Back to reality

Just for a little while…

My summer vacation is over and I’m going back to work at the school. I’m not complaining, just facing the fact. And it’s fine because I love my job. But it means I might be creating a lot of mandalas, zentangles and other quick art for a little while, until I get used to my schedule again. Then again, you never know when inspiration will strike.

Today being my last official day of vacation, I spent it with family members, shopping and hanging out (also celebrating my brother’s birthday.) I only got to do my art in the evening and ended up with a quick art journal page. When I say quick, I mean that I probably spent less than 30 minutes on it, including looking for a few items. This is the end result:

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This is what I used: Americana acrylic paints with a brayer and a dry brush; Hero Arts ink dauber; alphabet stamp from Stampin’ Up (used to be a roller stamp); ink from Stampin’ Up; various washi tapes; American Crafts alphabet stickers; Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray; and my trusty Fude Ball pen.

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Greeting card journal

A few years ago, I made a bunch of journals out of various papers and greeting cards. Since I still have a lot of papers and cards, I thought I’d start doing my greeting card journals again. I use 10 sheets of paper and fold them all in half to end up with 20 double-sided pages. 

I added a few tabs, journaling cards and stickers to some of the pages as well as an envelope at the back. 

This journal is a great size to carry around and write/sketch/art journal on the go. I’ll definitely make more. I might even send a few by mail to some lucky friends!

As always, thanks for visiting!

Art journal page

I was very hot today and I went in my studio later than usual because of the heat. I decided not to install the AC this year because I like to keep the windows open and listen to the neighborhood’s wild life.

Anyway, when I sat down to do some art, I had no idea what to do. I wanted something that wouldn’t take too long. So I picked up my art journal and a box of collage elements and got started. Well, I played for one hour until I got the result you see below.

Bunny art journal page

I had no plan while doing this page. Just playing with papers and paints.

Material used: Americana paints in Lipstick, Flamingo and Coastal Waters; Neocolor II in Yellow Green and Cobalt Blue; gesso; washi tapes; empty cardboard rolls as stamps; and of course, papers from magazines and newspaper with Collage Pauge.

Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow.

Journals

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This is the pile of small journals and notebooks I’m working in these days. I have several more journals that are incomplete and which I plan to fill up this year. And when I say several, I mean at least five or six.

The ones in this photo all have different purposes: the one at the bottom is my lettering journal (made from a dollar store composition book) and I’m using it to write quotes in pretty lettering for Kate’s #letteringjanuary challenge; the second one is to keep track of a daily ritual I started in August (1 self portrait + 1$ in a jar each day until my 40th birthday); the third book is an altered book I just started for Journal 52 and Colour Me Positive; the 4th book is for Lisa Sonora’s class Creative + Practice; the 5th book is my planner (altered dollar store notebook); and, finally, my mini Moleskine I can carry with me at all times.

In front of the journal pile is a stack of 31 blank coasters. I’m drawing Zentangles on them, one per day, for the month of January. I’ll post the first batch at the end of the week.

How many journals/notebooks and or projects are you working on right now?

Where has the time gone

All year, I’ve wanted to write new posts on my blog. I’ve never forgotten about my readers but time kept slipping away. And when it wasn’t time’s fault, it was energy’s fault. There’s always someone/thing else to blame, right?

Well, better late than never I suppose! Today, I’m here to show some art journal pages. During November, I spent 15 minutes per day playing in my art journal for Nanojoumo. There are days when the time limit (from a Facebook group) wasn’t enough but I stopped anyway. Other days, I have to admit that I impressed myself. Two of the pages were done over two days each (the house collage and the abstract people.) And there’s one day when I didn’t make a page because I worked on another project which I’ll write about soon. I promise!

Clicking on the image below should take you to a video of my pages. 

  

Life

Life. It can change in the blink of an eye or it can take its sweet time. A lot of things have changed in the past few years. And many things are still the same. I have both changed and stayed the same. I know that I cannot keep doing things the same way I did 5 years ago. And that’s ok. I am ok. I want to keep this blog and to post again. But I am giving myself permission to post when I want and about what I want. I know this is all very vague and I’m keeping it this way because I believe in privacy even in this era of social media cult. Let’s just say I’ve been through some tough times but now I’m better. And maybe by posting via my phone, I will blog more often. We’ll see. 

Meanwhile, here is the latest page in my art journal. 



Welcome 2015

Welcome 2015The last few years haven’t been very good for this blog. But it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been creative.

This past year might not have been my most creative one but I still managed to play in my art journal a few times outside of my mixed media classes (which I love attending!) I also got sucked into the Rainbow Loom madness, mostly because of the students I was working with at the time. But other than that and a bit of doodling, not much has been accomplished in the arts and crafts section of my life. It is sad but understandable considering that I never completely unpacked all my supplies and set up my studio in the almost 3 years that I’ve been living here. But that will change. I intend to move and downsize my supplies. I have way too much stuff, like a lot of people I know, and I don’t even use half of it. I already started. Slowly. It is quite surprising how hard it has become to simply put a pile of paper/magazines in the recycling bin. Or to throw away a leftover piece of ribbon or yarn. Anything can be used in mixed media. That is, if you actually DO some mixed media, not just gather material for it.

For a few years now, I have been picking a word or two to focus on throughout the year. Some of the previous words have been: fresh, simplicity, balance, move, renew. This year, I chose two words: Flow and Free. I want to feel the flow of energy and air, wear flowy skirts, go with the flow. I want to free myself of negative thoughts, things and people, take advantage of free activities and feel more free. And I knew I had chosen the right words when I found this: Flow: The 30 day journal project from Lisa Sonora (and it’s free too!) Coincidence? I think not!

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