"Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about." Dr John Demartini

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Paper Bag Art Journal : Only 10? Minutes a Day!

I have been watching quite a few Youtube videos and saw an Art Journal by Andrea Gomoll which she created December 2013 - 【December Daily Artjournal】 Résumé _ Pageflip. Her art journal was made of paper bags and watercolour paper and this journal consists of daily pages from the 1st of December up to the 24th of December. I then decided I want to make one too, but it would not be a Christmas journal.

Unfortunately I cannot remember where I read about it or watched a video clip, but the lady suggested that one should put a couple of materials (journal/pens/crayons/mediums/etc) aside and spend 10 minutes a day on your art journal. Even if it means that you put all of these materials on a tray which you can hide underneath the lounge chair ;-)

Well, that sounded like a super nice idea and I decided to combine the 2 ideas, spending 10 minutes a day on a Paper Bag Journal!

This is the cover page:-

ONLY 10? MINUTES A DAY!


I started off by painting the bag with acrylic canvas primer and left it to dry,
I so much love to use paper serviettes and then tore a patterned serviette into smaller pieces.
Next I used Matt Gel Medium and pasted the serviette pieces down and left it to dry.
Added a layer of acrylic canvas primer and left it to dry.
Used bubble wrap and acrylic craft paint in white and pink to 'stamp' dots randomly on the page and left to dry.
Next I used gold acrylic craft paint and rubbed it randomly with my finger.


I printed a free image onto copy paper, cut it out and pasted it onto the background with gel medium.
After the gel medium was dry, I painted the clock with acrylic craft paints, used a gold permanent marker and added ruby liquid pearls and finished the clock off with a black fine liner (which smudged, but I WILL embrace imperfection!)
Added a white pearly Sugar Candy brad to the centre of the clock face.
The shadow was done with purple paint.

Next I traced different sized circles randomly onto the background. Some of the circles were painted with green and white acrylic craft paint and some were just outlined with the gold marker. I added 'clock hands' to the green circles and outlined it with a white permanent marker.


Now at this point I have to tell you that for me, it is IMPOSSIBLE to stick to just 10 minutes a day LOL! Thus the whiteboard chippy 'Time Flies' by Enmarc Crafts!
I inked it lightly with brown and added stickles to the wings and left it to dry.
Next I added dimensional glaze to the clock face and wings and after it was dry, I pasted it down.


The sentiment was printed on white paper and cut into smaller pieces.
Inked the edges and pasted the pieces down with gel medium.
I added loose stitching to the edges and also outlined the words.

Enmarc Crafts Product used:- www.enmarc.co.za

  Short and Sweet : Time Flies

Thank you for stopping by!
Comments will be appreciated :-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Some Handmade Cards

It's been a while since I have posted to the Blog, but I have been very busy ;-)

I needed to make cards for my shop as the stock dropped drastically and I hate it to send customers across the street to the local CNA :-( Why put jam on their bread instead of my own!

I think I made some 130+ cards of which some were duplicated and others not. Stamping. Embossing, Colouring. etc was on the priority list for a week or three and I had to do these as time permitted.

Here are a few of these cards so long. I will photograph some more and post in the near future. 

Left : Stamped with StazOn and coloured with Derwent Graphitint Colour Pencils
Middle : Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Plain Emb Set : Boats -Coloured with Tombow Filt Pens
Right : Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Photo Corners Hearts :  inked the edges with Dewdrop Gingerbread

Left : Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine Black
Right : Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Plain Embellishment Set : Vintage : inked the edges with Dewdrop Jumbo Java

Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Page Corner : Daisies - Inked Edges with Dewdrop Jumbo Java
Paper Flowers, Half Pearls. Stickles

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Black Diamond, then used the Bleach Technique and coloured with Twinkling H2O's

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Silver (Left) and Gold (Right), added stickles to the flowers and Dimensional Glaze to the vases

Stamped with StazOn Black and Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Namibia Stamp by Enmarc

Stamped with StazOn Black and coloured with Derwent Inktense Blocks

 Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine Black. Tissue Tape

Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with StazOn Black. Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine  Sepia (Left) and Black (Right). Butterflies stamped with Versamark Watermark on Tracing paper, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder  Iridescent (Left) and Gold (Right) and coloured with Twinkling H2O's

Stamp coloured with Embossing Pens and then stamped onto the cardstock 3 times, each print a little lighter than the previous print

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Silver (Bottom) and Gold (Top), added stickles to the flowers 

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Gold, added stickles to the flowers 

Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine Black.

Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippies used:

 Plain Embellishment Set : Boats

 Photo Corners : Hearts

 Plain Embellishment Set : Vintage

 Page Corner : Daisies

Thank you for stopping by :-)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Today is a Day to Remember : CSI Case File 120

Every week a new challenge over at CSI Color Stories Inspiration http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/
and this week yet another terrific challenge :-)

The Scene and the Scheme – Use all 5 Colours
Blue Sky - sky blue, taken from the background  - 198.231.246
Cloud - white, taken from the edges  - 255.255.255
Drizzle - bright salmon pink, taken from her outfit -  233.119.118
Sprinkle - bright spring green, taken from the background - 209.230.137
Raining Cats and Dogs - kraft brown, taken from the dog  - 203.183.156

Evidence – Use at least 2 clues
stripes
textured paper
mixed media background
gesso
something sheer
animal accents
umbrella
wet medium
place something upside down
raindrop shapes
scribbles

Testimony – Choose at least 1 clue

Write your journaling as a haiku.
Use a prompt from Journal Buddies.
Create a vellum or transparent holder for your journaling.
Choose a prompt from Sunday Scribblings.
Inspiration Words: -pal, float, sad,  -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

*Pfffeewww!* Another month flew by!!! This is my last submission as Guest Detective for April 2014. Thank you once again for the wonderful opportunity to design along with the most talented group of Detectives at CSI.

Although it was raining a lot whilst I visited my children, it was not raining the day we went to the Smuts House in Irene, so no umbrellas needed ;-)

Here is how I solved the case:


A little OOPSIE!! I did not notice that the umbrella charm came loose when I took the photo!! Well, I fixed it in the meantime as you will see in the close-ups

I used all the colours

Evidence:

Stripes – Striped PP
textured paper – Handmade paper painted blue and white
mixed media background – gesso, stencil, Dazzles
gesso - used
something sheer – The poodle’s frilly dress, ribbon behind the fence, the butterfly and the bow top left of LO
animal accents - Poodle
umbrella – Poodle with Umbrella, Umbrella charm
wet medium – gesso, craft paint, Dazzles, water soluble crayons and chalks
place something upside down – Birdhouse and Birdie
raindrop shapes – Berry Pins and drop-shaped pearls for a few flower centers
scribbles – Scribbled into the thick wet Gesso paste and 3 chipboard scribbles

All chipboard pieces are from Enmarc Crafts

Testimony:

I chose to write my journaling as a Haiku:

Majestic pine trees
The birds are singing up high
Dainty butterfly

I also wrote a little private message on the tag behind the photo frame.

Now for a few close-ups :










Stencils

  Dazzle Stencil : Letters

White Chipboard
   Deco Frame : Leaves

  Plain Embellishment Set : A Birds Life

  Plain Embellishment Set : Birds & Birdhouses

Dress-me-Ups : Bigger Corner No 7

   Fences 'n Things : Mini Crooked Fence

  Solo : Poodle

Dazzles :

  Dazzles : Rose Petal


  Dazzles : Hot Tomato
  Dazzles : Red Brick

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

DARK AFRICA ; CSI Case File 119


This week's Case File #119 over at CSI - http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/
was rather challenging to me!


The Scene and Scheme : Use all 5 Colours


Globe-Trotting - muted teal blue, taken from the bottom suitcase  - 125.165.154
Expedition - beige, taken from the top suitcase  - 232.216.203
Voyage - light brown, taken from the laughing statue -  204.168.144
Wanderlust - kiwi green, taken from the plant - 175.188.116
Overnighter - black, taken from the black suitcase - 12.24.14

Evidence – Use at least 2 clues

wood
map/globe
buckles
tags
leather
something clear
lightbulb
frames
metal
clock
leaves/greenery
labels
floral pattern
add something unexpected

Testimony – Choose at least 1 clue

Journal about something that makes you laugh.
Journal on tag or labels.
Write 7 interesting facts about your topic.
Scatter your journaling.
Inspiration Words: -laugh, journey, bright  -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.


Cool idea to build the old suitcases into the wall, BUT I would not like to dust them ;-)

I got inspired by the laughing statue in the Scene and thought that my photos of Dr. David Livingstone’s statue at Victoria Falls will come of good use for this Case File  

Here is how I solved the case:

I used all the colours
Evidence:
Wood – Stuck a piece of wood in the rolled map – Top Left of the Africa Map, Used wooden beads.
map/globe – I traced the Africa Map onto PP of a map of the South Pole ;-)
buckles – Used a ribbon slide as I did not have a proper buckle.
tags – 2 tags sticking out from behind the top of the photos.
leather – green leather strips tied to the 2 tags as well as fastened the rolled map with the same leather strip.
something clear – Tim Holtz filmstrip to hi-lite the spot where the statue is. Also used dimensional glaze on the calendar to hi-lite the date we were there as well as crackle glaze on the chipboard dress form.
Light bulb – Steampunk chipboard bulb peeking from under the map on the left side.
Metal – African Mask and brads
Clock – Printed Clock on the Chipboard Tag
leaves/greenery – Chipboard leaves – part of the tags and labels, trees/leaves/greenery in the photos
labels – Sticking out from behind the top of the photos
floral pattern – Used al floral ribbon to mark the equator
add something unexpected -  Aaaaah!! Lady Mary Moffat Livingstone had to be featured as well, thus the two tags with a Corset on the one and a Dress Form on the other ;-)

All chipboard pieces are from Enmarc Crafts

Testimony:

I chose some interesting facts which I scattered on the LO

David Livingstone was born on 19 March 1813 in Blantyre.
He studied at the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School from 1838 – 1840.
His courses covered medical practice, midwifery and botany.
He also attended science and technology as well as Greek, Latin & Theology, Medical School and campaigned against slavery.
He married Mary Moffat, a South African girl from Kuruman and they had 6 children.
Livingstone was the first white man to see Victoria Falls & crossed Africa from Luanda in a transcontinental journey to Quilimane on the east of Africa.
Livingstone died of malaria and dysentery at Chief Chitambo’s village in Northern Rhodesia – Zambia.
Livingstone died at the age of 60 on 4 May 1873 (Some information gives the date as 1 May)

I never ever thought I would do a LO on HISTORY!!! Well, I enjoyed recapping some of the history and you may google this hero and explorer to read a whole lot of interesting facts about him and all his explorations.

Now for a few close-ups :

Sprayed the Chipboard letters with Dazzles : Anthracite (similar to other glimmer sprays) and light chalked the Steampunk Bulb Chipboard. Used a green leather strip to fasten the rolled part of the map.
Side View.
Floral ribbon and wood beads on a string and a ribbon slide to mark the equator. Sprayed some kitchen paper towel with Dazzles : Anthracite to fill up the metal mask from behind.
Used Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn to create a teal colour on the beige colour card stock and then spritzed and flicked water onto the ink.
Most southern part of Africa - rolled the pp.
Also rolled the Horn of Africa.
Used Dewdrops Key Lime and Tea Leaves to ink the chipboard leaves.
Something UNEXPECTED : The Corset and Chipboard Dress Form. Inked the dress form and added crackle glaze. The clock is part of the printed whiteboard tag.
Cut 2 feet off a flexi board-er and inked it with dewdrops sand. Used a piece of the Tim Holtz filmstrip to hi-lite the location of the statue. Livingstone saw the Mighty Falls on 16 November 1855 and named it Victoria Falls.


  Steampunk : Light Bulb

  Mini Alpha Sheet : Chunky Monkey - Left over from previous LO's

  Nature Elements : Rustling Leaves - Left over from previous LO's

  Printed Whiteboard : Fancyful Flight - Black

  La Petite : Dress Forms

  Flexi-Board-er : Printz

  Dazzles : Anthracite

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you and yours a most BLESSED EASTER :-)