Sunday, July 28, 2013

My first Art Journal!

Art Journal #1, Cover and Page 1

Hello Everyone!  I'm super excited that I am now officially art journaling!! 

I bought my first mixed media art journal a couple of weeks ago (along with a bunch of other fun art stuff!) and couldn't wait to start creating.   Well, its going to be harder than I thought to carve out time to journal... and it doesn't help that I don't have an actual crafting space or that my art supplies  are in three different places. 

Anyway, I was able to take some time last week and work on the front cover.  I took inspiration from one of  Tracy Weinzapfel's Mixed Media Monday pieces and put my own spin on it (which happens to be the MMM Creative Dare for July). 

Materials: 9x12 Mixed Media art pad; Gesso; molding paste; Acrylics; pg from magazine ; rubber stamp; Harlequin Stencil - Crafters Workshop - 6x6 - 474763


It felt really good to paint and get my hands dirty, very relaxing... quite therapeutic! 

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Ok so now its time to start journaling.  I was a little nervous to start page one of the journal.  I know ultimately these are just artistic reflections of my feelings, but since I know that I will be sharing some of them, I feel they need to be perfect...Yes, I know.. Carmen get over yourself and let go!!.   I will get there... someday.

The page took about two days to complete, mostly because I incorporated acrylic paint skin and it needs at least 24hrs to dry.  On Tuesday I just chose a color palette for the background, but I wasn't sure what to do next so I left it alone.   For those who know me and know I really don't like purple (don't know why I just don't) can see I am letting creativity flow if that is one of the colors for my first journal page. 
Wednesday evening I couldn't sleep so I decided to just create and let go!  I got in the zone!  I didn't even notice how much time had passed by and didn't make it to bed until 4ish, needless to say I was super sleepy at work. 

I really like the way it turned out...


Materials: Crayola Slick Stix; Acrylic Paint Skin circles; Fine tip and Ultra fine tip Sharpie - Black; Elmers Painters Markers; Black (4b;6b) and White Charcoal pencils; Blick Gel Medium; Mod Podge - Gloss; Bible verse printed on tissue paper


“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
~ Matthew 11:28

Enjoy and Be Blessed!
Carmen










Monday, July 1, 2013

June, Not Just My Birthday Month!!



So June has come and gone and it was packed with many different celebrations!  Though you would think my Birthday should have been enough!  ;)

The first week of June...
 - We had my nephews high school graduation on June 4 and on June 8 he was surprised with a graduation party at BounceU (yes, HS kids had fun with cosmic bounce!)
Congratulations Joshuah!!  We love you and are super proud of you!! 
- Also on June 8th we attended the 25 Anniversary celebration of a ministry I hold near and dear to my heart... The Children Safe Harbor (Amparo de la Niñez).   I can't believe 25 years have past, man I feel old.  It's an awesome ministry with great directors
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AMPARO... Love you very much Tio Felipe and Titi Myrtha and thank you for your dedication to the children of DE Valley and beyond!!

The second week of June...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!  Yup it was June 9th and I woke up a 36 year women!! (though I am still 25 in my head)
At Mid-night I received my first birthday wish from my hubby (didn't get to read his card until morning cuz I was too tired to appreciate the lovely note I knew was waiting for me inside)
Morning came and it was a pretty calm day, got up, made me some b-day pancakes, got the kids ready went to church (oh and did read the card from the hubs, beautiful and sappy as always). 
My lil bubbas sang Happy Birthday to me and we had cake in the church's hall.  Then we went out to eat (yummy!!), past by my moms, (she had a gift for me...jewelry!!) went home did my home work and day was done!
On Wednesday, I wake up and notice a mini balloon and card taped to the front door... my sister and bro-in-law left me a gift.  It made my day and the rest of the week!!

~Me at my B-day dinner

The third week of June...
HAPPY FATHER's DAY!!!
Woke up early with the boys to make father's day card... posters. They were so cute, my little budding artist...
~My Handsome Hubby and my boys!


We also had another graduation celebration this month. My baby sister Priscy graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary with a Masters of Art in Counseling.  We are super proud of her... Congratulations Priscy!


The fourth week of June...
My husband left me :(... to go on a two week missionary trip to Kenya.  This trip is part of his Masters of Divinity program (he also goes to Biblical Theological Seminary).   Miss him terribly, can't wait for him to come home and share his experience with us. 

~June with some sweet kiddies in the village of Maina


Well that's it... June is gone... but July is here, so let's have some summer fun!

Enjoy and Be Blessed
Carmen



Mixed Media Monday Creative Dare - June



June's  Creative Dare with Tracy Weinzapfel was to create with Your Powerful Truths.   Powerful Truths are those special words that enlighten and uplift, as well as encourage and empower.   They are phrases that remind you to hope,  live, believe and Love!  You know Just a bunch of good happy feelings happening inside!

Here are the Power Truths I chose and below is the completed piece I turned in for the Dare:


“Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.” 
~Glenn Beck

"Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality." 
~Les Brown

“Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.”  ~Unknown

~ Materials: Acrylics, Crayola Slick Stix (yes, economic gellatos),  paint pen on an 11x14 canvas


Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by!

Carmen