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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

 

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.

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Vol. 02 Layout 05 | Beauty in the Broken Places

Hi guys and Happy Monday! Today is back to school for us, and back to regular routine, and I am so happy about that. I am working in my art journal for today’s post, so have a look at my process:

For my layout I was inspired by the art and paintings of artist Kathe Fraga. Her blog is linked here: Kathe Fraga.

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I really wanted to create a crackled background on this piece, so I pulled out my crackle mediums and acrylic chalk paints and went to work. Those paints are available at Michael’s and AC Moore, if you live in the US, and they are typically located in the acrylic paint aisle. They are water based and really easy to work with.

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In order to bring out the beauty in the cracks created by the crackle medium, it is necessary to build up layers underneath and on top of the crackle. Then you apply the crackle medium, add a layer of contrasting color, then lighter color, on top. The cracks reveal the lovely colors underneath and add beautiful texture to your page.

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Once the background was completed, I layered flowers using the modeling paste directly on top of the cracked background.

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Of course one of my favorite parts about art journaling is applying the color to the images created by the modeling paste and stencils. I love the process of laying down the paint, letting it run about the page, lifting it back up, and laying it back down.

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I added the leaves using a gold texture paste from Faber Castell. That paste is available at Hobby Lobby and it is the thing that made this layout really pop. After I added the leaves, I went around the border of the page using the gold paste, and I added some of the paste on top of the crackled areas within the layout as well.

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My quote is just hand-written with a Sharpie marker, nothing complicated or too thought out. The original quote is from Pinterest, credit goes to BMM Poetry.

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I spoke about my emotional connection to this piece in the process video, so I do hope you will have a few minutes to have a listen and be inspired to explore the cracks both on the page and in life. Many people had such encouraging things to say about me sharing this part of my journey, and I thank you for those kind words! See you back tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Journal Volume 02 | Luminous

Hi there and happy Monday to you! My art journal today is inspired by an image of a woman that I found in one of the travel brochures we picked up in Charleston. Have a look at my process and then I will share a little more about it:

I began with a layer of tissue paper that came from my store purchase at a place called Luna, on King Street in Charleston. I wrinkled and textured the tissue papers on purpose, and then layered gesso on top.

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I then layered the magazine image on top of the tissue paper, along with the doily and the paper strips.

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I also hand painted the flowers in contrasting colors. Notice that even though I chose a color scheme to begin with, I sort of just let the journal page lead me where it wanted to go.

Art Journal Vol 02 Luminous

I struggled a bit with the painting. First I wanted to try circles, and in the video you saw me paint purple and green circles on the page. They were ok, but not really making me happy, so I left the layout overnight and came back in the morning. In the morning I realized across the top of the page the tissue had left this lovely swirl and the paint had drawn into those crevices. That inspired me to repeat the swirls across the page.

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I also gained more confidence to add more circles and swirls and I made sure they all directed your eye towards the main image, the woman in the photo. Once everything was completed on the background, I added my quote. This quote inspired me because of the word Luminous. This year for my One Little Word project I chose the word Shine, and as part of that exercise I did a word study. Surprisingly, the word Luminous did not appear in that word study, but it did appear through my search for a quote to use here.

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I did not fuss too much with my handwriting, I just wrote it as it came to me. My hope is to develop my own distinct handwriting that is not influenced by others, and so you will see me try different things out in the process of this journal.

Art Journal Vol 02 Luminous

I love this process so much. Every outcome is a pleasant surprise, and a journey to arrive. I did not know for sure what this image of this lady was telling me, but through the process of journaling I figured it out and put it to paper. I hope you feel that you are luminous today, too, because you are. Your energy and your spirit do indeed shine brightly, so don’t let anyone tell you any different. See you tomorrow!

~Theresa

Art Journal No. 07 | To My 8-Year-Old Self

Hi guys and happy Monday! To start our week off with some inspiration I am working on an art journal layout using some products I still had from my May Gossamer Blue kits! Have a look at my process!

I was totally inspired by the happy lady included in the ephemera pack from My Mind’s Eye Hello Gorgeous! collection. She became the basis for this entire layout.

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Myprocess began with fabric washi tape and then layers of gesso, patterned papers, and tags on top.

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I also used my modeling paste and this lovely stencil from Donna Downey to add some floral embellishments and texture to the page. My favorite part is always adding liquid pigment (whether distress inks or watercolors or gelatos – in this case distress inks) and watching these elements come to life.

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I included some stamped images as well, as the stamp sets for May Gossamer Blue kits were fantastic. The hearts create adorable little punctuation marks around the page, drawing your eye to certain places. It is said that each creative piece needs a little black embellishment, and I would say these hearts are perfectly light-hearted and fun.

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I added a tiny bit of journaling which is a note to my 8-year-old self. My own daughter is now 8 and many days I see little pieces of myself in her. Sometimes I wonder, though, if I was as happy-go-lucky as she is, and I don’t think I was!

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It is ok to forgive ourselves, even today, for the things we carried as small children. And it is definitely ok to do so in a light-hearted way through self-expression and happy colors and fun embellishments. I am thankful for these mediums and for this little book, this messy little book, and I am thankful for you, dear reader, for being the kind of audience I can share this with. Have a great Monday and I will see you tomorrow!

~Theresa

 

Art Journal No. 06 | Enjoy the Ride

Welcome back, you guys! I hope you had a really good weekend and are ready for a new creative week. I certainly am ready, and have a full week lined up to share with you. So grab a cuppa somethin’ and let’s start with a motivational layout today in my art journal.

So for this layout I was inspired by a bicycle screenprint I had by Heidi Swapp, although I ended up using one from Prima instead. Now, I admit that I spent entirely too much time on this layout and added entirely too many layers and elements and inks…….but all that really matters is that I had fun and I experimented lots.

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I started out with another favorite textured paper from Papyrus and some dictionary pages from an old French/English dictionary I had on hand. Those were adhered and then heavily gessoed.

Art Journal 06 Enjoy the Ride

I also added some washi tape and some ribbons from Webster’s Pages, and then again heavily gessoed. I also laid down some mesh fabric that is May Arts, also just had on hand. You could use burlap or canvas instead and that would lend a similar effect.

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I also used two stencils with modeling paste: the wood grain is from Mod Podge and the butterflies are Heidi Swapp. The modeling paste has been colored with Heidi Swapp mists – however they are watery so those butterflies may crack in time? No worries, it will only add to their charm.

Art Journal 06 Enjoy the Ride

So while I was working on this layout (for days and days!) I really wanted something upbeat and happy. The irony is that bicycles don’t really make me all that happy – many years ago I had a bad accident and, while I recovered and got back on my bike very soon after, today 30 years later they scare me. So maybe this layout is actually a dream for me – to associate a bike with joy. I don’t know. But regardless, my thoughts today are: even if the journey brings some tears and sadness along the way (and it will), look for the things that do bring joy.

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Maybe bikes don’t bring you joy, but the mediums I used sure did. And that, in the end, is the whole point. Happy creating! See you tomorrow with Project Life, and don’t forget to stop by my give-away before Friday for the drawing!

~Theresa

 

 

Art Journal No. 05 | Wonder

Hi guys! I am continuing to work in my Art Journal this week and was inspired to use some new products I picked up at Michaels. I got a stamp and stencil combination from Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous and I also found some texture crème from ArtC that I could not wait to try. Have a look at my process!

Now I had been eyeing this texture cream for a while and decided to try just one color, Platinum. One thing I like to do when I purchase a new product is to try it without doing any research about it, just to put it down on the page and see what happens. I opened the can and it feels really gritty, so I immediately knew that the colors and inks and paints would take that texture beautifully. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I know it might be hard to see in the photo, but if you look closely you can see the swirly pattern in the red paint below. That is the texture paste!

Art Journal No 05 Wonder

I really think this layout is absolutely dreamy. The combination of textures and subtle colors give lots of visual interest.

Art Journal No 05 Wonder

For my floral elements, I took some Recollections florals that were plain white and added Tim Holtz distress paint to the petals. Then I took the distress paint in Tarnished Brass and added that to just the edges. The centers are also Tim Holtz epoxy flowers, with just a touch of Burnished Bronze added for depth.

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I cannot say enough good things about the process of art journaling, you guys. It makes me just want all the stencils and stamps and pastes and paints, every last one of them!

Art Journal No 05 Wonder

I chose to use the sentiment from the stamp set as my inspirational quote on this layout. I think the word wonder describes my life – sometimes I wonder how I got here and sometimes I wonder at how awesome it is. I wonder at these amazing processes and products that inspire me every day, and I wonder at the art process itself – how creating layouts and pages brings so much joy, even when we don’t know the outcome and sometimes even when we walk away from it not knowing for sure whether we really like it or not!

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So let me encourage you today, and this week, even if you’re not completely happy with the outcomes of your art or your pages or your layouts, or your photographs or your journaling, keep doing it. Keep creating, keep at it. Embrace even the ones you aren’t sure of, because the value is in simply creating! The value is simply that you made something and it is YOURS! It is a part of you! And be encouraged – my art journaling layouts aren’t the most amazing, innovative things you ever saw, and they don’t even have to be. Just enjoy the process, my dear friends. I’ll see you tomorrow with Project Life!

~Theresa

Here are a list of some of the products I have used in today’s layout. This blog is an Amazon affiliate and these links help support this blog and our family! When you click on these links, or make purchases through these links, I receive a small commission from that. Thank you kindly for helping to support my endeavors!