This is the June Calendar Art Journal Page that almost wasn’t. lol Sometimes things just don’t go very smoothly when you are creating and this was one of those times. But, its times like this that make me love the pieces that come out the way you want them to even more. And it is times like this help me appreciate the process and learn to look past a “pretty face” and see that the fun is in the journey. Without the journey of ups and down, good and bad, pretty art and not so pretty art we might miss something important in our learning process. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss a single step in my art journey. Thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope you are on one of your own.
Coffee anyone? Smells sooooo good even after it’s gone. lol As I was making this Coffee Bag Tag the smell of coffee was wafting through the air especially when I used my heat gun to do some drying. So you can imagine that I was wanting coffee quite often through the process but I managed to wait until “coffee time” to have some. However, I did not wait to create this tag. It was a lot of fun and I have plans to make more and possibly turn them into a Coffee Bag Tag Book. Yes, I think I might just do that. 🙂
I was in the mood to play in my “All Because Of Scraps” art journal the other day so I gathered up some scraps and glued them down on the page. Below are step by step photos of the process. It’s fun, relaxing and a easy way to use up scraps in your scrap bin. Give it a try. You never know what you will get just from using scraps.
Step 1: Starting with a blank page, I glued down scraps from my scrap bin on the page using a glue stick.
Step 2 : I glued down some borders I have had in my stash a long time. I cut them into different lengths and glued those on top of the scraps with a glue stick.
This is what the page looks like after the borders were glued on.
Step 3: I also had some negative space die cut scraps in my scrap bin so I pulled those out and glued them on top of the borders with a glue stick.
This is what the page looks like after I glued on the die cut scraps.
Step 4: I painted around the shapes of the negative space die cuts.
Step 5: I used white paint and a floral stencil all over the page.
Step 6: I used blue paint and a floral stencil all over the white stenciling.
Step 7: I used black paint and a letter stencil over the blue stenciling.
Step 8: I added some words to all of the bottles.
Step 9: I painted a small section with a little bit of white paint so I could add a title. Then, I added the title “Information You Can Use”. This is just a partial sentence I cut out of a magazine. I thought it was interesting so I added it.
Step 10: With a black Posca pen I outlined the title, the bottles and the words on the bottles. Then I added white dots around the black outline on the bottles using a Sharpie White Poster Paint Pen (water based) marker.
Step 11: I mixed some raw umber and glazing medium together in equal parts and painted it over the entire page. I let it dry just a few seconds then I wiped off the excess with a soft cloth leaving a light stained color on the page.
Step 12: I sealed the page with a light coat of Mod Podge.
That’s it. I love how it came out. This page would not exist if not for scraps. But it DOES exist now All Because Of Scraps! 🙂
For Mothers Day I received a beautiful flower arrangement from my son, daughter-n-law and two sweet grandchildren. I hated to see them start dying so I decided to dry a few of the flowers and make something with them so I would have the memory of them as long as they lasted. They should last for a long time too. So, I made a paper bag journal and used some of the flowers. Then, I made some tags using almost the rest of them. I set a couple aside to use on a canvas. I love how the tags came out. They are so sweet and so cute. And they are fun to make.
Not long ago I made some little journals from paper bags and called them “Rag Tag Bag’s”. I made these journals from bags that are smaller than the ones you see in the photos on this blog post. I had said that I would be using the larger bags to create index card journals as they are the perfect size for the larger index cards. So that is what I did and you can see the photos below as well as a link to the video showing you the process of how I made one of them. I loved making these bag journals. They are so fun and easy to make and you can make them in any style you like. Referencing the photo above, I made the journal on the left using Tim Holtz Apothecary Bottles die. I chose this die because I wanted to use some flowers I had dried that were given to me for Mothers Day and I thought they would look cute with the die. The second journal in the photo is an art card journal. There are six index cards all made with scrapbook paper, scraps, drop paper and Gelatos. This is the one I created on video. I plan to make more journals using paper bags, at least until I am sick of paper bags. lol