Sustainable Souls-June and July 2017

Hi everyone! I am doing a quick catch up post on my year long Sustainable Souls collaboration. June’s theme was “Carbon Footprint”.

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A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). My immediate thought when reading about this was of an old abandoned factory. Very smoggy, dirty, and polluted. I am documenting each monthly theme in a recycled journal that I made, and carrying out the themes using children and how our actions are impacting the future generations. This is the journal spread that I made to represent this particular theme:

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July’s theme was a fun one for me! It was all about saving the bees.

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Honey bees are very important, as they perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. How incredible! I wanted this journal spread to reflect the beauty as well as function of these hard little workers, so this is how I chose to express this theme:

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Please check out my fellow artists and their interpretations of each monthly theme at https://thesustainablesoulsproject.blogspot.com.

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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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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.

Making Time for Art Journal Play and Exciting News!!

Good morning everyone! Today I would like to share a few art journal pages that I’ve done recently. I’ve been part of an art journal swap hosted by Frog Dog Studio and let me tell you there are some seriously creative gals in this swap!! We all chose our OLW (One Little Word) as the theme for our individual journals then had fun swapping with everyone and interpreting THEIR OLW in our own unique ways.

This is the first page in my personal journal. My OLW for this year was “Grow”.

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I was having so much fun, I decided to do up the very first page also since it was a single page and I had previously left it blank.

Here a page that I created using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps, as well acrylic ink and paints. Her OLW was “Reach”.

This page was created for the OLW “Dream”. I used Dina Wakley’s Face in the Crowd stamp for this one, along with vellum, acrylic paint, oil pastel, and watercolor crayons and pencils, as well as stamps.

When I got my journal back I created this spread just for fun 🙂

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If you enjoy my work, please feel free to share with the proper link to my blog! You can also follow me on Instagram for sneaky peeks of my art (sometimes I lag a bit behind with my blogging!). You can find me here http://instagram.com/melissajohnson8

AND NOW FOR MY EXCITING AMAZING HUGE NEWS!!!

I received word the other day that two of my art journal pages have been chosen to be published in the upcoming book Art Journal Kickstarter by North Light Books!! Publication is slated for December 2014. You can check out the article here: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/editors-picks/congratulations-to-the-art-journal-kickstarter-artists

I hope you all enjoy your week! Thanks for your support! 🙂

LifeBook Week 10 and 12–I Painted a Face!

Continuing on my LifeBook journey, I’ve completed Weeks 10 and 12. Week 10 we celebrated heart connections with Tam. We filled in our heart with rolled paper containing short messages to our heart connections. I wish the picture could convey the cool 3D look of this heart. What a beautiful lesson this was, and a great reminder of how important people are in our lives.
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Week 12 was Celebration and Connection with Mindy Lacefield. I’ve always enjoyed her style of art and wondered how she painted her adorable, whimsical faces. This was a great lesson for me, especially learning how to shade and create the faces. I’ve never been really good with faces, but she made this seem so easy. I like the primitive style of their faces. I realized when I finished the painting that I subconsciously ended up painting me and my son. This wasn’t my original intention, but I love how that’s how it turned out.
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I am hoping this weekend to possibly get to Week 11, which is about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral. I’m looking forward to it, but there were a few supplies I needed before I could start this one.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter! Thanks for stopping by 🙂