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Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I need to Hear series. Today is a reminder that it is ok to feel beautiful and it is ok to embrace ourselves especially in ways that help us feel good about ourselves. I am using Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane collection, which is just amazing to work with!

Oh you guys, I had to order a little of the Magnolia Jane collection from Heidi Swapp and when it arrived, I just had to use it right away! I had this quick snap of myself that felt pretty neutral and would be perfect for a layout with Magnolia Jane.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

My starting point for this layout was this beautiful pink patterned paper and I knew I wanted to layer my gesso on top for white space. The white space then became the home base for stencils, watercolors, and embellishments.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

I used the stencil from Prima to add floral embellishments and then I allowed the watercolors to flow over those shapes. I also added some lovely black splatters, because no layout is complete without a little black!

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

A second embellishment cluster is at the bottom of my layout. I used some of the embellishments from the Magnolia Jane ephemera and also a folded flower from Recollections (Michael’s brand).

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | Hello Gorgeous

I wrote my journaling on the left hand side in space that was provided by the gesso. One of the very clear casualties in surviving trauma was my self-esteem, and my journaling addresses that challenge. I hope that we all feel self worth today, I hope we all feel as beautiful as we truly are, both inside and out.

~Theresa

 

Art Journal Vol. 02 | Let It Be (The Beatles)

Hi guys! Happy Monday to you and let’s jump right in on my art journal project. Have a look at today’s process:

I began with a thick rough layer of gesso and then embossed a toile stamp in clear embossing powder to create a resist underneath. On top of that I added some of Art C’s texture paste for the gelatos to settle into.

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This is how beautifully the texture paste takes on the colors.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

I also layered on some papers and washi tapes to create more interest on the background. The butterfly gift wrap is from Papyrus, it is actually one I have had for a long time, and the music note washi tape is Heidi Swapp. The solid color washis are Scotch brand.

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Of course everything is covered with a thin layer of gesso, and then I added flowers and butterflies using modeling paste and gesso.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

This time I used watercolors to add the color to the stenciled images. I have to admit it was not my favorite way to add that color. I find watercolors make great washes, but they don’t run very well! I most definitely recommend Tim Holtz’ distress paints for that as they are much thicker and the color has more staying power. However, the watercolors do still create wonderful blends of color, even if they aren’t as vibrant as I had anticipated. And of course, the purpose of art journaling is to embrace the unexpected!

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

Once I had all my layers added and was happy with the colors and the textures, I added my quote. I was completely inspired by this quote from the old Beatles song, “Let It Be.” Once again, my One Little Word is showing up in my journaling, with a gentle reminder that the light is still there inside me.

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

I used a plain old paint pen from Elmer’s to write the lyrics and could not believe I have not tried writing with these before! I absolutely love the color and how smoothly it went onto the surface. My only fault was that it turned out the modeling paste was not quite as dry as I thought it was, so the paint pen ran a little at the bottom. 

Art Journal Vol 02 Let It Be

I hope you are enjoying this art journaling process with me! I am learning so much and even though I don’t have it figured out in any way, there is still so much value in creating these layouts and in sharing them with you. See you tomorrow for Project Life 2016!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal No. 04 | Be the Light

Hi friends, I am sharing with you another art journal layout today and I will start out by saying this one is a mess! And that is the whole point of art journaling – to create a big mess and allow the process to happen and embrace the outcome. Embrace the outcome because there is joy simply in creating and simply in working with the different mediums and papers and colors. Have a peek at my process:

Here is the finished layout:

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I started with papers from Papyrus and a paper bag from a local shop, and then just layered from there.

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I was also inspired by a stamp set I have had in my collection for a while, which is designed by Alisa Burke. Her website and shop can be found here: Alisa Burke (enabler warning, she is an amazing artist! Here is a link to the stamp set I used, which is available for purchase in her shop here: Doodle Flowers.

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I adore the silhouette I used, which is one of Julia Nutting’s dolls created for Prima. Rather than use the stamped image, I used the patterned side of the paper, and then used her dress as the home for my stamped sentiment (also Prima stamps).

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One thing I love about art journaling is that it gives me opportunity to work with tools and mediums and colors and textures, and then look back over the layout to 1) love my work and pat myself on the back for trying different things; and 2) ask myself if there is anything I would do differently in the future. There are several things I might do differently, and I do hope to revisit this layout at a later date to try these same elements in another way. That is how we learn and that is how we stretch our own creativity! I hope you will be inspired today to use your own products to create something fun and happy. See you back tomorrow with Project Life!

~Theresa

 

Art Journal 02 | New Life

Hi friends, I have an art journal spread to share with you today that I hope will bring spring right to your computer screen (or phone screen!). I bought a big giant hat a few days ago and took a few selfies outside in the sunshine. That photo, printed on a metallic vellum, became the basis for this spread. Have a look at my process:

So at our home we have a bird nest in our wreath on our front door. I don’t know if the babies are going to make it, but we have stopped using the front door and are hoping they all pull through. I decided to use a bird as my motif here. Simple stencil design and acrylics in a tube.

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For the background I just used some mail and some papers from Papyrus that I have been holding onto. I am loving that art journaling will allow me to use some of those beautiful papers!

Art journal 02 New Life

I absolutely adore this dot stencil from Prima, and the way it directs the paint across the page.

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One more look here:

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Be inspired today. Even if you feel like the nest is perched precariously. Know that someone is on the other side of the door, listening out for you every day, hoping for your success. You’re gonna make it.

~Theresa