Friday, June 7, 2013

Art Journal: Celebrate with Color

celebrate with color art journal wm

Okay, I am now ready to admit it. I DO NOT LIKE spray inks. I’ve tried to like them, I really have. I have used them several times, in several different ways. I have watched tutorials, I have jumped on the bandwagon of “spray inks are awesome.” But I’m jumping off. (I do that, you know—I re-evaluate; I don’t just stick with something because I once decided to try it…) So, I say it: I hate spray inks, and I don’t intend to use them again (does anyone want to buy some used sprays—I have several).

Recently I bought a new little jar of jewelry cleaner from Wal Mart. As I was about to toss the old one, I noticed the little holder inside could work as a stencil. So, I brought out the spray inks (that was back before my final decision), opened up a blank journal page and sprayed. It did work (still didn’t like it). So, I was left with an art journal spread with some cool circle stencil sprays and lots of overspray (did I mention I do not like spray inks). While I CAN do beginnings of backgrounds and leave them for some time, I CANNOT leave them for a long time, because… I just can’t.

So, yesterday I opened to the jewelry-cleaner-jewelry-holder-spray-ink page and finished it. I am taking the 21 Secrets online class from Dirty Footprints Studio and was reminded by Cathy Bluteau that flowers cut from scrapbook paper and titles cut from magazines make great collage elements. (I did not do her project, I just borrowed some of her ideas.)

I added some old book text and music, washi tape, and doodled a bit. I stamped some with Archival Ink, swiped around the edges with my new Sharpie Mean Streak (love it!), and called it done.

I like the page just fine. I still don’t like spray inks. Any offers on my stash? LOL!

Linking to

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge with “S” (stencils, spray ink, stamps, sink of spray inks)

Anything But a Card Challenge #20 (used a found object for stencil, completed a UFO)


sara j said...

I absolutly love this page!! So bright and full of SUMMER. And hey, if it's not working for you, I say get rid of those sprays. I love the intense color of Dylusions, but have finally recognized if I use them in a background I have to seal it or they run EVERYWHERE. Its our work, we get to use whatever we want!! Have a great day.

LauraJane:) said...

way to go using the packaging for art..Happy pages!

Tameko said...

I love what you have done with this art journal spread! I totally understand about the spray inks...Some days I like them, and other days not so much. I am also taking 21 secrets, and I think its awesome that you used certain ideas for this project. Guess I need to get over there and check out some more classes!

Candy C said... your art journal pages. Wow lady. You are really creating some gorgeous pages and I love all of the sentiments that you've used on them. These pages are bright and fun. Love the tissue tape, too. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Beautiful pages Barbara!!! I love the color and the theme, and your sentiment is fabulous! Thank you so much for showing us your S inspiration this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Barbara - you say what you feel girl! I'm quite fond of spray inks but I have ruined a couple of projects with them so I know exactly where you're coming from! That said they really worked on this project - I love it. MMx

Suzanne C said...

Love the bright colors and the beautiful flowers on your lovely pages! Glad you were inspired to play along with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!