Grace - Art Journal Spread for The Crafter's Workshop

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hi there! In an effort to catch up, I am share a new Art Journal page combining new stencils and media from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I used several new medias; the new heavy body Gold Iridescent paint, Black Modeling Paste and new stencils in multiple sizes!  I wanted to continue my contrast using black, bold colors & gold…
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
 As usual, I began using The Crafter’s Workshop ‘White Gesso’ for a base to my art journal pages… I taped the spine with masking tape beforehand.  I try to gesso a spread in advance and have them ready.Next, I used several shades of pinks, orange and yellow watercolor crayons to create a base of color.  I used a wet paper towel to blend the colors mute the colors a little.I started using Distress Inks and the leaves and branches on part of the ‘Birds on Branches’ stencil.  I created a framework in the corners and edges with those leaves.  Next, I used these coral pigment inks and the large sphere to stencil a mirror image across the spread.I kept the ink light around the leaves to highlight them and not mix the colors.After the inks dried, I used the Black Modeling Paste and a couple of the 6×6 Doodling templates around the edges and borders.
Next, I used this scrumptious gold paint to paint over parts of the designs.I had this quote about Grace on a Pinterest board and used the 2 different sizes with the Modeling Paste to add that word.I filled in the remaining words of the quote across the two pages.  Then I just began to doodle!  Using several different widths of black pens, colors markers and white gel pens to add a final layer of depth.I used the flash to photograph the spread below because I wanted to capture the gorgeous quality and power of the Gold Iridescent paint!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you all Grace throughout your day!

Creating Planner Dashboards - The Crafter's Workshop

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hello there friends!  I am constantly trying to come up with new, inventive ways to use my stencils in every creative aspect of my life.  I decided to make several new seasonal dashboards for my planner using the newest stencils and media from The Crafter’s Workshop!
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
I chose stencils to highlight the coming months, focusing on different themes, depending on what our family has going on.
I started by cutting down heavy cardstock sized to the pages in my planner and painting a loose background wash of the Gold Gesso on one piece.While the Gesso dried, I used both sizes of the pineapple in the ‘Life is Better at the Beach’ stencil and Distress Ink to blend a background full of fruit! The pineapple was so fun to color!For the next dashboard, I used a piece of an acetate scrapbook album page to fabricate a pocket full of sequins for my daughter’s birthday.I taped off the part of this stencil I didn’t want, and used some of the “Blue Jellybean” acrylic with white Gesso and Clear Modeling Paste.  The Clear Paste is going to be one of my new favorites!!I placed a piece of white cardstock inside the to help me size the sheet.For the final dashboard, I went back to the ‘Beach’ for the hibiscus flowers, again using both different sizes layered on top of each other.Now, back to the first page, the Gesso is tried, and I used the Black Modeling Paste and this awesome mixed font of script and block letters.After it the paste dried, I ran it through my laminator.I can back over the pineapples and hibiscus with a sentiment in black ink, laminating them as well.
After the paste dried on the acetate, I used my Fuse tool to create the pocket for sequins in this fun insert!
After all the other pages were finished, I punched the holes to match my planner pages.
I am so excited about the way these projects turned out!  I think the bright colors are so fun, but more than that, they are one of a kind!  I hope this inspired you to use your stencils for lots of custom projects!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today…hope you have an amazing day!

Jot It Down - Scrapbook Circle February

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Delayed, but I wanted to share the '1 Product 2 Ways' post because of this amazing layout below!  This week’s assignment was to use the Shimelle ‘Little By Little’ Wood Buttons from the February “So This Happened” kit.
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I have been wanting to go to CHA, i.e. Creativation for years and finally, last month I got to go!  Not only, did I get to meet some of my scrapbooking idols like Heidi Swapp and Amy Tan, but I got to put real life voices and personalities to these amazing talents from Scrapbook Circle!  That was the highlight of the weekend and this photo was from the Saturday.
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I decided to make this project a play on the graphic patterns in the papers and embellishments.  I layered papers and stickers, creating associations between the angles and colors.  I used the buttons as bullet points for other stickers.  I also combined them under matching colors creating clusters following the diagonal half of the patterned paper I cut.
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I loved this kit, it is full of some of my favorites colors and classic patterns that never go out of style!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

A Conception of Contrast - The Crafter's Workshop / Canvas Corp. Spring Team Up!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hi there!  Jenni here to share an Art Journal page combining some products from Canvas Corp., (during a Spring team up) with the new stencils and media from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I used several new medias, the new heavy body acrylic paints and new stencils in multiple sizes!  I wanted lots of contrast and here is what I created!
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
I began using The Crafter’s Workshop ‘White Gesso’ for a base to my art journal pages… I taped the spine with masking tape beforehand.Next, I used several shades of pinks, orange and the gold gelatos to create a base of color.After both pages dried, I used 2 of the Glimmer Mists in yellow and pink with the 12×12 ‘Heart Swirls’ stencil
Again, waiting for the mist to dry, which wasn’t long, I used a patterned brayer and some of the heavy body acrylic to add white polka dots on top of the background.  Next, I added some gaffer tape with text on it and daubed on some dark grey ink on a piece of this stencil with the hearts.
This project being a process of layers, I waited until the ink and mist dried to add some of the heavy body acrylic I mixed and lightened using the ‘Shimmery Goodness’ paint.  I used gesso to lighten it as well, since the Shimmery paint is just that, adding a bit of sparkle without altering the color.
I estimated some of the large floral stencils shapes in the ‘Dutch Spring’ stencil when adding paint on the spread.I added more gesso on top of the wet paint and scraped it to add texture.Patiently waiting until all of the gesso and paint dried, I used the 12×12 stencil I had planned using, ‘Dutch Spring’ and the Black Modeling Paste to add large shadows of contrasting black.
I didn’t worry about completely covering the stencil area or getting paint under the stencil.  I wanted the texture, general shape and of course the contrast.The following layer, my favorite, ‘Light & Fluffy!’  I offset the stencil to add the white adjacent to the black to create a stark, bold background.In planning the original spread, I knew I wanted to concentrate on the blacks and white of the Canvas Corp. papers, the media and the contrast those would make with some of the warmer colors of the acrylics.  I fussy cut lots of the floral shapes and insects from this thick paper and used the Gel Medium to adhere it to my journal.This photo shows how opaque the Gel Medium look upon application, but the one I chose, dries to a matte finish.Adding more vivid color and texture, I used a combination of the yellow, raspberry, blue and white acrylics around the pages.
Everywhere I had black modeling paste of paint, I tried to accent it with some white paint, marker or pen.  I doodled a lot over the paint, the stencil and the adhered papers, blending the colors into the collage of media.Finally, I used some very old, very small wooden alpha stamps to add this phrase from Lily Pulitzer.
“Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring.”The weather where I live is a perfect inspiration for this art journal!
Thanks so much for sticking thru this long description and post with me!  I hope you are inspired to let create a contrasting collage too!

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