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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TAGplorations October challenge reminder

Hello there lovelies! Time to remind you of the TAGplorations monthly challenge. Remember the theme was FALL and as optional elements you can use colors ORANGE, RED and GOLD. There is still plenty of time to join in on this challenge, so start creating and play along! Here is my reminder tag for additional inspiration:

For this tag I´ve first die cut the red paper with the Tag #1 Nesting Dies (from the STAMPlorations store – see details at the end of this post). Then I´ve take a piece of tissue paper that came as a parcel filling and treated that piece with acrylic paints, a Gelli Plate and Hidden Hearts stencil to create pattern onto the tissue paper. Next I stamped some circles onto the paper and fussy cut them along the edges. They are adhered onto the tag with a matte varnish.

I then added some heavy paint thru a stencil (Forest of Leaves by STAMPlorations) on top of the images, let that dry and decorated with a rhinestone birdie, a goldgen leaf paperclip, a paper flower and a stamped, fussy cut image (stamp by STAMPlorations – see details at the end of this post). I had so much fun creating this tag. It was messy and in the middle of the process (when adding color to the tissue paper) my kids came to my scrap room and the look on their face said more than words ever could. Carefully they asked what on earch I was doing :)… Well, it might have looked kinda crazy to them, but in the end, when the pieces found their places, the tag turned out really to my liking. No matter what my kids might think of me/it ;-)…

So now is your time to get messy (or maybe not!). Remind you of the rules on how to play along (see the blog for details) and start creating! There are nice prizes to be won and lot´s of fun to be had just waiting for you!! Hope to see you join our challenge!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Make Art Discoveries – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

It is Sunday which means that it is time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! For this weeks inspirational post I created a mixed media home decor piece – a wall hanging of a kind. I call it „Make Art Discoveries“.

It all started with the mini hanger which is by Jillibean Soup. It comes in a set of two and measures ca. 5,5 inch in width. I started with a piece of kraft cardstock that I sprayed darker with Tattered Angels Baseboard tone Cardboard. Next I cut a piece of eco dyed fabric (learned how to do it from my lovely friend Tina last summer) into a suitable size. I added some hand stitching around the edges. Now I am not very talented with yarn and needles, but it doesn´t matter if the result is not that perfect. Next I placed the ARTplorations „Hidden Hearts“ stencil onto the fabric and added green iridescent creative medium onto the fabric thru the stencil. The media is by Imagine Crafts and I love it!!! Since it is iridescent on a light background you will not see it in the photos that well..therefore I took this against the light photo above. Here you can really see the shimmery background pattern quite nicely. After the paste was dry, I glued the fabric onto the background with a strong fabric glue (Beacon Adhesives). Then I started adding bits and pieces.

The butterfly on top is a flea market find. It is a cookie/pastry form which I filled with a turquoise burlap piece, then applied some turquoise Silk Microfine Glitter on top and finished off with a layer of Judi Kins Diamond Glaze. I let it dry a little before adding the word (thank you, Lizzy, love these words you made!!), the red yarn and the half pearl on top. Finally I finished it off with some green glass glitter. It needed to dry out properly before I could use it, so I left it to rest for days.

The next piece is a found object – a regular stone. I just added the work „make“ (from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat sticker sheet). And decorated the edges with Gold Stickles.

The wooden scrabble letters are by Papermania Bare Basics. I adhered those onto the chipboard piece with gel medium (by Faber-Castell). The chipboard piece is misted with grey spray ink (I used the same Hidden Hearts stencil to create the pattern) and then decoreated with Gold Stickles.

On the very bottom there are two wax seals I made and on top of those I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology word band „Discoveries“. The orange paint is the Heavy Body Tangerine paint by Dina Wakley. I attached the word band with a piece of twine. All pieces and the eco dyed lace piece underneath are adhered on their places with gel medium. Once it is dry the pieces will not come off :). I also added a few stamples here and there for additional grungy detail and to make sure the fabric piece can carry the weight of the decorational elements.

Finally I added a few white paint droplets here and there very freely to finish this piece. It will decorate my art corner in our house later. I sure had a fun time creating this stenciled mixed media piece. I hope you will get inspired to create something fun for your home with stencils too!!! And don´t forget to check out the current Mixed Media Challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. There is still enough time to join in with us!!!

Happy creating!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Hidden Hearts stencil
Dina Wakley – Heavy Body Paint Tangerine
Imagine Crafts – green iridescent Creative Medium
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – word bands, Observations
Papermania – Bare Basics Caption Wooden Letters
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Big Chat stickers
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint white
Recollections – Green Glass Glitter
Beacon Adhesives – Fabric glue
Ranger – Stickles Gold
Canvas Corp – Teal Burlap
Judi Kins – Diamond Glaze
Wax stick & seal
Stapler
Eco dyed lace and fabric
Red Yarn and needle
Tattered Angels – Baseboard Cardboard
Studio Calico – Clay Mister Huey´s
Gel Medium – Faber-Castell
Wycinanka – Chipboard
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
Jillibean Soup – Mini Metal Hangers
Twine