Sunday, March 29, 2020

Last Little Bit of March Green

**Art*Journal*Journey* is one of my favorite places.  I have learned so much about journaling from the participants.  I have bought all kinds of goodies as well - those women are enablers - lol.  I guess that is how it is with new hobbies though - you need the basics (and the cool stuff). THIS post by Alison (Words and Pictures/butterfly) inspired one of my shopping trips (on-line of course) and THIS one by another Alison (Crafttrog's Arty Adventures) lead me to bunches of videos and more purchases (and steeping tea for today's projects).  I learn from every post on **Art*Journal*Journey* plus I get to see pictures of food, treasures, flowers, and architecture from all over the world.  A delight for sure.

Last green posts for the month - I can't wait to see what the theme is for April. All my BAJ journal pages are from Psalms.  I am 55% done with Psalms now!

This one was a base of gesso, layers of watercolor and watery distress ink, sprays of Distress Resist, then a stamp of the River City Rubber Company's Big Ugly Bass in TH Distress Vintage Photo.  I added a bit of green ink on the Ugly Bass and stenciled it in as well using my fave chicken wire stencil.  Added in some Vintage Photo using an Andy Skinner stencil.  I love how the Distress Resist worked on the fish and inks.  The bass is not a sea monster but it just worked for these fun words in Psalms 74 speaking of God's illustrated strength.
I did this next page using Psalms 77 - Confidence in God in Times of Crisis (don't we need that now for sure!).  I did a matching card, but did't shade the leaves green in it.  I did shade the leaves green on my BAJ page and also added in the chicken wire stencil.  This was for a big flower challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com's Florapaloosa weekend (so fun and so many challenges).  The flower is SU! Good Morning Magnolia.  I started it using the ink/spray/smash technique.  Then I splattered on white textured paint and watered down black water color paint.  The white textured paint acted as a resist to my green ink on the flower and I really like that and will try it again.

On the card and the BAJ, I sponged on distress oxide in broken china and black soot (regular distress ink).  The experiment on the BAJ before this one made some cool patterns appear when I sponged.  How cool!

The idea for the page came from THESE socks at Joy of Socks. I also entered this in the Inspiration Site Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com.
My next page is a hot mess, but I had fun with it.  Watercolor wash stripes, slapped white paint on an embossing folder and stamped with it.  Then some distress ink in Vintage Photo on an Andy Skinner stencil. It still needed something so I added in some SU! Natural Beauty birds (I had that set out from a recent card.

I also made several cards this past week (here are the ones with green since my post is about green).

This was for a SCS challenge to use elements that spell out FLORA.

F - Flowers and Framing
L- Leaves
O - Orange
R - Rabbit
A - I drew in some As and the rabbit is aerial (lol)
The rabbit is covered in Stickles because he was all scratched up (had been in the leftover bin for a few weeks).  Now he is magical and ready to hide eggs.  The flowers and leaves are from the SU! Soft Spring set.

The next card was done for a Flower Fairy Challenge on SCS.  We were instructed to look up our Flower Fairy on the Flower Fairy site.  Then we were supposed to make a card from our flower fairy. I just decided to draw my flower fairy and flower (Nasturtium).
This last one is one I made for my postman/postlady.  It is a thank you card to show my appreciation.  Mail is a happy time again.  I think we had taken it for granted and it has been years since I looked forward to it.  Being stuck at home now, it is fun again (except the bills of course).  I was inspired to do this card by a friend who said she was doing one for her postman.  I told her she should pick some elements and we would do a challenge.  She picked having a postal stamp, vintage theme, and you have to use old stamps. I used the old, retired SU! Natural Beauty stamp set. I stamped the words in green ink, the leaves in orange distress oxide, I had one old postage stamp so it picked my color scheme.  I also used some old bird and a clock stamp I got free in the mail 12 years ago and don't remember ever using.  I covered the card in a light sponge of vintage photo to have more of a vintage look.  I fussy cut the collage elements in the bottom corner.
Stay safe and be well and craft on.

Hugz,

Nancy




12 comments:

  1. Wow, Nancy, you have been inspired to create some wonderful pages again, well done. My fave today is the second one. Stay safe, have a great Sunday, hugs, Valerie

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  2. What a fabulous post! I am so pleased that you came visiting and prompted me to come here! You have inspired me to get back to my Bible journal - I was given one last year by my hubby but have been a bit timid about using it. I shall be talking to family this afternoon but will be coming back for more inspiration another day and to have look through your blog. I love all of your art here so I have something to look forward to as our weather is about to change here! Stay Safe, Chrisx

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  3. Your BAJ pages are wonderful Nancy, and I love your cards. What a lovely idea to give one to your post person.
    Keep well and safe,
    Alison xx

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  4. You are on a roll ---- such beauty.. I adore your pages and those fantastic cards!
    Take good care! Stay safe!
    Happy start of the new week ahead!
    Susi xxx

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  5. You have been so creative and productive, Nancy. Glad you are using your art talents to keep busy, safe and happy during these difficult times. Take care, mf. Hugs..Nancy
    P.S. we are doing fine and staying safe...

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  6. Wow Nancy, you have been busy and oozing creativity. I love your flower BJ page and that adorable hopping bunny.
    keep crafting and stay safe Christine :)

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  7. You have been busy Nancy, fabulous bible journaling and beautiful cards, I especially like your flower fairy - you are very clever.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  8. Your pages and cards and super Nancy. I am so glad you found us this month and have become inspired. Isn't art journaling addictive? It doesn't matter what your style is and what you like, it all works. Thanks for joining us again. And I hope you like next months challenge too. Stay healthy. Hugs-Erika

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  9. A fantastic post and selection of your wonderful art projects. Thank you for linking to Art Journal Journey, we are so happy you have enjoyed your journal and we hope you will share your art in the coming months.
    Stay safe and well.
    Yvonne x

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  10. Wow, you've done some beautiful pieces lately, Nancy! Thank you for all the green for Art Journal Journey and for your support of my green theme all month long.

    I love your beautiful Bible pages. The answers are all there. Wonderful phrases for our times. Your backgrounds are gorgeous! Thank you for a nice things you said about my Psalms collage page. It was your Bible journaling posts that got me interested in reading the Psalms again ;-)

    The jumping bunny is cute and funny. The Stickles were a great idea.

    Lovely nasturtium and fairy. You draw very well. How do you know your fairy flower? Is there a quiz somewhere? I looked on the Flower Fairy site. Just curious.

    That was very thoughtful of your and your friend to thank the postal employees. Lovely card.

    Stay safe and well.

    Eileen xx

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  11. Just read your post again! Glad to have inspired you Nancy. Xx

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  12. Great pages and cards. I love the sea monster and the sparkly bunny is a treat. Your poppy and flower fairy are just beautiful - wonderful drawing inspired by Cicely M. Barker's brilliant books - and the golden glow of the final card is lovely and warming.
    Alison x

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