Friday, July 8, 2016

DIY watercolor palette for the Midori

I bought a Midori! We have a trip coming up next month and I wanted to bring a journal with me, so after much thorough research (as in, watching tons of YouTube videos :) I went for the Midori - it just seemed aesthetically beautiful, and so useful to fit in everything you might need. Then I ran into the issue of wanting to have my watercolors with me. One option was to make a little tin to hold them, but that meant I would always have to bring it, and that wasn't good enough - I wanted something that came with the Midori automatically, without having to pack it. The next option was to purchase the Peerless watercolors - they come in paper swatches that you can make your own little booklet out of, and insert into the notebook. I searched for a good deal, but didn't manage to find one. Also, I felt like I would be spending a lot on them, and might have second thoughts about using "too much" or "wasting".

So that brought me to thinking I needed to come up with my own idea... and that's when I realized I could use flat discarded packaging and the Tim Holtz gears packaging was perfect. You use the inner insert that holds the gears in place - it is virtually flat, but has just enough depth that it can hold a Lot of watercolor. The circles are large enough that I ended up pouring a lot of paint in them, so it should last a while. Best thing is it's totally refillable. I have the 18-pack of Holbein professional watercolors, and I picked my favorite 12. So I have professional-grade watercolors that will permanently come with my notebook. I insert it into one half of the Midori kraft folder.

I used a piece of watercolor paper for the cover and did swatches of the paint on it. I then did an inner insert of plastic to protect the pain, and when I open it, it lies flat and that side becomes the side I mix the paint on. I used my old 7Gypsies gaffer tape to hold it all together - it's very strong, has a nice texture since it's made of cloth, and is very pretty. All I need is my water brush (I love those!) and I'm ready to paint on the go, any time, anywhere. And rather than spending money, I'm making good use of what I already have in the house!

If anyone wants an actual video tutorial, let me know, and I will make on for my YouTube channel, and take you though the process of cutting the materials, properly filling the "wells", etc.

And here' a YouTube video to give you a better idea of how it looks:

Friday, July 1, 2016

New LO and new DT!

I'm so happy to join the design team for Creative Embellishments (CE)! They have the most adorable chipboard and wood veneer embellishments, and also rubber stamps and stencils. There's a new challenge on the first of every month, and of course a prize to go along with it. Check out the July 1 challenge HERE. Here's my LO to go with it (my first LO in 6 months!). I used lots of wonderful CE goodies - the constellations "Out of this World" stencil, wood veneer stars, chipboard cherries, bird, and of course, the gorgeous stars chipboard frame. The paper is BoBunny :)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Camping fun

In September, we went camping and I got some really great pics. One of them, I printed twice by accident, and ended up scrapping... twice... without even realizing it. I used BoBunny "Calendar Girl" collection for both layouts, plus extras like BoBunny foil rub ons, double dot cardstock, embellishments, etc.

I guess when you really like a picture, scrapping it twice isn't the worst thing that could happen :)

And here's the latest layout I made, again using "Calendar Girl" with double dot cardstock as background:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Gorgeous, glittery "Whiteout"

I recently made good use of the "Whiteout collection" by BoBunny. The paper is already glittered, so it makes holiday cards really quick and easy to do. First, my daughter had a birthday party to go to, and the party was at a skating rink. This paper had the perfect images to make a cute giftbag and card set:

This collection also came in handy when I had to make 10 holiday cards (8 for my daughter's teachers, and two for each other kids' bus drivers). Because the paper was already glittered and pretty enough to use as is, it really didn't take long. I simply made up the cards and then added jewels in the middle of the snowflakes for a little extra embellishment.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Quick and simple BoBunny birthday cards!

I hope everyone (who celebrates it) had a nice Thanksgiving! Today I'm sharing three new cards I made using the "You're Invited" collection from BoBunny. This collection is party and birthday themed, so making some birthday cards was a snap. I also used some Bobunny flowers, jewels, and and from the collection stickers, chipboard). I love how everything coordinates so well. And as always, I added pretty paper inside the cards to finish them off. Just make sure you use a muted, lighter pattern so your message is easy to read.

Simple birthday card using BoBunny You're Invited by Ilene Tell 1

Simple birthday card using BoBunny You're Invited by Ilene Tell 2

Simple birthday card using BoBunny You're Invited by Ilene Tell 3

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall birthday cards galore!

BoBunny has a wonderful Fall collection, called "Enchanted Harvest". It is absolutely gorgeous with rich, warm colors, and... butterflies! Yes, autumn butterflies, and some fairies. How awesome is that. I wanted to make a few cards with it, so here they are:

Here is the first card, close up and a peek inside:

And here is the second card, again with a peek inside. I again added BoBunny gold glitter paste to the butterflies I cut out of one of the sheets:

And I was really on a roll with this collection, so I made two more cards - these ones are super simple. I just cut the postcard images from one of the sheets of paper and added the birthday sentiment. My daughter went to a birthday party on Thursday and has another one she's going to today, so these are already gone :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

New art journal!

I recently purchased a new art journal - it's the Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media soft cover journal, 5x8 or so. The paper is really nice and perfect for all sorts of media. Here's the first page completed... a welcome to the journal page :)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Watch me sketch!

Happy Labor Day!

I have a little journal I've been carrying around, but I've been using it as a sketchbook more than anything. I recently made a quick sketch (took a little over 20 minutes) and recorded the process. I sped it up 4 times, so now it's a 5 minute video. Take a look:

Here is the completed sketch (I messed with it a couple more minutes):

And while I was taking a pic, I figured I'd share a few more:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Art Journal Week: Day 8

Last day of my art journal week! I can't believe I made 16 layouts in one month. Toward the end, I got motivated to finish it so I could move on to my new art journal that has really nice paper that can withstand various paints and mediums (unlike the paper in this one). It was a great starting place, and a really great way to use up some of my stash, so overall it was a really positive, fun experiment.

As I mentioned yesterday, for the last two spreads, I used Graphic 45 papers. This one with with "Halloween in Wonderland". I painted the pages black, and then used a Crafter's Workshop Harlequin stencil and sprayed it with white Dylusions spray. I then dabbed acrylic color on top to have it match the paper better and give it more dimension.

And here is my very last layout. The quote reflects the sentiment that ending this journal is just the beginning. I really love how this last page came out - I love the (G45) poppy flowers, the spooky tree (Crafter's Workshop stencil), the night sky, and the beautiful stars. To create the stars, I used a Prima stencil with crackle paste.

Thanks for joining me and taking a peek inside my art journal. If you're considering making one, I recommend you dive right in and give it a go.