I joined a free Art Journal Workshop Facebook group with some friends last week. The idea is she’ll give us a journal prompt at the beginning of each week that we use to create that weeks art journal page. She’s also planning on doing some YouTube video’s with different techniques, etc throughout the year. It’s called Journal52 and it’s a pretty incredible group of women with literally all levels of experience in the art of Art Journalling. I decided to use a binder I found at our local Thrift Store a while back. It was an old recipe binder that was empty when I bought it so a few coats of Gesso covered this rather busy cover to make it ready to alter and use as my Journal for the year for this workshop. Good deal!! $0.25!!!
I decided to go with a Steampunk theme and use my Lindy’s Stamp Gang set called Industrial Chic. This set is available at the Frosted Designs on-line store. It’s probably my favorite of all the sets! I used a homemade brick stencil and some wall repair compound gave the page some texture. Then I layers a BUNCH of misc things to the front to give it a bit of an Industrial Chic feel to the cover. I used some old stuff I’ve had in my stash for years, a few chipboard pieces, one of which I cut in half and made into the wings on either side of the compass, a Tim Holtz knob and some nuts and washers to spell out the 52. I painted all the pieces with a coat of Gesso so the sprays would adhere to them and started to spray……..and spray……and spray some more. Then I did some painting with the sprays…..and then sprayed some more. There are sooooo many layers of spray on this! I finished it off with a few light touches of Rub ‘n Buff and it’s done!!
I kinda feel like maybe I should have put more things on it….but oh well. Next time. 😉 Here are some close-ups of some of the elements…
So, that’s it! I’ll do another post with my first page one it…..I didn’t want to make this one too long….I’ve probably already lost Sandee after the first paragraph. Good thing she likes pictures!! Luv ya girl. 😉
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to step into my therapy room for a few minutes….I love the company!!
I will apologize in advance as this will likely be a longer blog post than most of the ones I do. (Sandee…..you may want to just scroll down to the pictures….lol.) 😉
Each year I choose a word that I try to identify with for the year. This year I chose the word “Enough”. This word brings everything together for me at this time…..I’m good enough…..I’m enough of a wife……..I’m enough of a mother……..I’m enough of a grandmother………..I’m enough of a friend………I’m enough of an artist. The word can mean so much depending on what is in front of me at any particular time. I want more than anything to be enough. So, this is my word.
I came across a couple of poems that pretty much sums up why this word is SOOO important to me this year. This is the first one I stumbled across while reading one of those stories that make their way through Facebook every once in a while and it just struck home with me:
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough “Hellos” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”
So, over on one of my mixed media groups, Mixed Media Mondays With Tracy Weinzapfel, we’re to do a page with our word on it. I decided to incorporate it with another challenge my crafting friend Sandee posted at the Frosted Designs group as well where we were to silence our inner critic. This page is the opposite page to the one I did about silencing my inner critic and as Sandee mentioned last night…..it’s like the Ying and Yang of art journal pages:
I honestly have to say I love this page allot. I included some doodled stem toppers…..and some dangled hearts from the tree branches. I love what this tree represents for me and I think it does a very good job of squashing the critic page that sits opposite of it. The page on the left is where Sandee challenged us during one of her Sunday’s With Sandee to put a face to our critic and I chose to put him into the trunk of a tree and the branches have all the negative things he says to me written out in black so they’re obscure. The magazine cut out words are the positive affirmations for some of the negative branches. Check out my double page spread:
So, that’s it! I kinda feel like I’m getting into the creative groove again. I’ve been home with the achy flu today so didn’t get much in the form of creating done…..hopefully, tomorrow is another day.
Thanks for stopping by once again. I love it when you do!!
So, once again my crafty friend Sandee Setliff has put out a challenge over on her blog and she wants us to make a princess crown. Seeing how my nickname on our annual motorcycle trips is indeed Princess, this was going to be right up my alley!! Included in this challenge is a prize for some Helmar products, oh ya! So I decided if I was ever going to wear a crown, it would have to be blinged up!!! You know….the eye blinding kinda bling. I made two crowns…..one for those special occasions and one that’s more for around the house. 😉
Here’s my ‘wear it around the house’ crown………..
I like to check out the hairband section at our local Dollar Store for the metal looking ones that I can use and cut up for projects. This was one of those perfect projects!!
Now here’s my fancy, ‘goin’ out for dinner’, totally blinged to the max crown!!
I’m in the process of seeing if I can figure out a way to take them along with me next year on our motorcycles trip…..lol.
Thanks for popping in and seeing what I’ve been up to. Chao.