Thursday, March 31, 2011

Journal Fodder Junkies

Journal Fodder Junkies is a website by two artist and journalers who have a terrific straightforward book about art journaling.  The Journal Junkies Workshop written by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler, published by North Light Books in 2010, is a perfect inspirational, how to for anyone, and I mean anyone who wants to express themselves by combining written and visual elements in any sort of notebook or sketchbook. This user friendly compendium invites readers to easily engage in a relaxed approach to creative journaling. Scott and Modler deliver several simple techniques and easy methods to chronicle your journeys on embellished and colorful pages using any type of book. However you choose to express yourself this book has no uptight rules, just genuine inspiration to go have fun in your journal...on any page at any time.You can also find some good how-tos on their blog. Now, I am headed to my journal to try a few of the techniques I learned in The Journal Junkies Workshop. And seriously, for all you art journalers out there? You have to admit this is a a great title.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Altered Calendar

Spring is here - yay! We had a long brutal winter here in New England, but I am not complaining. I still love this part of the country.  I had a bit of time this morning and the sunshine inspired me to do a quick little altered project.  I had this promotional calendar from a local bank and wanted to use it but wasn't fond of the advertising displayed on the the base.  So I decided to alter it with very own stamped pattern.
*ugh, one of these days I am going to have fabulous pictures on my blog :( 
Anyway, when I was finished, I cut the cute springtime pattern into strips and adhered them to the bottom of the calendar on both sides using gel medium. 
And created this cheery little calendar that I am to display anywhere in my house.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear what you think so why not leave a comment, and please, please share with your friends. Enjoy the sunshine, and if you are somewhere today that the sun isn't shining, just know that it is there and finding its way to you soon.  

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Art Journaling

Art journaling is such a relaxing and inspiring process.  I have my friend Megan coming over today to do just that.  I always have pages ready to be filled with words and more imagery. Below are painted pages from several different journals.  This one is from a journal I made with large blank index cards. This page has a light coat of gesso, papers adhered with gel medium, stamped images and a wash of watercolor.
This next one in my Moleskine was just watercolor with an image stamped in gouache. The same stamp and gouache that I used in the journal above on the left. Almost hard to notice 
Watercolored page with random doodles. 
Another journal that I adhered envelope papers to the pages first. You know the insides of all those envelopes that come in the mail have such great designs. Then a bit of dry brushed gesso, stamps, paper and the outside wrapper from a book of postage stamps. 
On this page I adhered some paper and added acrylic paint.
Then with a some stamps and a watery coat of gesso it gave it a whole different look. 
These pages are ready for my words and more imagery.Which is what I did on these following pages. The first one had a big portion of printed paper and a chipboard frame.  

 I do enjoy the process of stamping out my words, it is very meditative and relaxing.  
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are inspired to pick up your journal and have fun.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Twitter

Well, I am now tweeting. I am not going to say how I resisted it for so long and always wondered what the big deal was (okay, maybe I just did?). But I am going to say how much I like that it connects me to people interested in the same thing I am, designing with paper, fabric (wool included), inks, paints and oh yes, stamps.  I like to follow other random people and companies too. I carved this stamp awhile ago and used it yesterday and was inspired to create some blue bird Twitter type designs.  And what did I discover this morning? Twitter is celebrating their 5th birthday today!  Well, that was all I needed to throw this fun blue bird of twitter happiness together to fly right into my Etsy shop.  A set of five blue bird items for five dollars....really? And with all that handcrafted detail....well this is a huge bargain.  Go see it in my shop here and be a sweet tweeter and let me know what you think. And if you are not tweeting...well, thats ok, I am just glad you stopped by.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Never Send Naked Mail

When ever I send any correspondence in the mail I make sure to use a lively stamped envelope. Of course this was the thinking behind my line of Legally Impressed stamped envelopes available in my Etsy shop. I think it has a happy influence on everyone who comes in contact with the transport of the envelope. Hopefully the mail carriers enjoy it as well as the recipients.  It simply seems like such an easy way to uplift and bring a smile to those who see the envelopes on what ever journey they are taking. The journey of the envelopes and the people.  
This morning I was in a hurry to send some items out, one by mail and a hand delivered payment to my kid's piano teacher who works at the school and thought I would drop it in her mailbox there. I didn't have any stamped envelopes available and I  had the thought to send these items out in blank envelopes!  GASP! What was I thinking?  But  I quickly came to my senses,  and ran down into my studio and stamped these lovelies.  It took me about two minutes (literally, if that) and made me so happy to do it and I just know others are going to be delighted in the receiving of them.  I reminded myself of a motto I garnered many years ago...."Never Send Naked Mail", because anyone can do that and  millions do. But I will be the one in millions who takes a moment and shares the art.  

Note to self: Go stamp a stack of these and keep them within reach .

Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Going Tag Crazy.


We all seem to be going tag crazy.  Let's face it tags are so popular.  Just look on Etsy and they are being sold  by the boat loads in shops all over.  I remember when tags first gained popularity in the stamping world about ten years ago and I couldn't figure out what the big deal was.  Well, it certainly didn't take me long to fall in love with these little paper gems.  So many uses; card making, gift giving, bookmarks, love notes, scrapbooking, journaling spots, table numbers, place cards. So many embellishment ideas and let's not forget, they have a hole for tying on your favorite fiber or ribbon..  You can even attach more embellishments to the ribbon attachments.  Oh, the creative fun!   

I am always adding tag items to my shop.  Go see and don't forget to leave a comment about your love for tags.  

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