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Fly Free – Technique Junkies Art Journal Page

The Crafty Nurse here today with an Art Journal page I made using some of the great April Release stamps from Technique Junkies.  The inspiration for this page was from Susanne Rose, mixed media artist.

Steps:

  1. Gesso Page
  2. Create a background using Inktense blocks or pencils
  3. Mellow out color with white gesso over whole page
  4. Choose stamps as background base. I used Star Power #S147, Here We Go Round In Circles #SS030 and Age Spots Spots #SD087
  5. Add depth with texture paste through stencil.  I used: Bubble Stencil and Square Fade.
  6. Color with thinned acrylic paint.  I used: Liquitex Fluorescent Pink, Blue & Green.
  7. Apply Black paint over texture, remove with baby wipe.
  8. Add additional stencil markings using paint
  9. Stamp desired image on Tim Holtz tissue tape.  I used: Row of Birds #SD788
  10. Collage image onto page using Matte Medium
  11. Color image/birds. I started with a base of Pitt Pens, which are an India Ink and permanent when dry. I then used the perfectly transparent Art Anthology Sorbet’s in Baby Blue Eyes, Vegas Gold, and Sunshine.  Sorbet’s add such glorious shimmer.  Outline image in black pitt pen and smudge to incorporate into the page.
  12. Stamp Sentiment “Art of God #SD799”.  I added some “oomph” by going over sentiment in Sakura Black Glaze.
  13. Add additional stamping with paint using background stamps, corrugated paper, credit cards, and other mark making tools.
  14. Finish the page with black and white spatters.  I use Liquitex ink.

Left Page

Close Up

Thank you so much for joining me today here at The Crafty Nurse’s Blog.  We hope you’ll join us on our new Facebook Page so we can share out love of techniques and stamps.  To get you on your way, shop the Technique Junkies store using

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Happy Arting!!

Technique Junkies Journal Page

Hey Junkies!  Today I’m sharing a page I made in my art journal using a few gorgeous Technique Junkies Stamps called, Let’s Face It 1 – #P006Classy Swirls #S505, and Mae West Sentiments #PS004.

I started by stamping the Let’s Face It on book paper with archival ink and colored her in with Silks. To make the background I used a brayer to add Dina Wakely acrylic paint and stamped the Classy Swirls also with archival ink, but this time in Cobalt Blue. I didn’t use the entire stamp, but portions of it while just holding it in my hand. I then added some molding paste through stencils and applied the face on with gel medium.  I splattered both black and gold ink as well as edged the page with gold Krylon.  To highlight the molding paste I took Viva’s Inka Gold Metallic Rub and applied it direct to paper with my fingers. I love that gold shimmer.  To ground my picture I added some Faber Castell Pitt Pen around the image and smoothed it out with my fingers.  Because there was gel medium on the page if you work quickly, it moves well and allows that shadow to be developed without harsh lines.

Journal Page - Let's Face it I; PO006 & Mae est Sentiments PS004 - wm

I sure hope you’ve had a chance to visit the new Technique Junkies site as well as the Design Team blog, where there are some great tutorials.

Signing off for now,

The Crafty Nurse!

 

Homemade Stenciling

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.

creative jumpstart 2015 - STencil

Creative Jumpstart Week 4 – Canvas

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.

Canvas Creative Jump Start 2015

 

Canvas Close

Creative Jumpstart Week 3

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.

Creative Jump Start Week 3

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Mixed Media Mojo: Happy New Year 

Creative Jumpstart 2015

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.

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Mixed Media Mojo: Something New

 

Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge: Spooky & Scary

It’s Tuesday and time for a Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge.  This week is a little different over at the blog and instead of a card, we’d love for you to create a project.  It can be anything, except a card. Think out of the box and create something fun.  For example, you can make a treat bag, a costume, home decor, a canvas, a journal page, how about baking a cake or cookies?  Use the theme to really use your creativity and make us something fun.

For inspiration I’ve chosen to make a journal page for you.  I started by painting the page with gesso, then applied a combination of Dina Wakley Blackberry Violet and Magenta.  I then cut out the ghosts with a bigz Sizzix die and the bat from Paper Smooches.  The digital image is from Tiddly Inks and colored with copic markers.  I hand painted the tree with a few shades of browns and black then I spritzed the entire page with Tim Holtz Distress marker in Black Soot, WHICH WAS MY MISTAKE.  This is water based and when I went to collage the page, it smeared from heck to high water. You can see where there are black smears I couldn’t get it all off, but I don’t think it’s horrible.  I sure wish I remembered not to use collage medium over water markers. GRRR.  For future reference, I saw Tim use a sharpie to make black splats on a journal page when wet medium was going to be applied afterwards.   The only other issue I had was the moon.  I should have laid it down before I made the tree, but didn’t.  I also couldn’t find my masking fluid, so I painted over the tree and then filled the tree back in with brown, allowing for the moon to recess into the background.

Art Journal Halloween 1

 

Art Journal Close up

 

Art Journal Close Up2

 

Entered in Simon Says Stamp: ATG Challenge

Tiddly Inks: Non-Traditional Colors

Exploring Art Journaling 4: Day 26, 27 & 28

It’s coming to the end of the month and I only have a few more days of this great Art Journaling Class by Christine Urias at Scraptime.ca.

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.

4 - Day 26 - Collage sheets

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.

 

4 - day 27; Archival over embossing paste

 

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.

4 - Day 28; Oil Pastels & Watercolor

Exploring Art Journaling 4: Day 22 & 23

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”.

 

4-Day 22; Black Paint over colors

Black Gesso over Colored Acrylic

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.

 

Washi Tape & White Acrylic

Washi Tape & White Acrylic

Exploring Art Journaling 4: Day 15 & 16

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.

4 - Day 15 - Zentangle & Inktense

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.

4 - Day 16; Embossing through stencil

 

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Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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