Torn, Ripped, Burnt Challenge

Hi y'all,

Paper Artsy has challenges all the time, but this one really caught my attention because I'd never burned anything in an art journal before so I just had to give that a try.  To find out more click here.
torn, ripped, burnt
Do you ever feel like you don't know where to start when you journal?  I do.  Many times I just start.  I paint, stencil, or play with scraps--I have either a scrap passion or obsession.  This time I began sticking small scraps with matte gel on a bigger scrap.

I decided to grab the first art journal  my hand touched.(I'm currently working in four different ones)  I pulled up a book that was discovered in the print shop.  It's big and blue and filled with white paper. Flipping through it I found this blue page.  I often wipe excess paint onto a blank page  so as not to waste it and for interest on a future project.

peek under the washi tape
After I glued my scraps down, I wanted to tone the colors down a bit so I ripped a piece of vellum and burned it.  That was exciting!  The first time I blew the flame out on the paper, I blew out my match. I finally was able to manage both the paper that was on fire and the match.  I taped down the paper with washi tape.

I rubbed a Bo Bunny laser cut chipboard heart with some Nuvo Golden paste and tucked that right behind the piece of vellum so you could see it just peek out.

I added this really cool Paper Artsy stamp to my project by embossing with white embossing powder. The smaller stamps in the set I stamped with Distress Picket Fence ink for a lighter impression that faded into the back ground.

I chose words from my Paper Poetry stickers and a few leftover from mixed media kits that spoke to my about faith.  Heavy splashes around the words and splatters over the page in watered down titanium white and silver paint pulled everything together.

So my lesson learned from this project is to just begin when I'm not so sure where to start.  Beginning is the first step to every art project.  I challenge you to just begin.  And then share.

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials; Most materials come from Pink Bunkadoo or Amazon where I get most of my craft supplies because I live in the sticks.  Affilliate links cost you nothing.

Budget and Earth friendly Christmas Cards

Hi y'all,

My goal for Christmas is to keep things simple.  Between making first grade magical and my family feeling Christmasy, I can easily overdo in a frenzy of busyness.  But for me the quiet hope of a newborn baby is the point.  This year I really want to hold that in my heart.

So with that in mind here are some simple cards, some that can be easily massed produced if you need a bucket of them.  And they feature scraps, so there's no need to make more purchases.  Money can be tight this time of year.
Sweet and Simple Christmas Tree
My first card is a primitive torn paper Christmas Tree.  This card is speedy, adorable, and oh joy! uses up paper scraps.  First I used Tattered Angels Imperial Blue Glimmermist spray.  This spray adds color and a subtle shine to paper projects.  I tend to use this product a lot.  I sprayed more at the top then the bottom.  In the middle I drew a quick line using a brown copic marker.  These markers stand up to a variety of mediums without smearing.  I found three scraps on my table that looked great together.  (Everytime I begin tidying up, I get inspired!).  I tore the scraps and glued them down.  My tree topper is a flower from my Doodle Blossoms Stamp set which I use all the time.  I even use it to make little bows on a card further down.  A sentiment  was from the retired Lawn Fawn stamp set Peace, Love, Joy. and a rhinestone finished this card.


The next two cards feature my Woodland deer stamp.  I live in a beautiful place that has more deer than people so this stamp is on my projects all the time representing my quiet neighbors.  The background on the first card is a strip of wrapping paper trimmed off a Christmas gift.  It was too lovely to throw away. 

I embossed right on the wrapping paper.
The second card was inspired by a sketch challenge which I never completed.  Hello Thanksgiving! I was so happy, busy with my family that my crafty endeavors were forgotten.

I love this card, though.  All those deer lined up in cool Distress ink colors.  The first one sporting the red gem on his nose is just happy!   I stamped the deer on some scrap white paper and of course the patterned paper was scrap, too.  The papers are separarated by some silver glitter tape.  The gem was off some gift wrapping garland.

pretty packages from scrap paper
The above card was inspired by my Doodle Blossoms Stamp set.  The small flowers looked just like bows to me today.  The sentiment is from an expired Tim Holtz's die set and wishes is from my Blessings Stamp set.  I also used some Aged Mahoganey Stickles on the present on the right.


The final card is made from all scraps.  The background and the trees are mono print scraps.  If you'd like to read more about mono prints click here.

If you look in your scrap box and in all your interesting saved bits, I'm sure there is more than enough to whip together some budget and earth saving cards.  The torn Christmas tree is a snap to put together.

Peace,

Carolyn

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Materials:  All materials listed are either from Pink Bunkadoo or are Amazon Afiliate links where I get a lot of my supplies since I live in the sticks.  Affiliate links do not cost you.

Autumn Mini Art Journal Walkthrough


Hi y'all,

Autumn is a lovely season in the Texas Hill Country.  Misty days make way to vivid sunsets, and cooler weather at last.  To celebrate this gorgeous season, I've been altering an old paper sample book.  Joe was getting rid of some and  I kept them.  They are really interesing. Different paper in different sizes with different colors and textures.

Below is a walk through of this mini art journal.  Take a peek.




I really enjoyed a small focused project.  Usually my art journals are random and take years to fill in because I use serveral ones at one time.    If you are interested in a paper sample book, check with your local printer.  They may have some they are happy to give you.  Or leave a comment.  We can work something out.

Have you altered a book?  I'd be interested to hear.
Warm wishes,
Carolyn



Materials from Pink Bunkadoo

Moondala Stamp - only one left













Every Cat has Her Night!

Hi y'all,

The title of this post is the title of my art journal page inspired be my neurotic, silly, affectionate black kitty Rumer.  It's part of the Dina Wakely Media Tribe Challenge.  This is a Facebook group of the most creative and encouraging people headed up by our scout leader Dina Speed Wakely.  To find out about the group click here.  To find out more about Dina, click here.


I was planning on using the cat as a mask and paint the rest black.  That way the kitty would be neon.  I still mght try it.  You know how bossy cats can be, right?  So this happened instead.  As soon as I had a black cat like Rumer on there, the quote popped in my head.  And then the whole page came together in a happy color explosion!

Here's my process video to see how this was created.




This is part of my altered paper sample book series here and on Instagram.  You can find me on Instagram by searching for Pink Bunkdadoo.  Imagine that!

Have you created an art journal page that took a different path then the one you planned.  I'd like to hear about it.

Warmly (it's freezing here),

Carolyn

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Materials:  Most of my materials either come from Pink Bunkadoo or Amazon because I live in the sticks. Affiliate links don't cost you.

Dylusion paints
Liquitiex titanium white acrylic paint
Dina Wakely Bullseye Stencil
tcw stencils aboriginal
Memory Box Tula Stencil
Martha Stewart Sterling Paint
Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot
Liquidtex Matte Gel Medium



Falling Leaves Art Journal Page

Hi y'all,
Are you getting some lovely fall days?  Those cooler days and clear nights around here are perfect for an after dinner walk.  Something about being outside always inspires me.  Joe and I were admiring the fallen leaves that were beginning to change color.  That walk and those lovely leaves are what I had in mind while I worked on this page.

In Autumn I imagine the trees dream

I wrote on above the leaves, "In Autumn I imagine the trees dream".  This quote relies heavily on the Mary Oliver poem "Song for Autumn"  It is a luscious poem and you can read it here.

Here is a process video.  Unfortunately, I didn't film the section where I used Dreamweaver Embossing paste.  I used Dina Wakely's Bendy Pinwheel stencil to had subtle movement.  If your look for them you can just see them.


The leaves I cut from an old motherboard.  A motherboard is awesome for art journals because you make one big texture paper and use it for all sorts of things.  To learn more about motherboards click here.

Our lesson today?  Go for a walk, find something cool or interesting, and take it home.  It might just spark your creativity.

Blessings,
Carolyn

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Materials:  All materials either come from my Etsy shop Pink Bunkadoo or Amazon because I live in the sticks.  Amazon affiliate links doesn't cost you.

Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot
Gold gel pen

Autumn Art Journal Page

Hey ya'll,
You can probably tell I haven't found the perfect balance in my life because I haven't been in this space in a while.  I love being in this space and I'm happy happy happy to be here today.

My sister-in-law found some old paper sample books in some corner of our print shop and thought I might like them.  Boy was she right!  I've chosen one that is spiral bound with different size sheets to alter into an art journal that's all about autumn.  I'm hoping to finish by Halloween.  Wish me luck!

I love fall!

Below is the process video.  This was so fun to make and from start to finish this spread took me less than 25 minutes.






The first step was to cover the thin sheet of paper with a floral orange piece of card stock and trim off the excess.  Then I drew a simple  pumpkin on a scrap of kraft paper.  (Except for the orange floral paper, everything else was from scraps.)  Using a white paint pen I added patterns to the different sections of the pumpkin.

On the orange paper, I glued some script tissue paper.  In the upper corner I added orange and black washi tap and on the bottom I added a scrap of mono print.  I wadded up some green baker's twine and glued my pumpkin on top using Glossy Accents.

Using my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp set I added the heart and sentiment.   Lastly, I used some Wink of Stella to make my pumpkin shimmer.

This project uses minimal supplies, but they are listed below if you are curious. Can I challenge you to a minimal supplies crafty project?

Autumn Blessings,

Carolyn

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Supplies:  Amazon links don't cost you a thing.

Ranger Collage Glue
Ranger Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella
French Script Tissue Paper
Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Stamp Set
Color Box Cerulean Pigment Ink