Where have all the good pens gone?

Where have all the good pens gone?

Hello Folks,

Today I am back, and this time I am on a supply hunt. I am on the hunt for the perfect white pen to use in my art journals. Yes, the elusive mission of trying to find a good white pen that will work over medium and on dark journal pages. This post and hunt was prompted by a recent trip to Hobby Lobby in which I purchased some Gelly Roll pens, and some Ranger Letter It pens in the hopes of finding a good white art journaling pen. The funny part about that one that you see in my video is that I didn’t realize the “Letter It” pens were embossing pens. They were black with white caps, and my brain read “white pen.” So lesson learned. That just means though I’ll have to do a tutorial now comparing the Letter It embossing pens to the Versamark embossing pens. Oh darn!

In my testing and review I ended up comparing the Gelly Roll 08 by Sakura, The Dylusions Paint Pen in White linen and Two (2) white posca paint markers in a 3m and 5m size.  I tried all these pens on a Dylusions journal page that had been painted black, a piece of black cardstock, a black Dylusions art journal tag that I had used distressed oxides on and the black Dylusions’s journal.

You can see the results live in my video here: Hunting for the best white art journaling pen

Below are the photo results of the testing:

 

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker, Letter It pen then the Gelly Roll pen.

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker,and then the Gelly Roll pen.

On the tag the dashes running down the right side and the circles are the Gelly Roll pen, the dashes across the top and flowers around the hole are the Dylusions White Linen paint pen, the lower part of the tag top zigzag is the 3m Posca White Paint Marker, and below that is the 5m Posca White Paint Marker.

From outer ring in was the Gelly Roll Pen, The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, The 5m Posca White Paint Marker and lastly the 3M Posca White Paint Marker.

 

So my final opinion based on testing is that the Gelly Roll was really good I will be using that a lot. The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen is always lovely when my patience allows it to work properly and the posca pens were okay, they tended to fade.

I hope this little review is helpful and gave you some ideas of what to and maybe not to buy if you were thinking about it. These could all act differently with other mediums under them. Part of the joy of journaling is exploring right!

Thanks for stopping by and happy journaling!

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As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the
affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway,
so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Dylusions Paint Pens (White Linen)
http://bit.ly/2p241GZ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2OaBoCs (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NCqtEw (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (3m)
http://bit.ly/2QmIB3O (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (5m.1)
http://bit.ly/2x1Waho (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Creative Journal
http://bit.ly/2w126FT (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nwypIU (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KLPfNg (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Journaling Tag #12
http://bit.ly/2QmJuta (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2x9TGNc (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2O878Z3 (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White Pen
http://bit.ly/2Qi6OZ8 (Jetpens.com)

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“Quiet” Art Journal Page- Mission Inspiration 2018 August Mid-Month prompts

“Quiet” Art Journal Page- Mission Inspiration 2018 August Mid-Month prompts

Welcome,

Happy Wednesday folks. Today I am back with an art journal share. This is another art journal page that comes from prompts from the monthly Mission Inspiration facebook group I am in, run by Mike Deakin. The mid-month prompts really offer a challenge or more freedom, depending on how you look at it. All you get for these is a word and no other guidelines. For some, this may make it harder, or for others easier. I find it’s a great way to break a blank page. If you are in your art journal and that white page is really glooming at you, stop and walk away. Grab your favorite book or magazine, open to a page and read. A word can easily jar your creativity tree and an idea will fall loose and onto the page of your journal. This month’s mid-month prompt was “Quite”. When I think of quiet I think of a cozy corner with a magazine, a good cup of coffee and just some much needed me time. That is where I went with this month’s prompt. I based it around a photo I have of me from 2014 sipping a really good cup of coffee in a coffee house. It also gave me a great chance to try out some of my new distress oxide colors like ground espresso!. It was quick, fun and just what I needed to scratch that afternoon journal itch.

I hope the page will give you some inspiration and a new way of tackling those blank white pages.

You can find the video on my youtube channel here: August Mid Month Mission Inspiration “Quite”.

Here are some shots of the page:

 

As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway, so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal
http://bit.ly/2vh0pUe (Blick Art Supplies)

Dina Wakley “Hey You” Stencil
http://bit.ly/2OZUjRg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nu3nkO (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
http://bit.ly/2ML2fZd (Blitsy)

Distress Oxide- Antique Linen
http://bit.ly/2Pn41NL (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MqXlAA (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2L9mr1k (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Broken China
http://bit.ly/2N0gSUJ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2PncvVh (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2L6BZmp (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Old Paper
http://bit.ly/2MrIcz6 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MzOWdd (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2nPKsBe (Joggles)

Distress Oxide – Iced Spruce
http://bit.ly/2OOuQcS (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2BwYvFo (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MzUpRw (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Ground Espresso

http://bit.ly/2BpYxil (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L7tEir (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2wdaYZg (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Walnut Stain
http://bit.ly/2KkYGUg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2ttyZL4 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2lycAI7 (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Tim Holtz Classics #6 Stamp set
http://bit.ly/2Cbs67X (Stampers Anonymous)

Tim Holtz Newsprint & Type CMS266
http://bit.ly/2NL4MiW (Stampers Anonymous)

Visible Image (UK)
Ink Splats clear stamp set
http://bit.ly/2wS0uj5

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Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Hello and Happy Monday!

The fall bug has bitten and I am excited for the cooler days to start rolling in. The stores are alive with the treats of the coming holidays and I am excited about all this season will bring. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be busy preparing for my first ever Youtube holiday series. I will be doing 13 days of Halloween.  I am working out the schedule now. My goal will be to release one new Halloween themed project every day starting October 1st thru the 13th, then I will dip back into fall themed and my regular journal projects until the Christmas season. There may end up being a 12 days of Christmas special as well, it’s just all schedule permitting. I just love this time of year. I think it goes back to growing up in New York where I had more of the seasons. The fall was back to school supplies, crisp mornings, leaves turning and falling and the smell of snow in the air. It just reminds me of my childhood.

With that note, I am currently very aware of my surroundings and lately, on my walks, I have seen a lot of dragonflies. Every time I see them I think I really want to incorporate them into an art piece. Then I forget and go about my day. Recently I finally sat myself down and sorted out this tag project. I had a Yupo paper art journal tag left over from a previous video, and I found my dragonfly stamps and away I went with my fall color alcohol inks and alcohol lift ink. The result was just what I was craving.

You can watch the video here: Dragonfly Art Journal Tag

Here are some photos of the final project.

I hope this little project will get you warmed up for the fall. Break out those rich fall colors and have a play. Trace your favorite art journal tag size onto some yupo paper and create great new pieces for your journal. You can even do it on translucent Yupo paper and maybe make some fall leaves or ornaments to hang in the window and catch that morning light.

Happy Creating.

p.s as I finished writing this post I turned with my tea and watched out the window. A dragonfly went by.  Did you know a dragonfly is seen as a symbol of change, transformation, and self-realization? Just a fun thought to leave you to ponder.

 


Below is the list of tools and products I used to create this piece.
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2LWr9zP (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Archival Ink (Black)
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink (Rust, Oregano, Cranberry
& Caramel)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

Yupo Paper 8″ x 10″
http://bit.ly/2Jcizvq (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution:
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LWerRM (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool:
http://bit.ly/2oFxQx9 (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Q7SC59 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LX8y6T (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Felt Refills:
http://bit.ly/2um5t9L (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Ch2mXy (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NOMuge (Joggles)

Archival Ink Cleaner
http://bit.ly/2Lcao3o (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2MBxWn7 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MByfhL (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamp Entomology
http://bit.ly/2KA4ZI0 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KNh3EP(Stampers Anonymous- Non Affiliate Link)

Visible Image
https://visibleimage.com/
“Live in the moment” Stamp Set (Non-affiliate link)
http://bit.ly/2wXk64r

 

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August 2018 Mission Inspiration Art Journal Page

August 2018 Mission Inspiration Art Journal Page

Good Morning,

I hope everyone had a nice restful long labor day weekend. I am back in the studio today with a monthly art journal prompt page. This page was the main August 2018 Mission Inspiration page from the facebook Mission Inspiration group created by Mike Deakin Art. Even though it is an August page I wanted to post it in September because it is a special page for me. One of the prompts this month was the word fearless. That word resonated with me. September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month and if you have read my bio, you will know I had ovarian cancer in 2013 and was clear in 2014. I am coming up on my 5-year milestone February 2019 so whenever I see that word fearless it just tugs at me. I looked back thru my old photos and found one of me back when I was all done with treatments and I had super short hair. I loved that curly hair, so easy to maintain. I found a few photos from that time and decided it was time to incorporate them into some journal pages. Now the creepy wolf in the photo, that was from a museum and with fall approaching I thought it was a good mesh of the past and coming holiday seasons. What I love about these monthly prompts is no two journal pages will be the same. A word or color can take you on a path you didn’t expect and really get you out of your box. So, without further ado here is my August 2018 “Fearless” Mission Inspiration page.

Full Youtube Video: Fearless Art Journal Page

Still shots of the page:

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this page inspired you and got you in that fall spirit.

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Below is my supply list
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal
http://bit.ly/2vh0pUe (Blick Art Supplies)

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
http://bit.ly/2LGXOxr (Blick Art Supplies)

Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
http://bit.ly/2mP8Hix (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2AkYBQ9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2mPxYch (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
http://bit.ly/2ML2fZd (Blitsy)

Dylusions Paint- Pomegranate Seed
http://bit.ly/2vYZGs4 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2N1a5tZ (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2nRIQXM (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Alpha Tiles
http://bit.ly/2Q3cZjF (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2wNEkhd (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap Postale
http://bit.ly/2oDEG67(Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2ChHnnG (Joggles)

Archival Ink Pad- Jet Black
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Distress Oxide- Walnut Stain
http://bit.ly/2KkYGUg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2ttyZL4 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2lycAI7 (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Picket Fence
http://bit.ly/2Jsn4SL (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2uzuo9P (Blitsy)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Tim Holtz Classics #6 Stamp set
http://bit.ly/2Cbs67X (Stampers Anonymous)

Strumpet Stencils (etsy)
Spirit Board
https://etsy.me/2MM0RWr

Technique Junkies “Stencil Rings” Stamp
http://bit.ly/2NGvgBM

 

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More Art Foamie fun, this time in my black Dylusions journal

More Art Foamie fun, this time in my black Dylusions journal

Hello and happy hump day,

It is Wednesday which means we are halfway thru the week folks, two more days until TGIF!. Today is a share from my black Dylusions art journal. I have not played with this one in a bit. I love this journal though because of its shape. It is an 8″ x 8″ square journal. I often find when I am blocked and not sure what to work on I like to keep a variety of journals because often the shape will call me. I have my square black Dylusions journal, two size landscape Dylusion’s journals,  I have a few of the small travel Dylusions journals in portrait style as well as a large one, also let’s see oh yes the Dina Wakley media journals in small and large, plus some handmade circle journals just to name a few. A journal for every occasion because we can never have too many. I sometimes suffer from that new idea means I have to use a journal that’s not been used syndrome…but I ramble. Coming back now to today’s share, I had these lovely rose prints from my Art Foamies Gelli Prints post that I wanted to use, so I pulled out the black journal and away I went. I used my Dylusions paints and a combo of Dylusions and Dina Wakley stencils.

You can watch my process video here: Art Foamies Dylusions Journal

Below are some stills….I think the splattering was my favorite, I wore it well!

 

Just some bright colors to brighten up your Wednesday. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Journaling!

Supply List

(Below are my affiliate links,all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Dylusions Paint (Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen, Pure Sunshine)

http://bit.ly/2NZcxB3 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2KesCRa (Blitsy)

Black Dylusions Journal 8″ x 8″
http://bit.ly/2w126FT (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nwypIU (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KLPfNg (Joggles)

Gel Plate (Dylusions/Dina Wakley Collaboration)
http://bit.ly/2lDprc7 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2K9QkmB (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2Kh7VJu (Joggles)

Stencil “Hey You” by Dina Wakley
http://bit.ly/2OZUjRg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nu3nkO (Joggles)

Stencil “Diamond in the rough” Large – Dylusions
http://bit.ly/2vDgDZ3 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MCE3Es (Joggles)

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

http://bit.ly/2LGXOxr (Blick)

Non-Affiliate Links

www.artfoamies.com
Art by Marlene: Rose (Art Foamie)
http://bit.ly/2NZ6Y5F

Art by Marlene:Fenced (Art Foamie)
http://bit.ly/2B15K8q

White Posca Pen
https://amzn.to/2MSpAVt (Amazon)

Black Stabilo Pencil (Water Soluble)
https://amzn.to/2K2Ra4y (Amazon)

 

 

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July’s Mission Inspiration Page and a Short Break

July’s Mission Inspiration Page and a Short Break

Hello, my lovely followers,

So today to wrap up your week I am bringing you a page I did last weekend and got in just under the wire. My July 2018 Mission Inspiration, prompts art journal page. I had so much fun making this one because it allowed me to use a photo that is one of my favorites. It was taken when my husband and I went on our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I find my soul there, I just felt so at home and I loved it. I can’t wait until we can go back to that wonderful city again and Guadalupe’s Stamp Shop! Since this months prompt required we include a photo I chose that one. Now about the short break. I am so sad about this but I am having some back issues. I have been logging a lot of desk time between my day job and my lovely work with you’ll, so I am going to take this coming weekend off and try to stay off the computer and moving. I may have to extend it to the following weekend. Don’t dismay though if you follow me on social media I will line up some throwbacks to keep you company until I am back.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you on this one I tested Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz’s micro glaze! I am hooked, it worked fabulously.

Video: July 2018 Mission Inspiration Process Video

So here we go:

As always for your shopping pleasure, if you see anything in the video you want here is my supply list 🙂

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal
http://bit.ly/2vh0pUe (Blick Art Supplies)

Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste
http://bit.ly/2NSUs7K (Blick Art Supplies)

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
http://bit.ly/2LGXOxr (Blick Art Supplies)

Archival Ink Sepia
http://bit.ly/2mNGdpk (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2mSwDli (Joggles)

Distress Oxide
Project Colors: Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Hickory Smoke
and Wild Honey
http://bit.ly/2NVfSBo (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2v00VXE (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NU0ogV (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze
http://bit.ly/2mP8Hix (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2AkYBQ9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2mPxYch (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Mica Spray
http://bit.ly/2tyhB6O (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2tkJHDC  (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Foam Sticky Dots
https://amzn.to/2K9k17l (Amazon)

Pilot Multiball Pen Medium
http://bit.ly/2vcHcmX (Jetpens)

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