Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Art Journal Page - Renew & a Floral Journal

Hello creative friends.  Hope everyone had a great holiday and new year.  Mine was a challenge.  With recovering from surgery, the holidays, family, work and several classes I had to finish for work to renew my certification, I have been having some difficulty doing anything creative.  I decided this weekend to finish up a couple of projects that I started.  One was an art journal page with my word for 2016: Renew.  I chose the word Renew for this year so that it will remind me to renew my soul, my creativity and my commitment to my art.  I started this page three weeks ago and have been struggling with completing it.  My husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo machine for Christmas, so I took a hand cut Lion stencil I created last year, scanned it into my computer and made a cut file for cutting other stencils of it in different sizes.  I cut this 6x6 stencil of it, however I had some difficulty figuring out the right thickness of plastic to use with the machine for cutting the stencil.  I tried using plastic material for making stencils, but it did not cut all the way through, even after going over it several times.  So I found a thinner plastic to use for cutting the stencil from.  Then I used the stencil to create my art journal page with my word for the year.  However, I struggled with this journal page and was not happy with how it was turning out, so I went back and added more to it over the past two weekends.  I still don't feel this is one of my better journal pages, but decided I was ok with it and decided to call it finished.  Here are some pictures of the journal page I created using my new lion stencil:

And here is a video showing how I made this journal page:

The other project I finished this weekend was another journal for my Etsy shop.  I started the journal before Thanksgiving and it has been sitting on my desk ever since.  I decided this weekend to get it finished and posted to my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoysArt360 (if interested in seeing all the journals that I have for sale).
Here are pictures of the new floral journal I created:

Hope everyone is having a good year so far and is renewing their spirit and commitments.  Until next time, Happy Creating.