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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A One-Day Travel Junk Journal for Shimmerz Paints - Design Team Project

Hello everyone!
I'm up on Shimmerz Paints Blog with my new monthly project featuring my one-day travel junk journal to accompany me on a beach city trip with my darling nieces.
Come on visit me here and I'll share more photos and ideas with you too.












Friday, August 11, 2017

Scrapki -Wyzwaniowo August Challenge - Home Decor


The August Challenge at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo ("Scrapki") is “Home Décor.” Since I won the June Challenge, I was invited back to be a Guest Designer at Scrapki in the month of August.  I was overjoyed to learn the name of the Challenge and was only too happy to start another junk journal using the Home Décor theme.  The cover of my journal is from a magazine cover.  I used a white Tyvek envelope and cut it down on one side to accommodate the size of the journal. I left the flap part of the envelope on the back cover intact to store future ephemera.  Blue and white Toile tissue paper was applied to the inside covers.  There is one signature inside the journal, and I used the three-hole pamphlet stitch to bind the pages to the journal.

Let’s turn a few pages and I’ll show you what’s inside.



On the first page, is a decorative mirror tuck spot to tuck in paint chips, photos, ideas,  etc.  My favorite element on this page is the Dusty Attic lamp chipboard.  I printed a photo of a ginger jar and cut and molded the pattern paper over the base of the chipboard lamp. I painted the lamp shade with Shimmerz Acritonez,”3 Sheets to The Wind,” than white embossed a floral stamp on top of the shade.  This technique gave the lamp shade a lacy etched glass look.  And, finally I added Shimmerz Paints, miner 49er gold.  I love how the pale gold color enhances the lamp motif.

I debated whether or not to add the Table of Contents of the magazine to the junk journal, but when I re-read all the sections, I was captivated by their titles….they evoked feelings.  How could one of us, not want to see the words, “Artist in Residence” in their junk journal? J

Most of the pages for my junk journal came from home décor magazines, and old reference books.  One book had pages in blue and white featuring titling patterns, and another was a book of fonts.  On those pages of the magazine or reference book pages that looked unattractive, I added sample fabrics.  There are paint chips, some tags, and a blue and white Toile envelope to store more ephemera as I design my rooms.  There are charms and lacy bits too.

The page above features a photograph of an Envelope Art ("EnveArt")I created using a photo of Marie Antoinette.  I printed the EnveArt on a white paper page and sewed in into the signature. The bag as two openings and I am able to store some more goodies in them too.  The fabric swatches on the opposite page are fabric flips.  You can flip each piece up to view.

Belly bands made from scrapbook papers and ribbon are used to hold photos of some pretty room vignettes and other paper ephemera. There are hidden pocket pages with journaling tags inside with a lacy pull tag.



See photo below: Another favorite part of the journal for me is my homemade journal paper to write home décor information.  I debated whether or not to tea dye the papers, but thought it would look too muddy against the blue and white.  My journal papers are made using newsprint paper.  I spritz Shimmerz, “Rocka Fella Blue” and “Heavy Metal” on top of a large lace stencil, then turned the stencil upside down and slapped the stencil on top of the paper which revealed the design.  I then lightly drew horizontal lines to write on.  I like how this technique turned out and will use it again on future junk journals.

Thanks for letting me share.  Please drop in to say hello and see how my fellow Scrapki friends interpreted the August Home Décor Challenge.






Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mixed Media Journal Cover for Shimmerz Paints


Sharing my Shimmerz Paints design team project with you today. 
It's a Mixed Media cover page for a junk journal. 
The size of the junk journal cover is 6 x 8 inches. 
I also made some beaded charms to be affixed to the journal spine when that portion is completed. 
You can find more close up pictures and the list of Shimmerz Paints products I used here on the Shimmerz Paints Blog.












Saturday, July 15, 2017

Travel Junk Journal


I think my head has been buried in the sand the last few years, because I just discovered Junk Journals. 
Why didn’t one of you turn me on to these years ago? ;) 
I’m up on Shimmerz Paint Blog today featuring some pages of a travel junk journal I made for my niece. 
Drop by and see if I can inspire you to create one of your own. 
They’re fun to make!




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Captured

I found the Pink Challenge at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo June 2017 Pink Challenge very inspiring this month.
It was just what I needed to get inspired to work with a pretty, girlish color, and of course, use my Shimmerz Paints design team products too.
This photo reminds me of my 20 something year old niece's attitude. 
I entitled the art journal entry as, "Captured" because of my nieces insatiable
appetite for knowledge.  The journaling reads:
   
"Good and interesting conversation are a necessity for me. 
I want to feel like you're expanding my mind.
I need my attention CAPTURED."
Open pages of the book:
Close up of Blue Fern Studios chipboard painted with Shimmerz Paints.
More chipboard work painted with Shimmerz Paints:
All paint products used on the art journal is by Shimmer Paints, and you can find the names of the products and chipboard details on my Design Team post at Shimmerz Paints here.

The June 2017 Challenge:

Thanks for looking.

I am a Shimmerz Paints Design Team Member.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wild Caught - designed for Shimmerz Paints


I was attracted to the dark murky dusty colors with subtle hints of cream, and peachy/coral colors illuminated by the light. 
Desperately wanting to create with this photo,
I quickly took inventory of my Shimmerz Paints inventory, and “voila.”
  I had all the colors I needed to create an art journal entry entitled, “Wild Caught.”

Come on over to Shimmerz Paints Blog here,
and I'll share with you some of the details of my mermaid's swimming hole,
and how to add texture to your shell chipboard pieces.
You better come quick,
because she's such a pretty mermaid
and I may have to set her free.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Little Book of Whispers and Shimmerz Paints

Hello friends,
Today, I'm sharing a project using Shimmerz Paints,
and the results of my student lessons with Laly Mille's,
"The Little Book of Whispers."
The book is primarily composed of neutral materials and art medium,
but where I wanted to add a subtle hint of creamy colors,
I chose Shimmerz Paints.

Follow my Shimmerz Paints Design Team Post here,
and I'll show you what products I used.
And, many more pictures of the various folios
are also found on the blog.

If you're interested in the
Little Book of Whispers
class where Laly teaches
us how to bind folios, signature pages
and other lacy delights,
you can find Laly here.

Thank you for letting me share with you.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shimmerz Paints Design Team Project



Hello my friend’s, glad you followed my Shimmerz siren call to bring you here  today, because I am going to show you how to add some simple techniques to add interest to your art journal pages.   I look for elements in photo that I can try and artfully replicate like gowns that have patterns in the material, or some architectural element.  In this photo, I found the colors and the lovely lace work in the bodice of the gown creatively inspiring.  The following is how I tried to replicate the texture of the lacy bodice onto my book pages.
 
Art Journal Background Pages:

·         Apply gesso on both pages randomly, and do not fill in the entire pages with gesso.  Leave some of the book page edges in their natural state.  The page will absorb the Shimmerz Paint differently and the same paint will adopt a different hue and texture. How cool is that?

·         Emboss with a stamp, embossing ink, and white embossing powder randomly around the pages.

·         Lightly spray Vibez Deep Blue Sea around the edges of the book pages and quickly use a dampened sea sponge to absorb excess color and soften the edges.  If you can see the hard spray on the paper, add a spritz of water to soften the color and make the sprayed marks disappear.  Let dry completely.  I prefer to let the paint dry naturally and not try to move the paint around with a heat gun…did I mention I have control issues? LOL.  Plus, leaving the paint to dry naturally adds more depth.

·         Repeat the above application to add more depth of color.

·         If your embossing images become saturate with color, you can use a damp sea sponge to clean it up.

·         Some Paste-eez was used over a stencil randomly over the page leaving an ethereal patterned image.




Chipboard Element:  Chipboard remnants are my newfound interest…they look like puzzle pieces and are easy to tuck into clusters.

·         Apply gesso to the chipboard.

·         Use a very small paint brush and paint near the edge of the chipboard and leave some of the white gesso exposed. Here I used Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts

·         Apply another coat of paint, or a different color randomly on the chipboard making sure you don’t cover the white edged gesso. Here I used Shimmerz Blue Grass

·         Lightly use a very fine black marker and pen around the edges next to the white gesso.




I hope I have inspired you to work in  your art journal this week using some Shimmerz goodness.

Follow us on the Shimmerz Paint Blog to stay abreast of all the new happenings.





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Mail


Happy Mail! 

Hello my fellow Shimmerz Siren’s!.  
I'm up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog 
sharing some Happy Mail for a dear mixed media mistress.
 Pssst… I hope her package makes it to her mailbox
 before this post is published. 



 You can find the finished fabric/junk journal here
and all the Shimmerz Paint colors
and techniques.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sweet Magic Tea

 I'm up on the Shimmerz Paint Blog today
sharing my Sweet Magic Tea canvas project.

I'll show you how to create a faux encaustic photo 
that renders an ethereal, milky image
using Shimmerz Pasteez without the hassle
of melting max and cleaning it up afterwards.
And, I'll show you how to create some magic
tea bag art too.
You can find it all here.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shimmerz Paint Sale!

Shimmerz Paint Sale is going on right now! 
Stock up on some yummy Spring colors.

Hop over to the Store is here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

22% Irish!


Hello Friends!
I am up on the Shimmerz Blog today
sharing my 22% Irish Art Journal entry.
Follow me here
and I'll share with you
the Shimmerz Paint products used
and some techniques too!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gypsy Soul


Did you hear that gypsy Shimmerz Siren?
Yep, that was me, Joyce. 
I’m going to show you how to apply some gypsy/bohemian
style to your art today using Shimmerz Paints. 
I have been enthralled by Gypsy genre and bohemian art styles lately, 
 so I thought I’d take those  feelings and put them on paper.
 I adored the movement in the girls dance!
And, I thought I could create such movement with some Shimmer Paint products.
And what’s a gypsy girl without her baubles and chains? 
Visit Shimmerz Paints Blog and find out some of the details that created the movement in this 9 x 12 watercolor layout. 

Shimmerz Products found in their store:
Spritz – Chance of Rain, 4 Leaf Clover, Plum Pudding
Vibez – Plum Tuckered Out, Blushing Bride
Shimmerz – Celery, Berry-licious, Orchid-stra, Key lime
Inkglingz- Brass Knuckles
Texturez – Tidy Widy







Sunday, February 19, 2017

Light Seeker

I am a Light Seeker which is a student of Laly Mille’s Art. 
In a short time, I have learned many new techniques in her class
and about some amazing art products too.
My class mates are seasoned artist and so very inspiring,
I feel so humble being amongst them and learning from them too.

I am sharing my version of the Winter’s Tale canvas.
This exercise was all about light, contrasts and shadows
I used an old 1920 photo of my grandmother as a child. 
I didn’t expect the color in the black and white photo
to take on a green hue when I applied
the faux encaustic.
  Once the green hue revealed itself,
I then chose to add the color in my canvas.











Thanks for letting me share this journey with you.
  I hope to share more exercises with you as I continue my art classes with Laly.





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We're All A Little Broken....and That's Okay


You wouldn’t think that pages this size would include so many Shimmerz products….but they did.
And, I was only too happy to work and include them in my art journal entry entitled, “We’re all a Little Broken.”  One of my favorite things to do when working in old thrift shop books is to create my own backgrounds.  The following Shimmerz products were used to age the book pages and work with the colors in the photo:

Shimmeringz- Heavy Metal
Vibez – Blushing Bride
Spritz – Treasured Hymm


The broken heart chipboard was created with the new Acritonez self-priming acrylic paint. After applying gesso on top of the chipboard, add light molding paste over a small pattern stencil and allow the product to dry. Then apply the Acritonez – Roses are Red paint on top of the chipboard and molding paste.  Then spritz on some Vibex- Blushing Bride to add some depth in the color. Using a small paint brush add Inklingz- Brass Knuckles, and Inklingz- I Love You Onyxly around the raised molding paste patterns to make the molding paste pattern stand out. Some rich Blingz – Gold Glimmer was lightly added around the circumference of the broken heart.


And finally, I used another new product, Paste-eez dimensional paint. This paint was spread over a small heart stencil. When the product dried, I shaded the three little dimensional hearts with Inklingz- I Love You Onyxly and a very small paint brush to make them stand out gloriously.

I hope I have inspired you to visit your local thrift shop and re-purpose an old book using the gorgeous Shimmerz paint line.

Acritonez – Roses are Red
Paste-eez –The “Cream” Team
Shimmeringz- Heavy Metal
Vibez – Blushing Bride
Spritz – Treasured Hymm
Blingz – Gold Glimmer
Inklingz- I Love You Onyxly
Inklingz – Brass Knuckles
Inklingz – Miner, Miner 49er