Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Art Tags and Calendar Journal

I went from a postcard craze to a tag craze.

For no particular reason, just for fun.

I had a postcard with Color Burst watercolor on it that I cut in half then die cut tags from.

There is a die cut on it, misc. ephemera, washi tape and stamping.


Die cut flower, washi tapes, stenciling, white acrylic paint and ephemera words and small talk word sticker.


This tag is a modpodge of stamping, ephemera, die cuts and washi tape.  The back doesn’t match the front colorwise but no matter.  It isn’t important in the scheme of play.


A very quick and easy patriotic tag with inks, stencils and washi tape.


Half the year is over already.

June was full of fun with the exception of a reaction to the vaccine.  I read a few books, had lots of art time and a chance to spend a couple of days with friends.

I’ve had a fun time developing my own writing style with brush pens.  Sometimes it’s a challenge to choose a word to brush letter that will fit in the day square.  I’ve used a Tombow dual tip pen for writing.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Study In Layers

A Study In Layers is a much kinder title than This Poor Art Journal Page.

This page has been around the block and back more times than I could keep count.  It really is full of layers.  Layers of fixing attempts!  It looks nothing at all like it started out to look.  I even tore the page from the journal as a reject.  But when I decided to cut it down to try to rescue it as a postcard, I saw one last possible save attempt.  

I swear, my art is awful until I successfully (I use that word loosely) “fix” it with a dozen layer attempts.  I won’t even begin to explain the process of the many layers on this page.  

This page went from bad to worse to torn from the journal.  But when I approached it with a ruler and rotary cuter, I saw a possible doorway.  We all know I do not draw...well.  But it was already trash so, what the heck did I have to loose.  I “abstractly” tried giving the doorway depth and some steps.

The man and dog were rejects from a halloween card.  I blacked out their eyes for a creepy effect.  And then didn’t use them.  They fit the doorway better than any other choice.  I fixed the man’s eyes with a bad look of sunglasses.  The poor little dog though was harder to fix.

If you don’t look closely... hahaha
The page probably needs something at the top, but I’m sure it would be trash if I don’t just leave it alone now.  The man and dog must be exploring some old historic ruin...pun intended.

I glued the page back into my art journal and will now explore new possibilities in fixing a new awful art page.  It’s a process that seems to work for me.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Postcard Mail Art

I’ve gotten quite lucky of late to receive Postcrossing names that are open to receiving handmade art postcards.  It helps to satisfy my desire to make art on a small scale.  Then send it out into the world.

This first postcard is a terrible blurry photo.  I can’t believe I didn’t notice that.  I have to post it at a small size in order not to damage anyone’s eyesight.

This next one was a request for a private swap.  We decided on collage.  My favorite art.

This next card started with this collage base of paper strips.  This was my first time using Collage Medium.  I definitely don’t get along well with this glue medium...yet.  This is the only process photo I took.

But I was happy with my end result.

Next, this postcard was quite fun to create.  The Postcrosser said she liked postcards about postcards.  So this was my design side.  She’s been in Postcrossing for a lot of years and had already sent and received some 5,000+ postcards.  I’m rather certain this will not be a duplicate.

This last postcard was an experiment with paint and stencils and a bit of Distress inks.  The background got kind of busy on me but I didn’t totally dislike it so I continued to add stenciled numbers, washi tape and modeling paste through stencils.


These Tim Holtz paper dolls women seemed a good fit for this correspondence postcard.  After being pen pals since they were young girls, they finally get to meet in person.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Experience Art Journal Page and Tag

I am experiencing art techniques that I haven’t ever tried before.

First I painted the blank page with white Gesso.  I’m not sure why.  It’s just what I’ve seen other artists do.  Good reason, eh?

Then I stamped with Archival black ink with a large rubber stamp.  Next I scraped white modeling paste through a couple of stencils.  When the modeling paste dried, I used watercolors very wet and pigment applied to the top of the page.  I spritzed the paint with water to help the color drip down the page.  Then some black splatters with black acrylic paint watered down some.

I turned my journal upside down and did the same from the bottom.  Let me tell you...that is fun as well as rather unpredictable.

It all looks like a mess and almost ugly and I love it!

I used a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker for the phrase and a label maker for the word experience.

This is a technique that I need to practice and fine tune.

Today I wanted to make a tag.
I’m linking my tag to Tag Tuesday where the theme this fortnight is FACES.

I’ve joined a free week long daily video demonstration at Willa Workshops called Fodder Challenge.  This particular day was Workbench Remnants by DeeDee Catron.  She made the chevron fodder.  I had the same stamp and wanted to make one too.  Then I needed something to put it on.  A tag was born.

I love these scribbly, sketchy line drawn ladies by Clearly Impressed, The Unruly Girls Club.  I’ve had these stamps forever and they’ve hardly been stamped on anything.  But they are going to make appearances on tags at least.  Because they’re fun.

Girls just wanna have fun...and I am!

Friday, June 4, 2021

Art Journal Page

One of the faux postage stamps I made and shared in my previous post has made it onto an art journal page.

It was just what was needed to finish off the page.

The theme this month at Art Journal Journey is BUTTERFLIES.

I didn’t think this page would turn out to be a keeper, so I did not take process photos.

The background is Distress Spray Stains in Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky and Antique Linen.  Splattered with Distress Oxide Spray in Speckled Egg and some white correction fluid.  The Xs are white acrylic paint pounced through a stencil with a make-up sponge.

The numbers are rubber stamps in various sizes along with portions of a couple of text stamps all stamped with archival ink.

I love how the spray stains moved over into the binding.

Then I very carefully glued some pressed flowers and leaves onto the page.  They are so delicate and fragile to handle.

The pressed flowers were totally not in my original thought process for this page.  But when all else failed and I spotted them on the shelf, I thought, well, let’s see.  I still didn’t want to use them.  As you can see, they won out as what was to be on this page.

Many times the art knows best.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this art page.  I’m protecting this page from the page facing it with a sheet of  clear acetate attached with a glue dot on the inside corners.  The facing page has the potential to be unkind to these delicate pressed flowers.

Faux Postage Fun

Faux postage making was a fun afternoon of paper play.

From other challenge blogs, I have found Try It On Tuesday .
This fortnight they are challenging artists with BUTTERFLIES.
Butterflies are a favorite to add to art.

I’ve made faux postage before that was a part of the inking and stamping design.  I hadn’t made separate pieces to use as ephemera.  So it was fun to make these.

I had a postage edge die that I’ve not used much.  It was perfect for these.  Cut, they measure 1.75” X 1.25”.  Paper scraps are perfect for making these.  I cut the base paper and inked the edges.
I cut a lighter scrap using the same die then cutting off the postage edges and inking the straight edges.
The two pieces are then glued together.

Then the search for designing the stamps...the really fun part.

That roll of Washi tape has 5 different butterflies on it.
I’d made 7 bases so I used a bicycle washi tape and then a small flower rubber stamp colored with Tombow markers.  

These ephemera pieces are going to be fun to add to my art.

May 2021 Calendar Journal