Art Journal: Yes my darling, write your hopeful, beautiful and sentimental chronicles, always

Art Journal : Chronicals

Today I am sharing some inspiration for the September Take it Make it, challenge over at Craft Stamper. I've made a piece with my vintage ladies and pens clippings and started a new size journal, in my traveler's notebook. It says
"Yes my darling, write your hopeful, beautiful and sentimental chronicles, always."
and it has such a beautiful, fun whimsical feel to it. I made this page during my 30 days mini journaling project to fulfill my need for collaging. And it was good to have a bit of a break and do some journaling on a larger scale too :) Below you'll see a a few steps on how I created this spread.

Art Journal Chronicals

Started off with collaging neutral and "old style vintage" colored papers of which I have plenty of.

Art Journal: Chronicals
Then added gesso to knock back some color, adhered my focal images with gel medium and created shadows with faber castell pitt marker in grey.

Art Journal: Chronicals
I added some darker accents with distress crayons & created a border.

Art Journal: Chronicals
Some stamping for texture. Used a few of my favorites by Viva Las VegaStamps! and Staz-On inks.

Art Journal: Chronicals
And before I added the sentiment I added some splatters to bring it all together. 

Hope this inspired you to play along with the CS TIMI challenge for this month :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!


WCW: Joan of Art watercolor play (& Review)

Finally had time to swatch out the watercolor sets I bought from @joacreations weeks ago. They are very vibrant and love the fact that with every set you get to see the colors you can mix with them on the back of the card. Also love their labels!! ____ #w

A few weeks ago I ordered some fun watercolors from Etsy by the brand Joan of Art and I finally had time to play around with them a bit. I've bought the 4x aquarel sets and you could choose which of the sets you would like to have included. They at the time had a limited edition set called Mardigras and I added that one instead of their earthy tones set. The shop is based in the UK, so shipping to NL was fairly priced (36€ for 4 sets including shipping) and they arrived in a little over 12 days. Bit slow than average from UK, but the UK mail and NL mail delivery were having some issues around that time, so they could be delivered to you faster.
But they arrived, beautifully packaged and I just LOVE unwrapping watercolors! It's like colorful candy but so much better & healthier for you ;) I love that they come with a card which shows you the colors you can mix with them. I do keep the wrappers in a sketchbook with watercolor swatches, but here they are all piled up and the colors swatched out for you to see. They are definitely very pigmented and lovely to work with. The pans come with a little magnet attached to the back so you can create your own palette in an Altoids tin or other metal tins. They also have a fun Watercolor Sketch tin available if you want a complete travel set. The swatches you see here are made in my Strathmore visual journal, with 100lbs watercolor paper.
You can find more information on Joan of Art HERE. Joan of Art (seriously though, what a cool name for an art supply product company right?!) was also kind enough to provide the pigment info on their blog in case people are wondering which pigments are in the set. The Mardigras set was a limited release and sadly already sold out. 

Watercolor practice sketch in my moleskine watercolor pocket book from a few days ago, to test out the @joacreations watercolor sets. The face has a starting base of a @janedavenport clear small face stamp. Not sure if I like it. The sketch, not the paint

I did a quick color sketch in my moleskine watercolor pocket sketchbook. The base is a small face from the Jane Davenport face stamp set. I drew the rest of the body with a faber castell pitt marker and added some accents with a stabilo all blue pencil (which also activates with water) I was wondering if I could create a skin tone color with all these bright sets and made a mix of van dyke brown with golden yellow and added accents of permanent rose for cheeks and indigo for the shadows. So this sketch was done at night when I didn't have natural light and at first I just didn't like it, too yellow in the face. Later when when I added more blue in shading and warmer tones in orange red around the face in the background the color of the face looks more as a tanned/east asian/indian skin tone. Still really need to practice more but that is what these sketchbooks are for - to play and practice color combinations and see what it brings you. These colors are definitely fun to play around with and I would certainly recommend them to fellow watercolor enthusiasts at any stage in their journey.

Sharing this painting sketch of at a fun - new to me blog- Paint Party Friday.
Art Journal Journey - this month's theme is "world of Fantasy" and this woman borne out of my fantasy also lives in a fantastical colorful world. In my fantasy the world always appears way more colorful as well.  

Hope this little review of the paints was useful.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review & bought these paints with my own money and all views posted here are my own. 


30 days of Micro Journaling - that's a wrap!

If you have been following me on Facebook & Instagram this past month, you undoubtedly seen my micro journal art spreads which I have shared for 30 days straight. It was a super fun challenge to do and I'm amazed that I actually managed to keep it up! The support I received on both platforms was also very encouraging and it really surprised me that so many were interested in micro journaling them selves that I've made a Facebook group where we currently have 300 members in the past weeks already! Really just AMAZING to see all the enthusiastic responses and how people got inspired to take up this journey as well :) 

Today I wanted to share this collage of all 30 works together and a link to the playlist on Facebook where you can see all the video's I've made the past month and flip through's as well. Eventually they are all going to be on my YouTube Channel also.

collage 30 days
Days 1 - 9

collage 30 days
Days 10 - 18

collage 30 days
Days 19 - 27

30 days micro art completed
Days 28 - 30 and the Matchbox with the little books in them 

It's also interesting how my nail polish colors switched up this month too, haha :D I've been asked a lot of the following questions during the challenge and I thought it would be good to have a FAQ section here as well, just as a reference.

What is the size of your mini notebook? 
The size of these books are 4.4 cm (1.73 inch) by 4.1 cm (1.61 inch) which is the official traveler's 10th anniversary notebook size. The cover is 4.6 x3.2 cm (1.85 x1.26inch) closed. 

Where do you get them? 
I received mine from a friend. There are a few available on amazon and other shops, just google 10th edition midori traveler's notebook. There are people making their own as well. 

Have you made your own inserts? 
Yes I have! I have used 90lbs/grams watercolor paper for this and stapled them together. I also rounded the corners with a paper punch. The best thing to do is have a template from cardboard ready so if you need to make new inserts you just cut along your template. There is a video about it HERE 

What are those sheets you use for coloring?
Daniel Smith watercolor dot sheets which I have cut up in 9 segments to easily put in a pocket holder. On my Facebook I have made a separate post about it. 

Which paint brushes do you use and what are their sizes? 
Usually I use the Winsor and Newton Value watercolor brushes variation of sizes from 1-0-0/2

Now that the challenge is over will continue to keep making mini art journal pages? 
At the moment I'll be taking a little break from it, and I might just do a few pages here and there but not a full 30 days challenge again. It's good to step away from things and see how it impacted you and grow from it, see how you want to continue. 

Will you host a monthly challenge?
No, I will not. This challenge was also not hosted by me but by AkayWrites on Instagram in association with CafeAnalog. They came up with the challenge and prompts for this month. Though I tried to adhere to the prompts in the beginning I found out that I prefer to work freestyle and just see where the creativity takes me. So I abandoned the prompts and did whatever I felt like. It's much more freeing to work this way, at least for me. So hosting a challenge with daily prompts is also not something I would be comfortable with as of yet. 

But how can I start with micro journaling myself? 
The answer to this is fairly simple:  you just take a micro journal, and you start. Just do it, don't think about it too much and see where it takes you. If you want to share your journey with me and others, you are welcome to join the Micro Art Journal group I have set up on facebook, where we encourage each other and share our progress. 

Hope to see you there :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!


What was old is new again - StencilGirl®

Hi all, excited to share my post over at StencilGirl® Talk this month where I have a special make over project to share with you. The segment is "what was old is new again" and I've found an old notebook cover which I've jazzed up using wonderful Stencils by StencilGirl® products. 

Please visit my post to see the process video and more close up pics, also from inside the cover. 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have an awesome day!


Art Journal: Kindness - Craft Stamper Challenge August 2018

Art Journal live each day with kindness

It's the first friday of the month and that means the challenge over at Craft Stamper Take it Make it blog is live. This month you can win some fun Alcohol Lift products and a winners profile post. So share your creations by linking up your projects made with a rubber stamped element. 

I'm sharing this art journal page as inspiration. I made it with StencilGirl® Diamond dance stencil, paper artsy paints, carabelle studio & indigo blue stamps and vintage magazine images. A reminder to live everyday with kindness. 

Also sharing this with my art journaling friends over at Art Journal Journey, with the theme "count your blessings" and every day is a blessing therefore living with kindness and gratitude is so very important to me. Thanks for another inspiring monthly theme Elizabeth (bluebeard) and Susi! xo

Thanks for stopping by! Have an awesome weekend!