Monday, February 8, 2016

The Nontoxic Project: An Introduction

Hi everyone!

As promised, here is my newest project which will be ongoing for a while (hopefully, lol). But first, some background:

Before I discovered "art" journaling, I did old school journaling. lol I used to write a lot and when I was younger, I would keep a diary of sorts. I can't say I did it regularly and would rarely write off an entire book before starting a new one. (I loved shopping for journals and ended up with more journals than thoughts. lol) I still have a stack of these things. But there was one journal in particular that I wrote in until the end. It was back in 2003 and spanned almost the entire year.

I used to think that my journals would be fun for my kids to read through once I was gone. After all, I lived in the age of no cell phones, no internet, smoking was cool, and there was only one kid in my entire elementary school who was allergic to peanuts and we felt horrible that anyone should be deprived of peanut butter cups. lol

Until I started to read through my journal from 2003 (the future is here!) and decided that I would never let my kids or anyone else read it. It wasn't embarrassing...but it was...well...


It was full of the most hateful, ugly, mean and disgusting things I had read about anyone. And the worst part was, this was me talking to me. This was me telling me everything wrong with me, real or imagined. It was the most toxic thing I've ever read and there was no way I was leaving this behind when I was gone.

So what do I do with it? I caught the spark to flip through these old things in the first place by this exchange with Mandy Steward on her Instagram. But I didn't want to just throw it away, not only would it be out there in the universe somewhere but now I wouldn't know where it was. lol I could have ripped it up and shredded it I suppose...but instead, I decided to remake it. To make it make something toxic into something nontoxic. It was time to detox. Which led to this:

Welcome to The Nontoxic Project!

I decided it was time to clean out and reclaim by getting rid of the toxic things I've been clinging to for so long. Whether it's pictures, letters, journals, whatever, if it's toxic, it's time for it to hit the road. Or hit my creative space in this case. lol I wanted to completely alter this toxic book into something beautiful and creative. Maybe not "uplifting" per se, but definitely NONTOXIC. And here is the toxic journal in question:

Of course, altering things with mixed media is loads of fun so I'm looking forward to this a LOT. And this journal was really cool too, it had this neat burlap cover and the pages were those handmade style pressed heavy papers, loved it! Too bad the crap I wrote on it stunk. LOL

I've already started making this Book of Yuck new again and I'll be sharing everything I do to it right here on the blog. :D I hope you will share this journey with me and even better, would you like to join me? Do you have toxic things on your shelves or in your drawers (dresser drawers not the, you know, underwear kind) that needs a detox? Let's do this together! If this inspires you, pick it up and run with it! In fact, feel free to use this graphic in your posts:

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Whatever you do, please do share with me!!! Leave a link in the comments, send me an email, @ me on Twitter or Instagram, let's clean out and reclaim together! :D

Time to detox...mixed media style! :D

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Night Fab Five: How To Do Art Stuff

So this post went up on Thursday for some reason. LOL Oh well!

Hi everyone! Wow, it's been a while on this, right? lol No matter, I'm back now with another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I like, love or like just not in that way for the week. This week I'm going to share some cool artsy tutorial/walkthrough videos I found on You Tube. I've been looking around to find new things to try and although I haven't done every thing in all of these videos (yet), I thought I'd share ones I enjoyed watching recently. :D

1. 10 Basic Background Techniques for Art Journaling from Jodi Thompson

Link to video

I really loved this video and cannot WAIT to try some of this stuff. With every step I kept saying, "Wait, but that was awesome don't cover it up!!!" Then after she was done I kept saying, "Of course!" Lots of good techniques here and they look like fun all layered like this.

2. Art Journal - Layering Technique from Iris Fritschi-Cussens

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This is the same video I referenced in my Mixed Media Space Oddity but it bears repeating, this one was a lot of fun to do! I would love to try it again after I get a gelli plate. I will definitely be using masking tape more often in my journals!

3. River Song Tardis Journal | DIY from ellawelly

Link to video

Being a big Doctor Who fan and a big book/journal fan, I really really really want to give this one a try soon! If nothing else, I'd love to start making my own art journals...or at least make one once. lol

4. Dylusions Art Journaling Creating a Page - Part 1 from Ranger Ink

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An oldie but goodie, this is what sparked a lot of my art journal backgrounds. I basically had a bunch of ink sprays and had no clue how to use them. lol I love this video and still use the ink/smoosh technique for most of my backgrounds. lol

5. Scrap Time - Ep. 657 - Art Journaling Techniques with Dyan Reaveley from ScrapTimeVideos

Link to video

Another video with Dyan, I just LOVE watching things come together. In the past I've wondered how in the world people can create these beautiful layers that build up into beautiful projects. This video is a great walkthrough and I really like the gesso stenciling.

And there you have it, an all new Friday Night Fab Five! What were your favorites this week?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mixed Media Space Oddity

Hi everyone!

I have an art journal page for you today! It's full of layers and spacey goodness. lol In fact, let's get in the mood:

Okay, good. So I've been roaming around You Tube looking for new things to learn/try in my art journal. When I go AJ, I tend to be more "art" and less "journal". lol I call it art journaling because I'm journaling art, not necessarily my life or anything. lol Anyway, where was I? Oh right, to You Tube!

I found this neato layering video, I followed a lot of what she demonstrated except for using a gelli plate., I don't have one of those. lol (Soon, my pretty, SOON.)

(Here's a direct link to the video on You Tube.)

I really like how she started with tape and I'm always down to use paint on a paper tube. lol So off I went!

That was easy!
Then I sprayed over the tape with some Dylusions ink spray. I also smooshed the pages together to start another background for later. lol

I added some turquoise circles with the paper roll, then added Distress Stain around the edge of the page and splattered with more Dylusions ink spray.

I did some chalk ink stenciling with punchinella and once everything was dry, added more ink splatters.

Since I didn't have the gelli plate to finish off the background like in the video, I just kept picking at it until I made myself finish it up. lol I Mod Podged on a piece of sheet music with the words, "Oh I will take you back" with some burlap and punchinella and a fireworks labels. The sparkly thingie in the corner was a brad I attached to the burlap/punchinella.

I also went back over the sheet music, burlap and punchinella with the paper roll, to make it look like it's a part of the whole thing. lol

Sometimes it's hard for me to leave a lot of space and/or call something finished. A lot of times I think, well, it's good but I feel like there should be MORE. lol Do I add more or do I stop? This time I decided to stop. lol

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy 2016! Late! lol

Hello everyone!

Well, obviously I'm wishing you a happy new year very late but I hope you're having a good 2016 so far anyway! lol One of my goals for this year is to blog more often. I left it for a while and am finally starting to feel the urge again *urge to blog...rising...* lol

Blogging for as long as I have (and taking a break for as long as I have) has been interesting. Some of the people I used to "blog with" i.e. visit have moved on to other things while some are still writing and creating and doing all sorts of fun things. Ah, the good old days of bloggy tribes, blog parties and daily promenading around the blog-o-sphere. lol I started this blog (under its original name) when Toot was 8 months old I believe. She turns 8 YEARS old this year while Zippy will turn 5 and I live in continuous disbelief and denial. lol

Seriously, my girls are this old now. HOW???

So I've been around for while. >.> Still using Blogger, still gluing stuff to other stuff and hookin' with yarn as much as possible. I stopped all that for a while...once my little brother died, everything felt...I don't even know, just off I guess. But I miss the old days of blogging, my "tribe", my daily haunts and sanctuaries. A lot has happened since this and I hope to revitalize this blog, if for no other reason that to document me talking to myself. LOL

Fortunately, I love talking to myself so what better time than now? So I have some projects up my sleeve, lots more crochet, art journaling and covering things with other things. This is one of the projects I'm working on that I am excited about:

I can't wait to share this with you!

But more about that later...

Until then, I hope to get my virtual and creative act together, start visiting blogs again and sharing my own creative journey...and I sincerely hope you join me!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hobbity Birdsong

Hi everyone!

I've got another shawl for you to take a peek at, for this one I used another gorgeous colorway from Vivid Fiber Arts called Birdsong.

The pattern is a new one from MADuNaier on Ravelry called Crossing the Brandywine. She has created an ebook of Hobbit inspired shawl patterns so this shawl was a win-win-win-win for me (crochet? check. awesome yarn? check. shawl pattern? check. shawl pattern inspired by one of my favorite books? check.)

Funny story: I was almost finished with this shawl when I realized that it was more shallow than I like my shawls to be. So I ripped it (otherwise known as "frogging") all out and started over to make it deeper (that's what she said). More work for me, but worth it in the end! :D

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