Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Modeling Paste Mocking Me

Image 1
Did you ever start a project with one idea in mind and end up with something totally different? I thought I'd make a nice 3D dragonfly out of modeling paste and then do a page around it.

Welllllll, I bought a giant jar of Soho Modeling Paste from Jerry's Artarama. Super great deal!  I have enough modeling paste to last me a few years now.  The thing about modeling paste is that a little goes a long way. I had too much on my stencil and I ended up stenciling dragonflies in every darn art journal that I have going at the moment.  I also used it with at least two other stencils.  It was like it was growing. 

Then every time I use a stencil I had to wash it immediately. So I'm running back and forth from the kitchen to the studio. All the while I'm thinking... "run lots of water... I don't want my kitchen sink clogged with modeling paste. How would I explain THAT to a plumber?"  

After all that, I had to let all the dragonflies dry so now I can't even work in a journal because they all have wet modeling paste in them! Luckily, I was going to a Stampin Up party so I could get away from the wet paste mocking me. 

Fast forward to yesterday.....

When I looked at my dragonfly that I'd stenciled on wax paper (image 1 above) he did not call me at all. He didn't say a single word about where he wanted to be on a page so I put him to the side.  The dragonfly I did use was actually the last bits of the modeling paste slapped down with no thought in my Altered Cook Book.  I loved him. He called to be sprayed with Ann's Homemade Salty Ocean Distressed Spray and Radiant Rain.  I love how the color settled into the ridges.  

Part of me wants to remove the writing but I felt compelled to write Dragonfly Wishes so I've decided to leave it.  A little doodling finished off the page.

Notice... there is more modeling paste at the bottom of the page. That was done with a Crafter's Workshop stencil and the never ending modeling paste. 

Link to: Documented Life Project, Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Everyday

Monday, May 11, 2015

Friends, Flowers and Color

I had a great Friday. I spent the day with my friend, T from An Altered Addiction and T's Crafty Ways. I always get a little nervous at her house. I'm afraid if I stay still too long, she might try to alter me!  She has threatened to paint Scooter, my beautiful white dog, purple a few times.  

T recently purchased some of Dyan Reaverley's Dylusion Paints.  Let me say, that paint is BEAUTIFUL.  It is so vibrant. It covers really, really well.  She lured me to come play at her studio with that paint. I used the yellow and the lime green on this page. After I painted one page with yellow and the other with green I added of bit of each color to the other page to mix them a bit.  

I used a script stamp that T had on the background to give some texture. The flowers by Stampendous were a gift from my friend, Ann. I stamped them on tissue paper with Stazon ink and then used matte medium to glue them to the page. 

Scooter trying his hand with Stamping
I love my Inktense Blocks.  I used them to paint the flowers. It is so easy to do with a water brush and those wonderful blocks of color. They work so well on top of matte medium.  

I'm thinking to The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. Their theme this month is Flowers! That is right up my alley.  Be sure to check them out. 

Thanks for visiting.  I appreciate your visits and comments so very much.

Link to:  An Altered Addiction, Paint Party FridayThe Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Azalea Bush

The most amazing things about this art journal page is that the flower grew in my yard and I took the photo.  

I am a plant killer. I don't mean to kill them but I forget to water them or I sit something on top of them or they see me coming and just keel over. You get the idea, right?

When I bought my house it had lovely plants out front. Now all I have is spring buttercups that live through snow and drought,    two pitiful tulips and one Azalea bush. This year the Azalea bush is beautiful. I took picture with my Iphone 5. The camera on the phone is wonderful!!

This is a 90% digital page. The flower & words I edited in MS Publisher. The background is craft paint and a WalMart stencil. The yellow lines are made with the edge of a credit card.

I am linking to Journal 52.  The theme this week is Observation and I thought the fact that I noticed my Azelea bush blooming counted as observing.  I'm also linking to The Rubber Dance Color Challenge. The colors this month are pink, purple and yellow.... some of my favorite colors.

Link to: Journal 52 , Rubber Dance Color Challenge, Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rubber Dance Challenge

Have you seen these wonderful stamps by Rubber Dance? 

The background stamp is from Weed Love. It is a huge set with many wonderful images for background greenery.  Bibi made these from actual plant prints.

The birds are a collaboration between Bibi at Rubber Dance and Jana at The Tangled Pen.  

The birds are stamped in purple Archival Ink and colored with a combination of Pitt Pens and Stampin Up Markers.  The blue background was sponged Ranger ink.  

Rubber Dance is having a challenge this month using yellow, hot pink and purple.  I'm linking to the challenge. Check it out... you could win some wonderful Rubber Dance stamps.

Links:  Rubber Dance Challenge, Paint Party Friday

Friday, May 1, 2015

Acrylic Paint and Recycled Paper

I love working with acrylic paint.  I like how once it dries it doesn't move or change.  You can paint over it without making mud.  It is easy to clean up and even inexpensive craft paint works really well in art journals.

This birds are from a Sale-abration set by Stampin Up.  I stamped them on an old encyclopedia page.  They are painted with craft paint.

The background is pieces torn pieces of encyclopedia paper which are also painted with craft paint. The leaves and flowers are leftover pieces of a paper napkin that I used in another project.  I love how the words show through the napkin. 

It does my heart good when I realize I've made a page with mostly recycled items.  Do you recycle in your art work?

Link to: Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Everyday

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Many times I have an idea for a page in my head but I can't get it to go to my fingers and the paper. I'm very happy to say that this time my page turned out very much like my head saw it. 

I started by using yellow spray ink I made by adding a little water to PH Martin acrylic ink. I also used more my Ann's homemade Salty Ocean Spray ink she made from a Distressed Reinker.

The ink was thick so I folded the paper onto itself to get extra texture. I love how the yellow and blue made that lovely green.

I use a set of Plaid stencils that I bought at Walmart to give the background even more texture. The small squares are gesso with a stencil and the flowers are several colors of Gelatoes rubbed through the stencil with my finger. I made so many of those that my finger was sore this morning.

The treasure chest is a color book image I found on   It is colored with Gelatoes.  The coins are pieces of color paper with things I treasure typed on them and then colored with gold Gelatoes and gold Brilliance Ink.  I also use a Just For Fun crackle background stamp and copper Brilliance Ink on the coins and background. 

Please note: The quote on the right by Karen Kain. I cut if off the bottom by mistake. 

Link to:  Journal 52, The Documented Life Project, Art Journal Everyday and Paint Party Friday.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gelli Collage Stencil Play

This week my art journal got a twofer. The prompt for The Documented Life Project was Gelli Prints and Journal 52 was Collage.  Ta Da..... my twofer.

I think I'm finally getting toward the end of the many, many gelli prints I made when I first got my gelli plate. That means it's will soon be time to start a whole new batch. This page is a combination of three different prints that I tore horizontally and collaged on watercolor paper. 

I've said before that tearing and gluing is a very meditative experience for me. It is so relaxing to loose myself in the process. The original prints were made on recycled copy machine paper with inexpensive craft paint.

The flowers are a Donna Downey I-Stencil stencil and craft paint. The bottom two flowers were stenciled, then I painted them and then stenciled again to get the crisp lines. I let all the glue and paint dry overnight and then I stenciled the dots and zig zag lines using Artist Loft embossing paste.  

Link to: Journal 52, The Documented Life Project, Party Party Friday, Gelli Print Party