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Tuesday with Tara {take 150}

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got another Art Journal page to share with you!  I’ve been trying to make use of my art journal when I have a new idea or technique I want to try or when I want to experiment with the way different mediums work together… and that’s how this page came about!  I stamped the large flowers with some Dina Wakley stamps (each petal is individual) and I was curious how Distress Oxide and Color Burst would play together… so I started by stamping these bold images into floral shapes with Abandoned Coral ink on the cotton watercolor paper in the Mixed Media Journal.  The square outlines are also from that same stamp set, inked with Cracked Pistachio.

Once my basic background design was set, I pulled out my Color Burst and a water brush.  I wet the area I was coloring with the brush first, then added some sprinkles of color and blended it out.  I deliberately tried to have variation in depth of colors… I love how it ended up with a sort of batik type feel!

This page in my journal falls behind a burlap page, and since I had some paint bleed through in a metallic color I decided to pull that into my design.  I started with a metallic gold tag and some die cut Paper Dolls… the sentiment seemed like a great fit since I’d used so many small pieces to make this page, and the background in particular!

From there I pieced together my collage in the lower corner of the page, adding some torn book paper across the page (covering up some not so pretty spots in some instances!) and a bit of outline with a black stablio pencil.  Finally, I did a bit of detailing on the green squares with my Gilt Paint.

I wasn’t sure where this would go when I started working on it, but I really love the funky, warm feel of the finished page!  I’m having a lot of fun with my Media Journal by Dina Wakley, it’s such a fun way to experiment with art journaling since there are so many great textures and types of pages in it.

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 145}

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a quick, masculine art journal page in my Dina Wakley mixed media journal.  I used one of the kraft pages, doodled with her scribble sticks and blended paint with my doodles for a fun background!  I added some stenciled designs in a deep blue and doodles with a white pen and added some color to a photo card for a fun image.  A layer of burlap adds some texture (this is from another page I cut a window out of) and gives a bit more contrast to my image.

Doodling on a page was a challenge… sometimes we rely too heavily on our tools and supplies like stamps and stencils.  Dina is a great inspiration with her products and her classes to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  My art journal is a great place for that, because it’s just a spot for me (and then I step out of my comfort zone again and share it with you!) to experiment and try new things and hopefully discover some techniques and mediums I really like!

Have a great week!

Inky hugs,



Side Order Blog Hop!

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Welcome to the Scrap’n Stamp Side Order Blog Hop!  Today we are featuring the new Sizzix Side Order dies that Tim Holtz released to work with the Sidekick machine (but of course they’ll work in any of the larger die cut tools you own as well!) these little sets are a lot of fun and have some great value in a tiny package, each includes 4 dies and a mini embossing folder!!   There’s a variety to choose from, which you can find in the online store OR you can win one of 3 sets just by leaving a comment on the blogs along the hop today!

I get to be the first stop today, sharing with you my art journal page featuring the springtime set! First, check out the little chick die- I cut it twice out of two shades of yellow card stock (with adhesive on the back to make piecing easier) and colored the beak & feet orange and the eyes dark brown with Copic markers.

I got a couple variations doing it this way… you’ll see both side by side in a future blog post 🙂  But here’s how my page came together:

I also used the hello & butterfly dies on my page- as well as some old Hero Arts stamps from my stash and Tim Holtz’s blueprint Easter Egg stamp.  The flowers were inked up with a variety of Distress Oxide Ink pad colors and stamped on the painted background…

I mixed in some alphabet stickers to create my title… love the little butterfly wings out of book print!  See how it carries from the page background, to the tulip stamp design and the butterfly wings…

The eggs were stamped on a watercolor background also created with Distress Oxide on watercolor paper.  And is that little chick not the cutest thing ever?  He’s definitely calling his peeps to set up some Easter festivities… 😉

Here’s how the background of my page progressed… from bold & ugly to a soft spring background 🙂

I had fun with a colorful variety of Dina Wakley paints… going through the ugly to make a great textured background I ended up being quite happy with!

I hope you liked my page!  It was a challenge for me to use these mini elements on a large area like the art journal. I’ll be back Tuesday for my weekly blog post with a card using some of the same elements, I hope you’ll come visit!  But for now, check out the hop- the following ladies have created some fabulous projects I think you’ll enjoy!

Side Order Blog Hop starts…

Enjoy!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a Side Order of your own 🙂

Inky hugs,