Moms Never Get a Day Off…

But I took one today!! I have been sick all week and today was the first day I felt like a human being again. To celebrate, I took all the kids to school then came home and created for 3 solid hours. I had the house completely to myself, so I cranked up the Pandora, drug out all of my supplies from their various hiding places, and went to work!

The first thing I did was some catching up on my LifeBook pages. I am really far behind, but determined to complete most of the lessons before the end of the year so I can be prepared for LifeBook 2014 (registration just opened up this week!).

Here is my project from Week 30-a lesson from Dina Wakley. This was a quick and easy journal page to put together. I used some old book paper, a gelli print, some stencils, Dylusions ink in white and fuchsia, and Cobalt blue acrylic paint.

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The next page I did was also a quickie. It’s from Week 41 of LifeBook. I was going to use a gelli print from my stash, but since I had the time I figured I’d just make a new one :). I like the way the colors worked together on this simple, but pretty page.

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Well that is all I have to share for now. I hope to get at least three more lessons caught up over the weekend, but we will have to see how that goes 🙂

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Art Journal Page-using September’s Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media kit

This tutorial, as well as materials used to make this project can be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog and Frog Dog Studio Shop.
Good morning all! Melissa here with an art journal page using materials from September’s Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media kit.

This month I received the neon themed kit to play with, and play I did! For my first project I did some work in my art journal using a little bit of everything in the kit.

I started by rubbing the neon green ink pad all over the journal page to create the background.

Next, I added some of the Dylusions white spray ink.

Then, I began adding little bits and pieces of the paint chips, the stickers, and the color fragments. I attached them all with matte medium.

The next step is where I brought in some texture. I laid down a flower stencil and then covered it with Golden Fiber Paste. This paste has a very fibrous feel to it, like a handmade paper. It has a very rustic look that I enjoy.

Using the Viva Liquid Pencil, I added in some doodles along the top and bottom areas. I also cut up the neon pink plastic roll and attached a few of them as circles on the page.

For the final step, I did an exercise that I learned from the book Unstuck. You take a random page in a book and just begin selecting words and phrases that jump out at you. Then I arranged them into a little poem–fun! I cut them out and attached them to the page, then went around them with the pink Faber Castel big brush pen to highlight each phrase and add a little depth.

Here is the finished product and a close up:

Thanks for stopping by!!

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!