I thought they would be perfect as a shadow box. 

Mixed Media Shadow Box
Mixed Media Shadow Box

I actually created 2 shadow boxes. One was my sample and practice box and the 2nd one was the one I actually filmed. I love both and I think they will look great on my mantle.

Mixed Media Shadow Box

Mixed Media Shadow Box

By adding contrasting elements like metal and wood you create a really interesting design. I like the worm metals with the black and white photo, the contrast is interesting to look at. 

Mixed Media Shadow Box

Mixed Media Shadow Box

Projects like this are a great way to use up all the little bits and bobs that are in your stash, lol. These would be great gifts or perfect to keep for yourself, lol. 

Mixed Media Shadow Box

Mixed Media Shadow Box

Such a fun project! Do you have any old photos to use in a shadow box? Or have you used any old photos in a project?

Affiliate links
Wooden trays- https://amzn.to/2DgBIwF
Folk art metallic paint- https://amzn.to/2VYVZ0S
Finnabair brushes https://amzn.to/2T1PnwP
Wood letters- https://amzn.to/2FyFJ1I
Finnabair mechanical butterflies https://amzn.to/2MnwLoR
Finnabair vintage sik wax https://amzn.to/2FxlwJF
tim Holtz Found relative (in case you don’t have your own pics) https://amzn.to/2MiQmGv

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