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.

Out on a Limb 6

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!





New York Trip!!!!

My husband and I are heading out for an extra long weekend to New York city tomorrow!  Of course we have the typical list of sites to see and only three days to see them.  I’m the typical tourist that loves to see all of the major attractions with all of the other people that want to see the same things 🙂

I wanted to document our trip and as a rehabilitated scrapbooker, that was my first thought.  However, as we all know, when we get home from the trip, the photos tend to stay in digital form and working on that scrapbook becomes more of a chore than a relaxing escape.

My solution is to make a smash book on the go.  It’s scrapbooking without the pressure.  My only dilemma was printing pictures.  I know myself, and if I wait until I get home to print pictures, it won’t get done.  My second solution, I purchased a portable photo printer, a Canon Selphy (not a great name, but it seems to do the trick)  It prints using USB connection and inserting an SD card.  It also works through wifi if you install the dedicated app on your phone.  The print quality is quite good, my only concern is how long each ink cartridge will last.  This weekend will put it to the test.

I have constructed a travel kit pictured below.

travel kit 1I purchased a Smash Book (the black Mod style) and I’m taking a couple of the accessories that they make to go with the book.  The glue stick, Liquitex paint pens and washi tapes are to decorate the pages as I go.  The additional stamps, stickers, Inktense pencils and watercolours are to play in a mini Moleskin book that I’m also bringing.  This should occupy my evenings in the hotel room while avoiding being on the streets of New York after dark.

travel kit 2Everything except the printer fits into a an old package for sheets and is currently packed in the suitcase ready to go.  My goal is to finish this project on the go.  I have always wanted to document a trip while on the actual trip.  I envy the artists that sit down anywhere, make a quick sketch and painting, a little journaling about the scene and they’re on their way to the next site.  In my own way this is my travel journal for this trip and I’m excited to see how it turns out!

art journal page – artists are just children (journal 52)

colouring book6This week’s prompt from Journal 52 was “Colouring Book”.  This one gave me a chance to practice using my watercolours.  I found this image online and I chose it because it had a lot of open space to colour.  Because I wanted to use my watercolours, I didn’t want an image with too much detail so that I can learn some of the basics of how the paints move and mix together.  I printed the image on regular printer paper, not ideal for wet media but it served its purpose.  I painted the image first and then prepared the background to glue it down.  I started the background with a layer of gesso and then “pounced” some pink acrylic paint down using a dry paper towel to leave some of white showing through.

colouring book1  I used a flower stencil next with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and a small circle stencil with Shabby Shutters (hard to see in the photo).

colouring book2I cut out some scrapbook pages to glue down to add some texture and a little bit of additional colour.  I outlined these with oil pastels.

colouring book3Another circle stencil was used to make the violet circles around the edges.  I outlined them with black ink.

colouring book4Next I glued down the coloured image with Golden Soft Gel and used a brayer to smooth out the bubbles.

colouring book5After I glued the image down I outlined it with a white oil pastel.  When I took a step back I realized that I wasn’t happy with how bold the violet circles were around the edges.  I felt that they were taking away from the main image so I went back over them with some gesso applied with my finger.  This helped to tone them down and push them back into the background.  I almost left this page like this but it was nagging me that it needed a sentiment of some kind.  I searched online and found “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons” by Al Hirschfeld.  I stamped this out onto cardstock and glued it down the left side of the page.  Voila!

colouring book8colouring book7Materials:

Watercolour paints

Liquitex gesso

Americana craft paint – Baby Pink, Vivid Violet

Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters

Circle stencil (small and large)

Flower stencil

Scrapbook papers

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Oil Pastels

Faber-Castell PITT pens

Uniball Signo Pen – white

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink

White cardstock

Thanks for visiting!  Please comment below or share if you see something that inspires you!

art journal page – it’s like movie love (journal52)


I’m going out of order!!  I started Week 6 and 7 of Journal52 at the same time and it turned out that Week 7 dried faster and was ultimately finished first.  Week 7’s prompt was “Valentines” and this was my effort.  This was completed in my Moleskine watercolour book beginning with a layer of gesso and adding red metallic mixed with white craft paints for the painted background.

valentine4Next I added some stamping with a script background stamp in red ink, the white hearts using a stencil and the film strip stamps in black.

valentine5I cut out the hearts from book pages and glued them down using Golden Soft Gel (Matte) medium.  I doodled around them and stapled on the film strip ribbon along the edge.

valentine7The final touches were adding the sentiment (a quote from “Friends”) and random doodles.  I also put some white dimensional drops at the bottom of each heart for a little added ‘something’.

valentine1valentine2valentine3Thanks for stopping by and please share or leave a comment.  Happy belated Valentine’s Day!


Liquitex gesso

DecoArt Metallics craft paint – Festive Red

Americana craft paint – Warm White

Brilliance Ink – Moonlight White, Rhubarb Red

Heart Stencil

Tim Holtz film strip stamp

VersaFine Ink – Black

Book Pages

Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Film Strip Ribbon, ChitChat Stickers


Faber-Castell PITT pen – Black

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Alphabet Stamps

White Cardstock

Liquid Pearls – White Opal

Heartfelt Creations Script Background Stamp

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

art journal page – no signal (journal52)

no signal 2Art journaler’s confession….you don’t like very page.  This page was made for week #5 of Journal52.  This week’s theme was “Television” and I had a terrible time finding inspiration.  I don’t watch a lot of television anymore with the convenience of Netflix so I couldn’t even do a page about my favourite show or channel.  All I could think about was not watching television and making art instead.  This page was the result.

This page was done in my Moleskine watercolour book.  I started with a layer of gesso and then I used a mixture of two colours of craft paints mixed with white to create the background.  I used a Tim Holtz stamp to make the purple checkers and cut the television image out of black cardstock.  I used drywall tape to create the “static” on the TV screen and outlined it with a white gel pen.  I finished the page by handwriting the sentiment and scribbling a border around the page.

This one was a learning experience.  You won’t find inspiration in every page.  The important thing is to keep practicing your craft.



Americana craft paint – Melon, Warm White

DecoArt Metallics craft paint – Purple Pearl

Folkart Extreme Glitter paint – Silver

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Tim Holtz checker stamp

Black Cardstock

Drywall Tape

Uniball Signo pen – white

White Cardstock

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink – black

Faber-Castell PITT pen – black

art journal page – on a limb (journal52)

on a limbThis page is my first submission to the Journal52 blog.  This year’s first prompt is “Pathways”.  This was done in my Moleskine watercolour journal.  I used Derwent Artbars for the background and a “spatter” background stamp in teal.

on a limb 4I stenciled the tree next and added some grass at the bottom with watercolour paint.  The sentiment is a quote from Mark Twain stamped onto white cardstock and outlined with a black pen.  I finished the page with black and white accents around the tree and around the border.

on a limb 2I love what Journal52 is doing and I’m excited to continue watching for the weekly prompts.  I’m going to try to keep up with it every week to help stay in the habit.  The more we practice our art, the better and more confident we become!


Derwent Artbars – Process Cyan, Primary Blue, Process Magenta

Impression Obsession background stamp – “Spatter”

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal, Northern Pine

FolkArt Stencil – “Curly Tree”

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Faber-Castell PITT Pen – black

Ranger Liquid Pearls Dimensional Pain – White Opal

Uni-ball Signo Pen – White

Watercolour paints

Golden Gel Medium – Soft Gel (Matte)

Alphabet stamps

Versafine Ink – black

White Cardstock


art journal page – the road less traveled


This page started with the desire to play with my Liquitex Basics acrylic paints.  I also wanted to use the photo of the wooden bridge that I had taken a few years ago.  I started spreading the red and green paints using a credit card.  The paint was very smooth and a little went a long way.  I chose some patterned scrapbook papers and a book page to use behind the photo to help make it the focal point.


I used the credit card again to paint the white stripes with Gesso towards to photo.  The white splatters are also Gesso with a little water to make it more fluid.  The circles were made using a circle stencil and I painted them with Gesso using my finger.  I used yellow watercolour paint over them to tone down the whiteness on the page.


The sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock and then cut out to glue onto the page.  I finished the page by adding the lace and ribbon along the edge of the photo and doodled around the circles and the photo.  Lastly I used the credit card to paint the black border around the whole page.


Liquitex gesso

Liquitex Basic Acrylic Paint (phthalocyanine green & olizarin crimson)

Americana black acrylic paint

Scrapbook papers and book page

Pink ribbon

Melissa Frances lace

Yellow watercolour paint

Typewriter letter stamps

White cardstock

Faber Castell PITT black artist pen

Distress Ink – Walnut Stain

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