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be a rainbow sprinkle in a vanilla world

I love this quote. It’s basically saying it’s ok to be different. Celebrate it. Enjoy it. Stand out. 

Tonight’s page is very bright. It’s actually a rework of a previously grey page. It was only grey and was a little depressing. Instead of doing a new page, I decided to rework this one. 

I used a 3 different of different colours to lay down the base then started with stencils on top of it. I decided to add more colours with a brayer. I wiped it off in a few places as it was a lot of the one colour. I then added more layers with black and white, using found objects like bubble wrap and a tube. (It’s a lot of fun figuring out what can make good patterns in paint!) 

I got stuck at this point and couldn’t figure out where I wanted to go next with this page so I stated flipping through my older journals. It’s definitely inspiring to see where I’ve been and how far I’ve come since starting this project. 

I decided to place a quote as the focal and, given how bright an colourful this page was, I felt the rainbow sprinkle one was appropriate. I wrote it up on a piece of paper and cut it out. I adhered it in the journal with golden matte medium. 

I made a giant mess tonight but enjoyed reminiscing, looking through the older pages. Worth it. 

stronger than yesterday art journal page

I used up one of the pages in my journal tonight that had excess paint on it. These pages collect all sorts of paints and patterns so they can be both fun and challenging to work with. This page in particular had excess blue and gold paint swiped on. I actually started using this one before, but I wasn’t  happy with the way it was looking so abandonded it to move on to something different. That’s why on tonight’s page, you can see the beginnings of a heart silhouette and the black paint on the edges. There’s also a faint pattern on the page in black from the paper towel I was using way back when I first started this page. 

I added the silhouette (this time I used the interior of the shape and filled it in). I added more black paint on the edges and sprayed it down to make it drop down the page. I finally added the quote and I was done. 

make me a shadow on the wall art journal page

Tonight I did a page based on a quote from one of my favourite books, A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin. I love this book. It is unconventional both in its subject and writing style with beautifully written sentences and descriptions of a side of London seldom mentioned. I definitely recommend it. 

make me a shadow on the wall 

I love these words. They’re beautiful and poetic and have such meaning in the book. They speak to me of fear and strength, permanence and the fleeting nature of of life. 

I didn’t have a stencil to make tonight’s piece so I made my own. 

Crafty, right?

Snow Queen (Hubris)

Wasn’t I just saying yesterday that it was kinda cool how I was getting better at painting?


Started the night trying to finish the work in progress from Sunday. Well. I pretty much ruined it. Sometimes, you’re best to stop while you’re ahead and, well, I didn’t. So I started over again. 

I’m sad about the page I wrecked but happy how this one turned out. She looks like a bad ass bitch who would be to smart to fall victim to such silly things as hubris. 

I wanted more of an icy princess and I think she’s definitely not a princess but a queen in charge. She was done in pencil, paint, paint pens, ink, gelatos, and distress crayons. And lots of water. Her hair is super textured, not just to look at but to the touch as well. The paint pen things I used gives a raised texture so the dots and squiggly lines pop out. 

I am sad about the previous girl being wrecked, like I said. But I think she turned out a lot better and with more personality so I’m ultimately happy with tonight’s art.

Alice Didn’t Go to Wonderland

That girl. What a strange child. Always bringing chaos and madness with her wherever she goes. The jabberwocky, the mad hatter, white rabbits, Wonderland and tea parties. Her imagination knows no bounds.
I played with her as a girl; I’d play the Red Queen. It was a strange little game I’m not sure I understood. We didn’t have any toys but for an old, batter pack of playing cards we found in the woods. She called them the Red Queen’s soldiers. I was armed with the soldiers and she’d stand by herself, a small, strange, blonde girl in a dirty blue dress.
“Off with her head!” I’d scream, much to her delight. I’ve no idea where this child heard such things. I’d ask her parents, but I’d never met them.
“Off with her head!” I’d scream, and she’d run away through the woods, laughing with delight. Running through her Wonderland.
The last time we played together, the last time I saw Alice, my mother caught me playing, and was angry. I knew better. I was not to play in those gloomy, dark woods.
The woods were bad.
Bad things happened to little girls alone in those woods.
Bad things, like what happened to poor little Alice.
Stay out of the woods, stay away from the mad hatter, stay safe. Alice can’t protect you after all. She’s just looking for someone to play with.

Soooo, yeah. The story has no bearing on the paintings tonight, it just came out as I was writing tonight’s post. Tonight I wanted to do a couple of smaller, mixed media canvases. I definitely wanted lots of texture in the background so I started with a layer of modeling paste through stencils. 

After these dried, I coated them in a thick layer of gesso and dried that too.Then I started adding paint. 

I alternated between colours black, deep red, and magenta, and adding water to dilute and make the colours flow into each other. It took a while until I was happy. Once it was all dried, I used my fingers to add silver and white highlights. 

Then I decided the paintings needed some more texture. I found this neat chipboard in my stash, cut it up, gessoed it, painted it, then added it to the canvases using heavy matte gel. I created the quotes, added some gloss medium to highlight some small areas, and I think they’re done!


Back to art. Tonight I finished the page I started last night before being so rudely interrupted. Nothing worse than getting sick, right? Not sure what’s going on, but I have an appointment tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out. 
Glad to get this one finished.

Be amazing. 


Fifth time’s the charm, right? Grr. It took me 5 times plus a massive update to post tonight’s 366 Days of Art blog post. Talk about frustrating. 

Anyways, I did 2 pieces tonight; a journal page and completed a mini canvas. I started with the canvas as I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. It’s an easy art sometimes, put thecfocal on the canvas. I think it turned out pretty nice. 

I was then flipping through my little art journal and decided to rework a page that was covered in leftover paint. I liked it the way it was but decided to actually do something with the page. 

I like how it turned out. 

(And fingers crossed, please let this post correctly the first time!)

Hello Sweetie Painting

My husband walked in as I was finishing up tonight and said, “apparently you’re good at evil clowns” and walked/ran away. 

I blame the balloon painting from the other day. That and the fact that I was probably up way to late last night and, well, looking at the balloons, in a dark room, my mind went to clowns. And I thought (at 1:30 in the morning), I should paint the most evil fucking clown ever, holding a balloon. As you do at 1:30 in the morning. And, in order not to forget (even though I was itching to start right away), I left myself a note. 

Complete with reminder sketch.what can I say? My mind is a dark and scary place. 

I’m just so, so sorry. 

Siren – Mixed Media 

Beware the siren’s song for once ensnared you are but bones on the seabed. Many an ancient ship was lost to the depths because of her plaintive, alluring song. 

I decided I wanted to do tonight’s girl from behind. Not a perspective I’m an expert in at all. I don’t think it turned out bad for a first attempt but I definitely need work. 

I knew I wanted to draw this one from behind and I thought who better to depict from behind than a mermaid? I think the skin turned out neat – she’s no little mermaid, more like a siren who lured sailors to their death in the depths. I think that my favourite part though turned out to be her hair. Super textured and fun, full of pearls and gems and seaweed. 

Dandelions and Balloons Canvases

It really wasn’t my plan to do two painting tonight. I just planned on finishing the green one I started last night. The balloons painting just kinda happened. 

Ok so what really happened was this. I was looking at the background I started yesterday, and it was very green and brown because I’d planned on doing another landscape/field painting with it. I was looking at and I thought, gee, it’s too bad it’s green not blue, I can’t do balloons now

I have no idea where the balloons came from. They just popped into my head.  My theory is they probably popped up because I was thinking of doing dandelions in the green field painting and dandelions remind me of summer days as a kid and being a kid reminds me of balloons flying off into the sky. That might be what happened subconsciously but I’m not really sure. All I know is suddenly I’m doing two paintings tonight, dandelions and ballloons. 

Not that I mind though. It just surprised me. Art happens when it needs to happen I guess, and both the dandelions and balloons needed to be painted tonight.