Hi. Happy Friday! Today is all about Words with Friends. I don’t play the online game, but my husband does. I play the old school Scrabble game so I found this Document Life 2015 art journal challenge to be great fun. It is a mixed media art journal page filled with love and happy memories. I created a collage from various notes, cards, letters and envelopes from friends and family. With the notes I included some other ephemera like a vintage bingo card and some other graphic text. I also included a middle insertion–an envelope that has a favorite note from a friend. After I collaged down the various ephemera I added a layer of gesso and some glimmer mist transparent shimmer color– just to add some shimmer. I also stenciled alphabet letters in various places with Glimmer Mist grey. After both were dry I added some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I let the distress ink meander its way through the lows of the collage. I then made copies of Scrabble tiles. I would have loved to use the actual tiles but since this is a piece in my art journal I wanted it to remain fairly flat. A girl has to pick where to add dimension if she wants to ever shut her art journal.
An oldie but goodie. Okay maybe not an oldie–it’s from 2012–I think that maybe qualifies as an oldie–three years–okay not really, but I have done a ton of creating since I created this art journal page.
I created this page while working in my first actual designated art journal. I see so many of the same techniques I am currently using–what’s interesting though is that some of these techniques I used back then and then stopped or didn’t use them much and now they are creeping back into my art.
For instance, since I learned about molding paste aka modeling paste aka texture paste I have enjoyed it as a medium but lately I realized I really always appreciate texture in my art journaling. When my pages don’t have dimension I feel they look flat. This is true of course, as without dimension they are flat. Now if that isn’t a brilliant statement…But really, I think I used same jar of Golden’s Molding Paste for a year. I used it if not sparingly, at least not like the I do now, Now I use it like frosting. See some recent posts. You will see I am in a heavy texture phase. Since the New Year I have purchased four jars.
Now, I am back from making my texture rant…When I look at other artists/crafters/creators I don’t miss dimension in their art journal or wall art, but I do in mine. I see now, that I have liked texture for a long time. Notice the molding paste dots, the green heavy bodied paint over the dimensional leaf ribbon and the red heavy bodied paint over the red roses. Also, notice that I have layers of paper creating both interesting layers but also texture. I believe you have just witnessed me in an art journal growth moment.
I hope you enjoyed it!
We had a big family reunion in North Carolina a couple of summers ago. Below is a tag I scrapped for the trip. The tag is made with scrap paper, embellishments, ribbon , glitter (I am especially fond of that Martha Stewart blue glitter–I don’t thin she makes it anymore) and ink. No paint. It’s been a long time since I have created without acrylic paint and molding paste as initial go-tos. Maybe I need to spend some time creating like we did during all those scrapbooking years.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the simplicity of the shapes and the color play from this festive summer tag.
So it’s an art journal page created from layers upon layers of paper. All kinds…tissue paper, pattern paper, book paper, scrapbook paper, cardstock. There are embellishments on top of ephemera. There is a pocket under the life is good heart which holds more layers that can be pulled out.
Art Journal Page of Layers
It’s got so many layers you can’t even see the original layers. Here is how the page started.
From blog post 2010…
Announcement: Royal Tart Donates a “Van Gough”
Last night Royal Tart donated a faux Van Gough for a community fundraiser. The Starry Night canvas was 24 homemade chocolate cupcakes; the painting medium was tinted frosting. We had a great time painting and we are ever so proud of our masterpiece. I believe the lucky winner ate the masterpiece last night!
Here is a quick snap of the masterpiece. It really is made with cupcakes and icing.
Royal Tart was inspired by the amazing book: Hello Cupcake!. If you haven’t seen it check it out; it is filled with wonderful cupcakes for every celebration theme from elegant party themes to silly kid birthday themes as well as holiday themes and everything in between. There are some great spring themed and Easter themed cupcakes.
Simplicity at it’s best. I made this piece from a seashell I collected off the beach from our recent family beach holiday. Of course the subject matter is simple but as I have been prone to say why make something easy when you can make it complex;-). I constructed the shadow box, added the layers of rigid material, paint and wax. Distressed the shadow box not once but twice then finally adhered the sand dollar.
My new New Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May Challenge inspired tag! I finished before the end of the month–wahoo! I am very pleased with the layout of this tag.
I started by following Tim Holtz’s instructions found here: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-may/
…then when I discovered the stickers that said, “pieces of life” I knew I wanted to create an old timey scrapbook tag. Very inspired by Tim Holtz’s tag but with some actual vintage items that have been collected over time including the key, the bracelet fragment, the button, the buckle and some of the charms dangling from the buckled ribbon.
I am reminded of pieces of life.
Hi. So my favorite Documented Life Project art journal page thus far is my jean pocket page. I love the texture, depth of layers, color and of course my unique element. If you don’t know it already, I am a lover of blue jeans. I wear them as often as I can. Some weeks I wear them all week, some only once or twice as work and weather permit. There is nothing in the world like a pair of well worn jeans. So when we were challenged by the girls at DLP to incorporate a unique element I was prepared. I have been saving pockets from old jeans for years. Typically, I use them to hold utensils on a table top around July 4th. Check back around then and I will share a denim table top with you. After all, what’s more American than jeans? I digress…
So below is my DLP, week 13 (March 28, 2015) challenge art journal page. I used a ton of modeling paste, some crackle paste, stencils, acrylic paint, distress ink, Distress stain, a jean pocket and a tag with the saying, “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit” Gabrielle Roth.
DLP Unique Element Journal Page
After the page had “cured.” I say cured because it really only sat out overnight. I covered the page in a semi-gloss gel medium. This helps the page from becoming brittle and flaking as the substrate (the journal page) is flexible which isn’t always good for modeling paste and really not good for crackle paste. I also like the sheen and depth the gel medium gives the page.
So in March we were challenged by the Documented Life Ladies to use a unique element in our art journal. The quote for the week was, “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit” -Gabrielle Roth. I knew what I was going to use as my unique element, but I loved the unique element Rae Missigman used in her journal page. So like any good artist, I borrowed the unique element technique–okay, I liked it so much and I already owned the stamp so I pretty much used the unique element verbatim. I love how the tag turned out!
Thanks for the great idea Rae Missigman. Check back Friday for the DLP Art Jorunal Page with my actual unique element. It Rocks!
It’s an oldie but goodie! I began art journaling with regularity some 6 or so years ago. At that time I joined Christy Tomlinson’s monthly kit subscription. I think when I began the subscription it was a scrapbooking subscription but pretty quickly became a monthly art subscription. I created this art journal page using Christy’s embellishments and tissue paper. If you are new or newish to art journaling or crafting on a regular basis and monthly subscription kit is a great way to gather the newest supplies. Plus when a kit comes you have to figure out how to use the supplies so it is a great way to push yourself to try new things. The challenge with monthly art kits is that eventually you have to stop them or move to a bigger house or studio as your cup will truly run over with crafting stash. It is never fun to give up a monthly kit but I certainly used a ton of really cool supplies while I was part of Christy’s kit. She still offers the subscription kits in some form or another.
I have always liked the quote, “Home, it’s where your story begins…” so when I received Christy’s ephemera kit with houses I new I was going to use the quote. I mean how perfect is the saying with a little house?
For this page, I covered the page with tissue and magazines then I added paint using free form and stencils. I added ephemera and embellishments from Christy and from an old card I liked. Then I added more paint and ink as well as rubons. I cannot remember now but this may be loosely copied from a Christy Tomlinson page. Thank you Christy Tomlinson for guiding me when I first started mixed media art journaling.