Underwater Adventure.

It has been raining for weeks, and while there hasn’t been any flooding- it still feels a little like being underwater. So, why not have an underwater art journaling adventure?

For my images, I found a great image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy. I also pulled a bunch of old images from my stash. I used one of my favorite stamps from Lost Coast Designs.

For my coloring, I used magicals from Lindy’s, DecoArt Acrylic paint, and Liquitex Acrylic paint.

The background is lots of gesso and modeling paste- Liquitex and Golden, respectively and a couple of different TCW stencils. 

I had a lot of fun with my creatures of the deep, and hope you enjoyed looking. 


Autumn sparkle.

I’ve decided to share another art journal page, because I’m being brave. Or something. Creating is fun and it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money or supplies. Although, full disclosure, I do have a deep and abiding love affair going on with Liquitex Acrylic Inks, and tend to use them a lot. But! They really aren’t that expensive, and you can use thinned down inexpensive acrylic paint to achieve similar effects in many applications. 

I really like how this turned out. I’m a sucker for that grungy feel, and I just love copper and turquoise together. It makes me happy. 

Work in progress. What you’re seeing is lots of paper ripped up, glued down, and covered in gesso. I used texture paste through some stencils, and then drizzled and dabbed Tim Holtz distress stains and some acrylic paint in various bits. (Gesso isn’t expensive, and there are lots of homemade texture paste  recipes online.)

Aaand… Liquitex Acrylic Ink, how I love thee! You can also see some shading done with cheap eyeshadow from the dollar store. Yup. I have some PanPastels, which I love, but sometimes it’s fun to play. Evidently I’m much better at applying makeup to paper than I am my face, but that’s another ball of wax entirely. 

A close up showing all the lovely texture. Yay for texture!

I just really dig how Liquitex Acrylic Ink and water give this watercolor effect. So pretty. 

The leaves were from the dollar store. I bought a package of cheap leaves because I knew I’d find a way to use them. What I did was coat two of them in gesso, then dab on the same coppery paint I used on the page.  One of them I coated in embossing powder and heat embossed. 

So, there you have it. Another adventure in art journaling from me- mostly on the cheap. I hope you liked it, and that you’ll consider creating something of your own. 

Fun with paper and glue.

I’ve never posted one of my art journal pages online. I’ve been art journaling for years, but I don’t know, I’ve just never shared a page.

Last night I started playing around with texture- gesso, thread, various paper elements- and this was where I left my work in progress:

When I came back to it, I wanted to add some color and interest, so I busted out some pan pastels and sprays. 

I really like how it turned out. It’s got this weird, vintagey, nautical, romantical vibe going on. 

So much texture! I love texture. I’m not sure you can see the shimmer in the team spray- but it really adds something special. 

I like the really imprecise (read: messy as hell) outlining and shading, and the additional texture from the glossy accents clear dots.

You can really see see the shimmer, and the variety of papery elements I used to make the background.

So, there you go. No fancy supplies, not a lot of embellishments- but I think it’s pretty darn nifty.

Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #36 – Halloween!

Today I was feeling Halloween-y, and I really wanted to make a fun card to send to a friend. I also thought it would be nifty to enter the Inky Paws Challenge on the Newton’s Nook blog- the theme is Halloween. 

Now, full disclosure, I don’t have a lot of Halloween stamps. I realize that’s kinda weird, given how much I love Halloween, but what can I say? It’s just how it goes sometimes.  I wasn’t going to let that stop me, and I decided to see if I could stretch the stamps I do have and get creative. 

On the Newton’s Nook blog they have a cute freebie and when I saw it I had an idea. I pulled out one of my favorite sets,  In Slow Motion and had some fun!

This is my finished card. I masked the turtle, and used the digital freebie to send him trick or treating. The sentiment is also from the digital freebie. For his colorful Halloween hat, I used one of the birthday hats included in the set, and just modified it a bit with a black pen. 

Here’s a close up of the turtle. As you can see I used glossy accents to give his shell some dimension. 

I used glossy accents on the hat and also on the candy. I added a bunch of dots with a lime green gel pen as well as a sparkly purple gel pen. 

I am really pleased with how the card turned out, and I had a lot of fun making it. 

Another view, in slightly better light. Hope you feel inspired to take a look at your own stash and find some fun ways to stretch your stamps and flex those creative muscles. I don’t know about you, but it’s certainly my favorite kind of exercise!