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Art Journal with the Stars

by Amy Bowerman

Before I left for CHA show I slipped my new Dylusions Journal into my suitcase.  You never know when inspiration may strike and I was pretty sure CHA would be a great place to find it.  Not only was I able to christen my new Dylusions journal while in Las Vegas I was able to include many of the wonderful designers and fellow artists I met at the show in my layout.  I call this my “Creative Yearbook”…or “Art Journal with the Stars!”

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First off, I have to give a shout out to my girl Anita the Artful Maven.  Girl knows how to pack for some artsy fun on the go!  Anita hosted an evening of art making for the two of us while we were at CHA.   We skipped a night on the town to get our ink on before the last day of the CHA show.

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I created this page with cut outs from Tim’s Sizzix Alterations catalog, Stampers Anonymous stamps, Distress Ink, Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter, and Idea-ology pen nibs, tissue tabe, and remnant rubs.  The show girl and map of  Las Vegas were found in magazines around the hotel.

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Isn’t the Clearsnap Fairy Dust glitter pretty?  It comes in a super cool salt shaker for adding a dash of sparkle :)

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I outlined some of the stamped images with a white sakura pen for impact and added Idea-ology mirrored pieces for extra shine.  The paint brushes were found in my stash and complement the pen and paintbrush stamped background.

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The last day of the show I brought along my journal to have all of the designers I met sign.  I wasn’t able to get everyone since some had already returned home.  Next time I know to plan ahead and get creative earlier.

I’d also like to mention that it is a good idea to spray your page with Dylusions BEFORE you have people sign it….another lesson learned :)

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I really wanted this art journal page to “Capture” my experience at the CHA show.  This display of cardboard letters found in the Basic Grey booth pretty much sums it up!

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Being in the Sizzix booth with Eileen was definitely the highlight of my trip to CHA (If you missed yesterdays post on Sizzix you can check it out HERE).  Another big highlight for me was meeting all of the Ranger Ink Signature designers!  As you all know I’m a BIG Ranger fan, and meeting the people behind the products I LOVE to create with pretty much made my year!

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Meeting this guy was a top priority.  The one and only Tim Holtz in person!  He’s super nice and loves to share techniques, tips and tricks.  I’ll be sharing a few new Tim techniques I learned from the master himself soon (psst…I’ll give you a hint…it’s gonna sparkle!).

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Next we have the Queen of color Dyan Reaveley.  She is an absolute delight!  Her new customizable Dylusions ink pad is an artists dream come true!  Just spray with 3 of your favorite Dylusions colors and stamp in style!  When you get tired of your color combo just “Run it under the Tap”…thats a Dyan Reaveley direct quote :)

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Seeing Dyan’s fabulous journals in person was the ultimate ocular experience.   Inspiration overload!

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Ah yes and I couldn’t resist sharing a pic of Dyan’s trusty Tea set!  She’s a girl after my own Alice in Wonderland loving heart!

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I happened to catch Wendy Vecchi with no one else around towards the end of the show one day.  Her new Archival ink colors are just marvelous and mix well with all of the Distress Ink colors.  Notice the large washer wheels?  They are covered with various colors of her embossing paste and swiped with her new archival inks!  Truly awesome effects!

If you notice what Wendy is working with on the craft sheet, it’s Tim Holtz new Industrious stickers colored with Wendy Vecchi’s new Archival Inks.  I can’t wait to try out all the new techniques she taught me…just waiting for my inks to come in :)

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Here’s a pic of some of Wendy Vecchi’s art in her booth.  Absolutely gorgeous full of whimsical vintage imagery and bold but beautifully muted tones.

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Aside from meeting my favorite designers I was pleased as punch to meet and hang out with some of my favorite Designers/blogger buddies Anita Houston The Artful Maven and Linda Ledbetter of Studio L3.    I’ve been a long time fan/friend of these lovely ladies and it was so wonderful to finally meet them for REAL!

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If you are attending a trade show, conference or creative retreat an “Art Journal with the Stars” type layout is a great way to commemorate your creative memories.  Tim Holtz signed my page “Enjoy the Journey.  Dyan Reaveley signed it “Life is art…live yours in color!”  Indeed I will Dyan. Indeed I am Tim.

Have a starry eyed day!

Amy*

 

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1 Marjie Kemper August 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

What an awesome post! I feel your excitement and enthusiasm… sounds like a total blast. Bet you and Anita were up to all kinds of mischief!!
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2 Audrey Pettit August 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

What an awesome post! I can feel some of that creative energy just jumping off my computer screen from all your photos! My jaw is hanging open at your art journal pages. Stuff like that just blows my mind, girl!
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3 Diana August 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

i so love the idea of the journal at CHA! i went to my first one in January so totally know exactly how you feel!!!

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4 Eileen Hull August 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Glad you had such a good time at CHA Amy :-) loved your journal idea…
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5 Anita Houston August 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Great post! Love your photos! Your autograph page turned out great despite the Dylusions sprayed after…I LOVE it! It was so awesome to finally meet! I truly have a new FRIEND!!!!
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6 Anne August 3, 2013 at 2:57 am

Wow Amy, now that is a souvenir to cherish the memories of such a wonderful event. You and Anita certainly know how to do things in style! A crafty evening – how wonderful. I have been lucky enough to meet Dyan several times but would love to meet Tim and Wendy some day, that would be a dream come true. I need to get my hands on one of those Sizzix Alterations catalogues now………. Hugs, Anne x
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7 Buttons August 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

What a fabulous way of capturing those precious memories Amy. Love that you have learned so much while you were there and made some great connections. Hugs, Jenny x
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8 Amy Bowerman August 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

Thank you Jenny! There really is something to be said for up-close and personal instruction. I always thought I didn’t NEED hands on art classes since all the information was available on blogs and YouTube. I realized just how wrong I was when I took my first Art Journal class taught by Marjie Kemper. Being up close and personal with the Ranger Designers sealed the deal!

Amy*

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9 Cathy R August 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Hi Amy, looks like you had a fabulous time! TFS these pics. Your art journal looks fantastic. :) Cathy x

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