Tic Tac Toe-Our Creative Corner Style

Hello Again!!  Happy February!!  Are you ready for a game of Tic Tac Toe, Our Creative Corner style?  I have to admit, I’ve not played a game of creative tic tac toe before, but our challenge host for February, Julia, gave us such wonderful options to play with, I could keep playing this game for days!! 😉



For February’s challenge, choose one line from the OCC Tic-Tac-Toe board above.  You can move horizontally, vertically, diagonally, but you must ALWAYS have the middle square of ‘Stamps’ in your creation.  What you make is up to you, but make sure that all three items that are within your move, are clearly visible in  your creation.  When you join in for the challenge, remember to tell us which move you made and inks, stains, sprays, etc can be used as necessary on your project.  Oh, and don’t forget this–


–The February challenge is being sponsored by Tando Creative with a generous prize package awarded to one randomly drawn entrant!  So, come on over and play Tic-Tac-Toe with us!!  I’d love to see the moves you make in your creations! 🙂

My Tic-Tac-Toe move was center horizontal; Paints-Stamps-Stencils.


I used this challenge theme to start creating in my first art journal!!


 This is my 6″x8″ Inky Art Journal that I’m working in and I knew upon receiving it, that I’d be using the quote that’s on this sheet of ready to use goodness, in one way or another.  Considering this is my first art journal and a new (for me) form of creating, I am trusting the magic of just beginning!

I have decorated the outside of the journal and it now looks like this-

Time to get the inside looking Artsy Fartsy, too!! 😉


I wanted to keep in play with the colors of the decorative paper, but I changed the green to my favorite color, yellow!  I used Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and a swipe of Crushed Olive DPs to finger paint the entire surface.


I gave the page a good spritzing of water and let gravity do its thing–I love those distress paint streaks!  When I was happy with the streaking, I set the page with my heat tool.


I’m really wanting to use my small collection of Stampotique images more this year and I couldn’t think of a better way of doing that, than by using Mela as the first image you see when you open this journal.   I stamped her into place with Jet Black Archival and I also stamped her onto mixed media stock that I water colored and fussy cut for later use.


I happened to be working on this page at night, so I stopped for the evening with stenciling WV’s white embossing paste through the Rays layering stencil and let air dry overnight.


Isn’t Mela lovely?  I love the little swing in her dress!!  Here she is stamped onto mixed media paper and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Dusty Concord, Black Soot & Barn Door.  I applied a little bit of Diamond Glaze to the heart on her smock, let dry and then fussy cut her.  She’s a bit smudged because of me and my inky fingers–but it’s just that kind of imperfection, that I now love!!


I applied pieces of tissue tape here and there and added the outlined stars onto my page using the Dylusions Stars stencil and a black gel pen.  I painted them with a little Dusty Concord DP and a mini-detail paint brush.


This ‘new, creative’ me doesn’t even mind that I painted outside the lines or smeared my ink splatters!!  Oh, yeah-that!  I spritzed the page with my air art tool and my Black Soot DM, but I didn’t heat dry it–DUH!!  I started mounting the words and Mela and saw all the smudges–Embrace Imperfection & heat dry!!


Oh, I was hoping that the shimmer would come through in the picture!  I used a couple of spritzes of Sunflower Sparkle PPM over the stenciled rays to add a little bit of glint to the entire background.  And those blue & yellow circles?  A paper straw dabbed into my DPs and randomly pressed here and there on my page.


Before fussy cutting the words, I brushed them with a light layer of matte gel,  then mounted to my page with more matte gel and heat dried.  Mela was also adhered with matte gel.  I took a piece of wax paper and laid over the page, then closed the journal and pressed between heavy books for a bit to set and dry.  After drying, I used my Black Soot DM to outline each word band and smudge with my finger.  Page 1 of my first art journal DONE!!  That was FUN!! 🙂

I hope my creative Tic Tac Toe move of Paints-Stamps-Stencils has inspired you to make the same move, or one of the others!  Take whichever direction you want, but include that middle spot of Stamps!  The February OCC Tic Tac Toe Challenge is open until February 28th at 11:59pm (GMT).  Hope to see you there!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by and until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces:  Inky Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Stamp:  Mela (Daniel Torrente/Stampotique)
  • Stencils:  Rays LS (Tim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous); Stars (Dylusions/Ranger)
  • Distress Paints, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi/Dreamweaver Stencils); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Black Gel Pen; Paper Straw
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Air Art Tool (Artworx); Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Paint Brush; Palette Knife

27 thoughts on “Tic Tac Toe-Our Creative Corner Style

  1. I LOVE this so much Shari!! Everytime I see these stamps I wonder why I don’t have any and you’ve just made it a whole lot worse! Wonderful mixed media piece with gorgeous layers, colour that is sooo to my like and a wonderful ‘walk through’ how you made this fab page in journal – what a way to start too. Thank you so much for making this glorious piece of art for my challenge.

    • Thank You soooo much, Julia!! Your Tic-Tac-Toe challenge lit a fire under me to get me started in my art journal!! With that first page done, the seal is broken and I’m not afraid to branch out and create on larger surfaces any more!! I only have a few Stampotique images and I NEED MORE!! Oh, does that mean we’ll be seeing some Stampotique images in your future creations?! 🙂 I hope so!! 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  2. Hi. Shari, what an amazing page, I love Mela and you used my favourite sunburst stencil. She looks great. How brave to start your journal, I havn’t done my first page incase I mess it up! My frayed fabric is the front and back too, I just have to do that page now! Hugs Jan x

    • Hi Jan!! Thank You soooo much!! The Rays stencil is my fav, too!! I have another sunburst stencil, but I always reach for this one!! Oh, Jan–if I can start creating in an art journal–you can, too!! And don’t worry about messing it up–Embrace Imperfection!! Look at the mess of smudged ink all over my page!! Embraced Fully & Completely!! 😉 LOL 🙂 I can’t wait to see the pages in your journal!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Such a fun and wonderful piece Shari!! Like Julia I am hugely tempted by that fun quirky stamp! Your tutorial is wonderful too! All the different textures and elements look amazing!

    • Thank You Astrid!! I just love the Daniel Torrente/Jill Penney images at Stampotique–I want all of them!! Actually I was just talking to my hubbie saying–wouldn’t it be cool if I only use the ‘Goth kids’ stamps to fill my art journal with? Hmmmm…..:) LOL!! I’m so happy that you liked my first attempt at art journaling!! It was fun making this first page!! XOXO-Shari

  4. I’m very happy to see your first journal page! and it’s a wonder! A Mela full of life and bright colours, movement… I love the quote!

    • Thank You, Lys!! I love the Mela image and have been just waiting for the right moment/place to use her!! This won’t be the last time she makes an appearance 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Pamellia!! Thank you soooo much!! I just had to go for it with this Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!! Now, I’m chomping at the bit to get back into my art journal!! XOXO-Shari

  5. Eeep! What an amazingly creative work of art, Shari! You have showcased Mela brilliantly, literally brilliantly with your sun ray design!! There is so much movement in your design and, not only that, but I was personally moved by that wonderful sediment you created for your page!! Well done!! Hugs, Darnell

    • Thank You, Darnell!! That quote is meaningful to me, too!! I’ve had so many ‘fears’ with creating, that I’m just going to go for it from here on out and believe in that magic of just beginning, something new!! Words to live by!! XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Anne! Thank you soooo much!! I just love that Mela image—she may remind me a little bit of myself, and I want to have her come out and play more in 2015!! XOXO-Shari

  6. Oooh, this is so fun! I just stumbled upon your blog this morning. I adore these Stampotique images, but don’t yet have any of my own. Must remedy that soon! I love what you have done so far with your art journal – love all the fabulous little details!
    I’ll be back to visit again soon!
    Shanna 🙂

    • Hi Shanna!! Thanks sooo much for coming by!! I only have a few of the Stampotique images–I want/need more!! But, the few that I have, I hope to bring out to play much more this year 🙂 I hope to see you again 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • 🙂 Thanks, Jessi! I had music in my head while making this tag…it went from the disco tune “Love is in the air…” to gritty “Love me two times”….and then there were some 80’s tunes thrown in there too (Love on your side-Thompson Twins, Love my way-Psychedelic Furs, Love Cats-The Cure)…you see where I’m going with this…;) It’s the music that moves me!! XOXO-Shari

  7. Ooh… it’s not the good place for this comment I think haha!! (I think it’s really time for me to come back home and take some rest lol). So about this tic-tac-toe creation – your first Art Journal page ever, really?… 😀 do you think i like it?…Mmmmm… I just ADORE it!!!! It’s a magical composition, lovely stamp, colours, drips and texture, I love that!! 😀
    Xoxo ~ Coco

    • Hi Coco!! LOL!! You can comment anywhere you like!! 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you liked my Valentine’s tag and my first ever journal page! Yes–it’s my first time ever creating in an art journal!! It’s a little intimidating, but, I’m ready for the challenge of creating for myself and keeping what I make!! At least with cards or tags, if I don’t like it–I can send it off to someone and not look at it again!! LOL 🙂 🙂 LOL!! Bises to you, Coco!! XOXO-Shari

  8. Love that glorious bit of drippage, and a wonderful start to your journalling adventure (to the INSIDE of your journalling adventure!). Great way to use the quote, and the colouring on Mela is just lovely.
    Alison xx

    • Hi Alison!! Thank you soooo much!! There would have been a time I would have scrapped Mela because of the smudged ink I got on her from my messy fingers–But not anymore!! Embrace Imperfection has become my credo and I’m glad that I left Mela her messy self!! 🙂 LOL!! XOXO-Shari

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