Monday, February 26, 2018

Sharing the love

This is long over due,but today I am sharing some special gifts I have received in the past few months

 I won these fabulous stencils from GioGioCraft
Gio has her own line of stencils and I was lucky enough to win her giveaway and choose my prize!

this is one of the pages I started using Gio's stencils
 My package from Gio,all the way from Italy!(top on my bucket/dream list) contained not only these stencils,but this handmade accessory bag with her own beautiful artwork on!swoon...
     and she also gifted me this gorgeous Midori journal!
 If you are a regular at Gio's blog or YouTube ,you will know she is famously talented for creating and designing Midori travel journals,which I am now the proud owner of one,as well as designing her own stencils,creating mini books,sharing tutorials and her Fantastic play with color!!Her fun way with colors is what drew me to her and kept me coming back!
Grazie Bella Gio!

 Then just before Christmas another package arrived,okay three different ones arrived.
 Over at Just Add Water Silly Jenn had a giveaway,a plentiful giveaway!

Part of the giveaway was Jenn's recently reviewed, fabulously cool work book ~ Tangle Starts by Alice Hendon of the Creator's Leaf
Alice generously sent me this book as part of Jenn's giveaway! Thank you Alice!

just look at this glorious color!!! my only issue with this book of journal pages is they are so pretty I hate to add to them! heeheehee 
Jenn graciously added the set of four pens shown in the photos to this giveaway.
Jenn had also recently shared how she used a Hahnemuehle postcard tin as a DIY palette.
So,also included in the giveaway were these Tangle Tile Tins from Hahnemuehle.

here is a little something I have started working on with my tiles.
Hahnemuehle was so generous and sent me four tins of tiles to play with.These are great for traveling with and tangling Zen time!
Thank you so much Hahnemuehle for your generosity~I am having so much fun with these!

Next up is my beautiful assemblage of beads,vintage and newer sent from my dear friend and Tribe Sister,Linda Edkins Wyatt
I have already started to use these lovelies on some of my recent projects~here

bags and bags and even tins and bins-oh my! teehee
It was difficult to photograph through the bags,so here are some of the beads sorted and rehoused.
 Thank you so much Linda!
I just love these beauties!!

 are you feeling the love yet?
 This beautiful tag was sent from my Tribe Sister Jill McDowell.
all my ooohhing and aaahhing over her recently made tag collection must have got to her...and she sent me off this gorgeous tag she created! I LOVE it Jill!
Seriously,I did drool a bit on my laptop.
 Jill's creativity just amazes me,thank you friend!
 And finally for today,I share with you this gorgeous wrapping of homemade yarn by another Tribe Sister,Lynda Shoup.
Lynda and I share the same love of hoarding recycling materials. But Lynda is so much more resourceful than I!
 Do you see those bits of aqua/teal in there? Those are scraps of Gwen's handmade Papers that Lynda just could not part with. So,(don't ask me how)but she was able to weave all of this goodness together into some of the most scrumptious yarn I have ever seen! 
 I just don't know if I can part with this beauty! It's softness is just divine!! 
Thank you so much Lynda~
such a special gift!

 So much love and sharing in one post!
I am happy to call these generous and talented artists,
my friends as well.
 The art community is really so giving~beyond sharing common interests we also our time,ideas,materials,inspiration,well everything! I am blessed and proud to be part of this wonderful art world,as you see,it is about the world,as in Gio's generous giveaway,all the way from Italy! Where else could you meet and connect with so many like minded creatives but here on the artists interweb!

Thank you my internet friends who are part of this community~I am blessed to have you in my life!
 A bit more love coming in another post this week- stay tuned!
Peace & Love
Jackie ")

Thursday, February 22, 2018

for the love of Irresitible Sari Scrap Part two...

 and the Sari Scrap journal spread diaries continues...
today I return,sharing more on how I have used these gorgeous bits of mixed media goodness~
Irresistible India Embellished Sari Scraps.

 Having chosen each Sari Scrap piece carefully and methodically placed...
hows that for dramatic! teeheehee
 Seriously,just look at this gorgeous transparent green piece of Sari. The beading down the side of it reminds me of a climbing vine.
These two divine clusters!!
Well,these were cut from a small scrap and look as though they were made for just this place! 
Both of these pieces came from the Greens package of Irresistible Sari Scraps.
I have to say,there are so many incredibly gorgeous pieces in each package-you will have a hard time choosing which to use and which to hoard save!
Available at the shop are 2 and 4 oz packages in colors of 
I think I have one of each and two of some! 
Here,I have used Gwen's delicate Ornamental Petals Screen Stencil,to highlight the Sari scrap clusters.I just love how this shows on the black background-exquiste!
 and here,I have included a splash!of embossing powder for some additional glimmer
On the left page of this spread,I have cut and pieced some gorgeous Batik fabric pieces my childhood friend Jennifer Gammon Murphy aka LadyJaneVintage sent me recently.thank you Jen!
 These Batik pieces were adhered to the page using heavy matte gel medium and left to dry.
When dry,using Gwen's Art Deco Sunburst Background Stencil,I spread translucent embossing paste through and left this to harden.
After the embossing paste was dry,using my fingers,I gently highlighted the stenciled parts with shades of turquoise,lavender and green,blending with the colors on the opposing page
The background for this page had been done a few days before,and now only needed some special graphics and wording.
I had used the same stencil here~Gwen's Art DecoSunburst Background ~ I love this part~such a cool design!and just look at how delicious those colors look on it!

The wording I chose...
Three things cannot long be hidden:
the sun
the moon
and the truth

To finish my page, I added these beautifully brilliant graphics from Gwen's Downloadable Collage Cut-Outs-Irrestible India Collection. I feel like the veils on these women resemble the green beaded Sari and therefore carried the feel across the pages,what do you think?
If you haven't been over to Gwen's store before, you really should go have a look~Truly one of a kind supplies from all over the globe and the ways to use these items in Mixed Media Art is endless!!
 and...till the end of this month,in honor of Chinese New Year, Gwen has 15% off of anything in the Exotic Orient Category!

 Well,I do hope you have enjoyed my 
Irresistible Sari Scrap journal spread diaries.
I know,not much of story,but some awesome pictures-right? lol

Thanks again for continuing to follow along on this fabulous artful journey I am on. 
I so appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time for a visit,and love it so much when you leave a comment!
Peace & Love
Jackie ")

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

for the love of Irresistible Sari Scrap

 Recently I received my supplies from Gwen Lafleur's Mixed Media store for my Artist Tribe projects.
In my supplies were the yummiest batch of Irresistible India Embellished Sari Scraps I have ever laid my eyes on! (actually this was the first time I had ever laid eyes on-lol)
I was so thrilled with these,I hurriedly ordered a bunch more in other colors.
This new batch arrived this past Friday,and I immediately started playing

and so begins my Sari Scrap  journal spread story...
sounds pretty dramatic-huh?
(you have to see this Sari,I'm telling you~very dramatic indeed!)

So,have a cuppa,sit back and relax and learn how I have used these exquisite,beautiful,well
Irresistible Scraps from Gwen's Mixed Media store 

This first page finds me again (see last time here) playing with Gwen's Art Deco Book Plate Stencil.
when I find a "new art stash love",
I only have eyes for it... lol
I absolutely am drawn to the clean lines of the design and how gorgeous modeling paste looks through this stencil. Beautiful-eh?
how about  these small florets* on the sides of the center?
I love this part!! my favorite!
yes, bits of Embellished Sari Scrap

The center design here,well it was just perfect for Gwen's Hmong Embroidered Star I  already had in my "Gwen stash".
 This was enhanced with the addition of gifted beads from Tribe Sister-Linda Edkins Wyatt thank you Linda!

After laying down layers and layers of color,I added a bit of crackle glaze to the DecoArt quinachridone BurntOrange and quinachridoneMagenta sections~

These pearlescent blue sections,are so dreamy! 
 They remind me of Maxfield Parrish skies.
Do you have a favorite part so far?

Next we go on to the right page of this 
Irresistible Sari Scrap journal journey spread...
yes,I know,I keep changing the story name-heehee
see the tiny florets* I had mentioned above?
they were cut from this same piece of delicate Sari Scrap 
These scraps are really so versatile and in my opinion just beautify everything they grace!

This sweet elephant hand stamped by Gwen was also in my Enchanting Elephants pack.(favorite part) Gwen stamped this using one of her Elephant block stamps onto Khadi paper and then I colored it in with watercolors. 
**and with the sweet elephant I am linking up with Art~Journa~Journey Animals A to Z **

Even though I did not use the exact color scheme on each page,I still feel the pages flow well together.The tiny seed beads are varied in colors and pick up colors from the opposite page.
So,after all of my color was on,stenciling was done and my elephant piece was glued down,

isn't this a cool picture?
this gorgeous and delicate Irresistible India Sari Scrap was added. This was machine stitched down on to my journal page. (totally favorite part!)
Then,before the final stitches,I added a handful of vintage seed beads from Linda, as well as an ivory elephant charm which came in my Enchanting Elephants Collage and Embellishments Pack.
 I tilted the book so that the beads would fall to the opposite side,then finished stitching this closed.

The sounds of the beads jiggling when the book is lifted or opened is so sweet. (favorite part)
How cool is this? the thought just came to me as I was pouring over my handfuls of Sari Scraps...yes, I even put them all over me to just soak in their absolute beauty ~teeheehee~
ok,not really,but I thought about it!

and finally,to balance the page I added these beautiful flowers from Gwen's  Lovely Lotus Downloadable Collage Cut-outs available as an instant download in her shop. (favorite part as well!)

and there you have Part one of my
Sari Scrap journal spread

are you enjoying the story so far? 
and can you tell I love Sari Scraps?
well,be sure to return,this Thursday the 22nd
 as the Sari Scrap journey continues with
 part 2 of the
 Sari Scrap Journal spread diaries! 

Thanks so much for continuing to follow along on this fabulous artful journey I am on. 
I so appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time for a visit,and love it so much when you leave a comment!
Peace & Love
Jackie ")