Real life AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!! Today I´m stopping by to share another peek into my art journal. This page started off with the blue background which I randomly applied (totally without any plan) onto the empty page with a thick paint brush.

Then I went away and came back to the page the next day. And when I looked at the blue „splat“, I could see a face in it. So I painted the eyebrows and eyes as wella as the hair and the mouth, where they seemed to emerge on their own in the blue colour. She turned out like this, because of the given tone differences on the background. And her facial impression is a very surprised/wondering one.

I wanted to concentrate on her and do very little additionally to the page. Thus, only added some spray ink thru a stencil as well as some heavy body paint thru another stencil (from my stencil line). I had a few random circles on my table, I they matched, therefore I added them.

The quote fits her facial expression so well. This quote had me thinking.. Why is it, that today, no matter where you turn to, you are quickly surrounded by fake people. Where did all the sincere people suddenly disappear to?

I´ll just leave that thought there and hope your day is a wonderful one!
xxx, Sanna


Congratulations card

Hello everyone! I´ve still got one more card created with the residues of the card I shared yesterday.

On this card, instead of using texture/modeling paste with a stencil on the background, I used a embossing folder to create a pattern. Similar look, different technique.

Other that that it´s the exactly same idea and product. So if you missed yeterday´s video, go here, to see it. Just instead of applying paste, run a piece of white cardstock thru your die cutting machine with an embossing folder.

I am not a great coloring person. I think it´s because I don´t have the patience to color layers and shadows and shading. So I do this type of coloring. And it´s ok for me :). So if you are a really talented colorer (is that a word?), feel free to do some amazing coloring work on the flowers. I bet they´d look amazing that way too. I didn´t do it, because I can´t :). That simple.

Wishing you a fabulous, creative day!
xxx, Sanna


Wedding card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, I am up over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with a wedding card idea. I wanted to play with red, green and white and create a fun mixed media card and this is what I ended up making.

I´ve recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch, to give you a better idea of each and every step. Hope you like it!!!

Have fun watching!!!

..annnddd..while you are at it, make MORE CARDS :). These ones are slightly smaller in size, but feature the same elements and techniques.

Now, I´ve used a leaf die on the cards, that is sadly not available at Elizabeth Craft Designs store anymore, but don´t worry, there is another leaf set (Trio of Leaves) that will also do the trick. Just check out the supply list at the end for that.

Also I use a pearlescent watercolour palette on the leaves and flowers, but Elizabeth Craft Desings has a really nice watercolour palette out, that has gorgeous colours in it. So you could use that one for coloring as well.

For more , do read my original post over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog too :). See you next month with another card idea again!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna


Changes are coming AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Wednesday! While recovering from my knee surgery during the past weeks, life has been somewhat a rollercoaster ride, and I really haven´t been able to do crafting as much as I would have loved to do, due to mobility and other health issues, which I never thought to be so exhausting and also frustrating.

Art journaling from time to time has given me a media to process all the things that have happened during this process of healing and keeping a journal has been one of the only ways to actually craft at the moment. So it´s kept me sane in a way.

Here is one of my recent ones:

I don´t need much for such a page. Just some watercolors and pens and some random bits and pieces. Easy to do and still a way to get some of my feeling and/or thoughts on paper.

This last one „changes are coming“ is a posivite note. Yes, I´ve been thru alot the past weeks and yes, it was tough at times, but eventually, I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and the changes happening from now on will be chanelled towards positive changes. So here´s to a start of a new path for me :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna


Diamond with a Flaw – AJ page

Hello everyone and happy Monday! Today I´m sharing yet another art journal page with you. This time created almost solely with watercolors. I have been in a mood for creating faces into my art journal for a while now and today, finally, I brought enough courage together to try one out. And I am joining this challenge over at STAMPlorations blog with my page too:

Here is what I created:

I have plenty of watercolor layers on this page that I built up bit by bit. I started with light colours, then gradually moved towards stronger ones. Then I doodled the face very freely with Posca pens onto the page and then went from there to add even stronger color shades to create all the details, like the hair, eyes, eyebrows an the lips.

For finishing details I´ve doodled with white and black Posca marker here and there. Everything else is done with watercolors. Even the stenciling (done with one of my stencils – Rag Rug – for STAMPlorations)!!! For a fun detail I wanted to add a bold quote that I found to fit the girls face – the wonky nose and eyes really reflects the quote and vice versa.

So this is my take for the STAMPlorations watercolor challenge in July. I love how this page turned out and I had a blast creating it.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna