Find Your Style

Hello, hello, hello!

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. This will be a different type of post. I took a webinar class with Get Messy yesterday. It was so much fun, full of knowledge and inspiration all towards finding your style. Lauren and Caylee the founders of Get Messy went over how to find your style as it relates to your art journal style. Even though the webinar was focused on art journals, it can be used in any creative area.

The four areas they discussed were Color, Tools, Surroundings and Techniques.

By honing in, practicing and educating ourselves on our various crafts we can begin to truly see and learn and develop our style.

For me, I like to think that my style is bright, fun and free flowing. I really try to go with whatever I feel at the time weather that’s with art journaling, scrapbooking, or even working in my planner. I do like the more clean and simplistic approached at times too. I’m also drawn to soft calming tones too. So for me, I want to go deeper and find my true style.

Anyway, at the end of the webinar, Lauren and Caylee, spent some time playing with those watching the webinar and asked that we play along with them and create a piece of our own. Using our favorite colors, a favorite tool and technique we played along with them.

I’ve always been drawn to pink so I picked to different shades of pink from my watercolor palette and also used a hint of yellow. I used a rub-on as well as a pen for some minimal doodling. I know one of my things is outlining whatever piece in Black usually do I did that as well. I was going to leave the piece as it was but in the end, I ended up writing a quote.

I had fun doing the exercise because it encouraged me to not think about what I was doing. I just painted what I was feeling in that moment and it felt good.

If you already know your style, please share it in the comments section as I would love to hear how you describe it and how you can to find it. For me, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my art journaling with you all in the future. It really is great therapy for the heART.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Nati J.

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Chic Planning – February 13-19, 2017:  Hearts and Things 

Hello Everyone!!!

I hope you all are doing well, since this is the week of love, hearts and xoxo’s, I naturally decided to do a simple, quick layout to fit he occasion….Valentine’s Day!  So let’s get started!


Here is the left side of my planner layout. I knew I didn’t want to go all pink and red overload with my layout so I picked a white, blue and gold foil Washi Tape. I also love the Gandhi quote at the bottom of the page. How fitting!


On the right side, I continued with the Washi Tape and added some additional love themed Washi. I also love the cross Washi at the top of the page. I was happy about finding some religious themed Washi at Michael’s. 


I love the overall look of the layout and how it’s not to lovey…but just right. I think my unconventional blue heart theme worked out great and all the stickers tied the theme together nicely. 

I also wanted to quickly share with you all my full February monthly spread….now that we are in the middle of the month.  Sorry!  But here it goes:


So much love is in this layout!  The girl holding the heart is beyond perfect to me for the month of February!  I found her on Pinterest. All the paw prints are school related things. We are the Tigers!  LOL. I also tried something new with my splashes and blots of watercolor. I actually like the watercolor effects a lot and hope to do them again in the future. 

Well, that is it for today. Until next time,

Happy Planning!

Nati J. 

Just A Little Note…

Happy Friday Everyone!  

Are you all ready for the weekend like I am?  Well, today I just wanted to share a card that I made this morning. I haven’t made a card in quite sometime, but with the Christmas Season approaching I knew I should get back into the habit.  So here we go:

  
This was just a really quick and simple card as you can see. I used watercolors for my background, then cut the edges for some added dimension.  Next, I stamped my image. I stamped the paper part on computer paper along with the sentiment with Archival Ink. I added the paper to the typewriter with liquid adhesive and foam adhesive so it creates the effect of the paper coming out of the typewriter.  Lastly I inked the edges of the card front and adhered the watercolor sheet to my card front. 

Above is an up close view of the card. 

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Don’t forget to like this post, share comments and follow me on Instagram

Happy Crafting! 

Nati J.  

ICAD Days 60 & 61

The journey has ended and I have enjoyed every minute!  It has been a great learning experience which I plan to continue to do every so often as well as participate in for years to come!  

  Day 60 ICAD

  Day 61 ICAD 

Thank you all for joining me on this Index-Card-A-Day Journey!  Until next time,

Happy Crafting! 😀

Nati J. 

P.S. If you liked seeing these ICADs please let me know. Next up my August Planner Planning! ☺️

ICAD Progress

Hello everyone!  

I know it’s been a while since I posted my progress on the Index-Card-A-Day 61 Day Challenge. So I just wanted to share my progress. So far, with this being my first year participating, it has been great. I feel like I have been able to let go of some of my fears and insecurities when it comes to art…and that in itself is something for me to celebrate!  I felt that on the days I fell behind, it was easy for me to catch up and get into the “zone” of my craft. This challenge has opened up my ability to be open and not scared to try out new things. With mixed media, I feel as though I’m ready to truly explore and pick a style that is all my own.   

Below you will find my ICADs from June 24-July 24. 

Days 24-30  

Days 31-37

  Days 38-44

   Days 45-49

  Days 50-54

I hope you all enjoyed my ICADs and are inspired to give this challenge a try. And if you did participate, please add your link to the comments section so I can check out your work be inspired as well.  To find out more about Index Card A Day, click here

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J. 

 
   

ICAD – Day 14: Merry-go-round

This has to be by far the most challenging card I’ve done! It is a card that through the process I literally hated it even more because what I had invisioned turned into an epic fail on paper.  But please stick with me through this process, it’ll be worth it in the end. 

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As pictured here, I first gathered all my supplies….a wooden stamp, spray waterbottle, some Gelatos and watercolor paper which I cut down to a standard index card size (3×5).

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First, I rubbed all the Gelatos onto the stamp.

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Here, you can somewhat see the different colors.

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Next, I spritzed the stamp quite a few times.

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Then I stamped the image onto the watercolor paper (I use Canson Watercolor Paper)

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And yes, after several attemps, this is what I got. I just couldn’t get the image to appear!  At this point, I was a little frustrated…so I tried to think of a way to save this card….

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So I decided to use Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor…..

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I simply just used the dripper and let the watercolor run down the card.

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At this point, I still wasn’t sure about this index card,  but I thought it might have some potential…. so I continued to work on it….

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I added some circles….again using Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors….but I still felt a little blah about it…..

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Then I saw her in my stash of magazine cut outs and thought, “she’s perfect!” So use her I did! I thought her face liked like someone who was “over it,” whatever “it” might be.  So I came up with this quote, based on past conversations with friends and thought it was fitting.
So, in the end I’m actually happy with the way this ICAD came out. It took a little work, some trial and error. But I like it.  As I go through this journey of trying out new things I realize that I am learning a lot along the way.  Art doesn’t have to be perfect, there is freedom in just letting go and letting your fingers do the work.  Art is definitely something that you feel… it’s about bringing a vision to life and sharing that vision with the world. 

I know this was a long post, thank you for sticking with me.  What are you all currently working on?  I’d love to hear… and see. 

Happy Crafting!
Nati J.