Random Roses

Hi there and happy Tuesday! For starters, my mojo has been off or a few days now and it´d killing me. I want to create, then I sit down and nothing comes to me, just nothing. And everything I try, just sucks. Like these roses!

So I scribbled some roses into my art journal in the hope that my mojo would get better. Well, it obviously didn´t – as you can see from the result. So I left my crafty area and went to my loom. Better results there. Well, it´s also very easy, as you don´t have to think much. Just make a row after another. I´ve got 1 meter rug done in 2 days.

And then there is this (pulling a face). It´s not good. It didn´t help me get motivated either. BUT I´m saving it as a reminder. Also I can, if I want, later paint over it. Or kannibalize it (like Dina says and does). So that´s today´s story.

Until I find am bit of a mojo, I´ll be by my loom, I quess :). Have a great day!
xxx, Sanna

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Shadow AJ page

Hello and happy Friday!! Today I´ll share another art journal page from my Dylusions journal with you. This time my starting point was a black background:

I wanted to play on a black page for a change, so I painted one of the journal pages black. Then I drew the face with a white Posca pen. At first it looked a bit strange, almost like a negative image, but when I started adding colour, she looked more and more interesting and fun.

One of the struggles was to get the eyes „right“. When I left them black and only drew with white, they looked empty. Then I colored the irises with light blue. Still looked strange! Then I realised I could color the white parts with a white Distress Crayon and then they started to look better.

Because of the dark background I could go crazy with colour. I really like how the paint tones look against the dark. When I was done with the face and hair, I added random pattern around the „white space“ and wrote a quote with white.

She looks crazy colorful and creating her made me happy. And that is what matters most! I am just creating, not trying to overthink and plan too much. Just play, play, play and fill my journal with fun times and projects. In the end I will see how far I´ve gotten and how much I´ve developed. Still quite a few pages to go :).

Have a great, creative Friday and a wonderful weekend, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

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Face on pink AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Today it´s again face-share-day. That means another peek into my art journal and sharing a face experiment. I started with the bold magenta background. It´s brayered.

That is one bold starting point, eh? Then I drew the face lines and form and started painting with colours. I again used Dina Wakley paints here. And I chose colours on purpose that I hadn´t used on a face so far. Like, she has really nice brown eyes and brown hair. And she is wearing a turtle neck pullover in eggplant colour and turquoise expensive looking earrings ;-).

She definitely is more exotic than the ladies I painted before her. For painting I used Dina Wakley paints and and also her scribble sticks for splatters. The journal is by Dylusions (the bigger one).

I find painting these faces very relaxing by now. I´m not stressing too much about getting things „right“ or creating realistic looks. The ladies that show up, are totally imaginary and the process is lots of fun. I might call this journal my Face Book, when I´m all done. And it will be exciting to see, if and how much I´ve developed, when, I one day, finish this journal. It has plenty of pages, so it might take a while :).

Wishing you a lovely Sunday!!
xxx, Sanna

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Positive thoughts AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Today I´m sharing another art journal page with you. This one, was just something I made quickly after work to sort my thoughts and calm my mind. Thus the messy look..

I just did random stuff, like applying paint and Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks onto the background. Then I drew the „flowers“ with a Stabilo pen and colored them in with Scribble Sticks. After that I added the stenciling (spray ink tinted paste used as media here). The stencil is one of my own stencil designs at STAMPlorations.

After that I added the quote „grow positive thoughts“. Just a reminder for myself on what to focus on on tough days. And then I went crazy and added some darkness to the page by applying Liquitex ink (black) here and there, then misting it with water mist and letting the drips and drops do what they did on their own. The page looks a bit chaotic, but my day was that too, so it fits the mood. And I´m a mood journaler..

Wishing you a greater day than mine – and if your´s is as bad as mine, try putting those feelings down on your art journal page. It really helps to get rid of the weight we tend to carry with us. You´ll feel much better afterwords!! I promise!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Smile AJ page

Hi there and happy Tuesday!! Today I´m sharing another page from my bigger Dylusions art journal. This one is a try on an abstrack page – Dina Wakley style. As you might know, I have been watching her Facebook lives lately and am really loving the way they boost my creativity. Foremost, they boost my „just play“ mode – and every time she aires, I get inspired anew. So grateful for her lives!!!

This one is just a random play with her paints to create an abstract pattern. Very muchly inspired by her work, as you can see. But it was great to just make circles and see how the diluted paint works it´s ways on the background when I just leave it to do it´s own thing. So cool. And hard for me not to grab my heat tool :D. But I made it!

Love, love Dina´s paints. And the colours. And after I was done painting, the page was screaming for a word and smile was the one that first came to my mind (I felt happy when I made this, so maybe therefore smile?), so I just added the word there. That´s it.

The background has gesso on it first, everything else is just Dina´s paints and some Stabilo pen here and there. Simple, easy and so much fun!

Hope you had a fabulous day!!! I slept better, so I´m feeling energized today again (yes!!!). I hate that feeling from yesterday – better not come back again, that one!

xxx, Sanna

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