Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brilliant Banksy

I just love Banksy street art so it was a no brainer that when the Viva Las VegaStamps! Banksy stamps were released I just had to have them!!  Banksy is an English graffiti artist,  political activist, film director, and painter.  His street art usually contains dark humour and graffiti and is usually done using a stenciling technique. Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces.   I find that these stamps are perfect for art journaling and ATC's and it's fun to try to create a background that showcases the images. 

I made 3 ATC's using the Banksy stamps, here is the first one

 using Banksy shopping Jesus on cross, crime scene tape, french writing background and the bubblewrap texture stamp.

Here is the next ATC

and I tried to make a more grungy street style background, almost like concrete.  I used the Banksy swinging girl, one way small, radioactive and biohazard.

Last but not least I had a lot of fun with this one
I used eat the rich, Banksy winged mohawk guy, apocalypse and pin through paper.

I hope you enjoyed my trio of Banksy ATC's and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Journal Journey page

I was happy to be able to play along again with the 3rd part of the Journal Journey and the 3rd part was to take the resist techniques that we have been learning and playing along with and to make an art journal page.

One of the techniques was to use white paint and dab it onto a stencil, which I did here
Then when it dried I used Patina Glimmermist and sprayed it all over the journal page leaving it looking like this:
Now you can see how the buildings show through in a soft way.  Here is my finished art journal page
I had a lot of fun doing this and can't wait for the next tutorial! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I miss my boys

Last year was a very dificult year as we had to say goodbye to both of our "boys", Sam was 17 and Skyler was 16 1/2.  They had good long lives but for anyone who loses their heart to a pet (family member really!) it is never long enough and I miss them dearly.

One thing I love about art journaling is that I can chronicle or put down on paper what I'm feeling so for this art journal spread I dedicated it to our boys.  Here is my journal spread and then I will show you how I made it!
I started out with two pages that I had cleaned my Gelli plate off of as well as different Viva Las VegaStamps! stamps stamps (looks nothing like the journal spread above right??) and I appologize for the blurry pic but I took it at night and didn't realize it was so blurry...
 Then I took a stencil and used blue paint to create the design over the two pages and then poured some orange paint in a line and used a trowel to spread it
leaving it now looking like this
I sat there looking at it and didn't care for the in your face colors... so I took the same stencil and used cream colored paint and "bumped" the stencil, leaving it now looking like this (amazing how different it now looks right?)
much better! I now added some turquoise and pink paint and words as well as a bunch of stamps (can you spot them all?) and then glued a picture of my cherished boys on as well.
Once again here is the finished journal spread
 I used the line of chevrons stamp, the You are here stamp, Waybill/invoice background, the design open circles, solid star in circle, smear/smudge, writing triangles, tape, double coffee rings and last but not least the bubble wrap texture!

Here are some close ups of the different stamps

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday fun

Spent some time in my art room today! yay! I got a little more caught up on my project life and did September & October.  I will say I'm really loving documenting the month.  I know most people do weekly but I knew I wouldn't be able to commit to that so this is working out perfect for me!

Here is September
 and October:

Of course it wasn't great light for me to take the pictures of the spreads but you get the idea.  Next I played along again with the Journal Journey and the technique this time was an embossing resist.  I got a piece of plain white cardstock and misted it with two different colors of blue
 Then I stamped little tiny stars onto it, sprinkled some clear embossing powder on it, heat set it and then sprayed some yellow mist onto the card.
 I dried off the yellow mist and this is what it turned out like, you can now see that the stars are blue.  I wished I would have done a yellow background and then sprayed the blue, next time....
 I mounted the card onto black cardstock and then stamped some gold stars onto it and here is the final ATC
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year new fun!

So while on Pinterest one day, which could have been any particular day since I am on there just about every day.... I saw someone had pinned something about a new art journal class and I was intrigued! I get into a rut and need motivation, inspiration, and this excited me!!  If you are curious go here to the Kreative Koncepts Journal Journey and check it out!!

I was super pumped to be a part of a group and be inspired, get creative, see how others interpret prompts and challenges!!  I wasn't disapointed as the first email just went out and the technique was a crayon or vaseline resist!! I know right?? I hadn't done this before so I was a resist virgin and ready to give 'er!!

Of course I had no crayons in my house but I did have some vaseline so I decided to do not one, but three ATC's using this technique.  I was ready.  Here are the first three cards right after I did the resist
 and here are the cards after I played around with them and made them into ATC's
While this was a messy technique, I won't lie, it was FUN!!!! I can't wait to do this in my journal and to see the next email and prompt.  Check out the link as this is going to be a fun year!!!


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