Mission Inspiration - January 2016

This journal page is part of a Facebook challenge.
We are given 10 prompts to incorporate into a journal page.
The creator of the group, Mike Deakin, will issue a
new challenge each month. 

There has been some debate over "flys" vs "flies"
Since I was using a stamped sheet of letters and only
had one "E", I went with "flys". It works.


Be Free

I sat down at a gessoed page in my ex-library book art journal
without a clue as to what I was going to do. No idea.  
First things first--I needed color. I decided on my Alex creamy crayons
since I hadn't used them in a while.  I selected the light blue, orange, and purple,
 blending them with a baby wipe. Over those colors, I wiped on some
yellow acrylic paint with a credit card.

Now that there is color....what next?
Finding a scrap of gelli print, I tore it into strips
and glued them to the page.
Do I have a plan yet? Nope.

I'm loving my spackling paste these days, do I grabbed the
 Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil and went to work.
About this time, an idea was formulating.
The gelli print strips reminded me of branches.
 Branches need leaves.  Branches have birds.
Viola!  The details started coming together.

If you want to watch it all unfold, check out the video below.  Thanks!

Alex Creamy Crayons 
Acrylic paing
spackling paste
Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil
Kaisercraft Tiny Dots stamp
Xs stamp
Flourish stamps
Ranger Archival ink
LePen black marker
Stabilo-all pencil

Linking up at A Colorful Journey.

Let's Play!


Learn something

"It wasn't a waste of time if you learned something."

I was pleased with the dimension on this page.

Super Savers Anonymous

My name is Lisa.
I'm a Super Saver.

Carol's challenge this month over at A Colorful Journey
is to use something in our art that would normally be thrown away.

Well, any mixed media artist worth their stencils should have no
problem coming up with any number of things right off their
art table. At lest it's that way with me.  I used some old coupon stamps
I'd saved.  While I was applying them to the page, it hit me.
I am a Super Saver!

Are you one too?  Isn't it fun?

I'm linking up with this week's party.


Happiness and fun

Having fun with color and new stencils!

"Happiness. Curiosity. Explore."

"Let's make today fun."

Fun, Frivolous, Fanciful!

2 shades of acrylic craft paint
unmounted text stamp - brand unknown
white, brown and black ink pads
leaf stencil - The Crafters Workshop
Spackling paste - Home Depot
book page
magazine picture
glue stick
gelli print
handmade butterfly template
white and green LeColor chalk markers
black LePen fine tip marker

Page inspired by card by Kelly Hoernig
found on Pinterest link


Silence Your Inner Critic

Do you have perky inner critic that likes to look over your shoulder while you are creating?  
Who need that?  I don't! Making art should be fun and relaxing.  An escape.

The next time your inner critic pipes up, tell her to hush it!

Enjoy the colors, the textures, the process.

Happy arting!

This page began with paper scraps from my desk.
Next came the color with NeoColors II.
The pattern on the left is a stencil by TCW called Chevron Tiles.
The borders are Dylusions stamps.
Other supplies include:
white Signo Uni-bal pen
black Stabilo-all pencil.

To see how it came together, please watch the video below,
like, comment and subscribe.


2016 Word of the Year - "Experiment"

I'm not much of a believer in New Year's resolutions, but I've found inspiration in choosing a word of the year.  Rather than a specific list of goals, it gives me a focus to apply to many areas of my life.
Last year my word was "action."  Looking back, I can see many areas where taking action came into play and because of it I accomplished a lot of things.

This year my word is "experiment."  When I decided on it, I was thinking specifically about my art.  I tend to play it safe, stay with the tried and proven, stick with the routine.  This year I plan to step outside my comfort zone, try and possibly fail, but in the trying to also learn. If it works like last year, I expect my experimenting to spill over into other parts of my life as well.

Here's to a year of happy experiments!

Neocolors II - yellow and blue
Craft Acrylics - purple and white
Ranger archival ink
 unmounted text stamp from I Brake for Stamps
Finnabair Brick cling stamp by Prima
ColorBox Petal Point classic ink pad
Gelli print paper
Stabilo All pencil
old foam stamp from children's art supplies
punchinella and homemade gesso
Hampton Small Face Frame stamp
LePen permanent marker


Start Enjoying

I'm playing with Carolyn's Monthly Challenge at A Colorful Journey.
The January theme/challenge is to use something 
that would have been thrown away.
This journal page uses some snippets of wrapping paper 
with bold text that I found particularly interesting.

Supplies used:
Recycled wrapping paper
glue stick
Dylusions stencil - "Letter Jumble"
Adironcack dabber - "Stream"
white acrylic paint
Neocolors II - red, yellow, orange
Deep Red stamp - "Chicken Wire"
Kaisercraft Stamp - "Tiny Dot'
Ranger Archival Ink
Michael's alphabet stamp set
Michaels mini ink pad
Butterfly stamp from Hobby Lobby


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