Blog: Fanfare

That’s Why – Art Journal

They told me I couldn’t… that’s why I did it.

In this case, you shouldn’t really show stuff on social media you are not happy about and so that’s why I do it hahahaha. Because it is all part of the process …the good , the ugly and the in between.

I used my FANtastic Mixed Media Chip as a stencil and monoprinted directly into my art journal.

I added paint and stamped with my FANtastic Large rubber stamp set and my Fanfare stamp set.

At the end I took matte medium and adhered part of the mixed media chip right into it all, framing the stamped fans and giving a bit of texture to the page.

There are elements of the page that I really like – like the monoprinted area and the chipboard as well as the muted stamping but then there are others that I DO NOT LIKE. Basically the colors are totally out of my comfort zone and the very rigid pattern of the chipboard and the stamps was competing with the messiness of other areas. Sometimes that works but here for me it didn’t . It was fun to play though …and sometimes just showing up and doing something creative is ok too …

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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  • Susan Archibald Debourguignon


    at first i thought this was a guest post because these are not your colors, Nathalie. great job going waaay out of your comfort zone. i like bold, jewel-toned colors … mostly blues and violets and i can stretch to add reds and greens. you inspire me to go create with pastels and all shades of yellow and orange, thank you!


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Improve – Art Journal

“How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

I created a pattern with my Groovy foam stamp and even used the back of it to make the rectangular shapes. I added the hash mark area of the Jazzed foam stamp too, and some of the Fanfare rubber stamps. The whole thing reminds me of some vintage wallpaper – pretty and a little faded.

You can also see my Mini Toledo foam stamp peeking through in blue.

And now it is time to seize the day and start making the world a better place – in any little way that we can.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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Waiting – Art Journal

For this one I chose some stanzas from the poem Mayakovsky by Frank O’Hara.

Here I stamped with my Sold Fan Small and Fanfare rubber stamps using Moonlight Duo inks. I filled more of the page with the pattern, but sometimes you need to edit. So I came back in with acrylic paint and gesso and covered all but this section up.

I went back in with some more pattern here. All in all, a fairly straightforward page, highlighting some poetry that I am currently digging.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Perfect is Overrated – Art Journal

“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!”

I used my pencil eraser for a dot stamp – a simple trick. My pattern includes the Grove Street stamp from my Large Circle Jumble set, the Fairview stamp from the Fantastic Small set, and my Fanfare stamp set.

A look at my background.

Then I added my figure sketched and painted with acrylic paint, ink, and a fude pen on deli paper.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Something Real – Art Journal

“I knew I was strong, and maybe like they said, “crazy.” But I had this feeling inside of me that something real was there.” – Charles Bukowski

I built up over an existing background using colorful acrylic paint and gesso and stamped with one of the Fanfare stamps. I’m digging the pops of brighter colors showing through here and there. I used acrylic markers for some mark making.

A great quote from an author I was just reminded of the other day. Maybe time to revisit again since I haven’t since I was a teenager.

And I scratched into the gesso for some more marks, revealing previous layers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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