Tough Enough

I love starting a new, blank journal.  There’s something about opening to that fresh, first page and envisioning what type of medium will touch it first. Whether sketching or painting, the first page seems to launch the theme for the remaining ones.

Recently while shopping Hobby Lobby’s extensive selection of journals, I was pleased to find a large, 11″x 14″ sketchbook.  While the paper was only 70 lb. and not the first choice for mixed media, I decided to try it because I liked the idea of creating on the oversized pages…a canvas-sized journal!  Well, it held up stoutly, which as you can see, is loaded with a variety of medium – acrylics, inks, watercolor, oil pastels, pencils and pens.

The next time you’re ready for a fresh journal, challenge yourself with a larger size.  I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill it up.  And if you can’t find it in 140 lb., give the 70 a try, it’s tough enough!

TIP:  You can’t go wrong with a first layer of gesso for either weight paper, but I wouldn’t go any lower than 70 lb.

“And all at once, Summer collapsed into Fall.” – Oscar Wilde

Tired of the same old stencils in your stash?  It’s the perfect time of year to take a walk and find some of nature’s best, and they’re free!

This pretty one was brushed with black acrylic paint, pressed onto 70 lb. paper, dried, torn and glued onto a piece of white stitched linen.  A beautiful cover for your next mini journal!

I so enjoy this season of change, which is really God reminding us He is here.  e.

mini tutorial!

Take an old child’s board book and turn it into an art journal!

Technique: Create a background with vintage book pages applied with gel medium; let dry. Cover with a light brushing of gesso and dry again. With a black or charcoal pencil, outline your subject. Grab a fist of colored pencils and color it in, choosing unconventional hues. Add interest with rubber stamps and doodle inside the stamped images with a colored Sharpie. Turn the page and repeat, using a completely different subject. Have fun! Be unique…♥

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“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and be that perfectly.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Hello artists!

Here’s an example of how wonderful it is to save your drip papers.  This Angel of Individuality is wearing my newspaper scrap as her dress, which I think looks smashing!  What do you think?

This canvas is for a friend who fell in love with this little piece of drip paper while in my studio yesterday.  Custom orders come to me in the most delightful ways, so thank you, creative friend!  ❤