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Tuesday with Tara {take 213}

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing an art journal spread I did while I was on vacation at the beach recently. I had packed a tote with my Dina Wakley paints & a few other supplies, along with my Media Journal, Scribble Sticks & some Collage Sayings, which ended up being a foundation for these pages.

Healing art journal spread featuring Dina Wakley Media

I was inspired by the many shades of blue when I looked at the ocean… it was stunning, so I chose to work almost completely with blues for these pages (I didn’t have ALL the Dina Wakley blues… but I’ve since ordered the ones I was missing! LOL.) You’ll see on these pages: Sky, Turquoise, Lapis & Night together with Elephant & Mineral). I also used some modeling paste I had packed (similar to this one by Ranger) Washi Tape & a Glue Stick. I neglected to pack gel/multi medium and white paint, so that challenged me a bit… but I managed to make it work.

When I started I just knew I wanted to work with blues… so I just started to randomly apply blue paint to a page, overlapping and blending colors as I went. I had some stencils with me, so thought I would lift color off the background with a baby wipe afterwards (I had a mixed blue background, painted over it with elephant, then placed the stencil on top while it was still slightly wet and lifted color through the stencil with a baby wipe). I selected some sayings from the collage tissue and decided I would work with those on my pages, so placed them (not glued them!) on the first phase of my background before continuing on. Here’s step one of the left page:

I decided to sketch out some rough circles for the facing page, filling them afterwards with different shades of blue. I then selected collage sentiments and sorted out a rough layout. I typically forget to snap progress photos when I work in my art journal (especially when it’s been so long since I’ve done it, as was the case this time!) but I wanted to remember where each piece fit, so a quick photo on my phone was a great reference tool 🙂

After filling in the circles, I painted around them with elephant to tie the pages together, then decided to add a circle to the left page to anchor the collage words I had chosen for that page. I added black outlines to my circles with a combination of Scribble Sticks and Stablio Water color pencil. I sketched my title ‘healing’ the same way, then went over it with a black alcohol marker to really make it pop. Details like washi tape and texture paste through the stencil were added to both pages.

I also decided to try my hand at sketching out a loose figure similar to the ones Dina draws. Because I had no white paint, I cut some book print in roughly the same shape and glued it down inside my figure, adding some shading with Scribble Sticks.

I finished with some ‘scribbly journaling’ which overlaps so it’s more of a design element than being actually legible.  I only had a chisel tip marker with me, so I’m not thrilled with my writing… as Dina says, “done is better than perfect” so I made it work. For me it was just a bit of therapy text about my journey of healing so far, since I was recently diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. You can visit my personal blog to see a closer look at each individual page of this spread if you’d like!

Inky (& painty) hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 212}

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve got a simple card for you today, with a mix of die cuts & heat embossing on a book print background. I began by playing around with the text in the ‘You’re in my Prayers’ stamp set by Taylored Expressions- this one has the large ‘prayers’ word with a variety of other pieces to fit with it. The bold lettering is perfect for heat embossing or ink techniques, but I decided to keep it simple and bold in black on teal cardstock.

I selected a variety of shapes from Tim Holtz’s Funky Florals #3 to die cut from the same cardstock, choosing a variety of pieces. These are designed to be stacked and layered, but I chose to use just the bold bottom layers and place them on a some book print which I die cut from Tim’s Stacked Deckle die. I played around with placement until I was satisfied with the balance of it, then snapped a photo before placing the pieces on adhesive dots for easy gluing. I was then able to refer back to my photo to get them in the best spots.

And that’s it- simple, but bold & bright. I always feel that simple is best for cards like this, that could be used as a sympathy card. I hope you like it and maybe it gives you a new way to look at some of your die sets and how they could be used as background images!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Tuesday with Tara {take 211}

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

As promised, I’m wrapping up July with one more Christmas in July card- this one combines our Blog Hop ‘Turnabout’ theme for July (and featured stamp company, Concord & 9th) with the Christmas theme! I’m using the Snowflakes Turnabout as my card background, behind a little die cut scene I created with a Distress Oxide blended background and dies by Poppy Stamps (Tree Line Hill) & Memory Box (Whispering Pine Landscape) I got them last year and hated that I only only made a couple cards with them! They are no longer in the online store, but I found another similar one that you could use (and I think I need to get to use along with them)!

I created my scene in multiple layers- blending my background with Iced Spruce & Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks & a Life Changing Blender Brush. I die cut the trees from book print, green cardstock and a pearly white cardstock, then layered them over my background and die cut the whole thing with a Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Square Stackables. (I’ll be purchasing the large set so I can have a dotted layer to use together with these! For today, I simply cut a layer 1/4″ larger than the 4″ square). I combined a die cut word (Shadow Script Christmas) with seasonal sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz and finished off the die cut panel with some thin jute. I added some Nuvo Glitter drops to the die cut ‘bright’ and some Rock Candy Distress Stickles (pretty sure it’s discontinued.. but I have a stock pile. The dry glitter is still available, I believe) to the trees for a bit of shimmer.

I stamped my turnabout in the colors I used in my background and added in Mowed Lawn to tie the green in. Turnabouts are designed to be stamped four times, and I used only three colors… the fourth was actually stamped twice with the Spruce & Peacock (I was considering just doing it in one color and changed my mind) so it created a mid tone similar to the blend between the two in my background 🙂 I finished off my snowy background by splattering some Distress Spray Stain in Picket Fence over it.

I was a bit late to the game starting on Christmas in July, but if I’d had time to keep going I would have… ideas were starting to flow and I was ready to shop for some new stamps, stencils & dies! Hopefully my creation inspires you likewise 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara