Tag Archives: Tim Holtz

The one with little houses

7 Oct

Happy Sunday.

It’s been a gloomy day here in Nashville. We’ve been experiencing rain storms off and on all day and the temperature has been dropping. Quite a difference from the 80something degree sunny day we had yesterday but a great day to play in my art room!

Anyhow, my crazy work month is finally over and I am home again on the weekends. Which means I am back to painting on a regular basis! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! Today, I’ve been dividing my time between the 3 foot by 3 foot canvas I’m working on for my friend and one of  my art journals. I finished the journal page so I’ll share that one.

J1A few layers of color applied with a pallet knife (well, a gift card being used as a pallet knife) started off the page.

J2While that dried, I painted a few book pages using acrylic paints (fluids and soft bodied). These pages will be used for my focal element; little house.

J3For the next layer, I added some stamps using white craft ink.

J4Using some of my recycled tools (bubble wrap, peanut butter jar lid, the plastic piece tape comes on and a cork), I added some texture and interest.

J5Each part of the each house was drawn on different papers (some of those painted pages and some scrapbook papers) and I glued them all down using soft gel medium.

J6The final element was adding “Home is where the heart is” in white drawing ink.

I’ve seen a lot of people use these types of whimsical houses in their art journals and I’ve been wanting to give it a try for a while. I’m really pleased with the way the page turned out so you will most likely see more of these little houses in the future.

I’d love to hear what you think so please leave a comment below.

Till next week,Cheers,


The one with layout challenge #2

31 Mar

Happy Sunday.

Today, I share the second layout from my journal challenge (read the original post here). I shared my process with my women’s group and ended up with a a layout from start to “finish” on 5 sets of pages. Since I didn’t want to end up with 5 similar layouts, I challenged myself to come up with 5 different layouts.

Here is where I started last week:
journal 2

I thought I had this layout all figured out in my head. I had a few elements to use (some scrapbook paper a friend gifted to me, a bird from an art mag, a scrap piece of a magazine page with a cool design) so I thought it was going to come together pretty quickly. I was wrong!

Challenge 1

I drew the scrolly element in by hand in pencil first then painted with a black acrylic.

Challenge 2

Next, I added some blues and yellows in to pick up the color of the scrapbook paper. And then I got stuck. For a week. Nothing looked right. So I left it alone (well, truth be told, I tried working on it a few times over the week with no luck)

I was inspired by some new paints I found during a few trips to the art store and ended up with a different color palette.

Challenge 3

At this point, I thought  I was just going to go with a different palette and continue with the scrolly element. Nope, still wrong. (oh, and by they way, the Matisse is a new brand for me and I LOVED it. Really smooth texture and the color (Mineral Blue) is fantastic!!! I am also really enjoying the Winsor & Newton acrylics and this Prussian Blue Hue is amazing!

Challenge 4

On this layout, I called upon my inner child and did some finger painting. It allowed me to add some really cool texture and mix the  colors randomly.

Challenge 5

I am loving this layout now!

Challenge 7

And 2 out of those 3 original elements work with this new color palette. I went through my pile of “stuff” and found some stamps and this cute piece of tag that fit in well.

Challenge 9

I continued the scallops from the tag up to the stamped element (I used a few Tim Holtz acrylic clear stamps)

Challenge 8

Challenge 11

The bird and stamps looked like they were sitting on top of the page instead of being a part of it, so I added some paint (with my fingertips again) an now it looks like a part of the layout.

Challenge 12

Close up of those stamps….

Challenge 13

and of the super cool bird.

So, what do you think? I LOVE this layout. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get there, but this is a perfect example of how sometimes you think you have it all figured out till you actually start working on it. nstead of forcing it, I kept playing with it till I worked out right and I ended up with a layout much better than I originally imagined.

Till next week,