The mantra I can't stop repeating

Everything is as it should be.

I find it so easy to blame myself for not doing enough, for saying too much, and for playing it too safe. This is the case in my life and my business/artistic goals. A few weeks ago, I came across this mantra while doing this yoga video. Once the video was over, I wrote it on a post-it and stuck it to my bathroom mirror. Whenever I find myself in the mind loop of berating myself for everything I think I’ve done wrong, I stop, take a deep breath, and repeat this mantra. It’s helped me to take things at face value. I’ve started to see my path, my struggles, and my successes in a better light.

Recently, I started a new art journal. It seemed fitting to make this mantra the first spread. Here are a few details about it. The background is layers of teal tissue paper adhered with matte medium. The letters were stamped and white embossed. I added payne’s gray paint to the edges and splatters in white paint and dark purple acrylic ink.

It was an easy spread that allows the words to be the focus.

Collage Circle Journals

Circles make their way into my projects a lot! I haven’t figured out why that is yet, but I’m embracing it. And I will see where it takes me. This time it took me to a journal cover. Two to be exact. I posted a photo on Instagram last week before I made these into journals. I still can’t decide which one I like better. 

 

They are both made with painted and stenciled papers, stamping, and a bit of doodling. I love how bright and colorful they turned out! 

Flower Canvas

I find that I am very drawn to floral and natural elements in my art. I'm not sure if it's because I grew up on a farm or because I long to be able to grow flowers like my mom. Whatever it is, it seems to make it's way into my art quite often. 
For this canvas piece, I started with a small 4x4 inch canvas. Using transparent gloss texture paste, I stenciled the flower in the center. After this dried for an hour or so, I started adding some paint. While the texture paste most resists the paint, some of it gets tinted. I continued to add paint in a circular pattern.Then I added a few white paint splatters. When that was all dry, I added some teal paint mixed with matte medium on the edges. This gives just a bit more dimension. Lastly, I added a bit of glitter for a bit of texture and sparkle. 

 

When I'm coming to the end of a piece, I like to ask myself if it has enough texture and dimension. Then I tend to add a bit more for good measure. :) 
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my process. If you are interested in purchasing this, you can find it in my Etsy shop here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

 

Layers, Ogres, and Paint

"Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers." -Shrek

There are two things that seem to always show up in my work: layers and reused materials. Today I'm going to talk about layers.

I love working in layers. It’s such a process all on it’s own. And everything changes from one layer to next. If I don’t like something, I know it can be covered up or altered. If I like something I can try to save it from other layers, but I can never truly protect it. Letting a painting evolve takes time and patience. Just like discovering our souls. People, like onions and ogres, have some many layers. And the more time we take to discover those layers the better human beings we become. Art is one way I discover my layers. With each painting or project, I leave a little bit of my old self behind and learn a little more about my true soul. Like onions, self discovery is not always a glamorous process. But it’s leading me to something much better. 

With the painting of this girl, I started with a layered green background. Then I sketched her face and started to paint her. I didn't intend to make her look like ogre, it just happened. I've noticed I usually paint faces in unnatural colors. As I worked on her more and more, I realized the background wasn't right. This happens to me often. The good thing is, the green background didn't go to waste. It was used to tint my new teal background. That's one of the cool things about layering- everything seems to slightly affect the next layer. 

So I hope that you are taking some time to peel back your layers. And don’t forget to laugh. Life is no fun when you take yourself too seriously!  
If you are interested in buying this canvas, you can check it out on Etsy!

Abstract Canvas Series

Usually when I set out to paint, I have a rough idea of what I want it to look like. However lately, I've been trying to let the canvas evolve in a more organic manner. This takes a lot of letting go and trusting the process. 

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For these canvases, I knew I wanted to paint three small pieces and use a bit of magenta. These canvases are 4x4 inches. That's all the parameters I put on myself. When I started, I just dove in with my magenta paint. From there, I took each layer as it came. The good thing about painting on three canvases and using acrylic paint is there was time for all the layers to dry without stopping much. I don't remember how many layers I ended up with, but there are quite a few. I used texture paste and stencils, embossing powder and glitter, gloss medium with paint, and randoms marks to add interest through out. 

In the end, I'm very happy with how they turned out!  

Africa Canvas

In August, I'm going on a mission trip to Africa. Rwanda to be more exact. It feels big and exciting and impossible and crazy. But I'm going. In an effort to sort through some emotions surrounding this trip, I created this canvas. Art really does help me understand and identify my emotions more than anything else. This canvas helped me go from nervous to more excited than nervous. I love that about art! I don't have any step by step photos because I was really just in the moment with this. But I can explain my process.

I started with a black canvas. I picked up a pack of these at Michaels a while ago and still figuring out how to use them. Since I am planning to hang this in my room, I don't mind a dark background, just not black. So I mixed some browns and blacks and blues until I was happy with this dark shade. I covered the whole canvas with it. 
Then, using my finger, I smeared some dark blue paint along the edges to provide a bit of a frame.
Next, I worked on the cut out "Africa". For this, I used a piece of painted and stenciled paper and my Scan N Cut. I found an outline of the continent on the internet and used the online software to cut it out. It worked great! Then I used the side of my paintbrush to apply the dark brown paint to the sides so there weren't any harsh lines. 
Before adhering the cut out to the canvas, I used some water downed paint to create some paint splatters. I didn't want the background to be too plain. 
Using matte medium, I adhered and sealed my die cut to front.
For a finishing touch, I threw on a bit of white marble glitter. It looks more like sand than glitter and adds a bit of texture.

I hope next you are unsure of how you are feeling about something, that you will try to create through those emotions. It can bring so much clarity to a situation! Thanks for stopping by today!

PS: If you are interested in hearing more about my trip, feel free to email me!

Gelli Printed Earrings

So last week, I bought a cool tripod arm that I could hang above my head to film some videos. I played around with it enough to make sure the placement was right. Then today, I was set to make these earrings and a video to go with it. Well, that's not what happened. I was able to make the video. However, it was too big of a file to transfer off of my phone. Therefore, no video this time, but hopefully next time.

These earrings started off as printed cardstock. Then I covered it with Ice Resin. Lastly, I poked the two holes and added the beads and ear wires. This is really an easy project! And a great way to use up some paper you have lying around.

Thank so much for stoping by today! Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

Adventures in Ice Resin

I recently moved to a new house. So that means for a few weeks my art supplies were in boxes and I had no surface to work on. Once I had a few things unpacked and accessible, I was itching to create! I also recently purchased Ice Resin and was excited to try it. I don't have step by step photos of this project because I was really just playing around. But I'm excited about how it turned out so I'll give you the run down. 

It all started with some Gelli Printed pages on tracing paper. You could really use any kind of paper here. Here is a shot of the larger piece. The cool thing about this project is you only see a small portion of the print. 

Then, I created a wire frame and shaped it into a teardrop shape. I used sliver aluminum wire because it is easy to shape by hand. I cut a piece of the printed paper just slightly larger than this shape. 

Next, I used the Ice Resin to cover the front and back of the paper. If you use something like tracing paper or deli paper, it should become clear where the paper isn't painted. It's pretty cool! I let the resin paper dry overnight. 

The next day, I used a bit of strong glue to attach the resin paper to the wire frame. I added a few paint splatters and some microbeads. Then I filled in with more resin to seal everything together. This took about a day and half to be fully dry. The hardest part of this whole project is waiting for everything to dry. To finish it off, I added a few beads and made a twine chain for it. 

I can't wait to wear it!