When I art journal, anything goes. Sometimes, I move quickly and sometimes I am methodical. My art journal is heavily inspired by what I see around the time of creating. The page is rarely a long term planned project.
This page was created in about 45 minutes–lickety split. I came home from a meeting than ran late into the night…I needed to unwind.
I sprayed some Dylusions ink sprays and some acrylic paint onto my journal and blended a little. Then hit it with a heat gun. Once dry I used a gate stencil upside down with watermark ink and gold embossing powder.
Added my girl with Stabilo black “pencil.” She is part traced, part sketched. Yes, I just admitted that. It works for me. I don’t create to be a great drawer. I create for joy. Then I added embellishments. She has lovely flowers in her hair and a piece of pretty paper on the left page to coordinate. Some more sprays including Dylusions White Liben spray. Stamped an adventurous quote.
I tend to create with darker more grungy colors or by “tamping” down colors but I really enjoyed stepping out of my regular color treatment for a clean, crisp look. I also like the negative, white space. Intentionally trying to leave more white space in my journals these days.
Was totally inspired by Donna Downey’s Artist Gang Tuesday a while back. Love the stencil the artist was using. I used water colors to add color to the music page background. Added some Prima text stamps that were circular, some embossed butterflies and a fun Dylusions stamp. Then to add a little interest I added a coordinating tag and some 80’s style black paint splatters.
“Do what you can with what you have right where you are.” Don’t know who said this or why, but it is a great reminder to me right now…In my professional life I am part of a company turnaround, most days it feels pretty impossible but I do what I can. I need to feel good about that so I made a tag. Love the colors–fuchsia, teal, turquoise and dusty blue. Love the texture. A little acrylic paint added in layers with stamps and stencils. Then a dusty blue flower and a reminder quote. Perfection. Did what I could, with what I had…and the results were mahvelous daaaarling.
Good Morning! It’s starting to feel like a regular occurrence here. It’s my Tuesday Tag. As you may remember I was on a creative blitz last Sunday. It was one of those rare magical days where I accomplished so much I was pleased with. One of my creative successes was the tag below. It was an unseasonably warm weekend in So Cal and I had just purchased a Fiskars flower stamp set that was pretty, flowery and fun but not too cutsey (at least that is my opinion–pretty stamp). so I was inspired to invoke spring–I know that much of the US is currently suffering from unprecedented snow and cold so please use this tag as a bright spot in your cold winter day.
Creative Details: First I stenciled the tag in various citrusy colors with craft acrylic paint. Then I added black ink to the tag. Then it felt a little “hot” so I added so gesso and dabbed it off with a baby wipe. While the tag was drying I stamped my pretty new flower stamps onto a piece of book paper with black archival ink. I fussy cut the flowers out. I messed around with arrangement and added a green geometric shaped scrap on top of the stenciled tag so it wasn’t so busy. I modpodged the flowers to the stamp and doodled with a black ballpoint pen and a black acrylic Sharpie. Then since the tag was so spring like and citrusy I added more green in the form of ribbon. I added a charm from a broken necklace and called my tag, “done.”