Published in Art Journaling Magazine-Summer 2017

Just wanted to share a quick hooray blog post! I had two more of my art journals featured in Stampington’s Art Journaling magazine this summer. Here is a sneak peek at my article and a few other tidbits throughout…
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Be sure to visit Barnes and Noble, Michaels, or https://stampington.com to get your copy 🙂

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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.

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!

Mixed Media Vintage Fabric Book

Good afternoon! Today I am sharing a quick (heavy on the pictures) post on my latest project–a mixed media fabric prayer book featuring vintage and antique ephemera, lace, and papers.

It started when I was browsing Etsy in search of vintage fabric. Somehow I ended up finding these beautiful prayer cards from ThisOldCouch and immediately was inspired to create something with them.

This originally wasn’t intended to be a book. I was just playing around with some muslin and thinking I might make a banner or prayer flags, but after I finished several pieces they seemed to work together nicely as a pretty little book.

Here is the finished book, with some close ups. This was such a fun and meaningful project for me!

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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 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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