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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Art Journal-along on: January 11, 2013 07:56:51 PM
Goddessgarb's Art Journalings:

(reserved for my artistic meanderings...)
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Journaling Prompts swap (sign up until 31st Dec, send outs Jan 16th 2013) on: January 11, 2013 07:51:35 PM
I don't know if it is the cards I have or not, but I can't get any kind of paint to stick to the cards. I guess I'll go get some of the gesso this weekend.  Undecided

I had to lightly sand and then gesso mine.  They're coated specifically to repel any moisture and it's hard for me to get through that stuff.
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Journaling Prompts swap (sign up until 31st Dec, send outs Jan 16th 2013) on: January 11, 2013 07:48:17 PM
Anybody paint theirs? How do you finish over acrylic paint?

I'm using a matte finishing spray over all of mine, just to prevent smudging/color transfer on them. By the way, I've been informed that some of the ones I used this spray on have a slight spray-painty odor, so is that going to be a problem for those in Groups 1, 3, and 4 with perfume/fragrance allergies? Let me know and I won't do it to yours.

Spray paint is totally okay with me.  Sounds fun actually...hmm...
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long on: January 03, 2013 02:48:50 PM
KaoticKrafter, I really love your 3-D flowers and that they're made of different things.  It makes for such an interesting page.  I agree I'd love to see more posts.  I'll try to get my butt in gear and do some.
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Cookie Exchange sign up 10/28/2012-11/18/2012 Sendouts 12/6/2012 on: December 12, 2012 11:21:13 AM
Oh, I definitely want all these recipes!!!  Here are mine (If you want the nutritional info, just ask, it's a bit long to post all of it here, I think!)

Heavenly Ginger Spice Cookies
(makes 4 dozen small cookies)
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. sea salt
raw sugar for rolling them in

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together mixer until creamed together.
3. Add the molasses and mix well.
4. Mix the water with the baking soda, then add that and mix well.
5. Sift (or mix together with a whisk really well) the flour, salt, and spices.
6. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix well.
7. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls (roll between palms of your hands) and then roll in raw sugar (in a bowl). If they're too sticky to handle, add a little flour.
8. Place on cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment paper (makes for SUPER EASY cleanup, which we all love!) about 2 inches apart. If you want thin and crispy cookies (snaps) flatten slightly, otherwise leave in balls to make small, fat, soft cookies.
9. Bake for about 10 - 12 minutes.

Makes a little over 4 dozen small, or 3 dozen medium cookies!

...

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Balls
(makes 24 walnut-size balls)
3 tablespoons  milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup wheat germ (heaping)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup quick oatmeal
Directions:
1.  Heat milk, sugar and cocoa powder over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly.
2.  Take off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter; stir until peanut butter has melted completely.
3.  Stir in wheat germ and oatmeal.
4.  Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper or eat immediately.

For these, it's best to make small balls, a bit smaller than a walnut, and refrigerate them to set them up, and keep them in refrigerator to keep them firm.  When they're that small, you can just pop them in your mouth so they don't fall apart at all.  You can easily substitute a nondairy milk or use other nut butters, too, btw.  Wink


26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Cookie Exchange sign up 10/28/2012-11/18/2012 Sendouts 12/6/2012 on: December 12, 2012 11:12:44 AM
I received the perfect package from goddessgarb. I am swooning!
First: here is the whole package.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/305294_07Dec12_IMG_0320.JPG

There were two boxes of yummy cookies. Let me tell you, the ginger ones... to die for. And she wrote up a whole herby goodness report to go with it, all about the health benifits of the cookies. (Did you know I am an herbalist? I am!)

I didn't know you are an herbalist!  That's wonderful.  Everyone laughs at my 'overkill' explanation on those cookies, but I found and redesigned that recipe when I was studying herbalism and holistic nutrition, and I specifically wanted to make cookies that were DELICIOUS and that tapped into the amazing benefits of those spices.  Cheesy
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Journaling Prompts swap (sign up until 31st Dec, send outs Jan 15th 2013) on: December 12, 2012 10:29:32 AM
Oh this is a toughie...I would love to have a bunch of other people's art journaling to actually see and touch...but it sounds like this involves making a lot of cards in not a very long amount of time...gotta think about this!
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Swap #13 Send out 11/30/12 on: December 12, 2012 10:07:17 AM
puamelia sent me a lovely fae Dotee with some fancy tissue paper I can use in my art, and tucked in some Hawaiian chocolates as well.  She now has a magickal place on my tree (which I finally put up last night).  Thanks puamelia!  I'm glad you liked your Rapunzel!
29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread! on: December 05, 2012 07:19:08 PM
Wow!!!

I just realized, after reading this whole thread to here again tonight, that two years ago I stumbled upon this thread and read it start to finish and then started my first 'non-art' journal.  Today I have about ten or so, and I journal in some form every day.  This thread really changed my life!  The book I write in most often is a 5x8 hardback sketchbook that I made a cover for, that I put all my art/craft ideas and sketches into, and that I write in/sketch in every day.  I've also just started an actual sketchbook in a second 5x8 hardback sketchbook.  (These were $5 each from Michael's, "Artist Loft" brand, and I love them.  Just plain hard black covers and nice, heavy sketching paper inside, and they open up nice and flat!)  I also have a Moleskine watercolor journal, just for experimenting with watercolor painting.

I have also created four art journals, as well as a junk mail journal (lost...sad), a gluebook, and a few days ago, I got a Creative Chaos binder (an alternative to the Smash Book) from Michael's and am putting only art inspiration into it, such as techniques to try, supplies I want, supplies I buy, notes from art books I read, pieces of art that inspire me, art stores and sites I shop at, and anything else art-life related.  Half price with a coupon, this was only $6.50 and it's full of beautiful, really heavy double-sided decorative cardstock pages.  I highly recommend it, because writing on that heavy, pretty paper is inspiring, and it's a great way to save all the little stuff on a pretty background.  Plus I LOVE mini-binders and can add to and rearrange it any time I want.  I'm going to get another one and use it to journal on all the "About Me" prompts I've collected here and elsewhere.  I think it would be very therapeutic and help with self-love issues.  I may get a third one and make a Favorite Things book, which will help with life-love issues (since I deal with severe depression).

It is so sobering to me to realize that I had to call myself not a 'real artist' in order to allow myself to do any art at all, and that it happened to be exactly two years ago this month that I took this step, due to this very thread.  I now have an art blog, have done several paintings, and have created a studio space as a testament to how crucial art is to my very survival, emotionally.

I know this thread isn't about art, but it was this thread and the 'non-art' journal that it inspired in my life, that gave art back to me.  And not only do I journal now, pretty much every day, I've even learned to make my own books, which is probably my favorite thing to do right now.

And I STILL love love love the alphabet idea and have re-written it into my art/craft idea book tonight to use again and again.  I also found the thread on altered books at that same time as this one, and I fell in love with that and have been doing them ever since.  Two of the four art journals I have made are altered books.  This is the before of my newest one, a children's book:

With a title like that, it was MADE to be a journal, don't you think?  This is what I did to the cover:


I hope this thread lives forever and that lots of other people find it and begin expressing themselves in a new way because of it.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to it over these FIVE years.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Swap #13 Send out 11/30/12 on: December 04, 2012 01:29:49 PM
I received from Alexampersandra today:

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