7.27.2017

win a copy of Art Journaling magazine
I have been waiting months, literally months, to share this exciting news on here. About 5 months ago, I was asked to submit some of my work to Art Journaling Magazine with the possibility of a feature being written. I knew immediately that I wanted to submit my project, A Tiny Series: A Year of Petite Art Journals. It was my year long project that I was most proud of and wanted to share. I wrapped up all my precious journals and shipped them off to California in hopes they would make the cut,

Fast forward to a couple months later when I got the news that I had been chosen for a featured article! Ah! I wrote my article, sent it back, and waited some more. When I got the proof article back I was shocked - it was a 10 page spread!! What!? Totally not at all what I was expecting, and I may have cried a few happy tears.  And now the magazine is finally printed, in distribution and out for the world to see. Adding "Published artist" to my resume has been a dream I've been working on for a long time, and to see that dream come to fruition is just another kind of amazing. I'm so proud of my body of work for A Tiny Series, and getting to share it with a wider audience has been such a trip. Seeing my name up there on the cover is even more surreal!

Here are a couple snippets from the article that I couldn't resist sharing.
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The very best part is that I'd love to gift not one but TWO copies of Art Journaling Magazine to some fellow artists out there. 

win a copy of Art Journaling magazine

You can enter to win one of two copies of Art Journaling Magazine by leaving a comment below telling me what one of your lifelong dreams are? What do you dream and hope about? I'd love to hear it.

The giveaway will close August 2 at 11:59 PM MST. This is only open to US and Canadian residents. I will email the winner at the address left with the comment. If the winner does not claim their copy within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Want another chance to win? Head over to Instagram and comment on my post there as well!

7.24.2017

diy painted moleskine notebook art journal cover
Last month I had the most perfect meet up with Lauren, the travelling artistic wonder of Lauren Likes and 1/2 of the awesome art journaling community, Get Messy Art Journal! She was in my part of the world with her husband and parents, off on a Canadian adventure. Luckily we were able to grab dinner with them before they set out the following day, and it was so fun to finally meet Lauren in person! We've been cyber friends for a couple of years, and have chatted online and through Skype, but with me being in Canada and her being in Korea - a meetup was a distant dream. The internet is full of so much potential, and I have been so so lucky to have met some wonderful women artists who just get me and totally feed my soul. Because Lauren and her family were in town for such a short time, we weren't able to get any art time in. So in lieu of that I decided to make her this Moleskine notebook to commemorate our meetup!
diy painted moleskine notebook art journal cover
I used a Moleskine Notebook Cahier X Large with kraft covers, which are my favourite on these journals! They look great plain, but also lend themselves really well to being decorated and painted like I've done here.
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After I was finished painting, I used a Soft Touch Varnish by Deco Art Media to seal the covers and protect them from future use. I also decided to add some more art to the back inside, where there's a handy pocket!
diy painted moleskine notebook art journal cover
I also snuck in some extra goodies, which were a few of the stickers from this set of digital collage sheets on the blog and a painted envelope that I added after. The back pocket in these journals are genius for keeping extra bits and pieces in to use in your journal pages.
diy painted moleskine notebook art journal cover
Here is both the covers together! I actually painted them as one whole cohesive painting, and just added the super wide washi tape over the spine last. I got this tape off Aliexpress (my greatest resource for cheap art supplies, and also my nemesis because it's always a gamble as to when you'll get your order.) It's probably my new favourite supply to use in my journals. I love me a grid!

Do you decorate your art journal covers?! I actually never paint on my own, mostly because I have this weird phobia of committing the entire journal to one theme/vibe. I figure if I leave it blank then I can do whatever it is I want! How do you feel about journal covers? Tell me in the comments!



diy painted moleskine notebook art journal cover



7.20.2017

diy scandinavian flower envelope art tutorial
Getting some fun mail in your mail box can be such a pick me up, which is why envelope art is so rewarding to do! I love dressing up envelopes for the mail I send to my friends. I usually do something easy and quick, and this way they have a little splash of colour between all the bills and junk mail. I'm excited to share with you a fun envelope art tutorial using the awesome stencils from StencilGirl and some great inks from Imagine Crafts!

Supplies:

- Dots background rubber stamp (I used an embossed craft foam I found at my dollar store!)

diy scandinavian flower envelope art tutorial

Step One

Cover the envelope in a light layer of gesso using a palette knife or a plastic card. Make as many layers as you like - I've done two on mine!

Step Two

Use the dot stamp and the Smoky Gray ink, lightly stamp all over to create a background.diy scandinavian flower envelope art tutorial

Step Three

To create the two tone flowers, I covered up the flower part of the Bold Flowers stencil and stenciled the stems with a cosmetic sponge and Deep Lagoon. Then I switched the paper to stencil the flower with Habanero or the Electric Coral. The ink stays wet for a while since it's going on a non-absorbent surface, so try to be careful! I dried each flower with my heat gun in between because I am notorious for smudging my work.
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Step Four

Next, use the black and white pens to draw details on the flowers! You can make them all the same, or mix it up like I did below.
diy scandinavian flower envelope art tutorial

Step Five

Decide which lucky human gets to receive your new piece of envelope art and send it! 
diy scandinavian flower envelope art tutorial
Envelope art is so much fun to create! I think there is a sense of fulfillment from creating it because you know it's intent is to bring joy to the receiver. I can't wait to surpirse someone with this beauty!

And because StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts want you to be able to create some killer envelope art too, they are having a giveaway!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts! 


Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!



The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

(One comment per blog please.) 



You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.



Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine Crafts’s Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.





7.19.2017

digital collage sheet free download
Sometimes when I'm working in my art journals I get totally stuck in a rut. I find myself staring at my page and not really knowing what else I want to add. I love incorporating collage, but most of what I have is very "item" like - things like tags, labels, pictures, etc. There are times when I just want more color, texture, shape etc. A couple months ago I discovered how to create my own collage elements and even created my own stickers out of them! It's been so awesome having some easy collage elements that I can quickly add to a page. So of course you knew I had to share it with you guys! You can download this whole digital collage sheet totally for free!

These digital collage elements are also fantastic as planner stickers to use in your planner! I've started using them in my own, as you can see below. I love the pop of colour and painterly feel these digital collage sheets add to my daily planner. They can be cut down to fit within a bullet journal, and are already the perfect size to use in a Happy Planner! I'm not much of a planner fanatic, but I am slowly starting to see why so many people love decorating theirs!
digital collage sheet free download

*Click here to download this Free Mixed Media Digital Collage Sheet!*

digital collage sheet free download

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  • Free for personal use only. 
  • Please do not distribute these files via email or blog. Instead, link back to this post. 
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Want another free digital collage sheet?

digital collage sheet free download

If you liked this bad boy, then you definitely need to head over to Dawn Nicole Designs to get the other free digital collage sheet I designed! It is full of pinks, yellows and yummy paint marks. Go getcha some!