Posts Tagged ‘Paper Dolls’

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 122}

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Happy Tuesday & Happy Halloween!

I sat down in my studio determined to create one more halloween project to share with y’all… and since the ideas playing around in my head didn’t seem like they’d fit on a card, I pulled out my Mixed Media journal by Dina Wakley and opened to a spread of kraft pages that had previously been used as a spot to clean off my brushes… a mix of orange, brown & blue brush strokes in the background became the base for these pages.

Initially, I decided I wanted to paint a pumpkin to use together with the raven dies.  As that page started coming together, I added coordinating elements on the left page so they would have some flow between them, even though they could also stand alone (with completely different focal points).  It’s probably a different way to do art journalling… but I’m kinda new to it, and I think it can be whatever you want it to be!  I used some pieces from the ancestors paper dolls again for the left page…

…and the ravens are a great compliment to my pumpkin (I wanted to try again a technique I’d learned for painting pumpkins!).

I went old school and pulled out stickers for my title (colored stickers can easily transform to black with a marker!).  I added a variety of stenciled bits here and there, some washi tape and bits of gold (paint on the pumpkin and a pen for my journaling).

I’m working on being free with my ‘messy’ script for journaling- I love the look of it and am learning that the best thing is not too think too hard about what it looks like!

The left page, especially, is out of my comfort zone… but that’s kinda the point.  I journaled about learning to enjoy the ‘spooky’ aspects of Halloween with my family 🙂

I hope you have a fabulous & fun spook-tacular day!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina’s Media Journal

Assorted Dina Wakley Paints (including gilt, sky, tangerine, cheddar, blackberry & umber)

Distress Oxide Ink in Walnut Stain

Ancestors Paper Dolls (on sale right now!)

Feathers & Ravens die set by Tim Holtz

Assorted stencils (including Tim Holtz dot fade & latticework)

Assorted stickers & washi tape

STAMPtember Blog Hop!

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Welcome to our STAMPTEMBER blog hop!  We’re glad you have joined us and I hope you’ll enjoy the fresh inspiration from the ladies who are participating today!

We were each give a fun postage strip die set by Memory Box to create with- it includes a border die and a strip that cuts out 5 identical postage stamps.  This die is on sale right now for 25% and as you’ll see in the hop, it’s very versatile and a lot of fun!

I decided to make a tri-fold card and use the border die along the right cut edge.  I used my Scor-Buddy tool to measure the first fold (based around the layers I wanted to create behind my tag, it was 3.5″) then marked the second scoring line based on a standard 4.25″ card width. Once the border was cut, I was left with a center panel that is 4.25″ and two side panels that are 3.25″ each.  It’s a tricky fold to photograph… but here’s a look at my ‘closed’ card:

I stamped a small sentiment onto a postage stamp die and adhered it to my right panel, which I inked up with Distress Ink and misted with water for some subtle texture.

My tag features a Distress Oxide background on a kraft tag.  I die cut some words from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and paired them with a paper doll die cut.

The finishing touches on my tag are some yummy brown crinkle ribbon (dyed with the two colors of Distress Ink I used to ink the side panel on my card), a vintage key charm and a mini safety pin which I added a few seed beads to as a fun throwback to my childhood (tell me I’m not the only one who loved making ‘friendship pins’ and trading them)!  The layer of olive corrugated paper adds more fantastic texture, which is always an important element on my projects!

I hope you like my project… and I’m so excited for you to see what everyone else has done!  I love product based challenges like this because it’s so fun to see the variety that comes from working with a single item!  Happy hopping, and happy shopping!  There’s a lot of great product on sale in the store right now and tons that is fun & new!

 

Now.. check out the other great projects in today’s Blog Hop!  If you find any bad links or get lost along the way, please stop back here, all the links are listed below!

  1. Tara Nixon Cox  (that’s me and you are HERE)               
  2. Karla Yungwirth                  
  3. Amber Trubiak                                  
  4. Nancy Frustaci                                      
  5. Julia Chupik                        
  6. Karen Warner  
Inky hugs,
Tara
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