Friday, May 27, 2016

I am SUCH an Airhead!

Geez! I am posting this scan of my art journal page again because, as I mentioned 2 posts ago, I made this page for the Art Journal Journey May challenge Journeys. And then I forgot to say that when I showed it to you last time! GOSH! {huge virtual eyeroll}. Anyway, I am correcting that now. Have a great Friday, thanks for looking and I appreciate all your comments! xoxo

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Success is a Journey

Here is my finished art journal page in my Little Book of Wisdom art journal. If you want to see all my pages/spreads so far, they are in THIS album on my Flickr.

I had explained last time that I'd kept the quote I used here for many years, even though I disagreed with it until recently. I believed for a long time that success was both a journey and a destination, and the quote clearly says it is not the latter. However, I began to realize that successful living or living successfully is all about the journey. Where you end may indeed change or may be impossible to control or predict. As I've gotten older, I've come to understand how precious it is to live in the moment, enjoy today, take what comes and make your successes not dependent on a destination but on your happiness. I am still having trouble explaining fully, but I think I am on the right track.

So, I listed a few successes that my daily journey in life usually involves. They seem to be boring, redundant, small. But when I am in them, I am happy. The first one about my health is an abbreviated form of manage them more than they manage me. Didn't have enough room, but that's ok because when I read that I remember the entire thing. I did not list my favorite interests because they might change, but I like to have them. Right now, they are genealogy, reading and studying history and culture, politics, etc. And Art got its own arrow because I totally felt it should have. What else can I say about that? haha

This was a bit more personal than I usually have done in this journal, but I suspect I may revisit the personal on pages in one of my other themed art journals. For now, this sets the ideas down and personalizes the quote for me.

The background I began with, as well as many others in this journal (and others) was created while I was in the first real art journaling class I took online from Kelly Kilmer, called A Prompt A Day. I am forever grateful that I took that class, and in fact, I've decided to refer back to my notes and the processes, as I am getting to the point in this and 2 other journals where I might can fill them, finish them. So, doing the exercises again to create the backgrounds I need sounds exciting to me. I can remember being happy and feeling successful as I learned from Kelly, so what better way to get color on the rest of my pages?

Hope you are experiencing success in your art journey! Thanks as always for visiting me and your comments are very much appreciated! xoxo

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Art Journal Jonesing

Hey there! Well, while I was doing my new stamps organizing, I got a wild hair to art journal and since it has been awhile, I decided to indulge once it was break time. Process shots follow, as I pretty much put paint on paper in 3 different journals but nothing finished.

I found this page where I'd done acrylic layers and ragged off. I saw that Art Journal Journey's May theme is "J-o-u-r-n-e-y-s" and I had a quote from a Chatterbox sticker sheet that I'd been saving for oh, 10 years? It's a quote that I didn't quite agree with, but nevertheless was compelled to keep it. Lately, I've realized that I just did not understand fully and now I see the meaning, so I'm using it. That means I played in my Little Book of Wisdom quote journal.

Did not really have a game plan beyond the quote and a short list of what it means to me, so I decided just to get hunches and go with them. Chose a 6x6 TCW City Grid stencil and some eggplant colored paint.

Then this TCW 6x6 Chevron Arrows stencil called out to me, along with orange paint.

This was as far as I felt like going for now, except that I got out my 12x12 TCW Arrows, some deli paper and a teeny bit of some Dylusions spray ink I'd saved from mixing two colors. I added some gel medium to it, stenciled the arrows and then hung up to dry. Thinking about cutting them out and then writing my list items on them.

But then I had leftover orange and purple paint, so I got out 2 of my other journals. I stenciled the TCW 4x4 Layered Flower above and added some to the layers. Then I painted the page below in a different journal and off-printed the orange Chevron Arrows stencil.

I take the Dawn DeVries Sokol approach to art journaling - I add a little at a time until I call it done. I do not recall ever completely a page in one sitting, or even 3. I like leaving it and then returning, leaving, returning, adding some each time. It's my kind of fun, lol.

So, the journey page is close to done so I will share with you soon. However, I must get some cards made first. I'll leave you with a very important tip I discovered while cleaning the Dylusions off my hands and the acrylic off my stencils. If you've used Dylusions and gotten it on your skin, you know it can sometimes take weeks to wear off.

Well, buy some Lava Hand Soap at the grocery store and try it. Applied with a nail brush, it works wonders for me. And I have to laugh because when I was growing up, it was advertised on television all the time as the manly soap to clean grease, tar, all the messes guys got into back then...when men could and did work on their own cars, lawn mowers, appliances. Also, it apparently cleans up paint and dyes! Pretty funny how something so Old Skool does the trick! (And how many of you still keep some Comet or Barkeepers Friend under the sink? haha winkwink)

Hope this week is shaping up to be a good one for you! xoxo

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Oops - Lost a Day due to Real Life!

Well, guys, sorry I lied. Said I was gonna be back yesterday and I wasn't. Thank Gawd nobody cares, hahaha. Maybe unless you are a closet gambler and bet that I would - in that case, please accept my apologies!

Anyway, I should have been more realistic and realized that I would get back into another 3 days of stamps organization, which is what I've been doing. So, I'm calling Do-Over. I'll be back Monday night with some new art to share. In the meantime, here is something I did while taking breaks from my stamps:

 Enjoying back porch life with The Hubster on nice days....

 Watching the Magic Orchid's 15th blossom open up (only 2 more buds left on it)...

Baking my first pie from scratch (except for the crust, which was a frozen store-bought one)...not my first pie, but had used only pudding mixes and cool whip before, so this is a big deal for me. I had always thought I would screw it up, especially meringue. But it's not that difficult. As for pie crust, not even going there right now. hahaha

Have a great rest of the weekend and thanks for visiting! Let me know what you think of my Coconut Marshmallow Cream Pie and have you ever heard of or eaten coconut pie with marshmallows in the filling? xoxo

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Birthday Bubbly

 Sharing a card today made with more old supplies! Gosh, I should probably apologize if you came here looking for the newest stuff and/or trends, cuz it ain't happenin'! lol

 I know you've seen that Junkitz patterned card stock before, more than a few times. It takes forever to use up a paper collection when you're making cards with it, man! Anyway, I've stamped a margarita and used some of that Liquid Applique' for the first time ever to make the salt glass rim. Added a bit of glitter to it as well.

 The image and sentiment are both Skipping Stones stamps. The tag is Pebbles, the brad is Doodlebug.

 I colored the glass and lime with Copics. Used a Spellbinders Classic Circle nestie to cut out the image and a mat.

The back I kept pretty simple - used my Avery Elle handmade stamp with a Spellbinders Labels 5 die.

Well, have a good one and see ya tomorrow! xoxo