…getting whimsical this winter…

So I’m taking a couple of online courses, one of which is based off an awesome book I have.  Joanne Sharpe has a terrific book called The Art of Whimisical Lettering, and I’m currently taking her class based off the book.  I don’t necessarily love my own handwriting, but that’s what the class is all about.  You get a composition notebook, glue every 2-3 pages together to make them a little sturdier, add some washi to the edge, and play with your handwriting.

Here’s a shot of my journal, the cover which I finially finished a short while ago:

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And here’s my page for one of the first lessons in the online course called “Pump it Up”

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Pretty cool, huh?  Do I love it?  Not quite, but it’s a work in progress.

I’m also taking a class by Dawn DeVries Sokol called Winter Wonder Full.  Being in a mult-faith household makes the winter holidays kinda crazy, but this is a great journal for me to document December and the holidays my way.

So these are my inside covers:

A combo of gesso and some Liquitex purple and Grumbacher blue.  I’m using a Canson watercolor spiral journal since it was the closest thing I could find to the journal that Dawn recommends, and since I’m not working, it’s easier than getting all the binding materials.

Anyhoo, I made a calendar page (I don’t celebrate Advent, but a calendar page to keep track of the holidays I do celebrate is very good).

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The star is a magazine shape cutout, the black and white check is duck tape, and the tag is an old Jenni Bowlin tag that I covered and then scribbled on with paint pens.  Add some baker’s twine and a little thread, and awesome.  Also stamped some TH stars from his circus collection, and (after I took the photo) a “1” from a Dylusions numbers set.

I was also supposed to make some holiday doodles, and I’m not loving this page, but I’m not that practiced at doodling or I’m my own worst critic 😛

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Another assignment was to doodle a menorah (which hubby’s family does celebrate).  Here I used Joanne Sharpe’s Pump it Up technique for my words, though they seem to have a definite Dylusions look, at least in my opinion.

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Anyway, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…clearing her mind…

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Yes, it’s May, but I wanted to share this journal spread.

At the start of the new year, I chose my word for the year: Clear
I need and want to clear up my life.

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Clear and organize my scrap supplies so I can work

Clear my body of the junk that’s holding it back

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Clear out excess social media stuff so I can focus and not be overwhelmed

Clear out and use my art stuff

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Maintain a schedule of keeping paperwork from piling up, which leads to me procrastinating dealing with it.

Clear my life so I can enjoy it.

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Choosing a word for the year is pretty new for me.  I’ve done resolutions in the past, but last year was the first year I chose a word for the year.  This year my word is “clear”.  I want to clear up my life, in most ways.

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Clear up paperwork and keep a system of managing it so it doesn’t overwhelm me.  Clear my body and get healthier (and hopefully lose some excess weight that I lost and gained back).

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I also wanted to clear up my art stash.  Not get rid of anything exactly, but more organize it, that way I’m not constantly searching for stuff and can actually craft.  Paperwork extends to e-mail and stuff, too.  I don’t have to keep everything forever.

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So I had to do a spread in my little moleskine, which still doesn’t have a cover yet, but I’ll get to it.

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…still kicking…

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This art journal spread was a real challenge for me.

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I wanted to experiment with repeating one stamp to make a background.  Yeah, I know, simple, and yet I haven’t done it before.

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Then I drew a blank.  So I took a break.  So when I came back to it, I had a bunch of thoughts about me, life, and everything.  So I journaled about it.

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I fully planned on covering it up in some way so you could maybe see words, but I wanted to keep it private. Then I started experimenting again.  I adhered some newpaper with washi tape, tried some doodling, and collaging.

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Then I grabbed my paint markers and tried to make that work.  No dice.  So I’m struggling, and grumbling, and I finally decide to take off the newspaper bits.

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That revealed the washi tape I’d layered to cover up the writing.  I collaged pieces from a magazine, including a lady figure.

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My lady image got a new body which gave her four arms, and the original two grew green tentacle things, maybe to go with her crazy hair (and channeling my inner Dyan Reaveley, hee hee).

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PANTS was cut from a magazine then colored and striped, with the background painted black.  And some more doodling.

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On to my next spread 🙂 !

Happy scrapping!

…in her happy place…

 

 

…and on a side note….it’s my birfday!  *sing-song* It’s my birfday, it’s my birfday. *cough* Anyway, so I turned 35 as of about 2AM this morning (apparently I was born a night owl :P).  It’s raining today, which I don’t mind, but I’m hoping to have some good arty crafty fun this weekend.  IN the meantime, I’ll present you with another spread from my little travel art journal.

“Art is my happy place”

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So I took advantage of some scrappy sales recently and got a bunch of scrap goodies 😀  One is an Amy Tangerine rubber wood-mounted stamp set.  These stamps are a good size and the wood block is huge!  I’ve got a fair amount of wood-mounted rubber stamps, but the wood part is quite a bit thicker on these Amy Tangerine stamps.  Oh, and have I mentioned I love these stamps!  There’s a square frame and then some brush script images and ths brush script phrase you see above,

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You’ll remember from my previous post that I made the backgrounds already with my Dylusions color sprays and some stencils.  I had actually stamped the “happy place” stamp before I did a lot of the other stuff, and worked around it.  I used the striped cloud and sun from a dollar bin Studio G stamp set with my blue and orange dye ink cubes from Rubber Stampede.  I’ve had these dye ink cubes forever, and they’re nice bright colors and they dry fast.

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So of course, I had to add brackets and arrows 🙂  I used a yellow pen to fill in the open letter spaces, as well as some other doodling.  I also used a Marcy Uchida brush marker in Peacock, a calligraphy marker in yellow, and my black pen for more doodling.

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I also splurged and bought a starter paint pen set, wihch came with the primaries (red, blue, yellow), green, black, and white.  I used the white paint pen to outline the stamped text.

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I had added some green chevron and multi-colored star washi tape and doodled the words.

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You can also see my other cloud stamp peeking out underneath.  I love how the random placing ot the clouds and text stamp made a kind of heart in the lower loop of the “y”.  Happy accident!  And just for a little scale, I snapped a photo of my journal next to my TH Distress Ink pad.

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…playing with stamps and doodles…

…and markers, in short, just playing.

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“some days are okay, some days suck”

I can see nodding heads, you know what I’m talking about 🙂

Here’s the background as a reminder, the asterisk was an aside from a previous spread.

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This is an Amy Tangerine die-cut frame with doodling, markers, and colored pens.  The envelope is mine, done freehand, and unintentional.  But I like it. That’s a cloud stamp with a yellow calligraphy marker.

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Some stamped brackets (love my brackets), cloud stamp, and marker writing and doodling.

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Blue dye ink pad with my cloud stamp, and doodles with sharpie pen, markers, and colored pens.

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Doodled lightning bolt, red pen, and Amy Tangerine roller stamp.

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Green dye ink stamped bracket, star washi tape, with doodling.  Letters were doodled and colored by hand.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…remembering…

…So the anniversary of 9/11 always feels odd to me.  I wasn’t in NYC when it happened, but I have a couple of relatives that were living there at that time.  It was a bit surreal, watching it on the television screen.  Even stranger was when they said it was an attack and not just one plane having a horrifically tragic accident.

This year I was not only actually in the city on the 11th, but also around the time of the attacks.  I really wanted to hear the bells that they ring at the specified times.  And at some point soon, I’d like to visit the memorial.  I’ve never seen the original towers in person, but it is very strange to see the city skyline in photos and such and not see the towers.  They were iconic.  And my heart goes out to everyone affected in some way by what happened that day.

As promised in an earlier post, here’s shots of my art journal spread, mostly writing down my memories of that day.

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Moleskine Art Journal…

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So following Ronda Palazzari’s artsy moleskine travel journal, I decided to make my own.  Since I’m working in the city (the Big Apple for those outside New York), my commute takes a bigger chunk out of my days.  Which means that it’s more important (for me, at least) to have some artsy fartsy time during the day, even if I’m not home.  I’m still working on a bag/container and just what I want to bring, but I followed Ronda’s initial instructions on making the journal itself.

In a nutshell, I got a 3-pack of the black moleskine journals with lined pages (the small one, about the size of a passport), then proceeded to use my glue stick and glue every 3 pages together to make them sturdier.  After that, I grabbed my Dylusions sprays (I wanted bright, flat color, and they’re what I have in that department) and a bunch of different stencils (I kept to the small ones, mostly 6×6 and one small handmade Styrofoam).  Mostly TCW (including Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s mini punchinella, and Ronda Palazzari’s Well-Rounded), a Heidi Swapp (chevron) and a Prima one (the raindrops).  And I started spraying 😛

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I made sure to flip over the stencils and press them into another art journal.  Don’t want to waste any of that gorgeous color and awesome texture!

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Yeah, I started writing this one before the photos.  It’s a spread I did for the anniversary of 9/11 that I’ll post about later.

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So I didn’t get to take a photo of my first page before I arted and journaled it all up, but it started with the blue and purple.  Everything else was added during a lunch break.

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I added some die-cuts I cut from patterned paper and a water-soluble crayon on the inside of an envelope.  I also stamped the border, asterisks, arrow, and Amy Tangerine roller stamp, along with an alpha stamp set.  Then I doodled with a black gel pen.

I’ll post more as I finish the spreads.  And feel free to ask any questions!  Happy scrapping!

…showing another side…

…that’s not always happy.

 I’ve noticed that a lot of scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media in general tend to have a positive, celebratory vibe.  And I’m not complaining, but my art journal spread this week really evolved from the way it started, as in, not at all.  I also got inspired by the Gauche Alchemy August Moodboard.  I know a little about Frida Kahlo, but I’ll admit I was inspired by the colors.

“I don’t want to be afraid”

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I recently saw a YouTube video that showed a way to use up cardstock/patterned paper you don’t like anymore.  So I tried it.  In this case, it was patterned paper that I never really loved in the first place, but it came in a paper pack, so there you go.  I ended up using this scraps of patterned paper to cover the base, but then did my gessoing (is that a word?, meh).  Then I did a base of lemon yellow and vermillion (orange).  I intended it to be more mixed together, but it worked out in the end.  Like I said, even with the moodboard, I had trouble.

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I was also working on other projects and added the leftover paint to my spread using stencils and masks (the silhouette is my own – made with clear packing tape and a department store model cutout).  I also used Dylusions Jade through an alphabet stencil before that.

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I was thinking about my struggle with postpartum anxiety/OCD and other personal issues intertwined with that.  The black paint around the silhouette seems like the emotions vibrating/radiating from the figure.  The small words are an alpha stamp set, while I doodled in some spots with my black Sharpie.  I wrote the word “afraid” with black paint, then used my white-out pen to bring attention to the word.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…playing in my art journal…

…and think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

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So I’d played around with some ribbon and paint awhile ago.  I never got around to using the ribbon, which had become stiff with the gesso and paint I’d added.  I had enough pieces to make an aserisk, and wanted to incorporate it into an art journal page.  And this is what I ended up with.

The background is a bunch of paper scraps modpodged to the page in my composition notebook.  Then I gessoed over the strips to start clean.  The background is light green and yellow paint with some water to spread it around and meld the two colors together.  I used my alphabet stencil with red paint, then used a nice blue with my chevron stencil.  I was fairly liberal with my bubble wrap “stamp” and the purple paint, and use light blue paint through my homemade cross/x stencil to make five x’s.

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Also used was a cap from a carton of egg beaters (washed before using as a stamp, of course) and orange paint.  I used fabric glue to attach the ribbon strips, and did some journaling along the strips.  After that, I outlined the strips, and blue x’s, and scribbled inside some orange circles.

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As well as making a half sun around of the half orange circles.  Finally, I grabbed my white-out pen to add chevron lines in between the blue chevron, scribbled inside some orange circles and used my TCW Mini Bricks stencil in a couple spots.

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I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Anything Goes