Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Build a Bunch of Backgrounds

Good morning, Friends!

I want to talk a little today about a class I'm teaching at The Paperie on Saturday, December 13 called Build a Bunch of Backgrounds.  Like almost every art journaler, I rarely throw out a good background. You might need one to make a page like this...

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This background is a leftover I made for my mixed media watercolor class in September. I loved it and knew I would use it someday. Having extra mixed media backgrounds in your stash is a good thing. Why?

1. No fuss. Having this background on hand, made it quick and easy to make a lovely mixed media scrapbook page in no time.

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2.  No muss. Ok, the making part was a bit messy but by the time I used this page, weeks and weeks later, everything was bone dry and mess free.

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3. Using your art. I love making art and then using it and sharing it. Anything that makes that process easier is win-win in my books.

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Please note, we won't be making this exact page in class but stay tuned because I have lots of sneak peeks planned. I hope you'll join me at The Paperie in a few weeks to build a bunch of your own backgrounds. For more information, please contact The Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie


Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Card Conundrum

So...are you making any Christmas cards this year?

I'm still trying to decide and here's my problem. I think this scrapbook page...

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...is a great starting place for some Christmas cards. It would be easy enough to do.

First, I need to alter the background paper that I cut into strips.

1. Spread some Prima 3D Matte Gel through a stencil on some patterned paper. Set aside to dry or dry with a heat gun.

2. When dry, add a coat of gesso. Set aside to dry or dry with a heat gun.

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3. Cut the paper into different sized strips and start adhering to background paper. I used 140 lb Canson watercolor paper and Soft Gel from the Prima Art Basics Line by Finnabair.

4. Spritz with spray ink. I used the Prima Color Bloom sprays in Glistening Waves.

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5. Add splashes of India ink and Studio Calico Mister Huey.

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6. Then embellish...

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...and embellish a little more. You can see a little of the Art Extravagance Crackle Paste (clear), I used to make this page in this pic. It's a beautiful effect but takes a while to dry so I may or may not use this step when making cards.

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Sounds easy enough, right?


I don't make hundreds of cards to send through the mail but I do like to make some - it's a nice way to share my art. So, maybe I will make some cards this year after all. Now that I have a plan, it seems a shame to waste it.

So, what about you? Are you making cards this year? Have you tried to make mixed media cards? Leave a link in the comments if you've shared them online - I'd love to see what you've made.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 21 November 2014

Doodles in My Art Journal: A Class Recap

Hello Friends,

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have an art journaling class scheduled for next week. You can find out more by reading this post or contactingThe Paperie.

Today, I want to share a recap of last month's class which was all about doodling.  There are as many ways to doodle as you can possibly imagine. Some of my favorite doodlers are: Alisa Burke, Joanne Sharpe and Traci Bautista. Traci has a wonderful book called Doodles Unleashed

 I have learned a lot by taking their online classes and reading their books but it wasn't until I really practiced doodling that I finally found my doodle. It looks something like this...

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and like this...

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I call it a swirly-doo. For my class last month, I experimented with mixing stamps and my swirly-doo and came up with this doodle...

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I used a girl from Dina Wakley's Scribbly Girls set and doodled her some hair. Most everyone in class commented on her similarity to Medusa.  I used only one pen, my favorite, the Sakura Pigma Micron. I used the .01 nib but I have many different sizes of this pen. It is just the loveliest black and great for doodles.

I also created this girl to share with the class...

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This time, I used a stamp from Face in the Crowd  set again by Dina Wakley and doodled a dress for her. I'm not much of a stamper but this worked for me.

Here are some closeups...

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I used a bunch of pens and markers in my doodle pen basket - mostly Sharpies and Tombows - and doodled as many flowers as would fit.

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I mixed colors, traced in black, added dots and used lots of different nib sizes but I kept my doodles very similar. It's a great way to add order to a colorful or busy page.

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I feel like I have finally figured out my doodle-style and that feels pretty good. I'm still learning and experimenting and practicing.  There is so much great inspiration out there, how about sharing who your favorite doodlers are in the comments? I love discovering new artists and new inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Wednesday, 19 November 2014

FIx My Page!: Upcoming Class

Hello, hello!

It's almost time for another art journal class at The Paperie. Next Thursday, we're tackling the big question of how to fix a page.

We all have art journal pages that have gone out of control - either wildly or mildly - and this month we're going to try to save a page or two. I have a few conventional and unconventional ideas on how to approach the problem of a "broken" page.

Here's an example of one of my "fixed" art journal pages.

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It took a lot of layers and working through the uglies...

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...and I end up a million miles away from where I started but I couldn't be happier with how this page turned out.

A broken page is an opportunity to be fearless in your art journal because if your page is already ugly or broken what have you got to lose by adding one more layer?

I hope you can join us. For more information, please contact The Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie


Monday, 17 November 2014

Do we absolutely always need to journal on a layout?

Hi Friends,

I have been thinking about journaling lately. Largely inspired by this stack of layouts that I made at The Paperie's Fall Retreat.

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Each one makes me happy and I had so much fun making them. I used some of my favorite new products -  the Prima Color Bloom Sprays and products from Finnabair's line by Prima. I also used wood veneers and diecuts, vellum and enamel dots - my scrapping staples.

I always wait until I get home to journal. Well, I'm home and unpacked and that means it's time to break out my favorite pen because these pages need journaling.

Or do they?
 
Take this page, for example...

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It's a cute picture of Gabriel trying to make a snow angel in a few centimeters of snow. Funny, right?  I want to add the date the pic was taken and Gabriel's name - just in case - but that's it. My title provides all the journaling I need to tell the story.


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The story seems obvious - just by looking at the picture you can see a little boy excited about the first snowfall even though there isn't enough snow to play in.

Do I need to write that out? Maybe but I'm choosing not to.

I think a page without journaling is a nice break for whoever is looking through my scrapbooks. It's a page where their eye can rest before moving onto the next page.

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We scrapbookers know that journaling is important but no one is showing up to judge our pages and how well we tell our story. Dina Wakley says, "done is better than perfect" and I completely agree.

Do you?

I'd love to know what you think about journaling. Do you write it all out or do you skip it completely? And what about this page, do you think I should add journaling? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Ghost of My Christmas Plans Past

Yes, it feels a little early to mention Christmas. I mean, we're not even half-way through November and around here there are bags of Halloween candy yet to be eaten.

But, if you're crafty then it's time to get started because once we get into December, well... we're all too busy to justify making anything crafty for ourselves if we can even find the time to make anything at all.

So, I'm taking a lesson from the Ghost of My Christmas Plans Past. You know what I'm talking about...those projects we pinned and planned but never ever made because Christmas is the most wonderful (aka busiest) time of the year. That lesson is to make the crafts now, long before Christmas arrives.

First up, these ornaments I made for an upcoming class called Holiday Hoopla. It's a daylong class hosted by The Paperie on Saturday, Decmeber 6.

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These ornaments are fun and surprisingly simple to make.  I think everyone will be surprised and little bit glittery, of course.

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Here's a closeup of their glittery loveliness. 

Holiday Hoopla is always a lot of fun. It's a whole day making crafts with crafty friends. How could that be bad? This year, there are 6 instructors and we are each making a different Christmas ornament. If you're local, you can find all the information about Holiday Hoopla here or you can call The Paperie to book your seat.

I have a big Christmas crafty plan that requires more than a few of these little trees. I'm going to make a bunch a create a new advent calendar. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Week That Was Week In the Life

Hello Friends,

I am back after a very busy Week In the Life. It was an exciting week - lots of Halloween happenings, a special anniversary dinner and regular life. Hence the eerie quiet on the blog.

I'm in the printing photos step which comes just before the putting-it-all-together step. Here are some of my favorites from the week...

Pumpkin Carving on Wednesday

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Ben changed his costume at 12:25 pm on Halloween. Oh. Yes. He. Did!

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So, we had 2 Luigi's this year.

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Then a very special anniversary dinner with 2 wonderful friends.

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There is so much more that I want to scrap from my Week In the Life. Andt I will scrap them this weekend, in fact, because I'm going to a 4-day scrapbooking retreat hosted by my LSS, The Paperie. My plan is to come home with a completed Week In the Life album.

That's pretty much all I have in the planning department.

That's weird for me. I normally have a plan and know what I'm doing. This year, I know what I don't want this album to be. I don't want to document exactly what I'm doing at 10:12 am on Wednesday morning. I don't want it to be a minute by minute detail of our lives. I want more - more interesting stories, more thoughtful journaling (which is not the same as more words) - a more interesting album, I guess.

It's something I've been talking about a lot this time around...wish me luck.

I promise to share pics of the completed album because I will finish this album. Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie