Friday, October 31, 2014

Art Journaling from the heart...

Hello and Happy Friday!

This week, Viva Las Vegas Stamps is teaming up with the lovely team from the Crafters Workshop to bring you some amazing inspiration, how-to's, and creative ideas.

Today, I am sharing my VLVS and Crafters Workshop project.

I have really been inspired by Art Journaling lately.  I have been going through a rough patch in my life and Art Journaling helps put my confusion and uncertainty at ease.

I wanted my Art Journal page to remain fairly simple, with a focus on the words and symbolism.  To create the center, focal point, I cut a rectangle from a sheet of cardstock.  

I wanted subtle texture in the background, so I slide a 12x12 stencil behind the cut piece and spritzed with Shimmerz sprays.

(just because a stencil has a certain shape doesn't mean you can't use the pattern for a different type of project)

I then 'painted' this section with more Shimmerz sprays.

Then, I heat embossed 3 stamped Patterned Heart designs directly to the painted background.

I painted each open section (of the heart) with Shimmerz paints and added a stamped sentiment.  (Cancelled stamp)

To add more texture to the outside edge, I sprayed more Shimmerz spray through the 'Textured' stencil from the Crafters Workshop, using scraps of paper to mask the area.

I added a border around the focal point with Montana Paint markers, then added my journaling.

And done.  A simple, yet direct journal page.

Do you like to Art Journal?  If yes, what inspires you?  Colors, design, message, product?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

(p.s. - If you place an order for Shimmerz Paints, mention my name in the 'Instructions to Merchant' section and you will receive FREE product)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happiness Art Journal page, creating background with stamps

Hi and Happy Monday!

Today I am sharing my final project as a Guest Designer project for 100 Proof Press Stamps.  

Earlier, I showed you how to use background stamps to create texture on a Mixed Media layout.  Today, I would like to share with you how to do the same technique to create an Art Journal page.

To create the background for my Art Journal page, I added acrylic paint with several stencils from my stash.  (just for a hint of color).   

After the paint was dry, I added random stamping for texture.  

Now for the fun part!  To create your flower shape, hand draw several flowers on a thin piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock.   Cut out the flowers and 'paint' around the edge, NOT covering the entire background.  (I used Distress Paint)  Doodle and paint your flowers with spray mist.  Since the Distress Paint and Spray mist are transparent, the background is still visible.    The spray mist is transparent, so you can still see the yummy stamping beneath.   

Finish off your Art Journal page with a favorite quote or sentiment.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Thank you Sara for asking me to Guest!  I've enjoyed these past 2 months.

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mixed Media Layout, simplified!

Hello and Happy Friday!  Yesterday, I was up on the UmWowStudio blog, sharing a simple mixed media layout, created with 1 stencil and several UWS chipboard pieces.

I began by prepping my 12x12 chipboard background with a coat of gesso.  After the gesso was dry, I added texture with the Diamond Confetti mask and modeling paste.

The next step is to add color.  I began with watered down, PaperArtsty Fresco paint, layering several contrasting shades to blend.  For more glimmer and glitz, I spritzed several shades of Shimmerz sprays to the background.

I wanted to 'dress up' my chip, so I painted each piece (Leaf Stems(2),  & Flourishes One) with PaperArtsy Fresco paint, then heat embossed them for subtle texture.

I wanted to continue the floral theme, so I stamped (and heat embossed) a floral design on the top of my page, then painted the petals/leaves with more PaperArtsy Fresco paint.

To finish off this simple layout, I added a piece of Flair (Set Sail Flair) and a title (Alpha Two). Done!

I hope you enjoyed this short how-to!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hazel & Ruby and Imagine Crafts are teaming up! Ampersand Decor

Hello and Happy Thursday!

This week, Hazel & Ruby and Imagine Crafts are teaming up to bring y'all a ton of DIY inspiration.  Yesterday was my day, and here was the project I created.

I LOVE Home Decor.  (and if you have followed me for awhile you know that).  I thought it would be fun to alter a wooden Ampersand sign, using Hazel & Ruby "Pass the Tissue, Lace is the Place" paper and several shades of Memento Dew Drops inks.

I started by tracing my ampersand piece on the tissue paper. 

(This picture really shows the beautiful design in the tissue paper. Love this)

Next, I dabbed my ink dauber on my craft mat and gave it a spritz of water.  I will be using the ink as my paint and will paint the flower design.

The ink became 'watercolor like' and I love how the pattern on the tissue paper resisted the ink.  I wasn't too careful about staying in the lines because I wanted that effect.

Once I was finished 'ink painting', I traced the lines with a Stabilo pencil and wet the line.  Once Once the entire design was painted, I cut out the ampersand.

I adhered the tissue paper to the wooden piece with Mod Podge and finished off the edges with white paint. I sanded any rough edges and made sure the edges were sealed.

Here's some close-ups of the painted areas. 

And the finished piece.

No need to be an artist.  Just use the pattern embedded in the paper as a guide to paint.  Super easy!

Be sure and stop by the Hazel & Ruby blog each day.  They will be giving away a prize package to one lucky person.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whimsical Elephant Art Journaling

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Today, I am sharing an Art Journal page, for Viva Las Vegas Stamps, full of texture, color, and fun!  If you have seen several of my past posts, you know that one of my favorite techniques is to create Art Journal pages using Gelli Plate Prints.  I love the  instant background you achieve with the prints and I love to embellish them to create an art journal or doodle page.

To create my art journal page, I enhanced the circle design to add more texture and interest.

But before I did this, I created my focal point....the stamped, embossed elephants.  I LOVE this Whimsical Elephant stamp.

I added color to each elephant using Gelly Roll Pens.  (love these).  They have a great opaque, bright color and are perfect!

Once the pen dried, I started added texture and embellishing the circle design.  To do this, I punched a circle from a scrap piece of cardstock to use as a mask.  I then stamped within the punched shape.  This only added the stamped image to the circle.

Super easy, but effective.

The stamping added great texture and interest to the plain background.  I love this technique and will be using it again.

Stamps used:
Dictionary Page
Design Crosses
Lacy Lines

I hope you enjoyed my page today!  I am always looking for new stamp techniques.  Please share them with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Freaky Friday/Design Team Swapping with Valerie O'Neall

Hi everyone!  Today, I am up on the My Mind's Eye blog with our Freaky Friday feature.  I love participating in Freaky Friday and I love the challenge of sharing inspiration from a fellow Design Team member.   

Today, I am inspired by the wonderfully talented Valerie O'Neall.  I have always been a fan of Valerie's style and I am super excited to share my layout with you today.

The first thing I do, is to look at several of my Freaky Friday partner's layouts.  I try to find similarities and design trademarks.  Valerie has a great style and here's what I spied as her design style. 

1. White Cardstock
2. Large, digitally cut titles
3. Small pops of color and pattern
4. Multiple photos

Using these as my starting point, I created this layout.

I love using white cardstock as a base for layouts, so this was an easy task.  I die cut a large title, backing it with a solid patterned paper.  

Using our fabulous enamel dots and mixed bag die cuts, I added pops of color and  pattern.  I generally scrap with 1 photo, but using her multiple photo style, I printed the same photo and repeated it throughout my layout.  Love this look!

I really enjoyed scrapping in this Clean and Simple manner.  It is a complete opposite to my mixed media and artsy style. 

Thank you Valerie for your amazing inspiration!


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