Friday, March 8, 2013

Art Journaling Fun - FWF!

Happy Friday!  Yes I'm back with more art journaling.  I told you I'm addicted right now!  I started to get bored with just making cards.  Don't get me wrong I will I do love to.  I will still try out for DT's for cards etc but right this very second I'm having fun with my art journals!  Just playing with paints, stencils, sprays.

Yesterday I did a purge in my crafty space and tried to organize a wee bit.  Now I have a bunch of stuff I want to list.  Will work on that.  But while cleaning I found something I bought a while back (surprise surprise) that I haven't used.  They are plastic sheets to make stencils of your own.  SO I decided to use one of my favorite Tim Holtz dies for the big shot and create my own:


I haven't used them yet but will soon and probably make more!

So I did a 2 page journal spread.  This one I started with the background a while ago.  I can't remember what I used for the colors but I think it was watercolor.  On top I used a Crafters Workshop stencil and some matte medium which creates a nice texture that is raised and cool.

Next up I took the background and added some more stencils and stamps.  I decided to "paint" a flower in the middle and this is what it looked like:


How horrible is that?  Oh my I decided to try and play with my SU reinkers for the heck of it.  But it didn't quite come out looking good so I decided to take it another way.  I cut out freehand flowers from some pattern papers that match the page and came up with this flower in the middle:


Here you can see some of the background Unity stamps.  I used a small butterfly, the punchanella stamp by Christy Tominlinson, the sentiment "Life".


This is the left side.  "happiness" is an old Unity sentiment from way back, I decided to use that on both pages for a title of sorts.


This is the right side.  Around all the edges I used a blue polka dot washi tape, then distressed it a bit with black ink.

Here is full final spread:


Thanks for stopping by today!  I will be posting this for Unity Friends with Flair Friday and to Balzer's Designs for Julie's art journaling daily.

Maria

31 comments:

Karen (karey2005) said...

Maria - thanks for sharing another set of FANTASTIC art journal pages. You have SO inspired me that I've ordered my own journal and can't wait to play!!

libbym said...

Gorgeous!! TFS!

Cynthia said...

Lovely colors and mix of images, Maria!

8upscrapin said...

wow love all the color , I have never tried this and it looks very cool , thx for the inspiration : )

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Beautiful rainbow colours!

Linda said...

gorgeous vibrant layers of color!! I actually like the first flower too-it looks very painterly, but the outcome is very nice too. Love how you made your stencils-great idea!

Angeline said...

your journal pages are always a joy to see!

Meredith Adolf said...

Wow, do you ever have a great eye for design and color! TFS

Jen said...

Very cool!

Barbara Thompson said...

Wonderful journal pages. I haven't tried this yet. Love that you made your own stencils!!

Rebecca Daniels said...

Wow Maria, this is really beautiful!

Rebecca Daniels said...

Wow Maria, this is really beautiful!

Ruby said...

Gorgeous project.

Gwen said...

Love how this turned out! YOur pp flower is stunning & the colors are just so happy!

Tameko said...

You have done a fabulous job with these. I have been scoping out art journals, and you have inspired me to get started!

Becky Litz said...

Hey Maria! This is so awesome! It is so bright and whimsical and FUN! I love it. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.

Tracy said...

Beautiful entry in your journal Maria..loving that flower!!
Hugs
Tracy
xoxo

Julie Odil said...

Maria, I laughed at your painted flower. I swear mine would look just like it or worse. But your fix is lovely. Thanks for having a brave enough heart to show it to us! The finished 2 page spread is gorgeous. Another treasure, for sure!

Miwa said...

This is beautiful! I love how happy it feels!

FeistyCrafter said...

Very creative pages!! You fixed your flower perfectly, would never have known it was fix if you didn't post it.

FeistyCrafter said...

Very creative pages!! Your fixed flower looks awesome!

Corrie said...

Beautiful, what did you cut the stencil from? That is such a good idea

Kellie 0:) said...

Vibrant deliciousness. LOVE it. TFS

Gaylynn said...

Wow, such wonderful art journaling. You're so talented.

Julie Short said...

Maria you can feel the happiness just about jumping off your journal pages.

JPScraps said...

Beautiful page! Love it!

Kary said...

Just gorgeous, Maria!! Love the colours and the stamps you used.

Denise Bryant said...

Great pages... love the vivid colors!

Glitzzynews blogspot said...

Maria,luv these pages colours are fantastic x

Michelle said...

Beautiful pages!

Mary said...

Very pretty!!! Love the colors.