Abstract Botanicals

Hi y'all,

I have fallen in love with Scribble Sticks and this project highlights them.  But the great news is you can do this project with any water soluable medium such as water colors, Tombow or Zig markers, and water coloring crayons.  I first did this project for Birgit Koopsen's Everything Circles Challenge--you can find out more about it here.

Another thing to love about this project is that it uses minimal supplies.  I will have a link to Scribble Sticks because they are a little trickier to find.

Here's is a process video if you'd like to know more.

If you try this project, it would be super awesome to see what you did.

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Everything Circle Challenge

Hey y'all,

You probably know this already, but I love an art challenge.  You can read about that here. You can always find a friendly challenge on Simon Says Stamp each week.  They have a few different ones.  To find one click on their blog.  Marieke Blokland from Blocknote Academy is hosting a challenge on Instagram that uses pen, paper, glue, and scissors.  It's free and she's a lot of fun.  She makes an effort to make art making accessible to everyone

I'm currently in another challenge for the month of April called Everything Circles.  The title alone intrigued me.  It's on Instagram and hosted by the talented Birgit Koopsen.  The last challenge I participated with her was 31 Days of Gelli Printing. 

Here's the Everything Circle Challenge so far.

Day 1  Mandala-I wasn't successful with making a mandala that day, so I ended up throwing some circles down over some Brusho.  It was so much fun.  The best part is I used my Tiny Tree Ring Stamp.  It has circles and plenty of them.

The cool thing is no one cares how you respond to the prompt.

Day 2 Lyrics  I chose Simple Gifts and altered it a bit to suit me.  I wanted to create a bright folk arty simple page.  Success!  Beside, Gelatos are finger paints for grownups.  And of course I snuck in my Tiny Tree Ring Stamp!

Day 3 The Challenge was to paint a page using all the colors or collage of gelli prints or patterned papers. Then to draw circles and paint around them with black.  I wanted to have our precious and fragile earth hanging alone in space.  That warm sun and bubble of atmosphere is precious gift.  

I didn't quite follow the rules again.  I painted my background black and splattered starts with white gesso and a little pink, red and blue.  Then I cut a circle out of the page.  (I did double check that I didn't cut a finished page.  Whew!)  I traced a circle die for a pattern.  Then I cut a page of alcohol ink using the next largest die.  I cut it larger so the alcohol inked paper would fill the circle and not leave any gaps.  The journaling is the same idea I shared earlier about our precious earth.  I used a white paint pen and went around the earth to show the air we all rely on.     

Day 4 Doodling  Doodling is not a technique I go to, but I just played.  It was fun.  I just doodled over a grungy clean up page using surprising pink
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Pink Bunkadoo Materials Used.

Tiny Canvases

Hi y'all,

It's good to stretch yourself from your art journal book into a canvas, but a canvas can seem big and daunting.  So why not try tiny canvases first?

Let's go back.  I had a migraine one day so all I could do was lay down in a dark room with sunglasses on and watch Netflix because once you start something, it'll just keep playing.  That day I watched Marie Kondo's new show.  When I was recovered I decided to tackle the disaster that is my studio.  As I was tidying up, I found these tiny canvases I'd started a while ago.

That got me thinking and there out the window went the tidying (not forever).  I thought about how a tiny canvas is fun and easy for a first canvas.  I decided to gesso them with a lot of water to tone down what I'd started.
already started

The canvases had script tissue paper and some inking through a stencil, plus a smidge of line green paint.  Time had passed and I was over that palette.  
updated palette
I dripped Dylusions spray ink and a ton of water down the front on one side for an instant POW of color.  I used lime green paint on a sponge wedge through a smaller stencil.  Then I added doodles using pencil, pen,  and paint pens.

alcohol ink

The pink drip was obviously where I was going to put my focal point.  I adhered clusters of these die cut leaves tin the drip line.  They were cut from a piece of Yupo that I'd play on with alcohol inks.  The paper texture is very different and you run it through your die cutter a time or  two.  Take them out gingerly.
My spiritual practice is to attempt to love God with my heart, soul , and mind and my neighbor as myself.  I'm going to be practicing for a while it seems.  Any way those were the focus ideas of my canvases.

For heart I cut a heart from pink alcohol inked paper.  For soul I chose a draw a dove and for mind I chose a flower bud.  Because Yupo is nonporous,  takes for ever to dry ink on it that then wipes off easily, I drew with a pencil on the back side, cut my images out and then shaded them with Pitt Big Brush Markers.

These markers have India ink which dries permanently, but you have  a window to smudge the ink for a delicate shading.  That's what I did on all my focal images.  I also used the ink for the details on the dove.  

I took the stickers that said heart, soul and mind from my Paper Faith sticker collection.  Perfect words.

This was a quick project.  It's easily and fun.  Why not spread your creative wings to a canvas?


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I strongly believe that you probably have what you need in your craft room for a project like this.  However, if you don't or you have a question about a product I used please leave a comment below and I'll happily get back to you.

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I love paper!

Hey y'all,

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I'm working on a fun travel one right now.  

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Art Journal Technique: Jar Lids

Hi y'all,

There's a surprising amount of interesting art tools in household objects.  One of my top favorites is jar lids.  I have a plastic gelato container with all kinds of lids inside.    They are perfect to trace, even though I have a circle master. Lids give you more patterns and variety.  I can even trace the top and bottom of the gelato container. But with my lids I can roll them in paint, or dip them  in paint.  I can throw them away if I muck them up or add to my collection anytime I find an interesting top.

my lid collection

For my art journal page I quickly spread some turquoise and some marine paint on my gesso covered page.  Then I scraped the paint with an old gift card (which is another great tool) to make the layer thin so I could see some of the white of the page.  Also I wanted the page smooth for tracing.

I traced three nesting lids with a Stabilo All Pencil and then retraced with Scribble Sticks that I dipped in water.  That's where my drips came from.  Add a spray of water should you want more drips, keeping in mind the black  pencil is water soluble as well.  I added an alchol ink heart in the center and some tiny writing.

The line of dots that draws in your eye were made with white and pink paint pens, and a black Sharpie ball point pen.  

Here are a few more jar lid circles art journal pages:
Free hand paper circles with lids dipped in paint
Tracing all the lids

Making the circles organic by free hand painting over the trace marks

I challenge you to collect household objects for art tools.  How about jar lids?



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