I miss the sunshine! AJ page

Hello and happy Friday! My art journal pages reflect my current moods, so today is not like Tuesday was :). It´s a tad brighter with a message. So I survived my emotionally bad Tuesday and noticed that I miss the variety. The variety of possibilities, the variety of experiences and just being able to do things again. I miss going out, meeting friends and loved ones, eating out, smiley faces, travelling, swimming in the sea, free walks outside, the sunshiny feeling inside that all the above things generate. Thus this page:

So who´s with me on this? How many of you miss all those little things? that actually are the bigger things!! I just added colour as my first layer. Lots and lots of luscious Dina Wakley Gloss Spray colours. Ah, the joy of colour made me happy for a while at least!

Then, sketching the alphas on paper and covering everything else in black. I love, love, love this effect. The contrast makes me happy! And then some flowers and leaves with Posca pens for decor. That´s it! No more magic to this page, just happy colours with a message.

I hope you weekend will be nice! I will spend some time crafting for sure to keep my mind busy. Then combined with some sporty activities should lift my spirits to survive the upcoming week again. What do you do to keep your spirits high these days? I´m looking for ideas :-).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Doubt kills the dreams! AJ page

Hello and happy Tuesday!! How´s your week been so far? Monday was ok for me, but then today when I woke up, I just was at a point, where I said, I cannot take this anymore. It´s the third lockdown now here in Austria and so far I was able to motivate myself to keep positive and just take one day after another. But today was another story! It just all felt totally meaningless. I just wanted to pull my blanket over me and forget about the world out there. Of course it did not work out, I had to pull myself together and force myself to go to work and function.

That´s it! I´m just functioning, but the joy is gone. And that is what you can also see in my art journal pages. Depending on what kind of mood I am currently on, the pages turn out happy and bright or chaotic and depressive or something in between. Without my journal I´d be lost!

Like this page, it´s totally crazy. I just went with it, put layers on top of each other and went crazy with them. Because at that moment, this is what I felt like. And then this page emerged. I´ve, by the way, used some of Tina Walker´s printed tissue paper on this page! She has some really cool stuff at her Etsy store, do check it out!! And the washi – hidden in between layers – is also by her :). She and Dee Dee have been upto some very cool creative stuff. Check out Tina´s Etsy shop here and Dee Dee´s uber cool stuff here :).

As chaotic as this page is, it made me feel better afterwards. And that is the goodness on art journaling, at least for me! It´s my emotional outlet! And on times like we live right now, one certainly needs some kind of outlet!

Wishing you a lovely evening!
xxx, Sanna

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Keep taking chances Art Journal page

Hello and happy Sunday!!! Today I´m stopping by to share another art journal page with you. I´ve used some of my stencil designs on this one. I wonder if you can guess which ones?

I´m again working in my Ranger Inc. art journal that has various types of pages in it. I love these kraft pages! It´s so much fun creating on them. For this page I´ve used Dina Wakley Media paints, washi, scribble sticks and her stamps. Oh, and fussy cut bits from her Collage Collective book.

Now can you see what stencils I used? It´s the Amaranth and the Art Flowers 2 stencil, both used for „negative print making“ with acrylic paints. I´ve only used parts and I love the images they create! Definitely going to do this more often!! Other than that, it Scribble Sticks, Dina´s paints added in various ways and some older neon spray inks.

January feels like it´s going to be mainly art journaling and mixed media related :). BUT if you come here tomorrow, you might be in for a scrapbook layout :).

Just a little heads up, if you are interested in my stencil designs at STAMPlorations – here is a discount code for you at their store:

Hope your weekend was nice! Wishing you a good start into the new week!
xxx, Sanna

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Stray strong – Art journal page

Hello and happy Tuesday!! Today I´m again stopping by to share another page from my art journal. I´m working in my Ranger art journal at them moment, so I have various type of pages I can play with. Today, it´s a kraft paper page.

I have some stencil prints on the page (see the turquoise Gloss Spray pattern?). It´s done with my new stencil called „Amaranth“ and with Dina Wakley Gloss Spray. I love the look of that simple print in the bold and bright turquoise against the kraft background.

The other patterns are either Dina´s paints or her Scribble Sticks. The tag is covered with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Elizabeth Craft Designs washi tape and Dina´s older sentiment stamps (see details on the supply list).

Then there is some asemic writing, done with a white Posca pen. The tree is colored with a black scribble stick. After that I added a layer of Nuvo Crackle Paste on top. I love the look! That is pretty much it. The swirly black thing is done with Dina´s black paint.

That´s all for today! I´m at work again, so for me holidays are over. We are still on the 3rd lockdown here in Austria and it will go on a while still (almost to the end of the month). Still, I am hoping this year will be better to all of us. We sure all do need some good news for a change, right?

Do come back on Thursday to see what I created for my Elizabeth Craft Designs monthly post :). See you then!


Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Today art journal page

Hello and happy Sunday! Today I´m just stopping by to share a burlap art journal page with you. During the first lockdown last spring I regularly watched the Dina Wakley Facebook lives and enjoyed them very much. Back then I created a set of mixed media tags and one of them found a forever home in my art journal recently.

I used various Ranger products for this page. The tag is made with spray inks, bits and bobs from the Collage Collective book by Dina, some Tim Holtz stamps and Dina´s Scribbe Sticks. On the background I have added some white paint from Dina with some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in blue and a Nuvo Glitter Paste. The hand written word is done by a good scrappy friend (thanks again, Lizzy) .

I haven´t been doing that many burlap pages and I am not that used to it, but adding a strong focal point like this „tag“ makes the page „pop“. And adding some bits and bobs of various media brings the page together. I really enjoy playing in this journal with various types of pages at the moment.

Wishing you all a lovely day!!!
xxx, Sanna

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