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Summer is half over and what a hot one it’s been!  I took a bit of a summer break from the blog…well my creativity took a summer break, but I’m getting it back!

I know that many of you can relate to the bad habit I have formed over the last year of starting a project and leaving it to sit unfinished.  Well I decided it was time to finish those half started projects!

The canvas I’m sharing with you today I started back in January….6 months it patiently waited for me to finish, eek!

This little 5×7 canvas started when I dug through the bag of leftover chipboard bits Lori gave me.  I found a bunch of ‘hexagon like’ shapes gluing them to start the first layer.

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I added some texture paste using a script stencil over the chipboard shapes for extra interest before painting them.  They were give a few different coats of paint, sprays & gesso before I was happy with the colour.  It’s all about adding layers until you’re happy!

The center piece is a mini canvas with a resin frame layered on top with an image from Tim Holtz paper.

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Then I added layers of stamped and rub-on flowers which were fussy cut.  The darker flowers I covered with Seth Apter Baked Texture embossing powder in Vintage Bees Wax.

The mint green leaves started out white, which just wouldn’t do, so I coated them in Seth Apter Baked Velvet embossing powder in Lime.  I love the soft translucent colour these embossing powders add!

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The clock & keyhole embellishments were made using a Prima mold.  I painted them with Finnabair Art Alchemy Steampunk Copper, then used some Finnabair wax to highlight the design of the pieces.

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The chipboard swirls are from the store’s Laser Cut Chipboard collection, which I covered with gesso, some orange spray then used more Seth Apter Baked Velvet in Dusk.

As I was building the canvas there was a little too much ‘white space’ that needed something, so I pulled out a scripty text stamp and more Seth Apter Baked Texture in Vintage Bees Wax to add more texture but keeping it light!  This was the perfect solution!

I have to say if felt really good to not only get back to the craft table, but to finish off this long abandoned project!!!  I have a few more lying in wait for me to finish, and hope this has given you the inspiration to pull out those unfinished projects and get them done!!!

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Gelli Art Journal

I don’t know about you but I’m sitting here wondering when summer will stick around, we are getting glimpses of it here & there but I want more warm sunny days. Oh well yucky weather means more crafty time! :)

As you know  my crafty art is a hobby and I have an actual grown up job, which I will say allows me to be creative in different ways, so I do love it!  But the last few weeks kinda kicked my butt and sucked some life out of me.  Deadlines, staffing changes…and everything that comes along with that.  Things are a little calmer even though there’s still many unknowns, but my mind has had some time to settle enough that I can spend time with my craft supplies again.

I haven’t played with my gelli plate for a while and was itching to pull it out…but I had a big stack of unused prints that I decided to use first!

I cut them down to fit n my gelli art journal, pulled out some stamps and had fun making these pages!

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For mother’s day the kids (ok I bought them) gave me a set of water soluble pastels.  I had to test them out and these pages were  the perfect chance!  I also used some stickers I made from scratch on a few of the pages.

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Do you see the Heidi Swapp damask stamp….I was inspired by Lori who came across some of her damask stickers.  Honestly can’t remember the last time I used this stamp!

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I think these pages are my favourite in the bunch!  The puff ball flower stamp is another long forgotten stamp I dug out.  And I’ve used it multiple times since!!

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The bits of yellow & white on these pages are from the pastels.  I combined them with these fun Wendy Vecchi leafy stamps, a Tim Holtz quote stamp and some Tim Holtz washi tape.

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This one is kinda out of my comfort zone, it’s the pink I know it! LOL  But the stitch stamps & words stamps make it work!

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This last one almost didn’t make it into the book…ok I actually dug it out of the trash & went for it.  The thing I love about working in art journals is really the end result doesn’t matter as much as the process of creating.  So with that little reminder in my head I decided to add these to the journal….and even  braved sharing them!

Putting these pages together didn’t take long, they aren’t masterpieces…..but they were fun and I rediscovered some much loved stamps along the way. :)

We all have stress  and pressure in our lives that hits us through different forms, our art is about us, it’s about letting go, it’s about having FUN!  So don’t pressure yourself to create a masterpiece every time you sit at the table…let go of all expectations and just enjoy the process!

Ok lecture over………go create! :)

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This post was written by Lisa on June 16, 2019

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