I am very excited to share my first project for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team 2018. I am in love with Roben-Marie’s Art Pops collections. They are so vibrant and colorful. I decided to create a doll using Roben-Marie’s cards, stickers and stamps. She was really fun and turned out so darn cute. I invite you to watch the step by step process video. Just follow the link I give above or below this post to Roben-Marie’s blog where you can find all the information you need to watch the video and make your own mixed media art doll.
If you saw my video where I created the first “Junk Your Stuff” journal (you can see that video here) then you will know that I had a lot of leftover paper from the paper pad I used. I was determined to use up that paper so I set about making another journal and I call this one “Junk Your Stuff Journal 2”. Other than three or four sheets of the paper that I kept aside, I used up the rest of the paper pad. Yay!!! In this journal I also used up a bunch of fabric scraps, embellishments, ribbons and odd and end things I have had a while. I bound the journal with rings so it would expand easily and each page has three holes with large eyelets for stability. Each page of the journal is a 12 x 12 sheet of paper folded in half. Then, I stitched paper strips, tags, fabric strips and other things on each page. I just kept building layers and each page is different. I love this journal, it’s so chunky and fun. I don’t think of this journal as complete because I can keep adding to it. I haven’t decided what to actually use the journal for but I’ll think of something.
With Easter right around the corner I have had bunnies on my mind. Probably not a shock right? lol About two years ago I bought a bunny garland from Target (photo below) with the intention to take apart the garland and make something with it. As with most of my good intentions the garland wound up in a drawer. I decided this was going to be the year that I actually did something with that garland so, today, I took apart the garland and started playing. I created two canvases which I think are super cute and I have three more bunnies I will make something with in the next few days.
They are super easy to make and you don’t have to have a garland to make one. Just find an image of a bunny that you like, the size you like and print it out. From the image you can make a cardboard or card-stock bunny, decorate it, then use it on your canvas. One of my canvases is burlap and all I did was distress the edges with Walnut Stain by Ranger. The other canvas I used a piece of drop paper and glued it to the canvas. Then I added paint, some stamping (stamps are from Roben-Marie Smith), markings and some rub-ons until I was happy. Then I added my bunnies and some flowers and embellishments. I really love how they turned out.
These would make cute gifts no mater what time of year it is. I plan on hanging mine in my art studio year round and just enjoy looking at them. I hope you will give it a go.
I started my very first challenge March 1st. I have never committed to a 30 day challenge so this is a first for me. So far I have met the daily prompts but we are only on day 6. lol If you are interested in seeing the daily prompts I am posting just follow me on Instagram here.
Also, for the past few weeks I have posted Art Journal Snippets and Art Studio Snippets on Instagram. These snippets are just sections of an art journal page that I like. I may or may not like the entire page but there is always a section of the page that catches my eye. The art studio snippets are small areas of my art studio that I enjoy. I have shared a few snippets of how I like to store some of my tags in an old Singer sewing machine drawer, how I keep art cards on a piece of home decor hanging on my door, how I store extra paint and glue in a vintage kitchen cupboard as well as other things. I also filmed a video of the perfect example of an art journal page that totally went south but in the end I found snippets I loved. I have edited that video but honestly, I don’t think it’s going to make it to YouTube. I just can’t seem to get it edited to my liking. But, at some point I’ll share a photo of the journal page and some snippets of it that I really like. As for today, I’ll share some of the snippets I have shared on Instagram on my blog. I’ll be posting more snippets on Instagram over the next few weeks. I hope to see you there.