Club Scrap Lakes Blog Hop!

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 Welcome!   I am excited to participate in the Club Scrap Lakes Blog Hop. If you arrived from Dishing with Janet then you are in the right spot.  If not, you might want to go to Club Scrap Creates and start at the beginning so you don’t miss any of the crafty goodness being shared today! Well, let’s go!  Leave me a little love below and then be sure to sign up for a FREE spot in my Art Journal 101 Workshop!  Oh and if you LOVE my calendar page I invite you to….

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For this blog hop  and going forward, I have decided to do a “Goddess” wall hanging.  It is the perfect way to mesh my art journaling/mixed media with the kits since I find myself scrapbooking a lot less.  Truth be told, the Club Scrap Kits lend themselves quite well to mixed media and art journaling.  The papers are perfect, with gorgeous patterns and then to top that off stamps, stencils and ribbon….art journal heaven!

Let me introduce you to the Goddess of the Sea.  She is significant to me because she symbolizes being brave and loving the sea.  I do not swim and have decided that I must take lessons in 2015.  The first time I tried the instructor threw rings to the bottom of the pool on the first day and said, “Go down and get them, head first, feet up.”  What????  Not the instructor for me.  I left immediately and told her I did not think this was the class for me.  That was more than 10 years ago.  I love the beach and will get into the water.  We travel often enough, that I need to revisit this. However, this time with one-on-one instruction and the right instructor for my needs.  It will be a big step for me.  My Goddess of the Sea will always be here to say, “You can do it! ”

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Here are a few steps I took to make her complete.

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I misted the anchor mask in the kit to create this cool anchor and added stamped images.
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I then started to form her tail and body. I cut a fish tail from the patterned paper.
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I used strips of fabric for her hair. I thought the fly fishhook was the perfect embellishment for her hair. It looks like a clip and I stamped it directly on the fabric.
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I added a few more stamped images, eyelets and fabric for hanging and it is done! LOVE!
The Goddess of the Sea will protect you as you swim.  You can do it! 
Thanks so much for visiting.  There is more fun to be had.  Next, stop along the hop is Digital Musings with AnnetteD!  GO! Happy Crafting.

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Tuesday’s Tip: Stabilo Magic

LB 2014 Choose Joy

This one is quick, easy and fun.

Break out your Stabilo Pencil.  Draw, sketch.  Make faces, make hearts, make flowers, make wings.  Add a little water to a brush and spread…just like watercolors.  The effect is beautiful.

This is a creation done for a lesson in LB2014.  Fun.  Love the technique.  Love all the fun elements I added to the page.

Have you tried this with your Stabilo?

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Embrace Your Art: 100 Faces

Well, the start of 100 Faces.
I am starting another series.  I shared the start of my Whimsy Tree Series  on Friday.  I think series are a really good way for me to go.  I have a goal each day, I have something to do and grow, I have direction.  Pretty cool.  I get to learn, share and create.  What could be better.
Today, I share my first 5 faces.  Love how they all turned out.  I also, now have some goals for future faces.  I am actually feeling excited about painting faces.  LOL!  It took me awhile to get here.  So glad to have arrived.
Well, here ya go.  My first 5 faces.  I love that when I look at each face, they tell me a story.
Face 1 of 100
She is confident and strong. She knows when she walks into the room she will command the attention of men and women alike.
Face 2 of 100
Excited! Looking too cute and ready for her first dance.
Face 3 of 100
Big hair. Don’t care. She loves her bright colors and enjoys being just who she is.
Face 5 of 100
Looking fly. Although, apprehensive about getting on the plane, she is ready for warm weather. Her bags are packed and she is headed for the beach.
Face 4 of 100
She felt uncertain but she put on a pretty dress and big flower, anyway. She stepped outside to enjoy the day.
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Which is your favorite? Why?
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The Start of My Whimsy Tree Series

I have decided to try doing a series again.  The repetition can be tough.  However, I have read that there is great reward at the end.  The plan is to do a series of 10 Whimsy Trees.
Doing a series of paintings is a great way to grow your art, learn something new, try something new, learn what you do and do not like, try techniques.
Just doing the first 3 paintings in a row, is already proving to be a wonderful lesson in my own art and what I like most.  I get to try different techniques, tools, colors and with each painting I grow, I learn.  So far this is fun.  I often get bored with the same subject but I am feeling happy and enthused with this one.  Should I get bored, I will just move over to a different series…100 Faces…another challenge I am taking or perhaps I’ll do 10 Beautiful Birds.  The point is, you can do more than one series at a time, if doing the same subject/theme/colors sends you into the “ho hums,” just do more than one series at a time.
If you decide to try doing a series keep in mind it is not about duplicating, it’s about doing the same thing in different ways, using different colors, different techniques etc.  If nothing else, just have fun!
Here are my first 3 Whimsy Trees.
Whimsy Tree 1
Whimsy Tree 1 of 10. Looks like gumdrops. Love the colors. Love the flourish branches.
Whimsy Tree 2
Whimsy Tree 2 of 10. Decided to change the background colors to make them brighter, also decided to sponge on my leaves, using the same colors and put the flourishes as roots. LOVED the new background colors and stamped leaves. Not too thrilled about the bull horn branches.  This one feels like I stopped too soon and I almost went back the next day to add more but decided this is how I felt on that day and it stays as is.
Whimsy Tree 3
Whimsy Tree 3 of 10. A little peek of Fall. For this on I changed up the colors of the leaves, still sponging. I changed the techniques on the background and added more flourishes. So far, this is my FAVORITE tree.
So tell me which is your favorite Whimsy Tree 1, 2 or 3, why?
Whimsy Tree 4 coming soon.
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Napkin on an Art Journal Page

Journal 52 Week 46 Napkin

Napkin on an Art Journal Page.

Last night was another artsy, awesome time.  We made another great art journal page.   If you missed the Art Journal Party you missed a night of laughter, fun and creativity!

I want to thank everyone that came out to create with me.  I truly enjoyed making “magic” with you.   I hope you did too! Here, I share the WONDERFUL, art journal page we created!

Supplies used:   DecoArts acrylics, PITT Pens, Dylusions Spray, Napkin, Faber Castell Pastell Pencils and stamps.

About this page:   We are still following the prompts of Journal 52.  This week’s prompt is “Napkin”   This is my first time using a napkin on an art journal page.  Don’t really have decorative napkins around so this one had to do.

Ideas to note:  

Keep crafting with me!

Questions and comments are cheered!!!
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