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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.

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Extra Caffeinated Wishes! Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy Friday! So glad you’re here. We are joining the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and to celebrate we have a special pre-release featuring a new coffee themed digital stamp set at Graciellie Design, called Coffee & Flowers. (Click here for details.)

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I squeezed some time out of my crazy schedule to join the fun! I am sharing my very first card with this fresh new digi set. Plus, if you scroll down you’ll find more project ideas some of our designers are sharing today also!

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This cute image allows you to play with lots color! I’ve been doing gardening in the past couple of months and I was very inspired when I drew this little bouquet. The 4 flowers in this stamp are: Chrysanthemum, Poppy, Impatiens and -my latest favorite- Torenia.

I colored the flowers with many different colors from the original Spectrum Noir markers line and finished them with a touch of Sparkle marker. The background was really easy to put together. First I used a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop called Micro Bricks to apply some Deco Foil Transfer Gel by Therm O Web. I let the gel dry and then covered it with a Deco Foil Amber Watercolor Transfer Sheet and ran all through the laminator covered with some Parchment Paper.

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I included 4 creative sentiments in this set and I decided to print one of them -“Sending extra caffeinated wishes”- to create a banner which I then added behind the image and across my card front. I love the overall look of this card and I hope you like it too!

More Inspiration

Some of our Brand Ambassadors are sharing some beautiful project ideas today, featuring our new Coffee & Love stamp set! Visit their blogs for more inspiration:

Esther Asbury

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Helen Gullett

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Sathya Kala

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Cynthia Olheiser

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Gloria Lee

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Join the Blog Hop

Make sure to visit Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog to follow the hop from the start. You can also join the fun by adding your Spring/Summer coffee inspired project to the inlinkz. (Click here for details.) There are lots and lots of giveaways from Super Sponsors and you may get to win some new Graciellie Design digi stamps too!

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Big Birthday Sale

Before I go don’t forget to visit our Etsy shop today and grab this and all our other digital sets 50% off! This sale ends on May 31st, so if you have been wanting to try out our digi stamps and would love to collect our coffee themed ones, this is the time to get them all!

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Sharing with: SSS Wednesday Challenge – Use more than 1 stamp / The Paper Girls Challenge – Shapes / Mod Squad Challenge – Florals, Pop-Up and Bling / Southern Girls Challenge – Sparkle & Shine

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Video: Bible Journaling with Silver Gesso and Stencils – The Crafter’s Workshop

Today I want to share a new video tutorial using Silver Gesso for the first time on my Journaling Bible. You’ll see me use The Crafter’s Workshop Silver Gesso and a floral stencil together with a few other coloring media to create a soft mixed media Bible Journaling page.

Some of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, nevertheless all opinions shared in this post are my own.

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Supplies:
TCW9010 Silver Gesso 8 oz.
TCW725 Wild Blooms
TCW9007 Clear Gesso
Distress Ink Spray
Distress Ink Refill
Prismacolor Color Pencils
Inkredible Pen
Aquapastels
Sharpie paint marker in White and Lavender
Heat gun
Ink Blending Tool
Archival Ink in Shadow Grey

Video Tutorial

Many have enjoyed watching the process of my previous Bible Journaling page so this time I also prepared a timelapse video to help you understand the way I use my media. Bible pages are thinner that your usual art journal pages so you need to be mindful of how much you add to the page even when it is prepped with Clear Matte Gesso. For example, the Distress Ink concentrated refills I use will add a bit of a shadow of color on the other side of the page no matter what. On the other hand, The Crafter’s Workshop Silver Gesso will sit on top of the page and won’t damage it, adding a metallic color and shimmer as a base for the other media that’s added after it. Click below to watch the process behind this Lavender, Gray and Green Bible Journaling Page.

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This time the stenciling effect on the page is a lot softer because of the colors and the media I used. Since I stenciled the floral pattern in silver -with the gesso- against a lavender background, the contrast is quite soft and it is the coloring pencils and white paint marker that add definition to the image. The beautiful thing about this technique is that you can use the stencil as a base to draw and add more details. In this case, I kept the design loose and abstract but you could certainly take your time and add as much detail as you like to the stenciled design.

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That’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find this tutorial helpful and that it inspires you to try out Silver -or even Gold- Gesso on your next Bible Journaling page.

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Bible Journaling with Large Stencils – Process Video with The Crafter’s Workshop

Bible Journaling is one of the many way I enjoy using TCW stencils. I usually like to add subtle patterns to create a background with different layers of stenciling. Nevertheless, the beautiful designs The Crafter’s Workshop offers include patterns and textures that could stand on their own as the main focal point of a page. Today I’ll show you how I created this Bible Journaling page in the book of Proverbs, featuring bold stenciled flowers painted with a large 12″x 12″ stencil.

Although many of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, all the opinions stated in this post are my own.

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SuppliesTCW9007 Clear Gesso, TCW750 Dahlia Blooms, TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z., Journaling Bible, Distress Ink Refill, Distress Oxide Inks, Water mister, Brush, Heat tool, Cloth, Black Archival Ink, Stamp, Acrylic Paint Markers, Sparkle clear glitter marker.

First of all, I think it is important to let you know that the only way a Bible page can hold all these media is if you apply first one or two light layers of Clear Gesso Matte. The gesso will protect the delicate fibers of the page and will allow you to add several layers of paints and other media. Nevertheless, always be careful to layer your media little by little to avoid over saturating your page.

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Video Tutorial

This is a very layered page, but I always try to not cover the words so they can still be read afterwards. What I do to avoid covering the words is use the heavy body acrylic paints only on the margin of the Bible and then use water reactive inks for the rest of the page. So far this technique works great for me. On the other hand, I love how TCW’s heavy body inks have a matte finish and also resist any watercolors or water based inks you layer on top of them. That property is what gave this page all those colorful undertones. I thought I’d prepare a video to quickly show you the process behind this page. Click below to watch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’ve never tried TCW stencils on your Bible, I encourage you to go for it. It is an easy and striking way to add color and texture to your page. From repetitive patterns to beautiful themes, I know you will love all the options The Crafter’s Workshop has to offer. That’s all for now. Until next time.

 

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Quick Tip Video: Monoprinted & Stenciled Valentines using Black Modeling Paste

Hey there! I’m back with another cardmaking idea for Valentine’s Day! This time I went overboard and created a bunch of cards using the Gel Press printing plate together with The Crafter’s Workshop Heavy Body Paints and Black Modeling Paste and a super cool stencil that made this design pop! I also have a quick video showing you how I created these backgrounds.

While preparing this project idea I rediscovered my love for monoprinting and also discovered a new obsession: Black Modeling Paste… These modeling pastes are so thick and easy to apply and they add so much dimension, texture and color to your projects!

Main Supplies: TCW737 Love Sonnet (used for monoprinting and stenciling) / TCW752 Graffiti Kisses (used for monoprinting) / TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste 8 oz. / TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. / TCW9019 Candy Apple Red Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. / TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. / Gel Press 6″x 6″ Reusable Gel Printing Plate  / XOXO Word SVG / Electronic Die Cutting Machine / Heart die Cut / Die Cutting Machine / Therm O Web Mixed Media Adhesive / Therm O Web 3D Zots / Mini Brayer

The cards themselves are really easy to put together once you have the backgrounds ready. As you can see, for some cards I simply die cut a large heart from the stenciled backgrounds and added them to a black card base. For a couple other cards I also added an SVG word that I cut on my Cricut and attached that to the card front.

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A LITTLE NOTE ABOUT THE DIE CUT WORDS USED ON THESE CARDS
THIS FUN XOXO WORD AND SHADOW DIE CUTS COME FROM A NEW SVG WORD BUNDLE I CREATED TO HELP EVERYONE IN THE PAPERCRAFTING COMMUNITY ACHIEVE THAT TRENDY WORD DIE CUT LOOK WITHOUT SPENDING SO MUCH! THIS BUNDLE IN PARTICULAR COMES WITH 82 ELEMENTS (WORDS AND SHADOWS INCLUDED) AND IS AVAILABLE NOW ON ETSY.

That’s all for today. For more ideas using stencils and mixed media make sure to visit The Crafter’s Workshop blog. Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on today’s cards, so please leave me a comment below and over at YouTube. Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time.

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Tutorial: Using 1 Stencil Several Times to create a Layered Background

I’m back again with another fun idea for Valentine’s, this time featuring a beautiful stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop together with some Deco Foil and a few of my digital products. Today’s card comes with a step by step tutorial. Find more details on that below.

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Tutorial

The background I created for this card is one of my favorites. I love how these pink hues look together with TCW’s yellow gold products, in this case I used Gold gesso. The best part about this project is that you only need 1 stencil design. Click here to check out the step by step tutorial on The Crafter’s Workshop blog. The complete list of supplies is linked on that post too, so you can take note and try out this project at home!

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A note about these new digital products
I created this die cut word recently and it will be included on a new SVG Word Bundle Set for Valentine’s that is coming out very soon! Plus, I also used a digital sentiment from the new stamp set Friends like You available now.

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll see you at TCW’s blog for the tutorial! Until next time.

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Winter Butterflies: Watercoloring with Heavy Body Metallic Paint

I’ve never seen snow in real life but I do love the idea of a snowy Winter. Today I’m sharing a card that encapsulates that idea. This card comes with a step by step tutorial also.

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Tutorial with The Crafter’s Workshop

I made this card using several supplies from The Crafter’s Workshop. They carry a luscious Iridescent Silver Heavy Body Paint that I knew would go beautifully with these stamped and heat embossed Silver butterflies from my kit Spark by Unity Stamp Co. I’m sharing all the details including a quick tutorial at TCW’s blog, so make sure to read that post also. I have included the supplies also so you can easily recreate your own version of this card.

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I hope you love this idea as much as I do! It is an unusual theme perhaps, Winter Butterflies, but it turned out so delicate and shimmery. Additional to that, I love all the different textured on this card. This card would definetely work for any special ocassion during the Winter season! That’s all for now. Head over to TCW’s blog for more inspiration. Until next time.

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Using Aquapastels on my Bible: Tips with The Crafter’s Workshop

I guess I want to compensate for the weeks I wasn’t able to share any Art / Bible Journaling and so today, for the second time this week, I have a Bible page to share. I wanted to create a post with tips and tricks using The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso Matte, since it is what I use to prep my pages.

 

Tips & More Bible Journaling Pages
Click here to visit TCW’s blog and read my post for today in which I’m sharing not only tips on how I use my TCW product for Bible Journaling, but also more pages using different media to give you ideas of how well TCW’s Clear Gesso Matte and stencils work!

The main coloring media I used on this page were Jane Davenport Aquapastels -beautiful watercolor crayons that are a must-have-, Sharpie Acrylic Paint Marker in White, A bit of Prismacolor pencils just to add detail here and there, some PanPastel for the background and a bit of Distress Oxide Ink to stencil some distressed patterns. The verse from my kit The Vine was stamped with Archival Ink and the words around the flowers were written with a Micron marker.

I drew this flowers myself, from scratch. I was thinking of weak flowers like those from Peach Trees and that’s essentially how this entire page emerged. I drew them in pencil and watercolored them little by little, layering the colors to give the flowers different shades.

 

The Truth behind this Page
I made this page on a very, very difficult day. There was a lot going on around me and that is why it wasn’t easy for me to share this page publicly. Nevertheless, I feel like sometimes pages like these are the ones that end up blessing someone who needs this very specific Word, on a very specific day. I am happy to let you know that all of those very, very stressful trials are in the past and I have found the peace that I was desperately looking for while I was working on this page. So allow me to be a testimony of how God’s grace can redeem you from even the most devastating situations and, like a Christmas miracle, press the restart button of your life and give you the peace that you long for. I was feeling so weak that day. I wasn’t being able to handle all of the chaos and in consequence it wasn’t allowing me to rest in the Lord. But God once again showed me that He is in control and that His strength is made perfect in weakness, and that strength is what has brought me to a new season of my life together with my family in just a month. So when you aren’t strong enough for all the chaos in your life, the crazy routine, your personal challenges, your family issues and more, He is strong enough to handle it for you! Amen!

I hope you enjoy the technical side of this page back at TCW’s blog and that this brief testimony blesses your life today. That’s all for now. I’ll be back with more creative ideas soon. Until then.

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Winter Snow Cards – Stenciled Snowflakes with TCW Stencils & Therm O Web

I’m back with a new idea for Christmas, with a set of stenciled snowflakes card. I love winter themed cards and these backgrounds turned out so nice with the blue watercolored base. I think you’ll find these cards are really easy to make. I prepared a short video to show you how I put made them.

All products used were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop and Therm O Web. Nevertheless, all opinions on this post are my own.

 

 

Video Tutorial
Click below to watch in just a few minutes how I put together these snowy cards! Make sure to visit The Crafter’s Workshop blog to take note of all the supplies used!
I tested a couple of modeling pastes from TCW and I found that the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste is great for layering stenciled textures. As you can see on the picture below the paste held its shape on top of the Decofoil Gel and you can’t see a ghost trace of the previous stenciled and foiled textured.

Hope you love this idea and that you find it useful during this Holiday Season. For more creative ideas for all your crafts projects subscribe to the blog (on sidebar). For more project ideas using stencils make sure to follow The Crafter’s Workshop! That’s all for now. Until next time!

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Shadow Stenciled Backgrounds with Deco Foil & TCW Stencils

I’m sharing my first Christmas card of the year… And, I’ll show you an easy and beautiful technique called Shadow Stenciling, but this time using Deco Foil!

Tutorial & Supplies
I have a video tutorial showing you how I made today’s card and I’ve added that below. To find out the complete list of supplies used to create this project, make sure you visit Therm O Web’s blog.

Now imagine this background with the new glitter Deco Foil from Gina K. Designs! I will be showcasing those new products real soon. Make sure to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe for many more project ideas using Deco Foil and TCW Stencils!

Until next time.