Mounting Unmounted Stamps

Hello my crafty peeps! After receiving several comments and questions on Instagram about how to mount full sheets of unmounted stamps, I thought I’d film a quick process video.

The stamps that I’ll be mounting in the video are from Invoke Arts on Etsy. I’ve had mixed feelings about this shop in the past but decided to place another order and I’m happy to say that shipping was really fast this time. I had my stamps in about 4 days.

I purchased my EZ Mount from Amazon. You may not need a 10 pack, but it’s handy stuff to have on hand.

The DVD cases that I use to store my mounted stamps can also be found on Amazon.

Thanks for watching my video. Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Belen

On-the-Go Washi Tote

Hey planner babe! Today I’m excited to share with you my new on-the-go Washi Tote. It holds a ton and is perfect for taking along to planner meetups. No more having to go through the painful process of choosing “just a few rolls” to take! 🙂

A few months ago, I was at a meetup and saw a fellow planner girl with her washi in a clear tube. Not sure if she had the tote, but she mentioned that she got the tube at Hobby Lobby. I’d looked a couple of times but hadn’t found it.

Earlier this week, I was browsing the isles, looked up, and there were a couple of the tubes, hanging right next to this tote!  Apparently they sell extra empty tubes as well. That might be a good option for you if you want to be able to swap out already put together tubes of coordinated washi.

The brand is The Paper Studio and I picked the tote up for 50% off its original price of $24.99. You can purchase it in store and online, HERE.

It was originally designed to be a  ribbon storage tote. Each zippered, clear plastic tube is secured with a strip of velcro and removable for easy access.

Each tote contains 6 tubes, that’s a whole lotta washi!

Dimensions:

Tote:

  • Length: 4″
  • Width: 11 1/2″
  • Height: 6 1/4″

Tube:

  • Width:10 1/4″
  • Diameter: 1 3/4″

Thanks for reading.

Happy Planning!

xo,

Belen

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Tissue Paper Dyed Ribbon Tutorial

Hi all, hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’m back in the studio after a much needed get away with my Love to New Orleans. We ate, walked, sweated in the humidity, ate, saw alligators, toured the swaps and the city and oh yeah… ate some more! It was a wonderful trip but I came back itching to get in my studio and push some paint around.

As I was making some art tags I noticed that my hand dyed ribbon stash was in need of replenishing so I decided to whip up a few batches. I like to use sari ribbon a lot, but dyeing my own ribbon gives me a greater variety of color. You may recall that I previously shared my technique for creating hand dyed ribbon with Dylusions Sprays. You can find that post HERE.

Today I’m going to show you another technique for dyeing your own ribbon. This one uses bleeding tissue paper. This method produces a more subtly dyed ribbon than using Dylusions, but it’s nice to have that variety in my ribbon stash.

You’ll need:

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  • Bleeding Tissue paper. I used Spectra because it bleeds beautifully. Not all tissue bleeds.

I also recommend working on a Craft Sheet for 2 reasons. It helps keep your tissue wet and it protects your work area from becoming stained. Also, if inky fingers are a problem, you might want to wear gloves..

Tear your tissue paper into pieces. You’re welcome to cut it with scissors, but I like the effect that the randomly shaped/sized pieces create.

Cut your seam binding to the desired length and lay it out on your craft sheet. try to keep the strands separate so that more surface area comes in contact with the bleeding tissue.

Spray liberally with water.

Arrange the torn pieces of tissue on top of the wet seam binding. Spray again with water to help the transfer of color. How long you leave your tissue on is a matter of personal preference. I tend to spray it, let the colors bleed for about 10 mins, scrunch it with my fingers, move the tissue around, spray it again, and let it sit another 10 minutes or so.

When you take your tissue pieces off, you’ll find that the dye in it has transferred to your seem binding, leaving its yummy color behind.

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Whimsy Tip:

The wet tissue that you just removed still has color that can be utilized. Below I used it to add some background color in one of my mini art journals.

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Ok now it’s time to dry our dyed ribbon. Hit it with your heat gun. I’m using a Wagner HT, which I love.

This is also a good time to scrunch up your still wet ribbon as it dries, if you’d like a crinkled effect. Just be careful not to burn yourself with the heat of the gun! You’ll see that as the ribbon begins to dry, your colors will become more vivid.

Once your ribbon is dry, it’s ready to be used on your art tags, in your art journal or in any number of mixed media projects. Just keep in mind that if it becomes wet, the color may transfer to other surfaces. If that’s not something you want, be careful not to allow it to come in contact with anything wet.

Have fun, mix and match colors, see what works for you.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a wonderful week full of color!

xo,

Belen

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Portable Printer Showdown – Comparison & Review

Hello lovelies. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I’m sharing a comparison video and a review of the two new portable printers that I’m currently using for my memory keeping, the Fuji Instax Share Printer 2 (Gold)  and the HP Sprocket in white.

I also give you a peak at the cases I store my portable, smart phone printers in:

Khanka Hard Case Travel Bag and the CaseSack Travel Pouch Case with Zipper in Rose Gold.

If you found the video helpful, please take a moment to give it a thumbs up. Thanks for watching. have a great week!

xo,

Belen

StencilGirl Design Team!

Hello & happy Tuesday. I have big news to share with you today! StencilGirl has invited me to join their design team and I am over the moon!

I’m so grateful for this opportunity to be able to play with stencils, share my art and be inspired by a wonderful group of stencil loving people.

You can meet the rest of the design team and read the full announcement over on StencilGirl Talk.

I hope you’ll follow along and share in this adventure with me. It’s sure to be a fabulous year!

Wishing you a week full of art and full of whimsy…

xo, Belen

 

Art Marks – Final Week

Hello Lovelies! Today I’m sharing the final week+ of Art Marks. Since it’s a 30 day challenge, you’ll see the last couple days of the challenge tacked onto the end of this blog post.

Wowzers, it was such a FUN month! Art Marks really helped me loosen up in my journal. I played with abandon, embraced those oops moments and had such a memorable experience. I’m so happy that I decided to jump in!

Day 22 – Spiral

Day 23 – Numerous

Day 24 – Squared

Day 25 – Odd

Day 26 – Even

Day 27 – Connected

Day 28 – Dotted

Day 29 – Inside

Day 30 – Numbered

A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone that followed my participation in Rae Missigman’s #artmarks30daychallenge , here and on Instagram.

Thank you for the kind comments and all the Instaluv!

I’m crossing my fingers, hoping she does a third round. In the meantime, I think I’ll pick some prompts from the first round and finishing filling up my Painty Papers Journal.

Wishing you a week full of art and full of whimsy!

xo, Belen

 

 

Art Marks, Week 3

Good morning & Happy Friday. Week three of Art Marks is done and it was another great one! I don’t know that I’ve ever felt as much creative energy flowing as I do now. This challenge has really helped me open up, have fun and just enjoy the process for what it is.

If you didn’t jump in on this round, and kinda wish you had, I encourage you to do it. It’s not too late to grab your journal and go at your own pace. If you’re on Instagram, tag me @ArtandWhimsy and I’ll be there to cheer you on.

Day 15 – Transparent

Day 16 – Half

Day 17 – Pinpoint

Day 18 – Striped

Day 19 – Encircled

Day 20 – Open

Today’s prompt reminded me of how I used to struggle to cover things up in my art journaling. Sometimes it was bits of “precious” ephemera that I’d hoarded since the beginning of time. At others, maybe a particularly juicy spot on the page where the paint had pooled just so.
I used to be so resistant. What if I didn’t like it after I covered it? What if I ruined my page?
It took me a long while to learn to Be Open to other possibilities in my art… Open to other outcomes. Even to Be Open to not liking the end result, but learning something in the process. Nowadays I don’t let that old hesitation stop me. There will always be more ephemera and paint. I’ve learned to trust in myself, enjoy the process and embrace those learning moments when they present themselves. 💖

Day 21 – Parallel

Thank you for following along. I wish you a weekend full of art and full of whimsy!

xo,

Belen

Art Marks, Week 2

I can hardly believe that we’re already at the halfway point of the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge. I have to admit that I’m a bit proud of myself for managing to keep up on the daily prompts, which is a huge accomplishment for me. I think that limiting how much time I give myself on each prompt has had a lot to do with making this art challenge manageable for me.

If you want to get in on the fun, there’s still time! New people are joining everyday, so grab you Painty Papers Journal and jump in! You can find all the challenge details on Rae Missigman’s blog.

Day 8 – Filled

Day 9 X’d

Day 10 – Horizontal

Day 11 – Just One

Day 12 – Erased

Day 13 – Sketched

Day 14 – Vertical

Thanks for following along and sharing in my art journey. I wish you a wonderful week full of Whimsy.

xo,

Belen

Art Marks – Week 1

My first week of participating in the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge has been such fun and I’m excited to share it with you. If you follow me on Instagram you may have read that I post daily there and allow myself 15 minutes for each daily prompt. My Painty Papers Journal has been such a treasured place to just play and have fun with some of my favorite pens, paints and stencils.

It’s not too late to join the party!. You can find all the details on Rae’s Missigman’s blog.

Day 1 – Clustered

Day 2 – Repeating

Day 3 – Layered

Day 4 – Stacked

Day 5 – Round

Day 6 – Black & White

Day 7 – Arrow Like

Thanks for following along. I wish you a beautiful week & Happy Arting!

xo, Belen

Painty Papers Journal Tutorial

Hello hello! I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted here on the blog. Between special projects, art challenges and playing in my planners, time just seems to fly! There’s lot’s going on in the world of Art & Whimsy, but blogging is something I’m going to be better about from here on out. Today I’m excited to share a fun and super easy Painty Papers Journal tutorial with you. But first, a little about what I’m using mine for.

If you’re on Instagram you may have seen that a couple of months back there was a 30-day art challenge hosted by Rae Missigman called ArtMarks. If you missed it, you can read more about it on her blog. I didn’t participate in that round, but she decided to host another beginning April 1st, so I decided to jump on board. My decision to participate was rather last minute so I decided to just whip up a journal rather than buy one and I’m so happy i did.

There are countless methods for making mini journals to be found online, but this is what I came up with and was able to put together in a short while. Please keep in mind that my sewing technique is what you’d call “wonky” at best, but I didn’t let that stop me and you shouldn’t either. There’s something glorious in the wonkiness that makes it “imperfectly perfectly” once it’s done. So let’s get started, shall we?

I started by gathering painty papers. Some I had in my stash, either created by me or shared with me, and others I whipped up right before I started. Now, while I call this journal a Painty Papers Journal, you can add nearly any kind of substrate you’d like… canvas, specialty papers, recycled packaging… etc.

I added more texture, color, and visual interest to my painty papers using stencils, like these here from StencilGirl Products. Some of my current favorite are:

Next I tore the painty papers into my desired size and arranged them in the order I wanted them. I also separated them into 3 signatures (groups of pages) of 5 pages each. While this particular art challenge is 30 days long, this set up will yield 60 individual pages. It’ll give me some flexibility to do single or double page spreads, or even go back and complete the first round of ArtMarks, if the mood strikes me. Once you have your pages arranged, use clips to secure them in place.

Using a ruler and pencil, find and mark the center of each of your signatures. This is going to be your stitch guideline.

Stitch along your line. If you don’t have a machine, or if you’d prefer to do this step by hand, that works just as well.

Repeat for each signature.

Now that your signatures are stitched, this is a great time to add a few more layers and details to your painty pages. You can use stamps, washi, other papers, ribbon, etc.

Once that’s done it’s time to fashion a cover for your mini journal. In my stash I had this piece of gelli printed canvas that I created using the Circles Circles stencil from StencilGirl. I may add more paint & pen work to my cover as the month progresses, but it’s a good start.

I roughly eyeballed the size that I needed my cover to be and stitched the edges using my machine.

Next, I trimmed my canvas down to size and stitched on some bits of my Hand Dyed Ribbon to use as a closure,

For the last step, I needed to stitch the signatures to the inside of my canvas cover. You have the option to use your ruler, find the center, and draw a line, then draw lines on either side, to use as a guide when stitching in your signatures. Me, again embracing the wonkiness of it all, I just eyeballed it. A few quick stitches to the top and bottom of each signature, and done!

And there you have it, a unique, handcrafted Painty Papers Journal just waiting to be filled.

It’s not too late to get in on the ArtMarks fun, over on Instagram. If you decide to make your own journal and jump in, please please TAG ME so I can see your glorious work!

Thanks for following along, I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. I wish you a beautiful week.

Happy Arting!

xo,

Belen

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