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Tree Art Journal Page: Day 2

The completed page

  •  I painted a scallop design and a tree with gesso. The stawberry was drawn on a scap piece of card with my micron pen


  •  Next I outlined the scallops and tree with micron pens and stabillo black pencil crayon. I also used Derwent Sketching pencil (light wash). I painted the tree trunk with acrylics and water color pencil crayons 


  • I glued down the text with a glue stick, painted the strawberry with twinkling H2O’s, cut it out and also glued it down.


  • Now came the fun part adding more acrylic paint to the tree to create leaves. I used some Walnut ink dabber to tone down the words and also to add an antique effect to the scallop. I added words to the tree with micron pens. I added a flourish to the side with my pens. With a bit of washed down paint I created a block below the strawberry so I could write my words and have them show up a wee bit better. Using the pen I added a few more embellishments. Did you notice I used the “jack” design in the lefthand corner? A few weeks ago I was staring at my bedding and noticed a pattern I liked and decided to use it in a journal page one day! Voila! I did!


If you are wondering about the thinking process behind “hang up your sunshine” here it is: Originally I thought I’d add small sunshines hanging all over the tree (to make the random phrase make sense). But then I thought hanging up your sunshine is a way to create your own happiness – pay attention to and hang up whatever makes you happy – the simple things. I just happen to like strawberries and a few of them were lying on the counter as I was about to make yogurt, granola and fruit for lunch. So the strawberry found it’s way there and also I have enjoyed hugging and touching one particular tree in the local park so this was a way to pay tribute to the tree.

I hope you have played along with me and if you did post a link to your journal page (whether its on your blog or on your flickr site) for us to see! Thanks! Xo

The Upstart Crow Art Journaling class

I am teaching a class tomorrow at the Upstart Crow called Journal Bliss – it’s all about Art Journaling step by step. There are still a few spaces left so check out the link if you are interested! Should be a fun class.

There is another great article up on the Meylah blog about taking shots of your artful products. I know that I have struggled with taking photos and making my art look as interesting as possible. Check it out! You might need some pointers for your etsy shop or just for taking more interesting photos to post on your blog.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Love, Violette xoxo

Art Journal Challenge


Art Journal Challenge

I thought it might be fun to post an art journal challenge today. If you like you can play along with me and post the links to your journal pages (or ATC’s or canvases or whatever you make of this challenge) in the comments section. I’ll probably take two days to do it since i’m working on other stuff as well. I’ll show you the work in progress too! Sometimes it helps to jumpstart your creativity by having some prompts. In the above photo I’ve chosen:

  • an action – credit card for scraping paint
  • a textural making tool – bubble wrap
  • a word or phrase to fashion the page around
  • and a couple of “things” to incorporate (i’ve chosen a strawberry and a tree-twig of all things)


What you could do is have 4 containers, either tins or boxes or whatever pleases you. In each container you can put words that: 1. contain an action (scrap, texture, antique, smoosh, stamp) 2. names of texture making tools 3. words or phrases or quotes (clipped from magazines or typed out) 4. names of things such as: trees, people, faces, fruits, vegetables, flowers, shoes, vase, car, bike, trailer, hand, nose, mouth, tools like hammer, screwdriver etc.

I think you get my drift right? All you do is use the words or things as jumping off points. For example I may or may not use the magazine clipped phrase “ hang up sunshine” as is or I might just incorporate those words in the text on my journal page.

This is a good exercise because it gets your creative juice flowing – the more you do things like this the better you get at it. Don’t freak out or anything, this is supposed to be fun – you won’t be graded on it (I promise!). Before you know it you’ll be in the flow and ideas, techniques and spontaneous ramblings will spring from your fingers! If you are interested in learning more about “flow” check out Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Finding Flow – fabulous book about learning about the joys of completely being engrossed in a task. Have fun with it! xo

I thought I would share with you what’s been going on…..Mr. G was in a go-kart incident (his words), cracked some ribs and as a result of tensing himself, he put his back out – ouch – so I’ve been kind of looking after him, taking him to chiropractor appointments and just pampering him a bit. It’s kind of put my schedule off but I’m still managing to get some stuff done! When I get overwhelmed by all of the things I “Should” be doing I tell myself to relax, that it will all get done and to put things in their proper perspective.

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