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“Forgive” Art Journal Page

I was going through the photos on my computer and moving some of them to a backup hard drive when I came across this art journal page I created some time ago.  I left it on my computer because I like the colors so much and I love how the page turned out.  Also, it’s a tiny reminder to me of why I created this page and how on days I need it most to choose to  forgive and not hold on to anything bothering me. It is a gift I give myself and every time I do it I am free to go on with my day and enjoy the wonderful things it has to offer.  I thought I would share the journal page with you.  I hope you are  having a wonderful day.

Laurie

“Forgive” Art Journal Page

Junk Your Stuff – Tags Using Packaging Part 1

Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging

Here we go again…Junking Our Stuff. lol While creating the “Junk Your Stuff” Paper Bag Journals I used up a lot of product but I also wound up with a boat load of packaging. I started cutting the packaging into tag shapes of various sizes and started making tags using more of my stash. This first group of tags was a lot of fun to make but I have a lot of tags to make and a lot of stash to use so there will be a several parts to this series.  I hope you enjoy and get some ideas. Thank you for watching. 🙂

Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging
Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging
Junk Your Stuff – Tags From Packaging

 

“Waiting For Fall” Art Journal Page

Waiting For Fall

The last few mornings I have been out on my bike ride it has felt like Fall and it’s still early August in Tennessee.  The breeze has felt cool making it easier to “do my time”.  lol  But it sure has made me eager for Fall which is one of my favorite times of the year.  So, when I sat down to play in my art journal I had no idea what would show up. But, based on the page you see pictured here I think I had Fall on my mind just a bit. I love Fall, I love creating and I love this page.  By the way, I did film this process but I neglected to change the battery in my cameras remote control so half of the video was filmed “on” when it was supposed to be “off” and vice versa.  Soooo, no video. I may go ahead and put it up just for fun though.  We’ll see.  Thanks for stopping by.

Laurie

Waiting For Fall
Waiting For Fall
Waiting For Fall

Sometimes You Just Want To Play

Art Journal Play

It’s playtime!!!  Your art journal is your playground.  When I have no idea what I want to create I might open my art journal and just put in some washi tape and a few scraps. Or, I might scribble with a black marker then add some paint color in random places.  It’s just fun to play in your art journal without a plan. It’s very freeing and opens up your mind to all kinds of creative inspiration.  I just wanted to share a few photos of some art journal pages from one of my journals where I was just playing around and having a good time.  Art is fun.  The process of learning is exciting.  Don’t wait until you think you have learned enough to start.  Just jump in and play and let the journey take you where it wants to go.  Just have fun.

Until next time.

Laurie

Art Journal Play
Art Journal Play
Art Journal Play
Art Journal Play

 

Dried Flowers Canvas

Dried Flowers On Canvas

This is the last project where I was able to use some of the beautiful flowers I dried from a mother’s day bouquet from my family. I wanted to use the loose petals that fell from one of the flowers so I added them to the bottom of the canvas as if they came off the single flower on the side of the canvas.  I loved the scrapbook paper I had in my scrap bin so I made a flower-pot to use the other dried flower spray I had left.  I used old book text to make the leaves and I used  old music paper at the top and bottom just because I liked it.  There is a thin umber brown glaze coating on top of the canvas to give it a bit of an aged look.  There is a video showing the process of how I made the canvas. I hope you enjoy.

Laurie

Dried Flowers On Canvas
Dried Flowers On Canvas
Dried Flowers On Canvas

“Bird” June Calendar Page Using 2016 Calendar For Inspiration

“Bird” June Calendar Page

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.

Laurie

“Bird” June Calendar Page

 

 

Coffee Bag Tags

Coffee Bag Tag

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. 🙂

Laurie

Coffee Bag Tag
Coffee Bag Tag
Coffee Bag Tag
Coffee Bag Tag

 

 

 

 

 

“Information You Can Use” (All Because Of Scraps) Art Journal Page

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

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.

Laurie

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 1: Starting with a blank page, I glued down scraps from my scrap bin on the page using a glue stick.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

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.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

This is what the page looks like after the borders were glued on.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

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.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

This is what the page looks like after I glued on the die cut scraps.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 4: I painted around the shapes of the negative space die cuts.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

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.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

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! 🙂

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

 

Colorful Tags Using Dried Flowers From Mothers Day

Dried Flower Tags

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.

Laurie

Dried Flowers From Mothers Day
Dried Flower Tags
Dried Flower Tags
Dried Flower Tags
Dried Flower Tags
Dried Flower Tags
Dried Flower Tags

 

 

Index Art Card Bag Book

Index Card Bag Journals

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

Laurie

Dried Flowers From Mothers Day
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal