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The Five Days of Frogs: Day 5 – Spray frog


In this piece I decided to spray paint the frog through the stencil – i’m not sure if i’m too cranked about spray painting but thought i’d give it a whirl. Sorry I was unable to show you the steps I took due to my camera batteries dying. Anyways here is what I did which might not be apparent by looking at the art journal page:

Step 1: I used a piece of watercolour paper since I wanted to put a wash of acrylics (fluid acrylics) and have it workable (cardstock would just absorb the wash right away). While the background was still wet I placed a piece of saran wrap (plastic) on the page and smooched it and then removed it – some of the colour came off leaving a bit of a crinkly effect.

Step 2: I placed the stencil over the background and sprayed though it with very toxic spray paint I had lying around. It would probably be best to use a non-toxic spray paint – I believe Duncan has some. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Step 3: Next I cut out some scrap painted papers (some were dyed paper towels) to form a scallop border – I adhered the pieces to the journal page.

Step 4: I wrote the words “The Handsome Prince” on a piece of graph paper, edged it with a Stabillo black pencil and then attached it to the page with two miniscule (don’t you love that word?) brads.

Step 5: I drew a vine and grass with Copic markers and accented the images a bit with micron pens. The words were written in micron pens too and highlighted with Copic markers.

Step 6: I cut out a wee door on the frog’s body. On a scrap piece of card I wrote the words “save yourself”. I taped the scrap to the back of the journal page so that it would line up with the door.

What I did not do which I think i’ll add now is a safety pin and put the words “save me” next to it. I love the look of rich textured add ons especially if they fit in with the theme of the journal page!

I hope you have enjoyed the Five Days of Frogs. It’s been a challenge for me – not that I have difficulty coming up with ideas (I have a kajillion of them) but because I made the journal pages in the morning before blogging and before I am coherent. So like I said it was a challenge!

Podcast interview

Last night’s podcast interview with Tina Ferguson was the best ever……i mean I totally felt I could be myself – I talked about art and spirituality which I feel are inextricably linked. Some interviewers bring out the best in people and Tina is definitely one of those folks. You’ll be able to listen to the interview if you go here and click on the episode “Embracing your Inner Eccentric”.  Thanks Tina for the wonderful opportunity to share with your listeners.

You can still enter to win my class Bohemian Bliss by going to Wendy’s Craft Dinner (if you haven’t already entered the other contest – your name is automatically entered).  We’ll be drawing a name on Monday.  Good luck.

I hope you all have a marvelous weekend.  I am going to be celebrating my birthday with friends and also celebrating a few “gemini’ friend’s special day over at Nicci’s place!  Should be fun!

Five Days of Frogs: Day 4 – doodle

I have always been a huge Kermit the Frog fan (well – Jim Henson fan actually) so decided to go with one of kermit’s songs – It’s not easy being green. I had thought about using the song “Jeremiah was a bullfrog…..” but then decided to go with Kermit instead since I LOVE him so much. I could have googled “Quotes with frogs in them”…….and i’m sure I would have come up with tons of quotations to fashion a page around. Do you see how easy it is to make a page around one idea? There are so many possibilities! Enough with the talking and on with the tutorial!

I tried to use the positive image of my stencil and paint around it rather unsuccessfully I might add – the twinkling H2O colours seeped under the frog – it would be better to use acrylic paints for this step however since I knew I was going to do lots of doodling the watercolour background is a better option.

Step 1: using the positive image of the frog I painted around the image with watercolour paints (twinkling H2O’s).

Step 2: Trace your frog onto another piece of cardstock, ink it in and the colour in with watercolour pencil crayons.

Step 3: Activate the colours by adding water to them – this heightens the colours.

Step 4: I went over the outline with a sharpie pen so that I could more easily cut out the frog.

Step 5: On your painted background begin doodling designs and writing words which appeal to you and make you happy :). I used Micron pens for this step.

Step 6: Add foam tape to the back of the frog to add dimension.

Step 7: Add your frog to your page and voila! You’re done!

I plan on sewing this page into a handmade book but will most likely reinforce the frogs leg so it won’t bend too much. The shimmery-ness of the twinkling H2O’s doesn’t allow you see how bright the black is on the page. Trust me – it looks better in real life!

Interview tonite with Tina Ferguson!


I’ll be interviewed tonite by Tina Ferguson – Intuitive Life with The Queen of Dreams at 6 pm PST . Please join me – you can call in or listen later if you’re not able to tune in! It should be a fun chat – you just never know what Tina will be asking me.

The Five Days of Frogs: Day 3 – Texture

Okay so i decided to do a textured frog using my stencil today. 

Step 1:  I applied Modelling paste through the stencil with a palette knife. 

Step 2: I let it dry over night.

Step 3:  I gessoed the frog to seal it and then added bit so collage pieces to the page – book text and painted papers.

Step 4:  I printed out a photo of myself and adhered it to the page.  Then i painted most of the page with greens, blues and white acrylic paints.

Step 5: I placed the stencil ontop of my page and painted the frog through the stencil.

Step 6:  I added some painted scallops, talk bubble, talking swirl for the frog and some graphite accents to the frog, scallops and talk bubble.  I glued some painted papers to the face and then wrote my text with micron pens.

Yesterday was not the greatest day – i was in a funk and couldn’t get out of it………so rather than try and be all shiny, happy and fake i thought i’d take this opportunity to Journal about it – art journaling as you know can be oh so theraputic!

Leaping Frog Stencil tutorial

I thought i would share with you another fun way to add dimension and variety to your art journal pages by creating a stencil!

Find the image that you like on google image search (i used the words “leaping frog”), save it and bring into photoshop (or any photo editing program) and adjust the size.  Print it out in grayscale.

Place a piece of graphite or carbon paper underneath your image and on top of your piece of cardstock and begin tracing over the design.

You now have a lovely image transfered onto cardstock

With an exacto knife carefully begin cutting out your design.  I say carefully because some little bunny got bored and sliced off part of the design.  But don’t worry – all was not lost since a piece of scotch tape saved the day!

Voila!!!!!!  Hooray!  You now have a positive and negative frog image! Now don’t be too quick to throw either piece out – you’ll be wanting to save both so you can create some fun mixed media and art journaling pages.

As many of you know i’m crazy about crows (they are my totem) so i created a crow stencil.  You can find this stencil in my book Journal Bliss. What i did here was use both the positive and negative image….in crow number one i used the cut out crow, carefully taped him onto my page and with a sponge brush applied paint by pulling it away from the crow stencil.  In crow number 2 i placed the image of the page with the negative cutout and then applied paint on the inside by pouncing a paper towel soaked with paint (you can use a sponge too).

The Five Days of Frogs

Starting on Monday i’m challenging myself to create a page a day using the frog stencil – both positive and negative images in a variety of ways.  I’m going to call it “The Five days of Frogs”. You are welcome to play along with me using any stencil you desire – you can post links to your images in the comments section so we can check them out.

How i came up with the frog stencil idea

Now some of you out in blogland might be interested to know where i got the idea to create a frog stencil…..i’m glad you wondered because i’m always wondering “Gee……i wonder where they came up with that idea?  What is the genesis of the piece of art?” So yesterday i’m walking at my local park and for the past several weeks i’ve been checking to see if the frogs have emerged from their murky hibernation in the mud. No frogs……how disappointing. But yesterday as i approached the pond a frog made a squeaking noise and jumped into the pond!  I was so delighted…….and then another frog jumped and another.  So i thought to myself “Hey, i should create a leaping frog stencil and create some journal pages with it.  It’s a wy of honouring the frogs that i love so much!”  So that’s how it all came to be!

Contest – still have time to enter!

You still have until monday to enter the contest for a book and online class.  Make sure you HOP on over to Wendy’s Craft Dinner to post your comment and here too! While you are over at Craft Dinner please check out the interview that Wendy has posted! Thank you Wendy for taking the time to interview.  I have really enjoyed getting to know you better the past couple of weeks!  It’s so neat to meet another kindred spirit.

Happy Weekend everyone!  Have fun with your loved ones.

Love, Violette xo

Graffiti inspired I-pod case tutorial

Kaya, Torren and Talia with their creations

Talia used sequin waste to add texture and then she stamped on circles and created a starburst design with the edge of a credit card.  Cool!

Cheno with her i-pod cover – she is about to write on a phrase with micron pens.

Yesterday Kaya, Torren, Talia and Chenoa (Chenoa, Talia and Torren are siblings) came over for a craft day – the two older girls made i-pod cases and the two younger kids made bags to be used as purses or in Torren’s case as a camoflage Indiana Jones carry-all.  The kids had lots of fun and so did i!

The following project first appeared on the Art Glitter blog and i thought it was appropriate to repeat it here for you!

I often like to create my own purses and accessories so when I recently received an i-touch (like an i-pod) for my birthday I thought I would create a glittery case to house it in. Why not make matching accessories? With this graffiti fabric painting recipe you can make a few at a time, one for you and several to give away as gifts. Which glitzy gal wouldn’t adore to own this sparkly pouch? This same idea could be used to create a case for glasses as well.


Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (DDC)
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque #299 Celery
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque #70 Moondust
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque #263 Bright Gold
Cotton muslin
Assorted colors of folk art paint
Gesso or latex paint (I used pink)
Sewing machine, thread
Bull clip
Discarded credit card
Wooden skewer

1. Cut a piece of cloth approximately 12” x 12”. Basecoat it with gesso (I use latex paint).
2. Squirt paint on randomly (use 2 or 3 colors) and using a discarded credit card scrape it in a random fashion covering as much of the fabric as you like.
3. With a wooded skewer splatter and drizzle thinned down white gesso on your piece of scrap painted fabric. Let dry naturally or blow dry painted fabric.

4. Cut 3 pieces of fabric – 5 ¼ ” x 3 ¾ (front of case), 7” x 3 ¾”(back) and one long piece 12′ x 2”(for pleated ruffle). Adjust the size of your fabric according to the size of your i-pod.
5. With your sewing machine zigzag stitch around the top of the pouch pieces. Put wrong sides together and zigzag down the sides and bottom.
6. Paper pleat the 12” x 2” piece and add a drop of DDC adhesive in each fold – you are pleating the long strip. Use a bull clip to hold the fanned piece until it dries. Remove clip and form a circle with your fan and glue. You might have to clip it together until it dries.


7. Run a thin bead of adhesive along the edge of your circular fan. Dip edges into glitter, which has been mixed (the celery and moondust). I poured out the glitter onto a piece of cardstock and dipped the edges of the pleated circle embellishment into it coating evenly.
8. Set aside and then cut a star, heart or any other simple shape from your painted fabric scrap. Coat with DDC adhesive and then coat with bright gold ultrafine opaque glitter.

9. When your embellishments are completely dry then you can adhere the star to the circular pleat and then the entire embellishment to the case using DDC adhesive. I didn’t add Velcro to the flap however you could if you liked.

Note: Make sure to tap off all of the excess glitter.

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