11.15.13: Using Up Your Rub On Stash

I am a Guest Blogger for Rachel Whetzel’s wonderful blog: A Year in the Life of an Art Journal. Unfortunately, shortly after I was honored with this guest blogging spot, I was also accepted into the Color of Woman Method Teacher Certification course. I say unfortunately because the intensity of the Color of Woman program prevented me from doing anything except working through that coursework. See, I also work full-time outside of my home, am a wife and mother, and own a creative business. So adding the work of the Color of Woman on top of my plate was the straw that made that sucker crack and most things come tumbling down off of it. One of the activities that I thoroughly enjoyed, but that suffered neglect during the 7 months of Color of Woman, is art journaling. I was unable to journal for myself let alone for anyone or anything else. So unfortunately, it has been months since I have been able to join in the fun over at A Year in the Life of an Art Journal.

But no more! As of the date of this post, I am an official Graduate of the Color of Woman!!! I made it! It was INTENSE and even that is an understatement!! But enough about Color of Woman…

Before I post my project for today, I wanted to give Rachel a BIG SHOUT OUT and a HUGE THANK YOU!!! Thank you not only for inviting me to be a Guest Blogger on your blog this year, but also for your understanding of the pressure I was under and therefore my lack of participation over the last several months. We chatted about it via e-mail and you expressed your understanding and were not upset with me. For this, I am eternally grateful! Mwah!!

Now, onto the project…

We were challenged to use up the rub-ons in our stash. You know, those things that came out years ago and we all went racing to the craft store to pick them up and use them in our scrapbooks and art journals? Well…I happen to be one of the few people who don’t have oodles of rub-ons in my stash. Although many years old, the few rub-ons I own were all gifted to me over the years. I have never once purchased a rub-on, so I didn’t have many to use for this challenge! But, I prevailed just the same by using the few that I did have in my stash. They are, of course, the wrong season — Spring! — but a challenge is a challenge right? Here’s what I came up with:

Oh how I long for Spring!
Oh how I long for Spring!

This was a fun project! Quick and easy but it turned out so nice. If you are interested in how I created this page, please view the video below. If the video does not appear, please refresh your browser window. Meanwhile, here are the Supplies I used for this project:

  • Distress Ink Pads: Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, and Faded Jeans
  • Gesso
  • Zing Embossing Powder: Charcoal
  • Heat Tool
  • Marker
  • Derwent Inktense (watercolor pencils/blocks): Various Colors
  • Rub-Ons
  • Water

(Remember to refresh your browser window if the video does not appear.)


  1. I missed this post back in November on your blog. Sweet journal page and video! Spring is just around the corner now. Congratulations on graduating from the Color of Woman Method Teacher Certification course!

    And thank you for your lovely comment.

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