Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mixed Emotions!

I am taking Marit's and Michelle's mixed media and art journaling workshop entitled
Mixed Emotions.

It just stared this past Monday, February 4th, 2013, and I was so excited and a little nervous about joining this class.

I had the pleasure to work on my very first lesson last night using the inspiration word: 


Our first lesson was taught by Michelle LaPoint Rydell.
(I met her through Scrapping the Music!)
To get see a sneak peak at the workshop, check out her blog post here.  
And for even more "inspiration," have a look through the rest of her 
creative blog entitled Inspiration Everywhere!!!

Here is my first page made for this workshop.  Keep in mind, I never painted
my own letters or used Gesso before.  
Whoohoo!  It was invigorating!

I wrote my journaling on regular note-book paper and adhered it to white cardstock.  Then, I printed one of my favorite photos on vellum, cut it into strips and adhered it right over my journaling.  Last, I painted my inspiration word, COURAGE, with Gesso, then with white acrylic paint over top, all the time keeping my letters translucent! I outlined them with my black marker, then decorated each letter with black dots.  Finally, I wrote my quote around the outside of my page.  

I even got some wonderful feedback from Anne who said: "Hey mom, this is different from anything else that you have made  - I love it!"  She even asked me to help her with her next student council project.  YAY!!!!!  Now that's what I call positive feedback!

If you want to learn more about this class or others that Marit is offering, go here:

Thank you, Michelle, for the inspiration and the amazing first lesson!!!  

 . . . and thank you for stopping by my blog today.  It is snowing lightly here, so please drive carefully today!


  1. Love love loveeeeeeeeeee how your page turned out!! That's AWESOME!! I love it!

  2. This looks amazing and bound to get you to think and create outside the box.

  3. I love your page! What great heartfelt journaling and wonderful techniques. Hope you enjoy your art journaling adventure!

  4. That is SUCH a cool page! I never would have figured out how you did it. Amazing!

  5. Sharon - I LOVE your page! Your hand lettering is beautiful! I didn't know that you printed your photo on vellum. What an AWESOME idea! Very creative take on the lesson! I'm glad you are having fun!

  6. Hello Sharon! Thanks for the details on how you created this work of *heart*. Inspirational~

  7. Sharon it rocks!! You should paint your own letters more often :) How fun with it...love it all!

  8. It's perfect--your letters are great. And the journaling.....wow!

  9. Sharon! I didn't know a lot of this. You are most definitely courageous. I admire you SO much. You are one tough cookie!

  10. So much fun!! Don't you just love trying new things??! I loved reading your journaling~you are definitely a couragous and beautiful woman!

  11. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for for the kind words on my blog. I will post my "Courage" this evening (dutch time). Liked your page a lot, great idea what you did with the vellum
    Allready having lots of fun with this workshop

  12. It is fun to try something different. And you rocked it! Enjoy the class!!

  13. Wow, you are just getting all artsy! Love it!

  14. How awesome this is Sharon, LOVE IT!! Believe me you will love getting your hands messy with paint before long. I usually use my hands before a paintbrush.

    LOVE what you wrote and the way you did your page. WAY TO GO ON TRYING THIS CLASS AND HAVING COURAGE MY FRIEND!!

    I'm hoping to take this class too, how fun it will be to see you there!
    Have a good day!! We have sunshine melting our snow finally. Will be nice to have a break.

  15. Hi Sharon,
    first let me tell you that I really love your page ! Wonderful work !!!
    Then let me tell you I really appreciated you stopped by on my blog and left a comment. I was really busy during the whole January with the jumpstart of my German forum so I neglected reading blogs, looking at the flickr site, etc. but I miss you and all the other dt members, too.

  16. Hi Sharon, you've done a great job on this one, it's awesome!! And what a story you tell; it takes a lot of courage to tell about your fight with cancer too...
    I still have to do my page, it takes me some courage to get started with art journaling :) Thank you for your sweet visit at my blog. Looking forward to seeing your future pages for the workshop!

    hugs, Wendy

  17. !!!

    how cool that you joined the class! I agree with Anne, way different than your (scrap) style, LOVE IT!!!

    great lettering!


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