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Edgar Allen Poe Journal

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Hey, everyone… This weekend is the end of July!!!  Can you believe it? Wasn’t it just May?

This weekend, I published a video on how to create of journal from a notebook.  I covered the back and front of the notebook, creating a personal journal, with layers and layers of paint and just did an overall mixed media frenzy on it.  After all the love/hate process and the stages it went through, I love the way it turned out.

I created this as a gift for my amazing niece, Christina, for her birthday.  She loves Edgar Allen Poe and she loves to write. So, I created this journal for her to enjoy and write in.

I hope you enjoy it.

If you do enjoy my channel, whether it be my art or cooking, I’d love it if you subscribe and hit the thumbs up.  Please share with all your family and friends.

I’ll be back soon for another video on some sort of art.. .culinary or mixed media.

Love to hear from you with your comments.

Thanks for all your support and being here.

Judy♥♥♥

 

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Journal Disaster Recovery

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I am a novice at making art journals. I only know the basic stitch to bind pages and that’s all I really need. But, oh boy, this one made me mad and sad.  I don’t have all the pictures, because I was having a pity party for myself once the disaster struck.  I’ll try to describe it as best I can.  All I can say is BIG lesson learned.

Some of my Facebook friends may remember this 11×14 page I decorated using black gesso, then white acrylic paint through a stencil, then watercolors. I doodled around the flowers with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.  I just loved this and I wanted to do something with it.

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It hung out a while until I decided to make a journal out of it using manila folders as my filler paper. Great.. fun… can’t wait.

So, I cut my manila folders down to size and poked my holes with an awl. Used binding tape for the binder, then sewed my signatures in.  Loved it. Yay. Happy.

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Ok.. looks good, right.  Well, now I wanted to seal it.  Here it comes. AND I don’t have pictures.  I start to brush on some medium. I can’t recall if it i was Golden polymer medium or Collage Pauge or even self-leveling gel, but as I brushed it on I didn’t even think anything was wrong.  I thought the white streaks were the medium and I told myself it would dry clear. NOPE NOPE NOPE.  It was the white pen ink streaking.

Imagine something like this, below, but all over my flowers.

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I was heart broken. I thought maybe if I gently rubbed, I could save it.  No can do people. It was ruined.  Especially after rubbing it.  So I continued to rub it all off.  It was so sad.. after trying CPR and first aid, it was too late.

OK.. let’s get to happier times now….

Sooooooo.. the obvious thing to do was cover it up.  I found some art papers from my weekend class with Jane Davies a year ago called “Big Fat Art”.   I cut them to size, glued on my new covers, added some texture and here it is.

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Yes, I love it.  Big and bold.  I have fond memories of my flower cover, but the show must go on, right? If I were to do it again, I would have sprayed a finish on it.

Well, thanks for listening to my saga. I hope you enjoyed it and learned from it, too.

As always, I love hearing from you and thank you for your tremendous support of my art adventures.

Judy  ♥ ♥ 

Blog Hop with Mary Nasser’s Map Stencil from StencilGirl

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Well, here I am again..and what a summer it was. I’ve moved to a new home, turned a year older, sent my girls back to college and now I’m ready for some art making… .and what better way to begin again?  By doing a blog hop with StencilGirl designer, Mary Nasser.  Mary just designed 4 new stencils.   I was so excited to participate in this hop with many other artists you can see below, in a minute.  What a fantastic crowd to hop along with.  Thank you, Mary, for asking me to participate.

I chose this stencil:

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A journey came to mind when I saw this stencil… and how perfect for me since I just moved to a new city.  I decided to make a journal with covers out of polymer clay.  A “Journey Journal”.  This measures about 3 1/2 ” x 4 1/2″.

Let’s begin our own journey with this process, shall we?  Hang on tight, grab your favorite comforting beverage and enjoy the ride, cuz it’s a lot of pictures.  Hey, it’s my comeback..  I’m going big.  Chop chop.

I started with, of course, Polymer Clay, in my favorite color, turquoise.  Condition it until is soft and pliable. I used my pasta machine, that is only used for clay (not food).  As a matter of fact, anything you use for clay from your kitchen, should never be used with food again.  Click on pictures for close ups.

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I took the stencil and the clay and ran it through my machine together so the map would impress the clay.

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Cool, huh?  I did this twice for the front and back cover of my journal.

Now, I needed a book template to follow, so I took my trusty coasters.. the ones I collect from restaurants and made sure the clay was as big as the coaster.  Now, these are my covers.

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Next up…making the pages to go inside.  I used Bristol paper and traced the coaster onto the paper and cut out about 8 pages.

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I stacked the pages together, but had to make them a bit smaller than the covers.  So, I scraped the sides with scissors and roughed them up… you can see the edges below (a “Distrezz it All” tool would be perfect for this).  Then I had to make the holes for the binding.  I took my awl and poked 3 holes on the top side using the coasters as a guide.  In the meantime, I baked my covers in my clay dedicated oven. Let cool once done.

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Once i had all the pages aligned, I clamped them together.  The used my big puncher (god, what is that called), to punch the holes in the clay covers.

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With me so far?  This is not even the fun part.  Stay with me now.

Once the clay covers had their holes and lined up with the pages, it was time to antique them.  What is “antiquing”?  Well, it’s taking brown acrylic paint and pushing into the grooves of the textured clay.  Then you wipe it off and leave the paint to sit in the textured valley’s, if you will.  So, it looks old and vintagey.

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Now, once you get the paint to where you want it, then let it dry.  Time to make it shine.  I used “Future” floor polish. I know, right?  Just brush on one coat with a soft flat paint brush, let dry.

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Nope, not done yet…more fun coming your way.

It’s time to make those covers come to life.  First, I glued one page to the front and back cover.  I made a bunch of my  “button n’bellishements”, cuz I needed more… especially hearts…. then added a few metal charms.  I used glitter glue to highlight a couple of the highways and I even cut out the route sign shape from Mary’s map and made a clay piece from that.  I also took a text rubber stamp and stamped onto the covers.  I used Elmer’s Squeeze Caulk to adhere the paper down and Helmar Glue for any embellishments.. I just love that glue.

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ABOVE:  With a small alphabet stamp set and with white acrylic paint, I stamped the word “journey” on the cover over a black acrylic edge.  Let me say that this journal went through many transitions.  I had ugly moments, or as my friend, Carolyn Dube says.. an “OOPS”!  Oh yes.. many of those.

I had a piece of suede leather rope to tie the book together, but then I thought it needed a solid binding edge to grab onto.  I made this twisted piece of clay,.. baked and antiqued it.  Then tied 3 separate pieces of the suede through each hole.

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That’s it, my friends.  I really hope you enjoyed this “journey” with me.

Now, it’s time to go visit the other blog artists to see what they did with Mary’s stencils.  I can’t contain myself.  I’ll meet you there.

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Mary C. Nasser
Mary Beth Shaw
Jessica Sporn
Janet Joehlin
Heather Haymart
Judy Shea  (that’s meeeeeeeee)
Pam Carriker
Nancy Wethington
Talk2TheTrees
Corrine Gilman
Rose Wilde
Nancy Curry
Kristen Powers
Carolyn Dube
Maria McGuire

AND.. that’s not all… screeeeech…. halt……  There will be a give away for this hop.  Yup, it’s true.

Mary and StencilGirl will be giving away a set of four of her new map stencils.   ALL the comments on each blog, above, will be eligible for the drawing.   Just leave a comment by 11:59PM Central Time on October 4th.  The more blogs you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have of winning!

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and appreciate your comments.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

Cape Cod Journal Pages and What’s Up

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Hi Friends… I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted any art.

Here is a quick run down of my life right now… I’m moving. We’ve been in our big house in the woods for 23 years and it’s time to move on. We are downsizing to a condo.  They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can go through, next to divorce and death… it’s TRUE.   It’s been so emotional.. up and down.  I admit, I’m not good at taking care of MYSELF while I’m focused on other things.  Not good at all.

So, here I am juggling my full-time job and trying to get the house ready to be taken by another family, while we are preparing our condo for our new lives.  Talk about up and down emotions… and can you say “PURGE”?  Say it with me  – PURGE – and commit to doing that even if you are not moving. If I have learned anything from this, it’s to not keep things around that you don’t need or use.   We’ve donated SO much; what a great feeling.  I believe in paying it forward. Give to the ones that need it more than me.  I have not bought any art supplies for over a year now.  I think I have some making up to do, don’t you think?

And.. focus..who can focus on anything else.  Even my cooking has been put on the back burner.. ha pun intended.  How do you not cook a lot and stay healthy?  Lot’s of salads and fruit.  Some things have got to give and, unfortunately, one is my art.  I’ve had to put that on the back burner for a little bit until we get settled in our new place and my art studio is set up. Try to get back to a normal life again.  My art sisters have been most supportive of me as I sit a bit more quiet in the art world.. but don’t you fret my pets.. I’ll be back soon.. very soon.  OK.. got that off my chest.. thanks for listening.

I was able to do a little art; read on.

Before I left on vacation last week, I grabbed a small art bag.  My supplies are put away until we move, so I had to accept what was in my bag.  I was able to take one day to play in a few pages.  It felt so good.  Yay for me.

So, the limited supplies I had were a journal, Koi watercolor paints, a few acrylic paints, one rubber stamp, small jar a gel medium and paint brushes (my one regret is I didn’t grab a stencil.. a StencilGirl stencil that is).

I had no idea what I wanted to do so I just dragged some paint down on a page from the top… I used a cardboard coffee cup holder I found. Improvise, Judy.

First, let me apologize for an blurry photos.. I was using my cell phone to capture the steps.

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I put more acrylic paint on top of the dragged paint and put some plastic wrap over, then pulled it off to give it texture.

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Then I “drew” a big face on the page, but I did not like.. so I went over that with some yarn labels my mom gave me,  then went over that with red paint.  Again.. no plans.. just feeling free with creativity.

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On the teal page, I love to make red marks with an edge of a card, in this case the coffee cup holder.

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Used the inside of a take out box for a palette for my paint; it was lined with plastic. Again.. what I had.  Then I had a water bottle cap and used it to make circles.  Used black paint and my one rubber stamp to make more markings.

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As some of you know, I’ve used paper towels in the past in my art and we had them so I used them again.  Why not. I let them sit in the wet water color palette and smooshed it up to make some nice colors.

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I took the paper towel and ripped in long strips and rolled them with gel medium in my finger to make stems for flowers.

I took clean paper towels and made more strips to roll with gel medium to keep them together and make spirals for the flowers. (sorry no pics on that).  I then painted the “flowers” with red paint.

I went outside and found a small branch with leaves and used those leaves for the leaves of my paper towel flowers. I adhered them with gel medium.  Then I took white a paint and made petals around the flowers.

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and there you go.. one side of the journal….

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.. the other side (I found a couple of magazine photos to use on this page.. buddah and sunflower).

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Well, that my first day in months of doing art.  It was definitely art therapy to get away from the house for a few days.

Thanks for hanging in with me as I go through this chapter in my life.  What would I do without you?

Judy ♥ 

Winner of Journal Give-a-way!!!!

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Random Generator chose a winner for my journal give-a-way….   And the winner is……………

Kathy Abraham….. congratulations!!!!   send me your address at judysheart@gmail.com and I’ll get it right out to you.. and of course I have some other goodies to add to it.  How excited are you?

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Ok.. ready for the next give away?   It’s this handmade journal.  Here is how I made it.  But below, is how it came out in the end.  With handmade polymer clay “button n’bellishments” and the paper beads on the edge.

1, 2, 3 go………..

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Thanks for stopping by and please pray for Boston that they catch the 2nd bomber brother. PLEASE CATCH HIM!!!!!

Judy 

Cleaning & Give-a-way #1

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Spring is tickling us here in New England. Let’s hope this nice weather sticks around now.

Speaking of Spring, let’s talk about Spring cleaning, shall we?  Specifically, my art studio. I said to myself.. “self, you are gonna get this studio into shape and you’re gonna purge your heart out”.  So, I began the process last weekend.  Put on my Bruno Mars CD and got to work.  Where do I begin? It was so overwhelming, to say the least.  Really, I’m being honest.  Why do I have so much stuff?  Why did I have a plastic elephant and an old tampon box.. why I ask you… why? That’s it, no more incoming supplies or junk will enter my studio. I have vowed to buy NO MORE ART SUPPLIES unless Jeffrey Dean Morgan tells me to.  I kid I kid.

And.. magazines and books?  Fuhgeddaboudit!  Too many that have been collected.  Well, time to donate and throw away.  I filled up my car and brought a load down to our local recycle station.  What a good feeling.  But, hey, I’m not even done.  I have more to go through. I’m sick.  I admit it. There I said it. I feel better now.  C’mon who’s with me here? Feel the same way?

I am ripping down the wallpaper (ahem.. clear throat here), I should say my husband is taking down the paper and we’ll paint the room (I hate painting).  C’mon, Judy snap out of it.. chop chop.

Another reason I”m doing this is …. we may be selling the house.  We’ve been thinking about it for the past several years.  So, this is what we need to do. Prepare.  They say that selling a house is one of the most stressful things you can do… right up there next to divorce.  Well, I say if I can get through this process without clobbering hubbie on the noggin, I don’t have to worry about the latter.

Why am I sharing my boring story with you?  Well, there is a reason.  As I go through some of my art projects and supplies, I realized what better way to share a piece of me than by giving it away.

Sooooooooooo, what that being said.. I’m having a GIVE-A-WAY!

My first give-a-way will be this journal I made with Jessica Sporn’s Starry Night stencil with Stencil Girl Products.

You can see how I made the journal here.

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So, you ready?  Leave a comment here and like this post on Facebook; and I’ll select a winner by Friday, April 19th.

I’ll do a few of these give a ways as the weeks go on.  They’ll either be art supplies, ephemera or smaller fun works of mine.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you have any suggestions for organizing, please let me know. I would love to hear about what you’ve done.

Judy 

Stencil Test Drive – Starry Night – Stencil Girl Products

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Well, it’s my turn again to test out one of Jessica Sporn’s new stencils called Starry Night by Stencil Girl Products. This time around, I used the stencil creating two pieces.  I didn’t start out thinking I would do two, but it just seemed to fall into place that way.

PART 1 – First, I’ll show you my collage. I took Bristol Paper and made a paste of Super Heavy Gesso and Hansa Yellow Medium acrylic paint by Golden. Then I used the stencil to push the yellow paste through it onto the paper.  Let dry.

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The result is below left.  Then I took Patina Green Glaze by Golden and spread it over the textured page. IMG_3071 IMG_3074 IMG_3073

Now, let’s start collaging.  I added some lace ribbon down the left side and then did a leaf stencil with the heavy gesso on the bottom right.

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I had put some of the same stencil on other cardstock (as you’ll see in my next project), painted it blue and ripped it, and put gold leaf pen on ripped section then put down the right side.  Now, I’m adding more papers and fabric and end with one of my polymer clay “bellishments”; I chose Mr. Moon. Here’s how it developed IMG_3084 IMG_3086
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Added some rhinestones on the pink paper; fabric under Mr. Moon.  Store bought embellishment on top of the gold embossed paper.  Made the embellishment a flower with lace stem and magazine paper leaves.  Added another “bellishment” at the bottom right.  I like the orange contrast with the rest of the collage. IMG_3091 IMG_3094

Final collage.
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If you want to learn how to make my handmade polymer clay “Buttons n’bellishments”, come join us in my online class that starts in February on Joggles.com

PART 2 – Handmade Journal

I started out with other 1/2 of the Bristol Paper from my collage. I used my palette knife and spread extra heavy gesso all over it and let it dry.  I love the texture this gesso leaves.

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Then I took Ultramarine Blue acrylic paint by Golden and scraped it on the gessoed paper with a old credit card.  Just look at that texture.  It almost looks 3D.   Just beautiful for any texture queen.  Click on the pictures for a closer look.  Hard to believe it’s just a piece of paper.  My daughter thought it looked like denim. IMG_3065 IMG_3066 IMG_3067
Then I took the same yellow paste I made above with the heavy gesso and the yellow acrylic paint and used a palette knife to push the paste through the Starry Night stencil.  Helloooo.. is this cute or what? IMG_3069 IMG_3070
I took Liquid Laminate and brushed a layer over the entire page to give it a shine and strength.  You’ll notice that I only covered 1/2 of the page.  Once the laminate dried, I took some lace paper and put a few of my favorite spirals on the back then took a black sharpie pen and outlined the stars and swirls.  See the shine? IMG_3083 IMG_3097 IMG_3098
I took Wausau paper (cardstock like) that I got at an office supply store and made one signature of 5 pages.  I ripped around the edges for two reasons.. one to make them smaller than the cover pages and two, to give them a roughed up
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Now, it’s time to sew the pages and cover together.  As I told you in my last post, I am not a journal maker. This is basic in one hole and out the other sewing.  I used black wax thread.  Then I sewed one of my polymer clay buttons to the cover.  Sprayed some Dylusions Ink to the front and back covers pounced some titan buff paint through the stencil and
called it done.   Badda Bing.. Badda Boom!

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Front and back cover

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Well, that was fun.  I’ve never been sad doing art.

Check out Jessica’s post this week test driving her stencil.  Then go check out my partners in stencil crime, Maggie Nemetz and Revlie Schuit and see what they did with the Starry Night Stencil. Here are the Stencil Test Drive players:

January 23: Random Squares
February 27: Fun Borders
April 18: Flying Tulips
May 2: Cascading Leaves
Jane Davies, Maria McGuire and Carol MerveilleThank you, Jessica, for inviting me to be part of the drive.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you.
Judy