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Flow With Me: The Creative Flow Project

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I can’t believe it is already November! This time of year is always my favorite. Fall… *swoon*.. the leaves changing colors, that smell it always brings with it and of course it kicks off the holiday season! BUT, before we get to all of that, it’s Flow time! Continue reading “Flow With Me: The Creative Flow Project”

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Growth

This week was filled with so many emotions. My miracle twins turned 10, we had family visiting and I was just plain overwhelmed with life in general. Do you ever have those days? My mother tells me its ‘that time of the year’. I tend to believe her because it’s nearing the end of the year, yes I am aware its only October, but think about it- Fall in in full swing, the holidays are coming quicker than we think and then, its over and a new year begins. There are so many feels for me this time of year. I look at what I’ve done and what I still have yet to do and then I get crazy! Haha, not in a bad way, but crazy in feeling like I haven’t done enough. What does that have to do with this week’s journal page? Well, I got behind in accomplishing it. I have a bit of a ‘type A’ personality and when I don’t get things done on time, it tends to stress me out. I’ve been told, recently by a couple people actually, that its OK to just take a few moments for myself and just breathe.

So that’s what I did. I enjoyed my family, I focused on just taking a bit of time for myself and tried not to let the feelings of stress, inadequacy, and worry of looking like a slacker effect me. (It’s probably still there looming in the areas of my subconscious, but for now, we’ll just pretend I succeeded haha!)

I didn’t worry about setting up the camera and having to film this week. I thought about taking progress shots of the page but then decided that this week, I just wanted to play, and watch some Netflix while I did it. (Have you watched the series, Dark Matter? So good!) Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s a close up of the triangle details.

I can’t say that I am super comfortable with using the Gelli plates yet. It does take some practice, and my colors turned out a bit darker than I had originally planned, but I just enjoyed the process this week and played. I loved using the mini triangle plate, I even used that to make the leaves as well! I hope you had fun creating this last week, I know that I not only learned some Gelli plate techniques but I also learned that its OK to step back from the expectations I set for myself and just breathe.

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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Inspired By Challenge Prompt Week 16

 

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Wow, it’s week 16 already and this year is just flying by too! This week, I thought we would bring together a lot of techniques that we’ve already learned along with one new one, FACES! Yes, I know, It’s exciting, yet scary too! That’s why I chose a layout from Toni Burt this week. She has these gorgeously drawn faces on top of wonderfully collaged and painted layouts. We know how to collage, and paint layouts, and in the video below you will see how you too can incorporate faces into your layouts as well.

Isn’t that page just gorgeous! Toni seriously has some of the most beautiful and girly pages. They make my heart happy! I love how she zooms in when she’s drawing the face so you can see just how she maps it all out. I can’t wait to see how you all create your faces this week! I’m just tickled!

As always, you have until Sunday midnight (whatever your timezone is) to post your journal layout to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. You can either recreate this layout (if you do please be sure to give Toni credit) or you can just use it as inspiration in creating your own layout this week. Also, it doesn’t have to be an art journal layout, it could be a tag, a card, or whatever you feel inspired to create this week. There are no rules, no pressures and if you fall behind, just catch up when you can. This challenge is just about learning new techniques from amazing artists and having fun while doing it!

Be sure to check out Toni on the links below and give her some love!

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Have fun this week and happy creating!

XO-

Erin

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‘Courage’

This week’s #inspiby prompt had me thinking from the moment I posted it. I had dreamed up all these visions of what I would like my pages to become. Sometimes, that’s the hardest thing about being an artist. When you envision one thing in your head and it clearly does not turn out how you expected. It can get frustrating, but it’s part of the learning process. Continue reading “‘Courage’”

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ICAD 2017 Flip Through and Review

Hello my artsy friends! As promised here is my ICAD flip through! First off let me say that this past 61 days (yes 61!) have been truly fantastic. Not only did I push myself to create art every single day, but I also made some amazing friends along the way! Continue reading “ICAD 2017 Flip Through and Review”

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Art Marks Week 2 Review

The Art Marks challenge this week was well, a bit more challenging for me. The one thing that I love about this challenge is that there are NO rules. It isn’t so much about having this masterpiece once your timer is done, but about learning and growing yourself as an artist. Continue reading “Art Marks Week 2 Review”