Ode to Dolly Art Journal Pages

Hi Everyone!

I love VINTAGE. These photos of Dolly inspired me to create these two pages for my online Art Journal Challenge. Please keep reading to see what all the challenge was about.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a textured surface. I didn’t have modeling paste so I used floor grout. Believe it or NOT, it worked! It was gray in color which matched the gray tones of the photo so I left it the color it was. The vintage photo to go with it was an older photo of Dolly Parton.

“POUR YOURSELF A CUP OF AMBITION”

I choose a vintage Coffee Pot and Cup photo to go with the song quote “Pour Yourself a Cup of Ambition”.

The blues and yellows and browns were done by Ranger Distressed Inks.

For the next page we were supposed to use choose a photo and a snarky remark and put it all on a background made from Washi tape.

I think Dolly was perfect for this challenge too.

“IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO LOOK THIS CHEAP.”

I had to add the word “Fierce” to this page too. Another journal maker used it and I thought it fit Dolly perfectly.

I remember when Dolly said the quote “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” I laughed and laughed. That’s what I like about her. She has so much humor and wit. She came from humble beginnings and is so down to earth that anyone can relate to her. She is such a STORYTELLER. That is why her song lyrics hit home runs.

Can you believe that I do not own any Washi tape. So I just put a border on the left and at the top.

My black background on this page was painted on. Not with a brush but with a food scraper. It made it look like wood actually. GET CREATIVE! It is so much fun!!

If you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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More About Art Journals

Hi Everyone!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, if you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a stamp with a bird on it. I will add to my rubber stamp collection, but in the meantime I used a scrapbook page that had a bird on it. I also didn’t have any Tim Holtz charms but I did have a key with a message on it.

DREAM (Bird and Key)

I bought some scrapbook paper that looks vintage. If you are not new to my blog, you know I LOVE VINTAGE.
The key charm had DREAM on it. Perfect.

For the background, we used cardboard and took off one smooth side to reveal the channels. That makes the background so interesting. We added some paint in whatever colors we wanted.

The twine was blending in too much so I painted it with a darker color brown.

For the next page we were supposed to use a rubber stamp of a FACE. But I used a vintage picture instead. For my sentiment, I put a prayer I often ask the Lord. “What would you have me do? Where would you have me go? What would you have me say? And to whom?”

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?

When in doubt about your life….say a prayer.
I love this prayer. Sometimes, I think I should give up my arts and crafts and truly retire. Maybe I should give up my blog. But the Lord seems to be telling me to keep going. That’s why this prayer is so precious to me.
Art Journals do not have to be put away in a notebook never to be seen. Take the pages out and display in with your home decor. Especially if they look good with different holidays.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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Art Journal Pages One and Two

Hi Everyone!

Who likes to journal? Who likes Art? Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNALl~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and this was two of the first pages I finished.

What I like about it is…everyone’s pages look different. My Art Journal has a definite butterfly theme.

Some people have chosen a WORD FOR 2021. I think I did this unwittingly. My word is BUTTERFLY. Maybe because I want to fly among the flowers. Maybe I want to transform. Maybe I want to take flight. Maybe I want to take the time to enjoy nature. But whatever my reasons, they are beautiful creatures that I can’t wait until spring is here to see again.

My wonderful online teacher is Marjie Kemper. She always recommends using supplies you ALREADY have. For the page below I was supposed to have die cut gears on the right hand edge. But I don’t have a die cutter. So I used ribbon with beads from the Dollar Tree Store.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND SHINE

I also did not have the ready made tag. So I made one from a manila folder. I also was supposed to have a different background. I only had blue card stock. You just go with what you have. I LOVE IT! I did use the DISTRESSED INKS as was recommended. I plan on buying some more stencils. But again I used what I had. I used my computer to create my sentiments.

Up close picture of the Dollar Tree Ribbon.
Up close of my butterfly. I bought a package of four from Michaels. I knew I would use them someday.

For the next page I was supposed to use black card stock as the background. But I only had dark brown scrapbook paper. The left side is a torn page from a book. I have to tell you a secret about myself. I cannot bring myself to tear a page out of a book. I guess maybe I could if it was already falling apart. So I copied a page from a book I had on hand and used that.

FIND YOUR OWN VISION

Marjie has stamps for everything. I didn’t have a stamp with eyes, so I found an image on the internet.

The border on the left was supposed to be another die cut edge. But I used a border from a scrapbook page. I like how she teaches to use stencils and inks to lay across all layers. I also used the computer to make my sentiment. Until I get more stamps. lol.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them. Not all of them will have butterflies, but most of them will.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

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Pallet Knife Tiny Tree Painting and it’s Background Story

I love painting with a pallet knife. Probably more than painting with a brush. It gives that blurry, impressionistic look. I love Impressionism so I love this style of painting. This little painting or Mixed Media Project caused me to have to PIVOT and redo the background. Please keep reading to see how it was made. I also have a time lapsed video on Facebook.

——–I bought the rights to paint this from Amanda with Little Bluebird Gallery. Please go check out her website and her Facebook page. I love the way she paints and she is a great teacher.——–

When we studied this style in school I fell in love. I took a painting class at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where I majored in Business. It was an elective my Senior year. I continued taking continuing education paint classes when I moved back to Victoria, Texas. My professor there had us paint many different styles. I forgot how much I enjoyed the pallet knife painting so I am glad I bought this “little tree” virtual class.

I hand painted red band black buffalo check onto a Canvas Board.

It’s freehand so it’s rough looking but I like it like that. Perfection is NOT necessary.

Then I wanted to practice my little tree on my Media Pad. But I liked my tree so much on my Paper Pad, that I thought I would decoupage it onto my canvas. Sounds good right? Kind of like a multi media project.

I painted this without a tracer, just used my memory.

I tore the paper to give it more of a rustic finish.
I should have left it like this but it just looked unfinished and I wanted the edges to stay down.

Well, I made the mistake of putting Mod Podge on my whole canvas after I put my little tree on. It stayed high gloss and it did not look good. It looked sticky. So I had to PIVOT and rethink the whole background out.

I hated it. But I learned a lot. Maybe that’s the important thing. Gotta get out there and try.

I thought if I put glitter on the background it would look alright. BUT NO. It was still too shiny and sticky looking. So I ended up painting a black background with my pallet knife.

I added snowflakes and then glitter. It worked this time because the black paint had toned down the high gloss finish.

It still looked plain, so I added some glitter. See above without glitter, see below for with the glitter.
The glitter had big chunks of glitter in it. Call Glitterific.
It’s not perfect. But I did the best I could with a bad wound. I may make another one for practice too. “The best laid plans of mouse and men……”

Just fyi….I am NOT a fine artist.

Like Heidi says from Texas Art and Soul, it is FUN ART, not FINE ART.

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FreeHand Buffalo Plaid on Dollar Store Canvas

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The simplicity of this project is very FARMHOUSE. And the supplies I used are very simplistic too. Keep scrolling for the finished picture…..

  1. Dollar Tree small canvas
  2. Black paint
  3. Pewter gray paint
  4. Brush the size you want your plaid to be
  5. Evergreen greenery to make a simple wreath
  6. Holly Berries
  7. Wire Cutters
  8. Glue
  9. Hot glue
I used the wire cutters to cut my evergreen wreath the size I needed and to cut the holly berries off their stems.

As you may know by now, I am obsessed with BUFFALO PLAID. I capitalize it because it is an entity of it’s own in my mind.

I saw several pictures on the internet of Buffalo Plaid done in a messy, random fashion. I wanted to try it. So this little canvas (shown above and below) was in my stash and I decided to just free hand the Buffalo Plaid. I am glad I did. I plan to use this method to paint many backgrounds for other paintings or crafts.

I only used the one brush and just wiped it between using the gray and black paints.

I made my horizontal AND vertical stripes with the medium colored gray paint. Let the brush strokes show through. That is the look you should be going for. I did not even paint my canvas first. I choose a paintbrush the size I wanted the plaid to be. You could choose a bigger brush or a smaller brush.

I then went back with black paint at all the intersections. I did have to do two coats of the black to get the look I wanted.

I wish I had taken more pictures. I am new and learning how to blog better. I just get in the mood and begin a project without thinking that I need to stop and take a picture.

Then I added the wreath when it dried. I wrapped the evergreen greenery around twice and tied it with a red ribbon. I hot glued it on the canvas in a just a few places.

Then I added the berries in randomly with Elmer’s glue.

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Reversible Thanksgiving to Christmas

We wanted to create a shelf sitter that did double duty. We saw several similar on Pinterest. Here is our version.

We used scrapbook paper and decoupaged all the 2×4’s. The sides were painted black. The bottom 2×4 was painted black except the sides that have Thanksgiving and Christmas on them.

Here are some pictures I took during the process. We had to decide which scrapbook papers to use that would look good up against each other. We staggered the heights to add interest and make it look “HAPPY” and “MERRY”.

Planning it out.

I printed the HAPPY and MERRY font off PicMonkey and Mom traced them onto wood and then cut them out. We had to buy letters that would fit sideways for the THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS too. We found these at Hobby Lobby.

Ignore how stained my garage floor is……lol…

I had to add “snow” all around the red letters to make them stand out on the word “Merry”.

It did take awhile to work on this project. But when you think that it does double duty, it was worth it.

Thanksgiving SPECIFIC decorations often get overlooked because we buy overall FALL decor or go straight into Halloween and then straight into Christmas. I am glad this shelf sitter gives Thanksgiving a spotlight.

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