Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hearts Art Journal Page

(click to see this full-sized)


After all that printing I had a lot of perforated edges from the paper pad I took apart. So of course I had to paint and stamp them :-)


Instant rainbow-hued texture.


Then I added some gesso to soften the edges.

Next I cut some hearts out of magazine pages, blocked them out with pale cream paint and painted the gesso teal. It was pretty random looking so the play part began and voila!

A little outline, journaling, paint splatters, letter stickers (thanks for the idea Donna Downey) and suddenly it made sense.

So my husband came over to the table and asked me in such a hopeful voice what motivating quote was I adding to my page.  I replied,

"In the end, people will judge you anyway"

LOL. 'Nihilist' is trouncing 'Perky' of late. *shrug*

Here's some close ups:



This is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge,

What are you known for?

I think I'm known for my brightly colored mixed-media work using lots of red, yellow, bright pink and orange. I also try to creatively recycle unusual paper waste in my projects (here the perforations) and I always add a lot of stamping to my backgrounds - this one used Stampers Anonymous Cling Rubber Stamps 2012 CLASSICS #6 Tim Holtz. In addition to this I usually add strips of printed quotes, some with a bit of an edge and a lot of stenciling.

Hope you enjoyed this :-)

Warmly,
~~~Nicole

Art Journal Every Day

19 comments:

My name is Erika. said...

Clever way to use up those nagging little paper edges. Love how the page came out-it is so cheery.

Jane Wetzel said...

looks good enough to eat! lol LOVE this!

Candy C said...

Nicole....I really love your art journal pages. I'm just getting into this genre and your piece is really inspiring. I love both the sentiments and the colorful pages you've so beautifully created! Fun textured background. Love the colors and the repetition of the big bright hearts! Nice job! Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

doingittheopenway said...

This page is absolutely gorgeous! I love the background, it looks kind of like a very whimsical cityscape. D x

Mary Walker Designs said...

You really transformed these pages

Winnie said...

Wow. Love the vibrant colors and the great background and your hearts. I have picked up A D.Reaveley journal, but haven't tried my hand at this yet.I can't wait to try now.

Mila said...

I like your page is very strong visual, and the combination of colors, I totally agree with your journal that phrase.
hugs

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fantastic journal pages , I love the wonderful colours and the hearts look fantastic as do the perforated edges in the background. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Kooky said...

What a glorious piece Nicole, it's so fresh and bright and I really like your use of junk. It's not even hidden but is a big part of the finished piece. Fabulous!

soapHOUSEmama said...

AMAZING work!!! Pinned it :)

Dianne said...

Love your use of the leftover paper bits...terrific texture and the end result is great!

Carolyn Dube said...

What fabulous-ness! I love how you created the texture in the first layer and it just keep getting more and more wonderful!

Anita Houston said...

LOVE!!!! Amazing process...love the strips of paper holes and hearts! Gorgeous color too! LOVE!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Tiff said...

I LOVE how you creatively recycle those scraps and weird shaped pieces!

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous page! I love your process!
Alison x

Candy C said...

Nicole....Yay! Congrats to you for being the lucky winner of Simon Says Stamp and Show's $50.00 credit voucher! I also loved your art journal pages! So, yay to you for winning the $ and also for having a special link for you blog. I hope that everyone who didn't see it will take a peek. It' wonderful! <3 Candy

Norma Gomez said...

OMGoodness Nicole, this art journal is AH-MAZING!! Love it, congrats on winning the Simon Says Challenge!!

Maura said...

Love your page!! Congrats at SSS!!!

Gez Butterworth said...

Stunning ♥♥