Art journal playtime

I had a week off work recently, and I spent the time not only cleaning my craft room, but playing in my art journal. I have two art journals to share with you today.

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It’s All Perspective

I’d had this idea in mind for a while, of greenery spouting from the Tim Holtz skull die cut. My original plan was to have butterflies dancing among the plants, but as I was going through my dies, looking for my butterflies, I came across some lovely koi fish dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps. So I went a little abstract and had fish “flying” between the greenery. I even added an octopus and tentacle coming from the eye socket. I kind of love how it turned out.

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Think Different

My second layout, I used some elements from Maremi’s Small Art Design that I fussy cut and adhered to my abstract background. Not my favorite page I’ve ever done, but I do love the colors, and Marta’s designs and sentiment stickers are just gorgeous and fun to play with.

Thanks for dropping by. I’ll be showcasing my first Halloween project later in the week!

Art journals galore

I’ve been on a bit of an art journal kick this past week or so. It’s been a busy time at work — always happens the week before a holiday (July 4th in this case), so playing around in my art journals was all I had time to do. I work on them in my spare moments between work and home duties. So, I don’t have any tutorials for these, but things should slow down a bit now that the holiday is over, but I promise one soon.

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This one I did for my fairy art journal. I know it’s a mermaid layout, but I thought it was fitting for my fairy journal. The mask is by Carabelle Studios and the stamps by Marianne Design.

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This one was inspired by a YouTube tutorial I had seen a week or so ago. I usually like to create little scenes but sometimes it’s fun to just be abstract. Paper tags by 7 Dots Studio. Sprays and Magicals by Lindy’s Stamp Gang. Stamps from Prima Marketing.

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Space Whales! I’ve had this one in my mind for a while, but never got around to ever doing it until this week. Whale stamps from Hero Arts. Paints by Prima Marketing.

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The July 2019 monthly challenge at Lavinia Stamps was “A Midnight Blue with an Orange Hue.” This Les Mis quote stamp by Impression Obsession actually gave me the idea for this layout in my fairy art journal. Stamps by Lavinia Stamps. Mountain stencil by Honey Bee Stamps. Inks my Ranger and Tsukineko.

Thanks for stopping by!

Guest Designer: Lavinia Stamps, part 2

As a guest designer for Lavinia Stamps this month, I was asked to create several projects using the April theme of “Buds and Blossoms.” For my mid-month project, I wanted to have a play in my regular Moleskin art journal. I started with the idea of a spring-fairy theme, but during the creation, it changed to an Easter-themed layout, and I actually kind of love it.

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When You Believe

To begin, I sprayed the bottom of the pages with Distress Oxide Peeled Paint spray. When that was dry I used Faded Jeans for the “sky.” (This was a boo-boo on my part. Meant to grab the Mermaid Lagoon, but grabbed the wrong blue. Turns out, I rather liked the darker blue.) After the sprays dried, I sprinkled the pages with water to activate the ink, then I used a brayer to apply some Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass over the “sky.” Sprinkled with a bit more water and flicked on some white ink and let everything dry while I moved on to my stamping.

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I stamped the Lavinia Dragon Pods and Single Fairy Thistle onto some white card stock and colored the pods with various colors of Copic markers. I added some details with a white gel pen and some glitter pens (hard to see in the photos, but the sparkle is nice in person). I cut the round part of the pods out and set them aside.

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I stamped the two flower stamps in random spots on my background. Because I was working in an art journal that was a bit bulky, some of the stamping didn’t turn out so well. But I just colored in the parts I needed with a black pen and moved on. I glued the pods I had cut out onto the stamped pods, some with liquid glue, some with a pop-dot for a bit of dimension. I inked up the Lavinia Fairy Words stamp to add to the background, using second-generation stamping. Then I added a few details with glitter pens and Sharpies.

While coloring the pods, I realized they kind of reminded me of Easter eggs, so instead of using one of my fairy stamps, I grabbed one of the Whimsical Hares and stamped him on the right page. I also added a butterfly and two fallen “eggs” before inking the edges with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Finally, I added a Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment and outlined it in black to finish.

I’d like to thank the staff at Lavinia for having me as a guest this month. It’s been super fun! The April challenge runs through April 25, 2019, so there’s still a few days to enter!

Guest Designer: Lavinia Stamps

Happy April! I’m super excited to say I was asked to be a guest designer for Lavinia Stamps this month. If you’re familiar with my art journaling, you know I just love their stamps, especially the fairies! I love creating fantastical scenes in my art journals, and the scenes I create could easily be adapted to a card front as well. I don’t send a lot of card myself, so I just keep my creations in my journal to look back on.

Each month, the Lavinia website hosts a Creative Challenge, and the winner receives a gift voucher to use in their online store. So cool! Check out their website for more information and how to enter.

The theme for April is “Buds and Blossoms.” I created two art journal scenes for my example pieces. For the first, I wanted to do something with a definite spring theme.

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One of my favorite ways of creating scenes in my art journal, especially when I’m using stamps, is to create a mask using dies I have in my stash. For this scene, I used the largest of the Tim Holtz Stacked Archway die set to create a mask out of Inkadinkado masking paper. I centered the mask on my journal page, and used stenciling brushes to blend my inks. I used Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and a bit of Wilted Violet for my “sky” and Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for my “ground.”

Leaving the mask on, I began stamping my foliage around the outside to frame the center. A list of all the Lavinia stamps will be provided below. For the stamping, I prefer to use Versafine Clair inks: Purple Delight, Acorn, Green Oasis, Verdant, Shady Lane and Blue Belle. For the fairy herself, I had planned to use Twilight, but couldn’t find it (argh!) so I used Versafine black ink, and it turned out OK. I added a bit of Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to the fairy’s wings and some pink sparkle pen to the cherry blossoms as well. I also added a sentiment from my stash, as spring is such a delight when it finally arrives after a long winter.

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Lavinia Stamps:

Bria Rose: https://laviniastamps.com/product/bria-rose

Field Grass: https://laviniastamps.com/product/field-grass-2

Foliage: https://laviniastamps.com/product/foliage

Group Poppies: https://laviniastamps.com/product/group-poppies

Bluebells: https://laviniastamps.com/product/bluebells

Mini Leaf 2: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-leaf-2

Flourish: https://laviniastamps.com/product/flower-flourish

Cherry Blossom: https://laviniastamps.com/product/cherry-blossom

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For my second piece, I really wanted to have a play with one of Lavinia’s newest releases, the Far World Castle stamp.

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I had also just received my first gel plate a day or two before the new stamps arrived, so I spent one Saturday playing with it, experimenting with making backgrounds. I love the backgrounds made with the gel plate on the Lavinia site, but since I don’t have Brushos, I just played around with Distress Oxides and Lindy’s Magicals. Some worked well, some didn’t. But that’s the point of experimenting.

For this background, I brayered Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon onto the gel plate, then flicked some Blue Hydrangea Magicals that had been watered down on top. I placed my paper onto the gel plate and pressed all over to get a good ink transfer. After I lifted the paper away and let it dry a bit, I brushed over the bottom half with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to give it a bit of a green tint.

For the ground, I tore a piece of paper and used it as a mask to make my hillside with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I also cut a circle mask out of masking paper for the “moon,” and did the same.

All my images were stamped using the Versafine Clair Monarch ink. And here’s a tip: If you don’t get a good impression with your stamping, I don’t try to restamp unless I’m using my MISTI. I take a small paint brush, pick up some of the ink off the ink pad, and paint in the areas that didn’t stamp well. The color blends nicely and you can’t even tell where it didn’t stamp well after it dries.

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For my final touch, I used the Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen to go around the edge of the moon for a bit of sparkly.

Lavinia stamps:

Far World Castle: https://laviniastamps.com/product/far-world-castle-lav534

Dragon Mini: https://laviniastamps.com/product/dragon-miniature

Fern Heads: https://laviniastamps.com/product/fern-heads

Mini Berry: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-berry

Skeleton Tree Scene: https://laviniastamps.com/product/skeleton-tree-scene-lav530

Butterflies: https://laviniastamps.com/product/butterflies

Cherry Blossom: https://laviniastamps.com/product/cherry-blossom

Mini Leaf 2: https://laviniastamps.com/product/mini-leaf-2

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll have a couple more examples to go with this month’s theme later in the month!

Art journal: Never Change

Sometimes, instead of dragging supplies out for the next “big project,” it helps to just sit down and do a quick little art journal spread. Nothing fancy or elaborate. Just creating for the sake of creating.

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Never Change

I’ve had these Carabelle Studio stamp sets for a while, but hadn’t had a chance to use them yet.

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I thought they would work well together, so I stamped them out, colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut them. I had to add some hair to the girl, but it turned out better than I’d hoped. (I’m always nervous when it comes to altering stamps!)

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I had recently received the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide sprays, and I wanted to play with them to create my underwater scene. I used  Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio. When you spray them on, the colors are quite vibrant, but as they dry, you get that lovely matte/chalky finish.

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Distress Oxide Sprays when wet

 

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Distress Oxide Sprays when dry

 

To add texture to my ocean, I used a Heffy Doodle stencil and placed it over the dried pages. I covered up the pages that weren’t covered by the stencil to protect them before spritzing water through the stencil, waiting a moment, then blotting the pages dry with a paper towel. I repeated this process with the entire background.

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I used a Bubbles stamp from Bella Stamps to stamp little bubbles in the water using Aquamarine archival ink. I also used the Vintage Contract stamp from Stampendous to add just a little bit more texture to my background. I flicked on some Time Travel Teal spray from Lindy’s for a bit of sparkle. Finally, I did some splashes with some white ink all over the pages.

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When everything was dry, I just glued the girl and my fish to the pages with Multi Matte Medium and added a Tim Holtz Small Talk quote for my sentiment, outlining with with a white charcoal pencil. A few sequins finished my layout.

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Never Change

 

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be on a staycation-vacation next week, so I hope to have something new created during my time off. 🙂

2019 Fairy Art Journal & Video

Happy new year! I took a small break from crafting after the holidays in order to get my craft room under control. I didn’t quite succeed, but the mess is now more manageable than before.

I’ve created a new art journal for the new year, and 2019 will be all about fairies! (With the occasional mermaid thrown in, perhaps.) I took a break from cleaning to create the first page of my new journal, using Lavinia Stamps and a mask created from a Hero Arts die.

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This past weekend was a long one, so I thought I’d take a little time for myself and do another page.

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And since I did have a bit of free time, I decided to video the process. So I am presenting my first ever video tutorial. It’s a bit rough, as I’m still learning about things like camera angles and such. But it’s a start. And I hope to do more in the future!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Art journal: November and December

Hope everyone had a great Christmas/holiday season! This will probably be my last post for 2018, but I wanted to get my final two Julie Nutting art journal layouts posted before ringing in the new year. I’m honestly surprised that I managed to complete this art journal that started all the way back in January. I don’t always finish long-term projects. One of my many faults. But I managed to finish this one and it will be my first completed art journal. Well… the inside is complete. I hope to decorate the cover sometime in the new year.

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For my November layout, I wanted to do an autumn theme. I used a piece of scrapbook paper for my background to set the scene. I paper pieced the Julie Nutting Doll with Pocket Dress using Prima’s Amber Moon papers. I decorated my little scene using stickers from Paper House Productions (Autumn Woods) and Carta Bella (Fall Break). My sentiment wreath is from the Amber Moon ephemera pack.

To finish off the scene, I used some small leaf stamps by Lavinia Stamps around the edges in autumn colors. I don’t care much for reds and oranges, but I love the way this turned out!

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For my December layout, I again used a pretty piece of scrapbook paper for the background, this time from Ella & Viv. I used my new Merry Julie Nutting doll, paper pieced with papers from the Christmas Jewel collection from Kaisercraft. I die cut the Westbridge Christmas Tree die and the Village Lamp Post die from Poppystamps to add to my scene. I inked the lamp post with Black Soot Distress Ink and used Daytona Sands embossing powder from WOW! for the lamp light. I also heat embossed the tree using WOW! Metalline Greengage embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Merry stamp set, heat embossed with WOW! Blue Glitz powder.

I added some leftover animal stickers from the Paper House Productions Autumn Woods collections. I also added a poinsettia sticker to the lamp post and some purple gems to both the tree and the doll. My final touch was to add some sparkly snowflake stickers from Doodlebug.

I’m not planning on doing a monthly art journal next year… trying to keep up with this one was tough at times! But I’m not giving up art journaling altogether. I’m just going to do it when the mood strikes me next year.

And speaking of year-end wrap-ups, I’d just like to share my Top Nine favorite projects of 2018. I think I’ve improved a little over my creations in 2017, so I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

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Happy New Year!