Sunday, September 16, 2012

There are new stamps from Impression Obsession that arrived on Friday. I heard that they were flying off of the table on Saturday, so you should come in as soon as possible to see what's left.

The beautiful artwork continues from the Art 'n Soul Journal Club members. The term "club members" might lead you to the idea this is a formal group with by-laws and membership dues. Not!!!! Quite the contrary. It's a term we use asking people who enjoy making art to express their thoughts and work on their journals at "Journal Club"; they meet on the 2nd Friday of the month between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. They met last Friday afternoon and it's always such a personal joy to see what they've been up to.
by Gloria Jean Walker
This was drawn and colored by Gloria . . . when you see this in
person, the tiger literally looks 3-D! It is beautiful! Below is the two-page spread.
by Gloria Jean Walker

by Judy Daugherty
by Judy Daugherty
I am zooming in so you can see the wording, handwritten by Judy.

by Judy Daugherty

by Judy Daugherty

by Judy Daugherty

by Judy Daugherty

by Judy Daugherty
I really like the title . . . Prairie dance

by Judy Daugherty
this is Judy's latest work in progress. Judy used a photo of an
tribal woman from which to draw the woman you see above.

by Sam Lee
Sam was using cut-outs from a Mary Engelbrecht calendar or
children's book to make journal entries. This one reminded her of
being the student in class who was always doing things her way, outside
the traditional box that the teacher wanted her to stay in.
by Sam Lee
The spaceship was drawn by her grandson, Zachary, who
gave it to Sam a while back. This 'gift' now resides in one
of her treasured journals.
by Sam Lee
another work in progress
by Debbie Gaetz
This is a book that I discovered that will be altered
and used as an art journal. I forgot to bring my StazOn
ink for the front cover, so I arranged the stamps the way
that I want to use them; I can't wait to work on that!

The beautiful Bird Song collection from Graphic 45 inspires so much creativity. From Graphic 45's blog . . .

"Next we have two incredible Bird Song cards by Gloria Stengel. Both of these cards are perfect for any occasion. Here you can see some splendid uses of the new Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys. The vibrant patterned papers create an instance sense of joy and peace. This card is true classic! Here is what Gloria had to say about Bird Song! 

'The beautiful papers in the Bird Song Collection lend themselves to cards! The combinations and possibilities are endless. Adding paper flowers and a bit of metal just allows the papers to pop' -Gloria Stengel



Graphic 45 Papers: Bird Song Good Fortune Jasmine Dream Harmony Tranquility
 Graphic 45 Staples:Metal: Key, Keyhole, Brads
 Graphic 45 packaging tag
 American Crafts: cardstock
 Clearsnap Colorbox: Dragonfly Black Pigment Ink; Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic Antiquing Ink 
Hampton Arts: Stamp
 May Arts: ribbon 
Wild Orchid Crafts: paper flowers
 Adhesive: Glue Dots, foam squares, tape runner, white glue
Other: Asian coins

Here is another wonderful Bird Song card by Gloria Stengel. The gorgeous combination of soft pinks and sky blues is just perfect in this card! By layering the beautiful Bird Song papers and adding a few simple embellishments you can create so many amazing crafts! Let these beautiful cards inspire you to make a joyful treasure with Bird Song! Here's a fun tip from Gloria herself!
"Coat metal butterfly staples with matte gel medium and adhere paper. Trim paper and sand edges. Glue pen nib to the butterfly to mimic the butterfly's body." -Gloria Stengel 



Graphic 45 Papers: Bird Song
Good Fortune
Cherry Blossom
Shanghai Girls
Graphic 45 Staples:
Metal: KeyholeButterfly
American Crafts: cardstock
Clearsnap Colorbox: Wicked Archival Ink
Hampton Arts: Stamp
Really Reasonable Ribbon: ribbon
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: pen nib
Wild Orchid Crafts: paper flowers
Copic: Markers
Martha Stewart: punches
My Favorite Things: Fishtail Flag Stax die
Adhesive: Glue Dots, tape runner, white glue, Liquitex matte gel
Other: Asian coins, brads
Well that's all for today, G45ers. We hope you had fun seeing today's fabulous Bird Song crafts! Huge thanks to Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel for their incredible creations today! We have yet another fun week of crafts and prizes coming up! We hope you'll all come back and see us! Have a great day and a very happy weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,"

Team Graphic 45

My grandniece, Taea, is celebrating her 3rd birthday this weekend and I made this card from the Bird Song collection because part of her heritage is Japanese.
by Debbie Gaetz
It doesn't compare to the projects shown on the G45 blog,
but I liked this because I love the parasols! The lettering
is from the Bird Song Alphabet Sticker sheet mounted
on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper and then applied with
foam mounting tape. The two parasols that i cut out were
both applied with foam mounting tape and regular adhesive
was used to apply the parasol handle. The trim towards the
bottom is from one of the Bird Song papers. Corners are
from Magenta peel-offs.

Tomorrow, I'll show you photos from our fantastic class led by Mary Jo McGraw. Not only did we have fun the "Mary Jo" way, she also shared numerous techniques and tips when using various mediums, beginning steps learning how to draw faces, and motivated us to stop being our biggest critic so we could learn to love our own creativity. We're looking forward to Mary Jo's return, hopefully in early January!

In the meantime, we took copious notes so we could bring in and sell some of the products she highly recommended. What was really fun was seeing how to use our Copic markers and Pan Pastels in combination with other mediums. You're gonna love it!


  1. I did love it! And Mary Jo, can't wait for her return.

  2. Jennifer, we are anxious for Mary Jo to return too! We anticipate the first part of January. We're so glad you enjoyed her class at Art 'n Soul!