Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop

Welcome to the Paper Crafter’s Unite Against Racism Hop! Please visit Justine’s Blog for all the details and list of complete hop. We are coming together to support our fellow crafters of color in this hop. Please make sure you stop by each blog and leave a comment. My hope is that you not only will find inspiration, but you will also discover a new crafter.

We Are the World

To celebrate friendship and document this time in history I created a page in my art journal. The song “We are the World” kept playing in my head. I was a child when it came out and thought it was perfect for this page.

To crate this page I first stamped four Bun Heads, colored them in with copic markers and embossed them.

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Thank you so much for hopping along with us today. Your next stop is here.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Fear Is A Liar

I drew a face. This is the very first time I actually drew a face. Once I had it drawn I thought it would be fun to go on Facebook and do a live coloring it in. That was the scariest thing I have done in a long time. First, I am not an illustrator. Second, my art is not painting. So why did I do it live? To show that just because you are a novice in an area does not mean you should not try it. It’s art. Art is subjective. Besides, if you mess up who cares? You can either toss it or gesso over it. With all of that being said I surprised myself with how well it turned out.

Everything I used to create this page is Dina Wakley Media except for the Stickles in the hair.

I did not come up with the title for this art page until the end. I did not even have a clue of what kind of words I would use on it. Then I realized that I almost did not do it because of fear, so “Fear is a Liar!” was it!

There are two things that I enjoy creating — landscapes and hair. I know completely opposite of each other, but true. I spent more time creating her hair than I did her face.

Here are the videos I used to learn how to draw this face.

I truly hope that this inspires you to venture out of your comfort zone and maybe face a few of your fears in art. You might just surprise yourself with what you can create!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Las Vegas Market

What is the Las Vegas Market?

I had the privilege of attending the Las Vegas Market Winter 2020 show. What is the Las Vegas Market? It is the world’s largest home decor, interior design, furniture and gift show in the industry held twice a year at the World Market in Las Vegas. There are three 16 story building full of show rooms showcasing the up and coming trends. The majority of these products are not available to the public right now, but they are what is going to be hot in 2020 – 2021. Here are a few pictures from the Las Vegas Market. To see all the pictures, full coverage as well as the companies these come from please follow my Instagram account.

Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with crafting. The trends we see in crafting are taken directly from what is hot in interior design. The crafting community is usually about a year or two behind what is being released in the interior design industry. This is a sneak peak of what will be hot in our industry in the near future.

Upcoming Trends for 2020

The 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue. I noticed that gold is being paired with blue instead of silver. In fact, I did not see much silver at all. A clean white palette will make a sharp comeback. Remember the days when having white walls was “out”? Well, white walls are back! The farmhouse style is changing too! Instead of silver and gray it is gold and black. Tribal pieces are not going to be seen much anywhere, but vibrant tropical will be everywhere. Pink Blush will be paired with Classic Blue a lot. The fabric I saw the most of was velvet and faux white fur. White furry chairs, benches and pillows are going to be big. The 1960’s couch and chairs seem to be making a comeback with a twist — scalloped edges. Fresh flowers full of color and greenery were everywhere! The southwest vibe was still present, but not center stage like is has been in 2017-2019. Surprisingly, unicorns, rainbows and sloths are still going to be around for awhile. I saw them everywhere! Snarky sassy humor is taking a center stage in stationary and gifts.

Bringing it Back to Crafting

I was inspired by the Market and wanted to bring it full circle into my craftroom. Therefore, I created this “Mood Board” type journal page to refer to over the next year.

Here are a few up close pictures:

I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to live creatively in your life!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

Lovely Legs

Have you heard of the Lovely Legs stamps? I saw them about a year ago and thought they were pretty cool. I hesitated purchasing any at that time because let’s face it, I need stamps like I need a hole in my head. A year later I see several sets that I just could not pass up. Here are two projects I made with two of those stamps.

Mama You’ve Got This

There is something beautiful about a woman breastfeeding that I adore. When I saw this stamp I had to have it. Of course I could not get away from my bright colors and shaded it accordingly.

Our Differences Are Beautiful Art Journal Page

I thought I would use this stamp first on a card, but it ended up in my art journal. I used the 6 by 6 Dina Wakeley Art Journal. I gessoed the pages first, layered on paper, adhered collage paper, painted some more and white gessoed an area for my stamped image. Once the gesso dried I stamped my image and water colored it in. I used the pages to clean my brush and put the title in the opposite corner

I have two other Lovely Legs stamps that I purchased that I will share soon!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How To Create in a Black Art Journal

A few years ago I ran across a black art journal and just had to have it. I liked it because it was different. Once I got it home I played in it a few times and then set it down. This was not intentional. I had every aspiration to use the entire thing, but I started to draw a blank on what to do in it.

That all changed when Faber-Castell sent me a box of goodies to use for a hop with Rita Barakat. One of the products they sent me were gelatos. I knew I had to try them in my art journal! They also sent WHITE pens! To my delight they work beautifully on black paper.

The Details Behind the Art

To create this page I used this stencil by Rita Barakat and attached the lines with the white pen by Faber-Castell. To color in the image I used a few different techniques with the gelatos. It was fun to see how different the colors interacted with the dark paper versus white paper.

Here is another project I created with a Rita Barakat stencil!

It is my favorite piece and sits on display in my craft room.

Supplies

Tell me in the comments if you use stencils in your art. What is your favorite?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

I Want to be a Weed In a Field Of Flowers

Flowers are pretty and they smell heavenly, but I have a black thumb and have a hard time keeping them alive. As a kid my Dad used to have me pull the weeds that grew up in the cracks of his driveway. I never understood how they would repeatedly come back with no water, constantly getting run over by cars and not to mention the pavement that was on them.

As I grew older I started to respect the weeds more so than the flowers. Flowers are fragile and sensitive. Weeds are stubborn and persistent. If a rose does not bloom it requires a change of environment. Weeds just grow. Pull them out by their roots and burn them. Chances are they are going to grow back. I want to be a weed!

Be A Weed — Not A Flower

In a field of flowers I want to be the weed that blooms where ever it pleases regardless of the conditions. I had to document it in my art journal and reflect on it when life gets tough — and life always will have hard times.

To create the background I used Rita Barakat Art Foamies, Plaid paint, and Aladine paste, mists and ink.

For the sentiment, I wrote it on a piece of Tissue Paper. I did a white wash with Gesso and water in the spot the sentiment would go. Once it dried, I used Collage medium to adhere it. By doing so it allowed the background to pop through and blending in nicely.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Aladine and Rita Barakat Have Teamed Up!

Aladine is a wonderful French company that specializes in different mediums. They have mists, ink, pigment, texture paste and glitter paint! I first saw them at Creativation 2019 demoing the glitter paint.

I tried researching more on the products they carry, but came up with nothing. When I was asked to participate in this collaboration between Aladine and Rita Barakat I jumped at it! I spent days playing with everything they sent me and put together an extensive video on it all here:

Plenty of Fish

With all those lovely samples made during the video I created this in my art journal:

For the background I used the pigment ink, water and stencil brush to cover the background. I misted a bubble stencil over the page and finally added some more bubbles with the texture paste. I created a trail of bubbles with the sample sheets created on the video. The mermaid was colored with the liquid pigment and rubbing alcohol. The sentiment has been rolling around in my head for quite some time. I am so happy to finally have it documented.

Make sure you hop through to the other designers to see their projects. Leave comments along the way for more chances to win!

Hop List:

Rita Barakat

Martha Lucia Gomez Hernandez

Betz Golden

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Walking in my Shoes

I fell in love with the new Dyary line from Dylusions. Well, let’s face it…I like everything Dylusions comes out with! However, this month they released an amazing new large planner! Now, I need another planner like I need a hole in my head. However, her planners (that she calls Dyary) are awesome because they have her beautiful background pages in them. I hate my handwriting and need lines to write, so I thought this would make a great Quotes journal!

Here are the links to the supplies I used to create this into page into my journal:
I am starting a new series on my channel, Behind the Art, in which I am creating. The camera is above my work station and I have sped up the video and turned off the sound. My first episode was creating this! Please check it out and leave me some feedback. Do you like it? How do you feel about no sound? Was it to fast or just right? 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!