I have been working on this fish painting for quite a while now! It is my first time painting fish and so it’s been a challenge… but that’s what it’s all about. Challenging yourself to try new things and push your limits. I am planning on finishing this painting in the next few days. I can’t wait to see the final prodauct!

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I used gelli prints as seaweed!

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A Glimpse into My First “Art Journal”

I have had a sketchbook my whole life, but I feel like I just got started “officially” art journaling about a year ago. I was super pregnant and my dad’s house (my childhood home) burned to the ground. I felt like documenting these life changes was important so that I could look back and have a visual reminder. I don’t know if I will ever be a “traditional” scrapbooker if there is such a thing, but this is definitely my version of scrapbooking.

Before & After Picture
Before & After Picture

My dad’s house burned down in a Nebraska forest fire (The West Ash fire). He had been hiking in a mountain range with no cell phone service up to the day prior to the fire taking over his house. So glad he at least made it back before it completely burned.

Before & After
Before & After
This is my younger sister taking a quick break for lunch.
This is my younger sister taking a quick break for lunch.

After leaving the Broken Plow (where my childhood home was), we headed up to the Black Hills (where my mom lives) for a visit. There, we took an 1880 train ride which was gorgeous!

1880 Train

The weekend following all of the excitement of our Nebraska/South Dakota trip, it was time for my baby shower!

Loved my cake!!!
Loved my cake!!!
33 weeks pregnant
33 weeks pregnant

A week after my dad’s house burned down, he came to stay with us & then the mountain in Casper, lit on fire…

Sheepherder Fire

A week later, the Sheepherder Fire was 100% contained. With fall upon us, we had friends come visit and headed out to check out the Green Acres corn maze. The background pic is actually how the maze was shaped. We got lost in there, but not too badly!

Corn Maze

Fall in Wyoming is gorgeous & here are a few pages devoted to that:

35 Weeks Pregnant

Fishing

That’s enough for today! To be continued…

Happy Art Swap Cards

I just finished 3 of the 4 cards that I’m going to send in for Sandra Kay’s Happy Art Swap. Check them out!

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This one is a gelli print with an awesome honeycomb stencil!

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This is my favorite! Also a gelli print, coincidentally, and the flower is a stencil too.

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This one is actually double sided & both sides are gelli printed. I seem to be hooked!

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This last one is not great… I think it needs work.
I like the message, but it’s hard to read. It says,

When you create, there are infinite possibilities

I love that there is always something different you can do. There is no rhyme or reason to how things turn out other than following your instinct until everything looks just right.

Garden of Color – In Progress

I’ve been working on this for awhile now & I really like where it’s heading!

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I started with acrylic paints in the background.

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I added some stamps, pieces of gelli prints and some texture.

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The black flower is from a stencil that I used on the gelli plate. The cloud is ribbon… I used moldable foam and some fake peas and a hamburger bun from my daughter’s toy box to add some cool flower designs.

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Now it’s at this point! I’m planning to fill in the black outlined flower and keep on playing until it looks just right.

Live a Colorful Life

I love this piece…It’s a painting that I have hanging in my entryway… The flower is actually done on watercolor paper. First, I drew my picture with a colored pencil (white works great!), then I used a water color wash over that. I painted the canvas with watered down acrylics, free hand painted the letter, cut up my watercolor paper, then modge-podged it on… for a cool look!