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Tea Cup Dreams–Sail Away

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Tea Cup Dreams–Sail Away

Good morning!

My big girl job is pretty challenging right now.  I like challenges and overall really like my big girl job but right now there are a lot of ugly issues taking much of my time.  I would really like to focus on going forward and am instead spending all my time on issues created by my predecessor.  AAh challenges.  Well when I found a little time to post and nurture my soul I found this great art journal piece I created while taking Lifebook 2013 with Tamara LaPorte. She is amazing!  Take Lifebook if you haven’t.  This is piece I very much enjoyed creating then and so enjoy looking at now.  I am ready to sail away even if I am only in a tea-cup.  A girl has got to “dreame…”

Cheers,

Trish

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Friday Journal Page: Texture Back In The Day

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Friday Journal Page: Texture Back In The Day

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!

Cheers,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag:

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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.

Cheers,

Trish

Journal Page: A Jean Pocket is a Unique Element

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Journal Page: A Jean Pocket is a Unique Element

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.

Unique Element Journal Page

DLP Unique Element Journal Page

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.

Cheers,

Trish

Trish Tuesday Tag: Unique Element Rip Off

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Trish Tuesday Tag: Unique Element Rip Off

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!

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Thanks for the great idea Rae Missigman.  Check back Friday for the DLP Art Jorunal Page with my actual unique element.  It Rocks!

Cheers,

Trish

Art Journal Page Christy Tomlinson Embellishments & Inspiration

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Art Journal Page Christy Tomlinson Embellishments & Inspiration

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.

Art Journal w Christy Tomlinson Embellishments

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.

Cheers,

TRish

Documented Life Project Art Journal Page Gelli Plate Monoprinting

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Documented Life Project Art Journal Page Gelli Plate Monoprinting

t’s a Documented Life Project Art Journal Page.  The challenge: Gelli Plate Printing.  I took this challenge to its max.  I printed every image, design, circle, dot on the page except for the black uniball pen and the key rubons.  I added the rubons after I adhered my page in my art journal as it seemed like I needed to create a cohesive page.  It looked like I had simply glued my art journal page to my art journal which is fine but I like a more cohesive look.  For an afterthought I very much like the keys.

The Gelli Plate is a really cool monoprinting invention.  Thank you Gelli Arts.  If you haven’t heard of Gelli Plates or haven’t used yours since you acquired it check out sample suggestions at the Gelli Arts Website.  There are tons of great tutorials and tips.

I must admit while I use my Gelli Plate I am by no means an expert nor do I use it as anything other than a tool.  I usually slap on some paint.  Smear it around with a brayer or my finger and place a piece of paper on top of the plate.  It is a quick way to add a background to build on.

In this DLP page I really pushed myself to use the plate differently than I normally do.  I put my stencils and detail work on the Gelli Plate and printed.  I have layers and layers on my page.  I love the look.  It reminds me very much of Rae Missigman.  She is a DLP instructor.  Her new stencils were featured and boy did I want to rush out and purchase them.  So fun.  So great.  So NOT cutsey!!!!!  Thank you Rae Missigman.  In any case, I was inspired to use some of her stamps on my Gelli Plate.

DLP Gelli Plate Art Journal Page

So try it out…you can paint, stamp, stencil, dot, scrape, stencil, polka dot, write on your Gelli Plate and print one after the other.

Cheers,

TRish

DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

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DLP 2015 Inspired Art Journal Page with Bird Tag

Closeup of DLP Art Journal Page

Hi.  I am excited to share this Documented Life Art Journal Page.  It is the first spread in what was then my new art journal.  The challenge was posted on January 1, 2015.  I got to work immediately.  I wasn’t thrilled with it when I finished it but 15 weeks later I like it very much.  Time relaxes so many anxieties.

I used a tag I had created in 2014 (horror to be used in 2015) as an element in the layout.  I liked the juxtaposition of layering a tag on top of a pocket that holds tags with my goals for this year.  So far, I am doing okay with my goals.  Some I have achieved others not so much.  Luckily I have 37 weeks left.

Check out Art to the Fifth or Documented Life Project (DLP) to join the weekly art journal challenges.  They have been great springboards into my creativity and art journaling.

Cheers,

TRish

Art Journal Page Share

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Art Journal Page Share

I have worked in an art journal off and on for years.  Sometimes I work through a class, workshop or Internet prompt and sometimes I work on my own.  This year I am participating in the Documented Life Project.  I am loving the workshop.  Check it out at http://www.art5academy.com/the-studio/the-documented-life-project-free.  It seems to be a perfect mix of styles, artists and prompts for me.  Having just told you about DLP I am actually sharing a journal page not from DLP.  Aahh, the oddities of blogging.  So on goes the post.

I am sharing a page from an archived Art Journal.  I used tissue paper, acrylic paint, stains, magazine images and other ephemera.

When I first started Art Journaling I was in high school (which was just last year OR…maybe 30 years ago), back then I didn’t call it Art Journaling.  It was my sketchbook and into went everything.  Some of it was mixed media, some was technique, some pencil drawings, some reflections. Sounds just like an Art Journal, but it was a sketch book (ha!).  I think there are many fine artists that carry a sketchbook and journal, draw, write, save ideas, etc in it.  Whatever you want to call it.  It’s a great tool to provide you with a creative outlet that needn’t be perfect.  . Enjoy my joy and imperfection.

Cheers,

Trish

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Easter Egg Resin Resist Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: Easter Egg Resin Resist Tag

Hiya.  So I know there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow but I am super excited about today’s tag.  Maybe almost as excited as I am for tomorrows post.

So today is all about an egg shaped tag–It is a total “green” craft.  What I mean is that the tag came as a tag attached to a recent spring home décor purchase.  I know if I were the one reading this blog post and not writing it I would want to see what the purchase was–well be patient you will get to see the item that was attached to the tag.  I promise I did NOT purchase the bunny (ha! now you know) just for the tag.  Those of you who are collagers or mixed media mavens will appreciate that I didn’t pick the item just for the tag.  Okay onward…

So, I discovered the fab egg tag while removing the tags from my bunny and thought, “hmmm.  I should make an Easter egg shaped tag since it is indeed an egg shaped tag.  Then I promptly forgot all about it.  Fast forward a few weeks.  I was working on a new technique and thought wow this resin resist technique would make a really cool speckled egg.  So, then I had to dig around and find the tag because of course I didn’t put it in my tag bin as I knew I was going to do something cool with it.

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So, because this is my blog and I get to do what I want I am not going to share the technique with you here and now.  I am making a video with my boy sharing the technique.  He created a youTube channel for me.  You can find my new channel at youTube/Trishcreates.  There is even one video already posted.  This video will appear in due course.  You will be the first to know when this technique is posted.  In any case, enjoy the images.  Love the tag!

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I think the tag looks a little like a misshapen planet Earth but just you wait…It looks like an Easter Egg in no time! A little ribbon, a little embellishment and it’s a beauty.  Also, you can partially see the bunny it was originally attached to “holding” the egg tag!

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Hope you are getting into the spring holiday spirit.

Enjoy!

Trish