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!

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!

Unimaginable

Is anyone in the Northern Hemisphere ready for spring yet? I know I am, and we haven’t even had that bad of a winter here in Tennessee, not like the northern states. But these gloomy, cold days are great for working indoors on craft projects! And I’ve just finished my latest… a steampunk octopus!

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This was actually going to be my second video tutorial, but I somehow messed up my camera settings and a large chunk of the middle didn’t get recorded. So I’ll just do my best to explain how I created him.

I started with a 12-inch blank MDF octopus from Diverse Woodworking. I painted the base with black gesso, then used modeling paste through the Riveted stencil from TCW to get the metal plate look. When that dried, I painted the entire thing with Ancient Coin and Steampunk Copper Metallique paints from Prima/Finnabair. I set it aside to dry while I worked on my embellishments.

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I used a Baroque frame, faucet knob and quote band from Tim Holtz, along with several chipboard cogs from Dusty Attic and a tin heart from Prima for the center of my octopus. I painted everything with black gesso, then went over different elements with the following Prima waxes: Vintage Gold, Rich Copper and Brushed Iron. I arranged them how I wanted on the octopus and glued everything down with heavy body gel, leaving it to dry overnight. The next day, I mixed small and medium Art Stones with some Ancient Coin paint and added them here and there around the cogs. I also decided I wanted to rust him up a bit, so I dabbed on some Prima rust pastes here and there over the entire octopus and cogs.

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The chipboard hat and accessories came from Creative Embellishments. I painted everything with black gesso, then used Rich Copper wax for the hat and Peacock wax for the “feather.” Glued everything down, then attached the hat to the octopus’ head with more heavy body gel. I added Crackle Accents to the “goggles” to give them a cracked, glassy look and finished the hat off with silver Nuvo Drops as rivets.

For the eyes, I used a chipboard piece from Creative Embellishments and jewels from the Prima Santorini collection. I really wanted him to have blue eyes for some reason!

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I knew I wanted to add some things in his tentacles, so I used a couple of cogs, a little resin starfish, a clock charm and a Tim Holtz Christmas Bauble colored with Pool alcohol ink with a little copper mixative. A few more Art Stones hid where the glue was visible.

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At this point, he was mostly done, but I felt he needed a little something extra in the center. So I found a resin seahorse and painted it with Ancient Coin paint, then rubbed a little Peacock wax over the top. Such a gorgeous combination!

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully, I’ll be more careful with my video clips in the future!

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!

Guest Designer: Stay Curious

I’m back today with my last project for WOW! Embossing Powder. This week, WOW! is collaborating with Fiskars on the WOW! Facebook page. There’s even a chance to win some cool prizes, so head on over to Facebook and check it out!

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Fiskars was kind enough to send me a pair of their wonderful scissors to use on my project. Fiskars is a much-loved brand in my house. When I opened the package that contained the scissors, my mother took one look at them, pounced, and declared, “Mine!” I managed to get them back with the promise that they would be hers when I was done with them.

I decided to do a mini-art journal page and use the scissors for some fussy cutting. I stamped my Alice stamp onto a scrap piece of adhesive canvas and colored her with Zig brush markers. This gave her an almost etherial look compared to the rest of the page, like she really was in Wonderland.

My inspiration for the page was the fabulous new collection from Bo Bunny, Land of Wonder. I used some ephemera pieces, which I distressed with the Fiskars scissors, for the arrows, then fussy cut some of the triangles from “Madness” 6×6 paper for the background, which I had inked with Distress Oxide inks. I also added the clock ephemera piece with foam squares and some Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers for the sentiment. Finally, I used the WOW! embossing pen over the red elements on the page and heat embossed with Red Glitz embossing powder for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out WOW!’s Facebook page this week for some more amazing projects. I’ve had so much fun working with WOW! and would like to thank their amazing design team for all the help and encouragement I’ve received participating with them! ❤

Shine Brightly

A few months ago, I found this amazing company called Diverse Woodworking on Amazon. I was looking for some shaped MDF pieces for my mixed media projects, and discovered they had a huge selection, especially on their own website. I ordered several pieces, and have already used some of them. I’ll link to their blog posts below.

I was going through my chipboard pieces recently, organizing them, when I discovered I had these cute little crowns by Creative Embellishments. I thought a couple of them might work perfectly for the wooden swan I had in my stash from Diverse Woodworking, and was immediately seized by inspiration. I thought about using Prima Marketing’s Moon Child collection on the swan, but it just didn’t seem to fit, so I ordered a couple of pieces of paper from the Lavender Frost collection, along with some flowers. When they arrived, I knew they would be perfect.

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Shine Brightly

To start with, I painted the edges of the swan with white gesso. When that dried, I traced the shape of the swan onto the backside of the scrapbook paper (Hidden Truth), face down. I cut the swan shape out, and glued it down onto my swan using Mod Podge.

I took some chipboard flourishes and heat embossed them with Mulberry Mist (which I believe has been discontinued) embossing powder from WOW! Immediately after applying the second coat, while the embossing powder was still hot, I sprinkled just a little bit of the Fool’s Gold embossing glitter on top, and heat set that. I glued these pieces onto the body of the swan, and began to layer my embellishments on top.

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All of the flowers used, except for some of the very small ones, are from the Lavender Frost collection. The small flowers are by 49 and Market. I also added a few white feathers, and some chipboard leaves, as well as a chipboard sticker and gems from the Lavender Frost collection.

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I heat embossed the chipboard crown with the Fool’s Gold embossing powder and added a few dark purple Swarovski crystals before gluing it to the top of the swan’s head and added a few flowers.

I felt her neck needed a little something, so I added some glittery pink ribbon tied in a bow around a few small flowers.

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For the final touch, I added a butterfly from Reneabouquets and a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz.

Like I said, I really love working with these MDF shapes. So much so, that on Black Friday, I took advantage of their sale to stock up on shapes for my 2019 mixed media projects!

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Previous blog posts using Diverse Woodworking shapes:

MMP Challenge: We Are All Dreamers

I don’t usually fall hard for an entire paper collection, but when I saw Prima’s Moon Child release, I knew I had to have it all. And the colors reminded me of the Mixed Media Place mood board for their monthly challenge, so as soon as my order arrived, I got to work on a new project straight away.

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I really enjoy decorating these MDF shapes. For close-ups of my butterfly, please click the photos below.

 

Stop by the Mixed Media Place blog and have a look at all the other entries. So much creativity on display! 🙂

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