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Tuesday with Tara {take 145}

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing a quick, masculine art journal page in my Dina Wakley mixed media journal.  I used one of the kraft pages, doodled with her scribble sticks and blended paint with my doodles for a fun background!  I added some stenciled designs in a deep blue and doodles with a white pen and added some color to a photo card for a fun image.  A layer of burlap adds some texture (this is from another page I cut a window out of) and gives a bit more contrast to my image.

Doodling on a page was a challenge… sometimes we rely too heavily on our tools and supplies like stamps and stencils.  Dina is a great inspiration with her products and her classes to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  My art journal is a great place for that, because it’s just a spot for me (and then I step out of my comfort zone again and share it with you!) to experiment and try new things and hopefully discover some techniques and mediums I really like!

Have a great week!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 133}

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday y’all!

Have you been watching all the exciting new product releases at the Creativation 2018 trade show?  I know my Facebook feed has been full of inspiration and videos showing the booths and fabulous new products… lots of drooling going on here!  It’ll be fun to see new stuff arrive in the store in the coming weeks & months!

We just finished having a big snow storm over the past week here in NC, and I was going to share a snowy card with you… but right now, flowers are more appealing!  So, I’ve got some art journal pages that started out at the Dina Wakely class I took several months ago instead 🙂  Dina showed us this technique (supposedly a background, but I can’t bring myself to cover it up) for abstract flowers, all about being loose with your brush & paint and letting the flowers come to life without over thinking the design… it’s harder than it sounds!

I started with a solid blue background, then roughly painted my darkest layer with a wide brush.  I added a lighter layer over it (notice the fabulous streaks I got painting over the wet layer) and finished with yellow centers.  I added leaves the same way, going from dark to light green, then brought in some umber for accents of brown.  Around the flowers, I added a layer of white-ish paint (loosely mixed bits of elephant and umber into it) and while that background was still slightly damp, I removed some of the color through a stencil with a baby wipe.  It adds such a fun texture- I love it!  I discovered that Scribble Sticks are simply AMAZING for adding splatter to a project… seriously, just flick the tip of the crayon with a wet brush and you have this awesome, vibrant splatter spots!  I love it, so of course I had to finish off the page with a good splattering!  (And did you see… theres a new set released! Yay for more colors!)

Here’s a closer look at the textures on this page with just some simple, abstract painting… this is on one of the handmade watercolor paper pages in the Media Journal.

As I worked on my page, I started wiping off my paintbrushes on the facing page in the journal… then picked up leftover paint on my palette (aka the craft sheet that was my work surface) and filled in the entire background with random bits of color, then added a few details and a word… and eventually a completed page was born!

And here’s the two pages as they sit, side by side, in my Media Journal:

I had fun creating these abstract florals.  To be honest, I didn’t love it at first… but it’s definitely grown on me, and I’ve been playing around with different brush sizes for a completely different look!  I hope you like it, and maybe it’ll encourage/challenge you to stop thinking and just CREATE something.  Try abstract florals… they’re kinda fun!  And keep an eye on the store to see some of the new products available for pre-order!  There’s so much exciting new stuff coming up, it’s going to be a creative year!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakely Media Scribble Sticks

Dina Wakely Media Journal

Dina Wakely Media Brushes

Dina Wakely Media Paints (assorted- can’t wait to get the new colors too!)

Dina Wakely Splatter Girl Stamp (stop thinking just create)

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 132}

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s card is a simple one I created to showcase the beautiful blending you can achieve with Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil… it’s so pretty!  I used a Tim Holtz music stencil and selected three colors of Distress Oxide, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China & Wilted Violet.  I started by taping the stencil to my paper with washi tape and began with the blue, which would be my middle color.  My blend was most intense in the center, then I lightened it slightly where the colors would overlap.  I love the variety of shades you can create as you blend these vibrant colors together!  Here’s a peek at what I saw before I lifted the stencil…

I wanted this background to be the focal point of my card, and these tiny die cut birds by Memory box seemed like a perfect addition, cut from glittery paper.

I added a few spotss of Nuvo Glitter Drops to the music notes for some extra texture… and tied everything together with a bit more blue- a strip of glitter paper and a simple sentiment (love this one by Impression Obsession!) on a die cut panel stamped in the same Distress Oxide Ink.  A simple wrap of thin jute finished off the card with a touch of purple.

I love the gradient of colors through this stencil and am inspired to create a series of them with a variety of color combinations.  Hope you like it too 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Kraft Cardstock (5.5 card base)

Blue Glitter Paper (from this variety pack)

Tim Holtz Concerto Stencil

Memory Box mini birds die set

Impression Obsession ‘what if you fly’ stamp

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China & Wilted Violet

Ink Blending tool

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

purple thin jute