Archive | May 3, 2012

“I am…making art” ~ AJ: Cover

I was super excited when I saw that Linda Ledbetter was with The eclectic Paperie E-Team and they were launching a new series of challenges based around art journaling!! WAHOO!! You know that I had been dabbling in it for a while and to participate in challenges would help/push me into exploring it more 🙂

The first challenge sooo makes sense…the COVER!!

I added gesso to the cover to give me a base (because the cover was slick), then sprayed various colours of Adirondack, Colour Wash. (I just got word that my LSS will be receiving my order of all the Dylusions ink sprays as well as a few Dylusions stamp sets, hopefully I’ll have them for the next challenge, YIPEEEE!).
The rest of the background was created using a Crafter’s Workshop Stencils by sponging Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints along with a fine paint brush. I had also used a few of Tim Holtz stamps using Archival ink and added some fun washi tape.

Then, I wanted to create a little bit of dimension so I had cut out some grunge paper using the Hanging Sign die then painted it and added some pearls using Viva Decor Pearl Pen. I was mucking around up to this point when some inspiration came to me!

One of my ultimate fave comedy troops from the UK is “Smack the Pony”, if you’ve never seen them be sure to look them up. They’re quirky, silly, crazy, fun and they always get me doubled over laughing!

Now there’s this one segment where they show “video dating clips” throughout their shows and it’s this one in particular

So it begins….I am, making art….

One reason that had attracted me to art jounaling was that I could just play around with loads of colour (I’m a colour addict!) and whether or not I wanted to share my work, it was entirely up to me. I can create and not have to worry that it didn’t turn out the way I wanted…I can create just because!

Thanks for visiting today and if you’re interested in art journaling and would like some inspiration be sure to visit the Eclectic Paperie’s Blog!


SOAR – Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge #3

I really wanted to re-tackle this technique, it was one that we did during the Creative Chemistry class and I didn’t like the way it turned out for me. So it was PERFECT that Linda over at Studio L3 chose this technique out of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 2 book for this past week’s challenge.

Challenge #3 ~ Marbled Stains which can be found on page 46.

The challenge this week is also sponsored by eclectic Paperie where they’ll be giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant!

I chose a few bright colours this time around and I was pretty happy with the results. I know I still need to play with this technique a little more to get the hang of it. What I do love about making up backgrounds is that it can steer you in a different direction from where you thought, it takes a life on it’s own. After I had made this background I wanted to use Tim’s Papillon stamp but the hot air balloon stamp just seemed perfect on it!

Thanks for dropping in today and be sure to drop by Linda’s blog to check out the other fabulous entries, better yet grab your copy of Compendium of Curiosities 2 and come play! 🙂