November 25, 2016

Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Uhoh!! It's been a while since I've shared any creations on my blog. Work has been crazy lately. I feel like its time for me to move on from my job for my own mental sanity. The stress and exhaustion just aren't worth it. I've always heard stress can be a killer. Let me tell you it's true! Stress will eat its way into every aspect of your life. Yea, it's definitely time to move on. I just hope the right door opens soon. I've been job searching and sending out resumes here and there. Needless to say, that's why there is a shortage of art on my end. Even though I havent been creating much, I still admire the creations of other people daily. (Pinterest Junkie here) Art makes me happy regardless of if it was me who created it! We can sooooo vibe through someone else's art.

I started this page about two weeks ago and finished it today. I work in segments lol. Sometimes, very very small segments. Embrace the process peeps! This journal page is completely outside of my style and I AM LOVING IT!! I sat down at my table with no plans and just started playing. Little by little it came together somehow. I wouldn't be able to do this again if I tried its so out of my norm. But, I think I'm going to give this style a try again ASAP. It was fun!

Supplies Used: Acrylic Paint, Penny Black Stamp (colored with pencils), Distress Ink, Dylusions Spray Ink, Tissue Paper, Stickers, Texture Paste, a Stencil, a Marker, and pearl embellishments

I'll end the wording here and get to the pics with a huge thank you for stopping by!

Full Page

 Left Side of Page

Right Side of Page

Art Journal Page

October 14, 2016

Gelato Mixed Media Art Journal Page


I saw this phrase the other day on google+ that said, "Mother Nature Sees You". As soon as I read that it struck a chord, and I just had to put that in my art journal! (Yes, I am a spiritual person, and fully believe the phrase.)

So, this bright journal page came into being; revolving around that phrase. I've seen a ton of fall themed tags and cards on pinterest lately. (Pinterest!) I've noticed a good bit of leaves on those creations weren't the traditional fall colors and I love that! I love that it's outside the box. Plus, there are quite a few challenges right now that are fall/autumn themed, and it was just a fun page to put together working with a theme that was very doable for me.

I got down and dirty with mostly gelatos. It's been a while since I played with gelatos and they are just sooo fun for me to work with. Why dont I work with them more? I dont know...

The journal page is deff mixed media style. Included on the page is gelatos, texture paste, dylusions spray ink, a script stamp, two types of distress ink, two Tim Holtz stencils, and white acrylic paint. The spray ink seeped through the page down through the spine. I'm a little bummed about that because it seeped into pages that were already complete. wth?

As for the leaves, (my fave part!) I drew one leaf on a manila file folder and used it as a template. If you don't know what a template is, it means I drew one leaf, cut it out, and traced around it over and over so I didn't have to hand draw a bunch of leaves.  If you have a die cutting machine use that.

All of the leaves were traced onto a manila file folder. I am dead set on using the supplies I have right now instead of buying more. No card stock was in my house, but I do have a pack of file folders and gesso! SCORE!  The side that has gesso on it is the side I colored with gelatos. I love the bright creamy colors these give. Oh, and everything was sealed with gel medium because most of the products are water activated.

Back to the using what you have topic, all of the leaves I saw on cards were colored with distress inks, which I do have, but I don't have the bright colors I wanted to go with. I do have bright gelatos though! And if I didn't have gelatos, I certainly do have craft paint or colored pencils.

Use what you have peeps! It'll get very expensive, very fast otherwise. If you are new to certain things like colored pencils, water color pencils, etc., you can buy them at walmart and give it a go. Crayola makes decent pencils fyi. I've even see youtube artists do cheap art supply challenges with crayola! If you aren't fascinated with it, or you aren't loving it, then you spent less than $5.00 instead of $50.00

 I'm so grateful you stopped by to see my creation. Thank you! XO

I'd love to play along and enter this journal page into the following challenges:

August 10, 2016

Altered File Folder Mixed Media Tag (Craft Tag/Art Tag)

Helllllooooo there! I made this Mixed Media Tag for my sisters birthday tomorrow. A little money envelope is attached to it too. Happy Birthday Sissy!

Mixed Media Art Tag Craft Tag
#arttag #crafttag #mixedmedia
This started out in a completely different direction than a tag. I set out to make a wall hanger.  While I was sitting at my craft table stumped, starring at the project, the idea came to cut it in half and make a tag! Yea! 
Taking a pic never crossed my mind until I was almost finished (Oops...). As you can see above, the left side of the pic is plain. And that was the point I got stumped and decided to trim it down the center into a tag.

This is actually an altered file folder. File folders are sooo awesome! Anything can be slapped on them. Whether its paint, gelatos, tissue paper, ink, ink sprays, and they are really thick and sturdy too. I snapped a pic of the back of the tagA to show the file folder.

Products I used and steps I took are below in order of layer
Base Layer:
  • Trim a file folder down to a size 
  • Glue down Tim Holtz Tissue Paper with Faber Castell Gel Medium
  • Apply Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint by Ranger Ink 
Second Layer/Background
  • Kaisercraft Clock Stencil with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz School House Stencil and Black Archival Ink (alphabet stencil)
  • Harlequin Stamp and Black Archival Ink (No name stamp found on clearance, one of my faves!) 
  • Prima Marketing Grungy Grid Stencil and Texture Paste
  • Black Archival Inked Edges
Focal Point:
  • Penny Black Clear Stamp Set Efflorescence, stamped with Black Archival Ink, and colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, cut and glued down
  • Happy Birthday was stamped with Black Archival Ink on white card stock, and glued down
  • Tim Holtz Ideology Ornate Plates covered with white acrylic paint. 
Finishing Touches: 
  • Red Crystal Embellishments were glued down. ($1.00 bin at Michael's)
  • Red & White String tied through a punched hole at the top. ($1.00 bin at Michael's)
  • I made a money envelope with my Envelope Punch Board, punched a hole and connected the string. That's the money envelope for my sisters gift. I think once the money is in there I'll add a teeny bit of double sided tape to the flap so it stays closed until she gets it home.
Mixed Media Art Tag Craft Tag
#Arttag #Crafttag
 I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
  1. Creative Artiste's Challenge #17, Anything Mixed Media Goes 
  2. More Mixed Media Challenge, Anything Goes. Optional Bright Colours 
  3. A Vintage Journey, Stencil It 
  4. Craft Stamper Magazine, Stencils & Masks 
  5. The Artistic Stamper Creative Team, Anything Goes 
The Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers are what I used to color the flower in. I am totally new to coloring with markers, let alone Alcohol Markers. Normally, I guess I was always a colored pencil kinda gal, but these are new and exciting! Believe me, it's definitely a transition between pencils and markers. It's 100% different. I'm in the habit of applying pressure for more color and that's not how these all!!!

Thanks for stopping by! XO

July 28, 2016

Be Gentle With Me

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I always seem to have better luck with my art journal when I just go with the flow instead of trying to plan the page. Oh my goodness, If I plan things out too meticulously, the page just never goes right. I end up disappointed when my work doesn't go my way. So, I have to just embrace the work and go with the flow!

Be Gentle With Me
Art journal page, penny black stamp
I recently picked up a Penny Black Rose stamp a few weeks ago. I have been dying to use it! Oh, before I forget, Penny Black has a youtube channel, and recently started doing art journal demos. They have really fab tutorials yall. Check them out! The inspiration for this page came from there.

A few things I'd like to point out: The Penny Black Rose stamp stamped fabulously! This is a cling stamp. I am wow'd. I didn't have to stand on my tippy toes, hold my breath and stamp hoping for a clear image. Rubber cling stamps are diving if you're a stamper.

I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to stamp the rose, then walked away to let it dry. When I came back, it looked like the ink spread out a lot. Before it dried, it was more of a clear, perfectly stamped image. So, I either inked the stamp too much which is possible. And the room I was working in was extremely humid. Keep in mind that Distress Ink is not permanent. It was really humid and I believe the moisture in the air gave the this effect.  Regardless, I love how it turned out. I think the ink bleeding a bit worked in my favor. It adds some character, and I didn't have to color anything in.

Here is a pic with the flash off: (I like it better with the flash off)
art journal page
Also, I wrote the words myself!! I definitely need some more practice, I know that, but I'm working on it. My hands are incredibly shaky. I swear my hands twitch. I had waaaay to much coffee too.

I did make the mistake of not using a permanent pen for the wording. Of course, I laid my hand in it, and spread the ink out more than once. Eh, it happens, but now I know for the next time to go permanent!

Here is a description on the page process:
  1. Glue down ripped book pages
  2. Gesso over everything
  3. Dab Brushed Cordory Distress Paint around the outside of the pages with your finger, lightly pulling into the center
  4. Stamp text stamp in Black Archival Ink randomly
  5. Stencil through a clock stencil using Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  6. The black diamond design on the page is a stamp I used with black Archival Ink. I don't know what to call this stamp. I found it on clearance
  7. Stamp Penny Black Rose Stamp using vintage photo distress ink, masking any areas you feel necessary.
  8. Stencil with Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink- This is faint in the page, it's pushed into the background and only visible with the flash on my camera
  9.  Write the quote, or saying using a permanent marker or pen. Make sure its permanent!
Thanks for stopping over. XO
art journal page
I'd like to enter this into the following:
  1. Creative Artiste's Challenge #16, anything goes
  2. Crafting with an attitude, Challenge #17, anything goes

July 20, 2016

Carabelle Studio Stamps

Hi there!

Thanks for stopping by to see this bright sunny page. This journal page was a quick one. I really just wanted to use my spray inks and get some art time in. I love how bright these ink sprays are. The steps I took to make this page are below.
Art journal page
Art Journal Page
  1. Spray Dylusions Spray ink in Pomegranate Seed and Lemon Zest
  2. Stencil randomly around the page using the following:
    • Prima square block stencil with black Archival Ink
    • Tim Holtz small circle stencil with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
    • Arrow Stencil with black Archival Ink
    • Sand Dollar stencil using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
  3. Grid stamp using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and Scattered Straw Distress Ink (this is very faint)
  4. Stamp Carabelle Studio heart stamp onto card stock
    • color the stamped image with markers and colored pencils
    • cut out the image and glue to page
  5. Stamp Quote using black Archival Ink
  6. White dots using acrylic paint
  7. Create faint light rays using the edge of a piece of paper and scattered straw distress ink
I took a picture with the flash off so you can see the heart stamp a little bit better. I just love the quote. The quote says "The heart has its reasons which reason knows not"

I'd like to enter this Journal Page into the following: 
  1. The Artistic Stamper Creative Team- All things bright & beautiful 
  2. Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges: Anything goes 
  3. Craft Stamper: Take it make it July challenge, take a stamp, anything goes 
  4. Crafting With An Attitude: Challenge 17, anything goes 
Thanks for stopping by!

July 10, 2016

I was born to be awesome, not perfect

Oh my goodness yall...I am a little upset with the way this turned out. Although I do adore the quote I WAS BORN TO BE AWESOME, NOT PERFECT, I'm still a bit disappointed in the end. I said I'd share my pages even if I didnt love them. And I did learn a few things on this page which will help me in the future.

Here's a few things I learned while doing this page:
  1. Not to plan too meticulously or you'll be disappointed
  2. Gel Medium can leave somewhat of a shine (I''ll be getting Matte Medium soon)
  3. Be careful when using black on top of yellow. It's hard to make these colors work together
  4. Yes, you can have too much black
I was born to be awesome, not perfect:

Art Journal Page
Art Journal Page
  • The background is watercolor crayons/gelatos. I do love the the green and yellow background
  • I went around the outside of the page with the page with a block stencil and black archival ink
  • I also used Tim Holtz letter stencil and distress ink randomly
  • A bottle cap was stamped with black and white paint.
  • I outlined the block stencil with a black marker. You can see going around the page the big thick black line. Believe me, it looked so much better without it.
  • Finishing the page was important, so I continued with the crazy bird which is so cute in pink! I added a smile to his face. haha!
  • The quote was added
  • A circle stamp with black Archival Ink

Left Page

Right Page

Thanks for stopping by!

July 3, 2016

Art Journal Page using a free printable and loads of Distress Ink

Hi all! Thanks for stopping by to see this cute journal page! This little monster was free printable I found here: Free Monster Coloring Page

(If anyone uses this coloring page, please be sure to link back to Jamey's page to give her kudos for the awesome freebie) 
Art Journal Page
Art Journal Page
 The Background was made using
1. Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink (all ink was applied using a makeup sponge)
2. Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
3. Scattered Straw Distress Ink
4. Stamping a bottle cap with white paint
5. Deep Red Bubble Stamp stamped using Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
6. White Paint dabbed through a Tim Holtz Circle Stencil
7. Mermaid Lagoon stenciled through another Tim Holtz Stencil
8. Mermaid Lagoon applied through a Swirl Stencil
  • I drew three clouds and colored them in with pencil. I also went over the clouds with a swirl stencil and more Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. These clouds were cut out and glued to the page using gel medium
Art journal page
Art Journal Page
  • Then three Flowers were drawn with pencil first, colored with my $1.00 store colored pencils, traced with a permanent marker, then glued to the page. I always add little embellishments to my page. The flower center were a perfect spot for pearls! A green marker was used to draw in the stem, and a white gel pen to make the little stem dots.
  • The little monster was a free printable I found on Pinterest that led me here to
    Jamey's Blog/page: Monster Coloring Page.
  • I used my $1.00 store colored pencils to color the monster. I did cut the monster out, and of course glued it to the page. The last thing I did to the monster was added stickles to the teeth.
  • A Tim Holtz chit chat sticker was glued to the bottom of the page. It says: Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. This was inked as well with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
You can view all my other art journal pages by going here: Art Journal Pages
Thanks for stopping by!

June 15, 2016

Art Journal Page - A dream is a wish your heart makes

A quick post to share my most recent art journal page using my 1st Penny Black Stamp...
Art Journal Page
Art Journal Page
I didn't really know where this was going when I started. I only knew I wanted to use my new flower stamp and work in my style. I am ALL about stamping, stencils, throwing in paint, and embellishments. Mixed media is just awesome! You can throw anything in the mix and it's all good!

The first step I took was to paint on a layer of gesso. Once the gesso dried, I applied acrylic paint with a sponge. The type of paint I used is really cheap paint from Walmart called "Apple Barrel".  I think its craft paint to be honest. The first color I applied was a plain yellow. The second color I applied around the outside of the page is a plain brown. This combo of brown and yellow is one of my faves. I never cared for brown until I started playing around with it. Brown goes with soooo many different colors! The dark brown around the edges just makes the yellow center burst yellow burst!

The next step was using my new Kaisercraft template. (the clock stencil) I used vintage photo distress ink with this stencil, and applied it with a makeup sponge. While I had the vintage photo ink out, I went around the edges of the page for added depth. I then applied black archival ink through a checkerboard stencil randomly. You can also see a script stamp on the page. I used black archival ink for that.

Now for the heart...I cut the heart out of a folded piece of paper like you do in 1st grade. Yep, fold a piece of paper and cut. The heart was painted brown with craft paint, and inked with archival ink through the checkerboard stencil. I set that aside until I was ready to piece everything.

The flowers on top of the heart are a Penny Black Stamp. This is the first Penny Black Stamp I own! It was delivered last week and I'm super excited about it! So, I stamped the image and colored it in with colored pencils. Once I cut the flowers out, I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink all around.This is a clear stamp FYI. I do like it, but, I do believe that the rubber cling stamps are a much crisper stamp.

The next step was to assemble/glue everything.; the heart first, and then the flowers. I adore embellishments, so I glued the pearls in the center of the flowers. The sticker quote is Tim Holtz, and it says " A dream is a wish your heart makes".

Every single time I read that saying, my mind finishes the phrase and goes right to thoughts of my Grandma. If you don't know, the phrase ends with...when you're fast asleep. My Grandma had a huge hand in raising me. And she was my neighbor for 25 years until I got married. I was over my Grandparents house all the time. She was, is, and always will mean the world to me, and be a huge part of my life. When I was little my Gram bought me Cinderella (on VHS!). There is a scene where little birds are on Cinderella's lap and she starts singing to them...A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep. Me and my Gram would sing that song a lot, particularly in the kitchen. Love you Gram!

The last thing I did was go around the edge of the heart with a marker and blend it in with my finger to give the heart depth. It really makes the page come to life.
I'd like to enter my journal page into the following:
Thanks for stopping by! You can view all my art journal pages by following the link here: My Art Journal Pages

May 30, 2016

Inchies, Twinchies, Trinchies?

I was soooo in the mood to make something!! So, I made these little guys. The first one is close to ATC size (3.5 X 2.5) Its a tiny bit bigger so its technically not an ATC. I did put little magnets on the back of these and I'll put them on the fridge!

I'm inventing a trinchie yall! It's a 3X3 piece of art work. The second piece is definitely a trinche.

If you do something like this with a wet medium such as ink, you may want to consider backing it with thick card stock so the edges don't curl. I don't think I'd have this problem if I didn't put magnets on the back. I believe it would've been a-ok if it was left flat on the back.

I don't have the step by step for this. I didn't know where I was going with it. Sorry ya'll! I can give a description of the products used for each one, which I'll put below.

I started by trimming down a manila file folder. At the beginning, this was all one large piece sprayed with Dylusions Spray Ink. Once dried, I cut the file folder down to a size I felt like working with. I've noticed I work better in small size. Yea, the big huge canvases are not my thing. lol

I pulled out my stamps and ran through them trying to figure out what to do. I remembered HLS was having their mixed media challenge to use shine. My plan from the gate was to use stickles.

Supplies List

  • Manila file folder trimmed
  • Dylusions Spray Ink
  • Distress Ink 
  • Archival Ink
  • Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamp
  • Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
  • Tim Holtz rubons
  • White paint
  • Gold GLITTER Stickles
  • Black cardstock for the back
  • Magnet

  • Manila file folder trimmed
  • Dylusions Spray Ink
  • Stencils
  • Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamp
  • White Paint
  • White Gel Pen
  • Archival Ink
  • Silver Sparkle Stickles
  • Markers
  • Tim Holtz Rubons
  • Foam pop up stickers 
  • Black Cardstock for the back
  • Magnet
I'd like to enter these creations into the following challenges:
  1. HLS May Mixed media Challenge-Shine- Used stickles
  2. Craft your passion- Always Anything goes
  3. Get Creative Challenges-Bingo: used stickles glitter & stitching
  4. Creatalicious Challenge- Anything goes +optional wedding 

Own Your Dreams- Art Journal using a coloring book

Art Journal Page made with coloring book pieces, colored pencils, Distress Ink, and stencils

Art Journal Page
Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by here. I have to tell you, coloring book pieces work great in an art journal! Free printables do too. My sweet Mama (thanks Mom!) got it for  me a while ago. Every once in a while I rip pages out and use them a piece to make my own creation. It's really a great go-to! It's really nice to have around when you want to create a journal page but don't know what to do.

Coloring book page
I started going around the edges of my journal with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. I just love green!  I also used went randomly around the page with a sand dollar stencil using the same distress ink. I found this stencil for $1.00! I used a Tim Holtz small circle stencil with a tiny bit of purple colored distress ink as well.

The top and bottom of the page was stamped with archival ink. (that's the circles you see going around the top and bottom) I added little white dots with a gel pen on top of each circle.

I used colored pencils to color in the pieces from the coloring book, cut them out, and glued down. I also added silver sparkle stickles all over.(Looove sparkles and glitter!!)

The last thing I did was write my quote. I am excited about this yall! I didn't stamp the quote! I wrote it myself!The quote says OWN YOUR DREAMS. ( A quote I actually need to listen to instead of just reading it)

Thanks for stopping by!

May 13, 2016

Never give up

Art Journal page using acrylic craft paint, stencils, stamps, distress, archival ink, texture paste, and a paint pen.

Art journal page

I went crazy here! lol I just didn't care today. I wanted to have some fun with my paint.

I started with paint I purchased at Walmart for less than $1.00 a bottle. If memory serves, the price was around .70 a bottle. 

My background does have gesso on it. That was my first step. After that, I used a makeup sponge to dab on acrylic paint in a dabbing/tapping type of rhythm. One color was applied at a time. The green color was what I started with. The second color I applied with the makeup sponge was yellow. They mixed together very nicely. 

One note: there was a few times I had to spritz water on the page. The paint blended together so much easier when it was a tiny bit wet. My camera didn't pick up how bright things really are in some of the pics, which is a little disappointing.I know, I need better lighting. I'm workin on it.

After this, I went crazy with stamps, stencils, distress ink, archival ink, texture paste, and a paint pen! Lol. I had fun with this one! There is no rhyme or reason here, just let it go!

 Honestly, I don't know if I have a style. I love it all! I love stamping, stencils, ink, doodles, collage, altered art, pastels, acrylic, sketching, you name it! At this point, I can say I have the most fun when I wing it, like I did with this page. And I love bright colors! Thanks for popping by!

I would like to play along and enter this page into the following challenges:
  1. Craft Stamper Magazine- Take it Make it, anything goes (must include stamping) 
  2. Not just cards challenges, anything goes 
  3. Craft your passion challenges, always anything goes 
  4. Anything but cute, Challenge #13, celebrate your style 
  5. Crafting with an attitude, Challenge #15  

May 9, 2016

Dylusions Ink Spray Description & Tips (from an honest artist)

Dylusions Ink Spray
Ok, most of us in the crafting world, or mixed media world have heard of Dylusions Spray Ink. For those of you that haven't, spray ink is literally dye ink in a bottle. Instead of the ink being in an ink pad, its in a bottle. It's non-toxic, and perfect for use on a porous surface. 

Some examples of porous surfaces include paper, cardstock, untreated wood, and cardboard. These objects have pores or empty spaces that allow outside matter, such as water, air, ink, or paint to penetrate beyond the outer surface. Porous means that fluid can pass through.

Examples of nonporous are glass, metal, or plastic. No fluid can seep through those objects. If you sprayed the Dylusions Spray Ink on a plastic bottle, the ink will not penetrate the plastic. It would just run off.

 You do not need to be a "professional" artist to use Dylusions Spray Ink with success. Anyone  can use these. These are fool proof! It takes no effort to use these. A background can be complete in less than a few minutes! That scary blank page can be covered pretty darn quickly. That's what's great about these,  they are really perfect for beginners and seasoned artists. Dyan has made art journaling fun and really took the stress of perfection out for me.

My favorite things about this product is the absolutely awesome gorgeous color! Not only is the color gorgeous, it's very bold, bright, and concentrated.  If you've ever made a background using ink from the pad, you know it can really take time to build up those layers. It's easy to build up layers with spray ink compared ink from the pad. You can go back and spritz again to add more color if you so desire.

Links to Youtube demos are at the bottom of this post
  1. Get out your spray inks and give it a good swirl. You can swirl the ink by holding the bottle upright in your hand and moving your wrist in a circular motion. Dyan suggests storing these products on its side FYI.
  2. Mist your page with a few sprays of water (key word is MIST
    • If you plan on using more than one color, you more than likely want the colors to be blended right? The water helps the colors blend. You do not have to use water. Water just helps the colors come together so you don't have big blotches of color.
    • You can buy a mister or spray bottle at Walmart, the $1.00 store, or Amazon.
  3. Start with one bottle/color at a time, select which color you'd like to start with
  4. Take the cap off the bottle
  5. Push your finger on the nozzle and spray onto your paper where you desire.
    • The closer the nozzle is to the page, the smaller the covered area
    • The farther away the nozzle is from the page, the larger the color coverage
  6. Choose your second color and spray where desired
  7. You can stop after step 3 or keep going with color. Dyan always uses three colors on her pages. 
  8. Once all the color is on, Dyan typically sprays another mist of water over the page. She uses a lot of ink so there is a ton left over floating on top. She uses tags or the page next to the one she's working on to "mop up" the left overs. 
  9.  Lastly, you can roll a roll of paper towel over your page, or just go ahead and dry it then. You can air dry, or use a heat gun or blow dryer. You need to make sure the page is dry at this step. You can go back and add more color but you need to dry one layer at a time.
Tips & Notes
  1. Dylusions sprays can be messy
    • To avoid the mess, spray inside a box
    • Using a wet rag, or anything WET to clean up the area will reactivate the ink. Dyan always has paper towels nearby and cleans up the ink with other tags, or the paper towels
  2. These are not fully permanent when dry 
    •  Anything wet will reactive the ink
    •  Seal your piece of work when you're done if you want
  3. If it just so happens you sprayed too much WATER instead of a mist, mop it up with a paper towel 
  4. I've never had an experience when Dylusions didn't seep somehow. It's seeped through the paper by going down through the spine, or leaking onto the page behind the page I'm working on.  
    • Dyan's journal works best with Dylusions. The paper is REALLY thick and sturdy. It was made to go with her products. If I use that journal, I only have an issue with ink going into the spine. But that may not interfere with anything you do in your journal. If you watch Dyan's youtube videos, it doesn't make any difference for her. It all works into her style.
    •  If you are working in a journal that has a book bound type of spine, or is sewn in the spine, such as Dyan's Journal, you can tape down the center of the page using masking tape before starting.
    • If you are using a ring bound paper pad or journal such as the Canson Pad, the spray can seep through the ring holes onto below pages. I've learned to use masking tape close to the ring binding to avoid this.
    • To prevent the ink from seeping onto the page behind the one you're working on, glue two pages together.
    • Keep in mind the paper you are using. I've heard people say they've never had any seepage when they used watercolor paper. (I use a Canson Mixed Media Journal, and the Dylusions Journal) 
  5. To ensure you get the most out of your product, use tags, inchies, twinchies, and other journal pages as mop up pages
  6.  Store ink sprays on their side instead of standing upright

Here are a few pics and links to the pages I've created using Dylusions Spray Inks:
  1. You can see in the first picture (remember this feeling) a big blob of blue color right in the center of the page. That's because I didn't mist with water when I applied all my color.
  2. The second journal page (smoke) I didn't mist with water because purple scares me lol. Purple is not my color. I was afraid to add water and the purple seep and I'd get mud. The colors blended well together here without that last spritz of water.
  3. By the last page, (find this life) you can see everything is blended together nicely, and that time I did spritz water over the top once all my colors were on.

Remember This Feeling....
Find This Life...

If you look closely at two of the pages, the ink goes all the way under the ring binding. It looks better no doubt, but, this is where I learned I need to put a piece of tape down because the ink leaked down through the ring holes onto other pages.  

Good results come from understanding the product you are using. It's the same with gelatos, colored pencils, acrylic paint, anything! I could figure out a solutions to the few problems I ran into, such as using masking tape near the binding, and gluing two pages together when I have cheaper paper. I just love how easy these are, and how pretty it turns out. I will always keep these on board and think they are a great product for a beginner.
If you would like to learn more about these sprays and techniques, here are links...
  1. Dyan Reaveley's Youtube channel - .Dyan Reaveley Youtube 
  2. Here is another video by Rangerink demonstrating Dylusions Sprays - Dylusions Techniques
Hope this helps!

Find This Life-Art Journal using Dylusions

Art Journal Page using a free printable; mixed media style

Mixed media art journal page
Art Journal Page
I've looked everywhere to share the link for this free heart printable. I can't find it anywhere! If anyone knows who shared the heart image, please let me know so I can post a link. Gotta give credit to them! It was a bunch of hearts inside of a jar and I cut the hearts out.

This shows you can really put anything on your journal pages. You can use coloring book pages, magazines, book pages, pictures, printed text, literally anything that will fit

I didn't take any pics while in the making because I had no idea where this was going when I started. It just kind of came together over a few days of working at it little by little. 
The background is Dylusions Spray Inks. I recently did a product review on these you can check out here...
Click Here For Product Review Dylusions Ink Spray Review

Products Used: Free printable, Dylusions Spray Ink, markers, a paint pen, archival ink, distress ink, colored pencils, gel pen, glue, stamps, stencils, card stock, and rub-ons. 

#artjournal page
mixed media art journal page

Anyone who visits my posts knows, it can take me a few days to finish a journal page. I'm not in a rush for one thing. Sometimes I NEED to step away, or I get too scatterbrained. I can keep my body still, but not my mind. My mind goes and goes and GOES. A million ideas can flood my mind but my hands can't keep up. My own thoughts can't keep up with the thoughts. It's exhausting. I have to walk away or I'll work myself to death trying to keep up with my thoughts. (We do have a name for this... its called anxiety.)

That being said, I am slowly figuring out how to balance my mind and art, by taking my time on pages. If you need to step away to recoup, by all means, do it. We all have our own way here. Nothing is wrong with doing what works for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

April 30, 2016

Darling, you are a work of art

Art Journal Page using gelatos, stamps, stencils, distress ink, texture paste, and embellishments

Art Journal Page
I am playing along with three blog challenges for this page. If you'd like to play along, links to their page are below. At the end of the page are links to the specific challenge.
1. Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges.
2. The Artistic Stamper
3.Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges

 I'm very happy with the way this turned out. I love this page! Below is a list of steps I took to complete the page.
1. I started by gluing old book pages down with Faber-Castel gel medium. Once dry, I added a layer of watered down gesso. 

2. On the background, I started with yellow Gelatos in the center of the page. Then added both of the pink Gelatos you see in the above picture around the outside of the pages blending one color at a time with a baby wipe. 

3.Later I went around the outside of the page with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. 

4.Vintage Photo Distress Ink was applied through a Prima Stencil. 

5.I stamped a script stamp randomly on the page using vintage photo distress ink.

I think this background is absolutely beautiful!! I was scared to add anything to it. 

6.I added a layer of gel medium over top of this gelato and distress ink background, because neither of those are permanent. 

7.Once that was dry, I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Ranger Texture Paste. (that's the white numbers popping off the page)

8.The flowers were found online as a free printable

9. The flowers and leaves were colored with colored pencils purchased at the dollar store. 

10. I really liked the colors, but wanted the flowers to be a bit more vibrant, so I added the same pink Gelatos I used on the background to the flowers. A tiny bit of green Gelatos was put on the leaves as well. I didn't use a baby wipe to blend here. I used my fingers. 

11. Little embellishments are so attractive to me. You can see in the corners pearls were glued down.

12. The final touch on the background was white paint splatters. Dilute white paint with a bunch of water.  Swirl your brush around, and then splatter all over the page. 

13.The metal piece/hardware on the right page is a Tim Holtz product. A small amount of gesso was applied to it so it has a faded distressed look. You could use white paint as well.

Art Journal Page
14. The quote behind the hardware is from Tim Holtz stickers quote book. I cut it in pieces, then glued it to a piece of paper that would fit behind the hardware. The quote is sweet! It says "Darling, you are a work of art". I also distressed around the quote with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Art Journal Page
I'd like to play along and add this journal page to the following: