Thursday, December 28, 2017

ArtLove52 2018: A Year Long Challenge Series

Are you excited to enter into a new year? I am! I see some wonderful new adventures waiting for me just around the corner! 

I have decided to start a year long personal challenge. I have chosen 52 words and listed them in random order. I will use one of these words each week as an art journal inspiration prompt.

#ArtLove52, Ode to Paper, Challenge, Leah Tees

I have created a hashtag to go with this series: #artlove52. I will be adding photos to Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram with this hashtag. If you would like to join me, please do! Add the hashtag #artlove52 to your posts so I can find them!

I would love to add some random #artlove52 creations from other people to my blog posts, so please join in!
Please feel free to save the image above and print it out for yourself!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Art Journal Page Swap with Laura Marek Part 2

Hi everyone, I am back this week to show you the art journal pages that Laura Marek sent me :) Did I tell you that we agreed on 2, yes 2, art journal pages to swap?

Laura Marek, Art Journal Swap, Leah Tees

Well, let me tell you. Laura didn't send 2 art journal pages...she sent 4! And 5 mixed media tags, AND 5 fully gelli printed deli papers!

Laura Marek, Art Journal Swap, Leah Tees

Laura's art journal pages combine the use of acrylic paint and magazine clippings with design paper and washi tape. She also paints images on her pages. They are gorgeous!

Laura Marek, Art Journal Swap, Leah Tees

These gelli prints are absolutely to die for :) Well done Laura, they are so fabulous I don't want to use them! LOL!

Laura Marek, Art Journal Swap, Leah Tees

And these tags! I am no stranger to mixed media tags, they have been a favorite of mine for a while, as well as ATCs. The small-ness of them and the ability to do a quick project makes them a dream to work with. And Laura's mixed media tags do not disappoint. I shall treasure them.

Laura Marek, Art Journal Swap, Leah Tees

I have to say a huge thank you to Laura Marek for doing this swap with me. And well, for being much quicker in the mailing department than I am haha. I am terrible for mailing things out, but I PROMISE, they are on their way;)

I am so impressed with the kindness of total strangers in the Facebook group Maremi's Creative Cafe.  I would love to give back somehow, so this is my thought...if you are struggling with mojo or confidence with your art, and you want to try an art swap, let me know!  I would love to help someone gain their confidence or harness their art mojo (mine tends to go on long vacations without me sometimes).  You can contact me on Facebook on my page Ode to Paper, or send me an email at, or even leave me a comment here.  I would be very happy to swap art with you :)

Thank you for stopping by, stay tuned next Thursday for an exciting new series introduction! The series will start in January and will run for the whole year!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Let Fly Mixed Media Art Journal Page

OK, I think this may be one of my favourites. And...I liked it so much I recreated it on a canvas!  It's not identical to the art journal version of course, but I still really like them both.

Mixed Media Art Journal Leah Tees Ode to Paper

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Art Journal Page Swap with Laura Marek

Hello everyone!  I had been having some trouble with confidence and mojo for a while.  I happened to post a query to one of my favorite mixed media Facebook Groups (Maremi's Creative Cafe), asking what other people did to find their mojo again, and along with some wonderful comments of encouragement, a lady offered to do an art journal page swap with me.  Her name is Laura Marek, and she creates wonderful art journal pages with acrylic paints and gelli prints, as well as magazine cut outs and other embellishments. 

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal

So Laura and I agreed to do a swap with two art journal pages, in the size of our choice. I decided to do my pages on 8 x 10 mixed media paper that I already had cut and ready to create on.

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal

For this first art journal page, I took my inspiration from the two colors I decided to work with. I wanted to use this Phthalo Turquoise Fluid Acrylic paint from Tri Art and Craft Smart's Cafe au Lait.

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal

I added embellishments and a word tile from Tim Holtz. I love how this turned out, and Laura is a big part in getting my mojo back, thank you Laura!

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal

My second art journal page started out with one of my favorite techniques using acrylic paint, glazing medium and plastic wrap.

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal

I drew out sections of the page, traced some circles and glazed them with different colors, then I shaded and highlighted the different parts.

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal
The text is stamped onto tissue paper and glued down with Matte Gel Medium, and lastly I added some paint splatters and a clock stamp from Tim Holtz.  I would like to say, the people I have come across in the Maremi Creative Cafe Facebook group are so caring and special.  To give a total stranger the courage and confidence to continue with a new form of art takes a great kind of people.  Thank you to all of you, and a special thanks to Laura Marek, for going above and beyond to help me with my journey with its ups and downs.

Please come back next week, when I showcase the art journal pages that Laura has sent me!

Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal
Leah Tees, Ode to Paper, Art Journal

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Be Real Mixed Media Art Journal Page

I sure hope everyone is staying warm out there!  We just got hit with a big winter storm here in North Western Ontario!  I have another art journal page to share with you today.  This one is called Be Real.

Art Journal Leah Tees Mixed Media

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Glimpse of Heaven Art Journal Page

Hello everyone, things have been so busy lately, that I have been neglecting my blog!  I definitely have to remedy that situation in a hurry!  I have a few art journal pages to blog about so I'll start with this one :)  I call it A glimpse of Heaven (no surprise given the sentiment that's on it lol).

Leah Tees, art journal, Glimpse of Heaven