Art Journal page with Mica Powders

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Hi all

Here is another art Journal page I’ve done recently inspired by Terri Sproul’s lessons on Tuesdays and her own product Terri Sproul Mixers (Aka mica Powders)

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I used the gel medium image transfer technique on the home laser printed image. And was thrilled with the results. Gel medium i use is Atelier. Its an Australian brand.

Thanks for dropping by.

Stay crafty!

 

 

In Tims Style – April

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Hi all
This is where I challenge myself to see if I can redo Tim’s monthly tag with only things in my stash. I don’t do tags but art journal pages.

Here is Aprils attempt:
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I used:
washi tape in shades of browns and gold.
Fiskars Advantedge system with the ironworks cartridge
Leaves little die from stampin up
I cut the roses out with my fine tip fiskars scissors
Stampin up ink pads – brown, orange, yellow
Acrylic paint
Ribbon that someone gave me and the charm I got in a swap

No Tim Holtz products.

I think it turned out reasonably well.

Thanks for dropping by.

An Art Journal Page …. Tutorial with Minted.com

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Just recently I was contacted by Minted.com about doing a bit of a collaboration type thing…
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They would give me free product in exchange for me to mention them on my blog…. I was asked to “hack” one of their designs into a tutorial here on my blog….. so since I was given permission to do something like that I jumped at the chance!

Minted.com are well known for their art prints but they also have wedding, special occasion stationery that you can customise right on their website and you can also do business cards and envelope return label wraps! Everything is very stylish with a great easy to flow and use website.

I poured through their website over a few days looking at and favouriting all the prints and products I liked…. ended up with a lot on my wish list! LOL

But since I was there to “hack” one of their designs I chose one from my “love” list and made a print into an art Journal page and this is how I did it….

Tutorial for a Mixed Media Art Journal Page:

This is what it looked like a the end:
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You will need:
Art journal (or a piece of white card stock)
Black ink – and a brush
Blue fabercastell gelato in CottonCandy
Magenta and light yellow acrylic paint
Liquifying Medium (optional) and white Gesso
Background pattern stencil
tissues
Pallette knife or old Keycard/plastic card
Copic ink refils in YR23 and 0 colourless blender
with a plastic lid or container for the colour palette

1. water down some black ink and sploge it over the left and right of your page
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2. lift some wetness off with a bunched up tissue it also ads texture
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3. scribble blue gelato onto your palette and use a wet brush to apply over and near the areas of faded black ink.
Also join the left and right sploges together with sploges of blue…. (yea making a new word!)
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4. Add drops of the yellow copic refill to the pallet and add colourless blender to make it watery and lighter in colour and plop it in areas over the page. this is your flower centers.
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5. use your background pattern stencil/mask and the white gesso and put it near the top righthand and bottom left hand of the page. Let this page dry completely before carrying on.
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6. Use the liquify medium if you have it and mix with the magenta acrylic paint to let it flow more easily and apply the colour around the yellow centres roughly….. no need to be perfect here.
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7. add black ink branches with a thin brush between the blooms
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8. Touch up the yellow centres with yellow acrylic paint and add a little more blue gelatos in spaces to bring it out more.
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9. you are complete
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One step further:
You could add a favourite quote if you want….. in black marker
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all the best and happy crafting.

Thanks to minted.com and Alex for letting me do this post. Much appreciated.

 

A Key Greeting card…. tutorial with Minted.com

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Hi all

Just recently I was contacted by Minted.com about doing a bit of a collaboration type thing…
minted_header_logo
They would give me free product in exchange for me to mention them on my blog…. I was asked to “hack” one of their designs into a tutorial here on my blog….. so since I was given permission to do something like that I jumped at the chance!

Minted.com are well known for their art prints but they also have wedding, special occasion stationery that you can customise right on their website and you can also do business cards and envelope return label wraps! Everything is very stylish with a great easy to flow and use website.

I poured through their website over a few days looking at and favouriting all the prints and products I liked…. ended up with a lot on my wish list! LOLBut since I was there to “hack” one of their designs I chose one from my “love” list and made a print into a greeting card and this is how I did it….

 

Tutorial for A Key Greeting Card:

You will be making:
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you will need:
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Dark brown A4 sheet of card stock
A4 sheet of white card stock (watercolour paper too if you have it)
FaberCastell Gelatos in BubbleGum and Guava colours
Water Brush
Sentiment stamp and Key stamps with acrylic block and Brown ink pad
small plastic container or plastic sheet to scribble your gelatos onto.
adheasive
paper Trimmer or scissors

1. cut your brown card stock in half then fold one half in half again to make your card base.
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2. Trim the watercolour card stock (or plain white card stock) to 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″But DONT STICK DOWN YET
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3. scribble the Guava Gelato into the plastic container
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4. Paint onto the watercolour card (or white card stock) a rough circle/oval shape in the middle repeating steps 3 and 4 with darker BubbleGum Gelato over top… This helps add a little depth.
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5. Waiting for the above steps to dry….
Trim white card stock too 5 1/2″ x 4″ and stick down onto your brown card base
then Trim brown card stock too 4 3/4″ x just over 3 3/4″ and stick on top of your white piece.
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6. stamp your sentiment onto the painted circle piece of card stock with brown ink pad just above middle as shown
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7. stamp your keys around the sentiment…. in different directions as shown
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8. keep stamping till you get a loose square formation over the round painted circle
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9. Stick your stamped panel to your card front and you are finished!
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See – wasn’t that easy?
off you go and have a try… there are plenty of key stamps out on the market, mine are old Fiskars stamps they could still be out there.

Have fun and see if you can do it with different stamps like bottle stamps, dress stamps, anything slightly long in shape… maybe flowers with stems?

Experiment away and have fun.

All the best and happy Creating.
Thanks to Alex at Minted.com for letting me do this post.

 

 

 

 

New Easter Project Post tutorial over at Arnold Grummer

Hi all

I have an Easter tutorial project over at Arnold Grummer DT blog for you

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go on and check it out see what I do with my colourful hand made papers and my chinese brush painted chicks!

click here

Happy crafting!

Sparrows done in Chinese Brush painting

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I have graduated myself from bamboo to sparrows in Chinese brush painting…
I invest in this book and its teaching me heaps!

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Its definitely helped with the great tutorials on youtube as well.

These are my results…
“Three birds looking one way”
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And this
“Three Birds Interacting”

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Both are A4 size.
Thanks so much for dropping by

Stay creative!

In Tims Style – march tag

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Hi all
Tim Holts has released his next tag tutorial… This is my result

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I must admit that i didn’t have ANY of his stuff that he used on this months tag… Yes thats a spritzer in the photo – but i bought that from stampin up years ago.

I cut out a egg shape stencil with my fingertip craft knife and used my very own splatter stamp to make it a speckled egg.
The nest was made by stamping branches and then drawing in the nest with markers.

I had fun doing this page.
Thanks for dropping by
Stay crafty!

Drying flowers under 5 min?

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Can you really dry flowers in under 5min?
Yes! Yes you can!
With a microwave flower press from Arnold grummer

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Ok off you go and check out my post at the Arnold grummer dt blog and see how i did it.

Tutorial: scrapbook page with stamping

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Yea i know, scrapbooking! LOL
Here are instructions on how to make this page….

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First of all i did this in A4 size but im sure you can adapt to 12×12″ – you can do it…. ;)

You will need:
Black cardstock A4 size (or 12×12 if you want to scrap that size)
Green cardstock 12×12 size
Stamps: various sized square stamps and a script stamp
Black ink pad
One 6×4 photo portrait orientation if A4 (if you are doing 12×12 you have a choice of landscape or portrait orientations as you will have enough room)
Yellow ribbon
Shear bow in white (optional)
A tag to write on
Your fave adhesive
Pen to write with
And an arrow cut our with either a die or scissors in yellow or green cardstock scrap.

1. Cut three green squares of cardstock about 4 1/2″ square
Then stamp them using a script stamp and some square stamps. Any you have will do fine in black ink.

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2. Stick the squares down on the black cardstock.

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3. Stick your 6×4 photo in place.

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4. Use yellow ribbon to make a cross/framed formation on the layout to one side as pictured.

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5. Attach your sheer bow on the layout to the bottom left of the photo.

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6. Attach the tag and arrow on the layout to the top left of your photo.
I used dimensional foam adheasive for these elements.

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7. Write on your layout and an option would be to put dotted white lines around the square panels if you want with a white gel pen.

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You are done!

Have fun and congrats!

Live drawing at a Church family camp

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Hi all
This weekend i went to a church camp… The kids had heaps of fun and there were meetings for the adults. Very relaxing atmosphere, and we were allowed to do what we wanted or attend the meetings. It was fab….

I took with me some minimal supplies:

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Watercolour pencil set
Sketch book
In my mini kit: (stampin up wide DVD case)
cutting tools (for cutting pages out of my sketch book)
Fingertip craft knife is my pencil sharpener
2b pencil
3 water brushes filled with water
Old face cloth (for blotting brushes etc)
White Uniball gel pen
1.0 and .5 copic multi liner pens

During the relaxing times i drew peoples portraits… I chose them randomly – mostly without them knowing so they were playing and talking and eating outside/inside without me knowing i drew them until i gave them their portait…. I ended up calling it “Portrait Bombing”

Here are some that i did…. (I had forgot my eraser- it freaked the perfectionist in me out)

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But i perfected my drawing without the eraser…. I used a light grey watercolour pencil for the guide lines.
And ended up with great results….

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So over all i had a great time drawing.
Thanks for dropping by. ;)

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