Art Journal - Eclipse!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hello everyone.  I wanted to share this Art Journal spread from the day of the recent Eclipse! Because of all the excitement surrounding the Eclipse and the fun activities the kids have been doing in school, I thought it would be appropriate to create an Art Journal spread to celebrate this amazing event!Below are the stencils I used as well as the mixed media products.
     
                                   
            
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
I am excited to be able to have some other fun products to play with as well.  I used the Mixed Media lightweight Sheets from iCraft that almost translucent.I used several of The Crafter’s Workshop Heavy Body Acrylics and a small stencil brush to add an blend of gradient colors through this 6×6 text stencil.I knew I wanted the colors to start in blues and darken to violet and finally black.  While this dried, I prepped my art journal pages with the White Gesso.After it dried, I tore pieces of the stenciled sheet and adhered them to the page using The Crafter’s Workshop Gel Matte Medium.I used the remaining paint to continue the look up to the top of the pages and let it dry completely.Finally, I used my favorite stencil from the newest release and my favorite medium, the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste to add stars and constellations to my night sky!At this point, I really wanted to stop, because I just loved the way it looked.  But I had a fun quote I found on Instagram that I wanted to use…
I taped off a piece of this Lacy Tiles stencil and used the iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Gel over just the center piece.After waiting 2 hours for the transfer gel to dry I applied a piece of the Mixed Media Transfer Foil from Rebekah Meier Designs and ThermOWeb in ‘Old Gold’ to the stenciled area.I then used the ‘Black Licorice’ acrylic paint over the foil.Stamping out my quote I adhered it using the Gel Medium.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope this inspired you to try some mixed media pages and new products in a fun way!
STENCILS Used:
TCW9012 – Gel Medium Matte

Art Journal - The Crafter's Workshop September

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hello and Happy Fall!  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is the changing of seasons and for me, cooler weather, which is always invigorating!  This week, I chose the stencils and products I wanted to use, but had no real plan…which is what I wanted, to play and let my creation evolve naturally.  This is the outcome!
I used the two stencils below as well as the White Gesso and Black Modeling Paste.  I also used several products from ThermOWeb, which I have linked within the post.
 
 
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
First, I spread a light coat of the White Gesso onto my pages.After the Gesso dried, I used a few of the ink cubes from Gina K. for ThermOWeb to add color to the right side of my journal.  I used some plastic packaging and added the ink directly to it, then sprayed it with water.Using the highly sophisticated “smooshing” technique, I added layers of the ink, leaving a little dry time in between each layer.While the right side dried, I used the green inks and an ink blender to add a leaf border to the left side of the spread.  These inks blend so easily, especially over the gesso.I thought the stark contrast of the Black Modeling Paste over the light water washes would  create an interesting dynamic.  Covering the majority of this floral stencil with a good coat of the paste, I loved the outcome.
I thought a pop of metallic would look great combined with these subtle colors and the dimensional black paste.These Mixed Media Adhesive sheets from Rebekah Meier for ThermOWeb are amazing! I added a sheet of the ‘New Penny’ Transfer Foil to the adhesive sheet to cut up and add to my spread.I cut small leaf shapes to layer on top of the outer pieces of this stencil.I also added some longer pieces to parts of the stencil, for more definition and shine.  I love this bright copper metallic with the pink hues of the ink.
I used a ruler to add some lines for a quote from Maya Angelou that I wrote using 2 different pen weights.After all the media was dry, I grabbed some of my favorite pens and markers to add some sketchy lines and detail around the stenciled areas.I continued to add more detail using pens and paint markers in a few places.Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope this inspired you to try some mixed media pages and new products in a fun way!

STENCILS Used:
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