Wednesday, August 17, 2016

unPlanner Pages Process Video on Youtube

I'm one of four artists on the StencilGirl Talk blog today! :)

 Each of us are sharing projects featuring great older stencils. Sometimes the older designs get lost and forgotten, as many new ones are always coming out.

See what my talented fellow team members have made HERE! :)

My post here has three parts:

1. A video of me creating two more weekly views pages and photo step-outs in my unPlanner.

2. Aug 18-20 weekly view pages

3. August 21-24 weekly view pages.

1.  unPlanner Background Prep for a Weekly View and Process Video

See HERE for information about The Documented Life Project 2016: The unPlanner! :)

Multi-layered background with finger painting, stenciling, paint brushes, etc. This is ready for my weekly view entries. I will add the dates to it with the same foam alpha stamps I used in the next pages shown.

Painting around the stitched edge was a fun departure from my usual method of my stitching designs. Loving the lines created with the stencil. Perfect to add journaling too! :)

Some of you have been asking me to record me working in my art journal, so for the first time ever, I have done so!
This is very new to me, so it's nothing fantastic. lol!
Part of being new at this, I have had some hiccups in editing my video. I included captions with explanations throughout the video, but you can't see them if you watch it on your smart phone, so if you want to see the captions, watch on a  desktop, laptop or tablet.

 I'd love to hear from you, letting me know you've watched it, as uploading, editing, even the preparation -  is a lot of work! If you enjoyed it, affirmation would be very encouraging to me!
 Thank you! ♥

I have been trying to catch up with my unPlanner pages, and I find using stencils is a fast way of creating something beautiful.

2. Aug 18-20 Weekly View Pages

 For this month, I am going with watercolour paper by Canson for my pages. I've missed using watercolours lately. So for the weekly views (left side on above page), I sewed around the edges, then added the watercolouring with the cute fat little Stabilo Woody crayons. 

Stamped the numbers with the same foam stamp set as the above pages.

Added white dots to echo page on right. 

Loving the funky stitching!
And the textures of facing page! #lovemesomecloseups

Going In Circles Art Journal page

And here is the step-out: 

Remember these brayered backgrounds from this post? Well, I had an extra one left over, so I used it as the start for the above page.

The colours used are the same ones as the first journal page, demonstrated in the video:

Americana acrylic craft: Bahama Blue, Sunny Day and Vivid Violet
Martha Stewart satin: Fuchsia, Snow Pea, Granny Smith and Purple Yam
Deco Art white

The backgrounds are double-sided, so I chose my favourite side.

I used the Spinners stencil by Terri Stegmiller.

White through the stencil, then various colours just in the middle. I placed the stencil down randomly, instead of just leaving the stencil in it's grid-like pattern.

White dots with paint pen in all the open areas.

Vivid Violet paint around the outside of each "circle".

Bahama Blue and Fuchsia next.

Magnetic Poetry foam letter stamps with black ink for the title.

Journaling my thoughts in pencil in all the open areas. The exercise of writing down my thoughts clarifies issues I had on my brain and in my heart. I wrote illegibly, so it remains private.

Stitched around the whole page, choosing three areas where I did some funky stitching.

Black Stabilo All pencil for some very light shadowing around the circles and in the "pie" centers.

3. August 21-24 Weekly View Pages.

I mentioned earlier that the brayered backgrounds are double-sided. I used the same stenciling techniques on this page, except I left the stencil design down, not picking it up to move it, so the circles form a grid pattern. I added a few more layers in the middles on this one, and with a slight different focus of colours, but still the same ones as above.

Pink dots on this one with same brand of paint pen. (Daler Rowney)

For the daily view on right, I used acrylic paint watered down as the watercolour crayons looked too pastel.

I outlined the black stamped numbers with a black gel roller pen.

And there are some August pages in my unPlanner. I hope to post the early August pages when I get them finished.

Thank you so much for visiting!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

August Pages in my unPlanner

Finally getting somewhere with my August pages in my unPlanner!

See HERE for more information about the unPlanner project! :)

For page on left: 
I bought a huge pad of cheap kraft paper pad and use it for underpaper, which makes for great starts to art journal pages and for other mixed media projects!

I'm still elbow deep in the paint and paper I used for the brayered backgrounds project a few weeks ago. See the StencilGirl blog and a previous post. During the making of the video, the kraft paper I used as underpaper got deliciously full of paint. That was the basis of this page, and of course STENCILS! Specifically, Rae Missigman's newest line over at StencilGirl! :) 

Pickleweed Mini stencil for the vines coming down from above and the leaves on the rose. 

Seaside Lavender Mini stencil for the "sun rays". 

finger painted rose

Glitter and regular Sharpie extra-fine tipped paint pens for the doodling on the leaves, 
on the "sun" and the dots.

The binder ring background is a leftover piece of the brayered backgrounds. 

Funky stitching on watercolour paper, then diluted paint for the weekly view.

Magnetic Poetry foam alpha stamps for the numbers.

Doodled around the stamped numbers, the days of the week names and the reinforcements with an Identipen marker.

Painted the reinforcements to add more colour.

See HERE for my other unPlanner posts. 

Having a great time in my unPlanner!

Thanks for visiting! :0

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Join me at Creative Team Tuesday on StencilGirl Talk

Hi, all! I am a day late, but I am on the StencilGirl Talk blog with a new project using brayers and stencils. So fun! 

Backgrounds galore.

Four time-lapse videos of me creating this purple and blue set, start to finish. :)

Steps on how I used stencils to create cards that fit in a little box.

To see my process and to learn what I am using these cards for, visit

Thanks for visiting! 

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥