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Hydrant Feels – Art Journal

“Some days you’re the fire hydrant, and some days, you are the dog.” 

This quote made me laugh hard so I just had to use it to show you my new Hydrant foam stamp in action.

I kept the page pretty simple – just stamping in a complementary color scheme with Versafine ink pads, layering them up.

I really like how big and bold the Hydrant stamp is and I’m excited to use it not just in my art journal, but other projects too. 

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the quote, the colors, and the overlap of the stamped images.

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Better World – Art Journal

“It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” – Nelson Mandela

… Use your damn hands!

I used my new Lady Liberty foam stamp – a nice big stamp with the oomph that I wanted for this page. To get my color I rolled out two acrylic paints with a brayer – soft acrylic paints in teal and green – and then stamped. I wanted the look of some patina – like the statue itself.

I added some stars with my Star Tag rubber stamp.

…and used a Fude pen for the journaling.

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Scary Either Way – Art Journal

“It’s scary when things change. It’s scary when things stay the same.”

Isn’t that the truth.

For this spread I just stamped with different versafine stamp pads using my new Foam Stamps like the Church. I also used some of my other stamps like the Solid Triangle Small from Triangle Love and the Fan-fare rubber stamp set.

I filled in some of the details with markers like here in the Brownstone foam stamp.

And here is the Powerhouse foam stamp with some details highlighted.

And here is Row Houses looking lovely in yellow.

Here is a tip – After using ink, clean your stamps with water and a soft brush to make sure ink does not transfer to your next project or other inkpads.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    You get such a clear and complete image when you stamp.
    I have had some luck using Julie’s suggestion to stamp with a mat underneath, but I still get bothered by incomplete images.
    Maybe it’s the “perfect” side of my brain. I continue to strive to let go. Nice new set of stamps Nat!

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A Look Back – Starting with Yellow – Cool Stuff You May Have Missed 28

A Look Back – This time I’m looking at Starting with Yellow – or specifically, yellow backgrounds in my art journal. I think yellow can mean a lot of things and evoke a lot of different emotions and the following art journal spreads all have predominantly yellow backgrounds and range from happy to hopeful to brave. Read on and enjoy!

A Look Back is a blog series to show you some projects and posts that you may have missed – sometimes going WAY back in the archive. I think it will be fun to revisit a few ideas that we haven’t seen for a while. I’m excited to see how a little look back might inspire something new in the future :)


In this first spread I started with that yellow background and then kept the color palette pretty simple. Check out the full post here to read how I created my image and added my Groovy foam stamp.

 

I brought a few other colors together with yellow in this art journal spread as a base for a quick pencil sketch and some of my Fan-Fare stamps. With the boldness of this background, the rest of the spread came together with ease.

 

Yellow was the base of this all over pattern here in my art journal. I added my Kyoto stencil and some eraser dots here and there too.

 

In this art journal page, I anchor my building in a field of yellow. My background is definitely yellow, but given interest with areas of blank page here and there and some of my Wabi Sabi stamps too.

 

The boldness of this art journal page emphasizes the call to action, “Be the change!” Yellow feels like the right hue for that energy and hope.

I hope you enjoyed this look back on some projects that started with yellow. Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Interrogating Fear – Art Journal

“We climbed slowly towards the greatest of our terror of that time, we want to expose ourselves to fear and interrogate it. ” – My Brilliant Friend

Are you interrogating your fears? Pretty hard to do but they say it’s one of the best ways to overcome things. I was mulling it over when I created this page.

I still have paper from my Suminagashi Session so I used one of those prints as a background. Suminagashi is a Japanese paper marbling technique that is very doable at home and yields some beautiful results for collage, bookbinding, art journaling etc.

For the facing page, I used a sheet I made with my Kyoto and Tokyo stencils along with Distress Oxide inks and a blending tool. The sketch I made on normal printing paper, and then adhered on top with a glue stick. 

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What a wonderful design and quote!

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What Does it Matter? – Art Journal

“Most people barely know themselves. So what does it matter what they think of you?”

I took this pattern from Pattern Monday 3 using my Floral Tile Small, Mini Motifs, and Fan-Fare rubber stamps – unfortunately I laid my hand into the still pretty wet ink and ruined the white space in the middle. I tried to fix it with some white paint and water color but – mmhhhhh not sure if that actually made it better but oh well… moving on …

I overpainted a catalog image with acrylic markers and then used posca markers for the journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the words and the pattern. Did you draw the person or work from an image? Either way I really like how she came out Nat.

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  • Anne Lawver

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    Thank you for sharing this. Wonderful art and message!

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Little but Fierce – Art Journal

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare

I used two gel prints that I pasted into the art journal for this spread – done years apart but I felt they would work together because of the similarities of color. On this side I used my Versailles stencil for the print, then layered my figure with markers on deli paper over top. 

I added some of the colors to the other side to tie it together as well and I picked up the circles and used them all over too – I stamped the circles with white Moonlight ink pad and my Circle Jumble stamps.

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Good Energy – Art Journal

Give this world Good Energy!  It can always use more :)

The pattern is some papers that I made from stamping off my Triple Play foam stamps with different acrylic paints on a StampBuddy. Watch a little StampBuddy video here on how that works. I used those as collage elements for the background. Then I added a catalog imagine, painted over with Liquitex Markers for a focal point.

I used a Fude pen for my journaling.

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Another Woman’s Crown – Art Journal

“Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it was crooked!”

To create my background here I used Moonlight duo ink pads with my Triangle Love rubber stamp set. The figure is a pulled magazine gel print.

On this side I used my Art Deco Empire stencil with Moonlight duo ink pads and then added in my quote.

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