Category Archives: Art Journal Pages
Hello Crafty Friends! I’ve been taking the next Exploring Art Journaling Course by Christine Urias of Scraptime. Christine does a great job and providing some new techniques and combinations for art journaling. Today, instead of using the technique as described with Heavy Body Gesso and Acrylics, I decided to use the Heavy Body Gesso with Lindy’s Stamp Gang products so I can enter my page into the April Color Challenge.
I started the page with a basic layer of gesso then added the heavy body gesso through a stencil and allowed it to dry. I then applied all five of the colors with a paint brush to lay down a background. To get the colors to mix, I sprayed them with a little water.
Lindy’s products are so versatile and I was able to combined sprays, hot shots, and magical mica’s in Pink Lady Pink Flat Fabio Spray, Tilt-a-wheel Teal Hot Shot, Summer Lovin’ Sun Magical Mica, Greased Lightnin’ Green Spray, and Magnolia Magenta Gold Spray.
Then I took all the colors again and splattered them over the entire page. To add depth, I added Staz-on in Ganache with a foam applicator to the top and edges of the page. The sentiment is a stencil from Dina Wakely. I didn’t add any more because I really liked how the stencil popped with that heavy gesso. Great technique Christine!
Today I made my own stencil from the instruction provided by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer during the Creative Jumpstart class 2015. I have never done this before and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the outcome. You have to kind of think backward when planning which parts to cut out and I made a mistake in the eyes, making them look crossed by cutting too much, but for the first go, I’m pleased. The photo on the right is the inspiration and it’s just printed on photo paper so that’s why the quality is poor. I just sprayed it with Walnut ink to test it. I can’t wait to make a Art Journaling page with it. Today is the last day of class, but you can take it all year around.
I’ve been working on my week 4 project and decided to do a canvas. I was partially inspired by May Flaum and by instructor Jenn Mason who taught a great out of the box class working on black gesso. I was fairly pleased with how this came out as it was my very first canvas. One of the things I did that I wouldn’t do again is cover the focal embellishment with Matte Medium. You can see that it didn’t dry clear, which shocked me so there are little white clumps that look funny in closeup. I also had some odd reaction with the spray paints – the orange “broke”. Kind of like oil and water. Not sure what happened.
The products used were: Liqutex Spray Paints, Liquitex fluid ink in Deep Purple & Naphthol Crimson, FW Pearlescent by Daler Rowney in Genesis Green, Molotow Markers in White, Black and Grey, Dina Wakely Paint in Blackberry Violet, Stencils from Heidi Swapp (hearts) and Club Scrap (sentiment), rub-ons, Tim Holtz grunge hearts, Rose from I am Roses, wire and metal from stash.
Here is another Journaling page inspired by the classes at Creative Jump Start 2015. It began with the extra paint left over from my week 2 page. I was in the mood for some stars so I used all kinds, die cuts, cork, fabric, metallic, watercolor, and design paper. I also used stencils, toilet paper tubes, acrylic paint, spray paint, and what ever else I could grab.
We are on week 2 at Creative Jump Start 2015, and I just finished an art journaling page using many of the the techniques from class. This page uses a magazine picture that is applied with matt medium, gesso’d and then colored with paint, paint pens, and markers. It’s a very simple page, but I like it.
For Day 25 we made some collage sheets which we used on Day 26 to create a puzzle patterned page. Once cut up we decorated them with the Molotow Markers and colored them with Sakura Glaze and Moonlight pens.
Day 27 called for Silver Molding Paste colored with Archival inks, however, I didn’t have Silver paste, so I used my Ferro in dark silver and some pearlized modeling cream, which I did color with some Archival Inks. I finished it off with some Tim Holtz rub-ons.
Day 28 was also a substitution. It called for Oil Pastels, however, not having any I used some water-based wax pastels that didn’t create the resist that was intended, but still worked okay. I’m trying to play with lettering because I really dislike my hand writing so I created this title using Sakura Glaze Pens and Molotow Markers. I also used some Car’an’dache’ Neo II Crayons and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray to create the background.
Today is my 23rd Wedding Anniversary and WOW is that ever hard to believe. My sweet, sweet husband and I were in Las Vegas 23 years ago tonight getting hitched at the Candlelight Wedding Chapel.
Now, on to some art! Day 22’s page is a fun technique using multicolored bright paints under black gesso then running a tool through the black paint while still wet allowing the colored paints to show through. It’s super fun. I also took a picture from a magazine and cut her out. This one was actually from the show Scandal, but I liked that she was wearing a suit because today’s prompt was something you’ve done recently you are proud of and for me I completed my Bachelors in Science for Nursing. After cutting out the picture, I made it reusable, like a stencil, by placing packing tape over the top. I learned this from a podcast by Julie Fey Fan-Balzer Designs called “Adventures in Arting Podcast”.
Day 23 is a fun technique using up some of the rolls and rolls of Washi tape we all have hanging around. Okay – I’ll speak for myself – I have enough washi tape to last me until the next century. Once I applied the washi down, I lightly painted over some white acrylic on a credit card. I got some great ephemera from Little Yellow Bicycle my sweet friend Lynn Kirn sent me this month so that is where the flowers, banner and side strip is from. The tickets are Tim Holtz.
Wow – this is a lot of pages! I’ve had a great weekend catching up on my 30 day Art Journaling Challenge using Christine Urias’ “Exploring Art Journaling 4” class at Scraptime.ca.
Day 17’s page uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Daubers to make flowers. I topped all of them with a TON of stickles because I have lots of them and can’t really use them on my Operation Write Home cards. I got that idea from Joggles U-tube channel.
Day 18 uses a lettering technique to make large statement words. The pages starts on a base of Gelatos and I used Sharpie Paint markers for the colored letters. I have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn when it comes to hand lettering, but I have to say it really interests me and found a great book on Amazon called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by JoAnne Sharpe.
Day 19 is a fun page I really like and uses some watercolor paint and salt to make some fun background texture.
Day 20 uses die cuts collaged on the page and then using the new Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint over them. If you haven’t tried her paints I would highly suggest it. They are FABULOUS. I have a ton of paints and I tell you the vibrancy and texture of this is like using butter. It’s fabulous. Hobby Lobby is now carrying the line so I’ll be there to pick up the other colors very soon.
This page felt chaotic to me, so I came up with the theme “lost ?”, because as humans, we all feel that way and I’m sure most everyone can relate. It’s life and that’s what Art Journaling is meant for, expression.
Last, Day 21 is a favorite so far. The technique is stamping into transparent molding paste for texture. To do this you apply a fairly even, thin layer of translucent molding paste, then simply stamp into it, letting it dry and painting over it with distress paints in shaded lilac and picked raspberry. I cut out some of the newsprint collage sheets for flowers and the butterfly and used some old stamps from my stash. I like that the little girl in the top right corner almost looks like me when I was a little girl. I hated that pixie, but that’s what I was given. I did some hand patterning around the edges that I learned from the Sakura website. They have some great video’s, so I’d check them out.
Day 15 is one of my favorites…..ZENTANGLING! I have a lot to learn with this technique, but was pleased with the outcome because I cased Christine’s page from class almost exactly. The pages starts with the zentangle design, then colored with Inktense pencils softened with water.
Day 16 is not my favorite. I just couldn’t fix it no matter how I tried. The color is bad and the design isn’t better. The technique is embossing through a stencil. You win some and you lose some.
Day 13’s journal page uses gloss medium through a stencil. It’s hard to see in the picture, but it’s the shiny circles. The gloss is applied just like molding paste and because it’s more fluid is a little challenging, but not impossible. The base is Ranger’s Dimensional Paints and some old rub-ons from Gin-X.
Day 14’s page is created by using a technique called “reverse stenciling”. Simply, you either apply paint or spray ink onto your stencil off the page, then turn in onto the page and use as a stamp. The stencil I used is from Prima and I love the colors, which are Dylusions Melted Chocolate and Calypso Teal. The letters are some stash Thickers.
I’m almost caught up!