Monday, 28 March 2016

Great Video about Stamping with Stencils

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's video Stamping With a Stencil  explains how easily this can be achieved. I am finally able to use a few of my stencils that are extremely delicate thanks to her video. Well worth watching.

Stampington's Art Journaling Magazine

Stampington's Art Journaling Article by Renee Stein "A Recipe for Success" was all about journaling on index cards. I liked her whimsical style so decided to replicate it in my journal. I combined two of her journal cards to make one journal spread. It was fun to do and helped to practice my drawing and doodling skills. 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Tree Frog

I recently stumbled upon the videos of The Art Sherpa and really liked her video on this tree frog. Of course, the little voice of self doubt in my head was saying "nope, you can't draw that and make it look real". I decided to squash that little voice like a bug telling myself "suck it up buttercup, you can do this!" Sometimes talking to oneself works and in this case, in my humble opinion, it did! Once I was done I felt that perhaps he was a little flat looking still so out came some of my art journal products, colored pencils, stencils, pens, glossy accents and goosebumps texture spray to make him feel more like he belonged in my journal. He's not perfect but my inner self is happy with the result.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Tracy Scott's Canvas for Ranger Ink inspired this journal page

Tracy Scott posted a fun canvas using Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds and I knew that I wanted to do this as a journal spread the moment I saw it!
I used tons of layers and various products to do this page from Liquitex Inks, to Tim Holtz's Distress Inks, to stencils with texture paste, to Liquitex Basic Acrylics, etc.. What fun this page was to recreate. You can find Tracy's original post here.

Mimi Bondi Vibrant Pages get your Mojo going!

About a month ago I discovered Mimi Bondi on youtube! Simply love her style and use of such vibrant colors. I started by replicating some of her journal pages to get the feeling for her style.
This was such fun that I went ahead and did another one within a few days... just couldn't get enough!
Of course, by this point I was starting to really enjoy her pages (who wouldn't) and I was off to the races to create another one.
I really loved how the background turned out on this one! So I put my creative cap on and decided what the heck... do one of your own from scratch a la Mimi Bondi style! The page took several days to achieve as I made a few oopses along the way but the end result was a happy accident that I'm quite chuffed about.
I definitely have Mimi Bondi to thank for getting my mojo going and stepping outside of the box with so many layers and vibrant colors. She has a ton of videos to watch, can be found on facebook, has a published book and a blogspot here.Do check her out, you won't be disappointed.

Jamie Dougherty Free Spirit Stencil Inspired Page

I love Jamie's Stencils and Stamps. They are so versatile and detailed! They can be used on many mediums such as the journal page above or this canvas bag below.

To see more of Jamie's awesomeness, check out her blog Jamie Dougherty Designs or on facebook at Jaylynnscraps.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

BoBunny Scrapbook Paper Inspired Journal Layout

This is a more simple journal page inspired by BoBunny Madeleine Songbirds 12x12 scrapbook paper. I have loved the Madeleine paper since I first received it. I have made several projects with this line and with the nearing arrival of spring it called to me to do a journal page with it. I have taken several photos to bring you through the process to make this page. I started with Dyan Reaveleys Dylusions Large Journal  probably my favorite journal as the paper within is so versatile and stands up to several layers being applied without ever breaking down. I then took some of  Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap Composer and applied it to my journal page with Golden Soft Gel Matte which I find has good play time and smooth's out well under the tissue wrap. It works equally well with heavier paper adhering it securely to the page. I tore long strips of the 12x12 paper leaving the area with the birds untouched and adhered in various lengths to the page with the gel matte.

I then gave the page a whitewash with gesso diluted with water.
I trimmed all around the edges once the pages were dry. I then applied some Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints  (medium magenta, bright aqua green) mixed with a bit of gesso and allowed to dry before stenciling with Finnabair's Elementals Stencil Bubbles  and Dylusions Paint White Linen. I dried this with my heat gun then stenciled the branch on using Dylusions Paint Melted Chocolate and The Crafters Workshop Branches Reversed stencil and allowed it to dry.

Once the page was dry I wanted to start pushing the strip effect into the background and bring the branch more to the foreground. I started by using Liquitex Basics Gold Acrylic and The Crafters Workshop Mini Screen Print stencil. 

I then stamped on the leaves using Staz-on olive green and colored the leaves with Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens, fussy cut the songbirds, colored them as well, used Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distress Ink  to go around the edges to hid the cut edge definition then pasted to the page using a glue stick. 
I wanted the pages to be less bright so I decided to try a new product that I had just purchased from Scrapbook Centrale in Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec (omg, a shoppers dream store!) from Ranger Ink called Tim Holtz's Distress Collage Medium Vintage. I was very pleased with the results and this pushed some of the torn paper images to be more visual which was a pleasing effect I allowed it to fully air dry as unfortunately I do have to work sometimes to pay for all these fun things! Once it was fully dry it protected my page well which meant that I could get cheeky and try to further enhance the musical notes by using a combination of Tim Holtz's Distress Ink Walnut Stain and The Crafters Workshop Mini Sheet Music Stencil; because I used the Collage Medium I could always grab a baby wipe and clean up the stenciling (bonus points Tim!).
Here are a few closeups of some of the details on the page. I have left the left-hand side blank as I will add a quotation about birds, song and the Springtime about to arrive once I have found one that resonates to me.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog about my mixed media journal and that you will feel free to ask a question or post a comment.