Sustainable Souls Project-January: Planet Earth, We are all Connected, Ecosystems

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Good morning! This is my first project for the year long Sustainable Souls Project hosted by my good friend Tina Walker. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please click HERE. Every month we are exploring different themes through art. This month’s theme is Planet Earth, We Are All Connected, and Ecosystems. I chose to express this theme with the creation of an art journal made from recycled materials and eco dyed papers.

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For the cover, vintage silk ties were quilted together and backed with muslin and then machine stitched. In my mind, the different styles and types of ties represented the diversity of humankind. Stitching them together is a way of “connecting” us. Binding the book with the string is what holds us all together.

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The inside signatures were created using the eco dying process on heavy weight paper, a technique that I learned from Tina last summer. The pages were created using only items found in nature to create color and texture.

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I am looking forward to creating more pages in this book as they year moves along, using the different themes that we have planned!

#MakeThings–Playing Along with Punk Projects!

Just a really quick share today of an art journal spread I created for Katie Smith’s Make Things 8 Week Challenge.

Last week’s challenge was to create something using a photograph. Several months ago I bought some of Tim Holtz’s Found Relatives photograph cards. I collect actual vintage photos also, but these are fun because I don’t feel bad about using up all of my real ones 🙂 I created this spread in my newest altered book, which will be featured this Thursday on the Amazing Casting Products blog:

Looking forward–have you been wondering what to do with all of the artwork your kids are bringing home from school? Next week on the blog I will be sharing some fun ideas on what to do with their little masterpieces!

Have a great day!

Catching Up!

Good morning everyone! It’s been a while…..

In personal news, things around here have been pretty busy! One of my daughters is on the high school dance team and competition season has kept us pretty busy. DSC_2108
State Champs!!

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My favorite dancer!

In art news, I have been working on a few projects. I joined the Amazing Casting Products Creative Team and have produced a few pieces for them.

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Upcycled art journal made from mail order catalog

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Follow Your Heart mixed media canvas

(you can view the tutorial for the mixed media canvas HERE)

I created this art journal spread for an art journal swap with my good friend, Tina Walker.
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I’ve also received word that I will have four of my digital art journal pages published in Stampington’s Art Journal magazine in April, I will keep you posted on when that hits the shelves! 🙂
In the meantime, I have a few other projects that I am working on including a brand new website!!! Hopefully that will be making it’s debut here pretty soon.

Have a beautiful day!!

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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Adventures in Digital Art Journaling!

Good morning! I am continuing to learn and play digitally with my art journal and am loving every moment. I plan to write up some tutorials for you guys showing you my process of altering my physical art journal pages using my iPad mini and several different apps.

I’m still slowly working through the Traci Bautista Digital eCourse, and have taken what I’ve learned there and expanded on it, laying multiple apps after learning (mostly by experimentation) what apps work best for the looks I am trying to achieve.

Here are a few of my latest creations. I am creating the backgrounds and some of the pages in my regular art journal, then taking a pic with my iPad mini, cropping, then opening in various apps. Enjoy!

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BEFORE: this was a digital sample background (with some altering by myself) provided by Traci for one of the exercises

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Going Digi in My Art Journal!

Good morning everyone! There are few things I love more than getting messy in my art journal; however, after spending a day with my super cool and techy sister in law (the Tech Chef) I was really inspired to learn more about digital art.

In order to teach myself how to incorporate some new techniques into my work, I signed up for Tracy Bautista’s Digital Canvas eCourse. So far I have played with both the Paper 53 and Noteshelf apps. I have to say there is a bit of a learning curve here for me, but so far I am loving mixing up some of my traditional art pages with digital elements. I feel like it’s the best of both worlds. I can still play in my art journal and make a big mess, then take a picture with my iPad and continue layering, adding color, and doodling while on the go.

Here is the first page I did in Noteshelf, using a prompt from the course:

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Here is a before page I did in my art journal:

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And here is the page after being digitally altered:

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Here is a gelli print piece of background I started in my art journal;

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And here is a completed page, finished in Noteshelf:

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I’m really looking forward to doing a lot more of this type of art!