Monday, September 4, 2017

My Positivity Journal Start-Up

Hello!  And welcome.

So this happened in my art room today.....
For the background, I used the smoosh technique with Tim Holtz distress ink in a couple of yellow colors to apply watercolor to the journal page.  I stamped the image (Art Gone Wild Daisies by Catherine Scanlon) with my India Ink Black ink pad.  I used Caron 'dAche watercolor crayons, and Tim Holtz distress inks to paint the image. For the lettering, I used a fine Sharpie pen.  I drew the letters with pencil, then penned over the pencil and erased the lines.  Along the right side of the design and letters, I used my N0 Copic marker for shading.  For the spatters, I used distress inks, and some white acrylic paint mixed with water.

A couple of posts ago, I posted a card on which I used a stamp from Art Gone Wild by artist Catherine Scanlon.  I had purchased some of her stamps at the Buffalo stamp convention a couple of weeks ago, and am just wild about them.  They are gorgeous, and BIG.  They stamp beautifully, and have such potential.

Although they are large, I like these stamps for cards.  They can fill the entire front of the card easily.  Or, you can use portions of the stamp on the card.  I especially like them with watercolor, but will be trying lots of different mediums with them.  Can't wait to try my Copics!

I have been getting lots of ideas and inspiration on Catherine Scanlon's blog .  Catherine is an amazing, talented artist.  Her creations are larger than life, full of color and interest, and so lively.  I love her concept of having a Positivity Journal!  So much so that I have decided to start my own.  Seeing Catherine's journal pages inspired me to try making one.   I love the idea of having positive quotes, mixed with inspiring art, in a journal form.  Being able to flip through now and then, when I need inspiration, or just uplifting, positive thoughts is what I would like this journal to be.

This first feeble attempt is my starting point.  I look forward to seeing my growth by the finishing of this journal.  I will be practicing my lettering, and trying different techniques.  I will be posting here, along with my usual card posts.  I hope you will be inspired to try something new as well.

Note:  For the journal, I am using a Strathmore mixed media 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch spiral bound pad.
I have removed the spine to make it easier to work on stamping the images and do the hand lettering without a spine getting in the way.  (A tip I picked up watching Catherine's YouTube videos).  Now that I have made my first page, and am hooked, I will be stamping and lettering pages and inserting them in the journal, and putting it all together.  That way, whenever I want to color or paint, or play with my inks, I will have my own personal coloring-book in my Positivity journal.  Now I have to come up with a cover design!  

Just click on the links to visit Art Gone Wild or Catherine Scanlon's blog.  Thank you for stopping in today.

I am adding my card to The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge.  

Allsorts Challenge - New beginnings.  (My new Positivity Journal project)

Word Art Wednesday 

Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge - Anything goes/optional spritz

Thanks so much for visiting.




  1. A lovely take on the theme Lynda and a delightful floral creation which you do so well, many thanks for joining our 'New Beginnings' theme at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  2. This is a lovely craft idea! Thank you so much for entering your creation in our challenge at Allsorts this week.

  3. Great idea, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. Xxx

  4. This is so pretty, Lynda. Thanks for playing along at HLS WC.


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