This journal page almost looks like a map, with a small body of water in the right corner, a huge mountain, a long, empty desert, and a puddle of lava?
Too much minecraft, maybe. :3
Here's a little letter traveling via airmail across the whole thing. Love!
Spoooooky micro lava! Don't touch it!
No really, little beadies keep falling off and getting lost in my clothes. They are little adventurers, those.
Last night while I was working, I was hit by this insatiable urge to doodle lots of triangles. The desire to draw doesn't come as often as it used to so I had to oblige. I used a regular writing pen and a scrap of paper towel - ha!
I will see if I can develop it into a small painting this week, how about it?
I finally got to play with the new toys and some small fabric scraps that I like.
Here's a close up of the rubber stamp...
And here are the microbeads. They are bright red-orange so I thought they would be perfect for roses.
And um... half of the bottle ended up on the floor.
I'm getting close to the end of this journal which means I have to think ahead to the next one. This particular journal was a reject that never made it to the shop (the cover is a bit warped), but I don't have any other mistake journals.
I might have to pull one out of the shop to use! Hmmm which one, which one...
Which journal would you choose?
Stickers! But how to present them?
I found this cute little frame at the dollar store and thought it might make a simple way to display my sticker sets at craft fairs. :3
Hot glue or perhaps a silicone sealant
What I did was remove the glass from the frame, then covered the backing board with a piece of pretty paper. It took me a few tries to push the nail through the board... the board was sturdy enough to hold the nail in place, but the sharp tip stuck out through the back. I covered the sharp end with a large bead of hot glue so that there are no accidents!
For fun, I painted the nail a "Champagne Gold" colour to match the frame. Such a pretty colour!
Well ok, it's not quite a journal post... it's another playdate with Nolwenn! She wanted to try some watercolours so I brought my new unopened stack of papers to play with :) We doodled with them for a while. I will probably chop mine up to use in my journal.
She gave me a few extra things she had laying around and I'm sooooo excited to play with them! I love love love text stamps and I'm so happy to finally have one! hehehehe. The little microbeads are a puzzle though. I'm not sure if I've seen anyone use them before...
Between cutting papers and prepping for upcoming fairs, I recorded another mini painting! With this one, I wanted to see how well gel medium worked as a glaze. It's ok, but it's probably better to use a thinner medium.
What better way to use a glaze than create a water scene? It's also good for an old style of skin tones; paint an image entirely in greyscale, and then paint thin clear layers of colour over it! It's gorgeous. I might have to try that one again sometime.
Here's something I haven't done for a while: make an artist trading card. I was looking through my tiny collection of artist trading cards from across the land and thought I would share my favourites!
Reason why trading cards are cool #1:
It's all inclusive! There is very little, if any, snobbery in the artist trading card community. Kids do it, moms do it, hip professionals do it, teens do it... pretty much anyone can draw a tiny picture, take a pretty photo or assemble a little collage. And then trade it!
Reason why trading cards are cool #2:
Mail is fantastic. Especially real mail with your name on it. Especially real mail with little doodles on the envelopes which are filled with tiny pieces of art and sometimes a letter or a card. If you're really lucky, sometimes the sender includes a surprise extra! Score!
I used to LOVE checking the mail on the way to work and finding pretty things inside. It's nice to have something to look forward to that only costs as much as a postage stamp.
I don't do much trading anymore (I haven't even made any cards, since). Though if someone were to send me something in the mail, I would definitely reciprocate... :3
This weekend, I drove up the Coquihalla Highway for the first time in my car. I was pretty terrified, if only because we had a heavy rainfall warning just in time for my trip. Yay. If you've never heard of this highway I will describe it for you:
It's very interesting to look at, as it is a winding road that passes over a mountain (up to around 1200m high), though I didn't get much of a chance to look around at the pretty yellow leaves. Speeds are very fast even though my car was already slipping around in the rain way below the speed limit O_O
There are so many crazy fast drivers that there's now a tv show about it called Highway Thru Hell.
Definitely not a good drive for greenhorns like me. But better rain than snow. I got to stretch my muscles and travel far out of my comfort zone. And I got to learn what it feels like to drive through high winds that wanted to push my car over a huge cliffside, and rain that was heavy enough to completely obscure the ground. I'd love to try it in the summertime!
Here's a video of this journal page in progress :3
I don't accumulate a lot of supplies like most people do, mostly because that stuff costs money! Ow! So I tend to fall back on a small selection of favourites to play with.
Lindy Stamp Gang
I caved and purchased a try-me set of sprays from Lindy Stamp Gang, and they are pretty fun. I looovee the look of ink sprayed over a stencil. They're glittery!
These are a step down from standard Windsor&Newton watercolours and will probably last many years. I much much much prefer the dry cakes over the tubes, and it's kind of hard to find them sometimes.
Golden Gel Medium
This is a new friend of mine, and can't wait to play with it some more! Super thick and dries clear, so you can make as much bumpy texture as you want.
Faber Castell Pens
The pens say they are waterproof but I disagree. They run like crazy. Maybe I'm just not using them correctly?
Occasionally I will use some acrylic paints (journaling, mostly), and if I do I prefer Jansen Art as they have the exact colours I want but with consistent pricing. For easy to find colours, I will usually go with Stevenson.
During my artsy playdate with Nolwenn, I fell in love with Golden gel medium! She showed me how fun it is to use it with stencils to create texture.
I've also tried this before with heavy weight acrylic paints.
But I think what really sold me on this stuff is how it eventually dries clear to show the colours underneath.
Here is the result after rubbing acrylic paint over the dried gel medium and drawing over it with a pen. Cute!
Mini paintings available here.
I feel like I've been neglecting my journal a bit which is kind of weird because I think there's only a few pages left! Today I decided to get messy with chalk pastels, which really are super messy. With them, I doodled a woodpecker we saw today.
It's absolutely necessary to use a fixative with chalk pastels, otherwise as soon as I close the book, it will just smudge around into a mess - ick. I used a spray varnish but I don't really care for it - it smells very strong and it didn't completely work. I still get a bit of residue on my fingers if I touch the page.
I used to use aerosol hairspray for that, and it worked okay too. Not to mention way cheaper! Many people think that's insane, that it will turn yellow. It probably does, I don't know. I'm pretty chill with my art journal about stuff like that.
Recycled a piece of an old oil painting to attach in circles along the edge!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?