Friday, May 8, 2015

Such an oddball

I have been having a hard time dealing with Mother's Day this year.
I find myself crying at anything that has to do with mothers. Good or bad.
My Dad suggested I write my Mother a letter to tell her all of the things
that I wish I had, before she died. Looks like I'm going to be writing a letter
this Sunday....

To keep myself busy, and to keep my mind off of painful things,
I have been playing around with my new small format Dyan Reaveley  
art journal. I have the larger one, but find myself intimidated to work
in it as of yet. Maybe once I master some cool techniques I'll have the
courage to work bigger. 

I started off by coloring this adorable image from Oddball Art Stamps.
Her name is Sally Sadness. She reminds me of a character from The Oblongs
Man, I love that cartoon.

I colored her up with Copics, and did a bit of customizing on her appendages 
to go along with my sentiment. 
I used some swirly die cuts to give the appearance of tentacle-type arms.
Some may consider that a flaw, others may think it's pure awesomeness.
I fall into the category of the latter.   

The background was created with Dylusion spray inks, a hexagram stencil
with some crackle paste (which I sanded down afterwards to make it less
chunky and obvious), and a new TH crackle stencil with black soot distress ink.
I also worked in some skull and barbed wire die cuts, along with some
Firefly Stickles for that bling factor.

I added the other swirls in to make it cohesive with the other
page and Sally's tentacles.

And there it is. The first completed page in my new art journal.
I still have a ways to go before I feel really adept at this art journal thing,
but it's so fun to just play around and make fun art just for me.

I would like to enter this creation in the following challenges:


  1. Well Id say you're off to a terrific start on the *art journal thing* I LOVE this page!!! I love the sentiment and the colours and that barbed wire around the pages... So glad to see you join the art journal craze, I love it!
    Big hugs to you this Sunday my friend.

  2. Fabulous spread, gorgeous background and the swirly appendages are a brilliant idea. Looks like you will love your AJ as much as I love mine xx

  3. I wrote such a nice comment for you and now it's lost... Well, I hope you'll be fine again soon. I know how deep this pain is. Maybe the letter is a good idea. Just try it.
    Can I do something for you to make it better? Like tell you a bad joke or something?
    Your journaling page is awesome, I love the colours and the swirls!

  4. The swirly die cuts are a great touch! I love how that brain of yours ticks.
    Great great advice from your Dad. Make sure you do it. Hugs

  5. Wonderful journal page! Love the coloring and great sentiment!

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I hope you wrote the letter and somehow you found peace.

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  6. And very sorry for your mom and how you were doing close to mother's day.... hope you did feel better after doing a letter!


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