Thursday, October 3, 2013

Who are you watching?

Yes!  I finally figured out how to fix my domain, so we're back for good!  :)

I found this saying while browsing Instagram (I'm Journalartista over there too, I would love to follow you!) and it spoke to me.  I immediately created this page to remind myself.

I love this saying because it means something different to everyone who reads it.  The procrastinator and self-saboteur in me got a wake up call!!

The beginning of this page actually started like this:

I am IN LOVE with all of Seth Apter's new stencils!!!!!!

I find that the messier my mind, the messier my pages become.  I have been going through some rough times but I am committed to getting better every day.

Much Love my friends,

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Blog Address Change!

Hi all!

Just a really quick post to let you know that as of tomorrow this blog address will be changed back to:  :) Please update your bookmarks, or subscribe by email to the side.

Much Love my friends xo

Friday, August 9, 2013

StencilGirl Talk Cupcake Sprinkles Blog Hop!

Welcome to another StencilGirltalk blog hop!

This month we are featuring the wonderful Cupcake Sprinkles stencil designed by June Pfaff Daley:

You can get this stencil and see all of June's designs HERE


I had a tiny chuckle when I first received this stencil.  I am still on my Artful Weight Loss journey and creating with this delicious stencil was a treat, but also very tempting!  :)

After creating a random background that matched the pink theme (I was drooling over Red Velvet cupcakes!), I chose to add a little dimension and added texture to the page.


Cupcake Sprinkles stencil
- sticky notes
- modeling or light modeling paste
- palette knife
- acrylic ink or paint
- willingness to get a bit messy :)

Step one is to mask off the desired area.  Use sticky notes to cover areas you don't want the modeling paste to get into.  Masking can be used for any medium you choose with your stencils!  I then set this aside.

I chose a Tri Art modeling paste.  You can use this straight out of the jar, however I wanted the icing to be pink.  I chose a pink FW acrylic ink however you can mix this medium with any acrylic paint as well.  I scooped a bit out with my palette and added a dropper full of ink.  Mix together with a palette knife.

Spread the modeling paste over the stencil with the mask in place.  The consistency of modeling paste is like peanut butter which enables any stiff peaks and texture you create to remain.  It dries to a very hard acrylic, however it takes a very long time to dry.  I choose not to use a heat gun to speed up the process as I find it can bubble and create a crust.  The above photo shows what the paste looks like after applying over the stencil.

Carefully remove the stencil. I repeated the process three more times, carefully avoiding touching the wet molding paste.  Clean your stencil right away!
I love how these turned out!  After seeing this I realized this stencil would also be an awesome ice cream scoop.

Finish with dabbing acrylic paint for the cup, sprinkles, and cherry.  I used a make up sponge to highlight the peaks with a little paint as well.

I also used the sprinkles as random texture, dabbing a bit of paint here and there on the page to tie it all in together.  Letter stickers were applied for the title.

This technique can be used on any type of project including cards, perfect for a birthday!

Hop over to the next blog!  ALL comments from ALL blogs on the hop will be entered into a StencilGirl Talk giveaway, don't miss out!

Thank you so much for visiting me!

Much Love,

StencilGrltalk Blog Hop

Sorry my friends, having technical difficulties please go to for the next project.

Please check back at 8am EST, my apologies!

Friday, July 26, 2013

StencilGirlTalk Blog Hop!

Welcome everyone!

Thank you for joining me as part of the StencilgirlTalk blog hop! We are focusing on this stencil:

I admit, I got a little excited when I saw this design.  It can be layered to make many designs, however I wanted to use it as a form of funky sequin waste!

I started with this mini journal.  It's a sample book from Strathmore in 4x6" Mixed Media paper:

I started by applying gesso to each page.  After the gesso was dry I applied a layer of Derwent Inktense Blocks in two different colours for each page, wetting with water.  Next I took a baby wipe and wiped off the Inktense through the stencil.  

This is how a few pages turned out:

As shown above, I added a little background stamping with a few Prima stamps and Ranger Archival Ink. Stamping in the background is a great way to add visual interest and texture to your pages.

I then added multiple layers of stenciling with craft paint and a makeup sponge, assuring each layer is dry prior to starting the next.  I chose to do two layers for each page, utilizing different areas of the stencil each time.

To finish, I chose to add a layer of the tiny diamonds section with cream paint to all pages.  This helps make the entire book cohesive.

I really wanted to make a portable affirmation book for my fitness journey.  I used a Faber Castel Big Brush marker in black and hand wrote each affirmation, and used an Archival Black ink pad.

Check out all the finished pages!

Here is a close up of the multiple layers of overlapped stenciling:

Be sure to subscribe to me on Youtube to see more tutorials!  This techniques will be up soon!
In the meantime, check out this video:

Thank you so much for visiting me!  Be sure to hop onto the next blog in the list to see other wonderful ideas using this stencil!  Also, don't forget that there is a wonderful giveaway going on on the StencilGirl Talk blog.  Be sure to comment on that blog as well as all the others in the hop, the more blogs in the hop that you comment on, the more chances you will have to win!

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Much Love!
Paula aka JournalArtista

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I'm Back!

Welcome everyone!
Just a quick update. :)

I've got some exciting news coming!
See you soon!

Much Love,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mixed Media Leftover Art Journal

Welcome friends!

Have you ever seemed so busy that you feel you can't scrape any Art Journaling time in?  Absolutely, we all have. I have a wonderful solution, a LeftOver Art Journal.

One of the reasons I Art Journal is to cope with my anxiety and stress.  When I'm "too busy" to fit any art into my day I end up feeling even more stress from all that "busyness".  Of course this stresses me out even more and then... well, you get the picture.

One option that works well for me is playing in my Leftover Art Journal.  Learn more about it here:

Doing a quick sketch, or journaling, or titling one of these pre started Art Journal pages is soothing, and even fun.  I enjoy looking at these pages filled with random paint, stamps, sprays, papers and scrapbook supplies, and with little time you can easily create an awesome page.  Try it, I'd love to see what you create!

Check out the full book here!

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Soo much on the go.  As of the date of this post I have 8 days left of my "Day Job", and only 3 weeks until I move.  I have been spending all of my time purging and packing, as well as balancing my gym schedule. 

As the days get closer I find myself feeling more and more excited about this transition in life.  I have so many plans (including a cool mini class for this book!) and I am so excited to share them with you!

Thanks again for your support and friendship.

Much Love xo

Monday, March 25, 2013

Art Journal Pages

Happy Monday!

I've finally had time to take a few photos of recent art journal pages amongst the chaos of moving.

                          I love the purple faces.  They are from an ad that was in the "O" magazine.

I am in the middle of planning, purging and packing.  Only five weeks left!

Please don't forget to check out my destash sale, links below!  More items added daily :)

Thank you so much for looking! I truly appreciate all the support I have gotten so far!  Much Love xo












Friday, March 8, 2013

Please Help! Destash Sale!!

Welcome friends!

As many of you know, I am losing my job.  The factory I work in is unfortunately shutting down. Thus, the need to have a big sale!!  Check back often for updates, much more to come!!
Many rare stamps, including Mary Engelbreit!

To save on shipping, I can also unmount if desired.

Sets and stamps are either new, loved, or stained.  Will add in description, but mostly new!! (Sad I know)

International orders welcome, I am located in Canada.  Please email me with desired sets and we will work out a fair price for shipping.

Payment will be processed through PayPal.

Please contact me at for inquiries!

Please give these rare gems a lovely home!

See pages above, just under my border for different companies.

Thank you so much for looking! xo













Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mixed Media Drawings on Post Cards

Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone is safe and warm after the wonderful snow a lot of us North East Coasters got in the last few days.

I have been struggling lately and decided to take a challenge out of this wonderful book.  It was a challenge to mindlessly make collage backgrounds.  Here are my results:

I cut the larger sheets into 4x6 postcards and have started drawing faces onto the random backgrounds.

My Bella, still a WIP

I have really enjoyed taking such random backgrounds and painting over them without thinking about placement.  Such fun things magically appear! 

By request, I will be streaming tonight on Ustream at 9:30pm EST and we will create similar backgrounds together.  If you'd like to play along, gather these supplies and get ready for fun!

- a few pieces of large paperboard (such as cereal boxes) or heavy weight cardstock Note:  You may want to gesso these prior to the show, depending on your style.  I will be!
- 3 random inkpads if you have them
- 4 colours of acrylic paint
- your favourite paint brushes
- black waterproof marker, such as a Sharpie
- scraps of patterned paper (scrapbook or handmade)
- random flat collage material (book pages, bits of other artwork, tickets etc)
- a random magazine
- 4 random coloured pencils
- something to create texture, think bubble wrap, a sponge etc
- stamps, waterproof ink if you have it
- Stencils, spray ink

Have these out and ready.  I know a lot of us have all these things on our worktables surrounding us all of the time.  However, take the time to gather what's on the list.  The fun of this challenge is to use limited supplies.  Please leave your expectations at the door.  :)

I hope to see you tonight!  
Much Love,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Obsessed with Mixed Media Mini Books

Happy Wednesday!

As promised, here are a few videos showing these books up close:

The next video shows my current left over desk journal which I LOVE:

I will be back soon with some drawing... can you believe it?

Much Love,
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