Monday, September 18, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 38 Sneak Peek

Hi everyone. It's my week to choose the prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and I chose the word Abundance. I'm hoping that people will focus on the wonderful little moments which each day holds, things we often forget to notice or might take for granted. It's easy to get caught up in the negative and what's wrong but I wanted to begin to document some of the things that make me smile or bring me a sense of peace or joy..."ahhhhh" moments. Once I started looking for these things, I began noticing more and more...I could easily have filled a second page and will have this one completely filled in in spite of leaving room to grow.

Anyway, to see the entire page and read about my process as well as seeing step out photos, pop over to the Joggles blog. I'd love it if you did...hmmm, one more thing to add to the list :)

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sneak Peek of my Joggles DT Post - Cheeky Fairy Tags

Hi everyone! It's my turn to create a DT project for the Joggles blog and above is a sneak peek of part of one tag. I decided to make three tags which I can use in my kraft, cream, and black junk journal which I have been working on for a while now. I used some insect wings from a Joggles Collage sheet combined with Tim Holtz paper dolls to feature on layered tags. I also included some of my previously created ephemera paper elements as embellies. I love how these tags turned out!

To check out the full tutorial as well as step out photos, pop over to the Joggles blog where I take you through my creative process. I'd love it if you did!

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sneak Peek of my LeighSBDesigns Tutorial Tuesday Post

Hi everyone! Today, it's my turn to host Tutorial Tuesday on LeighSBDesigns blog. Recently, Leigh created two amazing images for a contest on Markers! Papers! Digis! Facebook group: one a colouring page and another a single image. Both featured these amazing Tangled Maple Leaves and being a proud Canadian I just couldn't resist using the single image, Tangled Maple Leaf, for my project today.

Above is a sneak peek of my art journal page where I used the leaf image in three different ways. Pop over to the LeighSBDesigns blog to see the full tutorial and step out photos showing my process. When you get a minute, stop by Leigh's Etsy shop as well. You can see her other unique and inspiring designs...and just wait until Friday...oops, can't say more but stay tuned...LOL

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

U-Paint Metal Crafts Has Arrived at Joggles

The Joggles Design Team was delighted to learn that the Joggles shop would be carrying some of the fabulous metal pieces produced by U-Paint Metal Craft, a division of The Frank Morrow Company based in Providence Rhode Island. These metal pieces are detailed and light weight, providing wonderful focals and embellishments for mixed media projects, home décor items, and altered books. As a matter of fact, each team member couldn't wait to create an inspirational project to show you some of the possibilities.

The minute I clapped eyes on the detailed scales on this amazing fish and the cluster of shells, coral, and plants, I knew I wanted to create an under-the-sea themed 8 x 10 inch canvas. The long ridged curved pieces became larger plants for the little fish to swim through. To add colour to the metal shapes, I used Copic markers, alcohol inks, and Art Alchemy Sparks paint which has a wonderful shimmer. I added and subtracted to create shading and highlighting, adding darker colours for the shading and using the ink blending solution to remove ink where I wanted the silver base as the highlight.

The background was created with several Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays: Delphinium Turquoise, Bachelor Button Blue, and Sassy Sapphire for the water and Opal Sea Oats for the sandy bottom. Joggles Bubble Blast stencilling was added to the water by spritzing more of the Bachelor Button Blue Starburst Spray through it. Once dry, white Sharpie Paint pen was used to scribble inside the bubbles and Inktense pencil activated with water was used to shade many of them. Charcoal pencil was used to outline several as well. Joggles Background Noise - Sparks Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp was inked with Tree Branch Archival to add pattern to the sand. 

Shells and cheesecloth were added to the sand area to create more dimension and texture. Like the metal pieces, they were adhered with E6000 adhesive. 

Shiny little acrylic dew drops were added to the background to create points of shine as the bubbles come out of the fish's mouth.

What a fun mixed media canvas to create! I love these metal shapes and am so excited about the possibilities that the huge variety presents. To see the other wonderful projects created by the DT and featuring these U-Paint Metal pieces, pop over to the Joggles blog to see the joint post where all of them are shared in one place. Everyone did an outstanding job!

Thanks so much for visiting today.
Life is good; so is art.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 36 Sneak Peek

Hi everyone. Once again it's my week to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 36, I'm asking everyone to Wing It. Now that could be literally like featuring anything with wings (butterflies, angels, fairies, get the idea) or you could wing it as part of your process like I did with the background. I wanted to use a cloud mask and ink but only had a vague idea about how to do what I wanted so I made it up...and learned a I went along :)

Above is a sneak peek of part of the page. To see the rest of the page and also see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I cannot wait to see what everyone in the AJA Facebook group creates.

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Decorated Paper Clips for my Kraft, Black, and Cream Junk Journal

Hi everyone! Whenever I have  a small window of time, I like to create embellishments for my junk journal. It lets me use up scraps, to finish things by working small, and to have some things ready to go when I have larger blocks of time to create new pages. Plus it's just plain fun! I love working small as a nice change from working on larger pieces of art. I used black 2 inch paper clips and kraft paper cut into 5.75 x 1.5 inch fishtail flags to create the first layer. A smaller flag shape was cut from designer paper to fit inside this kraft layer, leaving a border all around.

All edges of the kraft layers and the designer paper layers were inked with Coffee Archival Ink. A scrap of cheesecloth was also adhered to each designer paper layer, connected in some way to the focal image. Above left, I added a punched corrugated cardboard leaf, a coffee dyed and inked mulberry flower, and a threaded vintage button center. The one on the right has a bird die cut from vintage book text. The bird has a tiny embroidery floss bow and a rhinestone eye. Faux stitching was added to the border of the designer paper flag.

The faux stitching was continued on the left paper clip above. A canvas text printed banner flag was threaded with black and white baker's twine and adhered atop the designer paper. Layered over that is the cheesecloth and a punched corrugated cardboard star. Two brown half pearls finished that design. A small merchandise tag, inked with Coffee Archival Ink before two Idea-ology butterfly rub-ons were added, was adhered to the paper clip on the right. The cheesecloth was tucked under the tag before the tag was glued and also adhered with a brad.

The first of the final two paper clips had brown faux stitching added to the outside edges of the designer paper. A Recollections layered and printed kraft butterfly was adhered over the cheesecloth as the focal for this clip. The last clip has a corrugated cardboard (from a coffee sleeve) die cut heart placed over the cheesecloth and a threaded button adhered on top.

These were a lot of fun to much so that I created a template for both layers to save me measuring each time when I make more. You will see one starring in an upcoming page in my kraft, black, and cream junk journal very soon. Thanks for visiting!

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Playing in my kraft junk journal - page 4

Hi everyone! I made some time to create another double sided page for my kraft, cream. and black junk journal. It seems that my mojo is alive and well when it comes to this kind of play, even though it's playing hide and seek for others :) To see the other pages for this same jj, click on the junk journal label in the sidebar.

First, I inked the edges of the kraft page with Coffee Archival Ink. I like the Archival Ink rather than the Distress Ink for this because it is permanent so it won't react to any wet glues or gel medium I might use and if it accidentally gets wet once finished, it won't run. I used the same ink to stencil in a few places with TCW Mini Tile Mania template. For this page, I decided to create a tuck spot along the right side and also the hole reinforcements using more of that fabulous Carabelle Studio black and white packaging paper. I folded in half a 3 inch wide piece which was cut to fit the length of the page and die cut a 3.5 x 1 inch piece of speckled tan packaging to layer over that. As I was stitching around the outside edges of the kraft page, I stitched through the two additional layers on the right side, creating a tuck spot on a tuck spot :)

I had seen various layered butterfly embellishments on Pinterest and had also used the idea on cards and mixed media projects. A gorgeous digital black and white butterfly image was purchased from Etsy and I sized it to 3.75 x 2.5 inches, then printed it on kraft, text, and white card stock. These were fussy cut and stitched together only on the bodies. In order to help the three layers show more distinctly, I used clear dimensional tape between the layers, placing it as close to the bodies as I could. This keeps the wings popped up even after the book has been closed. A tiny Idea-ology paper clip was placed over the heads to create a fun detail, and then the body of the top butterfly was filled with Black Diamond Stickles...oh, the shimmer! Before adhering the layered butterfly to the background, a length of cheesecloth topped by a scrap of mixed media paper torn from a pad were stitched onto the page vertically. This grounded the butterfly and added more texture to the page. When I glued down the butterfly, I made sure to leave the bottom right wing unglued so that my bingo card could tuck underneath, helping it to stay put.

To tuck into the larger pocket, I inked the edges of a Bingo card as well as a library card. Both were free digital images. Both were then stitched around the edges. The backs of both were also inked around the edges. Lines were stamped on the Bingo card and a simple vine design at the the top of the library card. 

I needed something small to tuck into the small flap and noticed a house shaped off cut from a book page which had been made into a fishtail flag. It was already folded in three which I thought would be perfect for a little hidden journalling so I inked up all the edges with Coffee Archival Ink and then adhered the middle section to a piece of black card stock cut slightly larger than the house. This gives strength to the fragile paper and helps the house shape pop. A Stampotique Heart stamp was applied to decorate the blank space on the front. A knotted piece of lace finished off the flap.

The reverse side of this page was initially treated the same as the front. The edges were inked with Coffee Archival and the edges were already stitched. Stencilling was applied here and there with the same ink and Kaisercraft Dots and Dashes stencil.

A #8 manila tag (3 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches) had previously been coffee dyed so it became the base for the layering. A piece of corrugated card stock was cut smaller than the tag and a rectangle of black and white toile paper was cut smaller than the corrugated layer. A strip of black and white ticking striped paper was adhered to the bottom of the toile rectangle and then the three layers were glued together. Where the stripe met the toile, a length of lace was adhered and two buttons which had been sewn together one on top of the other were adhered to the left end of the crocheted trim. A length of music paper, which had been folded in a wonky zigzag and inked, was stitched and then adhered at the bottom of the tag. The tiny tag had been stamped with Coffee Archival and a text stamp, inked around the edges, and then butterfly rub-ons were added. A small piece of the same lace trim was folded and adhered as a tag topper before the tag was adhered to the flat lace trim.

The top portion of the tag has a wooden frame from Gorjuss Girls which was inked with Coffee Archival and then faux stitched with black pen. A sweet image from Paper Whimsy was adhered to the back of the frame before it was glued to the tag. To finish off the tag, a length of sari silk was used for the topper.

Now the page needed a pocket to hold the tag, so a 3.5 x 6 ish  rectangle was cut from the striped paper, scored on the sides and bottom at .5 inches, and folded in. This allows the pocket to have a little more room to accommodate the embellies on the tag. A doily and a scalloped circle were sliced in half and layered onto the top edge. Stitching was done all around the edges, keeping the extra 1/2 flat so that the stitching didn't catch it. All edges were inked with Coffee Archival as was the heart die cut from old book paper. Once the heart was adhered to the black scalloped circle, a vintage threaded button from Gram's sewing box was added. The final touch, which I didn't capture in a photo was to add the music paper reinforcements to surround the holes on this side.

Thanks so much for popping by today. I really appreciate you doing that :)

Life is good; so is art.