One Little Word

Well this year for the first time I decided to actually take Ali Edwards class for my One Little Word and all I can say is taking the class is definitely something that I will do again! My word this year is CREATE and I have been creating in so many new ways this year. I have been a busy bee and the year is about half way over. I have completed each prompt every month, even the ones that I completed kicking and screaming.

The class is amazing and I am learning more about myself then I expected to. This past month the prompt was to create I AM cards which I did and which took me awhile. I needed to figure out what I AM and I found that while completing this prompt it was very therapeutic for me. I created them all in a mixed media style and as you all know from previous posts that mixed media is new to me.

I started off by adding a layer of gesso to each card, and then I grabbed my molding paste and my brand new Tim Holtz stencils and added some texture to my cards. After that all dried I grabbed my gelatos. Some I colored with the gelatos and others I painted with the gelatos by picking up some gelato color from my craft mat and using a paint brush with some water.

After all that dried I grabbed the I AM stamp from Ali Edwards OLW kit which I nabbed when it was on sale and stamped with my black Staz-On ink and my blue Staz-On ink. Then I journaled on each card and called them done. I wish I had taken process photos of these but I completely forgot to and I did all these steps on different days. I can’t always sit down for an hour but I can usually manage to find at least 15 minutes a day to do something.

Here are my I AM statement cards for this months prompt. Is your OLW working for you this year?

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Bucket Travel List, Anybody?

From my previous post you may have heard that I have recently become fascinated with art journaling and mixed media. I purchased this great Dylusions art journal at Michaels with my 40% off coupon and I have really just been playing around with it.

I have also joined the Reset Girls May listers gotta list and have been listing during the month of May, I actually enjoy the prompts and listing out my thoughts. With all this listing I became inspired to create a mixed media page in my art journal about a travel bucket list. Currently I hardly ever travel and to travel out of the country with three kids right now is just something that my family can’t afford but a girl has dreams to see amazing places before she goes!

I have a page in my book that I completely messed up and thought that I could fix it and create a bucket list on this page. I had used one of the new Heidi Swapp screen printing screens but when I had lifted if off my page it had torn the paper. I think that you have to season the screen prints just like a brand new cricut mat by placing your hands all over the sticky side so that it is not quite so sticky and then it won’t tear the page when you left it off but I did not know this at the time.

I painted over my torn messed up screen print and then tried to screen print again. This I did not like, I felt like I lost all creativity after looking at this page and I had no idea what to do.

mixed media travel bucket list

Original plan for my bucket list

After I realized this was horrible I decided to go ahead and change the entire page. I went ahead and grabbed my watercolors, that I just started using as well and attempted to write out a title with a paint brush. I think I need a bigger paint brush then the one I used for my title and will attempt writing with a paint brush again. I see all these beautiful watercolored titles from the pros and thought I could do that (apparently not).

mixed media travel bucket list

 

I used the circle stamps that came with the Ali Edwards one little word kit and loved the look of my list. I even added a reason to each destination of why I wanted to visit that particular place.

Next I grabbed my old Creative Memories Circle and added watercolored circles all around my page.

Of course just adding watercolored circles was not enough to call this a mixed media journal page, so I grabbed some stencils and my light molding paste and set out to create something. Again I am new to all this and I am just winging it here. On the circles I wrote words that related to traveling, like Adventure, Fun, Living, Life, Love and See. I also added some Gelato circles with my Gelatos and made them a bit bigger with a little water on my finger.

I think molding paste is my new favorite thing, I used it with one of the mini Heidi Swapp  stencils that I have to add some more circles to my page. The whole circle theme started with the circle stamps that I used for the date. Now here is also where the booboo happened the three blue circles at the top I created with some Art Molding paste that I picked up at Michaels and apparently he had some issues. The molding paste was more like a clay then it was a molding paste so my circles look horrible. I haven’t attempted to take them off yet and I am not even sure that I can so I might be stuck with them. If anyone has any ideas on how to fix my booboo I would love for you to share it with me in the comments.

Lastly, I grabbed some acrylic paint and created a little border around my whole page. I used a really pretty blue and purple paint by Liquitex. Acryllic paints are also new to me and I haven’t completely figured them out yet either but I really like the fact that you can add a little water to them and they become a little thinner.

mixed media travel bucket list

The final art journal page

Have you played around with mixed media stuff? Let us know in the comments what your favorite mixed media item is. I think for me it is going to be the molding paste.

make it mondayNow you can check out Connie for the Make it Monday blog hop where she is sharing a beautiful mini album cover. 


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Gelatos and Scrapbooking

Some of you may know that my word for this year is CREATE and I have intentionally been working on bringing this word into my life. I started working as a teacher this year, my business is doing well and my mind and body are being taken care of. With that being said something that I have always wondered about but have always been afraid to go near is mixed media.

I purchased my first set of Gelatos last year but hardly used them and didn’t really try to learn to much about them. Then I bought another set of Gelatos this year but still didn’t really use them to much. And then something happened I got over my fear of mixed media and decided to go ahead and take the plunge and when I say take the plunge I really mean take the plunge.

I now have a Gelli printing plate, which is awesome by the way, I have some acrylic paint, I have letterpress supplies, I have molding paste (which is so cool) and I have more Gelatos. Before I knew it all I could think about was how to put all this stuff together. I even bought myself an art journal book just for playing and don’t let me forget the awesome screen printing stuff as well.

So now I find myself with all these awesome crafty things and I am wondering how does all this stuff work and low and behold Craftsy has a class for me and an amazing class by an amazing woman, Wilna Furstenberg. I have been following Wilna for a long time and I don’t know where I have been that I did not know about this course. This is one of those courses that I literally could not stop watching and somehow managed to finish it in a few days with my busy schedule.

Now that I have finished the course I have decided to recreate one of the layouts that Wilna made during the course. The main technique in this lesson was using Gelatos and molding paste. I have learned a ton by creating this layout. First things first, Gelatos are a ton of fun and I definitely want the big pack of Gelatos that you can purchase because I didn’t have enough colors to really get the look I wanted. I started with putting my Gelatos on to the paper.

gelatos layout

The next step was to add some water to these colors, which of course scares the snot out of me but I went ahead and grabbed my paint brush and some water and low and behold I created a masterpiece or at least a masterpiece to me.

gelatos layout

Next up was the stencil that Wilna provides with the course, that can be cut out with your Cameo or Cricut Explore. The stencil is great and I should have followed her exact instructions to create the stencil, instead I thought I was smart by cutting the stencil out with transparency and sticking it down onto my paper with washi tape. All I can say is don’t follow in my footsteps.

gelatos and molding paste

This idea wasn’t horrible but it definiely wasn’t great what happened was that my stencil was a little flimsy and it kept moving away from the paper so I din’t get a clear imprint with my molding paste but I continued on with the process because I started this layout, knowing that it was going to be a learning process for me as well as the layout is for me to document more about my word for the year.

IMG_0426.JPGI love this stencil and I love the molding paste and I love the gelatos, this is a technique that I want to try again and again and again, you get the point. Here are a few close up shots of the molding paste so that you can see what I mean about my stencil moving and my imprint not being as clean as I had hoped it would be.

Next up was a photo and some butterfiles and journaling of course. I literally just took the most recent selfie in my phone which is not the best selfie in the world and went with it. Then I cut out the butterflies that are also included with the course with some old paper that has been in my stash forever. I inked the patterned paper butterflies with some pink ink around the edges and then bussted out my scor-tape to get them all stuck down to my layout. I even brought out some old photo corners in case I decide to change my crappy selfie out at some point. A little journaling and I am calling this layout done and a new technique learned.

Here is the final product. I din’t manage to get all of the butterflies that I cut on it but I am happy with the final result. I am even more happy with the new techniques that I have learned with the molding paste and the Gelatos. I think this saying would be perfect for a layout for each of my children so that would just be more fun for me!

You can grab Wilna’s course through my affiliate link and get $10 off the price for a limited time. When I tell you that this course is amazing, I mean it and I will be sharing a few more projects with you soon showing different techniques that I have learned. Click here to grab this amazing Craftsy course which once you purchase it will be yours forever and you can watch it from anywhere, on your computer, on your phone or on your tablet and what I love the most is that no matter what device you are on the course always picks up right where you left off. Let me not forget all the awesome bonus materials that come with course and what I mean by bonus all the cut files that come with the course. Even if you don’t have a die cutting machine the cut files are simple enough where you could print them out and just fussy cut them out. This is an amazing course and for a great price through my link for a limited time all you have to do is click here and grab the course!

 


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