Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Planner Pages for January

Hi Friends. 
We are half way through January 2017 already.
I wanted to try to blog just a little bit more this year...
so this is me showing up for the occasion!

Here I am in my 2017 Planner.
I'm not sure how I should refer to it other than my planner.
For the last 3 years it has been my DLP... Documented Life Project.
This year we are on our own ...therefore it's just my planner.

But it is no ordinary planner.
I fully treasure my last 3 books and am treating this in the same way
and doing it in the same style.

I picked my word for the year....NURTURE.
It was hard to narrow down to one focus word.
I want to nurture my relationships with God, family and friends.

Week two's PP (planner prompt) was arrow. 
I love the January 2017 StencilClub stencil set. I used the 6" stencil below.
Included in both of these week's planner pages is Mary Beth Shaw's new planner stencils.

I am often asked what supplies I use on these pages. 
This year I took a regular lined inexpensive journal from Staples 
and gessoed every page front and back, as well as the covers.
This was my summer project after rotator cuff surgery on my dominant arm.
I figured it was an easy, slow project that did not take any precision from me.
I just slapped on the gesso, let it dry and turned the page to do it again.

I started from the back page with the last week of the year and set up the calendar format.
That left me with the front half of the book with pages for lists 
and other art work and experimentation. Fun!

I use all kinds of markers and paint pens and sharpies and watercolors and spray inks 
and crayons and gelatos.....
Pretty much anything goes on these pages.
I use stencils and stamps and papers....

On one of my front extra pages
I was practicing with a small gelli plate someone gave me using 
some of Maria McGuire's Be Brave stencil line.
The Breathe and Spread Your Wings stencils.
And Look! There's a RubberMoon sticker from a recent package!

My cover will have many layers before this new year has ended.
Here is how it is starting......
with some of my favorite color as a base paint 
and some PaperArtsy stamps I used in a recent StencilGirl Blog Hop.

Here we go into a new year and a new adventure!
I hope you are joining me!
Happy Arting!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

January 2017 Challenge To Create Prompts

Hi Art Friends!
Hello 2017 New Year!

My dear friend Maria and I decided to plan our year ahead
 for both our Daily #challengetocreate prompts
and our 2017 Planner Prompts.
We will post them on each of our blogs for each month.
Join us for one day or every day!
The important thing is to 

Join Us on Instagram: Janet HERE Maria HERE
Use the #'s: #challengetocreate #creativeeveryday
Saturday = PP-Planner Prompt
Sunday = Quote

Monday = Mandala

31 PP-Word for the Year
1 Weekly Quote
2 Monday Mandala
3 Flur de lis
4 Alphabet
5 Flower of the Month-Carnation
6 Doodle-Blue
7 PP-Add an Arrow
8 Weekly Quote
9 Monday Mandala
10 Ice Cubes
11 Cut a Snowflake
12 Draw the Weather
13 Favorite Smell
14 PP-Trace Your Hand
15 Weekly Quote
16 Monday Mandala
17 Design Your Own Winter Hat
18 Spool/Bobbin of Thread
19 Cinnamon Rolls
20 Circles
21 PP-Add a Map
22 Weekly Quote
23 Monday Mandala
24 Angel
25 Use a Brayer
26 Bird of the Month—Cardinal
27 Obsession of the Month
28 PP-Add Fabric
29 Weekly Quote
30 Monday Mandala
31 Basket Pattern

Happy Arting!

Friday, December 23, 2016

PaperArtsy and StencilGirl Together!

Welcome to another StencilGirl Hop with PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps.
Oh Wait a minute! 
Maybe it's a PaperArtsy Hop with the StencilGirl team participating!
It doesn't matter! I am just glad I was introduced to these great rubber stamps!
I chose the Eclectica (Ellen Vargo) 06 Circles.
I wanted them for the texture and interest they will add to my Daily pages and my Planner,
as well as any art journal page or painting I can conjure.

One of the first things I did when I received my package from 
PaperArtsy was to pull out tissue paper and deli paper and stamp the images.
I suppose you will notice I ordered a few other stamps too!
I just put them all out there on the tissue paper!

I wanted to see how they stamped...and I will use some later in the project....

If you follow along with my art journey, you will know I like to make books.
So here goes a couple more books!
I stamped one of the PaperArtsy stamps right through the X's.

Then I used the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints in guacamole.
Much more translucent so you can see the layers in there.

When I was happy with how my backgrounds looked I added a focal image....
I knew some of the Be Brave line of stencils from Maria McGuire
would make perfect titles for some of my handmade books.
Live Your Beautiful Life and Tell Your Story were my picks for these.

I played until I liked the outcome....

Then I painted and stamped the inside covers of the books 
in the same 2 paint colors as well...
I LOVE these 'cheerios'!

And the book making begins.
I used a simple long stitch for my bookbinding.

Google it if you want to know the details.
It's one of the easier binding methods.

My last touch is to use matte medium 
to glue strips of the stamped tissue paper (from the very beginning step)
onto the white bookbinding tape...

Then I lightly laid a wash of the Guacamole Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint 
over the binding to carry through the whole color scheme.

There you go.
Two new art journals!

I love how they turned out.
Thanks again to PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps for inviting the SG team to hop along with them!

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Did I mention the awesome packaging from PaperArtsy? 
Love it!
Happy Holidays and Happy Arting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Impression Obsession and a StencilGirl Hop

Hi Stencil Lovers! 
Today is the 3rd and final day of this Impression Obsession and StencilGirl Blog Hop.
There have been some Fabulous art works the first two days....
So to continue.... I made two projects.
First up is my next Daily Art Journal #29 Cover.

I love these Seth Apter Solar System Stamps.
They go perfectly with his stencil designs from StencilGirl....

I added layer upon layer of circles and stamps and paint and markers.
In addition to Seth's stencils I used Mary Beth's Bullseye Stencil
and Maria McGuire's Seeds Stencil.

Some White Sharpie highlights finish it off.
I love the texture of this journal cover!

My second project was an art journal page.
Again, I used Seth's stencils, The Time, Techno Insiders Circle Stencil, 

I also used this Kind Word Stamp Set from IO, as well as a hand carved stamp 

Just Show Up.
It's a reminder to myself.

What a Fun Hop with some great eye candy for everyone.
But that's not quite the end of this.
There is a generous giveaway from both StencilGirl and Impression Obsession....

StencilGirl Products 
will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Impression Obsession 
will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!

Visit all the hop artists all three days and leave comments
 for even more chances to win one of these prizes.
You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, October 2nd.

September 28 

Thanks for visiting! See you next time!