Saturday, June 13, 2015

Artful Journeys - Week 24 - Sail Away

It's hard to believe we're almost halfway thru the year already, and at Artful Journeys we're still have a great time working thru our prompts...well, most of the time.

This prompt...well, this prompt really had me stumped...I don't least not well, so drawing a boat for this prompt was out of the question unless I used a template...but as I was cruising around Pinterest for a free template of a sailboat, I found this super cute origami boat that I knew would work perfectly for the idea that had finally come to me late yesterday evening!  So I got busy...

First, I painted both pages of my spread with Delta's Ceramcoat in in Caribbean Blue...then I sprayed a couple of paper towels with every blue/teal/green/turquoise spray ink I could find in my box, and even spritzed a little purple down on it, too.  Once those were dry I tore them into wonky strips and glued them down at the bottom of the spread to be the "waves" of my water.  Not bad, but I felt like it lacked depth and dimension, so I grabbed this amazing textured scrapbook paper I found at Michael's, and cut out some more waves, and glued those down between my strips of inky paper towels.  Next, I grabbed a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper (nothing too thick here, or the folds won't work out right), and cut it into four (4) 6x6 pieces to make my boats...then glued those down in the "water".  I have to say, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Here are some pics for you, including a few close-ups.

Here's the'll notice, I did the right side first, not thinking about creating some texture and dimension with the paper towels as I went.  Oh well!

A shot of the left page

I am also including a few of the index cards I completed for the 2015 ICAD Challenge.  I really had a lot of fun making these, and even though I'm behind, I am NOT giving up or quitting.  

Nothing too fancy or detailed here...a painted circle from a book page, a paper doily, a paper circle with some stacked writing, some washi and a stamped quote from a dear friend.

I can honestly say I spent more time painting the wood die cut than on the card itself, lol.  If those were real glasses, I would totally wear them!

Acrylic paints, masking tape, bubble wrap and some India ink

I think this is my favorite from this week.  I wasn't too keen on the original background, so I decided to add more by pressing it down onto my damp inky paper towels, to give it some additional color and more layer never killed anybody - I'm just sayin'.  I then cut some partial circles and glued them down, added some washi and hand drawn marks, along with the word, "Love".  I used my TH tiny attacher to staple the card to the tag, then glued it down on to the index card using ZipDry.  

This week has been a busy week for me.  The hubby and the kids went up to OK to see his mom, and I stayed behind with the dogs to get some much needed and WAY over-due cleaning/purging done.  My closet and bedroom and the youngest daughter's room were at the top of the list.  When I was done, 13 bags went to charity, and 11 bags of trash went to the was fucking awesome!  I have one more bedroom and 2 more closets to do, not to mention my "studio" (please read this as the dining room - as that's where all my arting gets done), but instead of trying to do it all in 3 days, I can space it out over the next couple of weeks.  I'll be sure to share pictures of it all when I'm thru.

That's all I have to share with you this week, but I hope you'll take the bull by the horns and work to create a daily habit of creating something new everyday.

Later, y'all!


  1. This is so adorable and creative! I love it!

  2. This is so adorable and creative! I love it!

  3. Loved your spread this week. You made it look so easy! Good job girl.

  4. Love your spread this week, and it looks like you have had a very creative week, and a productive one at home too! Amazing what you can accomplish when the kids and the hubs take off, huh?

    1. I wish they would take off more often! lol, it was a pretty good week, actually