with just a bit of attitude… I asked the kids in class if any of them had a bit of attitude, they were coy and sweetly admitted to “just a little bit”. Darlings.
This is the Art Journal page we did, and we all loved using Distress Crayons. Here’s a quick overview if you would like to re-create this at home.
We primed the page with gesso first, and force dried to be sure there were no damp patches ( we will be adding embossing powder and you don’t want it to stick to your whole page)
Stamp the clock with clear embossing ink, add white powder and heat set.
Crayon on some colour and spray with water, blend with your fingers until the crayon is just “colour” and you can’t see your crayon strokes anymore. Add more water, or blot it off as you like. You can add and remove as much as you want. Really easy! Try different colours.
Allow to dry naturally, then swipe off the white embossing to reveal the clock.
Stamp some words, and flick with black paint.
I added the crayon to the texture paste to have a matching texture colour, then used this mixture on the wildflower stencil to add another layer to our page.
Add clock hands (cut with the diecut machine, yes, the kids cut their own) and finish off with a gem.
These are products I used – all available at The Scrapbook House
Here’s another version – different colours.
When Emily came to town I couldn’t wait to give her these sets of watercolours, check out what we created with them.
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We had fun in our art journals, the colours are so vibrant and luscious. I can’t wait to include these in a class somehow.
Available at The Scrapbook House
Have a colourful day
This weekend was rather busy with the shop, family and friends. How blessed I am to have so much to do!
Friday night was the Art Journal class, using Distress Ink, Paint and Stain. Here is Kim’s page – I’m loving the colour tones in this.
Saturday after the shop had closed, we had a children’s birthday party scrapbook class held at the shop where we shared the afternoon with 13 little girls (and some helpers who didn’t quite know they’d signed up) as they crafted and chatted the afternoon away. Jo shared a photo with us afterwards – so cute as they left, walking to afternoon tea, hand in hand in rows of two.
The Nagle Year 12 Ball was held this weekend too, and how wonderful it is to see our beautiful young people dressed in their finest, on their special day. I think half the town heads out to the Marina, it seems to be “THE” spot for photos, the perfect venue for “Pre- ball greeting and photos”
I had the pleasure of shooting with some friends – they all looked so beautiful.
At the beautiful Marina and also the 50 cent ‘seat’ (more commonly known as the 50 cent swing)
And my darling hubby had his beloved old car out tonight.
Then we all went out to dinner for my Mum’s birthday – we were late… but we were there! Happy birthday Ma xxx
I’m not sure where Sunday went, but it whizzed by far too quickly. I did go see The INKS at the Freemasons as usual for a few hours – chill time, so good 🙂
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So… last night was great, we had a room full of enthusiastic creative ladies all getting painty and inky with stencils and stamps doing the “Tim Holtz thing”. They had such a fun time, learning a few new things along the way with their teacher Michelle being very patient and informative.
We had 3 generations attend tonight, I can see that the creative streak runs strong in that family, all newbies to Art Journaling and they did a fabulous job! Looks like we have some newly addicted crafters.
I remember the days when Mum and Nanna would come along with me to Ceramics all those years ago… I treasure those memories of cold nights out in the ceramic studio (the shed) where we would painstakingly sand back our creations then try not to mess them up as we painted them. Oh I loved our nights together.
Thanks so much my art journal friends, it was a great night to spend with you all. I loved catching up with you again, some I haven’t seen in a long time, some I see all the time – its always nice to see your smiling faces.
That’s it for photos tonight, my phone is exhausted and so am I… it’s been a very big couple of weeks. Time to hit the hay. Tomorrow is another day to share more.
These look so different don’t they? In Michelle’s Art Journal class on Friday 20th February you’ll see that everyone’s work will be unique, all using the same techniques. Different colours, stamps and stencils will make it individual. I’m looking forward to seeing all those finished pages!
Have a great day!
Recently I’ve been reacquainted with Pinterest and it’s a trap! I see all the fabulous things and just want to create myself. I can spend hours looking. I saw this great page by “Anna”, with circles of colour and black outlines and knew I wanted to try this for this myself. Blobs of colour… I can do blobs of colour.
This isn’t my original idea, and I’m pretty sure Anna didn’t use Dylusions to colour with, but I just had them on my desk and figured I’d give it a go. They are so lovely and bright. I used a waterbrush.
I tapped a teeny amount of Dylusions onto a palette and picked it up with the water brush. Happily I discovered that it was perfect blend, no bleeding through the page either, even though I hadn’t bothered to gesso the background.
Pretty soon my page had enough colour.
Add some marker, then some more and it was done. A little useless rambling to add some text. I wanted to make it all poignant and artistic, and yeah, well that wasn’t gonna happen. But not bad for a test shot.
Goodnight, sleep well. xx
Here is my finished Art Journal page from the other night. The title is done with black marker pen, I printed out the saying then pencilled it on the page first before using my marker. (Zig photo writer pen)
I dusted off the old Art Journal last night, feeling inspired as I have been looking at Michelle’s glorious journals on my front counter all week. She is holding a great class next Friday night using Distress Ink and it’s been seeping into my thoughts all through the days.
There are some keen students in this class, and after booking in we got to chatting (as we do) and the subject of ‘foam alphabet stamps’ came up. Oh my goodness, I have some of those stashed somewhere! I must remember to go looking, I dug into the box on the piano and found them. Wow, they haven’t been used in years (some look brand new) and I happily stamped out a title for this page. Then I had to stop for dinner (salmon for me tonight, yum, thanks Andrew xxx)
Later I decided to start another… so this one has a layer of Distress Paint (Antique linen), then texure paste through a stencil (I sprinkled a little clear embossing powder to see if it would add a little ‘something’) and heat set. Sprayed some Glimmermist, but that didn’t take very well, so blotted it off and then used a foam dauber to add Distress Ink ( fired brick & aged mahogany). Stamped with black archival ink and then loved that “negative” stamp so much I thought I might put a few little photos in there too.
If anyone knows me they’d know it takes me forever, so it was getting mighty late by now, and I was going to be tired and grumpy pants in the morning, so I called it quits after I chose my title… but I left a HUGE mess on my desk all ready to get back to it after class tonight.
I’ll post the full page tomorrow when the title is done… I’m thinking I might trace off an Audrey Hepburn quote…. you know, the “happy girls, pretty girls” one, seeing as I have a few pretty girls photos on my page.
Love Life, Live it.
Quotes play a large part in art journaling, we find words that we have seen and use them in our books. Social media has quotes by the dozen everyday, but in years gone by I would save the quotes and poems I loved in files on the computer, and years before that they were written in little books. Now it’s a little prettier. More time consuming and definitely more fun!
Lift up tags were part of Michelle’s Art Journal paint class and I loved them, I would like lift up tags on every page! How cute is that owl? Did you spy him?
The bottom of this page has a few “bricks” that were heavily embossed with gold powder (heat set) and stood up on their ends. These were wrapped with wire to give the impression of an old rickety fence.
In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own
I have a list of people you missed.
Not that Karma needs my help by any means, what goes around comes around eventually.
This page is done with a whole lot of embossing powder… (lots and lots) and it’s glossy and yummy even though its grungy and gross. It ‘feels’ nice, this page. It has layers of gesso, colour inks and sprays, then the clear embossing powder was heat set over the top in a thick sheet.
Stay true & be nice x
psst… wanna know the answer to the secret? Lift here.
This is a page in one of my art journals that I was just playing with Distress Inks. They splatter in the most awesome pattern. You have to just tip them dabber side down and splat quickly onto the page, and the ink sprays out in this cool drippy pattern. (let each one dry before layering though, otherwise they’ll blend, unless of course you want them to blend)
So, the secret?
The secret of having it all, is knowing you already do.
Live a good life.
These ladies are embarking on the art journaling journey, and as I left the store they were all introducing themselves. In just a few short weeks they’ll all get to know each other and be sharing and inspiring each other with the arty directions they take.
And getting grotty fingers… Hehe
I hope they love their kits and have a lot of fun!
Here’s a couple of pages in my art journal, I was inspired by someone but I can’t remember who… all I know is that it’s not my original idea.
I’ve painted the background with acrylic paint, then added scrap paper circles and triangles. Leaves, stems and petals are drawn on in pen as well as the “hills and foreground”. I’ve also added random stamping too, and then a little bakers twine for the banner.
Each is stamped in the centre with a cute stamp “I’m an artist”. I figure if you say it enough, you might just start believing it. Haha.
And here’s one from my “Class 1” Backgrounds class with Michelle from way back.
The tags are only stuck on the ends, so you can flip them up to read the journaling underneath. Fun and bright hey?
Have a good one!
We’ve got a few things coming up on Friday nights if you wanna come play.
This Friday night (8th Nov 13) is an open night, for those who like to art journal… bring along your paints and stencils and come have some messy fun – no class $5
Then on the 29th we are creating this gorgeous Owl Project.
And on the 6th December there will be a Mixed Media canvas class.
It’s gonna be fun!
Tonight there was no class, but we still met up anyway for a bit of inky fun. I love watching Michelle go crazy with the Dylusions sprays – she loves colour that’s for sure!
She had an idea and wanted to see how it would play out in real life, the first layer being lots of colour. Next she played with acrylic paint and glass bead gel medium to create large petals in a kaleidoscope of colour. It was 3/4 done when she left tonight, but I’ll be sure to grab a photo to share when I see her later in the week.
Eva also got very busy, taking on a few interesting projects.
She loves to paint with her fingers! I can’t wait to see the finished pages.
Me, I sat with a couple of blank gesso pages for a while.
I decided to use teal and purple, and to add texture paste mixed with teal as a frame, then to stamp the rubber stamp into it to add dimension
A bit of stamping with some black and white penning and it was done!
The journaling reads
Those who are happiest never did have everything
They are thankful for everything they do have
Love that quote, live that quote. ❤
This page in our Art Journal was an exploration of some different mediums that most of us hadn’t tried before. I love new stuff!
There are a bunch of new mediums on the shelf at the shop, flakes, beads, sand, stucco and more!
Oh and so many different Mod Podges your head will spin!
This is Shelley’s art tonight “Patience”.
We all had a pick a word for tonight, as if picking a colour wasn’t hard enough. I struggle with this, straining my head and all it’s contents for the perfect word, which if course doesn’t exist. Pick a word. Heck, Michelle sure knows how to throw me a curve ball. Of course I want a word that is meaningful to me, for today…My first word was going to be “Procrastinator” but I needed spending a little more positive. I went through a dozen in my head, like “Blissful”, “Relieved”,”Perfect” to “Valium”, “Drained” and “Alone”, (Yes it was a big weekend in our home) until I decided on “Celebrate” – lets celebrate the painful end to having to pick just one word!
We all enjoyed this class so much many of us decided to begin a second page. This time (inspired by Suzie’s colours) I have used a red and yellow ochre mix, next thing you know, there’s browns and terracotta happening as we’ll. Fun! But it’s too late now tonight to do any more… Goodness gracious me… It’d take me another 45 minutes to choose a different word!
Be good and sleep well.
Know what I love about people? That they are all different. Yup! It takes many different people to keep this big ole world of ours turning.
In class I love seeing how people create in different ways. We pretty much all began with the same tools, and given a few simple directions we all head off on our own way. Here’s a few cover photographs I managed to snag from some of our art journal class.
Eva’s cover is very textured, using the cog stencil and texture paste, glimmer mist and even some Washi tape over the spine. Very cool !
I have taken picture from the wrong side of the table so it’s upside down, this colourful and happy cover is Josie’s. It says IMAGINE, I love that title for an art journal!
The scrolls on Minnie’s cover were my favourites from the very first art journal class, something about the textured swirls and colour – doesn’t it just make you smile?
These lovely books are from the teacher herself. When you look from the pages side of the journal you can see sneak peeks of wonderful colour, just begging you you take a look inside. (And if you would like to see some of these wonderful pages in Michelle’s books, stay tuned for another art journal post soon)
Julie used the same stencil that I did, you can see my cover if you click HERE. Julie’s artwork has flowers, bling and an ingenious idea of incorporating a sheet if clear film to protect the surfaces, plus it looks pretty fancy! She is full of great ideas!
Stay safe and be good to one another.
Having a daughter who is talented artistically is wonderful but having one who is willing to give the old lady a lesson or two is bloomin marvellous. She was telling me about the newest art assignment, “surreal, with a human element” and it sounded so interesting, I wish I was on school learning cool stuff. They were doing an eye using charcoal and then bringing in colour in the form of a landscape within. Trouble is I couldn’t even draw the basic eye in charcoal, let alone a landscape as they were planning in class.
My sweet girl assures me I could draw an eye, I just need to actually sit down and try properly.
So she sets us up to draw a basic eye, my first time with charcoal, messy stuff!
You need charcoal, paper (I did it straight in my art journal book) an eraser and a mirror. Light would have been good at this point in time too. Oh well.
With Miss Em’s instruction we began with the outline, shading as we went, looking at the eye for lines as well as the dark/light properties. Then bit by bit adding pupil, iris lashes and brow, blending and shading. The key was to really look at the subject, see the light and dark elements, add contrast where it needed it… and over and over she told me “it doesn’t need to be perfect”.
I erased my outlines a dozen times and it still looks pretty dodgy but for my first time with charcoal I am happy with the result, it does in fact, looks like an eye!
I think Miss Em is a fine teacher!
Its the first weekend of Winter here in Australia, temperatures have dropped (it was 7 degrees the other night) and time for the garden to change with the season. For those of us who live in Western Australia we had a long weekend, with Monday as a public holiday “Western Australia Day”, and our family certainly enjoyed the long break, lots of relaxing and hanging out together. Sleeping, games, gardening and a couple of marathon late nights of “Game of Thrones” on the TV.
This weekend Miss E and I planted some bare rooted roses out the front and also some shade-loving plants (forget the name) by the fence out the back. We are also trying Geraniums in the back garden, hopefully they’ll be ok. It has a lack of sun most of the day. Most everything there died early this year, and we feared it was the soil we brought in so we’ve been very cautious as to what goes there. Perhaps it was a watering issue??? We are not sure, but we tried very hard and it was a lot of time and money wasted, so we are hoping for a better outcome this season. On a positive note the jonquils have all popped up and look like they’ve doubled, also the grape hyacinths have sprouted and are healthy green. Oh and a few tomato plants have emerged, growing vigorously, must have come from seeds in my compost. The soil can’t be all that bad surely?
A quick page for my art journal – oh how I love the weekend.
Most of the time I don’t know where to start, I always feel the need to be given the “starting point” or some kind of “direction” in my art journal, and more often than not I stare at a blank page and it remains blank for the rest of the week. I wish creativity came to me easily. I am working toward trying my own hand rather than finding things I want to emulate. I spend a while lot of time looking at art, rather than making something individual.
I began with green chalk ink and then added the stem border with leaves.
My journaling reads
I love the weekends – time to spend a lazy morning sleeping in late. I feel at such PEACE when I am sitting in the dirt of my GARDEN, working my body and enjoying the sounds and smells if the EARTH around me. Bring on the weekend! Is it Sunday yet?……….
I hope you enjoyed your weekend… They go too quick, even when it’s a long one!
Red is the colour of energy, passion and action. Red… the colour of love. We were asked to bring our red paint as well this week… It is amazing to see the the different creations all with the same products! Thanks Michelle for another inspiring class, the journaling side has really for me thinking, and as usual, I wait till I am home in and quiet to reflect on what I will write. Here’s a few pictures of the ladies at work tonight. Beginning with Janice and her smiley face – she used her doily to make wings for the butterfly.
Lorraine and Josie got into the colours, bright and beautiful.
Minnie is fun to watch when she gets going on her page, she learned about “pipette” painting, then away she went!
A page by Lyn
and another by Shelley
Up close and personal with Eva, who is so good to journal as she goes in class.
Suzie added gold details to her flowers
And Lorraine’s page is fighting the red…
Her journaling reads
Red oppressive red,
Sucking the power,
Look at me… Look at ME
I will not feed you, go away.
Here us my finished page. I added some black edging and lettering at home, and I realise now there isn’t any red paint used… Dunno how that happened, guess I wasn’t paying attention.
My journaling reads
One day actually getting to see these wonderful sights I’ve always wanted to see.
Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine…
Have a great day
The colours lightened a lot as they dried, which we expected as the apron was so very wet to begin with. Still it’s looks like a “galaxy” and we are pretty happy with it. The Ice Stickles in blue and green added a nice hint of sparkle too.
I originally was going to add Prima flowers and some swirls with ink, kinda like this but Miss Emily thinks “no”, and to leave it the way it is. The flowers sure are pretty… But I am undecided… Thoughts?
Before and after…