July 28, 2016

Be Gentle With Me

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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!