Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Try New Things

Hello everyone and welcome to Nonna's Craft Corner!
Well, I finally did it - I took the Art Journal that I purchased several months ago off the shelf, pulled out all those pretty bottles of sprays and faced my fear - DOUBLE blank pages....eeeeekkkk!

I've had all the supplies for quite some time now and I've watched the videos, looked over the tutorials, scanned Pinterest, but still could not see myself putting a single page together...sigh.  I think the problem is that I don't see myself as an "artist" because I can't draw, I don't paint, heck...I don't even own an easel.  My sweet granddaughter refers to me as an artist - but then she still thinks I can do most anything (ahhh...sweet naivety)!  Back to my argument with myself - if I can't do any of those things AND don't own an easel - just who do I think I am buying an ART Journal?
Despite all the negative thoughts going on inside my head, I started going through some stamps looking for some inspiration.  I found some great sentiments, then I found the perfect image, and then I just went nuts with all those fun little bottles. And, before you know it - I was having FUN! 
Now, before I show you the photos, I have a disclaimer to make.  This Art Journal is not likely to remind you of any Art Journal you may have seen on Facebook, or Pinterest, or YouTube....but that's okay - it's MY Art Journal!  And you know what?  I may just become an artist when I grow up - or maybe a cowgirl, I haven't decided yet.......
 (click on photo to enlarge)

Okay - remember to be kind in your comments, please ♥

At this point I usually give you the "recipe" for my project, but this happened all too quickly and I'm not even sure how it happened to tell you the truth!  I did use my new supply of "Dylusions Ink Sprays".  I have about 6 or 7 colors and I think I must have used them all!

The sweet little Artist is "Artist Marci" from La-La Land Stamps.  I used a CTMH stamp for the sentiment on her easel.  (See, I told ya a real artist has an easel).  Most of the larger sentiments are from the Pink By Design "Subway Art" stamp set.

The butterflies and chevrons are from Close to my Heart stamp sets.

I used white acrylic paint and a stencil for the border in the top left corner.  The journal tag is from the "Journal It" stamp set by My Creative Time.

Now that I have my first couple of pages under my belt (and it didn't hurt a bit) I'm anxious to give it another try.  It's a messy process and I have an ink stain that looks very much like a huge bruise on my arm to prove it - but it's also lots of fun!  Maybe for my next page I'll do a cowgirl theme...hmmm....

Until next time,


  1. Would have never guess this was your first attempt. Turn out fantastic. Love the colors and the images are too cute. Look forward to seeing more.
    Have a creative day.
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  2. Looks amazing!!! love those colors, it is hard to try new things but I bet it was gratifying!

  3. How fun and such great results! Can't wait to see more!

  4. This is fabulous Tanya!!! I so love all of those colors and that darling little artist. And no, not all real artist have an easel. You don't and this is pure art!!! :)

  5. This is fabulous, Tanya! I love the randomness of it all and how it still works! I'm a bit timid when it comes to trying new things but this looks so fun! Glad you could enjoy yourself! :) ~hugs, Saundra

  6. Oh my goodness, Tanya! That is fabulous!! WOW! Love all the colours and fabulous words. You were way more adventurous than me - and a double spread to boot! Did you notice on mine it is spiral bound, so I can't do double spread :-) That's how adventurous I was :-) Wonderful and thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love the background and the pretty! Great job!

  8. I love it! You are so creative!! Love this journal. I think its fabulous!


  9. You are so cute. You did an AMAZING Job with your Art Journal I mean the colors alone are so pretty that immediately caught my attention. Love this and what a way to really make it your own. Awesome inspiration my friend.

  10. Tanya, this is gorgeous! I love the colors they are so pretty! The image is adorable and you colored it so lovely! Tanya, you are an incredible artist and I love your work :)
    Have a fantastic day!

  11. My dear sweet friend... you are an ARTIST!!!! There are ALL types of artists in the world and you my wonderful friend are amongst them! :o) Try and remember that even if you don't think you are... you truly are... and by this AMAZING piece of art work no less! I LOVE how it turned out! It's very cool with all the fun colors and stamps and that adorable image of a painter... Very COOL! Keep making more so I'll get up enough nerve to try it! ;o)

  12. Very happy colors!! I love it.
    Also, glad to know there are others who can't draw....or at least say they can't! I am sooooo not an artist, but I love the idea of an art journal!!!
    <3 J

  13. Gorgeous, Tanya! Love those colors. Made me feel good. This is your "happy" book. As an artist you rock!

  14. Tanya like some of the other ladies said oh la la you are an artist. This is so kewl looking, I really like the (all) colors. Your image is pretty kewl also. Your project shows that you were having fun!!!

  15. This is gorgeous! I think you are going to be a great art booker!

  16. This is absolutely gorgeous, Tanya!! The colors look amazing!! Dylusions inks are the best!! Your design and all of the details are just fabulous!! You ARE an artist!! Journals are so fun because there are no rules!! You did an awesome job!! I can't wait to see more from you!! Have a great day :)

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  17. let me start by saying your coloring of sweet little Artist Marci is fantastic. and your page looks great too...


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