This past December I wanted to make some ornaments for my tree. While I love the look of typical Christmas ornaments and colors I found myself pulling out all sorts of colors to make my ornaments. I had just finished making some bracelets with wire and beads, you can see those in the previous blog post, so I kept with that line of thinking to make my ornaments. I made circles with wire leaving a tiny hooked area at the top of hanging, wrapped the wires with fabrics and fibers then wrapped the wire with more wire strung with beads. To finish off the ornaments I tied strips of ribbon all around the ornament and added ribbon at the top in the hook for hanging. I really love how these turned out. So much so that they never made it on to my tree. I hung them in a cluster in my art studio so I can see them every time I am creating. Maybe next Christmas I’ll be ready to use them on my tree. Until then, I get to enjoy them all year-long.
Thank you for stopping by. It’s always nice to see you. I hope you enjoy the photos below.
Again with the paper bags? Yep…again. lol And trust me there will be more paper bags to come. This little guy is so cute. It’s a smaller bag and it was the perfect size for ATC’s. So, this bag turned into a little ATC book. If you aren’t familiar with what an ATC is it stands for Artist Trading Cards. They are little 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 cards you make to trade with other artist or to just make for fun of it. If you would like to see how to make this book you can go to the link below and watch the process video. I didn’t take more photos of the inside pages but you can see them in the video. Start saving those paper bags. They make such cute projects.
Last week I made my first fabric beads. You can see those in the previous blog post. Of course I had to use them in some projects. I made some charms and a key chain. I just love them. They can hang anywhere. I plan to hang one on my purse. I also used one of my beads on a long hat pin. I forgot to take a photo of it but you can see it in the video and the link for the video is below. I really enjoyed making these and I just love the way the beads I made and the other beads I used look together. I especially love the fibers on the beads I made. I have a few other projects I am working on where I used my beads and at some point I will show them in a video and/or on my blog post. Until next time have fun creating!
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.
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”. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
Each month I create a journal page in my calendar for the previous year using the art in the calendar as inspiration for my page. May’s calendar page is called “Friendly Flowers”. I used a piece of paper bag from my “Junk Your Stuff” project that had the words “friendly flowers” on it because I thought it was so cute. I really enjoy working in my calendar each month and as the year goes by I mark in the new current calendar so that when the year is over I can start creating in it for the following year. Here are photos of the May calendar page and a link to the video. I hope you feel inspired to do something creative. 🙂
I am trying to use up a pad of scrapbook paper, which by the way will take me 50 years lol, so one day I sat at my desk and played with a sheet of paper until I came up with a pocket that I liked. I was able to make two pockets from one 12 x 12 sheet of paper. I randomly machine stitched fabric scraps on some of the pockets and paper scraps on the other pockets. Then I added some fabric flowers I made a long time ago. They are really easy to make and super cute. Check out the photos and there is also a video showing you how I made them.