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Art Journal Page with Laurie

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Happy Saturday!! Today’s keyword on the SNS Challenge Facebook page is “Mixed Media”. I’ve only just begun to dive into the world of mixed media and art journaling. It’s always interested me and there’s so many talented art journalers out there! I could spend hours watching videos! So, after a bit of research, ie YouTube, I got a couple of must haves and started my own.

Here is a list of must haves. It’s a short one. You likely have almost everything you need already!

  1. Gesso…paper prep. Acts like primer for your walls. Can also be used as a white paint.
  2. Gel Medium…gluing down papers (collage) and also seals the page
  3. An inexpensive set of brushes…to apply your mediums

That’s it! You don’t even need an expensive journal! The first page I ever did was in an old book and it worked perfectly. I’ve started working in these traveller’s notebooks from Amazon. They are the perfect size so not too intimidating. Plus, they’re cheap and come in a pack of 3!

To start, I glue to pages together with the Gel Medium. This bulks it up a bit. On this particular layout, I used papers from the Dina Wakley Collage Papers-Backgrounds. This is thin tissue paper. Just rip it up, apply a thin layer of gel medium to your page, stick the paper down and then seal it with a light layer of the gel medium again! Don’t overthink on the placement!!! Make it random and messy. I never have a plan when going into this and as a beginner, I think this is easiest.

This is after the collage paper were adhered and the paint was applied. Looks awful, right? THat’s ok, just go with it! I used Dylusions Acrylic Paints in the colours Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest and Polished Jade. Remember, you don’t need special paints!! Use what you have. Watercolours of any sort work great too!

This is where the gesso comes in handy. Or any white acrylic paint. I used a thin coat of gesso over the entire page to tone down that crazy background. Then it was time to add more stuff. For my focal images I used the Oh, Snap Stamp Set from Concord and 9th. Again, I’m using what’s in my stash.

I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink for the stamping. It’s waterproof so I know I’m safe to add more stuff overtop. Let’s have another look.

You can see how the gesso tamed things down a bit. I took a random stamp set in my stash that had some random strokes and dots and did some more stamping. I stamped a few of the polaroid images and added a border using Black Marble Paint and the A Stitch in Time Small Stencil. On the inner portion of the frames, I used the Mini Stencil Set #7 from Tim Holtz. I love this stencil set! I didn’t take the time to mask anything off, just carefully blotted the ink with a makeup sponge wedge.

I stamped and fussy cut the camera image and painted it using the same paints as the background. You can see I covered up the lower right frame I originally stamped. I didn’t preplan where the camera was going to go but it worked out in the end!

The sentiment strips come from a sticker book similar to this. I use a white pencil, or gel pen to add details throughout the page.

You may also notice that I’ve added some white circles. I again used the gesso for this along with my finger. The page was still a bit too bright for me so by adding more white it helps tame it down but also adds more interest. I outlined each circle with a black pen.

We’re almost done! At the last minute, I decided to add some more stenciling using Black Embossing Paste(Black Gesso would also work for this) and the Halftone Borders Stencil from TCW.

And that wraps it up! What I love about art journaling is that there really aren’t any rules. Just slap stuff down onto your paper and go with it!!

Thanks for sticking around for this rather long post, I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great day!


TBT – A Little Ray of Sunshine

Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Chala has created a card using the Shine on Set of stamps and dies from Concord & 9th.  Since sunshine is today’s facebook challenge word  and  it’s Throwback Thursday so I thought what could be better! Enjoy!
A Little Ray of Sunshine – Concord & 9th – Shine On

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas! I am not sure I am ready to get back to the hub-bub of life…..but, we are on the brink of a New Year that I am sure will be filled with beautiful memories and amazing opportunities!

Since my creative mojo has been in a bit of a slump, I had my son pick out the stamp set to use. I thought this would give me a creative challenge and hopefully spark some new ideas. I was pleased when he pulled out the Concord & 9th Shine On stamp set as I had’t used this set in a while and I sure could use some sunshine and colour.

To begin, I pulled out my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion and ink blended some colourful clouds using the My Favorite Things Cloud stencil onto some Lawn Fawn White Cardstock. I then ink blend using Distress Inks in the colours Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac and the Picket Fence Life Changing Blending Brushes.

Next, I position the sunshine die from the Shine on Die Set to appear like it was peaking through from the clouds. I secured it with some Thermo-web Purple tape and ran it through my Gemini Jr. die cutting machine. To make the sunshine die cut pop, I will place a smaller piece of Lawn Fawn Sunflower cardstock behind the sunshine and adhere that with some washi-tape. You can use a glitter cardstock to add some extra sparkle if you like.

I chose the phrase “A Little Ray of Sunshine to Brighten your Day” and using my Stamp Perfect I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink in the lower right hand corner and adhere the panel down onto my A2 side folding card base.

To take it to the next level I decided to create a coordinating envelope. My goal in the New Year is to create a matching envelope for each card I make.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and if you like you can see the card come together by clicking the video below.

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I wish you all much love and happiness in 2020!

~Chala, xoxox

Emboss Resist with Distress Oxide Inks!

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Hello and welcome back! Laurie with you today to share one of my favourite techniques…emboss resist! This technique is so easy and fun to do. I’ve used a background stamp from My Favorite Things which I later turned into a custom cover plate die…stay tuned 🙂

I started by stamping the Crosshatch Background onto a piece of mixed media paper using Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder from Lawn Fawn.

You can see the pattern faintly. Next, I smooshed Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide Inks onto my craft mat. I later added Black Soot. I misted with water and smooshed the heat embossed panel into the ink.

I added a few layers of ink to build up the colour. You can clearly see the pattern emerge.

This is when I decided to turn this panel into something more exciting. It also resulted in 2 cards!  I took a small circle die and cut each embossed image from the panel. This didn’t take much time.

So now I have individual circles as well as panel with open circles. Now, to turn these into cards!

For the individual circles, I used the negative panel and temporarily adhered it to a top fold, white card base. This acted as a guide to place the circles perfectly.

I added foam adhesive inside each circle and placed the die cut circles.

After all the circles were adhered, I removed the negative portion.

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases Die set from Concord & 9th. The die actually cuts “hey friend” but with a couple snips with scissors, it’s now just “hey”! The 3 little hearts are also included in this set.

I added a generous helping of glitter pen and Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the sentiment and hearts to finish this card off! Now, let’s take a peek at the bonus card!

Like I mentioned, I adhered the panel directly onto a white, side fold card base using Gina K Connect Glue.

I die cut more of the black little hearts and adhered them in the centres of each circle. The sentiment comes from an older MFT set and was stamped onto a circle die cut with the same circle die I used earlier.

Both cards are clean and simple and came together quite quickly. It was so fun to pull out the Distress Oxide Inks and to create something cool with a background stamp!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you again!