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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


Soar ... Art Journal Page

Happy Friday!  I am back with the last art journal page that I did while we were camping last weekend.  The background is a gelli plate print that I made a while back, and loved so much that I knew the print had to be the focus of the page.  It is full of red and turquoise and silver and gold metallics, with the turquoise showing a lacy pattern achieved using a paper doily.  Since I knew that I wanted the background the main focus, I simply added a bird cut from some Christy Tomlinson paper that coordinated perfectly with the colors.  Check it out ...

This photo doesn't do the project justice because of the great color in the gelli print.  The paler sections are actually where the metallic paints are and give it an amazing sheen. 

I traced the bird from an old piece of chipboard ... I actually think it is from Scenic Route, who has been out of business for ages, if that tells you anything.  The colors in the Christy Tomlinson paper picks up so many of the colors in the gelli print, even tiny bits like the yellow at the end of the top 'tail' of the bird and the turquoise paint.

The quote is very simple "Fly, Soar, Reach for the stars ... Find Joy in the Journey!"

I know I say this about a lot of my art journal pages, but this really is one of my favorites, mainly because of how much I love the print I got by using the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.  Have a wonderful weekend, and Blessings,

Products and Tools:
  • Paints - Anita's All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paints
  • Pen - Prismacolor
  • Mod Podge Glossy
  • Paper - Pink Paislee She Art by Christy Tomlinson
  • Card Stock - Georgia Pacific 110# white
  • Ranger Inkssentials Brayer
  • Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate


Never Stop ... Art Journal Page

Welcome back!  Today's project is another art journal page that I created while on our recent camping trip.  It's kind of different for me, but I loved how it turned out in the end.  And the words have great meaning to me.  Check it out ...

Isn't this gelli plate print so great?  I love all the elements, from the alphabet stencil to the punchinella and the peeling paint on the side that was caused by letting the paint on the gelli plate get too dry.  I've got to do that more ... it really gives a lovely aged look to prints!

This starburst was made with a Christy Tomlinson stencil/mask that is really a doily shape, but I only used the center elements to get the 'sunshine' look.

And I used modeling paste tinted with paint and the Christy Tomlinson stencil/mask again to get this pretty doily element.

The text leaves were cut from Christy Tomlinson 'coffee filter' papers, and the yellow flowers were all hand painted.  I love how the yellow pops from the page!

"Never stop ... learning, dreaming, giving, living, singing, trying, creating ... Living!"  Enough said!

So, what do you think?  I am getting better about adding different elements and techniques, and hopefully it is showing.  The thing I am working on now is painting 'girls' and I've got the head and neck shape pretty well, but the hair ... not so much!  But I'm practicing on plain paper and will eventually get to where it's acceptable, if not perfect.  Sometimes, perfection is highly overrated!

Thanks for visiting, and come back soon for more art!  Blessings!


. . . and there was Peace! Art Journal Page

Last week we were camping at a lovely state park in southwestern Georgia on Lake Seminole.  The weather was great and there was plenty of time for art journaling!  The night I made this page was just beautiful, with a pretty sunset, birds settling down for the night, and a peaceful feeling all around.  And since art journaling is all about showing what is on your mind and in your heart, that is what I shared on the page you see here ...

The background is a gelli print that I made on a magazine page.  If you look closely you can see pictures and text bleeding through the paint.  I edged the tree, which was created using a Cricut cut as a mask, with my black Prismacolor pen.  The brown text is from an old French text stamp that I've had forever and can't remember who it is by!  The quote reads 'frogs croaked, birds sang, fish jumped, the sun set ..... and there was peace'.  And that was how I felt right then ... peaceful!

The blue tinted modeling paste 'snowflakes' were achieved using a paper doily as a stencil.  The toadstool shape came from a stencil, but I hand painted the elements then outlined it with the Prismacolor pen.

I used more of the tinted modeling paste with a bit of punchinella (the 'holey' strip that is left over when sequins are punched out) and I love how it looks like wisteria or lilacs or something pretty!

Don't you love how this turned out?  I love how it feels when I complete a project and know that it is pretty and exhibits how I am feeling at that time.  Have you tried art journaling yet?  Go on ... I dare you!  It's amazing how much fun it is!