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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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!

Off and Running!

With Lifebook 2013 off to a great start, I am feeling excited again about creating. Stress is not very conducive to being creative and there has been plenty of that in the last few months. Not bad stress necessarily, just the stress of everyday life in a busy household of 6 (7 when Ashley is home from college 🙂 ) Over the past week I have been plugging away bit by bit on our second assignment. It was a really fun little page, just documenting what we are grateful for now, and a few goals for the future. I’m really big on setting goals, so this was a fun way to interpret that rather than my boring notebook paper list that I usually do.

On this page I am still working with the Neocolor watercolor crayons, which I am learning how to work with better now. I find that I really enjoy blending these using my fingers. Maybe it’s just because I like getting my hands dirty when being creative? Anyway, after creating the background entirely with watercolor, I went to my one of my favorite background creators: the spray ink and stencils. I went easy with it, and was pleased at how it blended in with the watercolors. It added that boldness of color that I was looking for from the first assignment. I’m really trying to think about what I like and incorporate that into the lessons to try and make each piece my own. I feel like I’m getting there and it makes me happy 🙂 This piece is little bit cartoonish I think, and not my most favorite but I’m ok with that. I think it’s the whole “drawing” thing that’s throwing me for a loop.

Anyway, here is my second piece:

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Trying a new technique

Over at Club CK, there was a great tutorial by Kim Watson on using modeling paste and stencils on a scrapbook layout. I thought this would be a great approach for na art journal page to add some nice texture. I used a grunge diamond pattern stencil from Crafters Workshop, as well as a sort of bubbly stencil along with Liquitex modeling paste. To add color I used a mixture of alcohol inks, spray mist, and Pan Pastels. I’m a huge fan of anything by Napoleon Hill–I find his words so inspiring and thought provoking, so I used one of his quotes on the page. I hand lettered the entire thing–a lot of work, but I like how it came out.

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