Archive | February, 2013

The one with inspiration through a window

23 Feb

Happy Saturday!

Back in November, I shared a layout I was working on. I loved it at the beginning, but once I added some inks (which I hadn’t used before), I felt like the layout was ruined. So, I set it aside for a while. A long while. About a week or so before I went on my trip, I finally got some inspiration (not sure from where) and I finished it.

Here’s the way it was back then:

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I went wrong when I tried to use yellow and blue ink. I dripped the two inks from the bottom of the page and they mixed and I wasn’t pleased with the green (I didn’t think that through!) So, I let it sit. And sit. And sit.

And finally came up with this:


A vast improvement I believe. What do you think? Oh, and if you’d like to re-read the original post, click here. This layout has been a true test of my patience. I don’t think it will ever be one of my favorites, but I definitely like it better now!

And now on to my newest layout. This was inspired on a trip back home after the holidays. Looking out the window, I was watching watching the landscape whizz by. I kept finding myself looking for those smaller trees with the brownish, rusty, golden orangey color. So, finally, I pulled out my phone and snapped a photo. I realized after I took a few that I found inspiration for a layout.

Here’s one of those photos:

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Not a great photo, but it was the color and movement that captured my inspiration.

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I started with my winter sky. A silvery, grayish-white color that reminded me of what I saw that day (of course, that sky color was painted over a layer of gesso).

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I kept trying to mix that fantastic color that I kept seeing on the side of the road, but I wasn’t successful. I don’t dislike what I came up with, but it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.

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I didn’t quite capture that movement in this layout. And I’m not quite sure if it’s finished. But I do like what I have so far. This time, I stopped before I overdid it. I thought I might leave it a bit and then go back to it. After all, like I just shared with you, sometimes being patient pays off. I’ll be sure to share if I add to it.

What do you think? Finished? Does it need something?

Till next week, I wish you well!


The one where art turns into a greeting card

17 Feb

Happy Saturday.

It’s pretty cold here tonight in Smashville (I live in Nashville and I’ve got the Predators game on in the background. I guess I’ve never mentioned this, but I’m a huge hockey fan!) As I shared last week, I truly enjoyed my vacation but it’s been 2 weeks now since I’ve been back and for many reasons, I’ve not been able to get into my art room and create. I’ll be honest, I’m itching to get some paint on paper (and usually my hands as well!) I do however have some cards to share with you that I finished up before I headed out to Vegas. So, here we go!

These cards are a great example of how you can start in one direction and end up someplace completely different.

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You know there’s a layer of gesso under that paint, right?!

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I used one stencil over all three cards. I used thick layers of paint with this stencil for fun layer of texture.

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I didn’t have a clear vision for these cards so I just tried some different things.

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I’m not sure why I don’t have a photo of the completed third card….I blame it on my vacation throwing my rhythm off (is anybody buying that?)

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Here it is as an actual folding card. I sent this one to a young man who’s been a friend of our family for many many years. I think it turned out alright for a “guy” card, don’t you?

Oh, and to show you that I’m not kidding when I said I’m a big hockey fan, I thought I’d show you a pic from one of the members of our household tonight….


What, you weren’t expecting another photo of me were you? I am much happier behind the camera than in front. Till next week, happy creating!


The one with the new circle journal layout

11 Feb

Happy Sunday. Originally, I started this post sitting in the Las Vegas airport after a week long visit with my mom. We had a great time and I was able to deliver our circle journal in person! And then the week after I got home got away from me. And now so has the weekend. It’s so true what they say; you really do need a vacation from your vacation.

Anyhow, today, I’m going to share the layout I did for Mom. But first. I thought I would share the layout she did for me. It was around my birthday when she started working on this one so I think the theme came easy to her!

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I love the brush strokes!circle journal 3

It makes me so happy that she used the tea tags from one of her favorite teas as the border. She’s starting to look at the everyday items around her house as potential items to use in her art.

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So here is where I started; a layer of gesso (of course!) some random book pages and scrap book papers and then another layer of gesso. Next I used a great circle stencil I picked up (which I LOVE!).

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I wasn’t exactly sure where to go from here so I added some color.

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Which I didn’t care for. It was too bright? Too much? Not sure. It just wasn’t right. But it looked better with a layer of gesso (and it left a great texture). I went looking for some inspiration and remembered a post from Donna Downey sharing some cool trees she was working on (check that out here). So, I was back in business. After testing out my version of these super cool trees, I put paint to paper.

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Now the addition of color looks right!

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Here’s a close up of my tree. I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

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I thought it would be fun to create a bird to finish off this layout. I sketched him out on cardstock and embossed the swirlydo thingies.

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Now, I realize the perpective is a bit off. It’s either a giant bird or a tiny tree….maybe both? But I like it and even better, so did my mom!

I know this isn’t a travel blog, but I thought I’d share a pic of my mom and me (since this is our circle journal)…..

Mom & MeTill next week,