Face – Art journal page

Hello lovelies! Today I´d again like to share a peek into my Art Journal. This is my first ever face. The page started with no plan whatsoever. I was just adding residue paint, some paper scraps and layers onto the page. Then I felt like creating a face on top of it all.

I didn´t do any sketching, just started to add general lines here and there. That then slowly formed into a face.

I´ve sneaked some stenciled details into the page too, although they are hardly recognizeable on the finished piece. It might not be the best of faces, but I am quite happy how it turned out in the end, considering, I haven´t done these before.

When was the  last time you did something out of your comfort zone?

Wishing you all a creative day,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Acrylic paints
ARTplorations stencils by STAMPlorations
Black and white pen
Black and white texture spray ink

Don´t force pieces – Art Journal page

Hello lovelies, time for another art journal page share! February was a month I created quite a few pages into my art journal. I just felt like creating a page every other day. And it felt good!!! Could be that all the things that happened to us/me in February made me create all those pages. Who knows…

I seem to create art journal pages to keep an emotional diary of some kind. Every page is combined to feelings I had been experiencing/going thru around that time. That is why I also always add a date to the page I create. And quotes, yes, they follow me around :). Again a very quote dominated page, that I created:

I didn´t use gesso on this page at all. I played with Glimmer Mists and used them like water colours and I love how this page turned out. It feels so me. The colours are very much me too. I think you could call this technique intuitive. I added colours, let them spread on their own and then added lines and patterns to emphasize the edges of various colours.

And I love this quote!!! Need to remind me over and over again that there are things we cannot force. Some things happen, others don´t, however hard we want them to happen. Such is life. What I don´t like, is my handwriting. I cannot seem to get it right, always looks a bit odd…but here, even the letters worked out great. Maybe the secret is to keep it simple. Maybe my handwriting is like this… I love brush lettering and calligraphy, but I would need to be patient and practice lots…which is not going to happen any day soon, so better be happy with what I got… *laughing*.

I think I am going to call my 2017 art journal the „Talking to myself“-book, as I always seem to end with some kind of wise words on color and media :-).

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

Supplies:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists – yellow, brown, red, silver, green and blue
Pen – Staedtler
Texture spray – Imagine Crafts
Stamps – 7gypsies (retired)
Old book pages
White signo uni-ball pen

Fairytales Art Journal Sheet

Hi there, lovelies and happy Sunday! I´ve been trying to create in my art journal on more regular basis the past days. Just adding color, texture and quotes or sayings to a page. Nothing too complicated or too time consuming. And it feels good to just add a few lines, a few colors and a date. I find it really good to add a date to every page to tell  me when I did what. I think it will be also interesting to see how my pages develop from one date to another. Here is what I did yesterday (I´ve done a few before this, but sharing those later..):

I had a piece of blue paper with a speech bubble on it that said: „No one is too old for fairytales“. I felt I wanted to add that sentiment into my art journal. It´s slowly turning into an artful quote book. Almost every page has a quote or saying of some kind on it. I really like collecting quotes this way.

I´ve painted the background dark with acrylic paint, then let the paint dry REALLY well, before adding the hand drawn leaves, firefly´s and „flowers“. I´ve learned my lesson after destroying ton´s of black and white pens in the process of being totally impatient. The paint really needs it´s drying time and there is no way around it. After that you can doodle, journal and add details with pens and markers and it will work out. I did my doodling with a white gel pen (uni-ball), then added some colour with Posca pens.

It´s a fairytale forest of a kind, I guess. I´ll leave you with this page today. I created it with nothing special in mind, just had a fun playtime in my art journal and added another page with a date. I am hoping that I will develop during these daily (well, at least weekly) exersizes and that when I look back in a year or so, I will be happy I took the time. Will also be interesting to see what kind of themes come up :). Very relaxing, too, this kind of art time :). Have a great day!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
POSCA pens
Signo uni-ball white
Liquitex black acrylic paint
Paper with a quote

Fear will get you nowhere! – STAMPlorations tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today with an art journal spread created using several STAMPlorations stencils. Someone recently broke into our home which was a very unpleasant experience. I have been going thru various emotions since then and creating this art journal spread helped me to deal with those feelings. Here is what I created:

And this is how I created the spread:

1. I first applied yellow and light orange tones with a foam brush onto the journal sheets very randomly.
2. Next I added pink, magenta and orange acrylic paint tones thru various ARTplorations stencil over the first paint layer. After every layer I let the paint dry properly before moving over to the next one.

3. Next I took heavy body acrylic paint and applied that with a palette knife thru the stencils onto the page.

4. Finally I used a foam stamp with acrylic paint and stamped green leaf patterns onto the surface.

5. After that I added random black stamp images here and there for interest.

6. Then I drew the letters onto the background and started to paint the background around them blue. That makes the letters/the word stand out from the background.

7. When the background was dry, I outlined the letters with a white pen and punched circles from a leftover misted paper piece.

8. I adhered the punched half circles on the top and bottom of the pages for additional fun detail and dabbed some white acrylic paint thru a raindrop stencil here and there. Finally I added alpha stickers to build a full sentiment and added a date. I always add a date to an art journal sheet, as my pages always have something to do with my current feelings. It´s in a way something like an art diary for me.

I also recorded a start-to-finish video about my creating process for better insight. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,

Sanna

Supplies: 

ARTplorations – Droplets Mini

ARTplorations – Dragonfly Waltz

ARTplorations – Two Feathers

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic Two

ARTplorations – Square City

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic One

ARTplorations – Just Flow

Smile – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovelies, and just like that it is 2017!!! I hope you had a lovely, relaxing holiday season and are ready to kickstart another creative year!! Let´s beginn with an exersize that is easy to do 🙂 – a challenge! Here we go:

How about you create something fun in mixed media style and join our January challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Joining is easy, just make sure you create something mixed media using at least one stencil and place the above image with a correct link to your blog. PLUS make sure you are not submitting cards – those are the only ones not accepted.

Here is what I did as an inspiration for this months challenge reveal:

Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet

I started by applying turquoise Sennelier acrylic paint with an old credit card onto the art journal sheet. After that layer was dry, I added white acrylic paint droplets with a paint brush onto the blue surface. White that layer was drying, I took some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists out and misted on a white paper in yellow, light green, kiwi and red.
Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet

White the misted paper was drying, I took the Some Birds stencil and used it as a drawing guide with a black pen. I then had a bunch a birdies flying on my page. Next I colored them with a black pen.

Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet

After that I stamped some feathers with the Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set onto the misted paper and fussy cut those images. Then I stamped a sentiment that would suit my journal page and fussy cut that too. Now all I needed to do was to layer these pieces onto the page. I also added some white gel pen details onto the feathers and some glitter glue for interest. I outlined the page with a black pen and added the date. That way I´ll later know when I created this sheet. Here is the finished page.

Sanna Lippert - stenciled art journal sheet Now´s your turn – I hope you will join our fun mixed media challenge! Hop over here to see more inspiration from the team and to join in with us :)!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Some Birds stencil
STAMPlorations – Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set
Sennelier acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Kiwi, Sun Sisters, Tropical Pink
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Ink – Inchworm
White gel pen
Black pen
Star Dust – Stickles by Ranger

Looking back – this was 2016

Hello there, I am here posting a little overview of what I created 2016. Don´t worry, I am not going to share everything, just a few faves of mine :). Here are some thoughts on my work and the creative year 2016. Let´s start with my cards:

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There are my nine faves from past year. I created quite a few cards during the past year, more cards than layouts actually. I think I needed a break from scrapbooking in a way. The layouts I created I totally loved, but it was not my go-to creative outlet in 2016. I did more other crafty projects. And in my opinion that is the way it should go, we should do what we feel most comfortable with that moment. And now, after doing less layouts for a year, I can again see myself making more. It feels more interesting again.

My cards have lots of die cutting details in them, that is due to the design teams I was in, I think. And besides, I enjoyed a move towards this direction creativity wise quite much. Looking at my cards, do you notice what is missing? The splatters!! They have been following me for a couple of years now and in these cards there seem to be less or no splatters at all. But don´t be fooled, I am still a splatter girl :). Just yesterday I managed to splatter my whole computer screen, my keyboard and my photo printer with white paint splatters. YES! That´s me… Thank God I was able to remove every little stain and droplet. I am not even going to go into detail how that happened, but things happen around here when I get creative, people :).

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I still seem to have a thing for color too. It´s happy bright colors apparently, that I am drawn towards naturally. And I still think kraft and browns with whites and blacks look good together. Tags are appearing more and more in my work. I made quite a few last year. And enjoyed making them very much. I like them, they are small but still offer enough space to experiment and play with techniques and media. My desk is always a mess after working on how ever small an artpiece *lol* you´d think I created something big by to look of my working area, but no, it´s just a tag or two *laugh*..

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And then there are other crafty projects like OTP, minibooks, art journaling and ATC´s and even home deco. Yes, I actually did all of those last year. I always thought it would not be my thing to do home deco, but I must admit I quite enjoy it! AND besides, we DO spend a lot of time in our craftrooms BUT do we also showcase stuff we do? So that is something that is about to change in the future.

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I signed in for an online class that lasted a whole year. That was fun – although I did not manage to finish every single prompt/tutorial. I still plan to, though :-). And then there were friends, I can´t recall if I chose OLW for 2016, but if there should be a word for 2016, it should be friends. I met many of my crafty friends in 2016 in person. That is something really special. I cherish it very much!! And we are not talking about friends living right around the corner, no, these friends I met, live scattered around the whole world. And to meet some of them in person is really something special!!!

Then I got the possibility to go to Frankfurt (Creative World/Paperworld) and do demos there. Now that was really special. Something I hadn´t even dared to dream about. Somewhere in the corners of my mind there was always a little spark of hope, and it coming true was really special to me. I enjoyed interacting with people very much.

I am not a very communicative person. Well, I´ve gotten much better in time, but I am not the type of person who loves to be the center of attention. Thru this hobby I´ve learned how to share ideas, even teach and hold classes. Being more of an introvert than an extrovert I am very proud of myself for coming this far.

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So for 2017 my one little word (OLW) is going to be WONDER. I think it fits. I want to live more curiously (in  a good way!), discover new things, discover surprising things, be more astonished about creativity, ideas, techniques and play more. Does that make sense? I want to wonder, discover and develop. And travel, yes, that too. I´ve decided it´s going to be a good year. I want to concentrate on the good, the positive.

There is just something about the first days of the new year that makes us feel like we can conquer and achieve anything. I hope I can call upon this feeling throughout the year and at the end of this year be able to say it was an amazing year!

Thank you for coming around once and a while and reading my posts. I am still wondering if someone stops by besides me and Lizzy *lol*.

I wish you a wonderful 2017!! Let´s stay curious and creative!!!
xxx, Sanna

Live With Wonder – Canvas Corp

Hello lovelies, Christmas is coming and before you know, it´s 2017!!! And speaking of 2017, have you already made thoughts about what you are going to do next year? Set goals? I haven´t :). I am just going to wait and see what the New Year has planned for me… And thus I created this art journal spread:

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

And this is what I used to create the galaxy/universe type of background:

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

There is lots of Tattered Angels spray inks (Chalkboard, Glimmer Mist and Simply Sheer) as well as some Decor&DIY paint in there. A stamp set, a white gel pen and a black marker. Other than that I used old book sheets and a vintage typewriter.   Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

I am sure you have seen lots of space/night sky backgrounds popping up on social media and created in a variety of ways. Don’t they just look good? I love them! So I have been wanting to create that kind of background myself for a while. But instead of grabbing stamp inks, I went for my favorite product, Tattered Angels spray inks. And they worked so well in my art journal. I combined Glimmer Mists, Chalkboard Mists and Simply Sheer products and believe me, the shimmer and glimmer is just gorgeous. It makes me really feel like I am somewhere in outer space when looking at it – even if I say so myself. The creating process is really simple to do.

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

The word „live“ is hand written and fussy cut. The other words/sentiments are either stamped or written with my old typewriter. Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

Just look at that gorgeous shimmer and shine on the page!! It is truly amazing IRL!!!Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

So I haven´t really made any New Year´s promises for 2017 and I am not going to. I am just going to live the year as best as I can and in the end of next year I will see, where it took me :).

Universe Art Journal spread - Sanna Lippert

There is also a short video up over at my YouTube channel,  on how I created the galaxy background with the spray inks. Hope you like it!

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna

Materials used:
Tools:
– Heat gun
– Piece of fabric
– Paint brushes
– Scissors
– Paper glue
– Old typewriter
– Pencil

Song lyrics art journal sheet – STAMPlorations

Hello there, everyone! It´s time for a new month and a new challenge! Are you ready for December Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog? I hope you are :).

My take this month is an art journal sheet, inspired by lyrics. I really like to turn music on when creating and at the moment I am totally fascinated by Elle King. I love to listen to her songs when creating and while I was playing around in my art journal, a song came on that really moved me. So I decided to write the lyrics down on my page.

Sanna Lippert - song lyrics art journal page

I first started with an orange and yellow paint on the background (brayered onto the surface). Then I added some green and hot pink paint and left the page to dry properly. Something I´ve learned the hard way after ruining MANY journaling pens… you need to let the paint dry. If it´s not dry, you WILL ruin the pen you write with. There are no excuses on this…none. So, I made sure every layer dried before going over to the next one. I left the page open on my craft table and went away (NOT easy for me, as I am very impatient…). Then, when the surface had dried, I drew two heart shapes onto the sheet and started adding the dark blue paint. And AGAIN left it to dry overnight!!! I am so proud of myself. It payed off! Next I took the light blue paint and added the droplets with a pencil – yes, I dipped a pencil onto the paint and then onto the page. Results in nice circles :).

Sanna Lippert - song lyrics art journal page

After the little light blue circles had dried up, I added the raindrops with white paint by dabbing thru the stencil with a foam brush. Again some drying time was needed before adding the birdies. I used a foam brush, black paint and a stencil for the birds too.

Sanna Lippert - song lyrics art journal page

And then, finally, when the final layers were dry, I took my uni-ball white pen and wrote down the lyrics of one of the songs I had been listening to white creating. These have a special meaning to me  and I love Elle´s voice/sound!!

Now is your turn. Put on some music you love and start creating. And then submit to December´s challenge at STAMPlorations!! I´d love to see what you make. And remember to read the rules before joining in to make sure you are eligible for the prize :). See you there!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Some Birds
ARTplorations – Mini Droplets
Tattered Angels – High Impact paints
Sennelier Abstract innovative acrylic paints
Signo uni-ball white
Foam brush

Abstract art journal spread – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! This time I created an abstract art journal spread and made a little start-to-finish video to go with it!

Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert

Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert Abstract art journal spread - Sanna Lippert I´ve used plenty of green Distress Paint as a base. The reason is I was creating another project and poured way too much paint onto the painters tray..cannot waste good paint, can I? So I wiped the residue onto my art journal and some more onto spare papers. Could be that you will see lots of greenish creations popping up here on my blog in the future *giggles*.

I really liked how the paint looked on the art journal sheets so I continued from there and created an abstact art journal spread using lovely STAMPlorations products. Here is the start-to-finish video of the creating process:

I hope you will find some time to join this months Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog?!!! It is a fun one as you can create pretty much anything, just remember NOT to make cards :).  Even the theme is free! More details and rules to play along over here!

 I hope you enjoy watching the video and get inspired to create something fun yourself!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna
Supplies:
ARTplorations – Bubbles Mini stencil
ARTplorations – Art splatters stencil
STAMPlorations clear stamp set – Create
Ranger Distress Paint – mowed lawn
Posca paint pens
Liquitex Ink! Titanium white
Irresistible black & white texture spray – Imagine Crafts

 

Create something today… – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies! It is agan time for another Stencil Sunday with STAMPlorations! This Sunday´s project is an art journal sheet, a pretty dark one actually. But first, here are the details for this months challenge (just click the image to go to the page). Hope you´ll join in with us!!! There are prizes to be won too *winks*

And now some details on how I created my art journal sheet:

Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

I first gessoed the art journal sheet with white gesso. Then I dabbed some Distress Paint directly to the brayer and applied it with the brayer onto the page. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

Next I placed the Bold Florals ARTplorations stencil onto the page and applied modeling paste onto the sheet thru it. I slightly dried the surface with a heat gun, but only for a few seconds. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

Then I took the Create STAMPlorations clear stamp set and pressed the word „ART“ into the slightly dry modeling paste flowers. It left a mark (almost impossible to see on this picture). Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

I left the paste to dry properly and when I came back to the piece, I didn´t really like the colors I had chosen. They were too soft for my mood that day 🙂 – so I changed them… Some black gesso on top of it all and then I let it to dry again. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

After the black gesso was all dried up, I took the Bundled Sage Distress Paint and dabbed some paint onto my finger. I then carefully wiped/dabbed the paint onto the stenciled, modeling paste flowers. This made them stand out more and if you look closely, you might even see the little words (ART) standing out from some flower petals. Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet

Finally I outlined the flowers with a white Posca pen, added pink, yellow and green details in betweenthe flowers and then took a white gel pen and doodled the branches (colored them in with dark green Posca pen) and added a hand written sentiment. I really, really like how this page turned out. I think I will need to try this technique out a few more times :).

Here is the finished page:Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheet Sanna Lippert, black gesso, stencil, paint pen art journal sheetNow is your turn! Join the mixed media challenge at the STAMPlorations blog (remember to follow the rules) and have fun creating!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations stencil: Bold Florals
STAMPlorations stamp: Create
Posca pens
Black Gesso
Modeling paste
Distress Paints
Brayer