Ugh! People! AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Tuesday! Today I´m sharing another art journal page with you again. This time something colorful and bright with a fun Dylusions stamped sentiment. I feel this sentiment just fits the pulse of the time ;-)…

For this page I´ve used Distress Stain on the background, mixing four colours together on one page. Then I´ve sprayed some yellow spray ink thru my STAMPlorations stencil “A Whale´s Tale” (upper right corner).

After that I added some Dina Wakley stamp images onto the background with grey stamp ink (Nuvo). Then I took another stamp from Dina and applied her Scribble Sticks onto the stamp and stamped the circles. To make them better stand out from the backgrund I added white Posca pen around them. Then I drew the people, free hand, my style. This is something I learned at Louise Nelson´s class in Norway.

And of course they have glasses and a pixie, like I do :). For finishing touches, I added some stamping with black stamp ink (stamps by STAMPlorations and Dyan Reaveley). And “green pox” added with scribble sticks.

Love how this one turned out! I am so much enjoying playing in my art journal recently. How are you spending your time? Did you discover any new interests during the isolation? I wish I could have done more, but my knee does not let me…

Wishing you a lovely day,
xxx, Sanna


Spring AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Saturday!!! Today I have a fun and colorful art journal page up. It´s all about spring.

I´ve used Distress Paints on the background, then added my stencil patterns with various Distress Paint tones on top. To highlight the stencil patterns, I outlined some of them with Posca Pens.

Next I misted an old book page and stamped the Dina Wakley birdie onto the misted page with black stamp ink. Then I hand drew the leaves. After fussy cutting them I adhered everything on place, added the word stamping and wrote and colored the word spring.

I love how colorful and happy this page turned out. Being isolated and at home all the time I have been enjoying the spring birds sing in our garden. And since there is no other background noice (highway, cards, ambulances, airplanes), you can really hear the gorgeous nature noices of spring outside!! Something good that comes out of this “lockdown”.

Wishing you a lovely spring weekend!!!
xxx, Sanna


Stay brave AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Wednesday! I am up with another art journal page again. This time it´s another face experiment. I tried to draw a smiling face, and noted that teeth are kinda hard to draw :)…

Anyhow, here is what I ended up with:

For the background I used Distress Stains again. The drawing itself is done with a Stabilo pen and I did some coloring of the hair and face with Dina Wakley´s Scribble Sticks. I love using them!

For stamping I used an older Dina Wakley pattern stamp set (still available at Stampers Anonymous!) and her handwritten quotes stamp set. That is basically what the page consists of. The face turned out quite to my liking. the only problem were the teeth. But taking small steps on my face painting journey. At some point I will find my way to draw faces for sure!

Wishing you all a lovely day – hope you are all doing fine?
xxx, Sanna


Strong AJ page

Hello and happy Friday! I have been enjoying the Dina Wakley Facebook lives so much recently. They truly are the bright spot of the day during the social distancing.

So I have always wanted to draw faces, but never really had the courage to just try. And thru Dina´s lives I have gathered enough courage together to give it a try. I am far, far from being perfect. I don´t get the proportions right yet, my eyes are wonky and the overall look is somewhat childish.

But it´s a start, right? I will never get there, if I don´t give it a try and practise!! And I´ve now started practising. Here is another try from the other day. I tried a somewhat sideways profile this time. And it was a totally different thing to do. It changes how you draw the nose, how the eyes are supposed to be like and the mouth.

I also made this lady cry. Because of the overall situation I felt like drawing a sad face. And because I´ve been in pain. Tossing the crutches has catapulted me back to piriformis, muscle and tendon pain. So bad, that I´ve had to take painkillers again. I hate taking them! And that also trows me back on my PT, sadly.

Ah, it is strange how a surgery quickly throws one out of the track and it is so annoying getting back on track. Some days you have a feeling it´s one step forward to back.. I´d rather be fitter already.

How´s everyone doing? How do you spend your days and what are you missing most? Today it´s day 37 for me. I would go crazy if there was not arts and crafts to get my mind off things!

Wishing you all a lovely day!
xxx, Sanna


Note To Self Art Journal page

Hello everyone and happy Sunday!!! Today I´m again sharing another page from my art journal with you all. I have been playing in it recently quite a lot and enjoing my play time.

There are times when I hardly look at it and then there are days when I could create one page after another. I feel like it´s becoming an emotional outlet to me – on some days there is not much to say and on other days, well, you just want to create in it.

My art journal had pretty much become my emotional diary in a way.

So everything I create in it, has a deeper meaning to me.

And even though I am still testing techniques and materials out in it or wiping residue media into it, it foremost exists for me to put down my feelings. And it´s a good outlet!

So this was today´s page. I´ll be sharing another crazy bold one on next Tuesday, so be sure to stop by to see it!

Happy journaling,
xxx, Sanna