I began my artist journey many years ago creating journals for myself simply because I couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ journal to use. The journals that I found in stores were either to small, didn’t fit my style, or didn’t have the right paper inside for being creative. So I started creating my own journals that fit my personality and mood at the time.
For some reason along the way, I stopped journaling – I don’t know if it was for any one particular reason, I just got out of the habit. I used to journal daily, I took my journal with me everywhere I went and was constantly jotting down new ideas or sketching out my next project. My journals turned into a hodge podge of pseudo scrapbook/sketchbook/catch all for things that I found along my adventures and journeys. I could write pages in one sitting, my journal was my space to sort things ou t, give myself encouragement, and to dream.
Fast forward to the beginning of April when I had the pleasure of Anna (Finnabair) staying with me while she was in between teaching. Not only is Anna the perfect house guest, but she also makes the best Polish stew in the world! When she first arrived, I told her that she was more than welcome to use my studio space anytime she wanted. One evening I was wondering where Anna was and I ventured back to my studio to find her pleasantly working away on her travel journal and I joined her working on another project. At the time I didn’t realize that this was the journal that she’s featured in recent posts using the new Impasto Paints (duh!) but while hanging out working on our own projects, I realized how much I missed journaling and having that freedom of exploring without having to worry about judgements and following rules.
It was at that moment that I decided to create my own journal and try to get back into the habit of journaling! And I’m going to share with you how I created my own Artist’s Journal using some of the new releases including Impasto Paints, the new colors of Metalliques and the Mega Art Stones. Because this is going to be my personal journal, I wanted to make something that I absolutely LOVE and decided that I would use my favorite colors for this project, blue and silver.
I started creating the cover of my book with a nice, thick layer of Jade Impasto Paint. If you haven’t used the new Impasto Paints, they’re absolutely AMAZING! These paints are opaque which means that you can layer them, and if you want to have the consistency more thin you can add a little water or even Soft Gel. For this project I put them on thick so I could build some layers using both a brush and a palette knife. Next I layered Azure Impasto Paint over the Jade.
To create the background pattern, I used the Harlequin patterned stencil. I couldn’t resist using the new Dark Forest Metallique paint so I dry brushed this through the stencil for the base color of my stencil work. With a palette knife, I added Cobalt Impasto Paint to add both color and some rich texture. Once dry, I highlighted the texture from the Cobalt Impasto Paint with Pearl White Metallique, followed with Mermaid Teal Metallique Paint. To finish the color, I brushed a light layer of Midnight Sky Metallique Paint to give a blue tone to the stenciled work.
Now it’s time to start coloring the embellishments! I wanted to see just how opaque the new Impasto paints are so instead of using Heavy Gesso as my base for my embellishments I instead chose Azure Impasto Paint – and the results were exactly what I was looking for even on the metal embellishments! I used Midnight Sky Metallique for the next color followed by Deep Waters Metallique. To finish coloring the embellishments, I used my fingers to apply Brushed Iron Metallique Wax followed with a touch of Summer Sky Mica Powder.
To adhere all of my embellishments to the book cover, I mixed together Graphite Texture Paste with a touch of Deep Waters Metallique to give a slightly blue hue to the texture paste. After placing my embellishments into place, I sprinkled the wet Graphite Paste with Frosted Mica Flakes, Midnight Blue Glass Glitter, then Black and Silver Micro Beads.
I’ve been waiting to use the new Mega Art Stones and decided that they would make a great background underneath the decorated paint brush inside of the frame. I used Graphite Texture Paste as the adhesive, then added the stones and heat set. I then colored the stones with Midnight Sky Metallique paint, applied on the thick side with a brush. While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled the painted stones with Splash and Black Micro Beads to add more color and dimension and then heat set.
I can’t wait to start writing inside of my journal – especially with all of the new product inspiration on the covers!
Upcoming Blog Series
In the next few weeks I’ll be posting how to create the three projects shown above using the Rust and Patina Effects Pastes! I’ve been wanting to share how to use these amazing products and to provide you with simple tutorials that you can reference in the future when working on projects. The first project will be creating a simple wooden picture frame using the Rust Effects Paste set (left), followed by another frame using the Patina Effects Pastes (right). For some added fun, I transformed a blank book into a mini masterpiece by combining both of the sets to create an amazing finished project (middle).
I get asked by MANY students how and when can I try out for the Prima Design Team – well here’s your chance! This year the call involves three different teams, which you can apply for just one or all three:
- Watercolor and Paper Crafting
- DIY, Mixed Media and Art Journaling
- Planner and Traveler’s Journals
What’s different this year is that there is no ‘submission’ sent to Prima, instead it’s done all online by sharing your artwork and designs online via Facebook and Instagram using hashtags so that the Prima folks can see your work.
For all the details, visit the Prima Blog and start sharing your amazing projects!
Who said that summer school couldn’t be fun!?! It’s that time to get Too Cool For School and join me for some exciting classes coming this summer to a store near you! I’m still adding a few dates to the calendar, but I’m proud to announce the following dates for where I’ll be teaching classes:
- Crafty Capers in Nanaimo BC (Canada) June 23rd – 25th
- Kept Creations in Whitman MA July 21st – 23rd
- Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem OR July 28th – 30th
- Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking in Colorado Springs CO August 18th – 19th
You can find the complete listing of classes, descriptions and prices by following the link HERE to the class listing page.
Speaking of social media, I get asked frequently “Are you online?” or where people can find what I’m working on so I thought that I’d share some of my links for those of you who don’t already follow me online. Like many people, it seems that I’ve gravitated more to Instagram these days for most of my posting and to see what everyone is working on. Of course I’m still on Facebook but it seems that the way things are set up anymore that it’s so difficult to actually SEE posts that I’m actually interested in no matter how many settings I change LOL I’m still on Pinterest but have to admit that I’m not there as much as I used to be since like many of you I seemed to go down that slippery slope of going on there for inspiration and 5 hours later I’m wondering why it’s 3am. And no, I’m not on Twitter… Yes, I do have a Twitter account but I always tell people “I’m not a Kardashian, my life is NOT that interesting” and since I tend to babble, 140 characters just doesn’t do it for me.
Here are my social media links to use:
- Instagram or search for “ArtNewWave” from your app
- Pinterest link that will take you to my boards page to start exploring
- “Personal” Facebook page where you can find more of my day to day adventures
- “Business” Facebook page is basically the online version of the ArtNewWave website where I post class schedules etc. This is also the account linked to my Instagram account
I’ve also been thinking about creating an ArtNewWave Facebook group, a place for all of us to gather and share our ideas, projects and inspiration with others. Send me a message if this is something that you might be interested in – so many of you create such fabulous projects and I’d like to share them with everyone!!!