Wednesday, July 13, 2011

TGF's Throwback Thursday!

I have the pleasure of hosting our Throwback Thursday feature today at The Greeting Farm Blog! Now, being a HUGE TGF Fan for years, I had LOTS of stamps to choose from and then I saw Yoga Anya sitting there completely unloved. I hadn't even trimmed her yet! She's now retired but just as sweet as ever and was perfect for what I had in mind. 

I decided to finally get started on the pages inside my art journal cover that I created for the sweet Blush Society Previews. I have to tell you, it's so therapeutic to put paint to paper and just let go creatively. This image reminds me of inner peace which I'm constantly trying to obtain! I started by coloring Anya with Copics - then I paper pieced her hair and clothes. It was really fun picking out from scraps what I wanted to use on her hair - I settled on this text DP from Graphic45 Springtime Collection. It reminded me of the swirling thoughts I constantly have in my own head! Since I have packed away most of my acrylics I went to town painting this page up with Glimmer Mists and OA Sprinklers. There are lots of layers here, and I ended up digging out my gesso from a box because I realized that it was not a good thing to pack that up! haha I also used some Helmar Crackle Medium all over the page and dried it with a heat gun which provided the necessary crackle without the wait time. ;D You can't really see it but I did use the Blush Heart Stamp in yellow on the page and then lightly outlined the word 'Peace' with a marker and used some gesso to paint over it and then some pink acrylic to paint over that to highlight it even more. I tried to make a little thought bubble around the word but not sure you can really tell.

I love how it turned out and I hope you will dig thru some of your older stamps to see if there is one that is just begging to see some ink like my Yoga Anya! Also, be sure to check out the TGF Blog tomorrow for another FUN announcement regarding our new obsession with art journaling and mixed media. You are NOT going to want to miss this!!! I have it on good authority that there WILL be a prize....;D So, get inspired and let go of your fears - art is good for the soul and there is NO wrong way to do it! It's your creativity that makes it beautiful.



Unknown said...

love how you've done her hair especially! she is just adorable!!:)


tracey said...

Cool project carisa. I must ink up yoga anya as well and show her some love. I LOVE her paper-pieced hair the most. Would never have thought of doing it but it looks amazing. Well done.

Maria Therese said...

So beautiful sweetie!!

Monique Leslie The Misfit Crafter said...

It's so I calm down just looking at it. I love it.

Amy said...

This is so beautiful Carisa and you're so right that Yoga Anya is perfect on here! Your art journal has an awesome start! :)

Jessica Diedrich said...

This is SO cute and such a great way to incorporate little miss Yoga here w/ your beautiful journal page. LOVE this!