Art Journal Kickstarter is in the House!

Good morning everyone! I am so excited to announce that the book Art Journal Kickstarter is out and available for purchase. You can see my work in the book on page 82 and 83. The book is really beautifully done, featuring some really amazing talent and great tips on art journaling. If you’d like to order a copy you can find it directly from the publisher, North Light Books HERE or from Amazon HERE.
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I am so thrilled to be a part of such a cool collaboration! :)

In other news I’ve been busy in my messy (as usual) art area.
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Between work and sick kids, I haven’t done as much as I’d like, but I have completed a few art journal pages.
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I’ve also been working on a collaborative project with a few fellow Facebook artist friends. As soon as that is done I will be sharing a few pics of that project.

I hope you all have a great day! :)

Here’s to 2015!!

Hi everyone! I’ve been a bit bad again neglecting my blog. With so much going on in the last few weeks it’s been hard to find some creative time. 2014 was pretty good to me. At the beginning of last year when I sat down and prepared my goals for the year, and meditated on my “one little word” for the year to tie in with my goals, I came up with the word GROW. And I did a lot of personal, as well as creative growing.
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One of my goals for the year was to be published, a dream that I had for a while, but never had the courage to pursue. During the year, that dream was realized when I was contacted by North Light Books to have two art journal pages published in Art Journal Kickstarter. Soon after, I had a piece I submitted to Somerset Studios also picked up for publication.
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I was also lucky to be a part of Frog Dog Studio mixed media kit club, as well as attend CHA for the first time!
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All in all, a pretty great year creatively! Looking ahead to 2015 I will have an announcement to make later this month once all the details are finalized and I’m setting my biggest art goal yet–to have a series of pieces in a gallery. In thinking over this year, I’ve settled on FOCUS for my word. I have a bad habit on not focusing completely on one certain thing, I tend to bounce around a lot and get easily distracted. Knowing that, I’m giving myself permission to FULLY FOCUS on the task at hand (something I am constantly telling my daughter, who has the same problem LOL). I am hoping that in doing this I can put all my energy into my work and really make a breakthrough!

Wishing you all a creative, and joyful 2015!!!

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Artsy Things!

Good morning everyone! I have been a busy little bee lately and have been neglecting my blog a bit…

I wanted to share with you some of the artsy goodness that I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks. There is a whole mish-mash of things here so bear with me! I have a tendency to jump around in a lot of different projects…..

First up I wanted to share with you some of the fall decor that I put up around the house. Trying to get myself into a festive fall mood here in Texas despite the 90 degree temps!

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The dining room is all set to go, except I’m still looking for my darn napkin rings! I suspect they could have been used as bracelets by my youngest….I used a burlap table runner with a vintage doily underneath. Weston had fun putting those little pumpkins around the large centerpiece. :)

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I found this gorgeous red vintage tablecloth at an antique store in downtown Smithville. I loved the color and embroidery! I layered one of my great grandmother’s doilies on top.

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Decorated the cabinet in our front entry way with some fall goodness and loaded up my Scentsy with some yummy fall smells-pumpkin and apple spice!

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My whole front porch set up…please pay no attention to the creepy little face in the front door :)

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And a detail shot….

In the dining room I created a cute fall banner from burlap, vintage lace, and ribbon. I added some burlap and paper flowers and sewed on the letter stickers. This was for the October New Issue: You’re Sew Cute, You Keep Me In Stitches with May Arts Ribbon at Paper Issues. Here are a few detail shots!

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I’ve also been helping re-do my teen’s bedroom a little bit. Natalie proudly shows off her “N” collection. Or as Macie calls it “her wall of domination!”

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While shopping in Warrenton, I found a seller of a massive amount of vintage saris. Jackpot! I bought a bunch of them, cut them up, and sewed them into curtain panels. Here is one of the panels. Now I just need to hang them….will post another pic of them hanging if that curtain rod I ordered two weeks ago from Amazon ever comes in!

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I also have the privilege of being Guest Designer for Hydrangea Hippo for this month. I created this cute little Halloween house canvas using items from the October kit.

Whew! That was a LOT of projects! As a side note, I’m working on my scrapbooking again. I have realized over the past few weeks how much I have missed memory keeping. Want to see what I’ve been up to on that front? Check out my somewhat revived scrapbooking blog :)

Have any special projects you’ve been working on? I’d love to see them! Feel free to leave a link in the comments section.

Making a Fall Picture Frame-Using the Hydrangea Hippo BOOtiful October kit

Good morning!

This morning I wanted to share a quick Snapguide I created on a project that I created using the awesome Hydrangea Hippo “BOOtiful” kit. As a guest designer for October, I received a huge kit full of goodies to work with. This kit includes: papers, TONS of ribbons and trims, and an assortment of beads, sequins, and baubles. Plenty of material to create multiple projects and layouts!

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Check out How to Make a Fall Picture Frame by Melissa Johnson on Snapguide.

To learn more about purchasing the kit I used to create this project, click HERE.

Guest Designer Sneak-Hydrangea Hippo October Kit

Good morning everyone! I am excited to announce that I will be guest designing for Hydrangea Hippo next month. I have created three projects using the awesome October kit.

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There will be a featured tutorial for this particular project. Here are sneaks of the other two:

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Visit the Hydrangea Hippo blog to view these projects. You can find out how to purchase the kit I used to create these projects here.

The Evolution of a Digital Art Journal Page

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Today I wanted to share with you a quick peek into how I’ve been altering some of my traditional art journal pages digitally. I started with this journal page using some clip art, acrylic paint, stenciling, and stamps:
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It’s not bad, but I wanted to take it a few steps further. I opened up ArtRage on my iPad and began by creating a layer of color and doodles using the various tools:
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Next, I added another layer and imported a picture of my journal page. I then merged the two layers together, adding more paint and doodles over the blended layers.

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I saved the image to my camera roll, then opened the image in Pixlr Express. I then chose a filter for the image.

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I continue to add layers using the different filters, frames, and effects in Pixlr.

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And here is the final result. It’s really a lot of experimentation and playing in the apps. I like mixing and building layer upon layer to achieve different looks. Have fun recreating your old art journal pages using ArtRage and Pixlr Express!!

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The Secret for Finding Time to Create Art

Hi everyone! So much has been going on here lately, summer is winding down and the kids and their activities are starting up again. Luckily I’m still managing to carve out a few minutes for some art time. I have a lot of people who ask me where I find the time to run a business, manage the kids, run the household, and still make art.

Want to know my secret?

Laundry, people. Laundry.

You see, I have four kids at home plus myself and my husband. That makes for quite a bit of laundry, as you can probably guess. When I needed to relocate my art space, I converted half of my laundry room into a mini art studio. I have shelves, cabinets, a nice standing height countertop and stool, plus most of all my lovely supplies. So now while I’m waiting for the washing machine to fill up so I can throw the clothes in, I smear some paint on a blank page. When the dryer is almost done, I add another layer to the page. By the end of the day I can usually get a background done by just keeping it simple. A little collage. A little paint. Some spray ink and stencils. I just use whatever I have close by.

The great thing about this method is it has allowed me to actually DOUBLE my creativity. When I finish a background I snap a pic of it with my iPad, then go back to it later to work on digitally. When I know I will have a nice block of time, I can go back to that same background and finish it with traditional art supplies.

So now you know my secret!

Here is what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks. These pages are all digitally altered pages from my actual journal.

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