Wednesday, July 12, 2017

High Tide and Other Things

I'm writing this Wednesday evening as I have a busy day on Thursday. I'm off to see my mom and she has an early  doctor's appointment. And since I have to drive 2 hours to get there, I'll be of with the sunrise (practically). 
So today I want to show you another tag for the challenge going on right now at Try It On Tuesday.
I made it with layers of stamping with some different colored inks. Then I added a scrap of old book paper, the TH people, some paper scraps and a little metal star.
 And awhile back I showed you this journal cover that I was in the process of making.
I have been working on the inner pages and thought I would show you a few pages.
 This book follows the path of the tides, more or less.
I bought a package of brown paper bag paper from Amazon,  and I really like it. It holds up well to paint and matte medium. And it was easier to make book pages with than having to cut up paper bags-as I would need several. Around here the only store I get brown paper bags in is Trader Joe's, and we use those for our recycling. The stack of paper wasn't cheap, but the package came with 200 sheets so I am happy to have it for some other projects. Especially now that I know how well all my media work on it.
An added plus is I can run it through the printer too.

And after incoming tide you get high tide. This one is when the ocean is a little rough from the white foam on the top of the waves.
As its got an ocean theme, and the ocean is a fun place to be in the summer, I am linking up to Elizabeth's summer love challenge over at Art Journal Journey.
So today's art was wall painting. When my daughter was last living away from home I started to paint her room. She had this bright blue paint in there, which was great for a teenager, but not what I wanted. I was in the midst of painting and had 3/4 of her room done when she suddenly moved home. This was 2 years ago.
So now that she has gone again, I decided I was going to finish it up right away. Before the paint isn't any good or summer ends and I am back to work.
And so that was today's artsy endeavor.
Did you have an artsy endeavor today?


Valerie-Jael said...

Love the journal you are working on, and you made a great tag for TIOT, thanks so much. Have a great day with your Mom, hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

Beautiful work today Erika. The tag is fantastic

Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

Love Chrossie xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your latest journal is adorable. I love that you are using the tides as a theme. I would never have considered that for a book. You should add the high tides to AJJ, because it is summery with the sea and gull.

Had to laugh at the paper bag dilemma. We don't get paper bags here anymore. The one store that actually offers bags only gives plastic. I'm glad I have a friend (we all know who) who shops at Braums, and ice cream store. They offer paper bags with handles and I get Sally's leftovers. I remember when I was in CA, I went to a Trader Joe's and took the bag home and cut it up to make art. There is no Trader Joe's anywhere near Kansas.

I also enjoyed your TioT tag. It's adorable, and I haven't seen that TH paper doll.

Rosie said...

A wonderful tag, Erica, and your pages are stunning.

Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Gibby Frogett said...

Fab tag Erika, love the colours and those TH people.
Thanks for sharing at 'Try It On Tuesday'.
Your journal is growing nicely - love the fish on the cover especially. The brown paper sounds very versatile and a great buy.
Hope your day goes well.. safe journey.
Gill x

Caty said...

Wualaaaa Your artworks are so so wonderful Erika !! I love all of them. The tag is fabulous, and this cover page just amazing !! so wonderful colours and stamps. Like so much your art !
I wish you a very happy afternoon, big hugs,

CJ Kennedy said...

Great tag and journal. I love the ocean theme especially the page with the seahorse.

Kraft paper is great to work on. I use it for my garden flags and it really stands up to the weather. Have never tried to pass it through the printer. Hmm, that opens up possibilities. Have a great day.

Jeanie said...

I love your tag -- the colors, ink, graphics, text, gingham, everything about it. Just speaks to me!

You've been busy. I've been painting -- watercolor -- and just put up a couple and more to come. I want to start tackling a dresser in the guest room at the cottage this summer, just don't know when!

Meggymay said...

Thank you for another fantastic tag for the TioT's theme Erika, it looks great withe details you added.
I loved your journal cover and pages, the high tide spread looked awesome.
Yvonne xx

nanskidrewski said...

Hope your mom's appointment went well. Love the tag and your journal page. You really get the movement of the waves. rainy here, decluttering and organizing my art supplies, feeling inspired to put some to use. Thanks for the artistic enthusiasm 😊

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Erika! Your pages that you made for your journal and absolutely gorgeous! So pretty and are the perfect representation of summer! And I love the tag your created, too!

Margik said...

Your tag is really fantastic, Erika! And I love your fabulous journal pages, I especially love how you made the waves, the cover is great too.
Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday!
Mar x

Joan said...

Great tag and lovely journal,pages. Still get paper bags at some of our little shops and I do keep the but never seem to use them for anything!

Thanks for joining us at TioT