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Do you LOVE color? Here’s some -extra colorful- Art Journaling inspiration

It’s my birthday, so I wanted to come here and share some inspiration with you! My mission today is to fill the world with color! This time I want to show you something that always feels a little more personal and that is my art journal. I thought the creative process behind this spread could encourage you and that is why I decided to create a post about it.

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The Creative Process behind these Pages

This art journal spread started with a simple floral sketch in pencil, that later became a stamp set (see it here) I didn’t want to cover the original sketch, so I decided to draw something around it… That’s when this beautiful girl was born… She wasn’t this pretty at all when it all started and even after several layers of texture and color, she didn’t feel complete to me. I was this close to cover the entire thing with gesso… I just wasn’t feeling it. Actually, I ended up feeling exhausted, so I left it there. Nevertheless, I couldn’t forget about it.

For the last couple of days, every time I walked by my art journal, I felt compelled to open it and work on this spread. I have very limited time so all I did was add details here and there, correct color and so on. Finally, yesterday these pages felt complete to me and they made my heart happy. It felt like a birthday present and it also felt meaningful. Inspiration has great timing, let me tell ya!

So what I want to leave you with today is the following: Have a little faith in yourself. Don’t give up on your art so soon. Come back to it until you’re happy. There’s beauty in the details and details can’t be added to a piece in a minute… It might just take a bit more… If you like this spread, think about how it could have not existed had I covered it with gesso… These pages challenged my faith and patience, but in the end it turned out even better than what I had envisioned.

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Some Techniques used on this Art Journaling Spread

The reality is, that all of the colors you see here were layered and then layered some more. The one thing I tried to keep as clean as possible was the girl’s face, which was watercolored with Aquapastels. Other than that, it is all a colorful chaos. The illustration is quite loose and sketchy and that gave me the space to play more with color and media.

Something you don’t get to see quite well through the pictures is that a great part of the page was covered with White Pearl Modeling Paste, which gave a metallic undertone to further paint and ink layers and also made the page sturdier for me to keep adding more layers. This paste will resist watercolors or water based media, so I used paint for the most part to complete the areas were I applied it.

The stenciled corners are actually pockets! When I art journal I always keep my scrap bin nearby and I tend to always grab something from there. This time I used a monoprinted card background (for which you can find a tutorial here) and a floral SVG cut. I ripped the background and adhered them on the corners of both pages to create pockets… They ended up framing the spread beautifully. Then the svg cut ended up embellishing the Sweet William flower on my girl’s hair.

The end result feels like water or the sky… Just so colorful, happy and full of texture. The words I wrote go so well with these pages and were what I had in my heart at the moment of finishing this piece.

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Main Supplies:
Strathmore Mixed Media Journal
Faber Castell Eco Grip Pencil
Pigma Graphic 1
Jane Davenport Aquapastels
Sharpie Paint Markers (peach, white)
Isofit Oil Paint Marker in Silver
Distress Paints (Lucky Clover)
Distress Oxide Ink (Seedless Preserves)
TCW782 Floral Eclipse stencil
TCW9030 White Pearl Modeling Paste
TCW9017 Lemon Custard Heavy Body Paint
TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint
ICraft Mixed Media Adhesive by Therm O Web
Wild Rose SVG cut from Anna’s Elegant Embellishments 2
Cricut Explore Air 2
White Cardstock
For the corner pockets:
Tempera Paints (Hot Pink, Deep Blue, Purple and White)
TCW643 Infinite Lace stencil
Gel Press Printing Plate
Small Brayer
White Cardstock

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Thanks so much for stopping by the blog on my birthday! I hope this project and the process behind it inspires you to create beautiful things. Be encouraged and stay creative! Until next time.

Sharing with: SSS Monday Challenge – All Things Bright and Beautiful

 

 

 

 

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Adding Snow Texture to your Christmas Cards with Modeling Paste

I’ve always loved seeing snow texture on Christmas projects and so I decided to add it to my own projects this year using The Crafter’s Workshop modeling pastes! I have a step by step tutorial on TCW’s blog for you so make sure to scroll down and click on the tutorial link.

Whenever I take a closer look at textured Christmas cards there’s usually a special snow texture paste used… (I actually have one of those.) But I’ll show you a way of achieving a very similiar look using supplies you may already have at home in combination with The Crafter’s Workshop texture pastes.

 

Tutorial & Supplies:
Click here to see how I created this background and how I added all the snow texture to my card. Supplies are listed and linked too over there!

I would love it if you could leave me a comment on the tutorial post letting me know what you think about this idea! Are you trying out the technique for your Christmas projects this year? That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new art journaling post to share. Until then!

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Paint Smooshing Cards with Heavy Body Paints, Grafix Monoprint Plates and TCW Stencils

Have you ever heard of ink smooshing? It consists on touching the paper with usually watered down inks to create an abstract background… Well, I wanted to try it out with paints and I captured it on camera for you too! So yes, jump this intro and click play if you must or visit my Youtube channel and watch the tutorial there.

 

All products used were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop and Grafix.
All opinions stated here are my own and based on my personal experience using these products.

 

For this tutorial I’m using heavy body paints from The Crafter’s Workshop together with a tool that I had never tried before, an acrylic monoprint plate from Grafix that I think is ideal for this technique. Ink smooshing usually works using a packaging piece of acetate and that makes sense since the ink isn’t too heavy for the sheet. But paint is usually heavier, even when watered down and there’s a chance an acetate sheet won’t work a smoothly as this Duralar Monoprint Plate from Grafix did!  You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video below…

 

Supplies
Here’s a close up to the amazing textures the smooshing gave the paint! This is a must try technique! Click here to visit The Crafter’s Workshop blog and see the complete list of supplies.

 

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If you liked this tutorial please give my video a thumbs up, reshare with your friends and subscribe to my channel! That will motivate me to keep on posting creative ideas and tutorials for you! Leave me a comment on TCW’s blog too, letting me know which card is your favorite… Floral or Mermaid?

That’s all for now! Until next time.

 

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Quick and Easy Artsy Card with The Crafter’s Workshop

Time can be a big factor when you’re trying to create something so today I have a quick and easy technique to personalize your notecards using the new Crazy Waves Stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and some of their amazing mixed media products!

Tutorial
I’m sharing all the steps of the process of making this card today on TCW’s blog. Click here to check it out! You’ll also find the details of all the supplies used!

Let me know on the comments what you think about this technique? The stencil’s design has a lot to do with how easy this card is to put together. TCW has some great designs that will make your creative process easy, especially when you’re looking into creating quick and easy cards! Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.

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Stamped & Stenciled Cards with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

It’s Gracie from Graciellie Design with a new cardmaking idea to share. I’m saying good-bye to Summer with a set of colorful stamped and stenciled cards. I had lots of fun making these so I’m happy to be sharing them with you today!

I started out by picking my color palette. I wanted to go for a bright and unique color combo and that is how my first card came to life in yellow and green. I stenciled the backgrounds with a TCW Distressed Details stencil using mostly ink. I did stencil a few patterns with TCW heavy body acrylic paint in yellow and silver metallic.

I stamped and colored the flowers from Mason Jar Bouquet Clear Stamp Set with Spectrum Noir markers and then added a stamped banner with the sentiment. This is a one layered card. I didn’t add card panels at all and that is why I love these designs so much. If you use a nice cardstock you are able to add lots of ink and paint layers, but of course make sure to use as little medum as possible.

My second card came about as a consequence of the first one. I thought I should make another card using also yellow and so I combined it with hot pink. I tried to follow the same stencil design I had added to the first one, which is not precisely simple, but I was able to achieve the same look with a similiar stenciling.

Making these cards lifted my spirit on a very hard day, so I hope I they can also cheer you up and inspire you to create something pretty today! Until next time.

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Monoprinted with Paints & Sparkle – Card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

I’m sharing a new card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps today and I’m bringing lots of sparkle and mixed media to cheer up your day.

To make today’s card I monoprinted a background with my gel press, a stencil and craft paints and once I removed the card panel from the gel press, while the paint was still wet I sprinkled glitter, mica and other beautiful texture elements that add shimmer to to the card.

I made a border using a strip of patterned paper and an SVG border cut that I created and then added two flowers lightly colored and fussy cut. Finally I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment, in beautiful cursive font, on a matching patterned paper banner. This Magnolia flower and this sentiment are from a set I designed for SNSS called Floral Greetings. 

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. Until next time!
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New Tutorial with The Crafter’s Workshop: Monoprinted and Textured Backgrounds

Today is the beginning of my journey as part of the The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils Design Team and I couldn’t be happier. To celebrate I’m sharing a detailed step by step tutorial on these Tropical themed monoprinted and textured cards on TCW’s blog
Out of all the stencil techniques I’ve tried out, adding texture to stenciled patterns has to be one of my favorite things to do. You’ll find glitter, embossing powder, mica as texture finishes, and it was lots of fun to experiment with all those different mediums. I’m also using one of my favorite stencils: TCW643 Infinite Lace by Rebekah Meier. I used craft paints this time and as you can see I’ve been into bold, Summer colors lately so I had to go for a strong color combo this time also. I used the new Magnolia Dreams flower stamp to finish my cards, some SVG leaf cuts and a word bead colored with alcohol markers.

TUTORIAL

Click here to view the complete step by step tutorial on TCW Stencils blog. This technique makes your backgrounds look so elaborate, especially with this beautiful medallion stencil, but you’ll find that it is not hard to make at all. You will need to get your hands dirty with paints -which is one of the most freeing aspects of mixed media- but other than that, I know you will love making this project.


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Leave me a comment letting me know what you think! It’s my first time posting for TCW so it would be great to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by. See you on TCW’s blog!

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Mixed Media Backgrounds & Handmade Flowers with Therm O Web

Today I have a tutorial using Mixed Media Sheets by Therm O Web to create beautiful backgrounds and unique handmade flowers. I have been using these sheets lately to create backgrounds and even flowers so I thought I’d share with you a tutorial on how I achieved this shabby chic look, with lots of texture and dimension.

Therm O Web Supplies:
iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets • Heavy Weight
iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets • Light Weight
iCraft® Mixed Media Adhesive 2.1 fl oz

Other Supplies:
Acrylic Paints in various colors
Brushes
Water mister
Scissors
Stencils
Gauze
Glitter
Texture pastes
Embellishments

Tutorial

View the complete tutorial on how I made these background and handmade flowers using Mixed Media Sheets. These backgrounds are striking but still very delicate and pretty. These sheets are the perfect canvas and as you could see they hold all sorts of mediums very well. It is really sturdy and I love how the backgrounds turn out when I use it. You can paint a whole sheet and trim it for several projects or cut it into pieces from the start to create backgrounds in different colors. They are easy to adhere to surfaces using Therm O Web tapes and adhesives so you can add it to card fronts or small canvases too!
I would love to hear your thoughts on these cards and the background technique. I had shown a preview of a large sheet I had been working on recently on social media and everyone really wanted to know more details and see a final project made with the backgrounds, so that is why I decided to share this tutorial with Therm O Web!

For more ideas and inspiration remember to subscribe to this blog and also follow Therm O Web on their blog where the designers are sharing new project tutorials every day! Until next time.