Breaking Free in my art journal – This & That Thursday 18


Hello Kraafters!

It is This & That Thursday and I am really happy to share this one with you, actually when am I not happy to share with you???
Anyway – I used a number of fun supplies in this beautiful expression of my heART, but before I begin listing the yumminesses, allow me to give you some insight into the project.

Breaking Free 2
I had a vision of a wall – one busting at the seems – an explosion of color – ME – breaking free of the boundaries I have placed on myself, the negatives I hear in my own head and those confirmed by strangers and sometimes those closest to me.

Breaking Free 1
I imagined the world of Kraafters all over the globe and I knew I had to add an atlas page to represent them all struggling to break free right along with me.

Breaking Free 3
I see all the spheres as the many projects and ideas I am juggling at any given moment, and I am certain I am not the only one, right? I could never juggle for real – I tried to learn and just got irritated. However, I seem to juggle ideas, projects, jobs, family and friends all the time. I pray I never drop the big ones and will always know the which ones are THE BIG ONES!!!

Breaking Free
I also wanted to practice shading and this was an ideal time to do that. That should help in all my art.

This was 1 hour and 24 minutes from start to finish, including dry time, shortened down for easy viewing in this sped up version of my start to finish art journal page and if you enjoy it I hope you will give it a thumbs up and comment too.

Here is the supply list for ya:

  • Gesso
  • Masking tape to prevent leaks into the rest of the book
  • Finnabair 3D Matte Meduim by Prima
  • an atlas page from a 1971 atlas
  • scrapbook paper scraps in various pinks
  • Prima stencil 12″ x 12″ Crackle
  • Golden acrylics Burnt Umber
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals Tibetan Poppy Teal and Jazzy Jivin’ Purple
  • Derwent Inktense Blocks
  • Gelatos – bubble gum, guava, blueberry, boisenberry, cotton candy
  • chicken wire stencil
  • Higgins black ink
  • Faber-CastellPITT artist pen

Enjoy the show!


About Heather Kraafter

First and foremost, I am a child of the One True King! I am blessed to be married to my best friend and was privileged to stay home and raise my boys. I began the Kraaft Shaak in 2010 as a way to experiment with crafting mediums and to teach others what I have learned and have come to enjoy it as my creative passion. Taking the 'show on the road' is my latest passion and each day is one step closer to that dream. Thanks for being a part of that journey too!


18 thoughts on “Breaking Free in my art journal – This & That Thursday

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      thanks Sylvia, I am trying to love them – I was not even sure HOW to use them as you probably could tell, but then…watch out! LOL

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      Thanks Sheri, I was kinda spilling my guts a little but that is what we do here, huh?

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      thank you Tina – it is in my top five for sure…I feel I am really evolving in my art. Thanks for being part of the journey with me.

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      Thanks so much Jane, I appreciate the kindness and most of all your watching!

  • Jennifer Einolf

    Lovely. The sentiment. The imagery. The color. I love the idea of encasing the meaningful map pieces behind such rich, dimensional windows of blue.

    • Heather Kraafter Post author

      thank you Jennifer, I appreciate the comment. This piece has been very important to me. 🙂

  • Belinda

    When you first started I thought oh I am not liking this but after more and more was added and the shading and high lights the dimensions looked awesome. Just goes to prove you just don’t stop until you get there. I think a lot of times I stop to soon. I just need to never stop until I accomplish whatever it is I want to accomplish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Gabrielle Carbonneau

    I really enjoyed the process video as well as your blog post. I personally find that I sometimes lack vision and always lack patience. Both of yours paid off here and I appreciate that! It’s beautiful too 🙂

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