Well, I’ve finally completed my first full art journal and have started a new one. I’ll post the final pictures of the first one another day. This new journal is being done in a beautiful old encyclopedia I picked up at our local Good Will store. I absolutely LOVE the from cover and spine of this book……the texture and ‘sculpting’ on the front cover is amazing!! The pages inside are relatively thick so I only need to glue two pages together to give me a good solid base to do my mixed media on. This is what the front cover and spine look like….
Isn’t it gorgeous??!!!!
When I was at Limor’s place a few weekends ago, I picked up some Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso in black. I’ve always wanted to play with and try black, and decided to make this the first page I completed in this new journal. I started out with one idea while I was in Edmonton, but it just wasn’t working out the way I had it in my head and ended up coming home and just Gessoing over it….hence why I love Gesso! Then I decided I wanted to try a sort of water color effect and put down a very light layer of white Gesso so I’d have an area to stamp my poppies onto. I used two of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals and used them as water colors. I used the a Flat Magical in Aloha Avacado and a shimmer Magical in Time Travel Teal. I used a couple of my background stamps that I’d picked up from Limor’s store as well just to add a bit more depth to the pages. All of the supplies I used on this double page can be purchased from Limor’s store, except for the poppy stamp which I’ve had for a while from Stampin’ Up! The link for her store is found here. Other supplies I used were my Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brush in black, my Faber Castell PITT artist pen in white, and my Stabilo All pencil for some shading around the flowers, stems and quote. Here’s what the finished product looks like:
I really like how these pages turned out. Will probably use this technique again!
Thanks for popping your head in…..until next time! I’d love to hear what you think. 🙂
Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso Black
Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Industrial Chic” Magicals by Limor Webber Designs – Time Travel Teal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Hawaiian Islands” Flat Magicals – Aloha Avacado (Not available in Limor’s store at this time)
Deep Red Cling Stamp Water Droplets
Kaisercraft “Arty” Background Stamp
Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush PITT pen – Black
Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush PITT pen – White
Stabilo All charcoal pencil (Not available in Limor’s store at this time)
Pleasabt Poppies stamp from Stampin’ Up!
Dreaming of what I’d like to do one day……there are allot of things on my list. One of my biggest dreams is to get to a point where I could apply and be accepted to join a Design Team. I was on a Design Team for a local on-line scrapbooking supply store a few years ago and had a blast. To get onto some of the big name DT’s you have to have a blog following, an active YouTube channel with followers…..all things I dream of making happen again one day. I haven’t recorded a YouTube tutorial for a while now and need to get a tripod in order to produce them on a more professional basis…..another thing I dream of having happen. 🙂
Here’s a page I did this afternoon that I really love!! There are a few of my pages and projects I create that I really love, and this is one of them. I’m very happy with how it turned out. I used a bunch of supplies from Limor Webber’s online store called Limor Webber Designs. I LOVE her store and she carries the absolute coolest and versatile products!! If you’ve never paid her a visit, you really need to. For this page, the background was created by first of all adhering random torn pieces from my old dictionary using my Matte Gel medium. I then put on a layer of Gesso over it and wiped it back off the book pages for the most part. I tool two of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals called Tiffanylou’s Blue and Cotton Candy Pink. I used the blue first and I took a small amount and put it on my craft mat and spritzed it with water to make a water color. I added more water and then allowed it to drip off my craft mat onto my page before the Gesso was dry. I tipped it page up and added more spritz’s of water to make the color drip down the page. I added a bit more powder to my craft mat, more water and added brush strokes here and there to have more of the page covered in the color. The rest of the mixture I again allowed to pour over the page and I added a bit more water to make it a bit more concentrated at the top of the page. I heat set the page and then added the pink onto the page only using a brush to apply the color. Once that was dry I took one of my new 6×6 Prima stencils (item #575946) called Stone Wall, my Faber Castell Gelato in Squid Ink, a stencil brush and applied the stencil to the page. Loved the subtle pattern I obtained with this stencil. I then took my new Indigo Blu Bubbles Background stamp and my Faber Castell PITT Big Brush pen in black and used that to ink a portion of the stamp and used it randomly around the page. I took a piece of corrugated cardboard and dry brushed on some Gesso, heat set it….some of the blue and pink magicals that I once again mixed into a water color paint and dried it once again with the heat gun. I had fussy cut three butterflies from a piece of designer paper I had from BoBunny and adhered the cardboard and the butterflies to the page. I added one of the Prima Junkyard Findings clock faces to the cardboard. I took my Stabilo All pencil and traced around some of the bubbles, applied a small amount of water and created some depth and emphasis to some of the bubbles I’d stamped onto the page. LOVE that pencil!! I used the “dream’ sticker from my Heidi Swapp sticker package and outlined it with my Pilot PermaBall pen. I distressed the edges of the page with my black Faber Castell Gelato and it was done!
Here are a few close ups:
I linked all the products I used from Limor’s store. Check them out!!
Thanks so much for reading this post…..I do so appreciate your comments. Have a fantastic day!!
I know!!! ANOTHER blog post?! It’s been such a great weekend in my studio and I spent some much-needed ‘therapy’ time down there till the wee hours of the morning. This room is feeling like my refuge once again and it feels great.
It’s another Sunday’s with Sandee over on the Frosted Designs blog! This weeks page is awesome and she challenges us to leave some white space! Gasp!! Sandee and I were just talking the other day about how we each struggle with white space on our pages and the urge to fill it all in. As I honestly couldn’t think of a thing to do on my own, I pretty much just followed along with what Sandee created…..just different colors and I added a few Zendangles. I did have a lot of fun creating this page though and I think I may continue to challenge myself to continue to incorporate more white space into my projects…..maybe….it could happen!!! I colored in my bird and my leaves and circles with some watered down Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals. I love the shimmer these mica powders leave…..soooo yummy!! Here’s my page for the challenge:
This was a fun page to do. Head on over to the FD blog to read about this technique. Check out her YouTube video as well!
Thanks so much for sticking it out with me all weekend!! I luv you guys. ❤