Saturday, December 24, 2016

Creative Art Journaling: Christmas Eve Magic

In honor of Christmas Eve and in tribute to the Nutcracker 
I present my latest creation:
Christmas Eve magic page from handmade art journal
I miss that magical time as a kid waiting for Santa, listening for reindeer hooves on the roof. It's fun to relive it through your kids, but now as mine is older I miss it again.

I used black gesso for the background with a coat of blue acrylic paint. I stamped a tree in brown acrylic paint in the background and accented the page with swirls stamped with Brilliance gold ink. The words are in Brilliance copper ink.

Christmas Eve magic page from handmade art journal
The wedding photo was taken by a friend of ours, Mark Collie who owns Quiver Tree Photography. It is so beautiful and magical, it looks like something out of a fairy tale!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Creative Art Journaling: Starry Night

handmade fabric art journal
 It's been over a year since I made this fabric art journal using upholstery scraps. I have been working on filling it with things that inspire me and experimenting with new techniques. 

side view of handmade fabric art journal
The pages are so full now I can barely get it closed. 
Here is a glimpse of the artwork I've been doing inside it...

Starry Night page from handmade art journal
One of my favorite paintings is Van Gogh's Starry Night. 
I was inspired to try my own interpretation of the artwork
using acrylic paint on gessoed cardstock. 

detail of Starry Night page from handmade art journal
I added glitter to the night sky and Ranger's Stickles to the moon and stars.

Starry Night page from handmade art journal
One thing I love about studying art is finding things in the painting I never noticed before. I discovered the rolling hills and the little town under the night sky once I really examined Van Gogh's work. This exercise has given me an even deeper appreciation for this piece.