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So I have 3 more pages to share from the art journal swap that I’m participating in.

First is Mindy’s journal:


Mindy’s theme was ‘art’.  The skirt was done using molding paste and a stencil.  I love this quote.

Next is Amy’s journal:


Her theme is ‘Dreams and Treasures’. The background was done using scrapbook paper that was all different maps.  It’s been covered in red oxide liquid acrylic and some rust liquid acrylic.  I created the saying using masking fluid before I painted the pages.

And Beth’s journal:


Her theme was ‘love’.  I had issues with coming up with how I wanted to interrupt this.  I tried a couple of different things, in fact there are a couple layers under this that you can’t even see.  I started off by using  a stamp that looks like text, then created some shapes in the corners with a stencil.  The I tried using a different stencil and did NOT like the result.  That’s when I created the heart and Love with masking fluid and covered in a pearl blue paint.  Then I put down the quote using letter stickers, then stamped over the top with a bronze fluid acrylic.  Once it was dry, I pulled off the stickers and masking fluid.


I’m participating again in iHanna’s postcard swap.  I’m a few days late in getting my postcards out (lost track of the days and the list of addresses had ended up in the spam folder.  Like last year, I didn’t pick one style or theme for my postcards and just sort of did what came to mind. 


So I mentioned before that I was participating in iHanna’s post card swap.  These went out last week and I’ll share them with you.  For some reason when I did the download from my camera, not all of them downloaded, so you might not get to see all 10 right away.

Here’s the whole stack ready to go:

This one was created using acrylics paints I received at an art demo:

This might be my favorite one because it was full of mistakes just like the quote on it.  I tried to do an image transfer using gel medium but the directions I read didn’t give the full story on how to achieve this, so you’ll see the image only transfered around the edges and in some places in the middle. 

This was the last postcard I made.  It used some japanese papers I found, along with some cutout fake stamps.

Three of the postcards have a similar background (blue/green watercolors).  I took phrases from some magazines I had and combined them.  Picture came out very shiny (probably standing under a light in the kitchen when I took it).

Here’s another with the watercolor background.  The writing that’s partially covered up by the strip of flowers is a poem by Margaret Atwood called “Variation On The Word Sleep”, one of my favorites.

And the third watercolor background postcard.  I decided to go vertical for this one.

This one was created using collage elements from issues of National Geographic, except for the music sheet.  For some reason I just really liked the image of the guy in the gear with the red background played against Macchu Pichu.

This was the second postcard I made and couldn’t resist zentangling at least one of them.

And this was the first postcard I made for the swap.  Did I mean the blue and yellow to be a shout-out to our host Hanna since she’s from Sweden?  Maybe.  Who knows what my subconscious was up to.  I just grabbed two sheets of paper and started cutting some strips.

So there you have it.  And it looks like I only missed a picture of one of the postcards.  I’ll have to get on at some point.  I purposely chose not to do the same sort of technique or style with every postcard.  As I’m new to sort of exploring art and finding my own style, I just went with whatever appealed to me in the moment.

This was so much to do and I’ve been receiving lovely postcards in the mail.  I can’t wait to stop by the blogs of all those people and tell them how much I enjoyed receiving their art in the mail.

One of the swaps I’m participating in this month is a bookmark swap – 2 for 2.  You send off two and receive two in return.  I actually sent three and each one was done with different materials and styles.

Left side – This was actually cut from a full-size piece of watercolor paper.  Another time when I had been messing around with my watercolors, I didn’t want to waste the paint left on the palette.  So I took a wedge make-up applicator and stamped the leftover paint all over this piece of paper.  I like the color combination and the abstractness of it.

Middle – I love to zentangle, so of course one of the bookmarks to incorporate it.  This was done just with a pencil (for making the ‘string’ and shading) and a Sakura Pigma Micron 01.

Right – I have a book called Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Exercises to Make Drawing Fun by Carla Sonheim.  One of the exercises is for drawing faces.  So I took the basics of the lesson and drew this gal with her stack of books at the bottom.  I thought of doing something where it was covered in books with just her face peeking out from behind, but I didn’t have any ephemera of books that I could use.

I hope whoever gets these bookmarks enjoys them and I look forward to receiving some in return.


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  • Nichole: thank you so much for the card! I got the Margaret Atwood one....which i love because she was one of my favorite authors i read in college!
  • Kimber: Great postcards! Love the variety of styles!
  • Carlin: I am the recipient of the non-pictured card! Using all different techniques is a great idea. I don't know that I could have managed it. I love how all