Documented Life Project 2016: January Week 3

I filmed my second video in my Documented Life Project for week 3 of January.  Even though I’m running a little bit behind with the weekly prompts, I’m keeping the “unplanner” part up to date.  I’m not using the book as a planner but rather as a place to journal little bits about what’s happening on specific days.  Some days stay empty and I try to fill those with magazine images to take up the white space.

This page uses a few collage elements such as book pages, a magazine image, die cut flowers and a “quote”.  I enjoy watching other collage artists on YouTube and I wanted to practice putting together a page using pictures from magazines.  Sometimes it takes the pressure off to combine other people’s images than to create them yourself.

Supplies are listed below as well as some photos of the finished page.  Thanks for watching and please subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already done so!



Liquitex Gesso

UHU Gluestick

Book Pages

Stampendous Stamps – Marks

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Hero Arts Cling Stamps – Flowers

StazOn Ink – Blazing Red

Distress Ink – Dusty Concord

FolkArt Stencil – Pebble Background

Glimmer Mist – Jingle Bells

Washi Tape

Magazine Image

Flowers cut from Gelli prints using Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die cut

Faber Castell PITT Pen

Liquitex Acrylic Paint – Titanium White

Here are a few more photos of the pages that I have done so far in my Documented Life Project. DLPwk1DLPwk2DLPwk3

Thanks for visiting!  Please leave a comment if you’re participating in the Documented Life Project.  I would love to see your work!


New Year with New Projects!

We are now more than three weeks into 2016 and I’m sure we are all excited about the new projects that we have started this year!  As for me, I have made my creative resolutions and I’m ready to take on new challenges.  Last year I found it difficult to keep up with all of the great content that’s out there and it caused me to have a creative block.  This year, I’m going to forgive myself if I’m unable to complete all of the projects and prompts that I set out to do.  Being an artist is not about stressing yourself out over deadlines.  It’s about practicing your craft in a way that makes you happy!

This year there are going to be more great #hashtag events hosted by the Creative Arts Collaboration group on YouTube which I’m excited to be a part of.  Keep an eye out for those!

The other project that I’m excited about is The Documented Life Project 2016: The Unplanner!  I’m new to this project this year and since we are encouraged to make it our own, I’ve decided to combine the planner aspect with art journaling.  I wasn’t able to purchase the kit that was offered from Art to 5th so I’m using a wire bound sketch book that I have had for years but never used.  I started by gluing every three pages together to give them more stability for wet media.  I printed out the calendar pages on white cardstock and coloured them by dropping watercolour paints to make big splotches.  I used old scrapbook paper as a background to give it a little more colour.  I glued them down using adhesive tape.


Since we are encouraged to make this project our own, I’ve decided to do a weekly art journal page using the prompts that we are provided.  List making is also part of these weekly prompts and I haven’t decided whether I will do those or not.  I’m not really a list maker but I figure if there’s one that I’m drawn to, I can always put it into my book as a tip in.  I also want to use this as a smash book and keep little mementos throughout the year and write little notes about what is happening in our lives.

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The video below is the first week’s prompt using the theme for the month of January.  To get more information or to join the The Document Life Project 2016: The Unplanner, click on the link in the toolbar on the right.  As always I listed the supplies that I used below.  Thank you for watching!



Liquitex Gesso

Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paint – Neon Pink, Neon Orange, Neon Green, Neon Purple

Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 Stencils – Mini Retro Squares, Mini Bricks

Distress Ink – Dusty Concord

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Spatter

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple, Jet Black

Dylusions Stamps – Write Between the Lines

Zoo Stamps

Micron 08 Pen

Alphabet Stamps

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Flower Stamps

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Thank you for stopping by!  Please let me know if you’re also participating in #DLP2016, I would love to hear how you’re using your Unplanner and maybe we can inspire each other!  Don’t forget to like, comment and share and enjoy your creative year!




Experimenting with Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate (time lapse video)

I finally broke into my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate!  I’ve had it for a few months now and I was nervous to try it.  Like many of you, I’m sure, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could find to learn techniques on how to make prints.  Of course, I filmed my adventures for your enjoyment below.

Some prints turned out really well, others were learning experiences.  Some could be used as backgrounds for art journal pages or cut up as collage elements.  Even though some prints may not be perfect, all of them can create interest on a page.

I used inexpensive paper to make the prints.  I purchased a large pad (24″ x 18″) similar to what teachers used to use on an easel in the classroom.  I cut each page into four and it was the perfect size for the plate.  The paper was heavy enough that it wasn’t transparent but not as heavy as cardstock.  I want to use the prints in my art journals and cardstock would have too much bulk for my preference.  I used both craft acrylic paints and Golden acrylics, stamps, stencils, bubble wrap, fabric and wooden stir sticks to make marks on the plate.

gelli prints  I’ll even use the “leftover” sheet to cut up!

gelli prints1Thanks for stopping by and watching the video.  As always, hit the “like” button and leave a comment below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Make Time to Art! #4 – Change Direction (time lapse video)

Another video in my Make Time to Art series!  This is a time lapse video in a handmade journal that I purchased.  The spread took me 30 minutes to complete and the supplies are listed below.

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change direction1change direction3change direction2Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Golden Liquid Acrylic Paint – Hansa Yellow Opaque, Pyrrole Orange, Teal, Cerulean Blue Deep, Quinicridone Magenta

Versafine Ink – Black

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Tim Holtz Arrow Stamp

Alphabet Stamps

Faber Castell PITT Pen

Stampendous Marks Stamp

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Art Journal Page – Believe (time lapse video)

Hello again!  I’m on vacation this week and I thought it would be great to post another video!  This spread was done in my Moleskine watercolour journal and took about 38 minutes to complete.  I began with a layer of gesso and then glued some music sheet paper and patterned scrapbook paper down.  In the end you can’t see the scrapbook paper through the paint, but that’s ok.  It still gave a little texture on the page.  A complete list of supplies is listed below.

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Liquitex Gesso

Stickles – Star Dust

Dylusions Stamp – Word Love

Scrapbook Pages

Golden Liquid Acrylic Paint – Teal

Americana Craft Paint – Vivid Violet

UHU Gluestick

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Versafine Ink – Black

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Heartfelt Creations Background Stamp – Large Elegant Words

Flower Stencil

Dina Wakley Mixed Media Stamp – Woodcuts

Derwent Inktense Pencil – Deep Indigo

Thanks again for stopping by!  Please leave a comment, like or share this post if you feel inspired.  All feedback is welcome!

Make Time to Art! #3 – Hearts (time lapse video)

Welcome to my debut video on YouTube!  I have been inspired by so many of you and your creativity and I wanted to give you all a glimpse into my process.  This is a time lapse video of an art journal page that I did in a handmade journal.  The page took 32 minutes to do and was condensed to almost 7 minutes.

This video is part of my Make Time to Art! series.  I purposely limit myself to approximately 30 minutes, put all of my supplies within arms reach, and create until the clock stops.  This series is inspired by Rae Missigman’s 15 Minutes of Mixed Media videos on YouTube and Vimeo.  Please check those out!

Thanks for watching!  Please subscribe to my channel and hit the “like” button if you were inspired.  Please leave any comments, questions, or suggestions as well.  I would love to hear your feedback! hearts3hearts1hearts2Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint – Teal, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue

Americana Craft Paint – Baby Pink, Calypso Blue

VersaFine Ink – Black

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Cardboard Stamp

Bubble Wrap

Liquitex Paint Marker – Flourescent Pink

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber Castell PITT Pen – Black

Stampendous “Marks” Stamp

Circle Stencil

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Make Time to Art! #2

make time 2-2Here’s another spread in my “Make Time to Art!” series inspired by Rae Missigman’s 15 Minutes of Mixed Media videos.  I have been allowing myself 30 minutes to use whatever supplies I have within reach.  The goal is to not over-think what you’re doing.

I started this series in a leather-bound journal that has handmade paper inside.  Before I begin, I make sure I have my chosen paint colours, stencils, stamps and pens within reach.  There’s no need to waste time rummaging through your stash.  I’m purposely not using any collage elements or heavy textures in this journal, mostly to keep down the bulk.

This exercise has encouraged me to set aside a little bit of time (30 minutes is not long!) to practice.  I really enjoy not having to pre-plan a page.  Sometimes it means repeating shapes or elements on a number of spreads, but that doesn’t matter.  The point is to sit down and do it!

make time 2-1make time 2-3Thanks for taking a look!  Please like this post or share it if you see something that inspires you!  Comments are always welcome!