Monday, October 22, 2012

Don't Just Dream It, Do It!

"Just by putting one foot in front of the other, you can climb any mountain."  Manorama  
 I got so many comments on "Embrace the Rain."  Thank you to everyone who left a kind word.  So more on this theme.  

First, I used stamped white gesso into this great gears stencil from StencilGirl:

Then I washed periwinkle, blue and white acrylic paint into it, sprayed it with water, and rolled a paper towel over it to lift off a lot of the paint.  You can see how the gesso did not grab the paint as well as the watercolor paper, and this created a cool texture.
I glued down some torn dictionary page scraps, and finger painted them with green and gold fluid acrylics:

I traced Balzer Designs' Blazonry stencil to create tops of trees: (I've also used this stencil to make surfboards!)
 Glued them down using some Glitz paper strips for tree trunks!
 Carved a cute chickie stamp, wrote out my text on card stock and cut it out, stamped and doodled, and voila:
Hope you like this plucky chick -- walking bravely to "Yes I Can, Yes I Will!"

Here's Samy talking to one of the ghouls in our front yard!  (Our house is really blue...)  Trying to get into the Halloween Spirit around here.
Thank you for visiting! If you are so moved, please leave a comment. Hearing from you means the world to me.
Linking up to Mandarin Orange Monday (in honor of my orange chicky), Art Journal Cafe (handcarved stamp)Inspire Me Monday, and Creative Everyday.


  1. This is so cool! Thank you for the tutorial. I need to experiment with something like that. I love your designs and your blog. I'm your newest follower!

  2. I enjoyed seeing the making of your orange chicky's environment - and a very rich and colourful environment it is too! The chicky him/herself is great - she is standing proud and walking very determinedly! Thank you, Jessica, for sharing your orange chicky on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  3. I just love all the ideas your creations spark!!! I love this.

  4. Such good advice, Jessica. Love the trees you saw in that stencil, too!

  5. Love the chicky walking in pride. I cannot NOT touch a stencil in my pieces. You just have to. As usual, this is a beautiful page with deep colors. I sure hope I get to meet Samy someday.

  6. fabulous page and love the halloween piccie too. x

  7. Thanks for sharing the process, very cool and inspirational!! Love it!

    Hugs Giggles

  8. Lovin' your journal pages Jessica! That plucky chicky's got moxie-that's a good thing :):)
    Oh, and I really like how you wrote and cut out your wording too!

  9. Wow, great! Nice background and tutorial, and I love your chickie :-)

  10. Great page with such a wonderful message, Jessica. I loved seeing your process, too! Your Halloween decor is awesome!!

  11. Great page. Loving all the layers leading to I can and I will. Thanks for the inspiration. xox

  12. Wonderful page! Love your chicka dee! She's so smart and clever! I am inspired as always!

  13. I love your trees and what a clever way to use that stencil! Cheers! RM :)

  14. LOVE your clever surfboard tree!!. I especially love the texture from gessoed gear stencil :). Your ghouls are looking pretty in the front yard!


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