Spell Of the Sea: Mixed Media Art Journal

The Spell

I can’t say there is much in my life that has cast a spell over me, except for the occupation of motherhood. From the moment I held my firstborn in my arms, I have been completely under my children’s spell. I melt when they cast a smile in my direction or produce a beautiful deep belly laugh. I can’t help but stop and snap mental pictures when spontaneous moments happen between siblings, such as snuggles and kisses. And when they hurt or are in danger, my Mommy mode kicks in and I can’t think straight. My brain screams at me to find a way to make it stop but somehow my rational thought processes are gone. This is usually the time my hubby has to step in and be the voice of reason. Thank goodness one of us can think straight in a crisis situation.

I suppose that is one reason that I never wanted to be a trauma or ER nurse. I spent most of my career time in rehab, which turned out to be low key and rarely required me to make spur-of-the-moment decisions. As life goes on, I realize I am a slow-paced kind of girl. How thankful I am that my routine (and my hubby) allows me to lead a mostly stress-free life, which in turn allows me to spend more time with the little be-witching creatures in my life.

Creating the Journal Page

The background for this layout was created using two different stencils. My favorite is the Art Deco Borders by StencilGirl. Off course I used my PaperArtsy Infusions for color and a Seth Apter stamp by PaperArtsy for texture.

The mermaid image was found on Pinterest. The shells are a mix of Craft Secrets and PaperArtsy stamps. To create the textured sand I used Clear Tar Gel, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint and micro-beads. I mixed it all together and spread it with a palette knife. After it dried I started layering all the stamped images, the mermaid and the circular die cut.
Lastly, I added glitter glue to make the shells and the mermaid tail sparkle and some splatters.
Other Mermaid Art Journal Layouts:
I Have Fins,Do You?
Always Be A Mermaid
Pollution Makes for Creepy Mermaids
A Beautiful Story
Sea Treasure In Simple Things
No Tears

Happy Tea Day to those playing along with Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I am sharing a older picture of my cuppa although not much has changed except for the lack of leaves on the trees. Our grass is getting green and we are still having temps of 80 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next. Crazy weather that keeps us guessing!

And guess what? My oldest sweetie went to the Science and Technology Fair on Saturday and came home with 1st place in his division. He won $300 and this enormous metal. What does a 10 year old do with that much money? He says that he is going to spend $100 on a new wallet and lego set and save the other $200. I am so proud of him, not to mention that we had a great family day.

Challenges Entered:

 Simon Says Wednesday: Add Some Texture

Simon Says Monday: Let’s Doodle

22 thoughts on “Spell Of the Sea: Mixed Media Art Journal”

  • Our temps aren’t as extreme as yours, but we’re breaking records for cold one day then having highs near 80 the next. So strange.
    Congrats to your oldest! Happy T Tuesday 🙂

  • What you write about yourself resonates with me. I too am slow-paced and quite laid back i might say. I’m also a nurse and i trained to be a midwife, but never really practiced it, as once i was qualified I found it too stressful. The last 23 years I have been a specialised palliative care nurse in a British hospice. (Am now retired).
    Your mermaid pages are utterly beautiful and mesmerising. Well done.
    Another ‘well done’ for your number one son! Good lad! I bet you are proud mum.
    Happy T-Day,

  • Fantastic pages Kate, love your spread. You can truly be very proud of your clever son! Happy T day, hugs, Valerie

  • Saw your entry at Stamplorations – lovely journal – and congrats to your son – that is a very wonderful honor! His hard work paid off – super!

  • Such magical pages! The colours you used and the shimmer that you have created are so beautiful, amazing layers as always too 😁. I bet you are so proud of your son , many congratulations on his first place! Happy T Day! J 😊

  • Your pages seem to get more beautiful every time !!
    A great big congrats for your son, wow! You must be so proud!

  • Lovely work as always. Are your children artistic? Both of mine are . They are grown up and pursuing careers in art. I must say because we have had that in common it’s been our bond as they grew older. Maybe you’ll find the same. X

  • A magical journal spread and your post today will relate to how many of us mums have felt when taking care of their families.
    You must be so proud of your son and his achievement.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • Love the rich and vibrant colors of your mermaid page. Originally, I wanted to be a doctor. Opportunities didn’t quite go as I had planned. Over the years, I realized what I wanted was a job that was important and mattered. that’s what happened when I became a mom. Congrats to your little scientist.

  • another gorgeous and magical page Kate. Congrats to your handsome and smart son!! You’ve expressed the sentiments of being a mom very well. Happy T Day!

  • I can remember those days Kate.. Whenever any money came my daughters way she could spend half and save half.. but i don’t know if i ever remember her doing it willingly..lol .. that was just the rules..Congratulations to your son.. i wonder what his entry was about? Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  • What a great post, dear Kate. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to be a mother, but I remember the time I had a guest staying with me who threw my cat outside saying something like “cats need to be outdoors, not inside all day long.” My cat had never been outside before and I went off on the person. Needless to say, the same person left the next day and never returned. So, I can understand your protective nature.
    Your mermaid today is beautiful. She sparkles and shines in a way that lights up the page.
    Your son must be pretty special to receive that much money. Our schools don’t have any money, so even science projects get little attention.
    Thank you for sharing your recycled tea mug with us for T this Tuesday and to answer your question about the fossils, if they had been flattened, they could be hung from windows or placed on walls. I plan to use some to hold little bits like thumb tacks. Divers and Sundry suggested they would look good holding rings on night stands. Ideas are endless. Kids will love making them.

  • you really have wonderful stencils! this is another great spread in your mermaid Journal, it really must be a great treasure meanwhile.
    congrats to you son winning such a great prize – of course you are proud of him!!
    happy (belated) t-day:)

  • Such a beautiful piece again today, your Mermaids are all so gorgeous! love the bit of sparkle too. congrats to your little man on his award- impressive prizes. good for him!
    happy T day a bit late! ♥

  • You write so beautifully, Kate. Your words always make me think and sometimes remember. We didn’t have digital cameras when my son was born and film developing was very expensive. So I have a gazillion mental snapshots in my head. It surprises me that there’s still room for anything else – lol.
    I love all the layers in this beautiful spread.
    Wow, congratulations to your son! He’ll grow into that medal, I’m sure. He sounds wise beyond his years.
    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  • Congrats to the little man on hi BIG WIN!!! That is an impressive about of money to win for any age!!!
    Love your journal layout! You do Mermaids proud!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I had a couple of Vanilla Cream filled DOnuts 🙂 I really wanted Coconut Cream filled but they didn’t have any 🙁
    Happy Late Tuesday!

  • Wow. I am very impressed with your son’s win. How cool. And I love your fun mermaid page too. She is a real fun lady of the sea. Hugs and happy belated T day. Erika

  • Oh Kate, what a sweet and precious post. Your thoughts on motherhood brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes…I know the very feeling 🙂
    Your mermaid page is beautiful! One of my favorites….do I say that with everything you make? Probably since I love everything you create.
    And how exciting for your son! Congratulations to him. Hugs to you! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

  • This is such a gorgeous piece of art and a tender and sweet post to match! I love how you reminded me to enjoy the little moments with those little ones who grow up all too fast. And wow! This is such a visually moving page. The colors really spoke to me and I love all the clever layering you did. So fun to see this combination post of family and art! A joy all the way around and I’m so glad you took the time to share your talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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