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Thursday
Feb192015

I've Moved....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Feb192015

Dreaming of Spring...

Saturday
Feb142015

Covering Up Good Stuff in Art Journaling...

Hello!

Sometimes it is necessary to cover up good stuff when art journaling.  In creating layers, I will often cover up elements that I really like.  I don't worry about "ruining" my page or not liking the end result.  The freedom I give myself to cover up things makes the process more enjoyable and more often than not I end up more pleased with the results.  Give yourself permission this week to cover up some good stuff and see what happens!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

 

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14
Art Challenge:  Covering up good stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going undercover

My first layer is an inky piece of newsprint that I glued to my page.  I used the Stones Divided stencil with molding paste to create the half circle shapes.  I outlined them with a black stabilo pencil and added water with a water brush to spread the color.  I also painted an oval shape with watered down black gesso.

Next, I added some white circles with a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen to the black oval and used a handmade mark making tool and white acrylic paint to create the rings.  I journaled at the bottom of the page with a black pen (this is the good stuff I plan to cover up)!

To finish my page, I stitched a tag and other elements to an inky piece of paper, added a circle sticker, stamped a feather from Rae Missigman's Natural Elements rubber stamp set to book paper, trimmed and stitched to the top.  I stitched a scrap piece of paper and glued it to the top of the black painted oval. 

 SUPPLIES USED

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene.

Friday
Feb132015

Cardboard Crush Workshop...

Just in time for Valentine's Day!!  I am excited to announce a new collaborative workshop with the ladies of Art to the 5th™ - CARDBOARD CRUSH!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
and... ART ROCKS!

Ready for a project you can “crush” on?!

Straight from our personal retreat, we are bringing you Cardboard Crush, the project we loved so much we had to share!

This thick and abundant journal is jammed with color, design and stitching. The perfect place to stash your treasures, love notes, inspirations, photos or mail art. 

We provide FOUR entirely different takes on the body of the journal so you are sure to find just the right one to “crush” on. With 16 videos, we will take you step by step through the process with tips and favorite tools. The interior can be completed using our instructions or completely customized to meet your needs.

Whatever your heart desires - It is CARDBOARD CRUSH!


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Join us at The Art5 Academy HERE!!!

Wednesday
Feb112015

Simply Adored...

When I set out last night to create some Valentines it became clear that my mojo was not flowing!  Rather than scrap the project, I decided to snack.  I grabbed a bag of Pinto Bean Beanitos (my favorite hummus companion) which by the way happens to be Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus with Pine Nuts. Anyway, I kept fiddling with my tags and decided they were just too big and opted to fold them in half.  This created a nice little pocket in which I added the stamped sentiment; crisis averted. 

Happy Valentines Day!

Roben-Marie

 

SUPPLIES USED:

 

Simply Adored stamp by Studio G.

Monday
Feb092015

Dream Big...

What are you dreaming about today?

 

Saturday
Feb072015

Layers You Will Love - When Not to Stop...

Hello!

Welcome to another week as we journey through the year creating in our art journals.  I am often asked about creating layers and how to know when a page is finished.  That is a hard question to answser but somehow I just know.  For this journal page I worked to a layer that would be nice as it is but I go on to add in more.  It is hard to create the "look" of layers without actualluy creating them.  I often find that it takes several layers before a page starts to really come together. What do you think?

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

Key to Additional Elements Added

1. Circle marks made with a Stabilo pencil.
2. Rubber stamped leaf from the Natural Elements Collection by Rae Missigman and white paint dots.
3. Doodle marks made with a Stabilo pencil.
4. Masking tape.
5. Black lines made with a Stabilo pencil.
6. Color in the flower petals with paint or crayons.
7. Doodle border.
8. White swirls and scallops made with a white pen.
9. Color in the flower petals with paint or crayons.
10. Triangles stamped - from Natural Elements Collection by Rae Missigman.
11. Using a scalloped stencil, add white paint.

 

I used the left side page in a workbook style to keep track of all the products I used.

SUPPLIES USED

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene.

 

Wednesday
Feb042015

Printmaking Magic...

Magic happens when you digitally combine prints made with the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate!

Sunday
Feb012015

A Gelli Printing We Will Go...

Coming soon...a printmaking class and a funky folder with pockets and inserts!!

Friday
Jan302015

I must have flowers...

 

 

Tuesday
Jan202015

Art Journal Love - Peeking...

Monday
Jan192015

It was an art filled weekend...

Happy Monday!!

I woke Saturday with butterflies in my stomach but excited to be teaching my first in person class in over seven years at Stamp & Deliver in South Daytona Beach, FL.  It was such a joy to spend the day with an amazing group of women who were fun, encouraging and kind!  What came back to me was how much I do miss interacting with my students one-on-one, sharing a love of art and spending time together laughing and talking.  Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who made it possible. You were a blessing to me!!

Have an awesome day!

Roben-Marie

  

This photo pretty much sums up how I felt teaching in person again!

Saturday
Jan172015

Finding Solitude...

Hello!

I am not quite sure where the first two weeks of 2105 have gone but among the chaos I have made it a priority to be still at least once a day and I don't count the time before falling asleep at night. 

 
Why is this important?  Life is hurried and busy and if we don't take time to slow down ideas will elude us. It amazes me how my thoughts will "string together" these amazing ideas when I take the time to focus on nothing in particular.  Just the other day I plopped myself down in front of the large window overlooking the canal in my backyard. It was a colder than usual day and the wind was blowing through our oak trees; I love that! I saw a couple of ducks swim by and an otter skimming the banks of the far side of the canal.  Sitting still in this way is hard for me but I committed to it and not only did I come away feeling calmer but I was rewarded with a new creative idea.  That short break was the catalyst for a productive and fun day in the studio. Give yourself a chance to find some quiet time this weekend and enjoy the benefits!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

 

Friday
Jan162015

An Amazing Line-up of Artists...

If you have been keeping up with the buzz then you know The Original Documented Life Project™ kicked off the new year with a bang!  Today, the Art to the 5th™ team has announced its line-up of featured artists.  These amazing creatives will join in during the year, taking on a weekly challenge with their own unqiue styles.  Be sure to visit the Art to the 5th™ website to see the AMAZING LINE-UP!

 

Saturday
Jan102015

Ranger's Annual CHA Designer Challenge 2015