Be different

I regret not taking a picture of this one in progress, because, you know....a picture is worth a thousand words.  I'll try to be more brief than that in my description of this page.   

The green painted pages are torn to reveal the paper-covered pages underneath.  I inked the torn edges before gluing them down. The pennants are cut from pink paper.  The flowers and butterflies are stamps painted with chalks.  


What time is it?

This page was inspired from a chapter title in the book I'm working in. There are some things I like about this spread, but in general, it is not one of my favorites.  To quote Kellie Murton, "Every page doesn't have to be your favorite."  So, it is what it is, and I had fun creating it!


You don't always need a plan

Playing with color and layers. Flowers are cut out of a magazine.  I chose the pages just for the color, never mind it was a prescription drug advertisement.  I was just following the advice of the quote, and I think this page turned out pretty good.



This quote could be perceived either positively or negatively. I choose to view it in the positive sense. My interpretation:  While having expectations is beneficial  focusing solely on them we may find ourselves unhappy with life as it comes.  I believe contentment comes from expectations tempered with reality.

This page was an exercise in blue. For some reason I rarely pick up the blue paint.
The bird is a fussy cut of a rubber stamp.  The checkerboard is stenciled with a texture paste. 
Not really a lot going on with this one.


Think Happy Thoughts

What can be happier than these little houses, right?  They are just so colorful and cheerful.
I used some old paper that has been in my stash for a while to create the houses and glued them to an acrylic washed background.  Some border stamps, flower stamps, circles and splatters finished it up!  Happy!



Art journal page layered with acrylic paints, text, cutouts, stencils and stamps. 


Raining In My Heart

It was not a particularly sad day when I created this page, but it seemed to evolve in to sad page.  Subliminal, perhaps?
 I started with a neutral background, adding some text collage pieces.  
The bold red heart came next.  I was going for contrast against the background.  
To continue with the contrasting theme, I added bright blue paint drips from the top of the page.  
When the paint ran over the heart, it became rain.
I finished off the page with some stenciling with texture paste and  black spatters.
The rainy heart seemed to call for the text "stiches."
The chevron stamp was one I hand carved. 



If you never try, you'll never know.
Working on this page I tried a lot of new things.
I went to town with paining with my fingers,  lots of marker work, and stamps!
It turned out to be quite a different looking page from  my usual.
Just goes to show, if you never try, you'll never know.
I'm glad I tried.


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