Thursday, June 30, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project, June 30th | Topic 27 "Whimsical"

Good Afternoon EVERYONE and Congrats to making it half way through 18/52 Art Journal Project!  It's time to switch our supplies and begin a fresh new start for the rest of the year. Hahaha, think of this as a new semester, time to start something new. Change things up a bit, create in a different way and plan to accomplish something new.

So I thought I might share my supplies for the next three months. Here I have my box which I still love and use very often.

 Now I definitely have way more than 18 supplies but remember this is a new semester. I want you all to know that I wanted us to start small in the beginning of the project and as we keep going, I would like to add more supplies as we go. Now that is my choice, you can continue 18 supplies throughout the rest of the project if you wish but I'm wanting to make the project go somewhere or lead up to something, wink wink. There is a method to my madness and all will be explained once 18/52 Art Journal Project Part 2 comes up next year.

 So I have 25 supplies this time around. I had about 30 some pieces before but I had to force a good chunk of them out of the mix so that I wouldn't go overboard. I still want that restriction of limited supplies so that I can learn something from them. I already love this collection already. I look forward to seeing goodies come out of these supplies.
June 30th - Topic 27
Alright so I choose whimsical, I more understandable word now. I really let my mind just float on this one. I had Van Gogh's starry night in my head, or at least it's quiet movements in mind. 

Check out my process below

 I really like this page a lot. The whole airy feeling and well, dare I say, whimsical touch is quite enjoyable to look at. The colors are extremely pleasing and all the tiny details make my heart happy. 

Well I know you might be saying "Wow, 3 month update and half way through the year, doesn't look all that exciting to me." No worries...I'm extending it. I've got a video planned for you all tomorrow to stretch out our celebrating and who knows maybe another giveaway could happen. Wink Wink! Check back here or on my Facebook page for more fun in the 18/52 Art Journal Project.

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Angie Raab, Spotlight Artist

Meet Angie Raab! She has been a dear friend of mine for quite some time, almost since I started Clare Plantation. She stuck through it all with me and I am BEYOND honored to showcase her work today at Clare Plantation. Check out some of her pieces below and a few more inspirational ideas she's shared. Thank you Angie, you are a STELLAR artist!


This is one of my first pieces for Lifebook 2016. I hope I can draw some of the boldness from my subject! She was taken from a decorating magazine which had some pretty avant-garde pictures. They create an interesting focal point especially when paired with an image on Stonehenge found in a travel magazine. My hand writing is not particularly good so I enjoy cutting words and phrases from magazines to use.
I used acrylic paint, collaged Japanese paper pieces and stencils.


There are times when you just want to glue stuff down! For no other reason than you enjoy it. Using supplies that are not "precious" allows you to be completely relaxed and go with the creative flow. I made this big pamphlet stitch journal using 3 grocery bags and covered the front and back with collage. I have several of these journals and enjoy the freedom to just "play" in them. The rough surface is fun to work on but of course you can always add a layer of gesso.


 This piece began as a class doodling project using MANY different mediums. Marker, fine line pens, ink, water colors paints, Twinkling H20's. I canned the piece at high resolution and uploaded to and had a yard of fabric made. I mounted this onto a bulletin board and it now hangs at my old workplace.


I wanted to try a galaxy piece but was not happy with the finished product. However, I decided to keep it as is. At the very least it will be a good "jumping off" for something else. I may keep this intact or cut it into pieces. Even the "fails" are valuable-learning AND a beginning for something else.


Oh my goodness, sewing with paper is so much fun. For a workshop in 2015 I created patterned papers. These were then cut up and pieced together just like piecing a fabric quilt. They were bound into a journal and this is the cover I made using hexagonal pieces, with a fun magazine image for interest.
While sewing with paper is a slightly different technique than fabric, it is fun and offers another way to incorporate texture and pattern into your work.


  I needed an image of rocks for a piece I was working on. I googled lots of images, found something I liked. Printed it out, traced it and transferred to a big eraser. (Michael's for only $1!)
While I "know" it is rocks, I can also flip it around and use for random texture too. 


This little journal resides in my traveling box. ("Inspiration Station" inspired by JenniBellie) I work in it when I travel and use what is in my box. Having a limited amount of supplies forces you to just create instead of being overwhelmed with what to use. This is perfect when you are on the road or even if you feel the need to take time out of your usual creative routine. I love vintage trims and enjoyed making a pretty "home" for Mary. 


 This box is full of things that I love to use and inspire me when I am traveling or in need of a different creative direction for a while. As you can see, the top is full of all the little things such as embellishments, stickers, tags, broken jewelry pieces for dangles, brads etc. The main compartment hold zip lock bags with background paper, images, stamps, ink pad, water color crayons and a travel water holder. Two hinged compartments on each side hold more tools, scissors, tape, mini stapler, brushes, etc.


I took all sorts of bits and pieces with no plan in mind and started layering. The postage stamps across the bottom are from the UK and the faces were so intent (focused) and that's what gave me the idea to add that word on the front. I have used tissue paper, postage and rubber stamps. The random background began as a large piece of watercolor paper covered in random acrylic, texture and inky splots. I folded it to create a book and then outlined the edges with gesso. The book has multiple pockets on the top and sides to house booklets, tags, notes, etc.

If you like to be featured on Clare Plantation's Blog as a Spotlight Artist please email me at I'd love to show you off as much as I can!

Thanks again Angie for sharing your beautiful work, I hope others have become inspired as much as I have. Take care!

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

18/52 Art Journal Project, June 23rd | Topic 26 "Nepenthe"

Gooooooood Afternoon everyone. Let's get to cracking on Topic 26 today.

JUNE 23rd - TOPIC 26
"anything inducing a pleasurable sensation of forgetfulness,
 especially of sorrow or trouble."

If you look at the full definition it pretty much is talking about a drug. Nepenthe sounds so much better than just saying I right or am I right. Hahaha.

So what I did for this topic was think of something that drastically alters my stressed, anxious or sorrowful mood and almost immediately I thought of twilight or sunsets. It's the part of the day where everything winds down and the hues are so much more romantic outside. Sunsets leave me in awe and remind me that God has everything under control. 

So first step, I drew a mountain range...go figure!

Next I colored in shadowed areas with my brown stabilo pencil.

Then I took some watered down purple (which P.S. I had to switch out my old purple because it had gotten old, stinky and fumy. Ain't NOBODY got time for that.) and I smoothed and darkened the shadowed areas in the mountain. 

Neocolor Crayon scribbles

Smoothed it out with Gesso.

Smoothed it out again with more NeoColor Crayon

Then I took my pinky orange and yellow to create warmth to the sky.

Last but not least the clouds to add the DRAMA!

AND VOILA! All finished. I kept it simple this week since my body is just aching for a vacation. We just got back from a wedding in Indiana and the traveling, although fun, was exhausting. I'm just slightly WHOOPED! Nothing but what a little sunset can't cure.

If your feeling tired and or exhausted...PLEASE take a break! Don't think about anything! Don't even create for like a day. Go outside, play with the kids, watch an old movie you haven't seen in a while, watch the something to relax. I'm a firm believer that God wants us to take a break ever once an a while, that's why he gave us rest. 

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I'm off. Tune in next week for a 3 month update. It's about that time to start thinking about switching your 18 supplies again. Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone and don't forget to REST!

May God Bless You and May You Bless God!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

18/52 Art Journal Project, June 16th | Topic 25 "Smultronstalle"

Topic 25 I will have to say is a strange one but I really wanted to dive into some different words this week. I literally searched on Pinterest nature words and this is one that came up.

JUNE 16th - TOPIC 25
(hahaha not at all what you were excepting am I right?)

Alright to keep you from passing out at the sight of this word, I thought I might show you how I'm going to use my little book that I made in my 18/52 Art Journal Project Mixed Media Box. You can check out the two part video series HERE for Part 1 and HERE for Part 2.

Super simple but the only thing I wanna do is just sketch out words and ideas that will spark a new and interesting topic for the week. You can see the process of this little book below.

Yeah the cover of this storage box for my 18/52 supplies is quite yummy to look at everytime I get to work on this project. 

Take a quick peek inside!

Alright now it's time to get back to work. So this may not even be a real word but I'm going to role with it. Smultronstalle, if you didn't check out the pin on pinterest that I found in the link above, means a special place discovered, treasured or returned to for solace and relaxation. 

The forest...DUH...haha!
Check out the process below.

I'm glad I paused here and took a quick picture of this moment before all the leaves and trees showed up. I just love the simplicity of this and how quiet it looks. It made me happy to look at.

But adding the trees and leaves made it all come together quite nicely! Oooooo weeeee...another topic that I truly love. I feel much more confident in my pages now!

I really am looking forward to seeing your reaction to this word. I keep feeling like it's just a made up word but hey...those kind of words are still fun. Have fun guys and keep on keepin on...everyone's topics and artwork truly is beautiful and so creative!