Pamela Jane's Studio » Hand over Heart Designs

Ho, ho, ho!  Once again the fabulous Eileen Hull and I are teaming up to teach a class using Eileen’s awesome dies for Sizzix.  This time we’ll be using her XL Square Box Scoreboard die to create a trio of holiday projects.   Starting with the box shape, we’ll make a glittery hanging ornament, a photo box for any season, and a fun chunky book for all your holiday lists.

By the way, check out Eileen’s blog to see her stop-animation video showing her 3-D Artist Trading Blocks, the new trend being introduced at CHA this January, using her new block dies!!

And then, come join Eileen and me at Angela’s Happy Stamper in Reston on Saturday, December 7th, from 1-4 pm!  We’ll be busy little elves all afternoon!

  • Lorine Mason - Very nice project. Have fun teaching together, you make a great team.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Hull - Love all of the glitter! Beautiful project Pam- I want to make that! Class will be fun as always… you add so much prettiness to it 🙂ReplyCancel

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I’m so grateful for another beautiful autumn day!

Between a house full of family visiting for the past three months  
(including my sweet youngest granddaughter who is a bundle of energy) 
and my studio construction plans running into delay after delay at the county level 
(where there is a reputation for unenergetic mire … to be nice about it), 
I need to be coddled by the weather for as long as possible! 🙂

Not much time for doodling lately, 
although I bought a new Strathmore toned journal 
and briefly tried lettering something every couple days … yay me!  
Here are some modest results of that short-lived endeavor, some still in progress.  
And since I’ve been been asked frequently, some info on pens I’ve used.
Afternoon sun” handmade journal page:
Fabriano hot-press w/c paper with acrylic wash background
(leftover paint from previous project added quickly to the blank page 
during clean-up), with
black Pitt pen doodles (india ink dries quickly, is then permanent), 
Copic markers (because of the acrylic wash, the Copics don’t bleed into the paper)
Emily Dickinson poem in lettering journal:
Faber-Castell Pitt pens black #199 (S),  opaque white #101 (big marker),
gold #250 (1.5), plus red pencil
Flourish doodles in lettering journal:
Pitt pens black #199 (S),  opaque white #101 (big marker),  gold #250 (1.5), 
plus neon red and rose gel pens on special at Target

Project Life cards:
PL-sized cards cut from Strathmore Bristol smooth tablet, Pitt pen black (S), Copics
Art is the magic and hope of an awesome life” in lettering journal:
Faber-Castell Pitt pens black #199 (S),  opaque white #101 (large marker),
Faber-Castell pencil and magazine words

I so wish I could make the practice of art journaling a daily or even weekly routine. It’s such an enjoyable, relaxing, and imaginative outlet.  But the truth is I seldom have that kind of time.  So my pages remain an exploration seldom finished.

Even so, I’m finding out what I like as I try out different approaches and different tools. Since I like to paint and draw and doodle and letter, that’s what usually appears on my pages.  Collage can be lots of fun, but I don’t much like being held hostage to a pile of paper.  It’s just easier for me to draw whatever happens to come along in my bits of time.  And although I love to write, I’m not much of a self-confessional journaler, so for me the pages are all about opportunities for line and color.  I might start with the line and add color, or the reverse.

Sometimes it’s a long while before I get back to a journal page in progress.  Often, I don’t remember where I meant to go with the page.  No matter.  I just enjoy adding another layer in the time I have, leaving it to finish when I can.  The painted page above eventually became the doodled page below.  It may change again when I have ten minutes.  It’s all good.

Just time for a quick doodle after lunch and before the fireworks
 to wish you “happy 4th”!