Monday, December 8, 2014

My Art Journal Journey Challenge piece Collage..Dreams

Welcome to my blog. I had so much inspiration today when I went to
I wanted to be a snoop after visiting my beautiful friends blog
If you have not been to her blog you are in for a treat of a life time.beautiful art and beautiful photos..Check out the hats.............
anyway here is my challenge piece "Dreams" after viewing her blog you can make your own collage page because I know you will be inspired.
There are many awesome blogs to visit check this out...

susan s

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Journal Beginnings

Happy September to all of you. I am starting a new journal.I purchased it a few weeks ago and I was so undecided what I wanted to do with this one.Most of my Journals are tutorial journals this year with you tube and Life book 2014. 
Last night we began having thunderstorms and I wanted to look at something and just relax. I found a very old Somerset magazine...Jan/Feb and some hidden treasures inside.
It brought back memories when I was first becoming interested in paper crafting and knew nothing about it I was a ceramist.

This  is my beginning page. I have not decided on the left side yet. I love the older styles they are pure and simple.
Thanks for stopping in
susan s

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I am Thinking Mermaids Journal page Inspired by my friend Miranda

I hope you saw the original post on
Journal art to me is using beautiful images or digital images or your own drawning, taking your time and exploring.
I began tearing some papers I had collected many many years ago. I needed to cover writing from past notes I had made to myself. as I covered the pages I thought I have a mermaid from a collage sheet I had purchased from this reminds me after a few hours of digging through the many hundreds of papers and images in my stash I found her..I was so we went the mermaid and I on a wonderful adventure of journal discovery.I decided to keep it simple and went for the alphabet stencil I purchased from a Hard ware store and grabbed my paste. and we began.
I used my brayer over the paste and then used my finger and the alphabet stencil again to give it debt.
I have recently purchased five  new products for my journal fun and I wanted to used them. I needed a soft tone medium so I used my acrylic paint by scioto "warm beige "again I used my brayer
I found a old piece of recollections ..steam punk paper post card. I tore the bottom off and added it to the top of the page and again used the warm beige .
The rose on the top left is from stencil girls stencils from my Frida set which I love this first new product I will tell you about called Inka Gold , the color is steel blue and Inka Gold is made by Viva Decor. It is a powerful color and it just takes a dab with your fingers to spread. I covered the borders of the journal page and the rose.
The second new product I was playing with is Lindys stamp gang starburst,hydrangea blue. I used my Tim Holtz "Burlap" stencil with it and my third new product I played with is by shimmerz paints and it is called razzeldazzelberry and it gives the mulberry color.

I added the letters I am Thinking of Mermaids
I need more this was looking good but soooo empty.

Ised my french script stamp from stamp it up and the star fish ..I stamped on manila folders colored in markers and cut, then I added them to my pages.The sea coral strands is a hard wood rubber stamp from inkadinkado stamps.The star fish from Tim Holtz nautical blueprint cms194..which I experimented with my fourth new product silks acrylic glazes and the red is called spicy tomato.
Then came a need to fill a different color in on the bottom of the page. For this I used a stamp set my friend Carolyn gave me from Hero Arts called Quatros "small real flowers" and my fifth new product Silks acrylics glazes "Key Lime"


As you can see there is a paper clip where I ran a beautiful small ribbon through the end and attached a postcard. This image is also from Alpha Stamps. again I added the paste and used Tim Holtz stencil "Burlap"  .
The sea horse is from Tim Holtz Nautical blueprint set colored in markers and cut out. The back side is blank.

There is my mermaid fantasy journal page.
hope you like it.
susan s

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Allywhitecat mixed media and prayer song

I was thinking of the many mornings I wake up and pray. My native American sister would pray and drum. she is truly missed.
Prayer song is a dedication to my sweet Apache sister Vena
susan s

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Allywhitecat/suswan mixed media journal page

I was so inspired after a Jane Davenport brief video on you tube...I had to play in my journal again.
This week was a stress filled adventure for me so this was fun to kick start me back into art again..
Hope everyone is great.
susan s

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Allywhitecat/Suswan mixed media journal page When my Angels carry Me

Hi everyone . How has your week gone so far?

I am still following Life book 2014 running behind because I find myself playing with a technique I learned in many different ways.
Jane Davenport what a awesome lady wonderful mixed media

If you haven't joined it is never to late for a wonderful experience with fabulous people.

Tam lovces to use her brayer and my brayer broke :( so used fingers and a large brush but now i am hooked on the brayer and could not get the effect I wanted.

Jane has such a marvelous talent..drawing..coloring everything..but my goal was to learn to proportion the body ..this is not a complete pass but it is not a complete

My friends fighting cancer  and illness..arthritis fybromyalgia and  have been on my mind this week strong.So..this is a dedication to them..with love
Leigh,Lynn, Shell and so many more...I love you ladies so much.
This is for you
susan s

Monday, April 21, 2014

Allywhitecat's mixed media in Andrews Texas and tutorial for Smeared Inks Art Journal everyday

Hi all I made a brief tutorial for
I love the people there ...if you want a friendly place to play come join in..we would love to have you.
Here are some photos I have for you the tutorial is at the link above.
Have a wonderful Monday

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Allywhitecat's mixed media journal page on a beautiful night...waiting for spring

why do we wait for season to season. always at the end of a season we are like three year olds in the back seat of a car asking the parent if we are there yet?...hahaha
enjoy the night ..the moon is declining but still bright. the air is still crisp and cool here at night but soon...the heat will come...and then when the heat takes it's toll..we will be in that back seat again...
susan s

Allywhitecat /suswan Happy Easter Everyone

we are children of the universe.
brought to gather by passions.
loving one another


Monday, April 14, 2014

Allywhitecat mixed media in Andrews Texas and a journal book for a challenge

Hi everyone.
I am finishing with a journal book for a challenge with the wonderful group of artist at Delicious Doodles...The challenge is not until May 16 so I cannot show you the cover with their awesome image...however I can show you what the pages on the inside are like.
I have purchased many wonderful images and collage pages through the past years and I love to cut them apart and store them in decorated coffee cans :)
so today I used cereal boxes and cut me some pages...and began to create a wonderful fun scrap book. Remember the cover is not show until May 16 at
so knowing I have some time I can at least show you a few pages
Images from many places creative alpha deviant
oh I am sure I have forgotten where some of them came from I have had them quite a while.
stamps from Queen cat , smeared and smudged ink and unknown.
Papers from recollections alpha stamps and graphic 45.

I hope you like this so far.
Thanks so much for stopping in
susan s

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Allywhitecat/suswan Mixed media art in Andrews Texas OFFERING OF AFFECTION

I have three beautiful friends I wanted to wish Happy Easter to. Patti Kristy and Joyce.
I cannot begin to tell you how you carried me through the tough times I have had lately. Thank you for being an example of the Lord we love and serve.
This is for you made with goodies I received from you one for your son Patti.

Loads of love
susan s.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Allywhitecat and mixed media in Andrews Texas

Hi there welcome...I am playing today with Jane Davenports ideas   oh she is marvelous. If you have time she is can catch many of her videos on you tube.
The first picture is my theme...I think for Life Book 2014 fold out here it is a theme
tomorrow I have a lot Design Team art to make so will turn this into a fold up soon.
another image I loved she showed on you tube was the little fish girls mer's maybe?
this last one did not turn out right at all I am still learning to make eyes and some times they defeat me ...
well that's it for today.
i have made some beautiful textures with a gift from my little sister Kristy :) but they are not dry uet and I have made them for tomorrows project so I will show off the textures tomorrow.
susan s

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Allywhitecat/suswan Mixed media art in West Texas a class with Michaels

Hi there. I am working on a journal piece for Michaels...Mixed media Art Journaling class
I am going to introduce products many of which you have probably used and may have not used before.
I have several projects lined up for you.
The first is a little mermaid. I love mermaids. How extremely wonderful it would be to live by the ocean and have a small coffee art shop and entertain the mer's all day ...
We are all so stressed in todays world,one of the most fabulous abilities of the art journal is to forget that stress just for a while and compose any thing that lightens the mind body and spirit.
Fantasy???? why not..We fantasize far more daily then we realize you know...:) put it on paper!


The books you chose to begin with are all stepping stones to finding the one that suits you the most.
I am still experimenting.
The book I am using right now is a Strathmore 500 series mixed media paper
What does that mean? Good question. It slides into what each individual would call mixed media.
The weight of the paper determines the products you can place on it with out tearing or destruction of your art piece.
I used gesso water color paste acrylics and pencils on the two connected papers I made the mermaid on did not harm the paper or the art work on the previous page.
I can also preform art work with out the paper being harmed on the page behind it using the same materials. That is the power of the weight of the paper. Is it important to me???? YES.VERY.

I drew a simple mermaid...I am not great at drawing so bear in mind yours will probably be far better.
I used my charcoal pencil and then colored her in first with acrylics on the face.
GOLDEN is the preferred fluid acrylic medium perfered however, GOLDEN fluid acrylics are very expensive, I would love to own one of every color another fantasy??? maybe , but we can dream can't we.
I added GESSO BY LIQUITEX around the body of the mermaid.
The face I colored with a inexpensive bottle of acrylic from APPLE BARRELL. I used it fifteen years ago on my ceramics.. acrylic and still had some in the bottle that was good..what does that say!
The color is CREAMY PEACH. I used this as a skin color for my "white" angels..I did all skin tones so I did have designated colors for them.
I used AMERICANA  Autumn Red for the cheeks and lips.
I love PRISMA PENCILS and use them daily on my digital art pieces. If you do not have any they are truly a worthy investment.
PUMPKIN ORANGE is a wonderful color to line the face and always use a blender when you use charcoal or PRISMA PENCILS
They are fabulous...hours and hours of fun with them..her dress is also colored with the LYRA AQUACOLOR WATERCOLOR CRAYONS...and her hair.
is from BASICS BY LIQUITEX so far it is the best white I have found to blend and use as a medium with gesso and paste.
The eyes were colored with the water color crayons.
This was my first layer of this journal page.


I knew I wanted a mermaid but what was my self trying to tell my self. I took a note pad and wrote my thoughts ..what was on my mind about the mermaid.One thing I wrote in my notes was the quote I wrote on the left side of the journal page.
When I cannot see clearly through the situation I will move to a place with a better view.
Another thing I wrote was When I reach for the stars they fall.
and I chose to put this on the right side of the journal page.Then I wrote one more thing I had written in my notes Clear thoughts a star to light my way.


Now the fun is beginning...
I used a stencil from PLAID FOLK ART # 30622
and Golden molding paste.
It looks like giant bubbles, they are circles...and over that i mixed white and green to lighten the dominant blue.

we have just begun :)
If you want to discuss or see the finished piece I will be at Michaels in Odessa Texas next Saturday. I will announce the time and addy soon..

susan s



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Allywhitecat/suswan Mixed media art in Andrews Texas

Hi and welcome...thanks everyone for joining my blog it is so encouraging...I need to post more here.
My lastest from life book 2014
and tomorrows new challenge with Delicious Doodles Design Team
/ visit my blog
here is a peep
my journal art on bottles  and Dilly Beans Challenge on my other blog
Working on some cereal box journals and more..
hugs to all
susan s

Monday, March 31, 2014

Allywhitecat/suswan Mixed media art Andrews Texas and Life book 2014

Well folks I am way behind.Glad I got a few lessons in before the month ended.
Cotton Candy Girls by Marieke Blokland
What a sweet spirited artist."Sugar " "Sugar" okay...for someone like me more of a Gothic alternative person this was good for me..looks bad but gave me thoughts it is blahhhh but I did have fun.
The light warmheartedness of this lesson was fun.

Then there was Tam's lesson.She cured the need for ink in my work. What a fab lesson and I totally got lost in it.
Here it is
Thank you ladies for the joy and time out of real life...needed and treasured.
susan s