Friday, October 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Clearsnap the Blog Hop!

 

Welcome to the StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop!

When I found out that we would be doing a Blog Hop with Clearsnap I did a little HAPPY dance. Back in my scrapbooking days, I probably kept them in business with how many Chestnut Roan and Creamy Beige Cat's Eye Inks I bought :) 
On to present day......


It is true when they say that your mood is reflected in your art. This is a perfect example. I've been sort of "off" lately. Apparently, it transferred over to my Art Journal page.



Looks okay right?? Not great, but okay.....
Well let me tell you, it took quite a bit of struggle to get it there. 
Nothing I was doing was going right.

Here is a little progression so you can see how it went down the drain and then I started to bring it back.


I started off on a Art Journal page that was already started in my book. Just some old text pasted down and some acrylic pant.


I used the ColorBox® Spritzers with the Now Is The Time stencil from StencilGirl
WORDS are the perfect start to ANYTHING.



I LOVED how the spray came out of the bottle in little splats, yet kept its place. 
So far, so good......I had NO idea where I was going with this.
And here was where we go down a bad path....or spill you might say.....


I used the Jumbo Smooch Spritz®  on a piece of scrap paper to see the color--LOVED it and all the fine sparkle, good to go on to the page. Well, I think I shook it too much and the sparkle in the bottle clogged. I don't know if anyone knows this, but I have little patience with some things. I needed to get this page DONE! NOW! I opened the bottle, and of course, spilled it right on my page. Totally my fault for not taking the time.
 Accidents happen for a reason I guess.....just move ON! Totally my fault.


I took that spill as an opportunity to use a product I was familiar with. I outlined my "spill" with Smooch®.  LOVE this stuff!!! 
What to do now....I HATE this page right now!


I took out the IZink.
 I had other ideas for this product (that will come at a later date) but for now, I figured what the heck.


This stuff has a really thick cool appearance. While I LOVED the product....my page wasn't getting any better. Stencils, OF COURSE, to the rescue!!!
I took out two new ones on my desk: Lilly Wallpaper and Art Deco Wallpaper. Really loving these two right now.


I went back with my two original colors of acrylic paint and randomly stenciled parts of each stencil over everything. You can even see where i just free hand tranced my painted stenciling trying to recover. Helping....I could see where I could take it now.....back to the beginning where I started with the Now Is The Time stencil.


I traced the words I wanted from the stencil with a black pen and then used the ColorBox® Spritzer with a paint brush this time adding some red around the letters randomly. 
Red also makes EVERYTHING better!


Then my favorite part EVERY time! The details.....black pen, white pen, MORE Smooch® randomly. I felt like it was alive again! 


I love seeing all those products layered together!
Here is even a better look!


So it just proves that EVERY page goes through the uglies
--just stick with it!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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50 comments :

  1. Love the layers of different media, Maria! Lovely!!

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  2. Lulubadgley (at) gmail (dotcom). Love how you use the variety of materials

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  3. Nice to know I'm not the only oops maker out there...lol. Love the page in all it's layers!

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  4. SO true about the 'uglies' and getting stuck. Happens a lot unfortunately. Thanks for sharing yours (tho it wasn't that bad) and the encouragement to push forward... textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot com).

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  5. Thanks for sharing! Had to pin this, as it is wonderful to see the creative process!!

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  6. It's that lovely moment that everything all comes together just after you almost give up and toss it. Awesome!
    And sometimes the most rewarding. Thanks for sharing your process and results. A fun post to read. :)

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  7. Love seeing the process and your thoughts on it! Still turned out wonderful! A reflection of YOU! xoxoxox

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  8. Don't ever give up!!! AND you didn't and it looks great! I LOVE the layers that came forth. Really nice job Maria, thanks for inspiration and encouragement - it shines through.

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  9. isn't the saying something about having to kiss a few frogs before you find the prince.
    Art journaling is the same. You have to keep trying and all of a sudden - there it is, the prince of a page.
    The colors are bright and bold. the sentiment is very appropriate.
    thanks for sharing a great piece.

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  10. way to rescue your page. Love how it turned out!

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  11. Second try... Love the way you saved the page. I will keep it in mind the next time I am ready to through a page out the window. Thanks for sharing your process. glovchik (at) comcast (dot net)

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  12. Hey..this end result is great. Believe me when I say this happens all the time. ("off" is my middle name lately). Miss you.

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  13. I love that you use words in you page! is amazing!!! amantedelpapel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. from beginning to end I loved it

    manicros(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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  15. Maria, you really know how to use Smooch and those other supplies -- what lovely artwork you've created with them! And the stencils you chose are so pretty -- great designs!

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  16. I love the fact that even experts mess up! I get so frustrated with mistakes...thanks for showing that I can correct a disaster with a little creativity....

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  17. inajrabbit@yahoo.com says love how you saved your journal page fantastic idea looks great!

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  18. my email I forgot to add is: arttage@yahoo.com
    Thanks again, Sanna.

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  19. I would call this page 'Redeemed'….which is exactly what you did with it, and so very well done, Maria! All these products look like so much fun and now that I know their qualities, I think I need some!
    Thanks!
    Sue
    susan.chesley@yahoo.com

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  20. Wow, incredible!!! I love seeing your creative process and this journal page is truly a from the heart one-of-a-kind original masterpiece! I love it!!! AWESOME job and thanks so much for sharing this and your wonderful inspiration today!!! Have a great weekend! :)

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  21. I think it looks fabulous. It goes to show...there's no such thing as bad art...just unfinished art.

    jo.murray.art(at)gmail(dot com)

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  22. Thank you for sharing your creative process - and how sometimes it takes a detour! Love how it turned out in the end.

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  23. Rrally cool experimentation! Thanks for taking us along on the ride!!!

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  24. Wow,you made that an interesting journey from one page to the other!

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  25. Wonderful creative
    process on your
    page! Came out
    beautiful.
    Carla from Utah

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  26. Great page! Glad you were able to save it.

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  27. You're so funny! I loved watching the transformation of your journal page, it teaches us that persistence is key in art!

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  28. Great pictures in your comments. Love how your page turned out. Thanks for doing the step out. I learn so much from you and the SG team. Those stencils are wonderful too. sunmoongal at me dot com

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  29. I love watching your process and it turned out wonderful. You made it into a wonderful page!

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  30. Wow, this turned out amazing! I love the texture, thanks for sharing.

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  31. Wow! Love the layers and that you stuck with it until you turned it into something phenomenal! Now I won't feel bad for all of the ugly layers mine go through. Thanks! deardeniseh (at) yahoo (dot com)

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  32. Thanks for the inspiration. It's great to see you turn something you don't like into a great page. Maybe there is hope for some of my work.

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  33. Love how it turned out!
    web (at) thebunnylog (dot com)

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  34. Every piece of art goes through an ugly stage. you have shown that persistence is the key!

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  35. Loved the process, the oops, the fix and the recovery!! Thanx for reminding us art doesn't go according to the plan.. be prepared to always leap beyond ur expectations!!

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  36. Loved the colors on this page
    soarndove(at)yahoo(dot com)

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  37. I love all the layers! I always enjoy pages that just sort of evolve!!
    gillwatson(at)mailbox(dot)co(dot)uk

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  38. Art journaling is like life, no? We all go through ugly stages - just have to keep moving through to get to the beautiful part. And, your page is simply lovely!

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  39. Sometimes I get lost at the ugly stage, and things just get uglier! Nice to see your page recovery.

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  40. That is tons of color, great pictorial. awesome project

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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  41. This week's blog hop has been so inspiring and helpful for ideas on "How to" use the products differently than I have in the past! TFS!! Love how your journal pages came out!

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  42. Love all the layers - great way to keep working at a project.

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  43. Love the final outcome.... what a great use of color and dimension

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  44. I can't believe how many times I've binned something because of a spill, inappropriate finger print or transfer from something else. Next time I'll try to keep going and save it. Thank you for the inspiration

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  45. Stencils saved the day! Love that!! Your page turned out gorgeous, Maria!

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  46. The texture is just amazing. New products. YUM! =)

    zenart1111 (at) gmail (dot com)

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  47. Love those spritzers and the great layers you have here Maria! well done!
    Kampysgirl(at)gmail(dot com)

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  48. Wow does that process sound familiar! lol. But I love all the great layers you got! This turned out really fabulous in the end! Beautiful!

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