Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Let the journaling begin

I've been "stalking", lol, on-line a friend of mine, Melanie, who does art journaling.  Another friend, Jackie, I "stalk" on Facebook does Bible Journaling.  So recently I took a class that took me out of my comfort zone in art journaling.  I love how it dragged me, kicking and screaming, out of my comfort zone but brought it back when I incorporated my love of rubber stamping.  Vivid colors, art that is personal.. layers.. see the fun I had at this recent class.
I used these stamp sets on these art pages:
Watercolor Words (photopolymer 138702)
Heartfelt Sympathy (photopolymer 138764)
Black Archival ink pad (140931)

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Layers, layers and more layers... so my friend Melanie is an amazing mixed media art journalist.  I may enjoy it but I'm simpler in my art.  I followed her directions on each layer.  These jewel toned blues are definitely my favorite colors.  Creating this look with Silks Acrylic Glazes and paint brushes.  With stencils, the Silks paints, a texture paint (I can't remember the name, sorry) we added layer upon layer.  

Out of my comfort zone.. oh yeah, completely!  I added each layer per her instruction and though it may have 'killed' me I actually like the results as a form of art.  Adding additional texture using our Heat Tool to set the paints and add bubbles was a fun and new-to-me use for my heat embossing tool.

I had to add my own touch.  Using the Watercolor Words stamp set and the Archival Black ink pad (which is great for Photopolymer stamp sets and non-porous surfaces, like this painted journal page) for some inspirational words.
Oh sigh... so after the process of layering on the blue page I found myself needing to do something more my style.  Jewel tones, focal points and this beautiful Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set and Black Archival ink pad.  I did find that having the blue page, it's layers and embellishments, on the other side of this second page made rubber stamping a challenge.  I love this inspirational quote on a card, it reminds me of our Project Life cards that I use in Memory Documenting.  I am so excited to find a new use for these great cards!!
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I love teaching card making and paper crafting.  I'm also branching out into Bible Journaling in my 'spare' time.  My heart yearns for a deeper, more tangible connection with The Lord's Word.  (Look for my journey in my Journaling posts coming up.  Here is my first!)  I love that art is personal.  Created for myself and not others.  This took me out of my comfort zone.  I'm glad to have experienced this, to have grown a little and to have actually enjoyed this experience.  Join Us in creating art, in the form of hand-stamped cards.  I'll also be offering Bible and Art Journaling times coming up - not classes, more like times to connect over art and God's Word.
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