Jane Davenport Collection Haul and Review

Hello Everyone!!!!!

If you’ve been to Michael’s these past few weeks and online, I’m sure you all have seen the new Jane Davenport Collection which is at Michael’s. 

The collection at my local Michael’s just hours after they put it out this past Friday!


As for me, I was beyond excited about her collection!  I’ve been following Jane for about a year and a half now. Her Mixed Media art is absolutely amazing and inspiring!  

So let’s get started so I can show you all what I purchased!


Here, I have some of her faces stamps, a stencil, some Washi Tape, awesome Mermaid Markers, the Inkredible Pen, and the Butterfly Book (her version of the travelers notebook). 


Here is one of the Washi Tapes up close. 


Here is the butterfly book. I have it fully open so you can see the front and back covers of the book. It is made from canvas and features Jane’s amazing work.


Above is a paper pack and pencil pouch. 


Here is a second Washi Tape set as well as the Paint Over Pens.  These markers have an opaque finishing.  


And last, we have the Creative Journal and extra sheets of watercolor paper. 


Over the weekend I was able to play a little with the collection. Here is the first page in the insert for the butterfly book. I was working on adding swatches for the Mermaid Markers. 


Tomorrow, I will be sharing my planner layout for this week where I used one of the sheets from the paper pad and the Mermaid Markers to decorate my layout. 


Here is how I used one of the faces stamps (only her eyes/nose and lips are featured on the stamp itself) and the floral stencil. I used the Mermaid Markers to add color to my background and the face. 

I must say like the artist herself, this collection is amazing and inspiring. It is a collection that makes you happy. A collection that makes you want to create. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I look forward to sharing my work with you all. 

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy Art Journal: #messylists

Hello, Hello!

Last week a new season for Get Messy started…the Season of Messy Lists. To see my previous post on this new season and the journal I’m using, click here or here.   So let’s get started!
Last Monday, us Messians received an email with five journaling prompts and five art journal prompts. Out of the five journaling prompts, I completed 2 and incorporated 2 aspects of the art prompts. 

The first journaling prompt was: “I am the best at…”

 Here, my goal was to incorporate magazine cutouts with my journaling. For the background I kept things simple by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. To highlight the things I am best at, I used an arrow stamp as my bullet points. 

The second prompt I picked was:  “Lessons Learned.”  

I sketched out my 3rd ever woman a few weeks back on a torn sheet of old book paper. I think she came out good. I’m learning, and I see what I want/need to work on still. But nonetheless, I was and am happy with the outcome. Since I finished her, she had been sitting on my desk and once I saw this prompt, I just knew this would be the perfect place to put her…so here she is.  On the second page I listed 5 things I have learned over the years. To keep with book page going I wrote my “lessons learned” on washi tape that I glued down to the text paper and topped it off with some distress ink by Tim Holtz. 

  
Here is an up close shot of my lessons learned. 

Overall, I have found this Season of Messy Lists a bit challenging. For me, I guess it’s the whole figuring out how I want to incorporate the art with the journaling. It’s definitely a challenge, but I’m up for it!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy #messylists Journal

Happy Monday Everyone!  

I hope you all are enjoying the day so far. I just wanted to quickly share with you all the first page of my journal for the #messylists challenge for the Get Messy Art Jounal Group. The new Season of the messy lists challenge starts today and I’m looking forward to getting started. With this challenge, Get Messy is teaming up with 30 Days of Lists, so it should be inspiring, fun, interesting and challenging. 

  
Season of Lists starts NOW!

Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy Art Journal – Part 2

Thank you for joining me for the second part of this 2-Part Series on Season 7: Happy for the Get Messy Art Journaling Group. If you missed Part 1 and would like to read it, please click here. Today I’ll be sharing with you all the second half of my art journal projects for the Get Messy Art Journal Prompts. Let’s get started!  

Prompt #4: I ended up going with three of the prompts and making two separate entries. 
 
Here, I went with the journaling prompt, inspired by The Pixar film, Inside Out and colored my emotions with various circles.  The arrows along with the book pages (word) in the background represent the flow of emotions that go on in our heads. 
  
In the above photo, I stuck with a more monochromatic theme and used one of my happy colors: Pink! I also used one of the quotes from Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen that resonated with me the most.   

Prompt #5: The quote at the beginning of this prompt read:
The art of happiness lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~Henry Ward Beecher

I decided to go with one of the art prompts where we were instructed to turn on some happy music and translate what we hear onto our journaling page. Right now, one of my favorite songs is Adele’s Sweetest Devotion. To me, it is a happy song full of love! When the song starts it’s like you can see the butterflies, the beautiful blue sky and the sun blazing beautifully with a perfect, light breeze kissing your skin gently. It’s a perfect breeze filled with love and devotion…and that is what I tried to convey in my work. 

 
To me, as the quote states, happiness does lie in the power of extracting happiness from common things.  And it is through music, this common universal language that we are able to hear and express various emotions, one of which is happiness. 

Prompt #6: With this final prompt, I decided to go with the journaling prompt and finish the sentence: “Happiness is…

  
I wanted to play with my new Dylusions paints and with some of my stamps as well and I came up with this fun piece. And my statement: “Happiness is time with him,” was the very first and perfect thing that came to mind.  I love the feel of the orange on the page and how it pops with the black and white. Every time I see it, it makes me smile and/or laugh.  

Well, that concludes Part 2 of Season 7: Happy for the Get Messy Art Journal. I hope you all enjoyed seeing my pieces as much as I enjoyed making them. I do plan on participating in the next challenge which is #messylists. I completed the prep work for the journal I will be using over the weekend and I will share those pieces for #messylists with you all as well. In the meantime,
Happy Crafting!
Nati J. 

Get Messy + Lists Challenge

For the next round of prompts for the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge, I will be using the journal pictured below.  

 
I purchased this journal from Target. I found it at the Dollar a spot for $3. Since I’m not sure what type of medium(s) I will be using throughout the next round of challenges, I will be prepping this book to take the various mediums I may use. The pages in the journal aren’t very thick so I will be gluing 4-5 pages together this weekend to get the book ready for the #messylists challenge.  If you will be joining the challenge, what type of book will you be using?

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

Get Messy Art Journal – Part 1

Over the past 6 weeks I have participated in the Get Messy Art Journal group. I actually joined the group last year, but completed very few prompts. I’m happy that in this 7th Season: HAPPY that I was able to complete the entire challenge. If you would like to know more about Get Messy, please click here. In the meantime, in this 2-Part Series I will share with you all my take on the various prompts. 

Prompt #1: I used one of the art prompts along with the extra challenge that was provided. The prompt was to use your happiness colors in your favorite medium and as an extra challenge only use colors and patterns – NO WORDS….and this is what I came up with:  I love circles, hence the circles. The circles were cut from a gelli print I made last year, which included my happy colors. To me the circles represent an ever evolving life and the arrows are pointed forward because this ever evolving life is constantly moving us forward toward the place we are intended to be. When we look forward towards the future we invision positivity, growth and happiness within our lives. So this is happiness in motion for me. 
Prompt #2: This time around, I decided to only use one of the art prompts provided. I thought this challenge was very interesting, it spoke to the science of happiness – the “flowing growing areas” of our brain. In this challenge we were to create an abstract background which mimics the science of happiness…through a straw!
 
Some of my happy colors are: yellow, pink, and purple. After creating my gray background I used watercolor paints, which I blew through a straw to creat my abstract piece. I thought the image which appeared was pretty cool, and it was a fun and creative way to create art!
Prompt #3: Every week when a new prompt is introduced, a quote which corresponds with the Seasons theme is provided…in this case a quote surrounding happiness or happy. For Prompt 3 , the quote was:  
“Take pleasure in the rich, random patterns in your life” ~Hector and the Search for Happiness

With this prompt, I accepted both one of the art and journal prompts. One of the journal prompt was to use the quote listed above on your page. And with the art prompt that I selected, we had to use street art or graffiti as a source of inspiration. 

 I decided to use stencils along with sprays for my fun busy background and placed the provided prompt on top of that. 
I really enjoyed the first three weeks of he Season 7: Happy of the Get Messy Art Journaling Challenges. I hope you all enjoyed this look into my Get Messy Art Journal and that you all head to the blog to learn more about the group. Monday I will be sharing what I created for Prompts 4-6, so please come back and join me for that. Until next time, 

Happy Crafting!
Nati J. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy V-Day! And in honor of this holiday, I wanted to share with you all a layout I created using a FREE printable for a Valentine’s Giveaway from Studio Calico. Not only did I use the printable, but since the prompts for this week involve Love for Get Messy Art Journal, I thought this would be a great way to incorporate both. One of the Prompt Challenges was to use Washi tape in a way that you normally would not, so that is what I showcased here in this layout. I decided to use the Washi Tape as seen below as a backdrop for this Heidi Swapp Glitter Chipboard Heart.

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Overall, I like the pop of color that it brings to the layout and I feel as though it helps to draw the eye to the photo of my husband and two daughters.
So what are ways in which you use Washi Tape? I would love to hear what you all are doing with this fun decorative tape.

Until next time, enjoy your day and Happy Scrappin’!
Nati J.