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I have another art journal page today- seems like I have been doing alot of that lately!
My girl was painted with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos® and PITT® Artist Pens.
The highlights on my girls hair and eyes is the Inka Gold! Love this stuff!
I have people ask all the time what kind of paper I use and I have used all kinds but I prefer a heavier weight, watercolor or mixed media paper. If you like a smooth surface, I really like the Visual Journal from Strathmore, the paper is really thick so it stands up to water and abuse! With all the different mediums and techniques I use I dont want it falling apart after all the work I put into it.
Mine is handmade paper so it has a lot of texture and is pretty thick.
I love the texture but I do have to use gesso first (think of this as your primer when painting walls- you don't have to use it but you never know what you are going to get if you don't!) or it tends to soak up my paint, sometimes leaving blurry lines. Bottom line- test your paper before going all out!
* I will also tell you to test gessos too before buying a lot of one brand. I do a lot of fine detail work with the my girls faces and I like to be able to use a superfine point PITT ® Artist Pens for details like eyelashes. I have noticed if I use clear gesso it wont work on top of the clear gesso, even over paint. I can use a thicker point pen or clear gesso- bold or bigger,
but if I use white gesso I can use any tip pen I want..
from the sacred Geometry series first. I used a stencil brush to rub in the color. This paint is creamy, like a paste and the metallic acts as a resist for the Silks acrylic glaze I used next!
I used stamps with a Stampers Big Brush Pen and smeared more Inka Gold in Steel Blue with my finger around the page. I added thw white dots on top with a Stampers big white pen and all my journaling with a PITT Artist pen. I went over the project (masking my two journal spots first) with Adirondack s Color Wash in Denim. I used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gelatos®
for the journal spots.
Are you working in an art journal? I would love to see it, leave me a link!
Thank you again for all the comments & support with the situation with my mom.
We are still adjusting, (good and bad) at least she is getting the help she needs.
A close up...See those cracks?
I used this very cool stuff called KROMA crackle!
Isn't that texture awesome?
I used Faber- Castell Gelatos, Luminarte Radient Rain,
modeling paste, stamps and stencils...
This is the back ! You can see where some of the paints bleed
through but you can't see the adhesive.
The only thing I added a little black stamping
How many positive comments does it take to cover a negative one?
I guess I really needed to write Mondays post on Monday- you guys were so supportive, I so appreciate the kindness you shared. I am also so sad that so many of are going through or have gone though what I am going through.
On that same note I was thrown back a little by a phone I received today, apparently my mom got out her old phone book and called a very good old friend of the family. A friend that has not seen her in over 6 years. My mom told this person that I had her locked up in an insane asylum. Yeah, you read that right, insane asylum. :(
After explaining that I did not do that, where she really is, justifying every move & decision that I have had to make for the past year I was a bit exhausted...overwhelmed and frustrated. Why is it that
when you talk to your parents friends they make you feel like you are still a kid and second guess yourself even when you are an adult!?! As if I hadn't done everything else I could possibly think of before moving her into assisted living.
I know it was the right move for her. She may have had a moment where she thought she was in an "insane asylum" but every time we visit she talks about how nice everyone is to her. She has made friends and goes to all the outings they have. I have not seen her this social all year. She is eating, gaining weight, taking her meds .and seems genuinely happy. Before this move I could count on one hand the days she has been happy in the past year,and even those days turned into ugly nights. And yet in a moment, she made that call. One call, that made me second guess everything.
20 to 1.
Twenty positive comments to one bad phone call.
It will take time to regroup. Regroup and start again.
Thank you for letting me vent.
Juiced 12:22 AM
Feeling small, an art journal page
Monday, February 11, 2013
Today I am sharing a page out of my art journal and
I am curious, do you share emotions in your art journals?
It wasn't my intention when I started my page to make my girl look so sad
and so small in comparison to the page. I guess it was just a reflection of what
I was feeling at the time. I tried several times to draw her differently but she still
came out looking so sad.
Why so sad? Well for the past year and a half my mom has been struggling with Alzheimer's and Dementia, but lately things have gotten way out of control and we had to move her to a place with Assisted living with memory care. We tried everything else but recently we realized we had no other choice to keep her safe. Sad times for the Barakats.
Even when you know you are doing the right thing it is so hard, especiallywhen the person affected does not know or understand what is happening.
I thought once we moved her I would be relieved and not as stressed - but I guess that will take some time. Right after it happened I was so stressed and had lots of self doubt panic. But God knows what we need when we need it, a lady in her old building came to the door as I was cleaning out her apt. She was surprised when I answered the door not my mom. She asked where we had moved her and I told her. She was so relieved, said she was so worried about my mom. She said that my mom was forgetting more and more everyday and was afraid for her with the way she was acting. She reassured me that I did the right thing and that this made her so happy because this is what she needs.
Please understand, this is a horrible disease - the forgetting is one thing; we have the same conversations every 10-15 minutes- asking the same questions over and over because she doesn't realize we already talked about it. The paranoia taking over her mind- accusing people of stealing her things when nothing is missing. She stopped eating and told the doctor she wasn't going to - it was a waste of food because she was never hungry. She also refused her meds, the list goes on and on...
I could probably write a book on all the madness.
I would not wish this on anyone.
It's horrible for the person and it's just as devastating for the family.
She has been there one week and she has already gained some weight.
My mom averaged 110-120 most of her life was down to 85! She is now at 87.
She is confused- sometimes she asks what she is doing there and how she got there,
sometimes she thinks it's her old apt as if she's always been there,
sometimes she just wants to go home. She is eating and taking her meds.
We all still have some adjusting to do.
Enjoy your loved ones while you can, I'm just sayin'.
I used the 1950's Diner set of Gelatos®
I mixed Gelatos® with modeling paste and used a Clear Scraps stencil.
I used the peach & blood orange Gelatos® mixed with gesso for the skin color.
I used PITT® Artist Pens for journaling and facial features.
The puffy metallic paint is from Viva Decor.
In all of this I forgot to post for a giveaway yesterday
so I am doing it today.
Leave me a comment to win a box of supplies.
( If you are new to my blog click on the pic for details.) *This will be my final 10 and 20 RAK giveaway*
There will be some cool things in here as after 6 months
of doing these giveaway I have finally given away all my excess
scrap booking supplies!
Not to say I wont have giveaways- you know
I always have something up my sleeve but it will be the last 10 and 20 RAK giveaway.
That being said I will announce a winner on WED since it is later in the day
and I don't want anyone to miss this post.