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Monday, February 27, 2017

Monthly Art Journal - Just Like Fire!

Hello friends!
I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was very busy and I was getting worried that I wouldn't have my AJ page done in time for this post!  But I made it!  Yay!

**For those of you just following along:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

Today my AJ page inspiration comes from a song by one of my favorite artist P!nk.  If you have small children, perhaps you're familiar with the song from the movie "Alice Through the Looking Glass"?  The song "Just Like Fire" has inspired my page today.  Here's a music video in case you don't know the song or the artist:

I took some of the "personality" from P!nk and the title of the song to come up with my page:
I would like to give credit for the image that I've used on this, but I've had this on my computer and I know I got it from the Internet somewhere, but not sure from whom I got it.  If you know where this image came from, please leave me a comment so that I can edit my post for credit.  Thank you!

I thought this image went perfectly with my theme and so I've been saving it to use on my page somehow, but I wasn't quite sure how I was going to fit it in!  It took me a while to get it all colored in, but I printed it out on my computer, colored it with my Copics and tore the paper around it to add to my page.

To create the background, I have used some red, orange and yellow acrylic paints and applied it with baby wipes.  I was trying to get some "swirls" with the yellow color in the background to represent the fire.  Here's a better look at that:
You can better see the paint in the background here and where I've used the baby wipe to pull up some of the yellow color into the orange and blend it into the red.

For the fire in the background, I've used my Cricut machine to cut out some fire flames.  I've used the negative from that to create a stencil for the bottom of the page.  I used some inks to blend in the fire colors through the stencil, sprayed it with water to tone the color down a bit and blotted up the extra.  This faded the  boldness of the colors in the flames a bit.  I then took some Ranger Micro Glaze to go over the flames to make them resistant to water.

For the letters, I took My Favorite Things Well-Connected Alphabet and stamped the lettering over the background and also onto my cut out flames that I had already ink blended over and covered with Micro Glaze as well.   I've used some Jet Black Archival ink to stamp them out with.  Then I attached the cut out flames as well as the colored image over the background with Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  Some of the flames are popped up with foam tape.

After I attached the image and flames, I took some gold spray to add to the background.  You can also see where it went over the image and the lettering.  Which I thought was fine and added some more interest to everything.

 Here, you can see where I've also taken my Faber-Castel Pitt markers to go along the edge of the torn image.  I've also very lightly went along the flames in the background with a gray color just to give the flames in the background a bit of dimension.  I've also used the black Pitt marker to create the black borders on each side of my page.  I took my white gel pen to add the stitch lines.  I then took a 2-way glue pen and added some fine clear glitter over portions of the flames for more sparkle.  Lastly, I've added a swirly rhinestone in the upper right side of the page.

Here is a closer look at the details of the coloring on the image:
You can better see some of the sparkle that I've added to the image with Stickles gold.  You can also see a few of the gold splatters in the background and the sparkle on the flames.

I have stuck with a red, orange and yellow color palette for everything on this including the coloring on the image.  The only blue/aqua color is on her eye.  I took a white gel pen to add some dot detail to parts of the image too.

I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page today and got inspired!
Please pop on over to Asha's blog to see her AJ page as well...I know it will be awesome!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I'll see you soon!


1.  Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

2.  The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes with optional:  Add a Sentiment

3.  Try it On Tuesday - "Let's Get Messy" (inks, paints, color, etc.)

4.  Art Journal Journey - 50 Shades of Red


Lori Kobular said...

Wow Vicki!! This is gorgeous! I love the way you colored the tattoo around her eye and the flames across the bottom are really awesome! What a fun project and it looks amazing!

Asha said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! You're on fire, my friend. I absolutely LOVE the colours and the inspiration behind this fabulous work of art. That image is stunning, the intricate design around the eyes is ... well, eye-catching! And how about those flames?! Brilliant idea to add the die cut. You did a great job with the fiery swirls in the background. Everything on this page ties in perfectly together. I am looking forward to our next project. Thanks for doing this with me!

Linda Simpson said...

WOW! This is stunning Vicki, love the design and wonderful colours.
Linda xxx

Lynn McAuley said...

What beautiful work, Vicki!! This is exquisite!

Jenny L said...

Hi Vicki,
oh my word what a stunningly superb journal page.
Your work is excellent and so bautiful.
I love this it's amazing, and those colours are so superbly blended too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Margreet said...

Wow, this is very striking Vicki....awesome coloring...great eye for detail!
Very beautiful!
xxx Margreet

Pia S said...

That is one fantastic image and love the whole fire inspiration on here. If you hadn't mentioned Pink but just a song I would have guessed 'girl on fire', Alicia Keys I believe, love the song. But love Pink too, she's got a fantasic voice. Love your artsy side!

Sarah said...

Wow!! These pages are getting better and better every time Vicki. That spectacular image is perfectly coloured and the whole page shouts "fire" xx

Diane said...

Wow Vicki!! This is gorgeous I love the way you colored the image and the flames are perfect.

Hugs Diane

Meggymay said...

A fabulous piece. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous page, love the vibrant colours.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

jimlynn said...

So different from your cards but WOW! Gorgeous!!!! Love that image and the colors are sensational.

Kim said...

WOW!!' This Is gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors and your overall design is amazing.

crafty-stamper said...

WOW fabulous journal page Vicki the image-the colours-and the flames just effortlessly blend everything together perfectly-brilliant
Carol x

Carol L said...

A lot of serious work went into making this, and it's over-the-top!! I love the song that inspired you (I like Pink too) and the colors and sparkle are all pretty cool! The image is really a work of art, and you colored it beautifully!

Sue said...

WOW, Vicki, what a unique piece and very creative. Love the colors you chose. So beautiful. Lots going on here and so enjoyable to look at over and over again.


Nana Connie said...

Absolutely fabulous, Vicki! Love the fire colors and the glitter. The gem swirls are perfect. Incredible coloring.

laurie said...

Such a beautiful page! The colors and detail are amazing...what an artist!

CaroleAnn said...

Wowza!!! I love your AJ Page - so "on fire" with bright colors and lots of interest!! Beautiful - all the intricate of painting on the face too!!! Love it!! Hugs

Tammy said...

WOW Vicki, your page is stunning!! I LOVE that fabulous image and the gorgeous flames, beautiful piece of art!
Hugs, Tammy

Shelly Schmidt said...

Goodness- this is amazing! Geepers- I love everything about it! Lots of amazing details!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Totally amazing!!! So different from your normal style - I absolutely love it! The coloring, the glitter, the bling, swoooooon...........

aussie aNNie said...

FABULOUS Vicki, love this awesome JP and the dynamic colours.xxxx[aNNie]

Debra K. said...

Wow Vicki, this is absolutely amazing work!! Fabulous colouring of the gorgeous image on top of the background which is just fantastic. Lovely colour blending for the fire swirls and the die cut flames. Just wonderful! Debra x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I am in awe of your fantastic journal page and would be pleases if you linked to our
50 Shades of Red theme over at
it runs till 6 am. MEZ tomorrow.
This fits perfectly !
Would be great to see you there!
Thank you very much for joining
Try It On Tuesday!
oxo Susi

cohenna said...

Thank you so much for joining at The Crafty Addicts February challenge with your super creation - hope to see you again soon :)

Donna Ellis said...
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Donna Ellis said...

Wow! You have me speechless, Vicki! what an incredible creation - I love the beauty of the emerging soul flowing from her eyes, and the miraculous way it blends with the elements of the world! A combination of our essence with Nature and All that is! Wow! Thank you for explaining what you did in the process, and for sharing your journaling! WOWOW! huggers, de

Heidi Stamps said...

Paint applied with baby wipes? What a cool idea. I LOVE the glitter on this page, it is a lovely journal.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Thank you for linking to Art Journal Journey Vicki! Much appreciated!

MiamiKel said...

Oh my stars! This is out of this world gorgeous!! Your coloring of the beautiful eyes of fire - I'm in awe! I am loving your art journaling my friend !

Patricia Alvarez said...

Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Destination. Good luck!!! Patricia

MaryH said...

This is just so awesome! Your swirling colors really evoke the 'fire' imagery, and so glad you did a closeup photo of the 'embossed flames'. Super work with the cricut. Love that fantastic coloring of the face, and tearing the paper..so artsy. This is just a most impressive page, and I love your creative thought process. Thanks for sharing that. Also thanks for the tip about using baby wipes to blend the acrylics....good idea! Hugs

Fiki said...

that is one of my favorite songs!
and this is stunning!
love it!
have a nice day

Mac Mable said...

So very different for you and absolutely love it. Vibrant colours and so very eye catching. Amazing and wonderful x

Linda Kunsman said...

a very striking zetti-like journal page-just fab!! thanks so much for joining in at this month's AJJ challenge!

Pollard Carole said...

This is just so fabulous what an amazing design and those colurs are stunnnig they work so well A brilliant project my friend love and hugs Carole x

Babs Watson said...

WOW Vicki this is stunning, love the warm feel of those fabulous colours, your journal page is just amazing with such a beautiful image, that's coloured to,perfection..

Hugs Babs x

Donna said...

This is absolutely amazing Vicki!

Team Clark said...

WOW! This is just so cool! What an amazing collage and gorgeous use of color! STUNNING! Hugs, Autumn

Monika Reeck said...

wooow the flame added there with foam tape
the Tatoo on her eyes and face looks soooo beautiful colored
Love love love this so much and the Image really sweet she is a pretty lady
Vicki this one really Stunning I cant comment more I just IN LOVE!

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