Traveler's Journal CHA 2017 - The Crafter's Workshop

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hello there friends!!
Today, I am sharing a traveler’s journal that I used to document my trip to Creativation in Arizona this past January.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
               
I was planning to create something special to remember this trip and had always had the cactus/stars stencil in the back of my head to use.  I printed out some of my favorite pictures using my Instax printer.The blank traveler’s journal I used has a kraft cover, which I stenciled the cactus and stars blending several colors of Distress Inks.After the front cover dried, I started adding stencils to the inside pages as backgrounds for my photos and journaling.  I chose stencils that I thought would match the photos & subjects of the pages.I thought this 6×6 would make a good radiant abstract sun.I mostly added the stencils to opposite corners, varying size to add a dynamic visual!Besides the cactus stencil, I thought these succulents would be perfect and tried to add some depth with the inks.I added a loose watercolor rectangle and then stenciled some of these flowers on top in contrasting colors.I used a pink mist with the small stencil as a light background for my journaling on this page.Finally for the last page, I layered the postmark piece of one stencil and the ‘correspondence’ text on top of a bookmark and sticker to compliment the photo and story I had for this page.I tried to keep it simple, adding journaling to one side, and just a couple embellishments to each spread.I used the stickers from the entry into Frank Lloyd Wright’s Talesin West to this page.I added some pink colored pencil to the centers of the stenciled succulents.
I love this washi tape with the colors & ink of the flowers.Although the colors and patterns are subtle in these pages, I think they add a nice texture and scale to compliment the other patterns I used.This turned out to be one of my favorite pages with the ink bottle and feather; I loved the layered look it achieved.
I added some of the Gold Gesso under the cactus for a little shine and title block for my Thickers.
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to document a special trip or event in your life!
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Cards of Encouragement - The Crafter's Workshop April 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hello!  Today I am sharing a couple cards that I made using 2 of the 6×6 stencils and media products from The Crafter's Workshop  They are very different but I used the same premise behind each card.The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.            
This hanging light bulb stencil was great inspiration for a card with a sentiment that can be used in lots of ways.
I started by masking off the light bulbs individually, to keep the colors from blending and because I wanted them to hang separately.  I chose primary colors, although muted.

After all the light bulbs were stenciled, I added a light coral background with Distress Inks.  I added some lines for the cords and definition to each of the bulbs.

I added some gold mist splattered around the card.

After all the inks were dry, I used the Gel Medium in ‘Gloss’ and flat brush to paint a layer on top of each bulb to give the glass a sheen.  It is hard to see in the photos, but is very effective in person.
I layered the stenciled piece onto a white card base and added a gold embossed sentiment and a few sequins.
For the second card, I used the 4 feather 6×6 stencil and more Distress inks in pinks and oranges.  I am loving this peach/coral combination with all the gold!
           
I secured my stencil to the paper and mat underneath with washi tape.  It won’t tear the paper and makes a greater repositionable adhesive.




After layering my ink onto the feathers, I cut them each out leaving a tiny border of white around the edges.
I honestly wasn’t sure how this would turn out, but I wanted the feathers to look like they were dipped in gold…the best way to do that was to actually dip them into the Gold Gesso.
It was very thick and although I brushed the paint off on the back of each feather, I was worried about how it would dry.  And how long would it take to dry?
A few hours, and it dried like a dream…without sticking, without cracks, but pliable enough to curve and bend the feather shape.
I stacked the feathers up and tied the tops with gold thread.  I added another layer of white cardstock in an oval shape to frame the feathers with.
I sentiment stamped in a coral ink and a few gold sequins completed the card.
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to make a card and send it to someone special!!
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have faith - Art Journal - The Crafter's Workshop April 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hello friends!  I have been on a bit of an art journal journey lately and so I decided to continue this post from The Crafter's Workshop!  Here is what I came up with:
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
       
    
You can see all the mixed media and stencils I chose above and below.I adore the names of all the new acrylic paints…very clever!While my first layer of gesso dried, I mixed the blues, green and purple with white to lighten up the colors.I did some very loose brushing in a criss cross pattern across the right page of the journal using the left side to basically “clean” my brush off adding a little color at the spine and the top left corner.I added another light layer of the white gesso to provide a base for the face stencil.I lightly traced over the details in the stencil with a pencil, knowing I would be using it as my guide.I used a combination of watercolor types, pans and tubes, blocking out the stenciled pieces first to follow the basic layout of the girl.I kept adding layers and layers of watercolor over the original outline.  It really helped because the proportions and outline of the eyes and nose are already down for me.
Then I simply got to play and paint in the face, which is one of my favorite things to do!  I added some details with black and white gel pens for contrast.I finished up the spread by added the words from the 12×12 ‘Have Faith’ stencil on the left page.  I love the finished result, although it looks sad.  It’s not a self portrait, but it did help me work through some emotions by enhancing my portrait with the stencil and just being creative!
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to use one of the face stencils in whatever way you decide!
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