A Clean Spring Art Journal Page

Hi y'all,

Spring is so beautiful here in the Hill Country of Texas and so full of tree pollen--Achoo!  I decided to celebrate spring indoors with my really great air filter running.  For a special surprise I've chosen to try voice over on my process video while I have such bad allergies.  It kind of helped my not worry so much about perfection.
Clean Spring Journal
I'm a member off the amazing Facebook group Dina Wakely Mixed Media Tribe.  The members are encouraging and positive and I really enjoy them.  Every month Dina offers a prompt if you wish to play.  The prompt this month is square.  I do love a geometric page especially if I can use scraps from my scrap boxes.  Here are a few other geometric journal pages.

Here's my process video:

Some of my scraps used include mono prints from Birgit Koopsen's gel plate challenge.  Click here for more info.

Joining a mixed media group or craft group is very encouraging.  I hope you try at least one of the two I've mentioned.  If you know of a great one, please share in the comments. Thanks!


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A full list of supplies are on the video.  Pink Bunkadoo supplies used:
Mandala Stamp
Paper Faith stickers

Floral Practice Art Journal and Finished Piece

Hi y'all,

Probably now you know that I have some very stubborn ideas about  art journaling.  The number one idea is that it doesn't have to be perfect.  Like I told myself in my bullet journal:  You are learning. To read more about art journaling click here.

 Today I'm sharing that process.  My art journal page helped me make changes to the finished piece above.

Some changes you may have observed are, using a thinner brush to make the stems.  The flower colors are different because I practiced with Liquitex acrylic paint, but the finished piece using Dina Wakely Heavy Body Paint in Fuschia and Cheddar.  Also I made the background much simpler.   I used the word Joy stamp along the stem instead of my Vintage Script Alphabet.  It's from my Fruits of the Spirit Stamp set.   I wanted to share my practice because it's a homely teacher and helped me improve.  

I know.  I didn't pay attention to the camera angle at the end.  Sigh....

Let's be kind to ourselves and each other.  After all we are still learning.  Some of us (me) need tons more practice, so I'll be busy in my art journal right after this.



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Products used from Pink Bunkadoo include :

Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set is Back

Hi y'all,

I'm popping in to let you know that the Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set is back and better than before!  I've updated the font and made "ness" a separate stamp.  Now you can use the words kind, good, faithful, and gentle.  Just add ness when you need it.  They are made to go together easily and seamlessly.

Fruits of the Spirit stamp set
  I love these wise words from the Bible and seem to need them in front of me all of the time. 



Mixed Media Valentine's Card

Hi y'all,

This week I've combined my two passions, card making and mixed media.  I wanted to make my sweet Joe a card, and I had so much fun that I made a bucket more.  Of course, I've wagged these cards all over the internet, so I suppose I need to make another one for him.  He enjoys surprises.

I've included a quick process video if you'd like to take a look.  Sadly, I edited the part where I sprayed fuschia ink on my hand  It was bright and spectacular and sparkly.  And it washed off!  Whew!

I used scraps that I had for a card base.  Then using book paper from a really terrible book I had to read in High School about the nuclear holocaust, I cut out wonky free hand hearts.  Seemed like a much better use for that read.

I stuck them on the card front with matte gel medium and let them dry with just a smidge of help from a heat tool.  I used Pitt Big Brush markers in brown and black to add shadows.  On paler backgrounds I used brown and more vivid backgrounds I used black.  I added highlights a smidge of pink with Scribble Sticks.

My favorite little technique was to ink up my Flexible Arrow Stamp and then swipe two tiny segments with a baby wipe.  When you stamp, the arrow seems to pierce the heart.  My arrow stamp is super cool because it's very bendy.
Awesome bendy arrow stamp

These cards  are pretty quick and fun to make.   There's plenty of time to make some for your sweeties.

Much love,

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Put You in Your Art Journal

Hi y'all,

Since art journals are supposed to be either personal art expressions or technique experiments instead of a displayed piece of art, we should be in evidence in our pages.  Using a photo, journaling right on your page, or adhering a personal memento right inside are great ways to make things personal.

I've discovered that daily pressures are relieved a bit when expressed in art form.  I love to scribble journal so my thoughts are veiled a bit.  When you start journaling, you might find your thoughts can come streaming out and clear your mind.  That happened on the follow pages which deal with big changes that may eeffect my life a lot and the constant struggle to find balance in my life.

balancing act

I'm going to walk you through one that uses a photo and a smidge of journaling (a song lyric).

 I usually start by adding gesso to a page.  I didn''t this time for no apparent reason.  I began by sticking down some paper numbers from my box of bits and things.  Then I covered them with gesso so the colors on the numbers would not be so strong.  I didn't even bring the gesso all the way down the page.  Then I used Night paint and sprayed it liberally with water tilting the book so the streaks of diluted paint would stream down.  I liked the look because it was like a thunderstorm.

After  the paint dried completely, I used one of my very favorite stencils Spaced Dots and pounced some Picked Rasperry first and then with the stencil slightly offset, I added Mustard Seed Distrees Inks.  I splashed some of the two inks on the page with a bit of water mixed in and then spritzed a little water to get it all moving.

Then I added a picture of me.  I wanted a full body image and honestly I didn't have a lot of recent choices.  Seems we've been slacking in that department.  I chose one and printed in in grayscale, because I wanted it to be darker like the top of the page.  I actually printed it out on regular printer paper and stuck it down in the middle of the spread.

I stamped a clock on a piece of white scrap paper in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and stuck it right on my face because time is often the biggest pressure in my life.

I looked at the dark colors streaming down and the dots rising up and thought that there is always hope and that bouyed my spirits. That inspired me to cut out a little heart from a scrap of mono print. I pulled out my new Paper Faith stickers and found the word hope.  Those two little things finished my page.
 I entered this in the Media Challenge on the Dina Wakely Mixed Media Tribe.  The people there are very supportive and encouraging.

The last thing I want to share is that my faith comes through in my art a lot.  Here are a few examples of that.

Our lesson this week is of course to put a bit of you in what you create.  If you feel like sharing, I'd love to see it.



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Dreamy Giraffe Art Journal

Hi y'all,

I just had this giraffe idea pop in my head.  Since I've started paper crafting sometimes that happens--a cool idea jumps in my head.  Honestly the image in my imagination is so much more spectacular than what I can get on papr, but it's fun to try.

I made a new motherboard.  A motherboard is a mixed paper that is created to make other projects.  It's a super way to have a variety colors and patterns ready to go.  I made mine by swiping on Distress stains, inks, and Tattered Angel Glimmermist sprays.  Drying between layers keeps you from making mud.

Then I stamped my Tiny Tree Ring stamp all over it with VersaMark ink and embossed it with Ranger Platinum embossing powder.  I thought it looked great! 

To see more projects using a motherboard, click here and here.

The background was Night paint dry brushed on with some splatters.  I used the Dina Wakely Daisy stencil to add texture with heavy gesso.  I stamped "Dream on" with a stamp from my Moondala stamp set.  My scribble journaling on the giraffe's mane was made with just a white gel pen, and I also added simple highlights with it.  I used a blue scribble stick for shadows.

Here is the project:

And here is a process video:

So our I think our lesson this week is let our crazy, wild imaginations fly free.  Have you made a project straight from your crazy imagination?  Do share!



Want to peek at my Etsy shop?  Click here!Materials: I'm proud to feature Pink Bunkadoo specialty products.  I include Amazon affiliate links to quench your curiousity about a product I use.  They are no cost to you and so far no earnings for me.