Skip to main content


Precious Memories Canvas

Happy Saturday!!!
October was an incredibly busy month for me, which resulted in very little time to craft. I was about to go a bit stir crazy!!!
Today I am sharing a custom order canvas, using the Precious Memories paper from Graphic 45.

This paper is some of my favorite, and I have used before for one of my personal canvases. 
I absolutely adore the way this one turned out!!
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out my Instagram, Amrtlj, to see behind the scenes photos and more of my art. 
Recent posts

Exciting News!!!

Happy Friday!!
I have some really exciting news today. You can now find my artwork in the relics antique mall in Springfield Missouri!
I’m splitting the booth with an incredibly talented friend of mine and I’m so excited for everybody to go and see mine and her artwork. We are booth NN35. 

If you’re looking for one of my pieces in particular, all the tags have my initials for my art pieces. Please be sure to check out my friends art as well, it is beautiful and so stunning.
You find in the booth some of the pieces that you may have seen here on my blog or on my Instagram. So maybe a piece that you really loved is up for sale!
Relics is located off of West Battlefield and Kansas Expressway, behind Grizzly in Springfield, MO.  Hours are 10-6, Monday-Saturday. 
Thanks for stopping by!! -AR

Mixed Media Canvas with Art Alchemy and Dylusions

Happy Friday!!

Today I’m sharing an 8x8 Canvas I have done using some of the lovely Dylusions Sprays and Art Alchemy paints and waxes. 
I knew I wanted to use a photo I had taken on my last visit with my best friend and beyond adorable niece (not at all biased right?) I chose to do the photo in black and white as I wanted to use warm tones for the canvas, and the colors in the photo would have clashed. 
I started out with an 8x8 Canvas I got from Michaels. I went with one with the deep sides so I would have more room to play, and I love the depth it helps give to my art. 
I then began using random items from my stash. 

I built the piece up until I was happy with it. 

Not gonna lie, it was quite hard to cover this up!! I may have to recreate it and leave it be next time. 
Then I covered the piece in about three layers of white gesso. 

Once the gesso was dry I began to spray it with Dylusions Spray inks in Cherry Pie, Rose Quartz, and Pure Sunshine, until I was happy with the colors and…

Mixed Media Box

Hello all!!

Today I am featuring a mixed media box that I have been working on for a few days now. 
I had this beautiful little Grpahic 45 book box sitting on my shelf for awhile. I finally decided to take it down and do something with it. I love mixed media and decided to use this box as my jumping point. 

I started out with covering the sides of the box with Finnabair Art Basics modeling paste thru a Tim holtz Stencil. While that was drying I started throwing on all sorts of found things from my collection. What’s so great about mixed media is you can really use anything!
After that was dry, I covered the whole box in black gesso from Art Basics. I followed that with dry brushing some Finnabair Metallique paint in Silver Spoon. I purposely left some black showing thru in places. This gave it an aged look. 

After all that was dry I went to town with more of the Metallique paints, and some of the amazing waxes from Finnabair. Here is the finished results:

I am so in love with how this…

Nature Sketchbook Scrapbook Canvas with Video!

Good evening everyone!!!

I am sharing a video tutorial for a scrapbook layout/canvas I did for a friend that is getting married.
I use Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook for this layout. It went with the picture I was using perfectly!

The actual time spent on this was about two and a half hours, and I managed to cram it all into a 25 minute video.

If you liked this tutorial please give my video a thumbs up!

Thanks for stopping by! -AR

Steampunk Canvas

Hi everyone!! 
I have been on a scrapbook layout kick the last few weeks, and been working pretty much none stop on them. Only taking a breathe to art journal really. 
So my lastest one was made with Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paper. I LOVE this paper, and it was the paper that introduced me to Graphic 45. I have a pad of the original printing, as well as three of the collectors release. 

I went with this paper for this layout because I got the Prima Art Basics Rust and Patina Paste sets. Let me tell you, I had WAY to much fun with those!! Everything will quickly be covered in them. 

I had to pull back on things on this one because I wanted to rust and patina all my little odds and ends. 
Hope you have enjoyed my work. Thanks for stopping by! -AR

Botanical Tea Scrapbook Canvas

Hi everyone!! Today I am sharing another scrapbook canvas. 
The collection I have featured is the beautiful Botanical Tea paper by Graphic 45. I decided the soft colors would work perfect for one of my favorite photos of myself and my seven month old niece. 

As you can probably see, I love using lots and lots of layers. I seek out paper that has lots of things I can fussy cut from the collection. This saves me space on storage, and money from spending on all kinds of extra embellishments. Plus I know it all coordinates!!
Thanks for stopping by! -AR