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.
- Gesso Page
- Create a background using Inktense blocks or pencils
- Mellow out color with white gesso over whole page
- Choose stamps as background base. I used Star Power #S147, Here We Go Round In Circles #SS030 and Age Spots Spots #SD087
- Add depth with texture paste through stencil. I used: Bubble Stencil and Square Fade.
- Color with thinned acrylic paint. I used: Liquitex Fluorescent Pink, Blue & Green.
- Apply Black paint over texture, remove with baby wipe.
- Add additional stencil markings using paint
- Stamp desired image on Tim Holtz tissue tape. I used: Row of Birds #SD788
- Collage image onto page using Matte Medium
- 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.
- Stamp Sentiment “Art of God #SD799”. I added some “oomph” by going over sentiment in Sakura Black Glaze.
- Add additional stamping with paint using background stamps, corrugated paper, credit cards, and other mark making tools.
- Finish the page with black and white spatters. I use Liquitex ink.
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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!
Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today sharing some inspiration for our “Pop of Color” challenge in collaboration with The Ton. You have until the end of the day to enter this month over at A Blog Named Hero.
Both cards were made using The Ton’s “Fall Foliage” set. This stunning stamp layering set is so great, I made two cards! The first card is in line with our “pop of color” challenge and features the stamp layering technique from The Ton’s You-Tube video. I personally used a Misti tool to make sure my layers aligned. For background leaves, I stamped only the final layer in the leaf set so my focal leaf “Popped” and added a Darice embossing folder over a diffuser for more “pop”.
My second card features negative watercoloring taught by Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus 9 in Online Card Classes Intermediate course. I am quite the novice in watercolor, but I really enjoyed using this gorgeous stamp with this technique.
We can’t want to see what you’ve created for your “Pop of Color” over at A Blog Named Hero. Have fun!
Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. We have a “Use Your Stash” Theme this month. Our FTHS designers are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects.
As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store. And one lucky commentator on the FTHS blog has the chance to win a $ 15 voucher.
Here is my project, using Hang Loose, perfect for a summer card. I broke out some oldies but goodies from my stash including a spellbinders “Spritely Sprockets Die, some Amy Tangerine paper from 2012 called, “Sketchbook”, Liquitex inks, Distress Inks, Art Anthology Dimensional Paint, and of course, my favorite Copic Markers. This was a super fun challenge to use stash that you haven’t touched in a while. Do some shopping in your own craft room to see what you can find!
Now head over to Kelly Schelske and see what she has created.
Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday Aug 7th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday Aug 10th.”
My first is an entry for the Mixed Media Challenge for Time Flies.
My page began with Dylusion’s Paints in Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, and Vibrant Turquoise applied with the blending tool. I added some Tim Holtz Stencils, a few Close to My Heart Stamps, and marks with a cap and a credit card. It’s a really basic page but just trying out some of the techniques I’m learning.
My next project was inspired by Andrea Gomoll from the Creative Jumpstart Course on Frida Kahlo. It was done with watercolors. Frida painted a lot of vibrant colors and self portraits and the flowers are supposed to mimic a hat.
My next project is a cover page for the beginning of a journal as taught in Wanderlust 2016. This is an entire year of classes taught by multiple teachers and I’m already have a blast. I didn’t have the tools that were used in class so I’m not as happy with it as I thought, but again, I’m learning so hopefully will get better. I was excited to learn more about collage, balance, and placement.
For those of you interested in lettering, Joanne Sharpe is the queen. For the Day 5 Creative Jumpstart Project Joanne, in collaboration with Matisse, taught some fun lettering.
Today, I used the word I’ve chosen for myself in 2016: TRANSFORM. Joanne used Matisse’s cutout inspiration to create the lettering and I have done the same.
If you haven’t checked out Creative Jumpstart with Nathalie Kalbach, I would encourage you to do so. This is a great way to get your creativity flowing.
This post is for those who have the artistic bug. A few years ago I found Creative Jump Start by Nathalie Kalbach and each January she does a 30 day lesson on jumpstarting your creativity. This year the inspiration is master artists and the first week is focused on Henri Matisse. Now I am no nothing about art history, but I do like to play around with paint. Especially as a form of relaxation and creative play.
Here is my Day 1 Art Journal Page inspired by Rae Missingman who taught this lesson on adding multiple layers of paint using Matisse’s color inspirations. The paints are by Dina Wakley. I also used Molotow Acrylic Paint Markers and Liquitex Fluid Inks.
I’m back with you today with a little more inspiration from Pat’s August release. I had so much fun during our blog hop this past weekend today I’m featuring another card using “Let’s Face It 5” from the Palettini Collection.
The background started with Distress Paint in Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade. Once that dried I applied black paint through a Heidi Swapp Stencil using the “Stencil Turn” Technique on the Sensational Stencil CD.
For my image I stamped “Let’s Face It 5 #P030” on book paper using Adirondack Espresso Ink. Her face is colored with Liquitex Fluid Ink in Burnt Sienna diluted with water, the lips are Twinkling H20’s in Hopeful Honeysuckle, and the Eyes are FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic in Genesis Green. Okay, Okay – yes, I have a lot of inks…..
For her headpiece, I stamped it on Amy Tangerine’s Rise & Shine paper and clear embossed. I fussy cut the head piece and applied it back onto the image. Once everything was dry, I applied Tim Holtzs’ “Distress Glaze” because all my mediums were water based and I didn’t want it to run when I applied the Gel Medium.
Once the gel medium dried, I created depth by applying a Pitt Artist Pen in Brown around her head piece. This is a great way to complete your paper piecing so it doesn’t look disconnected or out of place. To finish, I colored the flowers with more FW Pearlescent Paint in Waterfall Green and called her done!
I thrilled you stopped by today and encourage you to subscribe to the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog for tons of inspiration.
I also want to remind you there is still a few days left to take advantage of the 15% off all new August Stamps at the Technique Junkies store.
By for now,
The Crafty Nurse
Happy Memorial Day friends. Having a father who served in the Navy for 20 years and a son who just completed his service to the Marines, this day always brings me to thoughts of those who gave their lives for our freedom.
The Memorial Day Poppy was originated by Moina Michael in 1915, as inspired by the poem, “Flanders Fields”. She developed her own poem that went as such:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
For my contribution today I made a card featuring Poppy “SD293” by Technique Junkies. I began using the Scene Silhouette technique on the Simple & Easy Inking Technique CD found at the Technique Junkies store. The background is created using Pan Pastels and washi tape. After stamping the poppy on the Scene Silhouette background in archival ink, I colored in with Liquitex Ink in Naphthol Crimson. The sentiment is from my favorite of Technique Junkies called, “Things I want to do”.
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.