Monday, February 9

Inspiration Brings Growth

Art Journal keeps snowing and snowing out there today, so I really needed some brightness. I just finished going through a prompt in my class with May Flaum, Finding the Art in My Journal which inspired me to play.

I used black gesso on my page , then layered on some lime green acrylic, keeping it thick enough to lay a stencil in it for texture. With the extra paint on the stencil, I just laid it down on the top section. I could stop here, but...

...over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, it's "Red and Pink", and with Valentines Day approaching, I was thinking hearts. I do not often reach for red and pink, so this was a good challenge for me. I started by turning my page upside down and painting the hearts. Then I dabbed on some pink, outlined the red with pink, and mixed in some more. I decided I didn't like the heart as is, so added the "cap" to the flowers.


Next, I painted in the stems, leaves and grasses, then splattered with white, one of my go to techniques when I feel I need a bit more.

Final steps...writing my words in white marker, then outlining them in black to make them more visible. Pulled out my trusty white pen to outline the heart flowers and doodle the dotty flowers.

I am always looking for inspiration, whether on Pinterest, my favorite bloggers, artists I admire, classes or my everyday world. I am inspired by all of these ideas I gather, but what I always need to remember is to practice, to try them out in order to grow. I thank the many artists and crafters out there who inspire all of us!



  1. what a beautiful explosion of colour

  2. This came out gorgeous -- love the vibrant colors and the imaginative integration of the hearts as flowers.

  3. Your journal page is so beautiful, Maura. Love the pretty colors. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)


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