Tim Holtz

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

 

Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Hi guys, today I am sharing another layout in my Things I Need to Hear Series. In this layout I am journaling a bit about carrying other people’s anger and how to move forward from that. I used one of my favorite mixed media techniques – creating patterns using floral stencils and modeling paste, and then painting with acrylics. I then embellished using some of the glorious Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes.

I find that every week when I complete these layouts I cannot wait to share them with you. I am loving this artistic process and combining mixed media with photos and journaling.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

My journaling for this layout was, quite frankly, brutally honest and painful, but so much worth it to write it out and get it out of my brain. These are the kinds of journaling that absolutely can be covered up and be made into a portion of the artwork itself, which is what I did here. I layered modeling paste right over top of the words in a symbolic move to remind myself not to park in the negative spaces.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

I then layered distress paints and acrylics over top, and a layer of gesso over top of that as well. Underneath my photos I layered some cut files I picked up from the Silhouette store: Totally Jamie floral cluster and leafy branches.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

After that I layered my photos with patterned papers and my title. At the end of my journaling I left the invitation for myself to take charge and only own emotions that are mine to own. I admit I don’t really know what this looks like but I am already doing it and I am already working hard to make important changes in my life and self-awareness, so I wanted my title to be a reassurance to me that I do, indeed, have this. Change is always scary, but this is a very good thing. Disclaimer: as a survivor of trauma anger often becomes a coping mechanism for dealing with the reality of what happened to that person, and often trauma arises from the projection of other people’s anger onto the victim. This means that victims carry the anger of their perpetrator, often in the form of visible scars and always in the form of invisible, emotional scars. In prolonged trauma, the survivor is groomed to hold that anger and accept that anger because the perpetrator leads them to believe they deserve it. An important part of healing from trauma is identifying misplaced anger, and it is this type of anger that I am referring to in my video and layout.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Look at all those yummy layers! 

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

And yes, I absolutely did use this adorable deer with the glitter hooves and gingham fur.

Larkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes BloomLarkindesign Traditional Mixed Media Layout | You Got This feat. Maggie Holmes Bloom

Thanks so much for following along with my process today, I hope you are inspired to create your own magic today. See you back here again soon!

~Theresa

 

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border A Poem by Taslima Nasrin

Hi guys! I have an art journal layout today that I hope will inspire you as we begin a new week and new creative endeavors!

 

I began my layout today inspired by this great poem written by an Bangladeshi woman named Taslima Nasrin. She writes frequently about the experiences of women in her culture and some of the injustices they bear in their life.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

This is the complete poem:

Border
by Taslima Nasrin

I’m going to move ahead.
Behind me my whole family is calling,
my child is pulling at my sari-end,
my husband stands blocking the door,
but I will go.
There’s nothing ahead but a river
I will cross.
I know how to swim but they
won’t let me swim, won’t let me cross.

There’s nothing on the other side of the river
but a vast expanse of fields
but I’ll touch this emptiness once
and run against the wind, whose whooshing sound
makes me want to dance. I’ll dance someday
and then return.

I’ve not played keep-away for years
as I did in childhood.
I’ll raise a great commotion playing keep-away someday
and then return.

For years I haven’t cried with my head
in the lap of solitude.
I’ll cry to my heart’s content someday
and then return.

There’s nothing ahead but a river
and I know how to swim.
Why shouldn’t I go? I’ll go.

The part of the poem that resonated with me is the idea of crossing a river, or any journey really, only to find emptiness on the other side.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

The part of the poem that resonated with me is the idea of crossing a river, or any journey really, only to find emptiness on the other side. Recovery can feel an awful lot like crossing a wide river, and finding emptiness on the other side. There is tremendous value in the journey, because you discover things about yourself you never knew.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

And the whole time you are on your journey, you believe once you get to the destination you will have the answers you were looking for. This is true, you will find the answers you are looking for.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

But when you reach that destination, and you look at the emptiness, and you weep at how empty it is. You weep at what you had hoped it would be, what you deserved for it to be.

Art Journal Vol 03 No 03 | Border by Taslima Nasrin

And you begin to look inside yourself, since around you is empty. It is there you learn you had the answers inside yourself all along. But you needed the journey to reveal them.

~Theresa

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 02 | Past

Hi there and happy Monday! I have to admit I ran out of week last week and was not able to post on Thursday or Friday! Sad face! But there is never enough time in the day to get everything done I want to get done, so I decided to move forward and see if I could get a full week published this week. Have a look at my Art Journal process today:

I am exploring more with the idea of cracks in the surface, although I did not reflect on this layout in my video today. The poem I was working with is written by Pablo Neruda, and in it he speaks of waves of water.

Art Journal 03 Layout 2 | Past

Lately I have been feeling waves of emotions come over me, sometimes happy and sometimes overwhelming sadness. Nothing that is unexpected, but nonetheless it is there. I wanted to create an ocean on my page, so I reached for this bubble stencil from Studio Calico and my texture cream from Art C.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

I laid down some patterned papers that I had torn into strips, and also pieces of a map. The map, our location, collides with the ocean and sand.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

The stencil created a lovely cascade of bubbles, sort of like the wild ocean when it meets the sand and it foams. The texture cream swirls around it like sand in between our toes when the tide returns.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

For color I used a combination of blues, greens, and black. The colors spread across the page adding depth and dimension. What is left when the tide returns is all this lovely swirling color and texture, the depth and width and breadth of life.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

I am in process of closing a chapter in my life. A chapter filled with swirling realities that no longer are, nor need to be.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

The present chapter is wrapping up, the ocean has touched the sand and crashed upon its shores. The tide of emotions passing, sometimes returning because that is what oceans do, but what happens to the sand is fresh and new.

Art Journal 03 Layout 02 | Past

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol. 03 Layout 01 | I Rise with an Effort

Hi guys and happy Labor Day Monday, if you are in the US. I found a new art journal a couple of days ago and decided this week I would try working in this one for a page or two. Have a look at my process here:

First things first: I am learning how addicting art journaling is, and also how much fun it is to collect art journals themselves. I found this one for about $5 at Wal-Mart, and I wanted to try it because it lays flat and it has kraft paper!

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

Typically when I begin working on a layout, I start by collecting a few things around my studio that look interesting. This week I found a gold doily that was really big, 10″, a geometric stencil from Faber Castell, and a poem by Philippe Jaccollet.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

When working in lay flat journals like this one, it is always a good idea to cover your center seam with washi tape. This reinforces your pages and also provides a bit more stability. I also found that paint and watercolors will collect in that seam and the washi was good to have for that, as well.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

Then I added the gold doily directly on to the kraft paper, using my matte medium. I added a light layer of gesso, leaving some of the kraft paper visible underneath the layers.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

I also added my poem, which is torn from an old book of poetry I found years ago. The book itself has water damage and is of no value by itself, so no guilt.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

I spoke a little about why I chose this poem in my process video, so I hope you had a chance to listen to that. The idea of light in the context of suffering is not unfamiliar to me, and I explore that idea artistically on this layout. Last week I worked with the concept of cracks and how those seeming imperfections become the part of our art that draws us in. Light plays an important role in revealing those tiny crevices too – light catches on those places and highlights those places more than darkness ever can.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

The paper stencil I used reminds me of stained glass, and so I laid the pattern down with my modeling paste, and then began adding colors to the page. Bit by bit the colors ran across the page, picking up the textures and crevices on the page, going around the pattern, making these cracks become apparent.

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

Here is one more look at the layout:

Art Journal Vol 03 Layout 01 I Rise

I wish for you an inner peace today, and a light that shines on your imperfections in the best way. These are the places that allow the light to shine, my friends. See you tomorrow.

~Theresa