Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mama, You Look GOOD in my Journal!

“Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.”
-Kahlil Gibran

Ever since I found the inspired world of Mixed-Media Art I have been fascinated with vintage images. I use them in nearly all of my my art journals, on canvas and tags.

A page out of my Dylusions Journal

An index card from last summer

My favorite canvas starring Audrey Hepburn

My Favorite Image to Date!

This past Christmas my Mom gifted me with three photos from HER childhood. She thought I would enjoy using them in my art work! I was over the moon excited to incorporate meaningful images into my works of art....I LOVE the results!! Thanks so much Mom!!:)

I started page by swiping a few of my favorite colors down...lime green and bright orange. My sweet friend Sherry had given me this amazing elephant a few months ago and I was anxious to try it out!

Using Dylusions Spray Inks I used various colors including teal, green and pink. I loved the patterns within the elephant so much I decided to use those instead of the actual elephant shape for my page. I then took various other stencils including arrows, doilies and waves to add more beautiful depth.

My Mama grew up during the Depression and from what she has told me had very little. But just look at her smile!! She was full of light and JOY. And through the years she taught ME to be that way, matter your circumstance! 

This saying was PERFECT to describe her...

I doodled using a white gel pen. I love how it looks!

I knew I wanted to add a few words to my page (something I always do)...selfless, resilient and sparkling seemed to be the ideal fit.

The star represents her shining smile through it all!

Here is the finished page...

My Mama...always shining, always counting her blessings, always looking her best. 
Yes, this is my favorite image in any of my work...I will be using it often!

Thanks so much for looking!!!


  1. What a wonderful way to use the new photos and the lovely elephant stencils. I like that you used parts of the stencil to create the wonderful background in your journal and your Mom looks lovely with the beautiful butterfly wings on her back...

    Thanks so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT xx

  2. I liked the first few pages you shared but when I came to the end and saw how you used the photo of your mom as a little girl, it was perfect! I love it.

  3. What happy pages with all the stenciling and bright colour. Love the page with your Mother and how you added butterfly wings to her. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  4. Ah thats so pretty, like you I LOVE using vintage images and it makes it that extra special that it is your Mum. Its a wonderful page Cxx

  5. Fantabulous use of your new elephant designs and photos! Your mum is so wonderful to share those photos with you and you are even more wonderful to create this fantabulous LO featuring Her. Awesome sauce use of colors and layers in this mixed media masterpiece! Those wings add such an air of fantasticalness!

    Thanks for joining in our "Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New" challenge at Anythinf But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  6. Great work!
    Thank you so much for joining our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  7. What a wonderful post and some amazing art to see! It was a treat to read through the journey of some of your retro-image art and I loved each piece that you shared. I especially like how you incorporated your mom into your art, as well as the lessons she taught you. I adore your style and whimsical color combinations. These are inspiring and heartwarming and I'm so glad you shared your stenciling skills with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  8. Beautiful pages, wow! So many wonderful designs and colours. Love how you used that photo of your Mom. Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Bring in the New' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)


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