Thursday, December 1, 2016

How to: I am Brave Art Journal Page - Creative Team Thursday with Sherry Canino

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Hi Creative Friends - Sherry Canino here for this week’s creative team post.  This week I’m sharing an art journal page I created, called “I am brave”.  This art journal page came about while I was trying to figure out what my project would be for this week’s post.  I have been in a terrible creative rut and, after talking to some other creative friends, I found that they too were going through the same thing. It did make me feel a bit better and definitely not so alone, but it did not cure my creative slump.

I tried many avenues to find some inspiration,  like looking on Pinterest or checking out other artists' inspiring blogs.  Finally, I just said to heck with it, I’m going to do something that I never do and that is DRAW.  I know crazy, ha-ha.  But seriously, I just don’t draw, mainly because I have always felt I’m not good at it.  So I decided to create (draw) a bird on the edge of a tree branch as a bit of symbolism of myself (trying something new which felt much like being on the scary edge of something).   Using some of Jessica Sporn Designs' beautiful stamps and stencils helped me create this very meaningful art journal page.   I hope that you will join me in this tutorial and that this will inspire you to jump / fly /leap or even walk out of your comfort zone; try something new and different - even a bit scary.  I can tell you that taking that leap cured me of my creative slump and now I can’t stop drawing.

To see how I created this art journal page on YouTube, click here.

After I finished this video I decided the bird needed a crown lol. I know, right? But I felt like it was such a huge thing for me to conquer that the bird deserved a crown for all she had done.  So I just hand drew one on, painted it in with some gold acrylic paint and then added some glitter to it.  I also defined my branches a bit more to stand out with some dark green acrylic paint and used the hydrangea archival ink to edge my page and give it a bit of a frame – Then I felt it was done :)

I used the following stamps & stencils from Jessica Sporn Designs to create this page:

RubberMoon Stamps:
Tree of Life Stamp
Whimsy Butterflies Stamp
Peacock Motif Stamp

StencilGirl Stencils:
Judy's Trees Stencil

Hearts, Flowers, and More Stencil

Thanks so much for allowing me to share this art journal page with you.

XO - Sherry

Sherry Canino, a former accountant, is a self taught mixed media artist and owner of Canino’s Artistic Café. She also works as an art therapist for a local organization.  Her style is whimsical, colorful and inspirational and has been featured in Syracuse Women’s Magazine.  She offers local as well as private art classes in her Liverpool Studio, and art journal or art therapy classes on location for businesses and schools.  Find Sherry on Facebook , InstagramEtsy and on her blog.

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  1. I enjoyed your process. I also don't think I cna draw but you did very well!

    1. Awww thanks Jean you know I think it's a mental block that we "can't " once you start trying and practicing it's quite cool and making that yeah even we can do it ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Thank you for taking us with you on your journey... and yes, YOU are BRAVE!!! We artists fall into the 'gap' sometimes and I am glad you lifted yourself up by drawing a bird, love the page!

  3. This is amazing, Sherry. It's inspiring and has such a wonderful and brave background to it. These are the things that make art so wonderful and more than just a drawing or paint on paper. It's the stories behind the art while creating that make them so much more wonderful! I love this brave bird and her perfect crown that is well deserved. You are an inspiration. XOXO

    Kimberlye Richardson

  4. Aww thank you so very much Kimberlye you are an inspiration yourself. Thank you always for your sweet comments and support they mean so very Much ❤️❤️❤️


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