WIP: Left Over Art Collage clean up session

WIP junk mail art journal

Today I wanted to share a little bit what happens behind the scenes at my creative station. Usually when I create something the left over scraps bits, trims and pieces gets piled up to the left hand side. And when it gets a little out of control (like migrating to the middle of the desk) I take my Junk Mail Art Journal and have what I like to call a "Left-Over Art Collage clean up session" and take my jar of Modge Podge, a brush and use my scraps to create some fun collage style journal pages. And yes, mostly they are supervised by my kitty Meesha :)

WIP junk mail art journal

Usually I just continue to fill pages until I feel like the left over pile is manageable again, like so. And when I'm done with a session like this, I'm always glad that I just didn't chuck all the scraps into the bin like I am always tempted to do when that mess just gets out of control. It's a peaceful and meditative process and oh yeah, I totally get distracted by looking at the utter adorableness sleeping in that basket :) 

WIP junk mail art journal

Close up of a spread from this session. Just randomly slapped together pages, but I do try to look for composition and color. Not sure if they are "done" I might just come back to a page, gesso all over it and completely transform the look of it. I have dome that with a few which I will share at a later time. 

What do you do with your left over scraps? Bin them right away or are you also hoarding them to use later? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Sharing this post with the fellow deskers at Julia's WOYWW454 - glad to be playing along again, hope you all are doing well and will say hi to you all shortly :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


The impossible makes love possible

Impossible love

It's almost Valentine's day and I have been inspired to create some works in the theme of love this weekend. A while back I bought a bunch of mini ATC size canvases and finally used one of them for the above mixed media piece. I used a lot of layers of wonderful paints, modeling paste, pieces of vintage lace and vintage images.

Impossible love

The hearts and letters are die cut and the stamped text is from Dina Wakley "Love Rocks"  stamp set. It was challenging to create a mixed media piece on this smaller scale but definitely loved the process.

Impossible love

A close up of the yummy texture and layers paint. I've used a shattered heart stencil and modeling paste to create the background. DecoArt Media Shimmer sprays for the glittery effects.

Entering this piece in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day. 


Craft Stamper TIMI - February Challenge Inspiration

CSTMI feb inspiration

Today I am sharing some challenge inspiration for this month's Craft Stamper Take it Make it February Challenge. As always the theme is anything goes as long as there is stamping on it and if you share your project you are in the running for a fabulous prize. This month it is sponsored by darkroomdoor. I have made the above card to inspire you and it's made with wonderful layers of paints, stamps and die cut embellishments.

CSTIMI feb 2018

I started off on layering paints on the back of packaging I had saved. With beautiful greens and blues from Decoart Media fluid acrylics. Then stamped the girl on tissue paper and applied it with Decoart napkin decoupage glue. Rolled on some more paint and stencilled some blue and magenta metallique paints from Finnabair on it. Some more stamping with background stamps from Lost Coast Designs.

CSTIMI feb 2018

I  die cut some dragonflies (by Stamplorations) from excess gelli printed paper and some parchment paper because they went to well with the quote stamp from Viva las VegaStamps. I also used a bit of Finnabair Dragon's eye sparks to give the card a bit of extra shimmer.

CSTIMI feb 2018
This is how the card looks when you shine a little spotlight over it. I definitely love how it turned out. 

Don't forget to link up your projects HERE to be in it to win it :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Art Journal: Be Mine Valentine

Be my Valentine

It is the second week of the HEARTS challenge at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog this week and I've made this little art journal page to share with you for inspiration. You can still join the challenge until next week Tuesday, so don't forget to link up your heart related projects HERE :) 

I started off on a piece of scrapbook paper on which I rolled on some muted pink and black paint from liquitex, stamped Daniel's hearts and clear embossed them before dry brushing some black paint over it. Created the border with black distress marker and spatters with liquitex INKS in white. 
Queenie and "Be Mine" from the valentine quote stamp cube were colored with promarkers, highlighted with a white gel pen then fussy cut and adhered to the page. The hearts radiating from Queenie is from a die cut and I used a little shimmery water colored piece for this. 

Entering this piece in the following challenges: 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day. 


The magic of writing (+ Process Video)

Art Journal: the magic of writing

Hey everyone, I've got a fun mixed media art journal tip in page to share with you. This Mixed Media piece shows my love for art journaling and writing. It's INCOWRIMO (international Correspondence Month) and it absolutely fits with that theme.  
Art Journal: the magic of writing

I love how colorful and textured this piece turned out!

I've also filmed the process so you can see exactly how I made the texture and added color in the background here:

A few close up shots:
Art Journal: the magic of writing

Art Journal: the magic of writing

Materials Used:
Stamps from Stampotique Originals Miss Snottie and Texture Cube; PaperArtsy Script Stamp, Share that spark quote stamp from Magenta, Distress paints, DecoArt Media interference and gold paint, Liquitex flexible Modeling paste, Artplorations Stencil,  Derwent graphix black writer, Spray ink, distress crayons, Liquitex INK, PenWorld cut outs, Modge Podge shimmer gold sealer glue.

Hope you enjoyed the process video. Please let me know what you think and if you would like to stay updated on my YT tutorials, please subscribe to my channel HERE.

Entering this piece in the following challenges:
Creative Artiste Mixed Media #35 
More Mixed Media challenge February
Stamps and Stencils: Off to collage

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


New releases Stampotique Originals - February 2018

Stampotique new releases february 2018

It's the beginning of the new month and Stampotique has a few amazing new stamps releases! I've made a few cards with them and today I would like to show you a couple. First off is this birthday card. The Giant Birthday Cake by Terri Richarson is a new release this month. I've used an inky mop up page as background which I gessoed lightly and stamped some texture on it. The sentiment are word die cuts from Tim Hotz handwritten sentiments. Blackeyed is from last year's releases.

Stampotique new releases february 2018
A very sweet new release this month is that really cute EWE (sheep) and the EWE sentiments cube by Terri. Super cute card for valentines day, don't you think? I cut a few hearts from Daniel's hearts collage stamp to use for different projects and added a few here too. 

Be sure to check back on monday for more new release project from me. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


SDC291 - Hearts!

SDC291 hearts

It's Wednesday and time for a new challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog. February is around the corner and we would like to inspire your Valentine's Day Crafts with this fortnight's theme of HEARTS. I took a little departure from my usual makes which are usually non 3D and inspired by Finnabair's mixed media products and YT channel I made these decorative heart hangers. It's the first time I actually used 3D metal embellishments in this way and I definitely did enjoy the process (though it did take quite some time to make!)

SDC291 hearts
A friend of mine sent me these wooden heart hangers for Christmas, for in the tree, but we never have a tree then, so I decided to repaint them for this challenge. I sanded and gessoed the wooden hearts to start off. Then I created the grooves in the heart by scraping some flexible modeling paste over it and then stamp the texture from the texture cube in them and let it dry thoroughly. Then painted it with Liquitex Paints in deep red colors as a base coat. For the top coat I used Finnabair Metallique red which gives it a nice shine and shimmer. I dry brushed matte black paint over the raised parts to show the texture more and highlighted them with Finnabair Dragon's Eye which is a high golden spark acrylic paint which you only need a little bit of to create some amazing highlights. When that was off to dry I picked out some embellishments and colored some vintage lace with Lindy's Sprays and ripped them to add to the texture.

SDC291 hearts
While I was gluing everything down with 3D gel from Finnabair, which holds strong when dried but is flexible when wet, I added some glitter elements over a few glued aria's for some extra interest.

SDC291 hearts

All these metal embellishments I received from a friend in a swap and I recently found them in a box I kept all these interesting brads and findings in. It felt good to actually use them in this project! Now I wonder if I can find those mini Dragonfly brads for sale somewhere as they are so gorgeous!

SDC291 hearts
These heart hangers are now ready to be hung on the wall as art!

Items used: 
Stampotique stamps: Kate's Texture cube (in the modeling paste over the heart) and When your heart speaks quote stamp Finnabair mixed media: Metallique red,  Sparks Dragon's Eye, 3D Matte gel Liquitex: White Gesso, flexible molding paste, primary red, muted pink, matte black paints; Lindy's sprays, vintage lace, 3d metal embellishments, hemp twine and wooden beads

Hope this inspires you to get your valentines day crafts on and make projects with hearts in them. Please read the rules on the blog HERE and you'll find the linky page to link your project to. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal Page: In Neutral (+ Process Video)

In Neutral

This weekend I finally had the urge to make a collage work again and I also filmed the process. This piece is made with vintage ephemera and neutral colors, as inspired by Our Mixed Media Moods mood board of January 2018, put together by DeeDee Catron and Jenn Engle.

Isn't this mood board just amazing?! I absolutely love the color scheme and I have collected a lot of vintage ephemera over the years that fits wonderfully in this theme. I also love all the layering and adding transparencies into the piece. I was mostly inspired by the bottom two right images with layering and color tone, so that is what I used as a inspiration start up point for my project.

In Neutral
At a thrift market I also found an envelope full with slides and negatives and I used one of them in this project. I've sandwiched a piece of type written paper in it so that you can see that through the negative. I also used Tim Holtz silhouette flower dies cut in tracing paper to add some interest.

In Neutral

Of course I also had to add some vintage postage stamps to the piece! You can see the whole process below in the video.

By the way the lyrics I scribbled down are from a song from the new album of PINK, which I am continuously listening to these days. 

Items used: 
distress stains in colors: vintage photo, tea dye, wild honey, antique linen, 
Metallic copper and brass. 
Script stamp from Joy Crafts
face stamp from Carabelle Studio's
Staz-on Stone Grey ink
Memento mocha 
Silhouette flowers die cut 
matte medium 
uhu glue stick 
black embroidery floss 
crafter's companion tape roller 
LOTS of vintage emphemera

I'm also entering this piece in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Layer it up

Thanks so much for stopping by and watching the video. As always your support is hugely appreciated, so if you liked the video, please let me know by pressing like on YT and perhaps subscribe to my channel if you want to stay updated on my process video's. 

Thanks again and have a wonderful day!


Someone has to clap when I go by

watercolor fairy

It's been a busy week and I have been trying to fit in some creative time in between studies, work and other responsibilities. I do often grab for my WaterColoringBook when I want some color therapy and this is one of the pages I made recently.

watercolor fairy

The composition is made with stamps from VLVS! and I have used a lot of watercolors from Wanderlust Watercolors by my friend Kata. She does small batch updates and I bought a few LE sets from her last last year and am excited to be finally using them! This is the first layer of color and excuse the lighting, these were taken under the harsh desk light, but you can see some sparkle of one of my fave colors Winter Frost. I mixed it lightly with Cypruss green for outside the bell jar. I really love the shimmer!

These @wanderlustwc watercolors are wonderful 💖 Used Cyprus green, Winter Frost, Samhain, Jot Red, Teal Suede, Paynes Grey and Autumn Gold. Stamps from @vivalasvegastamps __________ #watercolorpainting #watercolorplay #watercolors #moleski
To finish the page I added the text "We all can't be princesses, someone has to clap when I go by." and added some texture with the bubble wrap stamp. I really love how the page turned out and I lve the fact I can'just grab my watercolor pocket book and pocket tins and just color when I really need it. 

Stamps used from VLVS! are: 

Playing along with January's challenge at VLVS! Isn't this mood board just gorgeous? 
And you still have time to join the fun as well :)  

Also entering:

Try it on Tuesday - Fire and Ice (love this theme!!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: Silently Correcting Your Grammar

silently correcting your grammar

Have a fun and quirky art journal page to share with you today. Using one of my fave VLVS! quote stamps in combination with collage elements from vintage en fountain pen magazines.

Textures and autumn colors. #workinprogress #texture #wip #onmydesk #showyourwork #process #mixedmediatechniques #mixedmedia #artistsofinstagram #artjournal #halloween #fallinspiration #artistofig #mixedmediaart #stencils #thecraftersworkshop

The background was an experiment with various textures and Tim Holtz Distress paints. I've also used the a ledger and script stencil from The Crafter's workshop. I kept layering and removing pants with a baby wipe to get a distressed and aged paper look.

Art Journal: silently correcting your grammar
Created some shadows with distress crayons and added some text and postage stamping plus white and gold spatters before adhering the collage images on top.

Art Journal: silently correcting your grammar

Detail close up. I also love that the vintage magazine image also has some grainy texture to it.

Art Journal: silently correcting your grammar
Definitely love how this whole page came together!

I'd like to enter this art journal page in the following challenges: 

I love creating art journal pages and experimenting with back ground techniques.  

Well in the theme of writing and doing something new I have started a new studies this year through Coursera online studies which is an adventure! I get to use my fountain pens even more regularly now :) 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!