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!
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.
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!
The final day of class uses Watercolor over Gesso. I used the left over Magical Mica’s from Lindy’s Stamp Gang that I mixed with Acrylic Glaze from yesterdays project. I then use Twinkling H2O’s to make the flowers. The journaling prompt was – What did you eat for lunch? I had a really fun time with this class on Exploring Art Journaling 3 and will probably take another one of Christine’s classes as they are great!
Day 29 was supposed to use Luminarte’s Silk Acrylic Glazes, but not having those, I made my own glaze using Magical’s by Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I started with a small amount of the dry magical’s mixed with Golden’s Acrylic Glazing Liquid in Satin. While I like the glazing for the background, the places where the glaze was used more heavily in the middle of the flowers didn’t really dry well and remained sticky. Not sure if this is because the glaze medium is not supposed to be put on so heavy – though again, I’d use it as a background because I like the glazes color with the mica from the magical’s. The jounaling prompt was what is your dream job? I’d have to say my current one because it allows me the freedom I need to work from home, work the hours I prefer, and have a supportive manager. I do miss all my friends and co-workers from Wellpoint.
Day 28 is using Embossing Pastes and Sprays. I used Molding Paste with a Club Scrap Stencil from “Breathe” collection and sprayed Dylusions over that. Then I used some cut out collage pages we did earlier in the month to make my flowers collaging them on top. I then used Multi-medium to cover the flowers and highlighted them with the Pitt Brush Pen from Faber Castell. That’s a great technique if you haven’t tried it because you can make a pen mark and then wipe it away if you work quickly, leaving a halo surrounding the flowers. Only two more days left, then back to some card making. Woohoo!
Day 27 is using your stash. I pulled out some old Basic Grey Flowers and rub-on’s. The background again uses the Dylusions Sprays with white paint over the top. The journaling prompt is – What would you bring on a desert island? Being the optimist, I choose to bring a genie that could grant all my wishes once I get there 🙂
Day 26 is a technique using Dylusions Sprays with white paint over the top. At first, it looks like you are going to obliterate the sprays with the white paint, but as it drys, the color from beneath shows back up giving a nice background for art journaling. The journaling prompt is – What is your favorite outfit? Well, as I’m not a clothes hound, I’d have to say my pajamas are my favorite!