Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Hey there!
Just stopped in to say hello.
I have really fallen in love with InstaGram 
and I try to post at least once a day....
You can look me up under janetjoehlin.

I think I will try to do shorter and simpler blog posts here...
.....if you don't mind....

Editing and resizing photos takes up so much of my left brain
that sometimes it wants to explode!

Simpler means...... glimpses into my art and my life.
There is so much going on here.
So much Excitement!

The view from my art table.....

Happy Arting Friends!

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Seth Apter Stencils

Hi Stencil Lovers!
We are art hopping with Seth Apter today
featuring his new stencil designs from StencilGirl Products.

I started with the star from the 9x12 Urban Outsiders stencil
and used the Urban Insider Star too.
I used StazOn Ink in Black Cherry and Pumpkin 
with my new Groove Tool ...
Then covered it in Golden Brand Gesso.
I wanted it to be in the background to start with.

I used some Perfect Pigment Acrylics and the Perfect Glaze on top of this.
It gave it beautifully intense colors.
I used a brayer to lay some color down and also to lift some color up.
I played with my background until I was happy with what I had.

Some of the stars needed accentuating at this point....
And some paint splats and drippiness needed happening.

A quote seemed appropriate here.....
First I wrote it in red but realized right away that it needed to be in black.
No worries. It's about playing and trying new things.

The page seemed kind of plain at this point.
I often put a scallop border on some of the edges...
so I looked at Seth's stencils and decided
I could use the long rectangle on his Urban Outsiders Stencil.
The Groove Tool makes it so easy to apply the ink.
This makes a good border, coupled with the texture
 from his 6x6 Transform Stencil.

And of course I used Seth's stencils in my Daily.

I started with the large rectangle again on the Urban Outsiders Stencil.
So now I had a box at the top of my page.....
Hmmm... what to fill it with....
There were some words on the 6x6 Transform Stencil.
Yes. Perfect....
So I shaded colors and played and added texture and drips.

I looked at that Techno Insider Circle
 and knew I had to use it somewhere...
It made a great border for along the top of this spread. 

I loved this Techno Circle Stencil as a border...

It gave me the idea to use the squares as a row...
Making it more like a unit instead of individual squares.
So....in my Gratitude Journal.....

I moved the design around in different directions
so each square was not totally identical to the one next to it...

What fun!
Seth Apter always comes up with unique designs! 
There is a giveaway to one lucky winner...
So go around to all the Artist's in the Hop and 
leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win.
Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

StencilGirl and ArtQuest Hop

Hi Stencil Lovers! 
StencilGirl has partnered with USArtQuest 
to bring you a great Hop this week..... and today is Day 3.....
Have you been to the USArtQuest website and seen all they have to offer?
So many How-to Videos and information..... along with So Many Products!

 I want to show you some things I did with Mini Prills and PPA.
So what IS a Mini Prill? Here is what they remind me of......

Think Donut Holes....but smaller...Bead Holes.......(but don't eat them)
Tiny little dots....in great colors.
Great texture.
Very versatile.

And what, you ask, is PPA?
Perfect Paper Adhesive, of course.
A fabulous glue.
I like that it is water-soluble when wet BUT water-resistant when dry.

I used two stencils on this Daily cover......
The May 2015 StencilClub middle sized stencil and
one of Rae Missigman's 4x4 stencils called  Repetition.

I used a thin spread of modeling paste through parts of the Club Stencil
and just started coloring areas with Neocolor II Crayons and paints.
I kept adding layers of colors till I was happy with the look.

Then I laid down Rae's Repetition Stencil...
just because I love that dotted pattern.

I added my number 21 with paint first......
because I number my Dailies and that is what's next...
Then I laid the PPA glue down and poured the Mini Prills on top.
I ended up with a double layer
because I wanted it to be densely filled.
I just liked that look.

Then I added the Mini Prills in different colors to other areas of the cover.
It was fun to do.

But I am not done playing with Mini Prills yet!

I repurposed this old art journal cover from years ago......
It was an all over stamping of a cardboard tube....
which ended up kind of boring.
I gessoed over the design, still letting it peek through a bit....
Then poured my PPA glue on a palette and used a sponge 
to daub it through Terri Stegmiller's Bold Flower Stencil.
I laid those Mini Prills on pretty thick again.
When everything was dry I coated the bead design
with another layer of the PPA glue.
 I don't know if it was required.... but what it did was encase 
the whole design in a protective seal.  

I love how that experiment turned out.
I used colored pencils and markers and pens to shade in around it.
The texture is fabulous.

And then my favorite project with these Mini Prills....
Grand Baby #2 is due to arrive this fall.
I made an art journal devoted to the journey of her arrival and first months.

The cover for this book was so much fun to do!
Pink and teal...obviously.....
Mismatched chipboard letters...glued down.....gessoed over...
Clustered Triangles, another 4x4 Rae Missigman Stencil,
was used as texture by spreading a thin layer of Matte Gel.

I drew the flower....painted and shaded all around....
Using paints and markers
 I used DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze over top of the white BABY letters.
That turned out to be a nice surprise! 
The Mini Prills inside those letters was the perfect touch! 
I lightly added some aqua Mini Prills to the center area of the flower too.

Am I overdoing it with these "baby photos"? 
Ha! Seriously! I LOVE how this turned out! 

And I can't get enough of the awesome texture these Mini Prills give!

So there you go! 
Thanks to Susan Pickering Rothamel and USArtQuest 
for supplying the SG Team with these great products!

Check out Maria McGuire's blog today to see what project she has created.

Happy Arting!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Groovy StencilClub Designs

Hi Friends. 
I am over on the StencilGirl Talk blog today
showing how I used 
the April StencilClub stencils in my Daily.

Come on over and see all the groovy details!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Another Color Burst Experiment

I want to show you another experiment I did with Ken Oliver Crafts 
Color Burst Paints.

I wanted to play with a resist and the clear Liquid Glass is just what I needed.
I brushed the Liquid Glass through the stencil onto the white paper.

I went with the rainbow colors of Color Burst Paints around the page
since it was all experimentation and I didn't have a firm objective.

With the first layer dry I started round two.
I loosely outlined some of the shapes and drew the circles and dots in 
with the great tip on the liquid glass' bottle.

I painted another layer of green over this olive color.
It really made the yellow dots pop out

This is a BEFORE photo....
 This is the AFTER photo....

See how the Liquid Glass sat on TOP of the paper and did not soak into the fibers?

Instead of repelling the Color Burst Paint it trapped it underneath.

When the Liquid Glass product went IN to the paper fibers 
it DID give a resist ..... like the light colored dots below.

Practice and play...oh yeah!

It's always fun to play with your paints!
Have fun!