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Planting A Seed


While building this art journal page I just kept thinking about the quote & how true it is.  Who my kids are now – that was started when they were young.  The flower of strange teenage clothing choices came from the seed of individuality.  The flower  of reading came from the seed of bedtime stories as toddlers.  The flower of an odd sense of humor came from the seed of puns and other  jokes.   The flower of loving music came from the seed of 2 tone deaf parents singing along with kid songs and  80’s mega hits.  The seeds I am planting now will turn into flowers when they are adults.  I need to plant the seed of choosing a great nursing home so they don’t just granny dump me somewhere…

Gesso’d with punchinella and a wash of yellow acrylic paint.  Green for the ground – added with fingers just because I love to get my fingers in the paint.






Wanted coordinating paper to die cut the flowers so I just painted old book pages in the colors I needed.




The Hero Arts flower stamped and then die cut.  The die cut was so much nicer than cutting it out by hand.







Using a Pitt Pen I added the quote that inspired the page.







The quote was too plain so I used paint to fill in parts of the letters.







The tag at the top was the inspiration for the colors.  You can see how I made the tag here.  I wanted to use it but it just wasn’t working as a tag.  But I really liked it- does that ever happen to you – you love something but it just doesn’t seem to fit in the art?






I cut the tag and 2 others into clouds using one of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s stencils.  A happy accident- when I was erasing my pencil lines from writing the quote I found it erased some of the black Pitt pen.  I loved it so I went over all the letters and it gave them a more weathered look.  The clouds didn’t stand out the way I had envisioned so out came the Pitt pen to outline them.


Linking up with Just Journals and Julie Balzer- if you have a moment, stop by and check out all the fun art journals!

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  • Gwen February 8, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Colourful art like this is so uplifting.

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer February 8, 2012, 2:14 pm

    great quote and fun, lighthearted art to accompany it. love those colorful clouds instead of the usual (seattle) gray!

  • linda February 8, 2012, 3:42 pm

    beautiful page – I just love the bright and happy colors!

  • Katy Taylor February 8, 2012, 4:11 pm

    love the colors, the joy, and thank you for going through the process, too!

  • Cynthia February 8, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Love how the happy-accident clouds came about–they are beautiful and perfect for your page. Love the colors and the quote on this one!

  • Priya February 8, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Aww… so positive and colorful! Your blog is very nice, thx for commenting

  • Aimeslee Winans February 8, 2012, 11:07 pm

    thanks for your visit and comments! Your page is perfection. I too have used Julie’s clouds on a page and they are so fun. Your circle tags make great clouds. xoxo

  • Titbelsoeur February 9, 2012, 1:17 am

    This is so simple and so beautiful ! I will try and make it following your tutorial. Thanks for sharing !!

  • iamrushmore February 9, 2012, 7:10 am

    plant the seed of choosing a good nursing home – LOL.

  • Rita McGregor February 9, 2012, 11:53 am

    I am still chuckling at being “granny dump”ed. Hummm…better plant some seeds of my own–LOL!

    I always am just fascinated by your step-by-steps and look forward to your posts. This is another bright and cheery collage painting. So fun! And the statement is so true! 🙂

  • Pauline Leger February 10, 2012, 7:55 am

    This is fantastic!! i love how you filled some of the lettering in the quote… really adds a lot. So nice & bright… love it. xoxo

  • Kathy February 10, 2012, 9:06 am

    Hi! As was already stated by the others, but I need to say again, love your page and especially for sharing the process. I just started my art journal and am hungry for inspiration. Thank you so much!
    And the “granny dump” line also had me laughing this morning, thanks for that as well.

  • Susan February 10, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Wow! Spring is here with all the vibrant colors that you have played here with. I think I love everything about thispage.

  • faye February 10, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Just love all the primary and secondary brightness of your planting a seed journal. Gorgeous.

  • LindaK February 10, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I love checking out the journal spreads. This is really lovely-I especially like the filled in letters of the quote-a great finishing touch!

  • Maria February 10, 2012, 5:44 pm

    How true that quote and the way you described it is…..LOVE, LOVE those clouds!!!!!! Why don’t I think of things like that??!!

  • froebelsternchen February 11, 2012, 11:37 am

    so very beautiful!

  • RitaJC aka aLatvian February 11, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Beautiful page!
    Thank you for sharing your process!

  • Linda February 11, 2012, 7:45 pm

    I absolutely love this!! Your art is so beautiful 🙂

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh February 12, 2012, 12:18 am

    SO beautiful!!!

  • Daniele Valois February 12, 2012, 12:22 pm

    so happy!!!