Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Positively Pensive

Today is Ballpoint Pen day!  I am hosting the challenge this time around at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and it is called: "Positively Pensive" in celebration of Ballpoint Pen Day!

Here is how I described the challenge:

The challenge is to thoughtfully use a ballpoint pen on your project.  You can doodle, journal, sketch or trace an outline using any color ballpoint pen on your art.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project with some form of ink from a ballpoint pen and if it isn't obvious how it was used make sure to tell us in your post!

Because I knew I wanted to play around and try some different ideas I decided to create Index Card Art.  It led to so many fun backgrounds I ended up with a variety of ideas, and pieces for future art!

I first created a variety of backgrounds: 
 I used the new dylusions paint on some of my background. I couldn't find my gel plate so I used my craft mat and acrylic blocks to try for a mix of colors.  I then used various tops to trace circles with my black ball point pen.

Then I used a stencil to overlay a pretty yellow on hot pink!
 After it dried I traced the outline with the black pen.  I love the effect it reminded me of a hawaiin shirt!
 I used a lot of number stencil backgrounds with distress oxides to vary the intensity and color of the numbers over the index card.  I thought it would be fun to parallel lines with the header line on the index card.

Then I thought what if I traced the outlines of the stencil onto the card directly?  So I traced the pattern and then sponged in the colors and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  That way I could put on another color and not worry about the overlay of the ink. 
For this one I just mixed together some stamping with a little doodling. 

 Then I thought why not draw something...

 I drew a few dragonflies and inked them up and even frosted one of them with a shimmery embossing powder.  The butterfly was die cut and painted.  I wrote words about the butterfly and summer.

I had played in an interpretative paint challenge before and decided to try it again with one of my inky backgrounds.

A few more backgrounds with a stencil and handwritten notes. 

 and finally a few more index cards turned into small cards:

The professor peeking out of a lined card: 

 Well I hope this has you wanting to get out your ballpoint ink pen and play along! The winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by...


Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text 
Stampers Anonymous - Flower Shop
Stampers Anonymous - Faded Type
Stampers Anonymous - Glitch 1 
Stampers Anonymous - The Professor 2
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Tim Holtz Digits
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil #47
Stampers Anonymous Stencil Tim Holtz Rosette
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Latticework
Ranger Distress Oxide - Iced SpruceBroken China 
Ranger Archival Ink - Saffron, Jet Black,
Ranger Distress Oxide Sprays - Picked Raspberry
Ranger Distress Sprays - Wild Honey, Antique Linen, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender,  Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed
Dylusions Paints - Blue Hawaiin, Bubblegum Pink, Vanilla Custard, Balmy Night
Sizzix Die Cut - Wildflower
Idea-Ology - Antiqued Gems
Prima Arts Basics Heavy White Gesso 


  1. Suzz, you could tip me over with a feather! What a fabulous post filled to the brim with great ideas and techniques! Oh, to be a butterfly on your craft room wall and to spend a day reading your mind! You seriously blew my mind with your many options here! Incredible, that's what you are!

  2. These are such terrific ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My goodness Suzz you could have picked any one of these amazing projects to be your main one - no wonder you were torn. The penmanship really brings the stencilling to another level and I love your freehand working - my goodness you are so talented and inspiring xx


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