Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
From Brave Girls Club

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I'm Baaack...At Least for a Bit

Long time no post. So what brings me back? Quirky Dutch Summer.

Week 1 has me making my own art journal.  This sent me on a field trip to Hobby Lobby where I found quite a deal on journals, canvases and a pad of primed sheets of canvas. (More than 75% off.)

I then dug through a very old stash of acrylic paint. All of my art supplies are in the garage after I cleaned out my office for Thanksgiving a year and a half ago. I needed room for a long table. I also didn't want my company seeing my messy workspace. I've not brought much in since then. That's what I'm liking about Quirky Dutch Summer. It has me playing in my art stuff again.

I have no plans this summer and my youngest is about to leave for cousin camp, giving me plenty of time to get my hands dirty.

So let me show you what I've made.

First I painted the front of the canvas.

Then I painted the back and let them dry overnight. 

I folded the edges over and glued them down. I used Aleene's Clear Tacky Glue. Not too bad, but then it took a good effort to keep the edges down. 

Next I  freehand drew a mandala on the cover.

I followed Marit's directions on book binding and ended up with my very own handmade art journal. Not my first, but definitely the easiest I've ever made.
Now we wait for Week 2. At least it will get this blog going again for the next two months or so. 

See you next week. 


Marit said...

Yaaaayyy, I got the InLinkz to work - linking to your post - and I got you creating again, now that makes my day (in fact, it makes my Summer.) I'm glad you had fun creating this journal, it looks amazing and at first glance I thought the mandala should have been a stencil... but no, WOW, you draw it yourself. It's gorgeous, and I love the colour combination you used too. Hope you will have a fun and lovely Summer, big hug from Holland dear one.

McMGrad89 said...

Thanks for stopping by and getting me back on the blog. I hadn't realized how long it had been since I had actually written here. Looking forward to the next "task". Cheers from the US.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin