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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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








Adding Luscious Layers to Your Art Journal

Luscious layers

Hi all,

Last blog we talked about how to just start an art journal page.  If you missed that post, you can click here.  I don't alway know what my finished piece will look like, but it feels oh so good just to get started!  Often if I do have an idea of what the finished piece should look like, the art journal veers in another direction all on its own.  

This week it's time to add layers to our page.  This journal is from the painted page.  Here is a process video to walk you through the layers.


When stenciling, consider starting with your biggest stencil and use it with your lightest color.  As your stencil gets smaller intensify your color.  I think using more than one stencil adds so much to a spread.

A  collection of  lids ofrom different containers is excellent and inexpensive for art journaling.  On this page, I used a mousse lid and a leave-in conditioner lid.  I have collected various lids and keep them in a handy gelato container.  The lids can add so much.

All the little circles on the page are waste from a school project.  We made little octopuses with the letter o and wrote o words.  I thought the circle were compelling so I used them here.  



Here is the rest of the letter o waste.
When crafting, I hope you look at your scraps; and I hope your scraps inspire you to even more creativity.  What is your favorite scrap to use.  I'm so curious!!!

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials:  all materials either come from my Etsy shop Pink Bunkadoo or from Amazon because I live in the sticks.  Affiliate links cost you nothing.

3 Easy Ways to Begin Art Journaling

Hi y'all,

Art journaling is so good for practicing or trying out new skills.  It's a visual diary of self-expression and often times for me a reflection of my faith.

There are three big ideas to keep in mind when you art journal.

1.  Perfection isn't for art journaling.  Mistakes teach you so much (like how to cover mistakes).
2.  It should be meaningful for you.
3.  It's just paper.  I heard that wise tidbit from the marvelous Dina Wakely.


First layer is paint
First layer is paper


First Layer is ink.

Here's a video showing how to begin using these three methods.


Which method will you try?

Blessings,

Carolyn

P.S  Next time we'll add luscious layers and textures.

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Materials:  Please use materials that you have in your craft room.  They will work great.  You might consider investing in Gesso and gel matte medium.





Covered Notepads make great teacher gifts

Yi y'all,

I have a real passion for scraps.  I have little bits of wonder in an old cigar box and scrap paper in a big  pretty box.  I imagine you have some scraps, too.  This project is perfect for using all of your wonderful scraps.
quick and easy gifts

I used  8 x 5 notepads that were cut in half.  One of my great friends shared them with me.  Your local printer or office supply store can usually cut notepads inexpensively.

For the cover, I cut heavy card stock  5 3/4 by 8 1/4 and then scored 2 5/8  and 3 1/8.  I secured the half pad with strong This to That tape.

If you look at the photo above, you can see that none of the cover decorations are the same size.  Because I used scraps my paper and embellishments are different sizes. I'm not sharing sizes of embellishments because I hope you use your treasures that you've saved. Besides I don't enjoy mass producing projects.  I prefer to keep things difficult!  I did attach everything with tape runner or wet glue.
Decorate the inside to cover the pad label.

Aren't you just itching to pull out your scraps and craft while being ecofriendly? 


 Being a teacher you survive by lists and lists, I know.  Do you have a teacher in mind for this simple, but useful project?

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials:  Most materials came from my scraps stash except for the This to That tape which is an Amazon Affiliate link.




Making a Bookmark

Hi y'all,

My family is full of book nerds.  We love to read.  I was realizing that I was using old receipts and scraps of things for book marks.  Once it was a dollar bill.  For a crafty girl such as myself this is rather silly.  I should make one.

Making this bookmark is fun!

The process video is below.  I film everything but drying times, and then seriously cut it down!  Sometimes over editing happens.  I chopped out the part that shows coloring the flower centers with a white gel pen.

There are two surprises on the video.  One is music from Kevin McCormick.  He's quite an excellent guitarist and I'm delighted he's sharing with us. To find out more about him, click here. There will be a link to El Noi de la Mare so you can listen to it again.


Did you see the sneak peek of the stickers?  My new product is called Paper Faith.  I chose my favorite wise words from the Bible, including words from my mother's and grandmother's favorite Psalms.   Enter a comment below to win a set of Paper Faith and Paper Poetry.  A random winner will be chosen.

What is our take away with this week?  How about read often and use your favorite wise words in your art?

What are your favorite wise words?  I would love to hear them!

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials come from my Etsy shop or Amazon where I buy most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.  Affiliate links cost you nothing.

Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set
El Noi de la Mare by Kevin McCormick and his daughter
gesso
Dylusions paints: Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Melted Chocolate
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Matte Gel Medium
Yellow Copic Sketch Marker
Red Copic Ciao Marker
Mustard Seed Distress ink
Micron Pen