Hello again,

I have another Art Journal page for you today – I know, two in two days, right – a bit like buses, none for ages then they all turn up at once!  I have different…I want to say reasons, for art journalling, or maybe different types of art journalling?  All of them are for expressing myself and getting ideas out of my head and on to some kind of paper blah blah blah.  Sometimes I just want to make something pretty in a big spread, sometimes I want to experiment with techniques or products, sometimes I want to express a feeling or an idea, sometimes I like to use up leftover stuff, and sometimes I like to test out ideas that I have for cards.  Oh and also, sometimes I put things in my journals that are too big to fit on cards (even really big cards lol)

This page is a combination of the last two – idea for card and too big to make into a card.  As I mentioned yesterday, I had a clean up on Saturday because honestly there was about 5cm of free space on my table and that fills me with overwhelm and zero creativity, so I had to tidy up and put stuff away.  When I was doing that, I found these heat embossed hearts – the red chipboard ones and the purple scribble heart ones, both of which were earmarked for Valentine’s cards that didn’t happen.  Then I must have put them in a pile of other stuff and forgot about them.  So since I had gone to all the trouble of die cutting and heat embossing all these fiddly little pieces I thought I should probably use them.

You can see the purple scribble hearts better in the photo above where they actually still look like hearts before I tucked them into the frame below.  The red hearts were left over from this Valentine’s card.  The kraft arched frame is actually a green metallic frame leftover from Halloween, which I turned over and decided to paint Plum in the end.  All the die cut letters are these letters which I cut out in bulk from old cat food boxes a few weeks ago, and the little white mask (top left) I found hiding under my glass media mat and it was the exact size I needed to fit her face so that her eyes would be looking through the eyeholes!  Amazing!  The paper is a piece from 13 Arts Aqua Flora collection, half of which I had used on this card, so this piece was a leftover too.  Here’s a closer look at the background paper after I added all the splatters!

Anyway, as I said, I planned to make this into a card but I really didn’t want to cut into that background too much, plus when I started to arrange all the different elements, it became very clear that it just would not fit on a card so into the journal it went!  In the end I only had to cut a couple of inches off the top of the paper since the journal I’m using is an 8 inch one, and then I used the cut off piece behind the frame so you can still see it.  A few weeks back I spent an afternoon diecutting letters from three different Tim Holtz alphabet XL dies using old boxes, in particular Felix cat food boxes.  These would normally be thrown out, but the cardboard is really sturdy and the boxes are in perfect condition, so why chuck them out?  Sometimes I use the boxes as boxes but I had so many that I decided to make them in to letters instead because I can always use more letters.  And that is why when it came to wondering what else this piece needed, I already had a ready supply of letters at hand to say YAASS QUEEN!  She is looking so fierce there with her purple glittery masquerade mask on and her don’t mess with me look on her face, what else could I say!

I used the same Wow Royal Crush embossing glitter on all the of the little letters and the teeny tiny mask that I used on the scribble hearts.  I edged the paper with Metallique paint in Romance Pink and Plum Preserves (the smaller piece in Unicorn Hair) and painted the arched frame and also brushed some on the black journal page to tie everything together.  Time to assemble all the bits and pieces and call it done.

I’m ready for my close up

Here’s a close up of Marie in her mask looking fierce – Yaass Queen!

Challenges:

Art Journal JourneyFebruary Challenge – Hearts – we have the large scribbly purple hearts that no longer look like hearts and we got the red, more traditional hearts
Countryview ChallengesSplatters, Splashes and Drips – plenty of those all over the paper
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Frame It – framed
Mix It Up AG + Stencilling
Wow Embossing Powder February Challenge – Embossing Glitters / Glintz held on Facebook
Funkie Junkie Challenge BlogLeap Into the Odd – my interpretation of “odd” is odd numbers – 5 letters in YAASS, 5 letters in QUEEN, 3 red hearts, 5 Tim Holtz scribble hearts used to frame the photo, and of course, 1 masquerade mask on Queenie herself 🙂 Also using the purple scribble hearts in an odd way so they no longer look like hearts at all but more like a fan behind her head and at the bottom of the frame also.

The Artistic Stamper February Creative Challenge: Words oops sorry, can’t seem to get anything right today, this is actually my 4th entry, so please disregard as 3 is the max and I can’t delete it!
Craft Stamper MagazineTake It Make It February AG – oops I entered by mistake and can’t delete my entry, there is no stamping on this, please ignore!

 

PROJECT RECIPE:

Dylusions square journal (black version)
Finnabair Metallique paints and liquid acrylics
13 Arts – Aqua Flora paper – Rosiness
Wow – embossing ink, Royal Crush and Red Glitz embossing glitters
Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats die, Masquerade Mask die, Heartfelt Bigz die, Letterboard XL Bigz Alphabet die, Stacked Archway die, Jewel Metallic cardstock

From stash: leftovers – another TH frame that was cut for Halloween in green metallic and now painted plum, another inside of a frame in purple metallic, now cut in half and framing the Queen,

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13 thoughts on “Yaass Queen – Mixed Media Art Journal Page

  1. Jenny Marples says:

    What a serendipitous journal page! It truly seems like you were meant to create it whilst clearing a creative space because that butterfly really fits perfectly on the queen’s face and I love how you’ve used the scribble hearts to create fans behind the frame. All in all a wonderful entry. Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog xx

  2. Sara Emily Barker says:

    Super art journal page! I love the colors, and the mask is just wonderful on your lady! Great and rather odd use of the scribbly hearts, but oh, so effective. This is a real treat! Thank you for playing along at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog!

  3. Bleubeard and Elizabeth says:

    What an absolutely impressive journal page you created. I was very impressed and totally adore this beauty. I realize I’m a bit late visiting, but I finally made it to see the YAASS Queen Marie in her mask. I adore the hearts, both hidden and showing. This is fabulous and is perfect for my February theme at Art Journal Journey.

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Wow thank you so much for everything you said about my AJ page. I really love it when an assortment of randomness can be brought together to make something that somehow makes sense but was not planned. I was so glad to be able to enter her into this challenge. Thanks again for dropping by xx

  4. Meggymay says:

    A fantastic journal page, with a lovely background. The die cut hearts look so pretty. Thank you for linking with us over at Art Journal Journey.
    Yvonne

  5. Craftyfield says:

    She looks fierce with her butterfly mask… Great splattered background too! Thanks for playing with us at Country View Challenges!

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