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Zipper and Buttons Art Journal Page

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal strikes again, lol. New month, new theme! This month’s journal’s theme is sewing and I love it. There is a wonderful quote at the beginning of the books that states “My soul is fed by needle and thread.” and I just love that quote. The previous pages are wonderful and a huge inspiration for me.

I decided to take my page in a little different direction and create a page around buttons bursting out of a zipper.

I have done this technique in the past on a bottle, but not a journal page.  I did a blog post using a Mason Jar and sea shells, I think it turned out really cute, lol. You can see that post  by clicking here — Sea Shell Mason Jar. 

 

Zipper Art Journal Page

This was such a fun page to create! I added texture, paint, stamps, and other interest to the background. I played with my Dylustions paint for the background, I just love the way that paint applies.

Then I added the zipper, buttons, and butterflies to the page.  Then I painted everything with Finnabair waxes to create the aged look I was going for.

Zipper Art Journal Page

The only problem is that techniques like this can make your journal really bulky, lol. But I love when that happens because it just means that I am using my journal even more and doing even more creating! The bigger the better, lol.

Zipper Art Journal Page

I have to say I am still really loving my art journal group! I love working on different pages and trying new things. I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!

Also, don’t forget to check my events page to see when and where I am teaching, I would love to have you join me in my class!

Affiliate Links to products I used (or similar ones)

Ranger Journal: https://amzn.to/2A0ZjQ6
Dylusions Paint https://amzn.to/2IMwQR1
Zipper https://amzn.to/2E9miwt
Finnabair Mechanicals Butterflies https://amzn.to/2Eafuim
Finnabair Stencil https://amzn.to/2C3ZoUS
Finnabair stamp and stencil set https://amzn.to/2QEgvR3
Ranger Archival Ink https://amzn.to/2yaQv93
Finnabair modeling paste https://amzn.to/2ypTpGw
Finnabair Wax https://amzn.to/2C48jWi
pack of black buttons https://amzn.to/2y9MCBt

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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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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!

Use the code taketimesummer for a discount at Scrapbookcollections.com!

summer greeting card

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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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Investigative Art Journal- Tube Watercolor to pans

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It has been a while since I posted. I have an Investigative Art Journal for you today. Today we are seeing how many half pans can you get from one tube of watercolors.

For this experiment I used Reeves Watercolors that I picked up at Michael’s. The affiliate link is listed here:

Reeves Watercolors: https://amzn.to/2pKk64e

watercolor tube

I found this a very interesting experiment, how much is actually in a watercolor tube? I was pleasantly surprised.

There are four and half, half pans in a tube!

watercolor tube

This is a great if you want to invest in higher quality watercolors, but you don’t think you can go through that many pans, so sharing with a friend or 2 is now a viable option.

There is plenty of product to go around to everyone!

Check out the video to see more on the experiment and there are links to my other Investigative Art Journals.

watercolor tube

What other experiments do you want me to do with watercolors?

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Dollar Tree DIY Easter Decor

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Can you believe that Easter is just right around the corner? Where is this year going? Anyway, I have a fun and easy Dollar Tree DIY Easter Decor project for you.

FTC Disclaimer:

I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

So, to do this project you will need a few supplies, most of them can be picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Materials (affiliate links)

Bulk Special Moments Frameless Canvas Art, 8.5 in. atcom
Bulk Special Moments Frameless Canvas Art, 8.5 in. atcom

from: DollarTree

Bulk Iridescent Easter Grass, 1.75-oz. Bags atcom
Bulk Iridescent Easter Grass, 1.75-oz. Bags atcom

from: DollarTree

Bulk Colorful Fillable Metallic Plastic Easter Eggs, 6-ct. Packs atcom
Bulk Colorful Fillable Metallic Plastic Easter Eggs, 6-ct. Packs atcom

from: DollarTree

Instructions:

First you will want to paint your canvas. I used a gold Folk Art paint. You can use any color you want, but it will take a few coats to cover up the canvas.  You might not be able to find the exact canvas I am using, but look around they seem to always have some great choices for canvases, and you might want to experiment with different sizes.

 

Dollar Tree Easter DIY

Once your paint is dry you can add the grass. Take as much as you want and shape it into a nest shape and hot glue it to the canvas.

Dollar Tree Easter DIY

Then you add your eggs, add a single one in the middle, or a grouping of 3. If you can’t find any eggs look around for another spring related item that would fit on your canvas. Be creative and experiment with your center piece.


Dollar Tree Easter DIY

These are just so cute when they are all finished. These would look great in a grouping of 3. Also, this would be a fun project for kids or a church group. There are so many great options for these canvases.

Dollar Tree Easter DIY

 

What Easter project are you working on?

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Easy DIY Thank You Cards

Hello Everyone!

Thank you cards are something we all need to have and these easy DIY cards are perfect for almost any occasion. And since I am obsessed with watercolors, these are right up my alley 🙂

These would be great gifts for new homeowners, newly weds, or graduates.

 

 

Materials (Affiliate Links):

  • Water Color Postcards: http://amzn.to/2EmGb2S
  • Van Gogh Water Colors: http://amzn.to/2GaSfRs
  • Dylusions Ink: http://amzn.to/2suEniH
  • Washi Tape
  • Thank you stamp

Instructions:

This first card is super easy and looks really cute. All you do is spritz the watercolor card with water and then lightly spray 2 different Dylusions ink sprays.  Move the card to blend the colors in the middle, then add some washi tape at the bottom and stamp Thank You in the middle and you are done! Quick and easy and they look great!

Watercolor thank you cards

This next card is also super fun and easy to make. Which is great because you can make a lot of them ahead of time and have them ready! For this one take a wet paint brush and paint with water in a blob type shape. Then add some watercolors into the blob, you can mix the 2 in the middle and blend them together. Add splashes and a stamped Thank You to the middle and some washi tape on the bottom. Now you have another Thank you card for your stash.

Watercolor thank you cards

This last card takes a little longer, but it is worth it. All you do is watercolor the sky, starting with the lightest color and work your way darker.  Blend carefully, you don’t want to create mud.  Once the sky is dry it is time to paint the mountains. I just used black acrylic paint to make the mountains and then I lightly drew in the trees with the same paint. Now you have a cute sunset card that is perfect for all occasions.

Watercolor thank you cards

 

Watercolor thank you cards

There you have it, 3 easy watercolor Thank You cards.

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