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Saturday Seminar: Inks, Stains and Ink Pads

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Saturday Seminar time again!  and as a mixed media “artist” I love this topic!  It’s all about inks, and stains, and Ink Pads and what are your favorites, so here are mine!

Lindsay’s Favs:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stains, great for just splashing on the page!  Adding a bit of color, on the Cocoa Daisy pages, it dries so quick!  No heat gun necessary!!, these aren’t great for blending though, mot color combos, when added on top of one another, tend to go muddy brown so keep that in mind when using them.  They work great by themselves or in lines of colors.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Sprays, so much fun to create a different texture behind other things, or just on its own! Spray directly on the sheet, or only a palette and use a brush to apply if you want to paint with the color of spray you have.
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers (I didn’t talk about these in the video below, but since they are on my Dandelion page after I ended the video and decorated the page, I thought I would add them)  They are vibrant colors, best used on another piece of paper, like the Cocoa Daisy Scrapbook paper and then added to your Planner pages as seen in the photo above, just to help avoid bleed through of these heavily pigmented inks, or color a bit on a palette and water them down a bit before using directly in your planning pages!
  • Versafine Ink Pad for general stamping, I have not had any issues with bleed-through, and given a flat surface behind your stamping provides a crisp and clear image! Other inks that work great in planners are Chalk based inks, they don’t bleed through when you’re stamping if you want to add other colors of in into your planning.

 

Here is a small “tutorial” video on using the stains, sprays, and ink pads in your planning pages!

Happy Planning!

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Posted in Crafting, Creating, journalling

Dealing with Lost Mojo

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I really think that this applies to all sorts of Mojo.  Sometimes you just get into a funk, and it affects your brain!

Last week, I felt like things were starting to go when I came into my studio and just stood there for about 10 minutes just staring.  I mean I know I have lots that I can do, I am working on my sister’s wedding album, I am loving the work I am doing in my art journals, I could do some work in my planner, I could film something I am sure, but just standing there I felt like things were getting cramped, and disorganized and it was affecting my Mojo.

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It is all my fault, I know. When I create I just create and cleaning as I go just isn’t in the cards.  Sometimes I feel like if I have to clean as I create, that the creating will just stop and I will switch to cleaning mode.  I don’t seem to have a half way…lol.

Anyways getting back to the Mojo, I wanted to share my top 3 things that I think help with Mojo, and even reach out to you, my readers to find out what helps you when you feel like your Mojo is missing!  So please, feel free to leave me comments below on how you deal with lost Mojo.

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Change of scenery,  this could mean getting outside, or this could mean rearranging your studio, or even both!  Sometimes, as long as the weather is cooperating I will bring some supplies outside on my deck to create.  And like this weekend, I felt like my studio needed a fresh look, so I moved furniture around, and put my desk by my corner window,  so I could enjoy the sunshine while I do paperwork or write, I moved my workbench by the door under my shelves so that I could use my shelves to help sort and organize my art supplies.  There is still a ton to do, but I feel like this will help things flow a little better when I am working.  My “light table” for photos is also moved out of the corner so that I can access it easier, and I redid the tissue paper on it so that my lights are better filtered.

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Inspiration can also help you get your mojo back.  Now I am not saying spend hours and hours looking for inspiration but even searching on google might help with finding something that inspires you.  I love to spend a little time in the morning while I am drinking my tea and working on my latest knitting project just browsing Pinterest, or even google image search to get my creative juices flowing.

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Dump your Brain, yes you read that right, sometimes your brain is distracted with so many things.  Just open a notebook and let it all out, make lists, sort your thoughts, doodle, if that’s what you need to just let go of what is keeping your brain otherwise occupied.  It could be a thought map, or a list, or even a rant about your day, but whatever it is, let it go.  I have a brain dump notebook that I keep by my bed for at night if I can’t sleep because my brain is too busy.  And the next day I will read through it and move things if they need to be moved into my planner, or onto a sticky note for future planning.  Sometimes it’s something that needs to go in my art journal too.

I hope that helps you when you’re stuck!  Now I am off to find my Mojo!

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Posted in Crafting, Creating, Journal with me, journalling, Paper Craft

Journal With Me 1

I filmed myself today playing with my new water color paints and some tip -ins for journalling.  I even added in my very first post card from postcrossing.com

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I did some previous pages, and I have started adding journalling, and I quite like having the photos to talk about!

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Here is the video I made for my next set of pages, including adding a post card after,  I am filming using a camera, but the only drawback of the camera is it only films 30 minutes at a time, so sorry if it feels cut off at the end of the video, I will have to get better at paying attention to the time so I can restart the camera, or figure out if I can change the settings on how long it records for!

Enjoy!

Lindsay