January 2018 Mission Inspiration Journal Page

It’s the start of the new year and one of my goals is to journal more. Sometimes I sit down with all my supplies around me and the blank page and the white of the page just scares me. I get frustrated and walk away and then no art is done. One way to help with that frustration you can get when staring at a white page is to look for art journal prompts or challenges. If you are on facebook look up art journaling groups, or art journal challenges, art journal prompts. Here you will find other artists like you and monthly challenges to help get those creative juices flowing.

I follow on Youtube Mike Deakin of www.mikedeakinart.com he does fabulous work. He has a group on facebook called Mission Inspiration¬†and each month there is a prompt card, so that is where this youtube video came from. This month’s mission inspiration challenge. So check out the group and check out the video and come join in the fun!

 

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DIY Quick Art Journal Page

This week it has been raining most of the week so it has been a bit dreary. To turn that dreary around I decided to make a “New Year” rainy day art journal page, turning the drops of rain into new years resolutions, or it can be words that comfort you, define you, anything that when you look at the page makes you smile and feel strong! The video is now posted on my Youtube channel. Enjoy and see who the special visitor is.

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DIY Fall Leaves

DIY Fall Leaves

With fall in the air, I decided I needed some fall leaves just in case, a stash for my art journaling. Now I could have gone to the store and bought some already made cutouts but as any good artist/crafter knows why do it the easy way when we can make a big mess and do it the crafty way!!!

Thanks to my wonderful husband I have a Cricut machine, so I thought okay, I can do this, I’ll just use the Cricut to cut out some leaves for me, but first I needed the right colored papers. Now did I go and just buy some scrap paper? Well of course not that again would have been easy. I instead set about to make my own fall colored background.

To do this, I grabbed my pad of 9 x 12 Canson watercolor 140lb cold press paper, my brand new distress oxides in “Wild Honey” “Frayed Burlap” and “Candied Apple” and set about making a fall inspired background on the watercolor paper. I used a dabber and just kept blending, adding some water, drying and then blending some more and below was the results of that labor.

Then I set the paper on one of my heavy duty Cricut mats and found some free leaf layouts in the Cricut Canvas program, and set about to cut them out. Now, this is where I developed a momentary love/hate relationship with my Cricut because my paper looked so great and the machine took the first pass and in the end didn’t cut all the way thru the paper, so I thought OH NO it’s ruined and made another sheet and tried again. Again I had the same issue, the blade didn’t cut all the way thru. This was a learning experience for me for next time to be patient and do a trial run on blank paper to get the settings, but you know how we artist crafters get when we are excited.

So there I sat with two sheets of half cut leaves, and I thought okay nothing is every ruined I got this, I took out some small scissors and trimmed out the leaves, and success I had my leaves. At this point, I felt they needed a little something extra, so I got out one of my brown archival inks and went around the edges of all the leaves, and voila! I had fall leaves I love that will now go into my journals and happy mail for fellow artists.

I’ll list the links to some of my materials below in case you want to give these a shot on your own! You can even print and trace your own leaf shapes if you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette machine.
Happy Fall!

Watercolor Paper Pad

Wild Honey Distress Oxide

Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide

Candied Apple Distress Oxide

Brown Archival Ink

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New Youtube Channel

I’m very excited to announce that I have started the creation of my YouTube channel so you can come along on my art journey.

Here is my latest video as I work in a mini art journal:

Be sure to stop by the channel and subscribe to see more videos in the future!

 

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