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Butterflies and Wings

This week I did a super simple layout. (That was the point of the prompt right?) I decided to whip out the ol’ Dina Wakley journal and flip it open to a double-page watercolor paper spread. I grabbed my Dyulsions and Lindy’s sprays and a couple stencils and went to town. I first sprayed the main design offset on one of the pages. While that dried, I took a sheet of 140 lb watercolor paper and sprayed a bunch of different colors through the butterfly stencil. Once dry I cut the butterflies I wanted to use on my layout out. Once I liked their placement, I glued them down with Art Glitter glue.

Then I took a white gel pen and traced around each of the butterflies, This wasn’t super visible all around them as there is a lot of white space, but it did leave a nice effect on some of the darker colors. I felt like maybe it was kinda blah, I’m not used to white space remember haha, so I took my fountain pen and inked some black around the outside edge of the butterflies (not on the page itself but on the outside edge of the actual cutout.).

Then I hand-typed up my sentiment, cut it out and glued it onto some black cardstock. Cut that out and glued it onto the layout. I used my white gel pen again to draw around each block of words, this helped tie in the white pen around the butterflies and just added a bit of eye appeal to the sentiment. Done and done. It seriously took me all of 10-15 mins to do, well the drying and the cutting did take a while. I had a wicked bad headache when I was doing my prompt this week. Life has been so chaotic with all the other things happening lately with HWG, but when I get into the #inspiby zone, it always makes me feel better! (Even if it’s for only 10-15 mins haha!)

Here are some pictures of my finished layout:

Here’s what the sentiment said:

and here’s a close up of the shimmer and shine of the butterfly wings. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE Lindy’s sprays?

I hope you had fun creating this week too! As I said previously, life has been chaos lately, but I look forward to each week’s prompt and getting to see how you all interpreted it! Until next week!

Happy Creating!

XO-Erin

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Monsters & Zombies Oh My!

Hello All and Happy Sunday!

This week, I decided to take a different approach to the Inspired by challenge. I recently acquired these awesome dies from Tim Holtz and seeing as the prompt this week was a spooky one, I thought why not make up some Halloween cards using the art journal techniques from this week. Check out my video below!

To make the cards I used:

Heavy Weight Black Cardstock

Dylusions Paint Pots: Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, Fresh Lime

Dylusions Ink Sprays: Tangerine Dream, Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, After Midnight, Pure Sunshine

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays: Witch’s Potion Purple, Golden Sleigh Bells

Lavinia Stamps: Tree Half R2

Creative Embellishments: Halftone Circle Stamp

Distress Oxide Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Neena Cardstock: 110 lb Solar White

Tim Holtz Dies: Thinlits: Monster, Zombie

Sentiment: Close To My Heart Stamp: Wicked S1108

Distress Stains: Monster: Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint,Walnut Stain

Zombie: Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap

Faber Castell Big Brush Markers: Black 199, Deep Scarlet Red 219

Art Glitter Glue

Sookwang Doubled Sided Adhesive Tape

I hope you had as much fun as I did creating this week! I look forward to seeing pictures of your layouts on Instagram!

Happy Creating!

XO-Erin

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Positive Flow

This week I was tired. Do you ever feel like the pressures of life and the day to day have just gotten you down? This time every year, it happens to me. Fall, which happens to be my favorite season also seems to be my hardest season. Allergies are at their worst here in Texas (well for me anyway), its the transition of getting back into the school routine and the start of the holiday season looming before me. Have you ever felt that way? Well this week, for the ‘Inspired By Challenge’, I created my girl with positive affirmations that flowed from her. Reminders to myself that it’s OK to feel the way I’m feeling and that it doesn’t make me less of a person, a mother, a wife, a friend- whatever hat you have donned, you are ENOUGH. I didn’t make a video this week, I was late in posting this, but ya know what, that’s OK! Everyone needs to stop and take a breather now and then and I am not going to let myself, well, beat myself up.

To begin, I grabbed my Dylusions landscape journal. I had yet to create in this journal and I thought this week was the perfect layout to break it in. I started by collaging some papers onto the pages.

I used some handmade papers with real pressed flowers, some decoupage papers from Deco Mache and The Paper Studio and kraft paper. I randomly ripped the papers and glued them in with matte medium. Then I took some white gesso and using my fingers, I painted it around parts of the page. With a charcoal pencil, I drew in my girl. I grabbed my watercolors and colored in around her to help warm up the layout. (I can’t tell you which brand I used because I created them myself! *wink) Using a fountain pen I wrote in the affirmations and positive notes to myself along the strands of her hair. Then using the charcoal pencil again I framed the layout.

Here is a close-up of my finished layout.

     

Sometimes you just need to quiet the negativity in your mind and just follow the flow of creativity. In the end, I really enjoyed creating my girl this week and many thanks to Toni for taking the fear out of drawing faces!

Happy Creating All!

XO-Erin

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‘Small Beginnings’

Hello My Artsy Peeps!

So for the challenge this week I thought I would mix it up a bit! I had wanted to make another little mini book for myself to play with my watercolors, so why not combine the two! I decided to create my cover for the challenge. Check out my process video:

While the cover didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped, I still think it’s fun and will work for what I created it for, to play in! Here’s what I used to create the cover:

Chipboard cover

White Gesso

Ink Sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang- Titl a wheel Teal, Creme Brulee Creme

Dylusions-White Linen, Tangerine Dream, Funky Fuschia

irRESISTible Neons- Orange, Yello, Green

Faber Castell Big Brush Markers: Black 199 and Pitt Brush in Black

Sharpie Black Fine Point Pen

Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic: Titanium White

Art Alchemy Impasto Paint: Lemon Peel

Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 493S

Stamp: Simon Says Stamp- Circle Doodle Background

Heat Gun

Scissors

Tim Holtz Sentiment Stickers

Scrap Paper & Paper Doily

Daniel Smith Watercolor- Moonglow

Collage Papers: Joggles- Deep In The Forest 2, The Paper Studio-Map/Script Decoupage paper

Matte Medium

Archival Ink Pad- Jet Black

I hope you were inspired to create something fun this week as well!

XO-Erin

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“Own Your Story”

Hello My Artsy Friends!

Can you believe this is week 12?! I’m just giddy with excitement! When I first chose this week’s featured layout (see the post about that HERE), I was under the assumption that it wouldn’t take too terribly long and it would have a gorgeous color payoff.  Well, I was right on both accounts! Continue reading ““Own Your Story””

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Wishes & Fishes

I had fully intended to make this week a picture by picture tutorial. It was a layout that took oodles and oodles of time to dry. (Picture me sitting impatiently sipping coffee literally watching paint dry!) But as this layout progressed and my frustrations grew, yeah, I forgot to snap pictures. What I did do however was learn quite a few lessons. So grab yourself a drink and let’s chat! Continue reading “Wishes & Fishes”

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‘Follow Your Dreams’

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for this week’s challenge layout, however, I knew that I wanted to incorporate both bright colors and also a butterfly. I have this fabulous ginormous swallowtail butterfly stamp from Stampin’ Up that I wanted to put onto the layout. With those ideas in mind, I set off into the craft room to create. Continue reading “‘Follow Your Dreams’”

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‘Wonder’

I really enjoyed the Inspiby this week.  It was a busy week for me as our company arrived and of course, the house needed cleaning in preparation.  This week was definitely a lesson in letting go of perfection. Not only with my house preparations but also with my art.  It seemed like every time I turned to grab something,  I smeared some pen lines or I messed up while trying to stamp a layer.

Continue reading “‘Wonder’”