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Aug 22, 2014

Well I final­ly did it, I start­ed an art jour­nal. But let me tell ya it was not an easy start. I start­ed out with one page, real­ly did­n’t like the bold col­ors because let’s face it, I’m not a bold col­or kin­da gal, so I then thought I would tone it down a bit, then I real­ly did­n’t like it and had to step away from the table because I could feel some major frus­tra­tion com­ing on. This is when I decid­ed I would try to make some DIY lip gloss, so I did. It was super fast, easy and I real­ly like it.

DIY Lip Gloss Recipe

All you need is 1 table­spoon of coconut oil, 1/4 tea­spoon of Vase­line and 5 drops of Pep­per­mint essen­tial oil or the essen­tial oil of your choice. This amount made enough lip gloss to fill three small slide top tins. I placed the coconut oil and Vase­line into a microwave safe bowl, melt­ed the coconut oil and Vase­line in the microwave for 45 sec­onds, stirred the now liq­uid oils, added 5 drops of pep­per­mint essen­tial oil, stirred the mix­ture, poured the mix­ture into the tins and let cool and solid­i­fy. BAM, I had lip gloss just like that. The next time I make this I will add more Pep­per­mint essen­tial oil to give it a bold­er pep­per­mint kick. It is pep­per­minty just not as strong as I would like.

After my lip gloss mak­ing I decid­ed to head back into the stu­dio and rethink this art jour­nal page, the thought I came up with was to throw it away and start over, which is exact­ly what I did. So this page is now no more.

Art Journal Page

If you like this page all I did was cov­er a water­col­or page in my art jour­nal with a piece of  paper from the Tim Holtz kraft paper stash — kraft resist pad. I paint­ed around the image of the lady using black acrylic paint, paint­ed over her dress, hair and hat with acrylic paints, accent­ed the image with Dia­mond Stick­les, pearls, rhine­stones and a vin­tage applique. Using a glue stick I attached some die cut doilies cut from dic­tio­nary pages, then added the quote I cut from my Star­bucks cof­fee insu­la­tor. To give the quote strips a bit more zip I applied Dia­mond Glaze to the top of each one.

So this page is now the page you see below and I like the feel of this a lot more. I’m just not a bold col­or kin­da gal at all.

Art Journal

To make this page I cov­ered the pre­vi­ous fias­co with sev­er­al lay­ers of dress pat­tern tis­sue paper, using my sewing machine and a straight stitch I secured the dress pat­tern in place. Using fab­ric adhe­sive I attached a piece of burlap that is 5″ x 8″ on top of the dress pat­tern. This adds some real­ly nice tex­ture.

Next I cut 15 ran­dom­ly yet close in size, approx­i­mate­ly 1.5″ squares out of cream col­ored felt. I cut approx­i­mate 1 1/8 inch squares from vin­tage post­cards, punched 15 star­burst cir­cles from a dress pat­tern that I fold­ed so each cir­cle would have 4 lay­ers as I punched each cir­cle. I then took my sewing nee­dle and 3 strands of cream embroi­dery floss and attached a but­ton to each dec­o­ra­tive square. 1 dec­o­ra­tive square con­tains a lay­er of felt, post­card, dress pat­tern cir­cles and but­ton. I trimmed the edges ran­dom­ly on the felt por­tion of the squares with zigzag scis­sors. Using fab­ric adhe­sive I attached each dec­o­ra­tive square as shown.

The jour­nal­ing strip is made from a piece of vin­tage post­card that is machine sewn to the page using a straight stitch. I stamped the say­ing, “stay true to your­self always” using small wood­en stamps and Jet Black Archival Ink. This post­card stip mea­sures 7/8″ x 5.25″.

To com­plete my page I added a vin­tage millinery pick and a seam bind­ing bow.

Once I fin­ished this page I start­ed think­ing about mak­ing a Pep­per­mint lip scrub. I’ll share the recipe once I give it a try.




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