Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Only one Color

Ok, so only using one color can be a bit daunting right?
I mean most of us love the ooooey gooey lovely colors of our backgrounds.
However, there is something freeing about not having to make all those choices too!
I opted for blue of course, because it's currently my obsession!

I can't think of anything more refreshing than water.
The Living Water of Jesus Christ, and the giving life of water.
I am beyond blessed by my Lord to get to create these pages, and to live in a life of wonder.
Thinking about all the tiny details that go into each of our lives and how 
He took the time to create all of it!

Some process pictures?
I started with distress inks and covered the whole background

Then I splattered some water.  To do this I spray water on my hand until it starts to pool, 
and then I throw it gently at the page. 
I liked how most of it was towards the bottom of the page.
After this I guess I forgot to take any pictured until it was done.
I used scribble sticks to get the section darker, 
and I drew circles for the air bubbles, and then painted them with white acrylic paint.
Finally I did a little outlining with scribble sticks and my fude ball pen.
Lastly I added the verse.  
Like a lot of you I'm not too keen on my own handwriting, but I'm continuing to work on it! 
Hope you are having a blessed day! 
I may get to play some more later as I'm off from work today! 

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Only things not on the desk

So todays prompt is "only things not on the desk"
I'm sure there are some of you out there that have messy desks like me! 
Sometimes I wonder how I get anything done!
The ironic part about this prompt today is that just last night I cleaned the desk off!!! Well not completely, but I did put a lot of stuff away! 
Mostly because I needed space for a sewing project. 
So today's page is one that I'm really proud of! 
I wasn't really sure where I was going with this when it started. 
Well first I had to pull some stencils and paint,
And I was lucky that my makeup sponges got "put away" last night so I didn't have to use my fingers!
I forgot how much I love these mandala looking circles! 
However I got a little paint happy, and there is a big blob of paint under the spotted piece of paper.
This is the best part of Art Journaling isn't it?
I get to cover up my "mistakes" with stuff that's laying around! 
I know that the last two years have been a test for me in KNOWING the love of Christ, 
and following where he leads, and not where I "think" I need to be. 
His blessings are amazing, and I know he knows my future.
This has been the verse for us this week, 
And this was a lesson in patience as each of those letters is hand stamped! 
But I just love how they turned out!  

Hope you have a blessed day, and remember to leave a comment for a chance to win some Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (not used on this project because I left them on my desk!!)

Ok, ok, and here is a picture of my wonderful "helper" today

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Journaling

 Did you think I wouldn't be around today?
Nope, here I am!
I did get my crafty time in earlier, but haven't had time to blog until now!
Lots of exciting stuff going on today, but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to really hear about it!
So the prompt for today is Journaling
I don't always add this element to my art journal, but lately I have been.

Here is the finished product,
I clipped the prompt to the upper corner.
  I'm sure you're wondering where the journaling is,
well, it's under the flap!
See, there it is! 
I tried to keep it sort of simple today, 
the journaling was a great add, but I am missing my fude ball pen,
so I did have to order a new one! 
The flap is held on with a bit of washi tape,
The background is just a bit of paint.
The arrows are part of some Tim Holtz rub ons, as is the blessed card.

Want some more pics? Of course you do! 

Ok, thats all for today, I hope you are having a wonderful end to your weekend!
Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win some scribble sticks! 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Letters

The challenge today: LETTERS
I think when I wrote that prompt out I thought of gluing old letters to the background. 
But that's not how it turns out!  

I made the colorful background with paints and a brayer.  
I did gesso the pages first, and that's a great great great idea! 

Then I stamped and stenciled the letters. 
I just used whatever I could find that was letters, and I tried to not have them 
be in any particular order. 

Then I added the white for the verse.  
I painted with my white acrylic paint. 
Which many of you know isn't the easiest thing to write on!
I looked everywhere for my fude ball pen, 
But it's been lost over my two year hiatus!
I promptly ordered some new ones from Amazon that will be here on Monday, 
But in the mean time I had to make due! 
So I grabbed the closest thing that I thought would work.
A Sharpie, and well, it got the job done.  Not very elegant, but it's another finished piece. 

The final touch is I added the black around the edges. 
I used the black scribble stick for this, and then I wanted to write on it, but I couldn't find anything
that would show up other than my white paint pen, and well it's just too thick for that. 

If anyone has a suggestion I'd take it! 

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win your own set of scribble sticks!  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Drips

To say that this was a fun challenge would be a gross understatement! 
I have ink on my hands and fingers even still!
So simply put the challenge was Drips. 

You want to see the pictures I know so here they are! 
First some paint

Then some sprays

Then a little bit of stencling 
And then the final addition of the simple sentiment. 
 I didn't really want anything to detract from the drips, and I think I accomplished that! 

Hope you enjoy!

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a set of Dina Wakley scribble sticks. 
(closes June 9th 2018)
What are you working on today? 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Bible Verse from Daily Reading

Today is day three of the Art Journal Challenge, 
I'm hoping to try out a video in the next week or two as well
(Apparently I need an extension for my tripod!)
So today I drew the slip that says Bible Verse From Daily Reading. 

I should let you all know about my morning routine I guess! 
So I get up and get coffee
because I love the warmth and little bit of sweetness. 
And I spend about an hour doing a daily devotional 
(Currently the Book of Mysteries by Johnathan Khan)
And then I read the Bible.  
I had tried one of those 365 bibles, and it wasn't for me.  I never felt like I was retaining books, just jumping around.  So now I read through an entire book. 
I'm currently in II Samuel and man is David a fun read! 
However the devotional had a great verse in it. 
Since you can't see the verse so wonderfully it is 
Ephesians 5:13 But everything exposed by the Light becomes visible - and everything that is illuminated becomes the Light.  
Ironically that wasn't even in the devotional, it was actually Ephesian 5:14, but I looked above and it struck me as wonderful! 

So I tried to do a happy yellow background.  
I layered on with some stencils, and did a little "journaling" that I mostly covered up.
 To be honest, I'm pretty sure that this will be a page I will come back and do some revisions to. 

Here are a few process photos:

So here's my question to you, Do you do a daily devotional?

Do you incorporate it into your journaling? 

And do you have a devotional that you just love?  

Have a wonderful and blessed day! 

Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win some Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Art Journal Challenge: Put a Button on it

Good day!  It's a glorious morning here in Arizona. 
We are creeping up in temps, but the nights and mornings are still cool and beautiful!
After my morning devotional I raced to the craft room with coffee in hand
 (Cause I don't do much til that's done!)
I was excited to pull another prompt, and get back at creating!
As you can see from the title, today is Put a Button on It.
And I immediately started to overthink what a button would do to my journal this early in the game. 
I'm picturing the bumps and bruises to future spreads. 

I should preface this page with I put gesso on this page last night when I had too much come out of the bottle when I was gessoing some tags.
And as Dina Wakley often says, gesso is like wearing underwear. 
So I can't say I'm sad I did. 
Anyways, I layered on some scribble sticks, and then moved the pigment around with water. 

I flicked some of the Olive stick and the Black stick for some splatter. 
Then I had an ah ha moment (Bear with me, it's been a while since I journaled!)
I remembered how to make yummy backgrounds... 
So I grabbed some that were laying on the desk and went to town.
Then I grabbed some prints I made with the gel plate yesterday, and hand drew and cut out the hearts.

I'm loving them! 

Lastly I worked up the tag.  It had also been printed on with the gel plate yesterday (when I made my sister's birthday card.)

I looked about for a sentiment, and settled on this one.  It's pretty true as I've only done yoga once, and I'm pretty sure I didn't wear yoga pants that one time!  

I hope you are enjoying following along, and remember to leave a comment for a chance to win a set of Scribble Sticks for yourself!