…and she’s new tonight on Etsy!
…and she’s new tonight on Etsy!
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…♥
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! ❤
…for that is all our hearts were made for.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
Acrylics, inks, pens, pencils and paper ephemera…celebrate Spring! ❤
Repurposing another vintage book, “The Potato Garden”, A Grower’s Guide, by Maggie Oster. Not sure of the copyright year since I already worked the first page, but it’s the perfect type of book to journal in. The pages are heavy, brown kraft, have wonderful illustrations you can include in your art and don’t have an overwhelming number of pages. Why spend top dollar for mixed media journals and sketchbooks when you can pick these up for a quarter or so at thrift shops. First page held up beautifully to a layer of gesso and heavy body acrylics through stencils. (Sorry, Maggie!)
I’m loving the bright paints I’m using to cover the brown kraft pages. Here I used an array of Artist Loft neon acrylics applied with brushes, my fingers and a palette knife through stencils. Getting out my heat gun because I can’t wait to turn the page and start again!
…my heart sings! [on this small mixed media wood canvas of acrylics, oil-based paint pens, India inks, rubber stamps, stencils and paper ephemera. ❤
“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” – Mary Oliver
…a time for greater Love.
We praise You, O Lord and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
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Upcycled a vintage book cover from a Florida foliage guide. The Library just throws some of these old donations away. This one didn’t make it by me. Brought it home. Brought it to life. Book angel, I love you! ❤
…when angels are near!
Another journal for the pile!
A little painting I dedicate to Mary Oliver, who said,
“My work is loving the world.” Me too, Mary Oliver.
Ran out of canvases, but found some cardboard in the garage. Necessity is the Mother of Invention!
“Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope in tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
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Collage is great because you can use pretty leftover ephemera you hate to toss away. Here I added some journaling, rubber stamps and gel sticks through a stencil to create a pleasing scene. Even the canvas is leftover – an old sturdy book cover in need of a facelift. I love the result and will keep going until I have a complete journal cover; front, back and binding. Stay tuned!