Make the Most of It – Art Journal page for SWAT

For my take on the SWAT drill #14 sketch with a twist (stickers NOT Thickers), I decided to create an art journal page. I managed to use 17 different stickers on this single page not including the alphas. Most of them are from Simple Stories, but the one border strip sticker is by My Mind’s Eye. Here’s what I came up with:

Drill #14 sketch:

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Materials:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists
Modeling paste
Course pumice gel
TCW stencil
7 Dots Studio paper
My Mind’s Eye journaling cards and border sticker
Simple Stories stickers and alphas
Pitt Artist marker

Adhesives:

Scotch ATG

TFL! To play along with the SWAT drill #14 sketch with a twist (stickers not thickers), CLICK HERE!

Every Wall is a Door Art Journal Page for SKWAD September Inspiration Challenge

Each month, Scrapbook Kits with a Difference offers 2 challenges. One is an Inspiration challenge and the other is a lovely sketch. For the challenges, you can choose to create a scrapbook layout, card, mixed media project, altered art, etc. You are welcome to create whatever you’re inspired to make! 😀 For the Sept. Inspiration Challenge, I decided to go with an art journaling page. I saw the door, the pink wall, the bricks, and took it in another direction. I had trouble deciding which quote to use. I had narrowed it down to either “Every wall is a door” by Ralph Waldo Emerson or “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door” by Coco Chanel. Both had their merits, but they send different messages. Since Tracy Weinzapfel is the artist who first got me interested in starting to art journal, I put it to a vote in her facebook group. The Emerson quote won unanimously and I’m glad. I like the positive wording better than the more negative approach of the other quote. Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

Watercolor art journal
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos
F-C Design Memory Craft PITT artist pens
F-C Design Memory Craft Big Brush Stampers pens
Webster’s Pages Storytellers Alphas
Stazon ink
Unity Stamp Co stamps
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Prima Mask
Gesso

September’s Inspiration Image:

TFL!

Peace – Art Journal entry for Tracy’s July challenge

Nearly every Monday, Tracy Weinzapfel has a live show on Ustream (she also records the shows, if you want to go back and check them out), where she creates wonderful art journal pages, works on canvas or creates something unique. Unfortunately the last few months, I’ve only been able to catch about 25% of them live. Why’s that bad? Part of the fun is chatting with the fabulously funny Monday night crowd! 😀 Be sure to tune into the next show and join in on the fun! You can find her Facebook artist page HERE where she posts upcoming live shows.

Early in July, she threw down a challenge…a dare really…to create a project using your favorite color pallet AND include your personal “Word of the Year” on your project. And the option to add the quote she used on her example, which was, “once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for…”

You can find all the details about the challenge HERE on her blog post. The current challenge ends tomorrow evening, but the fun new August challenge will be posted on her blog later today! 😀

Here’s my take on the July challenge:

My current art journal is a 9″ x 12″ Strathmore spiral pad (coil at the top) with 140 lb cold pressed Watercolor Paper.

The quote reads, “peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” The author is unknown.

Materials:

Decoupage Paste
gauze
gesso
acrylic paint
Dusty Attic chipboard
Prima script stamp
The Crafters Workshop template/stencil
modeling paste
Stazon ink

Life List Journal – Inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel

This is another fun project inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel, Pres of Helmar USA. Each week LIVE via Ustream, Tracy or Jess (Kinderstampo), presents a project and shows how it was created. Last Monday, Tracy challenged us to create a Life List Journal. It could be created any way we wanted, but here’s the the post on her blog where you can find the recorded video for hers: Tracy’s Blog

Inspired by her creation, but not imitating it, I came up with this:

I altered the cover of a binder so that I would not be afraid to play along with this challenge. I’m going to be using watercolor paper and adding pages as I go without fear that I’ll accidentally destroy the previous pages as I create! LOL

For this cover, I went with a sheet of Teresa Collins Notations paper. Cut to size, cut the detail for the top and fussy cut that fab semi-circle design, then adhered those two pieces with Helmar acid free glue. Inspired by Tracy’s multi-medium, artsy approach, I used watercolor pencils for the first time to color in the design…which was soooo much fun! 😀 I will def have to do THAT again! The quote was added using a Unity Stamp and Staz-On ink. Tracy also inspired me to *gasp* use my own handwriting, a fountain pen (you know, the kind w/a NIB?!!!) and ink. When I think about life and growth, I think green, so I went with a lovely green acrylic ink by Liquitex. TFL!

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