Posts Tagged ‘art journal’

Tuesday with Tara {take 150}

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’ve got another Art Journal page to share with you!  I’ve been trying to make use of my art journal when I have a new idea or technique I want to try or when I want to experiment with the way different mediums work together… and that’s how this page came about!  I stamped the large flowers with some Dina Wakley stamps (each petal is individual) and I was curious how Distress Oxide and Color Burst would play together… so I started by stamping these bold images into floral shapes with Abandoned Coral ink on the cotton watercolor paper in the Mixed Media Journal.  The square outlines are also from that same stamp set, inked with Cracked Pistachio.

Once my basic background design was set, I pulled out my Color Burst and a water brush.  I wet the area I was coloring with the brush first, then added some sprinkles of color and blended it out.  I deliberately tried to have variation in depth of colors… I love how it ended up with a sort of batik type feel!

This page in my journal falls behind a burlap page, and since I had some paint bleed through in a metallic color I decided to pull that into my design.  I started with a metallic gold tag and some die cut Paper Dolls… the sentiment seemed like a great fit since I’d used so many small pieces to make this page, and the background in particular!

From there I pieced together my collage in the lower corner of the page, adding some torn book paper across the page (covering up some not so pretty spots in some instances!) and a bit of outline with a black stablio pencil.  Finally, I did a bit of detailing on the green squares with my Gilt Paint.

I wasn’t sure where this would go when I started working on it, but I really love the funky, warm feel of the finished page!  I’m having a lot of fun with my Media Journal by Dina Wakley, it’s such a fun way to experiment with art journaling since there are so many great textures and types of pages in it.

Have a creative day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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 135}

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing with you an art journal page I made inspired by the current #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge over at the Ranger blog and all the love & hearts of the upcoming Valentines Day holiday. This page went with more of a self-love type theme though, since the current challenge theme is “Live in the Moment”.

I inked up some new to me Dina Wakley stamps (the Gals & Borders set) and some pre-stamped heart cut outs from another set (Collaged hearts) and knew I was working with hearts and girls… I played around with making a card at first, but the design kept getting bigger on me, so I decided on some art therapy in my Media Journal 🙂

The pre-stamped hearts were also pre-painted, so I started by choosing colors to work with them.  I went with a watered down gradient for my background, using a mix of three colors and a generous spritz of water to help them blend.  I then added stamped borders across the page, and a torn piece of book print as a central point which would peek under the tag… with a small collage hidden with the tag flap was down.

I added some journaling on the back of the tag- a to-do list of sorts to help remind me to live in the moment  The tag was painted first with some elephant along the top, then I added some fushia to the mix to darken things up.  I spritzed it heavily to get the drips so see along the top of the tag.

The heart ATC you see under the tag was dipped in the leftover paint and smooshed (pretty sure that’s the technical term!) a bit before it dried.

I finished everything off with some stickers from my stash, a touch of foil from the blog hop (there’s still time to comment and win some foil!) and some hand-written journaling.  Then I called it done, as Dina says: “Done is better than perfect” 🙂

So, whether you have a valentine or not, be sure to include some self-love and art therapy in the season!  Eat the chocolate, Ink the stamp, Paint the paper… you’re worth it!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media Journal

Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set

Dina Wakley Gals & Borders stamp set

Dina Wakley Paint in elephant, blushing & tangerine

Black Archival Ink

Book Print

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls & Tissue Tape