… to Darkness.
Life is made of bright and dark. And I made a promise to myself to never let the dark experiences and feelings take over me for too long anymore.
How do I process them ? I acknowledge, first, that yes they are here, because I learned the hard way that ignoring them only makes it worst.
Then, I find a way to let them go. It sounds easier than it actually is for me, to be honest. But this is when my art journal comes as a life saver, for my sanity and for the well-being of those who live with me.
Here is the video for you to enjoy:
Here is the list of the supplies I used for this spread:
I am going back to it more and more. After more sketching in dedicated sketchbooks, I am now playing again in my art journals (I have two in which I paint at the moment).
(you can watch me create this spread from start to finish on my Youtube channel)
Are you an art journaler too ?
This week, I decided to come back in my journal and put stamps as the heroes of my spread.
I love using Mindy’s girl stamp when I feel lazy and really appreciate the fact that is usually is a starting point for me to then «Nixie-fy» as I feel.
Here is the video, I hope you will enjoy it (please if you have any comment or question, don’t be shy !):
This Nixie seemed a little sad, I felt like she needed a companion she could lean on, to help her bear her heavy heart. I can’t tell you what kind of animal this Sprixie is, I let you decided.
Look at the amazing shimmer that the Magical Micas are bringing to her hair and face. I simple love it !
I love using embossing powders, fell in love with them all over again. And I just wish this constellation stamp was slightly bigger, but I enjoy it anyway !
Not all the products are here, but you can see the supply I played with for this spread (click to be redirected to a detailed page):
We are bringing you the last Color Challenge of the year at Lindy Stamp Gang. I love love the color inspiration but it is wearing its name perfectly this month: challenge !
Remember that to enter, you don’t have to use all 4 colors, you can pick 2 of them and go from there.
You can find all the infos about entering the challenge on the LSG blog. You can win a gift certificate ;)
We are now offering limited kits to help you in your choices colors, in case you are having a hard time deciding (you have three options: sprays, embossing powders, or both).
Find what my amazingly talented friends on the DT created as well for this month's challenge over there.
This month, I came back to my happy place: my art journal. I am almost at the end of this one (the big Dylusions one) which makes me very happy (because I love finishing a journal and starting a new one !).
If you’ve been following me, you know that spray+stencil are what utterly lift my spirit.
I started my page with a sketch made in bed, I sometimes do that yes (sketching while watching tv). I was feeling very heavy emotionally and this Nixie emerged:
I made some splatters of Tibetan Poppy Teal (take the sprayer part off from the bottle, and shake over your surface. Be careful, it’s unpredictable).
Then, I mixed some beautiful Autumn Maple Crimson Magical Mica (part of the Autumn Leaves collection) with heavy gloss gel medium. It creates a wonderful sparkly paste. I applied it through the Pomegranate stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. I decided to use that to give her a whimsical body:
I sped up the drying time a bit with my heat gun. I did not apply it very thickly so I would not have to wait too long.
The spraying fun started after: I used one of my favorite stencil (I think it was from Studio Calico) and sprayed Flying Monkey Midnight through it and aside (it is one of my favorite Flat Fabio color, one without the shimmer).
After that, I picked I'm Late I'm Late Slate (another Flat Fabio spray) to spray all over my spread, to bring everything together. It is a very subtle color so perfect for this purpose)
I used one of my favorite stencil, still from The Crafter's Workshop, and sprayed the drops/tears with Tibetan Poppy Teal.
I am more of a Silver girl than a Gold one, I love our Cranberry Mist Burgundy color (part of the Holiday Wreath collection, now only available as shots… but you know what ? you can mix it up and put it in a spray bottle if you want)because of its beautiful strong silver sparkle, it goes so perfectly with the Flying Monkey Midnight and Tibetan Poppy Teal colors…
I worked on my Nixie’s face with Neocolor II (watersoluble crayons from Caran d’Ache) and white acrylic paint. I wanted her hair to pop, so I used Poinsettia Red Gold Starburst Shot (part of the Holiday Wreath collection as well, with touched of the Tibetan Poppy Teal shot to highlight it. Look at this gold shimmer !
I wrote her messages («Let this Sad Heavy Heart teach you» and a quote from Albert Camus saying «In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.»)
I hope you liked this step by step, and that it’s getting you inspired to participate in our Color Challenge :)
Here is the list of the products I used (click on the image to be redirected on its page):
I’m so happy to finally share with you more about this fantastic line from Lindy Stamp Gang. It’s been out there for a bit now. We are now introducing the Mad Hatter line from Lindy Stamp Gang.
Thanks a lot to those of you arriving here from Limor's blog.
I wanted to do a spread in my Art Journal for that blog hop going on ( We also are celebrating the new ladies who entered our family. You will be so amazed at all the diversity that now composes our Design Team. Such a great amount of talent and no one does the same than the other). New blood was found during our DT call, and I am so happy with the choices that were made. We are all passionate about Lindy Stamp Gang’s products.
Here is my spread:
It is PINK ! I know… what’s going on with me ? Well… you’ll understand when you’ll play with the Cheshire Cat Cherry Starburst Spray. It is a vibrant hot pink with such a beautiful shimmer (click the image on the left to enlarge).
I started with this big stencil cleaning leftover, it was a LSG spray too but honestly I can’t remember which one exactly. I wanted it to be the focus point of the page and started from there.
I sprayed I'm Late, I'm Late Slate over the entire spread, so it would not be white anymore. It is a subtle color, so it left me plenty of room for the next stages. Once heat dried (not patient enough to wait for it to hair dry), I sprayed Cheshire Cat Cherry in a way that makes me think it is coming from that doily shape, like a falling star. I then sprayed Curiouser Chartreuse to add a bit of pop around.
The center part of the doily was feeling too empty, so I grabbed this amazing stamp set from Mama Elephant and played with several of them.
I inked the round «Love» stamp with embossing ink and then applied Midnight Sapphire embossing powder. I love how imperfect this looks, and bumpy. Dark blue and hot pink = gleeeeeee !
I first stamped long arrows with the Weeping Willow Green embossing powder. I liked the very subtle effect and that I needed to look for it to see them… but I eventually stamped shorter arrows and embossed them with Midnight Sapphire, so it will bring back the center of the doily.
I took the sprayer from the bottle of Down The Rabbit Hole Starburst, and dropped it here and there.
I wanted to try to create my own glittery medium and am so happy with how it turned out. I am not a glitter kind of girls, I love shimmers but glitters… well, not so much. However, these babied in the Mad Hatter set are scrumptious. I used Silver Moon, it is a very fine powder that once blended with gloss Gel Medium created that beautiful glittery paint I applied with my Catalyst blade over the pink trail to have a fairy dust effect (who does not need some fairy dust, right ?).
I finished my page with some quick writing (no thinking, just writing) with a Faber Castell india ink pen.
Discover the projects of the other DT members on the blog, right there.
Next stop on our blog hop is Ivett, you can check her project here.
Here are the links for the products I used, so you can directly be taken to the Lindy Stamp Gang shop and discover this latest addition in the family (my favorite to date):