Friday, February 1, 2013

My living canvas–week 2

My living canvas - week 2

Week two is all about finding balance between the six main areas of your life: family, friends, faith, fun, fitness, and finances.

Three of them I am great at; the other three, not so much…

For me, balancing life is like juggling, only there are way too many balls in the air and I don’t juggle well! Another aspect is that I think it’s easy to get in a rut and focus on the parts of my life that I enjoy or, at least, are easy to manage and let the other aspects languish.

When I was creating this layout in my journal, I really wanted to have a simple “action plan” that I could rely on now, next month, or even next year.

My living canvas - week 2

I don’t super love the overall color of this page. I’m not really a yellow person so why did I pick that color as a base??? Hmmm, weird. Anyway, the technique that Christy taught was fun: layering a stencil over a stencil and spraying with a mist. You can really see it best here… I cut different sized circles out of a manila folder and layered that with different pattern stencils. Then I started spraying!

My living canvas - week 2I pulled out a stamp set called Circle Circus – perfect!!! – and used black archival ink. The white circles were made by dipping the end of a toilet paper roll in paint. I finger-painted the purple circles and I couldn’t resist dabbing a little blue through some punchinella.

My action items for each subject area are printed on a transparency. I dabbed a little Picket Fence distress stain on the backside and then adhered them to the page. I didn’t want to print on paper because I wanted to see through them a bit.

I am really enjoying the process of just creating and letting the page evolve. Learning techniques and experimenting is really cool!

Do you have some favorite techniques that you use often?

Thanks for visiting!


  1. I do like yellow and I love your use of color. I can imagine how you must have enjoyed the creative process as your pages evolved.

    1. Thank you, Leslie. Creating these art journal pages is so different for me... I really don't know how they are going to end up!


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