Challenge Your Mind To Be Creative

Here is another sneak peek of a few new projects for my 30 Day Mixed Media Art Challenge. These were a lot of fun to make by just taking cardboard from a used memo pad to create embellishments. I painted and doodled on the chipboard, then cut our images. Here are two that I completed and will use the others soon. You don’t have to have all the latest and greatest supplies to craft. Use what you have and you will find it will challenge your mind to be more creative. –Stephanie Hopkins

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Daily Art Therapy

Last night I sat down and created two new pages in my Mixed Media Altered Book. I love how they turned out and how much it helped me to end my day on a positive note. -Stephanie Hopkins

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“Imagination is tapping into the subconscious in a form of open play. That is why art or music therapy, which encourages a person to take up brushes and paint or an instrument, and just express themselves, is so powerful.”
― Phil ‘Philosofree’ Cheney

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Happy Mail Haul

A Master PictureLast week I received another package in the mail from Lisl and I would like to share with you all what she sent me.  Most of these items-if not all-are thrifted. I think her state has better donated items to use for mixed media projects than my state does! I am so thankful and over- whelmed with gratitude. A big thank you and virtual hug to Lisl. I can’t wait to see what mixed media projects I create using these cherished items. The book, “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” is to read and I started it already and really enjoying the story thus far.

Even though Lisl thrifted these items well before the virus outbreak in the states, when the package came, I left it outside-hidden-in the direct sun for a couple of hours. Then I sprayed the outer box before opening it up to take the contents out. I put them in a bag and brought it on the house. Doing all this I wore gloves. Then I took pictures of the items and put them back in the bag and didn’t get them out for a couple days. After putting everything back in the bag, I sprayed the area of the floor I used to display the items. During these times we are asked to take theses precautions during the quarantined.

 

I pray that everyone is being safe. My heart and prayers go out to the people we have lost and to the families of the victims of this awful virus. -Stephanie Hopkins

Happy Mail Haul

I am thrilled to be sharing a happy mail haul with you all! A dear friend and fellow papercrafter of mine sent me goodies to create with! I could barely contain my excitement when her package arrived this past Saturday, knowing it was going to be filled with so many fantastic materials to work with. So much in fact, I starting using them that very day.

Below are pictures of some of the mixed media projects I put together. She sent me some adhesive measuring tape and washi tape that I absolutely adore. Those were the first to be used and then I used a speckled button and a metal vintage style key.

 

I create a lot of tags and ATC’s because you can use them for all sorts of mixed media projects. On another note, I’m a history enthusiast and that includes art history. People say Artists Trading Cards started in the late 20th Century but in fact they go much further back than that. I will be blogging about that one day soon.

One can get really creative without having to break the bank from buying craft and art supplies. Most of the items she sent me are thrifted and from things she had been collecting. The materials I used from my own stash are mostly scraps and cut outs from bigger images. The floral arrangement on the Happy Easter Tag is from a Hallmark card bought at the Dollar Tree.

Be sure to check out my friend’s website HERE! 

I hope everyone is having a safe week! Be well and God bless.

Stephanie

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Journaling Life: Finding Your Inspiration

A special dedication to fellow blogger Lisl. A friend whose mutual love and passion for journaling, the classics, vintage, and the deep understanding for upcycling and the simple things in life.

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“Jo’s eyes sparkled, for it’s always pleasant to be believed in, and a friend’s praise is always sweeter than a dozen newspaper puffs.”-Louisa May Alcott

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Lisls stashRecently I sent Lisl a package of mixed media goodness to help her grow her stash for her journey in making lasting memories. It wasn’t long ago that we discovered we both had a love for journaling. A connection that we weren’t aware of having known each other for years! To both of our delight, we found our kindred spirit hearts and so began our joy in sharing each other’s journey.

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“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”- Louisa May Alcott

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Little Women bookLisl asked me if I had ever watched Little Women or had seen the movie. I had on both scores and matter of fact, I read the book as a child and had seen the original adaptation several times growing up. If I remember correctly, it was more a favorite of my sisters’ than mine but nonetheless, I have fond thoughts of the story. My daughter has recently discovered Little Women by seeing the new movie and loves the story!

This past weekend, I was talking to Lisl about my dismay in people dismantling vintage books to make their junk journals.  Her personal sentiments are the same as mine and she told me about a scene in the new Little Women movie where Jo’s book is being printed and it shows the old process of book making. That scene in itself explains so much of why I can’t bring myself to dismantle a perfectly intact vintage book. I hope you take the time to watch the scene HERE.

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“Jo had learned that hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally.”- Louisa May Alcott

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I hope you please take the time to read Lisl’s beautiful and heartfelt piece about Journaling Life: Little Women Edition.

We hope our love for the old arts and the simpler things in life extends to you, our dear readers.  Many Blessing to you and yours. -Stephanie

 

 

Saturday Sunday: Recording Family History

Family Jouranl

Last night I started a new junk journal and worked on two pages dedicated to my Father’s Castilian Aunt Nita. She was a dancer and she passed away many years ago. I took the original photo and scanned it to photo shop and printed the photo from there. The Original photo will go into a separate family album.  I have always been drawn to this photo and her pose. I wish I had known her because as my father and I were discussing her, I could tell by his voice that she was an extraordinary woman.

I made a brief video on a painting technique I did on the pages. I hope you check it out. I posted it on my Layered Pages Facebook Page HERE. When I get a tripod for my phone, I will be able to film step by step the techniques I use. When painting on book pages, you need to glue at least three pages together to add the thickness for the paint and other mediums you apply. There are several layers involved and your pages need to be strong. This journal has three signatures and I will have ten or twelve pages per signature. That is all you really want to have because of the thickness that your pages will be once completed. When you tear out pages be sure to reuse them in your journal. Any left overs will be great to up-cycle for other projects. There are a couple other art projects I worked on this week that I was going to show more of  today and discuss how I made them and the end result of the work, but I think I will blog about that next week. If you have any questions on how to start a junk journal, please don’t hesitate to ask me. There are so many ways and I would be delighted to help you find what works best for you. You don’t need any fancy materials to do so. You’ll be amazed what you can use around your home to make all sorts of mixed media projects and journals. I hope you all have a blessed weekend and see you on Monday. -Stephanie

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Art of The Restful Collage

Nightly Art III

I added a bottle cap and metal from a tin can for the flower..

There are times my collages aren’t ready to tell their story and they need a rest. I patiently and gently put this piece aside and would often look the design, not knowing what story lay ahead. What is it, I asked myself? What story will be told?

On Saturday February 1st, in the late afternoon, I was looking at a gauzy textile scrap with strings attached to the fabric that had a familiar shape. A kite, I thought. Then the memories came flooding back and I knew what story this collage was to tell.

In the 1980’s-early 90’s, my parents were on staff at Clearwater Baptist Church in Clearwater Florida. My parent’s ministry there was memorable and my mother was the Children’s Director and held many events for the children. There have been many changes to the church over the course of its history and the original building is no longer there. I felt deep sorrow when I heard the Old Building was torn down. Anyhow, my mother would contact the city to use Coachman Park that was near the church down by the water front for events. One of the events was, “Come Fly with Me”. We made our own kites and would fly them down at the park and have picnics.

Those were the best times and I remember the feeling of much joy and carefree. How the air smelled of salt from the ocean, the breeze carrying our kites up and up in the sky, soaring to and from. The sounds of laughter and happy chatter from everyone. The kids running around back and forth to their parents and friends, sharing their adventures. Happy times, indeed.

Kite Textile Collage

This textile collage represents that amazing time in my childhood. All is left for the finishing touches are to sew thread through the buttons and to bond the fabrics together with fabric adhesive and cotton thread. -Stephanie

Accessible Art: Free Form Medium

This weekend I pretty much stayed in bed nursing a broken small toe while working on a few art projects. Friday night, I hand sewed little patchwork collages to send to my friend for her art projects. My toe, foot and leg were in utter agony so I needed the distraction. When it broke, the toe literally went completely sideways and I had to put it back in place, then wrap it up. I couldn’t walk so I hand stitch and watch YouTube for the rest of the evening trying to forget the pain. I also worked on my textile art journal. The journal is made with 100% fabrics (mostly up-cycle material) and completely handed stitched. Each page is a pouch to hold mini patchwork collages that I’m making and a few pieces of paper with journaling about my art journey for 2020. I won’t share those until the end of the year.

For two decades or so…ahem, I’m not revealing my age, I collected store bought pattern paper. While I have fun using them, I didn’t feel challenged and I wanted to create my own designs for my art projects. Creative license and originality are important to me. I adore creating my own patterns and experimenting with new mediums. There’s a story there but I’m getting off track…Anyhow, this is one of the pieces I made on Sunday and she’s too pretty to cut into for my collage projects! I’m calling her, “Coral Rose.” I believe she will be happy in a shadow box.

Coral Rose

While I do use store bought pattern paper packs when they are on sale, I also make my own pattern paper and backgrounds. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend making your own pattern paper. It’s so easy! You can even use copy paper as your base.

For the picture below,  I wanted to make an abstract landscape for my inspirational journal. I do have a pad of mixed media paper so I used that. Then I gathered distressed crayons that are water-reactive and baby wipes. If you don’t have the distress crayons, you can use color pencils. I basically doodled/scribbled the colors then took baby wipes to blend the colors. It’s a lot of fun to play with these mediums.

Lanscape for scraps

 

Anyone can do it. You can even create these and tear them into strips to apply as texture for your journaling collages. For any mixed media project really. Free-form. Play. Relax. Enjoy.

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In the pictures below are squares I cut from a doodling page I made to use on my future collages. They don’t look like much now but when I apply with other mediums they will turn out great!

 

Baby WipesBy the way…if you use baby wipes (which I highly recommend using) please save them for your other art projects! They make amazing texture! I buy mine at the dollar store and I make sure they have as little chemicals added as possible.

 

 

 

 

Two pagesThese are two pages made from paper I used to put under other paper I was staining, painting to collect the splatters. The base page is from a mixed media paper pad I bought on sale years ago.

 

 

 

I don’t like to waste my paint or paper. They make for great scraps for your mixed media projects. I cut them up and applied them in an abstract pattern. I still have some of it left over so I will use it for another project. I love how these two pages turned out and can’t wait to journal with them.

scrap paper used for two pages

Other materials used for this project. Also, I will be applying clear gesso over the pages to seal them. If you don’t have gesso, you can use a gel medium or mod podge.

 

Here are a few more pieces I created this week and I will use them for various projects. As you can see, you can accomplish a lot from when you are laid up with a hurt foot! Ha! -Stephanie

 

Saturday Sunday: Mixed Media Textures

Adding Textures To Your Art Backgrounds/For Mixed Media Projects

Collages/Journaling/Canvas

Paris Pages I

 

This blog post is getting a late start today. Yesterday afternoon I had an accident and broke my little toe so badly I had to put it back in place. Alas, that delayed finishing my journaling pages I am blogging about today and writing this post.

Paris clothes shopAdding texture to your art projects is a lot easier than people may think and is so much fun to play with. There really is no wrong way of creating texture. You just have to experiment with what works. That is part of the fun. Today I am showing you three pages I created using several scraps from my mixed-media supply stash.

I am out of white gesso so I mixed in white acrylic paint with the clear gesso and it worked out great. That was my first layer of paint to cover the packaging I used as my pages.

Paris is a good ideaThen I started with my layers and paste for texture. Below is a complete list of the materials I used. It looks like a lot-yeah it is-but it is all from what I have on hand.

Using the coffee grounds and coffee for texture and staining was marvelous!

Two of the pages were a little dark to me so I took the baby wipes and rubbed it on the areas I wanted to lighten. I also used the baby wipes to blend the distress crayons.

The darker layers of two of the pages represents centuries of old building changing companies over time…

Paris signThese pages are my Paris Pages and I am thrilled with how they turned out! No, I have never been to Paris but it is on my bucket list and I love reading stories that take place in that city. Please excuse my blurry images. My camera has been giving me fits! I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions about creating with textures, please feel free to ask me. -Stephanie

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Supplies Used:

White & Milky White Acrylic Paint

Clear Gesso

Mod Podge

Ranger Texture Paste

Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

Coffee-for staining

Coffee Grounds to mix with Texture Paste

Scraps of pattern paper

Artist Painting Brushes

Crafting Paint Pink Roller

Napkins for background

Baby Wipes-No harsh chemicals/Alcohol Free

Resistance Canvas Embellishments

Tim Holtz Brick Stencil Pattern

Printing paper for words

Envelope

Up-Cycled Packaging Cardboard

 

 

 

 

Jewelry In The Making With Sarah

SarahToday my friend Sarah Volkert is a guest on Layered Pages to share her creative journey with us. When I met Sarah a few months ago at a Posh n Sip and I was thrilled to discover her creative side and it is always exciting to discover fellow artists. Let’s get our art on! 

Sarah, it is a pleasure to be featuring your jewelry line on Layered Pages today! When I first met you and discovered that you have a creative side to you, I was overjoyed! Tell me how you got into jewelry making?

Thank you so much for featuring me on your page, Stephanie! I got into jewelry making about 5 years ago, but it was not my first crafting love. I cross-stitch, crochet, and knit as well. So, I was at a craft store one day and noticed a beading magazine that featured bead stitching (I didn’t know that was a “thing”) and it looked interesting, so I bought the magazine and supplies to make a bracelet. I picked it up very quickly, and I spent about 3 years learning and practicing before I started selling my items.

Is there a specific style you stick with or do you mix it up?

I think I mix it up a little too much, to be honest! I personally have an eclectic style, and there is just so much that I think is beautiful and interests me that it’s hard to pick one. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say my style is modern and/or boho.

What are the platforms you sell on?

I have a shop on Etsy and I sell on Poshmark. About 90% of the jewelry items I have for sale on Poshmark are made by me.

What are some ways you upcycle pieces you might use to make your creations?

I save beer bottle caps and pop tops to make jewelry with, although I have yet to list any pieces. I’m hoping to get to that within the next couple of months. I’ve also had jewelry I’ve bought break and I will save the beads and chain from those and make a new piece out of them.

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How much time a week do you spend on your jewelry making?

I’m lucky if I get a few hours!

I’m a stay-at-home mom and my kids are young (5 and 2), but I try to squeeze in an hour here and there when I can. There are also the other aspects of running a business that need my attention and take time away from creating. Christmas is always crazy, but after everything settles down my goal is to spend at least 8 hours a week on creating.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into making jewelry?

There are so many possibilities with what you can do, it’s pretty overwhelming. I would tell someone to pick one technique or stitch they would like to learn to do, but don’t invest a lot of money into it until you’re sure it’s something you’re going to enjoy. Also, I think it’s pretty easy to get discouraged, especially when you’re starting out, so if something isn’t working or you’re getting confused or frustrated, just take a break from it for an hour or a day and come back. I still have to do that from time to time!