Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone 🙂

Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

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This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album. Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost? Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you! Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following:
1. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.

2. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store

You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Let’s get hopping!

Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.blogspot.com)
Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)
Lea Cioci (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com)
Melissa Johnson (https://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)
Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)
Tina Walker (http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/)
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)
Amy Lassiter (http://sparklinggnome.com/)
Sarah Lynch (http://www.kitchensinkcreations.blogspot.com/)
Kim Hutchinson (http://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com/)
Madge Gillen (http://www.thescrappinlounge.com/)
Christine Hatchell (http://www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com/)
Ildiko Miskell (http://thecraftinmama.blogspot.com/)
Emily Hammann (http://www.emilyhammann.com/)

First of all I would like to thank Genuinely Jane Studios for their generosity–there were several really cool wooden albums to choose from, it was hard to decide which one I wanted to use first! For my project, I opted for the 8 x 8 Barn Door album. I added lots of texture with modeling paste, modeling creme, and different stencils. I also added many elements from my January Frog Dog kit, like the tissue paper for collage in the background, the Limited Edition stamps, and lots of bits from the ephemera pack! I also used lots of my favorite old standbys: cut up Gelli prints, Silks, letter stamps, spray inks, and alcohol inks. Can’t forget some gold glitter paste also! 🙂

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Thanks for hopping with us! As an added bonus, I will be offering a mini bundle of mixed media goodies to any new subscribers from the hop. (Sorry, US only) Simply click the button on the top right in the sidebar to subscribe, and leave a comment saying that you did. Winner will be announced at the end of the hop!

And now, on to my very talented friend’s blog: Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com). Enjoy! 🙂

Art Journaling on my Gelli Prints

Good morning! I have managed to amass quite a collection of Gelli prints at this point and decided to start using some of them. The obvious place for me to start is in my art journal. I bought a Strathmore Mixed Media journal specifically for Gelli printing. This way I have a whole book of backgrounds ready to go whenever I am!

The first journal page is using a Gelli print background, to which I added a sketched face. Yes, I am still working on drawing faces. I think they are finally showing some improvement. I did this one fast and loose, just working loosely with a graphite pencil and a couple of Prismacolor pencils. I added some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape around the edges, just because there was a lot of white space that didn’t get printed on and I wanted this page full of color.

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On the next page, I drew this cute owl-inspired by a new book I just bought: Craft A Doodle by Jenny Doh. I colored him in using my Letraset Aqua Markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white. I also added a few rub ons and this cute new stamped sentiment that I picked up at Stamp Antonio Arts.

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The next page I actually worked on with my five year old daughter, Sophie. I started with the Gelli print, and looked for any shapes or patterns that stood out to me. I saw the body of a bird, so I started creating one out of the yellow spot. Sophie suggested that I create a little bird next to the big one, to represent her. So I did 🙂 I used the Aqua markers again for some extra color and shading, as well as a small Pitt pen.

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Thanks for stopping by, I will be back later this week with my second Frog Dog Studio project for August!

Some Facecinating girls and LifeBook catch up time!

Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend–I know I sure did. We spent all day Saturday and Sunday at my daughter’s basketball tournament, so Monday was a welcome break 🙂 Although we did end up spending most of it out car shopping… my vehicle is getting up there in miles and it’s time to replace it.

Anyhoo….I’ve been a bit sidetracked from my LifeBook class over the last 2 months. I’ve really been wanting to master doing faces and when I saw the Facecinating Girls 3 week online course from Andrea Gomoll, I decided to jump in. What I love about this class (other than sweet Andrea) is that it comes with a clear stamp set that really helps take the pressure off as far as trying to draw a perfect face. I’ve learned a lot about shading, which is really something I needed. The class really is a great value and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an easy breakdown on face painting.

Also, for my birthday I received Mixed Media Girls by Suzi Blu. I’m just going to say that I think she is AWESOME and leave it at that. I can’t wait to sign up for some of her classes, but I think I need to get through LifeBook first. Between that and the new Frog Dog design team there isn’t room for much else, and I am ok with that. So here we are. I just wanted to share with you a few things that I’ve been working on in my art journals as a result of these classes and such.
This first sketch is done with just some basic shading with a Faber Castell Gelato:
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This one was done with PrismaColor pencils:
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This one was done with the PrismaColor pencils and Inktense blocks:
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The next two are fully completed using acrylic paints, the PrismaColor pencils again, and the Inktense blocks, and Gelatos:
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And a few sketches based on Suzi Blu’s book. I know these need quite a bit more work. Practice, practice!!! 🙂
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And finally my project for Life Book 2013 – Week 16 – Bottoms Up with Aimee Meyers Dolich:
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And that’s it for the day! Hope I didn’t overload you too much 🙂 Stay tuned for the reveals at Frog Dog Studios this weekend–so exciting!

I’m Dylusional!! :)

When I get obsessed I go all out…and that is exactly what happened when I discovered the awesome stamp sets by Dyan Reaveley!! I’ve been using the Dylusions spray inks for quite a while now, but never looked into any of her other products. Don’t ask me why, I can’t believe it took me so long 🙂 So I had myself a mini spending spree and ordered several stamp sets and stencils, as well as her Art Journal. Let me just say that I have quite a number of art journals with all different types of papers, etc., but this one takes the cake! The size is perfect and the papers are just made for mixed media. They hold up really well to all of the spraying, layering, and stamping. No buckling or curling at all. I am in love 🙂 With that said, I’d like to share a few pages that I whipped up using the stamps, inks, stencils, and magazine bits. I also used the Silks by Luminarte, which I am also in love with. The colors are really vibrant and I love playing with them!
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I have another journal that is small (5 x 7) filled with a kraft colored paper that I occasionally work in. I am using a heart theme throughout this one. I thought I’d share a few pages of this one also. It is still a work in progress 🙂
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Well, that is all for now. Stay tuned though, I have some really big and exciting news to share with everyone later this month. I can’t wait! 🙂

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly—and Quirky Birds :)

This week I was able to play catch up with my LifeBook 2013 lessons. I can’t say enough about this experience, I have already learned so much!! The teachers are amazing and the work that everyone is putting up is truly inspiring. This week I was able to complete the lesson from Week 11-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral (also known as Misti B).This lesson was so liberating. The whole purpose is just to celebrate and embrace the good, bad, and ugly side of ourselves. We were encouraged to let our ugly out. Well, I feel like I certainly did. This piece is pretty hideous, but I finally felt something in myself just let go–I think for the first time ever. I usually worry over what people will think about my art and feel like it always has to be perfect, but not this time. Here it is, in all of it’s hideousness…
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Pretty ugly, eh? 🙂
Now this week’s lesson was a total blast. We made “quirky birds” and used song lyrics that help to ground us and help us celebrate the “now”. Everytime I hear the song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds I think of my husband. It’s a really beautiful song, if you’ve never heard it you should check it out. We made this as a really cool fold out accordion booklet. I may go back and do the back side with some more fun birds later on.
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I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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 🙂

Catching up on LifeBook 2013

First of all, I have some exciting news! I will be teaching my first ever art journaling class at Seton Home. Seton Home is a nonprofit organization that supports teenage mothers and their children. This is a cause very near and dear to my heart, and I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the girls.
I fell far behind with my posts (and my classes) over the past few weeks for LifeBook 2013. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day for all of the things I’d like to do 🙂 I’m trying to get caught up with everything now. I think I’m only 2 weeks behind in my lessons. I wanted to share the last few projects that were done. Week 4 was a lesson in scales of light with Dion Dior. What a fun lesson, and very educational. I have a lot to learn about shading!
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Next up was Week 5-Game Piece & Game Board with Kelly Hoernig. This was a great exercise relating to our goals for this year. I can’t say I was very happy with my gameboard. It’s pretty ugly, but I do like the way the little cards came out. I would like to alter more playing cards to use in the future for my journal.
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Week 6 brought us a lesson from Tam herself–Celebration and Courage. I really liked this one! First of all, I learned how to draw an entire body. I’ve never done that before. Tam has a wonderful way of breaking it down and making it seem so easy. I was amazed at just how easy it really was. The second thing I loved about this lesson was she introduced us to masking fluid, which I have never used before or even heard of. You can bet that I will be using it plenty in the future. That stuff is awesome!!
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Week 7 was an interesting interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. She is just amazing!! Week 8 was a lesson that I haven’t completed yet. I’m not sure if I will do it or not. I think it may be one that I will come back to later on. And finally Week 9-Painting over a Printed Image with Danita. This was a really fun technique. After finished this assignment, I realized I had done something similar before in my art journal. I enjoyed this lesson, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped. I couldn’t get one side of her face the way I wanted and the paper ended up bubbling and just getting messy so I gessoed that whole side and added some journaling instead.
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All in all, I can say that I am enjoying the LifeBook class. I don’t feel like I’ve created anything outstanding, but I am really enjoying learning so many different techniques and meeting so many wonderful teachers. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting caught up over the weekend in time for the newest lesson on Monday. Wish me luck! 🙂
Have a great weekend!