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


Temporarily closed – AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Tuesday! I´m excited to share another art journal page with you today. This one turned out so to my liking!!

I originally had something going on on the page already, but didn´t like it at all. That happens. So, I took a piece of tissue paper that I had done with a gel plate, adhered that on top and started anew. After the gel plate tissue, I grabbed some bookpaper bits. Adhered those and then applied first gold acrylic paint here and there. Then I grabbed my beloved Distress Crayons and applied the gorgeous colours (also the white! crayon – love it here!!). Next I placed my Dots ´n Beans stencil and placed it on some areas to wipe of a bit of the crayon.

You can hardly see that, but look for the the blue and pink areas, you might recognize the stencil pattern there. I already had a quote in mind I wanted to use, but hadn´t figured out how I wanted to use it. Then it hit me – writing on a book page and fussy cutting each and every letter extra, then adhering in rows. I LOVE how that turned out! So going to do this more often :), definitely!

That´s it, lovelies. It´s a simple page, but I love how it turned out. Happy times!
xxx, Sanna


Wall art piece

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I am currently recovering from a cruciate replacement surgery and as I am writing this, I am still in the hospital (hoping to be able to go home soon). Thus, the regular posting here on my blog has been interrupted, because of that reason.

Therefore I am today sharing another wall art piece with you, that I created as a class sample a while ago.

This piece has lots of mixed media bits on it and was inspired by nature. When taking walks and traveling, I often pick pebbles, rocks, twigs and moss to take home with me and these pieces often end in a mixed media art piece later.

So for this piece I used a rock and a stick from nature to build my guardian angel. I added stenciling with Nuvo Glitter paste and one of my own stencil designs at STAMPlorations.

There is also plenty of misting on the background in various earthy colours, some canvas, tissue paper wings and natural toned cord on this piece. I also added a rub-on picture behind the „angels“ head as a centerpiece.

I love creating canvases like these! This particular piece I later gifted a dear crafty friend, who lives in Thessaloniki :). I hope it brings joy to it´s new owner :).

That´s all for today. Now back to resting and recovering! That will be on my programm mainly for quite a few days now and then slowly getting into physiotherapeutical things and hopefully after 3 weeks, can toss the crutches too.

Hoping you all are healthy and keep that way, even though there is the situation of Covid-19. Let´s take care of ourselves and stay safe. Wishing you all a lovely day.

Happy crafting,
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


December Stencil Challenge reminder – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone and welcome to the December STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge reminder post. What´s it all about? It´s just a reminder that there is still enough time for you to play along with us and also an inspirational boost, in case you were looking for one.

For this reminder post, I´ve again created an art journal page. I know I´m repeating myself, but I just enjoy creating in my journal recently. Here is my inspiration project:

I so so enjoyed making this one! I´ve got all the fun stuff going on this page: stenciling with paste, acrylic markers, gelli printed tissue paper, stamping!

I´ve first added the Evolution stencil pattern onto the page with texture paste. Then I´ve painted the whole page with Distress Paint. Next I´ve added some liquid watercolour splodges (really just hues!) onto the background. After that I took a gel press printed tissue paper, stamped the figures onto it and then fussy cut and adhered them with Gel Medium onto the page. For finishing touches I fussy cut some crowns, added stamped stentiments with black ink and scribbled here and there. AND for finishing touches I wanted to highlight the stencil pattern, so I painted and outlined it with white and green Posca pens.

I had a really great time creating this page – now it´s again your turn. By now you know that you need to play by the rules to be eligble for the prize and that you can create anything, just as long as you use a stencil for it.

Hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the other DT girls created and then play along yourself! Hope to see you there!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna