Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

It seems appropriate on Earth Day to post more pictures of my Twice Upcycled art journal. Besides, I did promise. 
My article in Art Journaling Magazine, Spring 2014....on news stands now. Pick up a copy.
 I show how I took some old print out paper, upcycled them into protective paper on my art table and then when they were full, I upcycled them into an art journal.
It turned out rather messy and cool.

Of course stitching is always an interesting way to attach paper to paper.

This bottom picture shows a simple sketch of a circle with a heart inside which I then carved, see it?
You can also see it in this post here.
I will post even more pictures of this journal here again so be sure to check back.
Have a great day, and go do something nice and green for our gorgeous planet Earth today...and everyday.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Latest Article in Art Journaling Magazine by #Somersetstudio

I am so very happy to announce my latest article in Art Journaling Magazine by Somerset Studio called Twice Upcycled. 
This is about a journal I created from my art table scraps where I used some upcycled inventory paper as my blotter pad for many years of creating. Of course, I saved those papers and made a pretty nifty little art collage journal. The journal turned out to be thirty pages plus a front and back cover. Clearly, the magazine couldn't publish all thirty pages so I will share with you the journal in detail here on my blog. I will start with a few images and add more within the next month, so be sure to check back or click the follow along button on the right. 
I want to apologize if my page is loading slowly. I believe it is a glitch with Flickr. I have been using Flickr to post my images here because I felt the quality was better. However, lately the images have been loading very slowly and it is very frustrating to load a page. So for now, I am going back to loading the images right onto my blog.  Thanks for your understanding and patience. I will get it worked out. 
Now let's take a look at my Twice Upcycled Journal.....
Here is the front cover. 
These next two pages are the full sheets before they were bound into a book.

Here they are after binding.
When building a book and two folded pages come together to magically create a visual story that is unique and takes on a life of its own. 
Here are a few up close shots.

Thanks so much to Art Journaling, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to contribute to this very rich edition of their magazine. Please go buy it here..... you will certainly be glad you did.
Check back for more images of this cool art journal later in the week. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Well, here we are coming out of Winter and St Patty's Day certainly is a sign we are close to Spring.
I carved one of my interpretations of a shamrock on a square-rectangle block of Moo Carve.
Here I played with the greens and inks and papers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Designing Stamped Cards

It always starts with a hand carved stamp, here is my latest.
I have been wanting to carve this butterfly for awhile.
I recently submitted a collection of hand stamped cards for a local donation/auction. Here is what I offered.
These two zinnia sets are available in my Etsy shop
 and here
Also included in the donation are two sets of manila hang tags to match the zinnias above and a hand carved stamp mounted on wood of the flowers below. I thank anyone visiting from the auction site for stopping by and getting a better look. 

I stamped out these little cuties in the process just for fun on pale blue scalloped panels.
Below are my homemade pigment inks pads I make using Ranger Cut N Dry, foam. I store them in a drawer and don't cover them up. 
They stay wet for a long time. If they do dry up I always have my refills...
Ink pads are useless for any good amount of stamping without a refill bottle, so I try to keep them well stocked. But when I find out one of my favorite colors has been discontinued....well it makes me sad and I have to resort to mixing my own colors....but that is for another day. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Art Gives Me Balance

Some time in my art journal to reconnect with my inner self and find my spiritual balance.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pink and Red Gouache Painted Pages

Some final Valentine journal play.  Valentines weekend is coming to a close but I am still feeling the love. As in December when I have grandiose crafting expectations that are never met, so is the Valentine season for me. So, here are some remnants.  Gouache painted pages and stamping with dye ink. Oh my, how I do love stamping and painting with gouache.
It started out looking like this. 
I painted the pages with red and pink gouache and was in no way concerned about the direction of the paint or the strokes of the brush. I knew I was going to alter it. When it was dry I added stamped some hearts and swirls to give it a valentine feel.
Feeling the love..........stamping love  ;D 

When I was done this above turned into this below. It is a subtle difference but it does soften the whole page. 
I did this by moving a wet brush around the painted surface and avoided the stamped areas. This gave the layout a blended look and the pages are less frenetic.
I like the swirly vines hanging down and the floating hearts. Next I will write my personal feelings about love. I hope you found some special time for whoever and whatever you love this weekend. 
Thanks for stopping by and one more thing I love..... comments and followers.  :)
Oh.......and, if you didn't see my video last week showing some Valentine books I made a few years ago...then click here to see it now.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi there everyone, I just wanted to share some Valentine & heart stamping designs.

 I hope you all enjoy some time with the one you love and have sweet treats and sweet sentiments..or maybe even some crafting time as well. I know it might be asking too much. 
But homemade Valentines are so much fun to make.
If you need some ideas, check out my video from earlier this week. See it here
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine DIY

Here is a quick video about how to make a fun Valentine booklet for your loved ones. 
*sorry about the orientation of the video....I spazzed. :/
I hope you get the idea. 
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Thanks for stopping by.

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