Art journal splatters

Today I’ve got a new art journal spread to share!

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I ordered these sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, and when they arrived I just had to test them. It just happened that I had prepped a spread in one of my art journals with gesso, so I tried them out there. Maybe a bit unusual colours for me, but I love how they look together. Very much spring.

And then it just lay there, waiting for me to make something more with it… and finally I decided to use one of Finnabair’s ephemera packs. Another rather unusual choice for me… and of course I had to use papers from 7 Dots Studio! Lost & Found must be one of my all time favs!

Well, here are the result. Hope you enjoy!

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Aaaand… since I thought that the colours I used is pretty much similar to Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s April challenge I’ll join them this month… and hope I get everything right. 😀

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Unfortunately I didn’t write down the colours used, but I know it was C’est la vie Cerise, and probably Hibiscus Rose and Aloha Avocado… Hope that suffice. :)

Creative Gym – Exercise #5

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life and work somehow got in the way… I’ve gone up in time at work, and it’s a challenge to adjust to have less time to create.

I decided to join the Mixed Media Place’s Creative Gym this month and their exercise #5. The rules for this one is: combine black backround + all the colors of the rainbow.

My first try was a black background and layering loads of colours with different stencils… It didn’t work for me, so paint over with fresh black acrylic and start over. This gave me a more textured surface to work on, and that’s always a plus, right?

So, here’s my entry. I used a photo of my son from last year, he’s on his way to a party and having his smart outfit, and crooked smile, on. He loves orange, and pretty much all bright colours. I’ve used a couple of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, sequines, Finnabair’s beads, and different decorative elements as cutouts and paperclips. The golden stars I just cutout from gold foil paper.

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Really like how this exercise turned out. Hope you like it too. :)

Cheers,
Josefina

 

These boots

I finished a spread this weekend, and for some reason I’d choose the phrase ”These boots are made for walking”. I don’t even like that song that much! LOL
I’ve decided that this year, 2015, will be a year when I challenge myself, try new doors and to be open for possibilities… Maybe that’s why it popped into my head?

Anyway… I wanted to try out the Finnabair crackle/texture paste and the art sugar I bought before Christmas, and I wanted to try a style I’m not so comfortable with. Not sure about the result, but I love the art sugar and the texture paste. I was a bit inpatient so I used a heat tool to dry the paste with, so I’m not sure if it crackled enough… Have to try it on more projects!

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I’m going to try to discipline myself around the blogging. I want it after all to be some sort of diary/logbook over my creativity… So I figured a blog-planner that works for me might help me on the way. Some structure to the creative chaos. 😉

Keep on walking.
Jos

Forests of the Heart

That is the book title from one of my favourite writers, Charles de Lint. He writes urban fantasy and I always get so inspired by him. To stay creative.
This book is good, but I think my favourite one is ”Onion girl”, maybe I’ll do a spread someday inspired by that one.

I made this spread in June last year, but never got around posting it here. I’ve mainly used watercolours and a stencil from Tim Holtz I believe. The alphabet I can’t remember where I got from.

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Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

Love,
Jos

The rest is dust

Love this quote by Vladimir Nabokov.
I had, however, a hard time with this layout. First it turned out all orange, and it was laying there a couple of days and I was feeling unhappy with it. Then I covered it with white gesso and started from the beginning. Like it better now.

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Used some scraps, both home made and bought stamps and some different metal trinkets. The food stamps I found last summer in Gothenburgh, bought a whole stack. :)
The background paper is from an old drawing pad and an old notebook.

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The edges are inked with distress ink, Vintage Paper, and I’ve sprayed the blue element with some Tattered Angel mist.

Now I’ll go out in the sun, maybe take a cooling dip in the lake. I love being on holiday! … even if it’s soon over.

Let the sunshine in!
Jos

To say no

For some reasons I’m ending up in situations where I find it hard to say no. Often I really like the person in question, but that is not always the case.
It’s like it’s bad to say no, like an insult. I’m working on that bit, to be more clear of what I want, like, and think. That involves sometimes being able to say no, instead of maybe.

I found this quote by Paulo Coelho that fits perfectly: ”Don’t say maybe, if you want to say no”. I had to make a spread of it.

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I’ve used some printed pictures from Graphics Fairy, a page from an encyclopedia with some white acrylic paint lightly brushed over it, and some leftover paper (even an old dried up piece of tape). Then I added some stamping with my first ever home made linoleum stamp. Woohoo me! Some bling and what not… like a piece of washi tape to seal the pages.

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Stay true and don’t say yes or maybe because you have a hard time saying no. I’ll practise this more, maybe start with the family. 😉

Take care
Josefina

Journal on Monday at France Papillon

I’ve been following a blog run by France Papillon for a couple of months. She does the most incredible art journaling! She also share her work process on YouTube under the title Journal on Monday (JoM).
Now she’s celebrating her 100th JoM video and has asked her followers to participate and share their work. At first I didn’t think of participating, but then I thought why not!? So, below is my contribution to the Journal on Monday celebration. This is also my first time sharing my art journal process… a bit scary…

I started doing art journals late this spring, so I consider myself still a newbie. I love it! I can finally enjoy creating without that stupid voice in my head saying it must be perfect, it have to be “right”. It’s the process, and exploring techniques, that matter… and go with the flow.

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Anyway… I used my new Moleskine watercolour book, the small sized version of it. I’m also trying some new acrylic paint and the wording I’m going to use is: ”Do more of what makes you happy”. I’ve found lately how important that really is. To reduce all the things you think you just must do.

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First I applied some white gesso on both sides, through a Tim Holtz stencil, using a ordinary make-up sponge.

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When that had dried, I went outside to add the fluid acrylics. First I sprayed the pages with water and then added the acrylics, two different greens and one light blue/turquoise. I also added more water so the colour would flow and spread over the pages.

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When looking close you can see the gesso layer giving the spread a bit of texture. Since we’re at our summer cottage right now, and there aren’t so much room, I let the spread dry outside together with my other art journal, an altered book.

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When everything was dry I’m trying out some embellishments. One of the embellishments is probably from our rowing boat. It’s a thick flake of colour I found at the bottom of the lake when taking a swim near the old boat house. I also decide to add some stamping with my homemade stamp. I’m using a somewhat iridescent turquoise hobby acrylic paint for that.

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After that I added some Distressed Ink, the colour Vintage photo, around the edges.

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Added some colour to the printed embellishments, using both water colour and acrylic. Both pictures can be found at The Graphics Fairy. I also added some stamping using bubble wrap and a screw cork from an old cream packaging.

This is how my spread looks when finished. After gluing everything down (for the big paint flake I had to use double sided tape), I added some colours with a pen around the fish, the swirl and the text.

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I hope you like my spread and the process. I had a great time doing it and I think I gave the phrase “green fingers” a new meaning when I had finished it.

Looking forward to see what the other participants will be sharing.

Take care.
Josefina

New header

Changed the layout and header. Yay! Love the picture I used for the header. It’s a spread I did a couple of weeks ago. I still haven’t added any word or journaling… not sure if I want to…

The original spread looks like this:

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The layout might change a bit, but for now it’ll make do.

Have a good one!
Josefina

Book binding

This is going to be a pic heavy post. I would like to show my first book I’ve stitched together my self. Weeee! Loved making this, every picture is chosen because I like it and off course the book is in mainly green and blue. The book is rather small, something like 12,5 cm (or 5 inch).

It’s made in Coptic stitch and I watched all video tutorials of Laura Lein-Svencner before I started… and during. It’s great with You Tube! You can stop and pause at any time, I’ve used it much when teaching myself to crochet.

The covers are made out of old cardboard I had laying around, always saving good boxes to use… someday. I’m such a hoarder…
First there are two pics from my wip, and then there are pics of every page I’ve finished. I’ve used many different scraps of paper, some I know is from Basic Grey, but much are just stuff I’ve had for ages. The picture of the badger I’ve had since I were like 7 or something. Isn’t he pretty?
Ok, so here we go. Hope you like it. :)

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I still have a couple of pages left to fill, but I do love my little book. I haven’t made any journaling, but this feels like a sketchbook where I’ve tried to use different techniques and material. The page with the star in green and blue, I’ve used alcohol ink, never used it before. So, a great way to try new stuff.

Thanks for watching.
Love,
Jos

This life

The past year, and this as well, has been a rough one.
I ended up home on sick leave, the doctor said it was a clear case of burn out. I’ve had a great doctor, and my colleagues and manager have been really supportive. It’s been a long way back, but I can feel I’m getting there. I’ve started working again, if only for a couple of hours and I’m working on my good routines. Daily walks, crochet, art and crafts.

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Actually this period has given me my creativity back. When I was younger I always drew and painted. Drew scenes from Lord of The Rings while listening to music. I’ve got this back and it feels so darn good!! Nothing can make me feel so good as some paper, paint, music and what not that can turn into something amazing, from your imagination.

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I made this in my watercolour journal and I thought this quote from The Verve’s song ”Bittersweet Symphony” suited a spread like this. Love this song from the 90ies, and the video…

I took the selfie on one of the tough days while in bed, sometimes I guess you need to remember those days too.

I’ve used a stencil from Tim Holtz, some odd paper scraps, my old acrylic paints for base and splatters… and the letters might be from Basic Grey… I think…

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Take care of yourself.
Stay creative.

Jos