I got in another journal for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal and this theme was favorite food! Yum! I love food and this was such a fun page to create!
I wanted to try something new, so I created a pop up art journal page. Let me tell you, pop ups are not that easy, lol
It took me a few tries, but in the end I created a pop up table where I was able to place my favorite foods. I love pizza, and donuts, and cupcakes. (I sounds like a 12 year old, lol) But there you have it, my favorites.
I created a little scene with flooring and wall paper and some plants and a rug, all to create the right place for my pop up table. The video has all the details and I encourage you to check it out!
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It is no secret how much I love Disney and visiting Disney World is one of my favorite things to do! When I began my journey into fabric mixed media I just knew that I would need to create some canvases that paid homage to Disney World.
So I created these 4 canvases celebrating each of the 4 parks at WDW.
The first is a pretty pink castle, this is for the Magic Kingdom. It is hard to tell in the photo but there is a lot of glitter and shine on the canvas, especially on the white background.
Then there is EPCOT with an image of Spaceship Earth. This is one of my favorite rides, probably because it is slow and relaxing with lots of air conditioning, lol. Perfect break in the middle of a hot day in Florida, lol
Then we have MGM, no I am sorry Hollywood Studios, lol. I think I will always call it MGM. And I loved the giant sorcerer’s hat that was in the middle of the park for the longest time. I know they removed the hat, but I loved it so much and that reminds me the most of the park, so I thought I would use the hat to depict MGM.
Last but not least is the Animal Kingdom. I love going to this newer park and I have to say the new Avatar section is amazing!
Overall these were so much fun to create and reminisce about going to Disney and I am eager to start my next canvas!
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“You ain’t never had a friend like me!” That is exactly what I thought when I got the most recent Sisterhood of the Traveling Art journal in! The theme is friends and that song just popped into my head from Disney’s Aladdin.
I wanted to create a silhouette of Agrabah and have a sunset or sunrise behind the city.
In order to create some dimension and detail I added stars with a stencil and modeling paste before painting with acrylic paint.
I did trace the city from a cut out I had (this is because there was no way I could free hand the city, lol) then I painted it back.
For the final finishing touch I added rhinestones and blue pearls for additional dimension and interest.
I really love how this turned out! For me this was a fun take on the Friends theme, and I think I explore it more in my own journals.
There is just some thing about mermaids, they are so wonderful and amazing. And yes, I think they are real, lol. And since they are real I wanted to create a fun and easy art journal page using a metal die that I had in my stash.
This page was a lot of fun to create. I really enjoyed digging in my stash and finding old supplies that I haven’t used in a long time.
I did find this really great vellum paper from Stampin Up. It is really old, over 10 years is my guess, but it still works and looked really great on my page. (btw I am not a Stampin Up rep, lol, but I do have one. If you need a rep I did link my rep’s in at the bottom of this page. )
I also had a lot of fun using washi tape to create the underwater scene I was going for. I added a little texture with some stone effects from Finnabair and some netting from the Dollar Tree, together they brought the page together for the look I was going for.
It is a lot of fun going through your stash and finding things you forgot you had and putting them to use. What have you found in you stash that you purchased a long time ago that you recently found and are now using?
I am not a Stampin Up Rep, but I do have one. If you need a rep my friend is really good. Here is her website: Stampin Wright
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This was such a fun piece to create and it was a great way to commemorate a wonderful vacation.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!