Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sweet tags

I made a bunch of tags to share with friends at the Java Stop and sweeten (41 of  67 words) catches me up with the challenge :)

word 41 of 67

I like to have something pretty on BOTH sides of the tags, so this tape is an easy way to cover the opposite side of "sweeten".

taping back of tag

I chose the colors of lettering to go with the tape and these pretty stickers.


The last embellishment is a short piece of pink ribbon so "sweeten" hangs prettily on the line.  

hanging on my art line

Using up mono prints, ribbons, words, tapes and random bits from around the studio helps me clean things up and make pretty tags for sharing.

tag pile

This apt fortune added the final embellishment on this tag.

Fortune on tag

How do you use random ephemera that's hanging around?  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kith, an art journal page

I love my Java family and that is what this art journal page is all about.

A red polka dot bag, cardboard and used coffee club cards frame this photo and it was all glued down with gel medium.  

Grand Opening photo

This tag is topped with a red button, now anytime I want to find this page, I can!  

Index tag

Kith #40 of 67 words signed art journal page.

signed and labeled

This was a laugh out loud moment, when I stamped the wrong date :)

August 32nd anyone?!

A look at the other half of this spread, stream of consciousness writing covered with 1st layer of gesso.  Wonder what I'll do next over there?  

full spread

My second family on the opening day of "our" coffee shop, a memory worth keeping!

What are you creating today?!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coral artist trading card

Coral is word 39 of 67 words and I am almost caught up with my challenge. 

The initial idea was to work on a word per week and when I get to sweeten (#41), I'll be there :)

Here's an artist trading card featuring an old dictionary definition WITH a drawing of coral.  Background colors on this "blank" is why I glued coral down on the ATC.  

Coral ATC close view

Adding oil pastels of pink, peach and orange around the paper edges and onto the card, helped complete the artist trading card.  

Coral dictionary definition

My hope is that in the near future I'll be doing more drawing for these weekly challenge words.  

Coral (#39) ATC

The edge line on the right side is another reason I chose this card, see how the dictionary line is continued on the card?  It was fun, FAST, easy and now it's FINISHED!  

Happy arting.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


A bit of a cheat but with all the ART and living I want to do 
the fact that this is MY challenge, I'm going to allow it :) 

#37 of 67

A quick note in my calendar, a bit of overwhelm, perhaps?!

Up next, coral which is word #39.

What are you creating this weekend?!

Whatever you do, please ENJOY it!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Glimpse into my art journal

I really like this journal, it holds up to lots of wet media and layering.  It is a messy thing  full of artistic expressions!

Dylusions journal

There are gorgeous magazines out there showing beautiful art journals, which can be very inspiring AND a bit overwhelming too.  

Today, I share an honest look into my journal.  Some things work out, others not so much.  For me its all about learning, growing and self expression, NOT perfectionism. 

nearly FULL

Jane is the 38th word in my 67 words challenge.  The tag was stamped with large letters using a violet Marvy marker and layered over a gessoed ATC.  

Using violet helped pull some of the background color out and made composition more interesting with ATC and tag.  

This image came out of a clothing catalog.  Jane is modeling a nice parka so the bright background colors got a toning down of "snow" from a palette knife and Gesso.  


Here's the entire page featuring Jane.  I like the colors and how it came together.  It's pretty, but not all my pages turn out nice. 

Full page 

This page is kind of a mess.  It expresses the kind of chaos and lack of direction I was dealing with on the day I did it.  And that is what I LOVE about art journaling. 


Drinking 2 much coffee will not help her slow down.  Is a 2 page spread I did using some prints from a mono printing course, washi tapes, Gesso, rubber stamps, markers and pens.

Coffee cup

Sometimes a thought, word or phrase dictates the art.  It was a combination of the images of the cup and woman that made me think up this phrase.  I like the pages, but again not perfect or all that pretty.  I'm cool with that :)

woman silhouette

This is a mess but brings home the idea that I WANT to make ART every day. The 67 and aRt are made from the sticker material left after removing the numbers and letters.  

My art 67 every day aj page

Here I was checking to see about using bread tags in the journal.  The colors are great, don't you think?

colorful bread tags

I glued a bunch of them in and then used black Gesso over the entire page. 

Um, yuck...what was I thinking?  Wishing I'd gone for the white gesso but, eh it's okay.  Feeling kind of sad the day I did this, so it's fitting somehow.


A pocket made from a recycled envelope with WHY? written on it.  Why indeed?! 

I may use some bread tags on a canvas soon.  I have a bunch of plain white ones leftover and am thinking of using black gesso as the background color. Black and white are a great place to start. 

art journal spread

My art journal is a safe place to experiment, play, explore, learn and GROW!

The inner critic and stuffy editor are NOT allowed to stifle the free spirited artist here.