New Class - Hacking The Color Wheel

New Class - Hacking The Color Wheel

I am over the moon excited to announce I'll be teaching in Hacking The Color Wheel with 13 other talented ladies.  It is hosted by Kiala Givehand and we can't wait to get crazy with color!  I'll be teaching in Session 2 but I do hope you will take advantage of the full class! Both sessions are going to be amazing! In these courses we will focus on how to use colors in a variety of ways. From color wheels and swatches, to mono-color studies, color mixing, and crazy color combinations, these classes are all about how we can use color to create a feeling, a mood, and/or a story about our past, our present and our future.

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Getting Artsy with StencilGirl and PaperArtsy

Getting Artsy with StencilGirl and PaperArtsy

The Holiday season is here and I can't believe it is almost 2017! I think it's true what they say... "time flies when you get older". This year has definitely flown by so I'm looking ahead to the new year with creative anticipation. My goal is to make more time for my art in 2017. More time to just play and explore!

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Flowers In Her Hair

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I wish I could wear flowers in my hair, don't you? Hop on over to StencilGirl for Creative Team Tuesday today. I can't wait to show you how to create this fun and playful art journal page using two stencils.

I hope you have fun playing with stencils!

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Christmas In July With StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts

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Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts. I'm so excited you are here!

It is a little hard to think about Christmas when it's almost 100 degrees outside, but the Holidays will be here before you know it. So why not stay out of the heat and have fun making some Christmas crafts.

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I am a bit of a vintage and thrift store junkie, and I love combining old and new in my decorating and my art. Today I'm going to show you how to make this charming vintage style Christmas Tree wall decor. When I go thrift store shopping I have a few things that I always look for. One of those being vintage embroidery hoops. There is just something heartwarming and comforting about these simple little wooden hoops that just makes me smile. I think the memories of my grandmother and I working on stitching projects together has something to do with the attachment.

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For this project I decided to use this awesome oval embroidery hoop that I had in my stash of hoops. Embroidery hoops make great frames that you can change out for the seasons. This is a simple and quick project that will add handmade charm to your Christmas decor.

Let's get started!

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Supplies Needed

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Step 1: Cut the background fabric to be about 1.5"- 2" larger than your hoop. You can leave it square for now. We will trim it at the end.

Step 2: Trace the inside of the hoop onto the canvas fabric with a pen or pencil.

Step 3: Draw hash marks 1"-2" inside the circle or oval that you just traced to form a smaller circle or oval. This is going to be the smaller piece of canvas fabric that you will do your stencil art on. I measured in 2" because I wanted 2" of the vintage fabric to show. You can adjust your measurements to your liking.

Step 4: Cut along the hash marks.

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Step 5: Using the Green Apple Marker from the Gemstone Set and the Antennas Stencil color in the "trunk" and "limbs". Leave off the top ones as shown.Step 6:  Color in the "ornaments" with the Cherry Pink Marker from the Gemstone Set. Skip the top branch but color in the very top one.

Step 7:  Your tree should look like this.

Step 8:  Using the Broken Circles Stencil over lay one of the broken circles over the top dot that you colored in Step 6. Using the Cherry Pink Marker color in the broken circle.

Step 9:  Your tree should look like this.

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Step 10: Add details around every other "ornament" with the Cherry Pink Marker.

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Step 11:Paint inside the Broken Circle with All Purpose Ink in White.

Step 12: Paint under the tree with the white ink.

Step 13: Paint the word "Joy" with the All Purpose Ink in White.

Step 14: Outline the word "Joy" with the Cherry Pink Marker.

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The canvas piece is all finished. Let's move to the next steps.

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Step 15: Center your canvas piece in the middle of the hoop. Tack down to background fabric with a glue stick to hold in place.

Step 16: Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss to match your project.

Step 17: Straight stitch around the edge of the canvas piece. Add a seed bead to every other stitch. The stitches don't have to perfect. We are going for a handmade vintage look which mean "perfectly imperfect".

Step 18: Add a seed bead to the top of the tree .

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Step 19: Insert the finished fabric piece into the hoop and adjust the tightness. Trim the fabric around the hoop leaving enough to fold over the edge.

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Step 20: Fold over the edge of the fabric to the inside of the hoop. If you want to be able to switch the fabric piece out for different seasons then you can just tape the fabric edges to the hoop. Not pretty but it works and it won't show. If you want the fabric to be a permanent piece in the hoop you can use craft glue to adhere the fabric to the hoop.

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And now you are all done and ready to hang it up for Holidays.


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Thanks so much for stopping by on the hop! I hope you enjoyed this little vintage style Christmas project. Be sure and visit all the blogs in the hop for a chance to win $100! All the details are below.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We'll be picking one lucky winner to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.

Blog Hop Order

July 9: 
Mary C. Nasser
KristieTaylor
KarenGaunt
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

July 16:
StencilGirl Talk Janet Joehlin
Cindy Gilstrap - YOU ARE HERE
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be notified by email and announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

Happy Hopping & Creating!

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Believe In Your Own Magic

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One of my favorite things to do is play in my art journal. I love that it is just that...a place to play and experiment. Often times those play sessions turn into something that just puts a smile on my face.Believe-5I recently did this art journal page live on Periscope. Over the last year or so I have really been pushing myself to work intuitively and not think too much about what I was adding to the page. Periscope has pushed me to create intuitively in a bigger way since the broadcast is live and people are watching me create. I admit it's kinda scary creating live in front of people even if they are on my phone. Who am I kidding...it's super scary!Believe-2But surprisingly, the scary aspect has really helped me push myself. As artists I think it is important to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to grow...grow as an artist and as a person.Believe-4Not only are my art journals a place to play, experiment, and grow but they also serve as a vehicle for motivation, expressing feelings, and more. My art is typically whimsical in style but sometimes underneath all the happy colorful art, there might be things that aren't so happy. My thought on this is that I get out what's bringing me down and then wash it away with beautiful colors, elements, and doodles.Believe-3A lot of times I also incorporate an inspirational quote that I want to remember. In this page I used this quote I had seen in a store.[su_quote cite="author unknown"]Belive in your own magic.[/su_quote] It really got me to thinking that it is so important for us to believe in ourselves.  We are good at believing in others and their goals and dreams but we need to give ourselves that same support.Believe-1So I challenged my live Periscope viewers to "believe in their own magic" and post it on instagram with the hashtag #psbelieve.  We all have our own creative magic so whether you are a painter, a cook, a seamstress, a photographer, a knitter, a scrapbooker and the list goes on,  I challenge you to post something on instagram that you create to share your magic with others. Or if you post on your blog be sure and leave a comment on this post with your link. The world needs your magic and I'd love to see it! If you would like to see me create more art journal pages live you can follow me on Periscope by searching @junqueart. I am also in the process of putting some of my Periscope art journal broadcasts in my new Classroom! I am super excited to get the classroom going and will start it with some free Artsy Tips and Tricks. It will open soon and you can sign up for updates here.

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Ever Wonder How To Create Beautiful Mixed Media Layers?

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Years ago I found my love of mixed media art and art journals. When I first started, creating layered backgrounds was a mystery to me. I couldn't seem to get past the fear of the "blank page" and when I did get over the fear, I couldn't seem to get past the first layer.

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After lots of practice and inspiration from other mixed media artists, I finally came up with my own easy steps that I use to create my quirky style of bright mixed media backgrounds. These steps are super simple and I use them all the time. They are steps that can be repeated with different colors, products, and tools to give a unique look every time you create a background.

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I love that the backgrounds are all unique and that you can use them is so many different creative projects. Are you ready to learn how I create my backgrounds?

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Well I'm super excited to announce I am teaching my first online class, Mix It Up Layer By Layer at Big Picture Classes. I have been a long time fan of Big Picture and when they invited me to teach I was beyond tickled pink! I am honored to be one of their new instructors.

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In class we will be having fun just playing and getting messy with paint, stencils, ink, pens and more! In 8 instructional videos I will take you step by step trough my process of creating backgrounds and then show you several ways to use your backgrounds. We will also be making a completed project out of our backgrounds that is super cute.

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My class is live today so I hope you will join me in the classroom. Big Picture Classes has a wonderful site with talented teachers in many areas. So if you aren't already a  BPC member I highly recommend you check it out. They offer a FREE trial period to check it all out. Your membership includes access to almost 100 awesome classes and counting.

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Big Picture is also celebrating their 100th class coming up so they are offering any new members a chance to win a free year membership! Whoop whoop. You can't beat that! So what are you waiting for? Go check out the classroom and if you join my class be sure and introduce yourself in the group. I can't wait to see you there! We are going to have so much fun!

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Come Join Me Live In My Studio

Hey sweet peeps! Want to join me live in my studio tomorrow? I'll be working in my art journal live on Periscope and you can follow along. It's free and easy peasy! JoinJunqueArtPeriscopeHere's all you need to do:

1. If you are new to Periscope download the Periscope App on your phone or tablet, it's Free. (not available on the computer) If you already have the Periscope App skip to #3.

2. Login with your Twitter account or you can set up an account.

3. Search for junqueart and then follow me.

That's it! When I start broadcasting live, Periscope will send you a notification that I am live and you can watch me work in my art journal. My twitter account will also tweet out a link when I go live and I believe you can watch from your computer using that link.

Last week I created this art journal page live on Periscope. It was my very first time using Periscope and broadcasting anything live! Scary! I had no plan and was nervous as I could be, but I had a great time. Thanks to all my peeps who joined in.

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I have been a little missing in action as of late due to some little surgical procedures I had to have done. I wish I could say it was for fun and to remove all my wrinkles, but alas no such luck. I was getting really anxious about the procedure so the page I created live was all about trusting in God and having faith that all would go ok with my procedure last week.

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All went well with my procedure and I'm still in recovery mode. I was hoping that part would go a little faster but I'm really having to be patient with the process and my body. So I decided tomorrow's live art journal session would be a all about "practicing patience". So if you would like to follow along and work along as I create live tomorrow I would love to have you join me in my studio.

Deets again: Wednesday, July 15th, 3:30pm CST on Periscope

If you can't join me live, the replay is available on Periscope for 24 hours.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. I would also love to know what you would like to see live. Leave me a comment below this post if there is something special you would like to see in upcoming broadcasts.

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Why I Love Art Journaling

Hey sweet creative peeps! Today I wanted to share with you one of my passions…art journaling, and why I love it! Back in 2004 when I owned a retail scrapbook store altered books were starting to creep into the scrapbook world. I was hooked immediately!

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