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Friday, December 29th, 2017
My Top 3 Tutorials for 2017

Hi dear crafty friends! It’s time for summaries again! So today I want to share with you My Top 3 Tutorials for 2017. When I looked at all the tutorials I made this year I surprised even myself…there were more than I thought.  Here’s my list for my favorite tutorials:      My Top 3 Tutorials for 2017 Art Journal Page: Eyes I love this art journal page for two reasons. First it’s really easy to create. Much easier than it looks. Second, I love the impact those big eyes have. The page is absolutely penetrates you and you almost can’t look away.     Vintage Lady Mixed media Canvas When I create a project with a tutorial I try not only to challenge you but also to challenge myself. This project was a little outside my comfort zone. I used a Victorian looking focal point with lots of flowers and created a shabby chic romantic look. Even though it …

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
My Top 3: Art Journaling Quick Fixes

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing on My Top 3: Art Journaling Quick Fixes. Sometimes things don’t go as you plan even for me. I don’t like how my art journal page turned out or I’m stuck and don’t know how to continue. I have 3 ways of fixing that…     My Top 3: Art Journaling Quick Fixes 1. Start again This fix is kind of obvious. But how do you start again? The best way is to cover everything with white gesso and simple do the page from the beginning. If you do like parts of the page you can cover only part of it or some of the elements. If covering the page or part of it with gesso is not the solution then you can cover the part you don’t like with acrylic paints or a piece of tissue or pattern paper. Art journaling is very forgiving so you can always create a new layer …

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
The Magic of Gelli® Plate Printing

Hi dear crafty friends! I’m so happy and proud to introduce a new online class: The Magic of Gelli® Plate Printing. This online class has been in the making for a while but I got the final push thanks to you! When I recently posted a question about what would you like to learn so many of you said Gelli® printing! So here it is!!     The Magic of Gelli® Plate Printing I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun Gelli® printing is. It is easy, creative and amazing looking! Gelli® prints make beautiful background papers, tags, cards and scrapbooking pages. You can use them for altered art, mixed media and basically any project you want. Previously you needed a special press to create them but today you don’t! All you need is a Gelli® plate and you’re set. you don’t need anything else other than what you already have in your stash. Use any type of paints, …

Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Lighten Your Load Art Journal Page

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing another page from my art journal: Lighten Your Load Art Journal Page. I love sharing my process and art journey with you in the hopes you’ll get the art journal bug too.     Lighten Your Load Art Journal Page First let me say that I never wait for an idea to do some art journaling. I used to. But then I realized that if I wait for an idea to come I’ll be waiting for a long time. Art journaling is like a muscle if you don’t move it’ll atrophy. If you won’t work in your art journal you’ll get rusty and slowly it would seem almost impossible…       So this page has started as a way to keep my creative juices flowing. I had no idea what to do on this page so I started with just putting some of my favorite colors with a brush. No particular order …

Friday, October 27th, 2017
Stand Alone Art Journal Page

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing my new addition to my art journal: Stand Alone Art Journal Page. This page is full with autumn colors so it’s just right for this weather. The techniques I used in this page are really simple but I wanted to share with you my creative process while making the page.     Stand Alone Art Journal Page I wanted to create a page with only fall colors. Beyond that I had no idea what to add to the page. So I started with adding sprays and stencils patterns with red, orange and yellow paints. I also added some stamping with a brown permanent ink. Up until that point it wasn’t really a page, but more of a background. One of the stamped I used was of circles and the way I stamped the page reminded me of a tree. From there I knew what I wanted to do. I drew a shape of …

Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Don’t Be Afraid Art Journal Page

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a new art journal page: Don’t Be Afraid Art Journal Page. I created this page with a really cool and easy technique I want to teach you. I don’t think it has an official name so let’s call it the patterned masking tape technique. This technique is using masking tape as a surface like paper to work on with paint or other materials.   Don’t Be Afraid Art Journal Page The first step is to attach pieces of regular masking tape to a plastic surface so you’ll be able to remove the masking tape when it’s done, as well as clean up any paint. I used a plastic lid of a large container. Arrange the strips of masking tape close together. Use whatever width of tape you have.     Next start adding color to the masking tape. Use acrylic paints with a brush and stencils to add a pattern as well. After the …

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Be Fearless Art Journal Page

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing my new project Be Fearless Art Journal Page that I created for the More Than Words challenge. The subject of the challenge this month was Grunge and the word Fearless. Exactly the challenge for me!     Be Fearless Art Journal Page I love the gunge style, which is sometimes confused with steampunk (which I also love). Grunge is more about strong and dark colors, distressing and a sort of a punk look. It can be disorganized, graffiti, in your face look that is translated to a project. I decided to create an art journal page, because I thought it is the most appropriate medium for such an approach.       So I started with some spraying and then added stenciling, all in black, brown and strong reds. Then I drew a face and painted it in a yellow-green color so it will give the maximum contrast to the background. Finally I …

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