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Say Yes to New Adventures – Michelle Rydell

Written by Kim. Posted in Creative Squad

CS August Say Yes

It’s Tuesday and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “Say Yes to New Adventures”. Throughout the month of August, the team has been using any of my n*Studio Stamps and Stencils they would like to use to interpret the theme. Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is coming to a close and it’s about time to seize the days and go on a little adventure before hibernation! With this in mind, the team has created something that celebrates the spirit of adventure.

This week we bring you Michelle Rydell and an art journal page all about her adventures with love!

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As soon as I heard that the theme for this month was “Say Yes to New Adventures,” I knew I wanted to do a colorful, many-layered page, to represent the many adventures I’ve had with my hubby Michael! I also thought it would be a great opportunity to make the creation of the page an adventure in itself, by letting it develop organically, instead of having a set plan before beginning…

Here’s how it went…  I opened to a page in my journal that already had the background painted, and a few random collage elements pasted on. I set up my table with a bunch of Dylusions acrylic paints, and foam tools, and got to work…

Rydell Adventure 1

The first stencil I used was the one from the Fashion Dame set, which I applied randomly around the page with turquoise paint…

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And then added some white doodling with a paint pen.

Rydell Adventure 3

Next I used the Batik Stencil, with Pomegranate paint for contrast. I applied random bits of it in the “empty” spaces…

Rydell Adventure 4

I kept up the same process, adding the stencils from the following foam stamp sets: Bird (in pink), Elephant (in yellow) and then Urban Scribble (in orange), adding doodling here and there along the way…

Rydell Adventure 5

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At this point, I printed out a 5 x 7” photo from our wedding, and gently set it where I thought I wanted it to go, outlining with a Stabilo all pencil.

Rydell Adventure 7

I removed the photo (so as to not get it dirty) and activated the water-soluble pencil with matte medium to make a nice black frame for contrast. After that I realized the page was needing some drippage! Over to the spray station it went, and high flow paint was added along the top edge, spraying with water to increase the dripping effect.

Rydell Adventure 8

Looking at the page without the photo gave me an idea – that frame would be a perfect place to put the quote I had in mind! Busting out the stabilo pencil again, I created the journaling lines, and then used a paint pen to create the background and lettering. I stepped back and took a look… I felt like it was complete! No photo needed! Here’s how the final page turned out…

Rydell Adventure 9

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Michelle’s art journal page was an adventure in creation and I love the outcome with all those layers and that quote.

She used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad with a brand new theme for September!

Nat

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  • Julie Tucker

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    This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and that quote!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Lovely page Michelle.
    Thanks for sharing your techniques.

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Creative Ice Breaker – Morning Art Journal Play Video V

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Ice Breaker

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In the mornings I play in my art journal to get myself into the creative groove and break the ice – so to speak- and get ready to paint. I recorded and fast forwarded my morning ritual for this video – and hope you enjoy it. Take it as what it is – a morning art journal play- not a tutorial.

Creative Ice Breaker V Aug 27, 2016 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Here are the supplies I have used in my Creative Ice Breaker video above – some links are affiliate links.

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

I hope you enjoyed the little glimpse into my morning warm up play! Have a wonderful and creative day!

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Thank you for sharing this Nat, I tend to think too much about what I’m doing and my “art” suffers for it. I am so controlled at times that I really need to “let go” more. Watching videos like this one are a good reminder for me. Have a terrific week!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Sue, glad to hear the video is a little nudge to let go 🙂 don’t overthink the not overthinking either – just have fun!!!! Wishing you a terrific weekend as well!!!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Just adored watching this Nat. So free and fun – just creating to create. And it turned out just SUPER too. Love how you used your gals in such a diffferent way. Thanks bunches for such amazing inspiration. XXXj.

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    spahrstreet

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    Oooo that hand carved stamp is really cool! I want to learn how to make one of those!

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Halfway There or… In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”

I do believe 😉 big time …so bring it on- LOL

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This is actually a page I made teaching my art journaling class at Pratt- it was so much fun. Lot’s of stamping, scraping paints and stenciling.

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Here are some of the materials I used – some of the links are affiliate links.

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Hope you are halfway there too 🙂 Have a wonderful day

Nat

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  • Joi @RR

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    Wow – just SUPER creativity Nat. What a glorious background! Love the sentiment – need to do a bit of that believing myself!!! Have a happy weekend. Xj.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Joi! Hope you have a happy weekend as well 🙂 nat

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