Calm AJ Page

Hello everyone and happy Friday!! I have been playing in my Dylusions Creative Journal again and I must say I love this bigger size.

For this page I started with various spray inks on the background. The leaf pattern is misted thru a leftover die cut paper sheet. I also pressed various leftover spray inks from stencils onto the background. Thus the random color „splots“. Next I added some old rub-ons onto the background. I´ve had them for years and they still worked!

Then I drew the face. This time I only added some colour to the eyes and the lips. On top of it all I painted some patterns with Distress Crayons.

On top of that I added some red spray ink thru one of my own stencil designs. Then I wrote the quote and fussy cut some Dina Wakley washi tape circles and adhered them to the page. For finishing touches I added a little stamping.

I had a fun time creating this face. It´s again a little bit different that then previous ones. Still dabbling there to find the way to draw them the way I enjoy the most.

Wishing you a creative weekend!
xxx, Sanna


Alcohol lift-ink cards

Hello, and happy Tuesday! Today I´m stopping by to share two cards I created using Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink with Finnabair stamps. I used silver mirror cardstock with the alcohol inks. That created a certain difficulty in taking a picture of the finished cards. Being a mirror cardstock and silver I had to try really hard to get a picture, where you can see the effect properly.

As I have been watcing Tim´s Facebook lives I´ve been inspired to dig into my older stash and play with alcohol inks abit. I didn´t have any white glossy cardstock at hand, but I had plenty of silver mirror cardstock. I figured it would to the trick too – and it did!

So I first applied the alcohol inks onto the cardstock and let them do their magic. When the surface was really dry, I took the alcohol lift-ink pad and stamped Finnabairs butterfly stamp images onto the surface. Now this is my very first time testing this technique and I didn´t know if it would work out. But it did. I wanted to create clean and simple cards with the resulted paper and these are the ones I ended up with. Really like them lots. For decor I only added STAMPlorations clear stickers. Works really well on the mirror cardstock too.

The die cut dies I used are by Tonic Studios, just in case you were wondering.. I always try to list all products at the end of the post, and if they are not available anymore, try to find suitable alternatives.

Wishing you a lovely start into the week. Happy creating!
xxx, Sanna


Trust Art Journal page

Hello everyone and happy June! Today it´s again time for the June STAMPlorations stencil challenge reveal. For today´s reveal I have created a double page art journal spread.

Here is my art journal spread:

I started by applying black chalk paint onto the background and after that layer was dry, I placed the Festive Bloomdala stencil onto the page and applied red and pink Distress Paint thru the stencil onto the surface.

After that I took the Leaves 1 stencil from my stencil line at STAMPlorations and applied green and white Distress Paint thru the stencil onto the background to create a leaf pattern. For the second page I did the same black background, but instead of dabbing the paint thru the stencil, I misted the paint that was left over on the stencil and pressed the wet Distress Paint area onto the black background. That way I created a negative image of the original pattern. I especially love how the „leaves“ turned out.

For finishing touches I took out my beloved Posca Pens and outlined the paint patterns with the pens. That created even more detail and highlighted the patterns nicely. For final detail I also added a quote that spoke to me and took my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and added random splatters onto both pages.

Creating in my art journal has been so meditative and relaxing in the past months! I am really enjoying it and try to do it on very regular basis. It helps sort my thoughts and ground me.

Now is your turn – by now you know how these challenges work – see details HERE and read the rules HERE :). Have fun!!! Can´t wait to see what you make for this challenge!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna


Face painting time

Hello everyone and happy Sunday!! I hope the weather at your end is better than at mine? It´s been cold, rainy and grey the past days. Which is good, creativity wise (more time in studio), but it is starting to dim my mood. I need sunshine! I miss sunshine. It has been the only thing that has carried me thru this strange period of time. Spring, flowers and sunshine. And now… I can´t cope with this type of weather. It´s like this the whole winter, who needs this greyness all year long? Not me for sure!

Anyways, today I´m sharing yet another face painting with you guys. Here it is:

I changed my art journal format to a big one for a change! This is by Dylusions and it´s the large creative journal. I am loving the paper, by the way! And the size! Great for faces :).

I am trying to develop in painting faces. Not realistic ones – mine are more imaginary. I´m experimenting with different ways of painting them, but have been strongly inspired and couraged thru Dina Wakley´s Facebook lives. She has this very relaxed approach towards her art journals and watching her has helped me overcome my fears of doing something wrong. Because, if you never paint, experiment and try, you will never develop. So I´ve tossed all my fears in a bin and am going with what appears on paper.

And I do LIKE how she turned out. I wasn´t going for a „face face“ if you know what I mean, and suddenly she was there. I like her eyes and the nose. Definitely development happening there :). I painted with Dina Wakley paints again. Loving them, by the way. Going to need more colors! And might want to get another of these journals. I think Art from the Heart is going to be hearing from me very soon ;-).

You can find all the products I´ve used on this page, listed in the supply list at the end of this post – just in case you are interested. And I did dry paint brush, by the way. And didn´t clean in between. Veery freeing painting that way. I wish I could just do this all day, every day! I find such great pleasure in it at the moment.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday! Keep on creating,
xxx, Sanna


Time – Art journal page

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Today I´m again sharing a page from my art journal with you. This one is very dear to me, as there is a full page of journaling hidden underneath layers of paint.

I´ve played in a bigger journal this time (one from Dylusions) and had a blast creating with Dina Wakley´s paints.

I started by writing my thoughts down onto the background and then brayering some acrylic paint over the text with a brayer. Then I did some scratching with a prick tool to add texture here and there and after that I painted the face.

For finishing touches I added some doodling and the word time onto the lady´s face with Posca pens. Also some crayon platters and some stenciling with spray inks was added for finishing touches.

She looks a little bit sad and tired. I really captured current my mood into this face and that makes me happy. Because I felt lost, sad and tired at the moment I created her. So it was a perfect outlet for me!

Wishing you a lovely weekend – hope you find some time to create yourself too!
xxx, Sanna