Friday, September 11, 2015

Art Journal, LIVE WITH ART


ART PROMPT:  Live with Art. It's Good For You! 

When I read this sentiment - I got tickled!!  Why?  

Hubby and I both do painting on canvas so we live with art in our home every day.  AND.... heheheheh - hubby has the middle name of Art.  So I literally do live with Art!!!  

When you see these journal pages... it's actually pretty representative of our life!!! ALTHOUGH - we try to stay clean and live in a very nice, clean home too!!  BUT... we both always sit in our recliners. We have 28 windows in our house that look out over the ranch.  We both have our own big easel. Our chocolate lab is always very near. We really do LIVE with Art and for Art!  So... we have turned into paint brushes!!! Dear me - how fun is that??!

(By the way - the yellow scallops on the right side of my art journal is from a postage stamp page done last summer!)

Here are a few picture of the process!

I cut out pieces for the floor and placed with DecoArt Decou-page
I used Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens to fill in between the slats.

The stamps are from Hero Arts using Teal Stazon

I had sooooo much fun splattering and splashing Distress Stain all over the pages!!! 

Then covered the pages with a wash of gesso to tone down a bit. 
Also added some stenciling with The Crafter's Workshop - Balzer Designs - Mini Circles. 

The banner - that forms the "valance" for the windows is a stamp from Little Yellow Bicycle.  The art prompt was placed on the banners and there is black rik-rak ribbon accenting the windows.  The words are from the same Hero Arts stamp set seen above, Ranger Idea-ology Label Letters and Small Talk Stickers.

Of course, somehow paint got on the "valance" too. Shame on us!!!

The flowers and butterflies in the windows are Ranger Idea-ology Botanicals Remnant Rubs. 

My Side of the Room!!

Oh and that is real canvas on the easels! I had some leftover pieces from a project so just cut them to fit!  The easels are cardboard painted with Ranger Distress Stain

Hubby's side of the room!

Together - in art, in love, in friendship - 43+years!!

You notices what side of the room Big Dog was on - didn't you.  Yes, she's in love with hubby. They are inseparable!

Hope you can tell that the dogs body is a tube of paint.

Sooooooooooooooo - this is a wild and crazy journal page for me. 
But it was fun and I tried to let my perfectionism go!!! 

Thanks bunches for stopping in! 
Hugs. j.


Happy to share this with the following challenges: 
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September: Through My Window

When working on art projects inside as pictured on these journal pages... I see the beauty of the ranch THROUGH MY WINDOW and it inspires me every day. 



Valerie-Jael said...

This is so fantastic Joi, love the look of ou and your hubby as paint brushes in your lovely house. What a great idea, and so beautifully made. Thanks for showing all the steps, too. And thanks for joining us again at Art Journal Journey, great to have you there. Hugs, Valerie
PS I only have 4 windows....

froebelsternchen said...

AMAZING! This is sooo beautiful and creative done! I am thrilled about it!
Thank you very much for linking to Art Journal Journey and for the progress photos of your fantastic artwork!

Fliss said...

Wow Joi! This is totally amazing! So full of beautiful colour and detail and I just love the way you made the photos fit in so perfectly. Just stunning!!!
Fliss xx

Lizzy Hill said...

It took me a minute to focus on & work out what was actually on your art journal...but once I had, WOW! Love every bit of sooooo tells a story, which is always a winner to me......& the windows....adore:):)

butterfly said...

What a great post - full of the uplifting joy of living with art and in art and looking at art out of the window!! Great pages celebrating what sounds like a great life.
Alison xx

Anonymous said...

How fun and creative is this. I love your energy coming through your windows! xox

~*~Patty S said...

Fun to see some of your creative process and what led up to your colorful and fun pages.
Living with Art AND Art made me smile!

Heather McMahon said...

Oh my goodness - this is SENSATIONAL! I love all those quirky and clever details - and the fact that you live with Art! Fantastic!

Jackie PN said...

Joi!! This is a fabulous spread!! You make me smile when I read your posts- always so full of sunshine!!
Love that hubby's middle name is Art- how appropriate!!
hugs,love and creative wishes!
Jackie xx

Kat W said...

What a wonderful joy filled art journal spread:-)!!! I love it - vibrant, fun and also fab that it tells so much about your life and character. Your joy at creating art is infectious and I found myself smiling & inspired.

Thanks for recently visiting my blog, I replied to your comment on there. It is great to meet someone else who loves being creative as much as me :-)

Kat x

Becky said...

A brilliant page love it

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

This is truly a brilliant and amazing real-love-art-life story on art journal Joi. I had so much fun reading your step-by-step process {thank you} and felt so welcome into your home filled with art and love. I need to get away from the perfectionism too, lol. Thank you for dropping by hours ago although I was asleep {smile}. Hugs xx

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Oh, Joi - how perfect is that, that you have turned into paint brushes! You are truly living the perfectly creative life. xo

Margik said...

What a fantastic work! This spread is amazing and I love the great composition of images. Super!
Mar x

yyam said...

Awwww...this is so quirky and delightful! I LOVE that you live with ART. It is awesome that your best mate shares your passion!