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Inspire Journey Flower Canvases

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY (See Messages Below For Instructions)

Summer Blog Hop & Giveaway
Inspire-Journey – Mixed Media Canvases

MESSAGE FROM LAURIE:

Hello and welcome to the Summer Blog Hop. I’m so happy to be able to share these cute little flower canvases with you.  One is called “Inspire” because that is my goal, to inspire you in some way to help you in your creativity and the other is called “Journey” because I, like many of you, am on a creative journey.  This is one journey that I don’t mind that it has no end in sight.

Below I am sharing photos of the flower canvases I will be showing you how to create step by step in a video which will also be posted below as well as the supplies list. I hope you enjoy the process and you will be inspired to create some flower canvases of your own.

Be sure to follow the links to each of the other wonderful creative ladies participating in the hop. I know you will love each of their projects too.  I’m going to be hopping along with you to see what each artist has come up with. I know I will be inspired and I hope you will be too.  And don’t forget to read the message below from Roben-Marie Smith. She will give you instructions on how to enter her giveaway.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful time following the hop.

See you soon,

Laurie

MESSAGE FROM ROBEN-MARIE SMITH:

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER BLOG HOP WITH A TWIST!

Today kicks off the Summer Blog Hop with a Twist. We have the usual art inspiration and giveaways, but the twist is that there is also a SALE!

AND, there is another twist; Roben-Marie will be closing Paperbag Studios and her Art Shop at the end of July. Read more about it in this article here. NOTE: link “here” with this link: https://robenmarie.com/blog/taking-chances-and-making-changes

PRIZES
Grand Prize: One winner will receive a spot in Roben-Marie’s latest workshop: SALVAGED: a Layered Pieces Journal and a signed and dated original abstract collage by her.
Three Secondary Prizes: gift certificates for an additional 30% off in your choice of the Paperbag Studios or Art Shop.

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and leave a comment to increase your chances of winning the discount!

HOW DO I ENTER?
All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member’s posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win. Giveaway closes on Sunday, July 15 @ 9:00PMEST. Prizes will be announced on Monday, July 16.

WHERE DO I GO?
Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to visit all of them, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning!

Jenni Zmuda
https://artgirlcreations.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/summer-blog-hop-with-a-twist

Ashli Oliver
https://purplemailbox.blogspot.com/2018/07/weaving-and-hopping.html

Anna Friesen
https://artfulstories.blogspot.com/2018/07/roben-marie-smith-design-team-mini-blog.html

Kristi Nazzaro

http://www.soul-positive.com/roben-marie-smith-design-team-blog-hop

Torrie Gass
https://www.foxandhazel.com/mixed-media-envelope-art

Cindy Gilstrap
http://www.junqueart.com/blog/a-stitched-pocket-notebook

Kristin Petersen
https://alteredstatesstudio.com/blog/2018/7/12/altered-artpops

Sue Kemnitz
http://suekemnitz.com/http://suekemnitz.com/lovefirsttweet-tutorial

Laurie Haley
http://laurierichardsonhaley.com/wordpress/2018/06/inspire-journey-flower-canvases/

Laurie Haley For Roben-Marie Smith Design Team
Inspire-Journey – Mixed Media Canvases
Journey – Mixed Media Canvases
Inspire – Mixed Media Canvases

Add Video – https://youtu.be/gEWT0azswXk

Supplies List

Robin-Marie Smith Supplies:

Stamp Set “Garden Muse” by Paperbag Studios

Art Pop Card Collection – Wait For Me

Circle Sticker Collection – Wait For Me

Large Circle Sticker Collection – In The Garden

Small Circle Sticker Collection – In The Garden

Sticker Tape Collection – Wait For Me

Other Supplies:

Art Bites Canvases 4 x 8

Word Stamps

Staz-On Ink – Black

Sequin Waste aka Punchinello

Cosmetic sponge

Glue Stick

Pens – Black Posca Pen, White Shapie Paint Pen

Pencils – Regular #2, Peel & Sketch Charcoal pencil by General Pencil Co.

Watercolor Pencils – Lt. Olive #769 by General, Brown #704 by General

Black Stabilo Pencil by Aquarellable

Liquitex Matte Medium

Sharpie Mean Streak Marker

Scissors

Paint Colors For Yellow Flower:

Americana by DecoArt – Cadmium Orange, Sea Breeze

Apple Barrel – Antique Gold

Craftsmart – Dark Yellow

Crafters Acrylic by Deco Art – Daffodil Yellow

White Paint (I used Liquitex Gesso)

Paint Colors For Blue Flower:

Americana by DecoArt – Spa Blue

Crafters Acrylic by DecoArt – Cool Blue

FolkArt – Light Periwinkle, Patina

Apple Barrel – Lilac Dust, Vineyard Green

White Paint (I used Liquitex Gesso)

Paint Brushes of your choice – I used a 1” Royal Crafters Grip, A tiny liner brush (I can no longer read the size on the brush) and a 4000 Round ( can no longer read the brand on the brush)

Piece of scrap paper for stem

Piece of paper to stamp words on

Mod Podge (optional)

Heat tool (optional)

Ranger Non Stick Mat (optional)

 

July & August Calendar Pages

July and August Calendar Pages

Can you believe it’s almost September?  Well, it will actually BE September when this post gets published.  This year is flying by and it seems to go faster since I started creating art journal pages in my old calendars each year.   I wonder why that is?  Hmmm.  Maybe because creating the pages makes me more aware of what day it is.  So, here we have July and August calendar pages. I got a little behind but I got caught up just in time for the next month to roll in. lol  August was an odd month.  I started riding my bike 15 miles a day 6 days a week, gave up coffee and working on cutting out sugar all in the same month. I think this month went by so fast because I was in an exhausted, coffee deprived state of mind. lol  Ok…a slight exaggeration but I have to say I was super tired for a few weeks while I adjusted to the changes.  Now, I’m ready for Fall and can’t wait to see the leaves change colors. I always feel extra creative in Fall and Winter for some reason.  Spring makes me want to bring out the entire box of crayons. Oh wait, I do that no matter what time of year it is. lol  And Summer, well, we try to get along. lol Thanks for stopping by. See you again soon.

Laurie

You can watch the process video HERE.

July and August Calendar Pages
July and August Calendar Pages
July and August Calendar Pages
July and August Calendar Pages

 

“Just Play” Art Journal Page

“Just Play” Art Journal Page

I named this art journal page “Just Play” because that is exactly what I wanted to do…play!  I had a few stressful days and just wanted to relax and have some fun.  I used a few paint colors, a charcoal pencil, my sharpie poster paint pen and a few other things and just went to town.  I love to paint in a sketchy, painty way that would to some people seem “messy”.  But, that’s the fun for me and it keeps me from trying to create “perfect”.  I hope you will take some time to play in your art journal and just take a break from the everyday things in life we have to deal with and escape into your own “mess”. 🙂

You can watch the video process here.

Until next time.

Laurie

“Just Play” Art Journal Page
“Just Play” Art Journal Page

 

 

Junk Your Stuff – Tags Using Packaging Part 2

“Junk Your Stuff” – Tags From Packaging Part 2

The “Junk Your Stuff” series continues with Part 2 of creating tags from packaging.  I took a few things I had in my stash and focused on using  just those things.   I like how they came out and I’m ready to push on and create round 3 of the tags using packaging. I hope you are creating some too.

Laurie

“Junk Your Stuff” – Tags From Packaging Part 2
“Junk Your Stuff” – Tags From Packaging Part 2
“Junk Your Stuff” – Tags From Packaging Part 2
“Junk Your Stuff” – Tags From Packaging Part 2

“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

“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

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