Looking back AJ page

Hello and happy Friday!! This also means some vacation time for me! Yay!!! I am again stopping by to make another art journal share today. This time it´s another face experiment. This one is very soft compared to the ones I have been sharing recently. I don´t know why she turned out like that, but really like the result. I always start with an idea and then it just starts to live it´s own life and turns into totally something else than I planned.

The starting point for this face was a Tim Holtz stamp set called Tiny Text. I simply applied grey StazOn onto the stamps, while they were still all attached to the packaging and stamped the words into my journal. I wanted to paint a face on top of stamped sentiments. So I did.

I think it was the words that let me to this softer look. I grabbed the gloss sprays and sprayed magenta, lemon, cheddar, white and fuchsia tones around the stamped are. Then I drew the face.

I colored the hair with Scribble Sticks (also by Dina) and wrote the quote. The eyes, lips and the blue splatters are done with Scribble Sticks too. All in all this was a really simple page to do. But I really like the look of it.

Now that it´s summer holiday time – what are you planning on doing? We are not going to fly anywhere, even though flights to some countries are already possible. Just playing safe and not stepping into an airplane. On the other hand, we miss the sea..so there is a certain conflict there. We´ll probably just end up spending the vacation at home in the end. Rather play safe than be sorry..

Have a great weekend, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

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Mixed media „tags“

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Today I´m stopping by to share a set of „tags“ with you. I call them tags, but they are actually just wripped off pages from a small journal. I have been following Dina Wakley´s Facebook lives throughout the physical distansing period and have gotten addicted to her products :).

And on Friday these beauties arrived!! I had finally given in and ordered myself the gloss sprays!! And a few of Dina´s paints and some other goodies (by Tim Holtz). Thanks, Art From The Heart for the fast delivery!!

And then I started to play – I hadn´t used the sprays before, so there was lots of „spray and learn“ things going on in my studio. And once I got the hang of it, I did a few tags, a few art journal pages and such. Here is the first „tag“ set featuring some of Dina´s products.

I also used a spray ink by Lindy´s on the background (the brown one), but the rest is by Dina, Tim and Dyan. You guys cannot imagine how much fun I had!!!

On this one I just wiped some residue heavy body paint onto the background, then dabbed some residue gloss spray onto it and took a paint comb and did the pattern. Then Lindy´s spray on top and for finishing touches Dina´s washi and bits and pieces from her collage collective book and Dyan´s journal cover slip.

For the second one I did he background again with Lindy´s brown spray. Then I took bits from Collage Collective book and cut them into pieces and created the cluster. The stamping is done using StazOn stamp ink in dark grey and Tim´s stamp set called Tiny Text. I also drew a leaf branch with Scribble Sticks and added a button.

I really like the tags – I am for sure going to incorporate them either into an art journal page or onto a card at some point. We´ll see.

Happy crafting,
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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You will never grow AJ page

Hello and happy Saturday & happy Midsummer! To everyone in Finnland, enjoy the gorgeous weather and the long bright nights!! Hope you have a great one!!! Here in Austria, I/we are trying to cope with the grey and rainy weather and honestly, I´d rather be in Finland today, than here 😉 (weatherwise that is!!). So trying to bring some light to this grey & dull day, here is peak into my art journal:

I did some flower painting to experiment. I started with the big flowers first. Just went with it, and didn´t plan anything really thru. The flowers, well, they did not turn out as expected, but I really like the tiny flowers, which I created towards the end.

So the quote also fits! I need to practise flowers if I want to master them. for a first try, they at least somewhat look like flowers. Nothing close to a realistic one, but you see that I tried painting flowers.. LOL!

I again used Dina´s paints and scribble sticks for this page. Love the paints!!! And also added a quote that I really like. Tried going with my own natural handwriting as it is and not getting intimidated by the look of it. I wish I had a pretty handwriting, but as I don´t I either accept what I got or practice, practice, practice. Time will tell which I will end sticking to..

Hope your weekend is lovely!!!
Take care,
Sanna

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Be yourself AJ page

Hello and happy Friday! Today I´m sharing another art journal page that I created very quickly after work, just to get my „batteries reloaded“ after a long workday. It´s been a crazy few days and weeks, so I needed this time so much!

This face, she, emerged from random play. I didn´t plan on doing a face at first, but then somehow all the colour on the background reminded me of face paintings of the indigenous people we saw, when we visited the Amazonas a few years ago. So I went with the feeling and this is how she turned out.

And it´s also a reminder to be true to yourself, just to be you and not to try be someone else, because it will not work out trying to be someone else. I again did some prints with one of my stencils on the background using Dina Wakley paints and then I drew on that. The washi is also by Dina and I´ve used her Scribble Sticks to make the orange background too.

So what are your plans for this weekend? Are you going to craft a little? I sure hope I can find some time for that this weekend!! And hopefully the weather will be sunny – it´s been raining and cold and grey. Where has summer gone? I need some vitamine sun…

Happy weekend!
xxx, Sanna

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