Monday, April 10, 2017

Catching up on posting art journal pages

Hi all, hope everyone is having a wonderful day. 

I've been missing in acting, busy with all kinds of stuff, but jumped back in in February.  Made a bunch of scrapbook pages and am just now getting around to posting the pictures.  Please forgive the quality.  I wanted to get it done quick, and didn't bother with my photo cube.

This was done in my handmade journal and says,
"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."
After layering a tree cut out from a magazine,
I used a bunch of stencils and acrylic paint to add some of my favorite colors.
The sentiment was computer generated from one of my many quotes I collect.

This one turned out better than I expected.  I'm not a green person, but wanted to have
the trellis look, so I layered some modeling paste through a harlequin stencil then painted green and let it drip through the stencil area.  I also used a hear stencil for the blues and my finger to create the circles.  The picture is from Etsy.  The frame is actually kraft card stock that I used distress ink and post it notes to cut the corners and swipe the ink across to create a woodgrain effect.
The sentiment reads:
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you truly are"

Just like I don't care for green, I'm not huge fan of orange, but I'm trying to move outside my comfort zone and try new things.  I layered a bunch of old book pages that I god from Etsy and then added some circles with modeling paste.  I then used Gelatos to shade the circles.  Yummy texture!
I used some glossy accents for the small circles after doodling on them.
The sentiment reads:
"To eliminate the inner turmoil, we must focus or attention inward and act with loving kindness to ourselves and each other".

Okay, this is me.  I found the girl online from clip art and colored her with my Copics before cutting her out.  I used the art script stencil and another one with words on it (believe/Hope).  I mixed some color with the modeling paste for the words.  Lots of bottle cap circles and bubble wrap as well as some script stamping & doodling.  The quote reads:
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.
I love the pink, teal and blue mix here.

 Uh Oh, orange.  And who would have thought orange and teal look good together?
The background is Tim Holtz' mélange tissue paper with an orange wash.  I then added depth by going darker orange around the edges with acrylic paint before stenciling some chickenwire.  I added some modeling past for the small boxes (tiles?) by coloring it with some orange paint before applying.  The circles were colored & shaded with Gelatos (love, love, lovin' 'em).
I also stamped some random stamps, (homemade ones are the corners and the hearts) and a Penny Black flower.  I drew the 3 hanging hearts, colored them in and added some glossy accents.
The quote reads:
"Life always offers you a second chance, it's called Tomorrow"

 This one was done in my altered Composition art journal dedicated for Julie Nutting images.
(I took out 1/2 the pages and glued 2 pages together before coloring them with various shades of gesso).
Apparently, loving the pink and purples, huh?
Started off with a multicolored circle tissue paper and then painted with acrylics over the top with a darker shade of pink around the edges.  I then added some strips of joint mesh tape from the hardware store before stenciling some purple circles, after which I doodled with my white Posca pen.
I mixed a little bit of orange into modeling paste for the smaller circles, added some script in archival potting soil and a heart stamp on the right.
This Julie Nutting image was paper pieced (love script/print as skin) and then colored her with Copics before decoupaging her down.  Final touch was the hanging hearts I drew and added glossy accents to.  The quote reads:
"Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional.  Let this be a sign that you have a big heart and aren't afraid to let others see.  Showing your emotions is a sign of strength" by Brigitte Nicole.

Okay, can you tell just by looking at this that I was having a bad day?
I started with some modeling paste in the center of the 2 pages and combed it out to the top and bottom.  I then added some turquoise and blue acrylic paint around the edge with a little bit of that mesh joint tape.  I have an UNUSED fly swatter (lol) that I tore apart and stenciled through to give the white grid.  Probably the only positive thing about this page is that I finally broke down and ordered some Cambric from France Papillon (#LOVEHER).  I colored with Dylusions (starting to HATE that they're water soluble, bad me) in blue (see left below the crazy).  I colored the modeling paste with some copper paste and hand wrote the quote, which reads:
"Dear Stress ... Let's break up"
Good way to get feelings out, because I felt better after it was done.

 Ahhh ... back to pretty in pink. 
I started off by decoupaging some polkadot scrapbook paper randomly on each side.
I used tiny punchinella and modeling paste for the dots and then colored with pink, letting the darker color drip down and sideways.  I finished with some random stamps and added two laser cut chipboard butterflies and a leaf around the Penny Black flower stamp.  The sentiment reads:
"Inhale confidence, Exhale Doubt.
I really liked this one.

Okay, back to my Julie Nutting journal - ugh, green, you say - again, trying to not restrict myself to my favorite colors.
I started off stenciling embossing versamark/powder and the basketweave stencil before adding some Tim Holtz Melange and old book pages.  Then I started with the greens and yellows.
After making the circles with Gelatos and shading them, I randomly stamped some chickenwire and a couple of Julie Nutting's borders.
The butterflies and the circle butterfly were done with modeling paste through a stencil.  Afterwards, I rubbed some gold paste over the top gently.  I drew the caterpillar and paperpieced the Julie Nutting figure before shading her with inktense pencils.  Her crown has been Stickled (the only glitter in my house is that which has been encased in a glue!).  The sentiment reads:
"When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and can't find your way out of the darkness, remember that this is where the caterpillars go to grow their wings".
Okay, so green's not so bad, lol.

 I just adore all things Victorian, as well as purples and pinks, can you tell?  This one was fairly simple.  I criss crossed some strips of scrapbook paper and then shaded them with inktense pencil.  Home made flower stencil was pounced with some pink acrylic and then doodled on.  Very little stamping on this one.  The beautiful lady is from Etsy, and again, the frame is kraft cardstock, smeared with Vintage Photo distress ink.  The quote says:
"Confidence is not - They will like me ...
Confidence is - I'll be fine if they don't"
Love that saying!

 Once again, back to my Julie Nutting journal with this cute image.  She was paper pieced and shaded with Copics.  I first layered some scrapbook papers at the corners and then washed a purple background.  Used a heart stencil and purple before doodling.  The circles were made with Gelatos and my finger.  I added some Tim Holtz ephemra as well as some Julie Nutting borders.  Brain fart on where the butterflies came from, but I colored them with Twinkling H20's and some script stamp.  The quote reads: 
"You are amazing, remember that!"

 Okay, this was another dark day - maybe that's why I used orange again, lol.
The background is the Tim Holtz Melange tissue paper then I added a color wash of orange with darker edges.  I flipped the journal upside down and used some watered down green for drippage to create some greenery before stamping some flowers and then painting color on them.  I added some circle stamps and reverse text and then doodled a bit.  The circles - oey, again? - were made with Gelatos and my finger.  The sentiment reads:
"Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice; it knows all your insecurities and uses them against you; it gets to the point when it's the loudest voice in the room ... the only one you can hear."

 Started this one with a light pink wash and then used a stencil for the grid with modeling past before  dripping some darker pink from the top and the bottom.  I added some masking tape strips and shaded them with my charcoal pencil.  I used a circle stencil for the pink dots and doodled around them.  I then added some modeling paste hearts through a stencil.  Note there is only one red heart.  The sentiment reads:
"A woman's strength isn't just about how much she can handle before she breaks, it's also about how much she must handle after she is broken"

 Back to my Julie Nutting journal.  I used a lot of book page strips before applying modeling paste through a stencil with circles, numbers and letters, as well as the 3 hearts through a homemade stencil.  I then started adding the colors, blues, teals, dark blues.  After the color, I put on a couple of more book page strips and white-washed with watered down gesso.  I embossed around the hearts with red and then doodled.  The image was paper pieced and shaded with Copics before decoupaging her down.  The sentiment reads:
"Leave footprints of Love and Kindness wherever you go"
Let's all be kind to each other, huh?

 Okay, broke one of my rules ... This is my "Julie Nutting Journal", but there's no Julie Nutting images - what's up?
I started with scrapbook papers from the sky down to the grass.
I then used the drippage from watered down green acrylic for the flower stems.
I had some paper I colored with my Gelli plate and cut out different sizes of circles & pasted them down.  I used back end of a paintbrush for the petals before doodling.
The bottom looked bare, so I used modeling paste and a floral stencil, wanting to keep it green, but just to add texture.  I ended up dotting the centers of the flowers with the petal colors to tie it in.
I also added modeling paste through the art word stencil where I wanted my clouds to be.
I used Gelatoes to create the clouds and then stenciled some white gesso to brighten it up.
At this point, I really liked what I came up with and thought it was too vibrant/busy to add a Julie Nutting image.  The quote says:
"Blossom by Blossom, the spring begins"

This is a canvas board I made for one of my girlies in cheer.  Lots of texture, stencils and doodling.  She's a fan of pink.  I added some flowers, some lace butterflies, as well as a sparkly "A" sticker before finishing.  I love these beautiful laser cut chipboard flourishes (forgive me, they're either Blue Fern or Dusty Attic).  There's a ribbon on top for her to hang it up on her wall.

Here's another one of my girlies - fan of mint, but couldn't keep away from the dark edges.
Again, lots of modeling past through the hearts and harlequin stencils.  Added some flowers and laser-cut chipboard flourishes and some lace to the photos and sentiment.  Can you see the sparkly 'H'?

2 of my "adopted daughters" at the Sugar Factory.  Lots of texture and stamps - this one's favorite color is purple. 
Same girls, this one's favorite color is pink.  Lots to texture and doodling on this one.

Lots of chipboard, stenciling/modeling paste, glossy accents, liquid pearls and distressing here with the flowers to finish it off.

Whew ... I have to consider uploading these one at a time.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you liked a little of what you saw and are inspired to try something like any of these.

Have a wonderful day!

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