Friday, 19 September 2014

Create: Art Journal Everyday

Hi Friends,

Thanks for visiting. Here's my art journal page for this week.

Sept 19_1

It started as a page for a class I'm teaching next week at The Paperie that wasn't working out.

I didn't take any pics but I did make notes. Here's how it started out.

Layer 1: Gesso with a palette knife.
Layer 2: Marks in the gesso using cardboard and paper towel tubes.
Layer 3: I made a glaze using Polished Jade Dylusions spray ink and Liquitex Glazing Medium. You can't see that layer but it was gorgeous.
Layer 4: Stamping with stamps and black Archival Ink.
Layer 5: Stamping in paint with found objects. You can see the Golden Fluid Acrylic in Quinacridone Magenta in the top right corner.
Layer 6: Then I added letter stickers to spell "create" and sprayed with more Polished Jade. It was too dark so I misted with White Linen Dylusions ink. I was trying to create and contrast so when I removed the letter stickers you could read the word. It didn't work and that's when I stopped.

When I came back to this page, the letter stickers were good and stuck and I ripped them when I tried to pull them off. It turned out to make a cool texture. So I left it and colored over it with a charcoal pencil.

Sept 19_4

Then I journaled what I was feeling. A note to remind myself that being creative everyday is more important than worrying about making perfect or beautiful art. I worry about those kinds of things more than I like.

Then I picked up a Lyra watercolor crayon and made a circle. I didn't think about it too much but I liked how it looked so I did it a bunch of times - lots of different sizes and colors.

Sept 19_2

I blended the color with a wet brush and decided to try adding some shading. So, I used the black Lyra crayon and shaded all the circles. It was too dark and heavy so I blended with a wet brush and blotted off some of the color with a paper towel to get that grungy look. Fun and easy to do. 

Sept 19_3

Then some splashes of white paint to lighten up the page. It reacted with the Dyluions Polished Jade under there and became teal like.

Sept 19_8

And finally, some stamping on the circles using an old Hero Art text stamp. It's discontinued but I love it.

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And here's a closeup of some of the texture. I really love it when my page has lots of texture.

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So, that's it for me. If you have any questions, just leave me a note in the comments.

Wishing you lots of creative time this weekend!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Loads of Layers - A Class at The Paperie

Hi Friends!

Today I'm sharing a look at one of the art journal pages we're making next Thursday, Sept. 25, in my art journal class. Each month, I am teaching an art journal class at The Paperie. This month we're going to play with loads and loads of layers.

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We're going to combine techniques and products like sprays, stamps, book paper, tags, watercolor pencils and crayons to make pages with as many layers as we can heap on a page.

Here are some close ups...

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Is this something you can do? Absolutely. Art journaling is easy and fun.

Sept 17_2

Will your page look anything like this? Probably not because art journaling is about expression and finding your own style.

Sept 17_3

If you're interested in learning more about this class (and you're local), call The Paperie. It's always a fun class with lots of product information and techniques.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 15 September 2014

The Paperie's October Kit Sneak Peeks

Today, I want to share some sneak peeks of the projects I have made using The Paperie's October kit.  I can't tell you exactly what is in the kit but I can say that is full of pretty papers and gorgeous embellishments. I was especially delighted with the specialty papers and the gold lovelies in the kit.

Sneak Peek 1

Sneak Peek 2

Sneak Peek 3

Sneak Peek 4

I have had so much fun using this kit and I've used most of it.  I can hardly wait for you to see the kit and to share all the projects I have made with it. Call The Paperie today and find out more about their kit club.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, 12 September 2014

A Flip Through my Art Journals

Currently, I have 5 Dylusions journals in various stages.  This isn't unique to me. Many art journalers often have more than one journal on the go at a time. Although 5 does seem like rather a lot. I have two smalls: 1 almost full and 1 started recently. I have 3 bigs: 1 brand new, 1 almost full and 1 with no blank pages but when I flip through it I can always find a page that needs a little something.  That's why it's still in rotation.

I wanted to share some of the pages I've been making while on my blogging hiatus. Some of these pages are done and some are in progress. That's how I like to play in my art journals. For me, it's not about finishing pages it's about learning and experimenting.

This is one of my small Dylusions journals.

Art Journal Cover

 I have only recently started decorating the covers of my art journals. I was afraid I would "ruin" the journal if I messed up the cover. I got over that at that fear recently. Mainly because I often encourage others to face fear and make art anyway. And honestly, an ugly cover isn't going to ruin my art journal so what have I got to lose?


These pages are examples of work I do in my journal to prep for classes. The page on the left is for my art journal class on doodling on October 30 and the page is on the right is from the watercolor class I taught in August.

Implied Face

This is what I call an implied face. It's clearly a face but it's not a great face. It's part of my practicing. You can also notice my handwriting in the bottom right corner. It says "Golden Fluid Acrylics".  This note helps me remember what I've used on a page when I'm trying new products, techniques or prepping for a class.

Dina Inspired

This page is definitely inspired by Dina Wakley. I think one of the reasons I like Dina so much (aside from her being fabulous) is that she uses many of the colors (blue) and motives (circles) that I love so much.

Inspired by Traci Bautista

This page is inspired by Traci Bautista. Her style, color palette and design are so unlike my own but I am drawn to her work. That shape was something I cut from printer paper to use as a mask because I saw her use a similar shape. This is also a page where I was experimenting with making my own glazes.

Ben Collage

Here's another experiment. This time with my printer and a photo of Ben. I'm not sure what to do with page. I love it but I think it could use more...we'll see.

Work in Progress

This page started as a place to clean my brayer while making gelli prints. I love the colors. This is a work in progress and will get finished someday...or not. My art journal is not a to-do list so there is no pressure to finish anything.


And finally, I must share my obsession with abstraction. I love, love, love abstract art. I have a huge Pinterest board dedicated to abstraction so it's to be expected that it would turn up in my art journal.

And that's what I've been working on so far this year in my art journals. If you have any questions about products or techniques, please leave a comment below and I'll get back to you.

So, what about you? Do you have one or many art journals? Let me know in the comments - I'd love to know.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 11 September 2014

My Teaching Schedule - September and October

I'm really excited about my fall teaching schedule at my fabulous LSS, The Paperie. I'm teaching art journaling classes each month and some mixed media scrapbooking classes too. Here are some sneak peeks and descriptions for classes coming up in September and October.

Art Journal Club - Layering
Thursday, September 25

I love layers. They are a fun and easy way to create interesting pages and projects. This month, our goal is to use a many mixed media techniques and products as possible and create 2 expressive and interesting art journal pages. We'll experiment with combining products so you can learn when to keep layering, when to stop and how to finish a page. This class is full of mixed media techniques and product information and is open to everyone - experienced art journalers who are looking for a creative and supportive community and beginners who want to learn about art journaling.

Art Journal Layering class  

Put it All on the Page
Saturday, October 18

In this class, we will create 2 multi-layered 12x12 mixed media scrapbook pages that make a big impact while using up product that may be languishing in your stash. We will discuss how to make the most of your stash and how to add in your favorite new supplies and techniques. This class is full of tips and techniques and will have you looking at your supplies with inspired eyes.

Put it All on the Page sneak

Art Journal Club - Doodling
Thursday, October 30

This month, we are going to try our hand at one of art journaling's most popular trends - doodling and pen work. We'll explore quick and easy ways to add doodles and pen work to finish off your art journal pages and we'll create an art journal page using nothing but doddles. This class is open to everyone - experienced art journalers who are looking for a creative and supportive community and beginners who want to learn about art journaling.

Doodling Sneak Peeks

For more information about these classes contact The Paperie. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I will share more information and pictures about class projects as we get closer to the date.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Around here...Summer 2014

Hello friends!

It has been quiet here for a long, long, long time but I have missed sharing what I've been working on and what I'm excited about and I wanted to try again. As a "welcome back post, I've decided to share a little bit about what's been going on around here.  This summer there's been lots hanging out, growing up and adventures for all.


Here's my Ben. He says the funniest things and gives the best hugs. He loves his big brother more than almost anything. He is crazy about the color green, Halloween, spooky things like monsters, zombies and dragons and Thomas the Tank Engine. Basically, he's growing up too fast.


Oh, my Gabriel...he is 7 and in grade 2. I'm still in shock about that -ha! He is all about Star Wars, Angry Birds Star Wars and Minecraft these days. He doesn't like to watch movies unless it's Star Wars. He loves his little brother and he's a pretty great big brother. He's excited about gymnastics and swimming but he wants to learn to ride horses. We'll see.

Me and Sam

And my, Samy...he had a wonderfully gourmet vacation in France. He loves baguettes. These days, he's working like crazy. It's his thing. I think he's happiest when work is really busy. He still thinks the kids are hilarious - I love that about him. It's sweet, right?

And me? Well, I have a major crush on France. I can hardly wait to go back. Until then, I am loving the lovely weather we're having. It's the perfect for my favorite accessory - scarves. I've been reading a lot lately and discovering so many new-to-me authors.  I'll share more about that later. I've also been making lots of stuff - scrapbook pages, mini books, art journal pages and...all kinds of stuff.  I'm planning to share lots going forward and I hope you'll come back and see my projects, pages and ideas.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Let's Art Journal

I love art journaling. A lot.

It makes me happy.

Naturally, I want to share all that is wonderful about art journaling and because I have a fabulous LSS, I can! The Paperie is helping me share my passion for art journaling in a new series of classes and my first one is this Thursday night.

This month, it's about inspiration. We'll talk about supplies, how to prep pages, how to approach a the blank page and so much more. I have so much I want to share.

Here's a look at the pages I made for the class.

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Art Journal Club_Jan_2

And finally...

Art Journal Club_ Jan_3

I'm really excited and I can hardly wait to start with this new series. There's always room for one more. Just call or email The Paperie to reserve your space.

Thanks for stopping by!