Thursday, September 7, 2017

Art Journaling in The Dina Wakley Media Journal {3} . . .


"Just keep taking chances and having fun."
-- Garth Brooks


Can't stop. Won't stop. Playing in The Dina Wakley Media Journal. 

But at least I keep recording the process so you can (hopefully) join in my latest obsession. This time, it's the KRAFT paper's turn. . . 



Part {3} - here we goooooooo:



With love,
Kristin xo


Friday, September 1, 2017

Playing in the New Dina Wakley Media Journal . . .


"If you find yourself really asking yourself, 'Am I REALLY a good writer? Am I REALLY a good artist?' Chances are, YOU ARE. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. 
The real one is scared to death."
-- Steven Pressfield


I'm. So. In. Love. with the new Dina Wakley Media Journal! 

Have you seen it? Tried it out? The smoochy thing about it is that it has four (yes, 4!) types of paper within; burlap, watercolor (in a lovely cotton rag), canvas fabric and kraft paper.  

It's unique, exciting and has me wrapped around it's little finger. So much so, that I've decided to do a bit of a series using it on my YouTube channel

Wanna see how the first pages came together? Check out the following videos (parts 1 and 2) below:




Thanks for taking a peek! 

Until next time, 
Kristin xo

Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Fixing" an Art Journal Page I Disliked . . .


"It's only paint."
-- my Mom


New video is up! 

Working in my Strathmore 400 Series Journal trying to "fix" a page I was hating on . . .




With Love, 
Kristin xo

Monday, August 14, 2017

"How Many Children"
























"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh 
and the greatness which does not bow before children."
-- Kahlil Gibran

This set of 4, 6 x 6 Gesso Board panels really surprised me.

It was my intention to create a pretty little set of canvases using vintage materials and photos wrapped in big blocks of acrylic. I wanted something raw and rough to compliment the soft color of Robin’s Egg Blue, but beyond that, I had no direction.

As I stared to gather materials for the project, beginning with vintage photographs, I decided to focus on children. I had a fabulous old shot of a 3rd grade classroom that I’d been saving forever, and this project seemed the perfect chance to play with it. I added old children’s school papers and assignments, old nursery rhymes, a broken vintage ruler and - this is the best part - an old circuit board of some kind that I found last year in the desert. As I began to piece it all together, the story began to tell itself.





And it wasn't pretty. As I arranged this and that, I saw a pattern emerging; one that I didn’t sign up for. This was dark, a bit ominous and, if I’m being honest, rather creepy. It was a story of child abuse, that was clear, but why it came out of me, the girl who’s usually all hearts and rainbows, I do not know. But, I went with it. And I have to say, it turns out to be something I’m very proud of.




I hope it tells a story without being obvious, and I hope it’s message is one that will inspire others to get out their old ephemera and see what THEY have to say, because the unintentional story telling is, in my view, the most magical part of creating.

Kristin xo

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Come to My Party! Mixed Media Play w/ Jessica Sporn Designs . . .



“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
— Henry Ford


Happy Thursday!

And welcome to my last post for this year's Jessica Sporn Designs Creative Team. I had a blast, created 15 videos over the course of the year, and got to play with beautiful stencils from Jessica's collection with Stencil Girl and stamps from her partnership with RubberMoon. We were also gifted fabulous new supplies from Deco Art Media which I have truly cherished. Thank you Jessica for your love, support and beautiful inspirations. 

Now, on to this week's project, a Mixed Media piece made from cardboard backing and one of my favorite - or favorit-est if you'll recall - stencil from Jessica's collection. You can pop over to her blog HERE to see more! 

I hope you like it; please let me know if you rip the back of your paper pads for the process too. . .  





With love, 
Kristin xo 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 Ways to Jumpstart A New Journal!


"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."
-- Arthur Ashe


Hi there,

I gotta new journal! This is what I did to kick it off. . . .


What do you do with a brand new Journal? I'd love to know!

Kristin xo


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mixed Media Layers: Tissue & Deli Papers w/ Jessica Sporn Designs!


“A grownup is a child with layers on.”
-- Woody Harrelson


Helloooooo & Welcome! 

I had so much fun with this one; creating my own transparent layers for Mixed Media with both deli and tissue papers. 

I used every stencil I have by Jessica Sporn Designs for Stencil Girl and my favorite-est tiny stamps from her line with RubberMoon. It was fast, fun and totally addicting. Oh, and there's lotsa glitter and even a little copper foil involved too, so there's that.


For all the details on this project, head over to Jessica's blog. And please do let me know if you try it: I'd really love to see what you do!




Stay cool!
Kristin xo