Monday, February 18, 2013

Quote in Journal

A year in the Life of an Art Journal put out a new challenge on February 15th, and the prompt this time was to journal about our favorite quote. I have so many favorites, and the one I chose is actually not among my top 5 .... but it is a quote that spoke to me; and I need to listen to it.....

- Write the book you want to read -

The letters and images are colored in using watercolor pencils and a waterpen. The yellow and orange areas are colored with pastel chalks.

I had measured the watercolor paper incorrectly, so it turned out to be too big to fit in my art journal - but maybe it was meant to be hanging on my wall as a reminder, over the desk where I write instead of hiding inside my art journal.

I used several rubber stamps this time. There are quite a few from Cherry Pie Art Stamps (Shakespeare, pens, old typewriter, ink bottle, ink splatter, the hand holding a pen). The eyes, the scribble text, and the small ink bottle with feather, are all stamps from my first stamp company, Stampinavia, and the rest are stamps I cannot remember where came from. That's the drawback with unmounted stamps, isn't it? For the past few years I have written the company name on the back of the rubber when I buy new stamps, but these ones are old ... from long before I began marking them.

People often ask me if I regret selling Stampinavia back in 2005, and (thankfully) I can say that I don't. I had gone back to college and was swamped with work, and I didn't think it was fair to my stamps that they just sat there while I took a sabbatical, one I didn't even know how long would last while I studied. The company that bought mine (Kreativ Hobby in Larvika, Norway), takes such good care of my line of stamps, and it's always a thrill to see "my" stamps for sale in stores all around :-) I will always be proud of my first line, and I'm especially fond of the Norwegian Santa (fjøsnisse) and petroglyphs (helleristninger), plus the eyes I used in my journal page above (I drew that stamp image, looking at a photo of k.d. lang, so if you're reading this, k.d. (fat chance!), thanks for lending me your glance! :-D)

I'm digressing - let's go back to the art journal prompt for a moment, and some of my favorite quotes:
  • Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. (Touché!)
  • To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
  • Leave room in your garden for the faeries to dance.

The latter quote is available as a calligraphy stamp at Quietfire Design, and I want to do a journal page using that quote, too, so stay tuned! 

Thanks for stamping by!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

And the Winner is ...

... actually, the headline should read, "And the Winners are ...". Here's what happened:

In my post on January 21st (which you can see here), I said that anyone who left a comment, sharing with us all their word for 2013 would get a chance to win rubber stamps from my line. I would draw a name and  announce the winner on Valentine's day ...

The first name I drew was that of a very creative woman called Boo (check out her cool blog, Stamp Laugh Play !). When I read Boo's comment again I noticed that she hadn't said what her word for 2013 is ...

Uh-oh! She wins, but then she doesn't?? I felt bad for her - after all, she did leave a comment and I did draw her name! What to do, what to do .... Well, you've probably guessed it already since the winners are in plural ;-) So, I drew one more name, and this time the person who had written the comment had also said what her word was. Yay! We have TWO winners! Congratulations, Boo and amyklaire! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving your comments. Now, would you both please head over to my website, Nature's Print Shop and pick one full sheet of stamps each and let us all know which you want in a comment below? Also, remember to e-mail me your name and address, and I'll make sure the stamps are sent to you right away.

Many thanks to everyone who left comments and everyone who shared their word.
I really appreciate it! :-D

And, last but not least ...

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Published! Grunge Resist, Part II

Check out my article, Grunge Resist Part II, in the April 2013 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine!

Here's a sneak peek at two of the projects that feature my Nature's Print Shop stamps, along with stamps from Quietfire Design and Cherry Pie.

An explanation of the technique and instructions for these and other projects are in the magazine.

Grunge Resist, Part I was published in Scrap & Stamp Art Magazine, October 2012.
If you missed it, here's a sneak peek of that one.

Scrap & Stamp Art Magazine by Scott Publications.
The April issue can be ordered here.

Sentiment stamps by Quitefire Design, Canada.
Faeries and dragonfly stamp by Cherry Pie Art Stamps, USA.
All flower stamps by Nature's Print Shop (nature print rubber stamps by yours truly), Norway.

Thanks for stamping by! :-)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Singing in the Rain

This is the second time I've made a page in my art journal after having been inspired by a prompt over at One Year in the Life of an Art Journal.
This time the prompt was: RAINY DAY. Drip some paints on your page, and share a little bit about what the perfect rainy day looks like to you.

I love rain - especially in the summer. And I love singin' along to the old classic, Singing in the rain. On YouTube, I found the famous clip from the movie where Gene Kelly dances in the rain, and I had it playing over and over again while I was working on my journal page. I also printed out a photo from the scene where Kelly dances with a street lamp.

I've used ink sprayks on watercolor paper, but I had obviously bought a cheap kind this time - it wrinkeled when it got wet! Oh, well ....So does paper when it rains, so I guess it was meant to be ...

The orange-yellow line (soft pastels) represents a flash of lightning, because when it rains in the summer, I like that, too!

The musical notes are rubber stamps, so is the large letters on the bottom (from Just Jhone, unfortuntately they are no longer available). Inside the letters, I wrote things I like about rain.

I wrote the text inside the letters in Norwegian.
It being my first language, it felt natural to do so.

When it rains, I get a craving for hot chocolate with whipped cream. When it rains, I don't have to water all my flowers. When it rains, it smells fresh. When it rains, it drums on the roof and on the windows. When it rains, the nature gets nourishment.

Detail from chipboard letter:

The chipboard letters were silver and I painted them with alcohol inks, then made drops of rain with Dimensional Magic over which I sprinkeled some glitter. This girl gotta have her bling! :-)

Detail from hand written text:

With an orange glitter pen, I added strokes to the word "glorious", and finally sprayed Pearl mist over the entire page to make it appear wet (bonus: more bling!)

I have ideas for another rainy page, which I will post about ...whenever it's finished :-)
One of the things that I really like about art journalling is that it's all up to me what I make, how I make it, when I make it - if I make it. No rush, no pressure. Loads of FUN! :-D

Before you leave, remember to check this post (about my previous journal page). There are stamps to win from my company!! :-)))

Thanks for stamping by!

Yeah, that's my Photoshop attempt of a rainy signature ...