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Spray inks: I’m in love

bye bye

Another page in progress that I’m not really sure is done or not.

The left side started with a base coat of color left over from another spread. The rest of the layers are spray inks with a little bit of stamping thrown in. I added a couple of small paper embellishments, and added a couple of numbers with a stencil and gelly roll pens (I think it was one of the metallic colors).

I have really been loving spray inks. I cannot get enough of them, so I’ve been experimenting. These pages include smooch spritz and dylusions spray ink. You can see where there are lines of ink, like it ran across the page – I used a straw while the ink was still wet to move it around. I like that look sometimes.

I created a mask for the letters using Thickers, but I didn’t wait long enough to pull them back up. The page tends to tear if it’s still damp. Another page I did earlier turned out better because I let the ink dry before I pulled them up. But it gives it a little bit of a rough, decomposing look, so I might just leave it that way.

Been doing a little bit of art almost every night. It’s a very relaxing way to end the day. I haven’t decided if I’ll write on all of these pages. I think some of them beg to be written on and some want to be left alone. So maybe after I fill up all the pages with backgrounds, I’ll decide which ones need writing. I know some people write on their pages as they go along, but I tend to keep another journal for my really long brain dumps. I am finding more & more that playing around with bits of paper, ink & paint is hugely relaxing. Almost more so than writing has been.

I wonder how my pages will look next. I’ve been having a lot of bad, end of the world dreams, which makes me sleep poorly. I’m hoping I can pour that into a page and exorcise it, as it is no fun to have an uneasy feeling all day due to your dreams. I have a strong sense of foreboding right now and I don’t like it at all. I’m glad I don’t have any major trips planned soon (other than going to the office, which is a short drive up the freeway). Let’s hope this dream sequence passes as it is really freaking me out.

What do you do to get rid of negative dreams, especially when they hang around for days?

Tape it pretty


I went to Paper Tales yesterday. It’s a local scrapbook shop. They have some really great stuff there. I had an AmEx gift card that I hadn’t used yet, so I decided to use some of it there. I found some adorable decorative tape on the clearance table (that would be the tapes on the right side of the pic, minus the very bottom one, which I already had).

One thing I love about their shop is they are in our new neighborhood, so I can go any time and just drop in for a few minutes – without having to plan a trip or waste gas. They are very welcoming and friendly. And they have classes just about every week.

In fact, I am thinking about taking one of these classes next week. Specifically, the one about Grace Notes. I got to look at the sample yesterday (but forgot to snap a pic) and it is adorable. There are pics on their site, if you want to see how cute it is. I had thought about that one or the calendar book, but decided I liked the Grace Notes book better. I could use a gratitude journal for sure.

In the past I have bought pre-made journals. And I still have a ton of them, as they’re great for note taking (especially work stuff) and “just” writing to get stuff out of my head (like in The Artist’s Way). But when I want to doodle or do some art to go along with my writing, I am finding that I love making my own books. Even if some of the pages are pre-made (like some scrapbooking papers), there’s something about putting together your own book:

 remains mash-up journal

It’s addicting. Especially if you get involved in any of Mary Ann Moss’ online courses. You’ll never look back.

Pretty soon I’ll have a whole stack of my own books to add to the massive stash of pre-bought books I already have. Or maybe I’ll just have to sell some of those. They make great gifts, right?!

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