Altered Art Tag Tutorial

Kristi Nazzaro

I enjoy altering shipping tags and knew that for this first project I wanted to stay within my comfort zone. I love adding stamps to my projects and the Art Fusion set was the perfect compliment to this piece.

I enjoy adding various textures to my pieces while building up my layers. Adding torn and frayed fabric to my art symbolizes for me the threads and pieces of our lives and how we move forward in life with these experiences - whether good, bad or indifferent and how they stay with us. 

Design Team member Kristi Nazzaro shares her process for making her gorgeous altered art tag with us for her design team project. Be inspired as she uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @kristinazzaro #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I began this tag with a base layer of gesso to prep the surface. This hides the bland color of the tag and begins the transformation. I then chose acrylic paint as the background to establish the color scheme. The process of transforming a basic, plain shipping tag into something bold and colorful is truly magic to me. I find repurposing everyday objects as a theme in the art I create. 

I added acrylic paint to my stamps and stamped using various masking techniques. The first impression is always bold in color but I love seeing the varying degrees of color each generation of stamping provides.

I have been experimenting with stamping on fabric and love the uncertainty that comes along with that technique. Allowing myself to try new techniques and having no expectation of results has been a huge area of growth for me as an artist. I found that in the past, I strive for perfection in my art had really smothered my creative process. Letting go of preconceived notions and unrealistic expectations has allowed me to enjoy all of the aspects of creating - the good, the bad, the ugly and the sheer joy.

Art is my avenue of connection.

Often art connects me with other people, however, I find that art also allows me to connect to myself on an entirely different level. I see where that connection has me growing in all the right places.



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15 list prompts for your art journal

I am a big list maker.

I am also a big journaler.

So what do you get when you cross lists and journals? A very happy Roben-Marie, that’s what.

Aside from keeping your life organized, lists are a great thing to add to your art journal spreads. Tweet It!

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Many of my students struggle to bring the journaling into their art journals - the actual writing part, I mean. And one of the tips I give them is to incorporate lists onto their pages.

These don’t have to be shopping lists, or to do lists, or lists that you would actually use. They could be lists of your favorite things, or lists of your dreams and thoughts. The idea is just that you take the pressure off yourself, and write down a few words.

These words could be covered up completely by paint or collage. They could form part of one of your journal layers. They could even become the focal point of your page. That’s up to you.

To help overcome a journaling block, I encourage you to start with a list!
— Roben-Marie

To help you overcome your journaling blocks, I encourage you to dip into my list of 15 list prompts for your art journal. Tweet That! 

  1. Your favorite ways to start your day.

  2. Meaningful quotes.

  3. Books that have changed your life.

  4. The best things you’ve ever tasted.

  5. Most adventurous moments.

  6. People you couldn’t live without.

  7. Favorite art supplies.

  8. Significant dates from your life.

  9. Your ultimate playlist.

  10. Things you’d like to do this summer.

  11. Movies you watch over and over.

  12. Favorite colors.

  13. Places you’d like to visit.

  14. Acts of kindness you intend to carry out.

  15. Things you’re beyond grateful for.

Tips:

  • Use list prompts as a way to practice your hand lettering. Tweet That!

  • Use alphabet stamps on found papers and collage onto your spread.

  • Cut letters or words from magazines, junk mail and book paper to create your list.

Have fun with these ideas!!

Have a creative day!

Roben-Marie


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@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.


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On overcoming obstacles (and getting what you ask for)

I've just returned from an amazing mission trip to Honduras.

Mission work is something I've wanted to do for many years; back in 2007 I went on my first to Panama, and then I went to El Salvador. I've been to Romania and Honduras, too. This was my fifth mission trip, and my second to Honduras.

I really liked the people of Honduras and the teams that I worked with. It was a great experience that I want to continue.  Lord willing, I'll be returning each summer with the same team.

Facing the fear

Each time I go on a mission trip, I know that it's not going to be easy, but I'm always ready and prepared.

Years ago, I would get very excited about the idea of going on a mission trip, but I wasn’t sure I could actually do it. I felt that I might not be able to handle the conditions and maybe I was just a little bit too used to my comforts.

In fact, the first one I went on, I felt like I had made a big mistake. But I just spent some time praying about it, and realized that I needed to change my focus. My focus needed to be on serving the people of that country and not on myself.

I prayed about it, and it got better, and I really enjoyed it. Obviously, because I've returned several times since.

Ignoring the obstacles

I’ve always dealt with anxiety, but after my first couple of mission trips, I also started dealing with depression. I knew I wasn’t in a state to take another mission trip any time soon, and it was several years before I would make the trip to Romania.

I reached a point where I decided that I couldn’t let my illness stop me. I missed going and serving others, so I decided to take back control. I went with a girlfriend, and had an amazing time. It was hard, but I did it, and I learned a lot.

Each time I have the opportunity to take one of these trips, I'm excited, but I do still feel a little anxiety building up. I'm always given the answer in my prayers - He gives me the yes, and I do fine.

That's not to say that it's a piece of cake, because it's not, but He has gotten me through it each time.

Honduras 2017

A shared prayer

The start of the mobile clinic - Day 1.

On the very first day in the field, we held a mobile clinic and built a couple of homes. I was heading up the pharmacy, and although I had everything ready, it wasn't the best of circumstances. It never is.

It was really hot that day, we did have some cover, and we did have a breeze, but there were so many people, and lots and lots of children, and lots of dogs for some reason. These dogs did not want to move, and we just had to work around them. I prayed that I would stay calm in that heat, with that noise, knowing that I would be tired and thirsty.

At one point things got really crazy. I was moving towards one of the tables, and I knocked this baby over. He was on the ground, under my feet and I didn't know he was there. He was really small, and I knocked him over. He hit his head on the table leg and started crying. I was horrified, but I stayed calm. I picked him up and I just tried to comfort him. His mom was very understanding. I mean, it was just one of those things, and he was fine.

This is me, talking with with the doctor.  She took this photo to send capture the moment.  That's me...calm, relaxed and having fun!

This is me, talking with with the doctor.  She took this photo to send capture the moment.  That's me...calm, relaxed and having fun!

Sometime later, towards the end of the day, 20 people showed up all at once, and while I was rushing around, I stepped on one of the dogs (one of those dogs that wouldn’t move). He bit my foot. Thankfully, I had on a good pair of thick sneakers and it did not break the skin, but it scared me.

When the doctor and I were finished and waiting for the bus, she told me, "You know, I prayed that you would be calm today and that you would just be the "duck," and the water would roll off your back." I told her about my own prayer for the day - that I would be calm, and not get upset or anxious. Our shared prayer was clearly answered.                                          

We laughed about it, but God really answered that prayer for me on that day. It could've been a situation filled with anxiety. You've got lots of people needing you, and asking you questions, and needing your help, and it's loud, and it's hot, and you're thirsty. You have to go to the bathroom, but there is no bathroom. It had all the triggers that cause anxiety in me, but I was calm and really enjoyed the day.

A shared song

One Sunday, something really magical happened. We worshiped with a congregation in a place called Los Pinos. The congregation there sang in Spanish, and then we sang in English, and then at times we would all sing together in our own native language. It was so beautiful to hear the song being sung in both languages at the same time. There were no boundaries and it was a blessing to everyone.

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A shared story

One of the young ladies I was working with that first day shared that not only was this her first time on a mission trip, but also her first time on an airplane, so she had been dealing with some serious anxiety.

When I heard this, I thought, "I'm meant to be here, and I'm meant to connect with her."

I felt drawn to let her know that I also deal with these feelings, and we got to talking. She seemed to feel a little bit better talking to me and realizing that a lot of the things that she was feeling were not unusual and that we were going to get through the trip, and we were going to enjoy it, and it was all going to be fine.

An answered prayer

At our last clinic, we had to limit the time to 4 hours - we had until 1 pm, but unbeknownst to us, the entire community knew we were coming.

When the bus started going up the hill, we passed hundreds of people lined up to see us. We were worried. When we were about to start, I remember saying “We've got to pray about this, and ask for specifically what we need and what we want."

We prayed that we would be able to see all of the people that truly needed to see the doctor and get medicine and that we could do it all in the time that we had. We prayed that each one of those people coming in would be treated as if they were the most important person that we were seeing that day. We saw a lot of really sick kids that day.

It wasn’t the safest area, so one of our guys stood outside, monitoring the line and keeping everyone calm. Just before 1 pm, he came in and said: “We’re done.” I couldn’t believe it - we’d managed to see all those people in such a short amount of time.

This was a prime example of not being generic in your prayer, but just being very specific in saying, "Here's what I need. Here's what we need, Lord," and He really gave it to us, exactly how we prayed.                                          

I've got so many more stories of things that happened that week, and I really saw God work in me, keeping me calm. It was amazing, and it was really a faith builder.

I wanted to share this with you, because even with the houses that were built, women and children cared for and food delivered, so many other things happened, and it was just amazing to see God work in the lives of everyone who went. It did my heart good to see so many young people, and hear them share what it meant for them, and how they were impacted by the experience.

Lord willing, I'll return in 2018, and bring more stories home with me of God's amazing work. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes, it meant a lot to me. I hope that this was an encouragement to you as well!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Handmade Grungy Art Journal Tutorial

Anna Friesen

I love making my own journals, and I wanted the gorgeous Art Pops™ cards and colorful yarn to be the stars. I chose to bind this book with Coptic stitching, which I am familiar with, and I love the effect it gives to the spine.

Design Team member Anna Friesen shares her gorgeous handmade grungy journal us for her design team project. Be inspired as she uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @annafriesen #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

When I was thinking coptic stitches, I felt the perfect marriage would be black paper, the cards and bright embroidery thread stitching. Add in the cheerful coordinating yarns, and you get lots of eye-candy for those dreary days we all have! :)

I knew that I am not a perfectionist when it comes to binding, as I'm not that great at it, so I knew I would tie in the messy feel with messy stitching and torn edges all around. 

And who doesn't like a little bit of interactive pages as well? So, each of the five signatures in this handmade journal also has two pockets for the lovely Art Pops™ cards I made into tags.

For more detailed instructions of the Coptic stitching, check out Gisele Grenier's video HERE.



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The 100 Day Project Week Twelve

@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.


@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.

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My five tips to creating art, consistently

My five tips to creating art, consistently @robenmarie #creative #acreativelife

•How do you develop a recognizable style?

•How do you create so much art and so many classes?

•How do you come up with all your ideas?

These are the three questions I get asked most frequently, both online, and when I meet my students in person. While there is no “short cut system” when it comes to creativity, there is one concept that has helped me seriously grow as an artist…

Consistency.

Showing up to create on a regular basis is what has helped me build my creative muscle over the years. It’s what has helped me develop a signature style that people recognize in an instant. It’s what has helped me develop a whole roster of creative workshops.

No matter what you want to believe, there is no such thing as a naturally prolific artist. It’s all about sitting down and doing the work - then coming back and doing the work again. The potential to be an artist is there in each of us - consistent creation is what helps unleash all that possibility. Tweet That!

The potential to be an artist is there in each of us - consistent creation is what helps unleash all that possibility.
— Roben-Marie Smith

Whenever I say something along these lines, I feel like people are poised to push back by saying things like “I just can’t," or “it’s so easy for you.” Neither of those things is true.

I have trained myself to be consistent in my creative process, and with these techniques, you can too:

 1 - Declare creativity a priority.

Decide that you want to train your creative brain to be present, and practice the skills you’ve always wanted to develop.

This sounds silly, but try saying it out loud. Tell yourself that creativity is a gift you’re going to give yourself.

2 - Make space.

I mean this both literally and metaphorically.

Start by making sure you have an easily accessible space for creative play. Not everyone is blessed enough to have a home studio, but you could take over the kitchen table or a corner of the den.  I started out that way.  I remember once, I was working on a large scrapbooking project and had papers all over the dining room table and floor.  A friend of my husband's came by for a visit, took a look around and asked if we were redecorating.  

Next, I want you to think about how you can make time to create regularly. I try to work on my art every day, but that’s because I’m a full-time artist. This sometimes looks like a quick background on a journal page, or tag art for a friend - it does not have to be something big and time-consuming.  You could start with something more manageable - like two hours each Sunday, or the 45 minutes you spend waiting for your kid to get out of practice.

Identify the time slots you want to set aside to nurture your creativity, and schedule them into your calendar. This will make your plan feel real.

3 - Pick your project.

When you start becoming really intentional about your creative process, I’d recommend choosing one area of focus. Tweet That!  This could be anything from art journaling to embroidery, to watercolor abstracts. Just pick a path and follow it. If you get distracted by a new technique or idea along the way, follow that muse. It happens to me all the time.  Sometimes, I have to reign myself in because I am a person who "chases shiny objects" all the way down the rabbit hole.  Just go with it and see what happens.

For a supercharged combo of motivation and accountability, consider taking part in an online challenge. Take a look at my 100 Days of Anthropologie Stories Project for inspiration.

4 - Stay inspired.

Think of your art as something that uses up inspiration. In order to keep creating, you need to keep refueling that source.

Instagram and Pinterest are both gold mines of ideas, but I’d encourage you to take it offline.

Think of your art as something that uses up inspiration. In order to keep creating, you need to keep refueling that source.
— Roben-Marie Smith

Go to a flower show, or a gallery, or a museum. Visit new landscapes. Try new foods. Read books. Soak in something new, then channel that back into your creative practice.  I touch on this subject in more detail in a past article, 3 Tips for Overcoming a Creative Block.

5 - Surround yourself with the right people.

As creatives, most of us tend to be quite sensitive. That means we need to spend time with those who support, and encourage, and uplift us. I’ve mentioned the importance of consistency in creativity before, and that remains true. 

Surrounding yourself with fellow creatives will nudge you to keep going with your art. Sharing ideas, and staying accountable, are hugely motivating - I’ve seen it first hand in Claim Your Happy, my free creative community. Find out more HERE if you want in on the action.

The lesson here is that you can decide to create consistently, but you’re the only one who can make it happen.

 What do you say? Are you ready to choose creativity?

Sending love your way today!

Roben-Marie


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The 100 Day Project Week Eleven

@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.


@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.

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Delighted - An Art Journal Page

Ashli Oliver

I love drawing faces and as you can see this spread is no exception! I was inspired by the sense of movement and the lovely repetition of circle elements in Roben-Marie’s work as I created this piece.

Design Team member Ashli Oliver creates a beautiful art journal spread for us filled with delight and whimsy! She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and and Art Pops™! @ashlioliver @robenmarie #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

 

While I played with messy stamping, I was delighted by the combination of pattern and texture. As you'll see in the video, I then used that as a jumping off point for my doodles when finishing off the spread.

I think she turned out quite fun and her grin has me wondering what might be up her sleeve! I just love the delightful whimsy that all of these circular doodles create!



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Through the lens: the beauty of Honduras

Life is beautiful for those who choose to see positive and beauty in everything.
— Anurag Prakash Ray

Photos taken in these locations:

The Mercado Market in Tegucigalpa
Villa de Angeles
Santa Ana, Francisco Morazán
Santa Lucía, Francisco Morazán

The 100 Day Project Week Ten

@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.


@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.
@robenmarie #the100dayproject and #100daysofanthropologiestories where I will take something from an Anthropologie catalog, create a mixed media piece around it and write a little story to go with it. @anthropologie Follow @robenmarie on Instagram for art and stories each day.

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Mixed Media Canvas Video Tutorial

Jenni Zmuda

I came up with this project quite by accident. I had a canvas painted black for another project. It sat on my desk for a while and some of my Roben-Marie Smith supplies and stuff got piled on it (I'm not the tidiest maker).

It gave me the idea to create on a canvas using the supplies. I love how it turned out! Inspiration came out of the chaos and I created this canvas for my first design team project.

Design Team member Jenni Zmuda shares her beautiful mixed media canvas with us for her project. Be inspired as she uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @art_girl_78 #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I started by adding some book text. When you're not sure where to start, book text is a great way to go. It's visually appealing and I love the little peeks of text and the occasional found word popping out.

When going through any project, I try to make it symmetrical. If I add something in the upper left corner, then I try to add something in the lower right corner. As you can see from the video, I added the book text in the upper left corner, then the sticker strips along the bottom and side, having them intersect in the lower right corner to balance it out. The stamped owl image on top of the Art Pops card is off center and the half circles help to balance the left side out. Same goes with the embellishments I added. I put the leaves and the flower in the upper right corner and the butterfly in the lower left.

"White space" is not my strong suit, so to cover the space in between the circles and the owl image, I add a tag. Tags are great fillers as well. And I could not leave it blank (see above about my inability to leave white space - haha) so I stamped the heart image.

By adding the bumpy edge border on the left side using the mixed media papers, it covers some of the empty space. if I didn't add that little border your eye would go straight to the black. This why your eye flows over the canvas, taking it all in.



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Floral Art Collage Journal Page

Sherry Canino

My art journaling comes from my heart!

I often use my art journaling to work through things that I might be going through that I can’t quite make sense of, sometimes I write down my thoughts and sometimes I use a song or songs to help express the thoughts inside of me.

This page actually incorporates both. I chose a song and looked up the lyrics online that would closely express what I was feeling and once I wrote those down on my page I continued to write a bit more of my own feelings. Typically when I am done I like to create some art over the top of it as I’m a pretty private person and really don’t want to share all my words and thoughts with others. Sometimes my art will express what I was feeling on the page and often times my art will be a bit more happy trying to find happiness and peace and move on from the turmoil that I may be feeling.

Design Team member Sherry Canino creates a beautiful collaged journal page filled with meaning and depth. Be inspired as she uses stamps from Paperbag Studios! @sherrycanino @robenmarie #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

On this page, I created a floral collage in bright happy colors with a bit of gold shimmer trying to find the bright lining in all that I am going through. The layers represent all of the pieces that I had put together over time that once made one full happy piece.

This page has a lot of symbolism and meaning to me and helping me make sense where there seems to be none.

I used stamps from Paperbag Studios - Doodle and Daters to add detail and more depth to my petals. I also used specific stamps like the heart and circles for more symbolism in my journey for peace in this page. I have a quote that I would like to share that came out of this process and the journey though this page and that is:

 

Thank you for allowing me to share my journey in this page today with all of you. Wishing everyone lots of peace and happiness always!



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