Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dina Wakley Mixed Media Artist Interview.

Hi friends,
I found this wonderful interview on Pinterest from Dina Wakley on Mixed Media.  I thought it tied in nicely with the little mixed media series I've been doing.  The only thing Dina talks about, that I disagree with, is that Dina says that: "scrapbooking is on a downward trend".   I'd like to think that's not true, and that it will always be a "trending" craft. So bare with me while I go off on a little soapbox here... With  the accesibility of cell phone cameras, people will forever have photos to scrapbook, (wether it its digitally, or on actual paper). And if they don't scrapbook, they always want to put the photos into albums and preserve those memories. If you are preserving memories, you are scrapbooking!  My mom is a prime example of this...
   N My mom was never very good about organizing or putting our family photos into albums, and she always says that is one if her biggest regrets in life.  With four children you can imagine the number of photos she has, and they were taken in a world when dates were not printed on the back of the photo. And photos were not stored into cell phones, facebook, iCloud, or downloaded onto a computer.  If you go to my parents house there is always one or two tables dedicated to organizing family photos and putting them into albums. At 75, this is an on going project now for my mom.   So while she is not on the "scrapbooking trend",  she still is on her OWN scrapbooking trend, preserving her memories in her own way.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that everyone has memories to preserve and that scrapbooking will always help preserve those memories, wether you are the type of crafter who needs all the cutesy embellishments on the scrapbook pages (like me!) or you just want to organize the photos into albums or photo boxes, you are scrapbooking!

So embrace it folks, scrapbooking is here to stay!

 Enjoy the video!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Spy

My current desk situation.  We should play a game of "I Spy!"

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Starting a New Art Journal Book

     So we've been back from Sedona for almost two weeks now, and while I have been posting on my blog, starting a new little series on mixed media, I haven't been doing much creating.  Part of me feels like I lost some of my "mojo", the other part of me says that it's been super busy, but that's no excuse....we're all busy!
     In any event, whatever was going on, it took an all day kind of rainy day yesterday (and I mean terrential down pour all day rain) to get me back up to my craft room and spend a few hours at my desk!  Having had a chance to do some reflecting, I think part of my lack of motivation, if you will, was due in part to a new journal book that was waiting for me to start filling up! I know it sounds wierd that an empty book with empty pages does this to you, (or me) but it did! And I have done some reading trying to justify that what happened to me happens to many other crafters out there!  I'm going call this issue that many of us crafters experience, "empty book syndrome"!
     But, I finally took the plunge, and did my first page!!!!  While I was at my desk late yesterday afternoon, I was looking out my window, and decided to draw "the view".  Sarah had been fooling around outside and left an umbrella and her muck boots by the fence.  While the rain was beginning to end, I was able to capture the sky brining back the sunshine.   
     So here is what I drew!  I hope you like it!  I colored the picture with some things I hadn't had a chance to use like the gelatos, and my water color brush pens.  I will list all the items at the end of the post......I hope this gives you a chance to see what you can do with your art journals. 

                                       Remeber, that no idea and no page is wrong!
                                      Getting the idea onto the page is the first step
                                to filling up your book with all kinds of endless creativity!

The quote says: "When there is ran make some sunshine"

And here's my list:

Copic Markers  (Chao and Sketch):  G09, E35, E57, E79, Y35, G14
Derwent Color Pencils: Brown Orange 0260, Red Oxide 1910
Prisma Color Pencils:Warm Grey 1056, 1054
Pro Art Charcol Pencil
Gelato's: Blueberry, Lemon, Black, Red Cherry, Tangerene
Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens:  Carolina Blue, Harbor Green, Apple Red, 
                                         Primary Yellow, Burnt Umbar

 I used the copic markers for the grass and hay in the back of the field.  The color pencils were used for the fence and the clouds. The gelatos were used on the umbrella.  The charcol pencil on the outline of the fence, puddle and muck boots.   The watercolor pens were used on the puddle, muck books and raindrops.

Have a fabulous day~I am trying to get back to a regular blog posting scheudle, so I will be posting two maybe three more times this week. Please comment below with any questions or comments.  And don't forget to follow Anne's Scrap Corner


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Art Journal Ideas

As we continue on our mixed media journey, here is a list I have compiled of journaling ideas for your book.  These are just some prompts to give you inspiration.  THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO JOURNAL ART.  Just your way.  Some crafters like their books to be theme based, others do not.  It's totally up to you!!   As always, please leave a comment below if you have questions, and if you like what you see, please follow me!!!!!

1.  Travel
2.  Love 
3.  Family 
4.  All About Me 
5.  Wedding
6.  Music 
7.  Song Inspiration: a word, song title, lyric, verse, artist or album
8.  School:  high school, college
9.  Months
10.  Seasons
11.  Alphabet
12.  Bucket list of things you'd like to do or travel to
       13.  Lists
14. Scripture Verse 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Supply List for Mixed Media Beginners

Happy Wednesday!  Todays tutorial, if you will, is on the much awaited supply list for those of you
who are wanting to try mixed media for the first time!   While this list is rather lengthy, I will say  that if you are a crafter you probably have most of these items, so you won't have to do a big shopping haul anywhere.  What you don't have you can easily find at Micheals Arts & Crafts, AC Moore, JoAnne's, Hobby Lobby, and good old Amazon.  As I talk about the list I will suggest some brand names that I like to use so that it will give you some direction in what you are looking for.  

Any questions, please don't hesitiate to leave a comment below and I will try to answer it the best I can.  I am by no means, an expert, just an experienced hobbiest!  

So without any further ado, here we go:

1.  Gesso:  You will want to use this to prime your paper.  It makes your paints last longer.
2.  Mod Podge:  Most crafters use this for decoupage, but it is quite versitile, and you can use it for                               almost all kinds of crafting.  It's not as thick as gesso, and a little goes a long way!
3.  Acrylic Paints:  You don't have to go fancy expensive with these.  I love the Tim Holtz Dylusion                                  Paints.  Their colors are bright, and work well with water.
4.  Paint Brushes:  You'll want a super big one to use wiht the mod podge and gesso.  The rest can be                                  medium size and small.
5.  Ink Pads
6.  Stamps
7.  Templates/Stensils
8.  Mists:  (If you don't want to spend the money on these, you can easily mix some acrylic color    paints with water, put it in a spray bottle and get the same effect.
9.  Markers:   for writing ontop of paint.  Sharpies, and Copic markers are great for this! (If you're looking for a white marker, 
10.  Paint Tray
11.  Mixed Media Artist Journal:  Something with at least 120 pound watercolor paper in it.
12.  Paper Towels

Hope that will get you started.  I will post again, either Friday or Saturday to give you some ideas to think about what you want to journal on.  In the mean time I am meeting with a web designer, and am hoping to come up with a new logo and new design....!  Have a great couple of days!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Motivation Monday

Since I started a series of mixed media blog posts on Friday,
 I thought I'd give you a little inspiration for  this Monday!!!!
Couldn't resist this one that I found on Pinterest this morning!!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mixed Media For beginners

Hi everyone!

After ignoring the whole mixed media craze, I have finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about!   I joined a Document Life Group, at my local scrapbook store, and I have to say, I have fallen in love with mixed media!  It's a different way of playing with all the scrapbook stuff you already have, and it has turned me on to watercolor painting, embracing the use of stencils and it has allowed me to learn how to make my own scrapbook paper!!!

So while I'm slow on the uptake, I also know there are many of you who have also still not gone ver to "the other side".  So I thought I'd share a tutorial on mixed media for beginners.  Later in the week, I will post a video tutorial on some supplies you might want to purchase, and how to get started with all this.  Since summer is in full swing and life is still busy, I have decided to remove myself from all of my design teams, so hopefully this will give me more of a change to create things without deadlines!!!  We are back for a few weeks, and then headed to Maine and we are hoping to get Sarah a new horse in between everything else that is going on!  

Check back to see updates on our travels, day trips and of course our crafting time!
Have a wonderful weekend!!