A young girl with her new dolly.
This was inspired by the young girls in my son’s class. The really tall, pretty girls who look and probably feel awkward in there skin and growing bodies, not knowing how beautiful they are.
I am really loving the shimmery look of using metallic paints.
This one has golden glimmering highlights in her hair.
A little moon dreaming for my art journal, inspired by the super moon last night.
I used my Lumiere paints for the moon and background and I am really loving the effect. I also used my pearl mica for the star dust dream ribbon flowing through the night.
I love the shimmery look and feel of this page. Very dreamy
I also made some yogurt over the weekend using this coconut yogurt recipe and it worked out great! I drizzled and bit of honey and sprinkled some frozen blueberries and it was so creamy and luscious. A lovely afternoon snack.
It all started with the little crumpled note card 1 year ago. Yea, 1 year! Ethan drew these and gave it to me after school and said, “Mom, you have to make these snack bags for us”. Of course, I was like, “Yes, I most certainly do!! They are awesome!”
But then nothing. As with many great ideas, it was put on the back burner. Mostly because couldn’t think of a suitable fabric to make these with. I didn’t want any plastic type of material, and regular organic cotton felt too flimsy (which I had made before and didn’t last very long and got super dirty and stained). Then I stumbled across beeswax fabric and knew I needed to try this out.
First I made some squares (see underneath the snack baggies) of organic linen and cotton muslin, just to test the process out. The linen felt too thick, but I may try making different (adult version) snack bags with those later. The thinner cotton muslin is great for using as bowl and food covers. I love them! I hope to make more in different sizes and work on using a lot less plastic wrap and baggies.
Once I got the process down, I got to work on creating snack bags with the beeswax fabric. You can see how the fabric looks a bit like old leather. They feel very durable and dry. I am excited to see how they work out with the kids (always the true test).
You can see how to make beeswax fabric food wraps –> HERE <–.
I did it a bit different, only because I really dislike turning the oven on in the summer.
First, heat the beeswax in a glass jar over a double boiler or in a mini hot plate, which is what I used. I got my beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs. I bought 1 lb over 3 years ago and have used it for a hundred different things and still have 1/2 a bag left.
Then lay the fabric over a piece of foil and brush on a thin layer of beeswax with a natural bristled basting brush (which will now solely be used for beeswax applications). Then I zapped it with a heat gun to even out the beeswax. This worked out really well for me.
For the snack bags, I had to paint on the eyes, hands, feet with fabric paint. Once the paint was dry, I then coated the fabric with beeswax. this took a bit of planning, because I had to fold everything just right to get the correct placement of everything.
Then, I took everything to the sewing machine. The only problem with sewing beeswax fabric, is that the fabric wants to stick a bit and not move through the sewing machine. It’s not horrible, you just need to help it through every once in awhile.
I got distracted halfway through and decided to make a Totoro snack baggie. I have a bad feeling they will be arguing over who gets to use that one…sigh… I think I may be needing to make another.
School starts on Wednesday, so we have been really packing it in, these last few days. We headed up the mountain for some cooler weather, a lovely hike and some playing in a small creek. Then we got some of our favorite fudge for the drive home.
first layers of paint…
then more paint and some colored pencils to add highlights and depth.
I also added some gold and pearl Lumiere paint for some lovely sparkles.
I saw a little girl today, clutching her little doll pretty fiercely. It was the inspiration for this journal page.
My favorite part is the monster dolls eyes. I think he’s pretty cute.
One thing I love about painting in my journal is that is keeps my creative muscle in practice. I really think it helps me fine tune my skills, plus I am able to squeeze in some painting time without making too much of an investment on a canvas or board.
I am also really loving layering color pencils onto acrylic paint. I am able to focus on this effect in my journal before applying it onto a bigger painting.