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StencilGirl / Imagine Crafts Blog Hop

Today is my turn to jump in on the StencilGirl / Imagine Crafts blog hop action that has been happening since the 19th. There’s been so much artsy goodness going on, I hope you’ve had an opportunity to follow along in the fun.

I’m going to show you how I used StencilGirl stencils, Tsukineko all-purpose inks from Imagine Crafts, and a few other supplies to turn a plain ol’ canvas zip pouch into a colorful travel pouch, perfect for taking with me for art on the go.

These are the supplies that I started with:

  • Canvas zippered pouch
  • Heavy body paint
  • Tsukineko all-purpose inks
  • Smudgee Applicator
  • And of course, Stencils!

When I set up for a project I tend to select my stencils before hand. I may not always use them all, but it’s good to have them handy. For this project I set aside:

I started by washing my zip pouch to remove any sizing it might have, drying it, and giving it a quick base of color using my gel plate. This step is optional. You can give it a base layer by hand, or omit this step altogether.

Since I opted to use my gel plate, I first covered the zipper with tape to help make sure it stayed clean of any paint.

Once that base layer was dry, I used the Bittersweet stencil to add another layer of color.

I then used my Smudgee applicator to dab Tsukineko ink, in Cherry Pink, onto a background stamp, to add additional texture.

Next I stenciled on a design using Circle Play and heavy body paint.

I used the other side of my Smudgee to pounce StazOn Ink, in Black, through my Mini stencil from Private Collection 17.1.

To add additional dimension, I pounced more Cherry Pink ink through Screw Heads Mini.

Because Travel Note, is one of my fave stencils, I just had to use it! I also added more StazOn through the Hashmarks stencil to add more visual interest.

I had stenciled on some white paint through Screw Heads Mini and wanted to tone it down, so I sponged on more Cherry Pink.

Lemon Yellow ink helped bring back the dots I had previously stenciled on, then later covered up with additional layers.

I used StazOn ink and the Travel Note stencil to add a bit of texture to the pouch’s wrist strap then turned the pouch over and performed the same steps on the other side.

After setting it aside to dry for a bit, all that was left to do was to load it up with my fave 4×4 mini stencils, a few pens, brushes, scribble sticks, and a waterbush. There was even enough room to add my Painty Papers Journal and I was ready to art on the go!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Imagine Crafts!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Blog Hop Info

July 21
Belen SoteloYou Are Here

Torrie Gass

Debi Adams

Martha Lucia Gomez

Jessica Litman

Alison Heikkila

July 20
Sandee Setliff

Karen Gaunt
Cindy Gilstrap

Tina Walker
Neva Cole

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Renee Zarate

Elina Stromberg

July 19
Mary C. Nasser
Janet Joehlin
Gwen Lafleur
Carol Baxter

Jennifer Vanderbeek
Nadine Carlier

Roni Johnson
Mischelle Smith

 

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Imagine Crafts’s Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any comments or questions about this post, I’d love to hear them.

Wishing you a beautiful week full of Whimsy!

XO, Belen

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Frida Kahlo ATC Shrine

Hello & happy Monday. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

I was recently on the StencilGirl blog as a guest designer where I shared a step by step tutorial for creating a Frida Kahlo ATC shrine, or nicho as they’re called in Spanish.

I’m a huge Frida fan, so with July fast approaching, the month of her birth and her passing, I wanted to create something special to honor the artist and the woman.

“There is nothing more precious than laughter”

– Frida Kahlo

The full tutorial can be found on the StencilGirl Talk blog. I hope you’ll hop on over and take a look.

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

 

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 ran a stitch down the center of each grouping of pages.

Once your pages are stitched together, it’s 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 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.

To finish it off, I attached each of the page groupings to the inside of my canvas cover. Don’t be afraid to embrace the wonkiness and just eyeball it if you don’t want to measure it out the spacing, that’s what I did.

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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Guest Designer on StencilGirl Talk

Hello & Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share with you today! A while back I was asked by StencilGirl to be a Guest Designer on their blog and create something using their awesome stencils. I made a canvas Travelers Notebook! My post goes live today.

I invite you to head over to the StencilGirl Talk blog to see my step by step tutorial showing how you can create your own.

Planner Charm by Posh Pieces by Melissa on Etsy

Special thanks to my friend Angel for offering me the TN suggestion. What a great way to blend my two loves, mixed media and planners!

Thank you and Happy Stenciling!

xo,

Belen

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Create a Keepsake Tin, Perfect For Gift Giving

Happy Monday! I hope that you all had a nice weekend and got to spend some time doing something you love.

I recently enjoyed playing with a few wonderful products by Art-c and I’m going to share with you how I transformed a Tin with Accordion Book kit into a pretty keepsake holder, suitable for gift giving. It comes with a sturdy accordion style blank book inside, which makes this a great gift idea for the art lover in your life.

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To start with, you’ll need a tin. Art-c has these available in different shapes and sizes. I also recommend checking out their adhesive canvas. It’s super easy and fun to work with. That’s what I’ll be using here.

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First, measure your tin and cut your adhesive canvas to size.

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Next, using Ultra Chalk Paint in Turquoise Blue, I brushed a layer through one of their adhesive stencils. This paint has great body to it, so one coat is plenty.

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I set it aside to dry.

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While my canvas dried, I took a of the burlap flowers from one of their collage kits and brushed the edges of the petals with Metallic paint in Magenta.

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Once dry, I just peeled off the backing and pressed it down to adhere the canvas to my tin,

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Next, I measured and cut some burlap ribbon, also from one of their collage kits.

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I used a bit of adhesive to adhere it to my canvas.

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I then took a few wood letters and gave them a coat of Magenta.

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Using my Groove Tool, also by Art-c, I distressed the letters and dabbed on some Ultra Chalk Paint in black along the edges to give them a shabby chic effect.

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I added a bit of metallic thread, from their collage pack, then used a few drops of fabric adhesive to secure my wood letters and burlap flower to the lid of my tin.

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To finish off my keepsake tin, I added a sentiment tag and a cute little clothes pin.

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And there you have it. A handcrafted keepsake tin, perfect for giving. They’re so easy and fun to make that you just may want to make a couple extra so you can keep one for yourself!

Wishing you a colorful week.

xo,

Belen

Join Me In The Studio: Gelli Plate Play Time

Good morning & Happy Friday! I get quite a few questions on Instagram about the Gelli Plate so I thought I’d invite you guys into my studio for a little play time.

If you’re just getting to know your own gelli plate or still wondering what it’s all about, this video will give you an introduction into the wonderful world of monoprinting and show you the various things that you can create from your gelli prints.

I hope you enjoy the video. If it inspires you to give gelli printing a try, I’d love to see! Please tag me @ArtandWhimsy

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Tutorial: Let’s Pretty Up Those Paint Water Containers!

Happy Wednesday to all of you. I hope that your week is off to a wonderful start.

I have a fun and easy tutorial to share with you today, using some of the great products sent to me by the folks over at Art – C. I’m going to show you how I prettied up my clean-up water jar in just a couple of minutes.

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may know that I’ve taken a liking to watercolor and have participated in a couple challenges and most recently a watercolor class.

Each time I sit down to push some paint around I grab a fresh cup of clean water that I use to hydrate my pigments. My brush clean-up water, on the other-hand, is a whole other matter. Sometimes it’ll sit on my desk for a couple of days before I get around to changing it.

Since we have 2 kitties, and didn’t want them getting into the dirty water, I looked for a covered container. I chose a clear jar with a hinged lid that I picked up at my local craft store. So now that I had a functional container it was time to pretty it up a bit.

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I used a ruler, scissors, a pen or pencil and adhesive canvas by Art-C.

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I eyeballed the width of the flat area of my jar and drew a line right on the canvas with my pencil.

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Then I just cut along the line.

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Now comes the fun part, playing with paint! I used Luxe paints and adhesive stencils. I really enjoyed using these paints; they’re lush and creamy. And those adhesive stencils… oh my! They are perfect for using in a project like this. They have a temporary adhesive that clings to most surfaces and then just lifts right off. I’ve even used these with watercolors and the results are unbelievable!

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I gave my canvas a quick layer of gesso then a base layer of chalk paints, to create a little extra depth.

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I first brushed some of those yummy Luxe paints through one of the larger stencils.

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Then I used a smaller stencil for variation.

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The adhesive backed alphabet stencils were great for adding some quick lettering.

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I used a couple more adhesive stencils to add a bit more visual interest.

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A few doodles and marks to jazz it up a bit then I just peeled the backing off the adhesive and stuck it right onto my jar. It was That easy!

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Now my jar looks cheery and colorful sitting on my desk and offers me a nice reminder to “Get Messy!”

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial, I had fun sharing it with you.

As always, thank you for reading and I wish you a wonderful week!

xo,

Belen

Mixed Media Tutorial: Stitched Journal Spots

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Hello lovelies. I have a pretty cool tutorial to share with you today, but first a little background. This past Christmas I received a wonderful package of hand crafted goodies from a friend and fellow artist in Canada. She’s working on getting a website up, but in the meantime check her out on Instagram. She goes by FiveFingerArtStudio. In the package she sent me she included some of her journal spots that she created using a paper bag and a colored photocopy of one of her backgrounds. I was in love with them and when I used them all up I jumped at the chance to make my own version. Five Finger Art Studio was sweet enough to let me share my take on her journal spots with you. I hope you enjoy.

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For this project I used this round journaling stamp from the Dylusions Write Between The Lines stamp set but if you don’t have one, you can just as easily draw a circle.

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Using a permanent ink, such as StazOn or Memento Luxe, stamp your circle onto whatever paper you want your base to be. I used my 2 favorite things, underpaper and book paper.

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Once your circles are stamped, use a permanent pen to doodle flower petals or a scalloped edge around the circle. The advantage to using underpaper is that your journal spots will already have fabulously random color.

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If you use book paper you’ll want to give your spots some color. you can use your media of choice. I went with Faber-Castell gelatos.

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While your media of choice sets or dries, use that same round stamp to stamp onto white paper or card stock and cut them out.

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Next cut around each of your flower journal spots.

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Using glue or gel medium, affix the stamped circle to the middle of your cut out flower. I used my handy dandy Ranger Glue Stick.

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Once the adhesive is dry, use your sewing machine to add some wonky stitching. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can draw on stitching or add doodles of your choice. I have a very reasonably priced Brother Sewing Machine that’s perfect for my mixed media projects.

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I like to leave the threads long for a more organic look, but that’s entirely up to you.

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And that’s it, your very own unique, stitched, and oh so cool journal spots to add to your art journals and other mixed media projects.

Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Five Finger Art Studio for the inspiration.

Wishing you a beautiful day. Remember to make time for play.

xo,

Belen

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Tutorial: Hand Dyed Ribbon

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I have a quick little tutorial to share with you today. I’m going to show you the process that I’ve been using to dye my own ribbon. For the longest time I’ve been using sari ribbon but thanks to the gals over at Art5Academy I’ve now started using Seam Binding, which is so much more economical.

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To get started you’ll need a few supplies.

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Cut your desired lengths of ribbon.

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Place the ribbon into your plastic bag.

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Spray your choice of ink into the bag. I use Dylusions. They’re wonderfully vibrant and blend beautifully with each other. Just keep in mind that they react to moisture so you don’t want to have your ribbon come into contact with anything wet.

I would suggest to add just a few sprays of color to start, you can always add more as you go along. For the purposes of this tutorial I used Lemon Zest & Bubblegum Pink.

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Introduce other color inks for a cool effect.

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Close the bag up, taking the air out, and scrunch it up with your hands. Don’t be afraid to really manhandle it. Scrunch it, rub it between your hands. You really want to distribute the color.

If you want more color, just open up your bag and add a few more sprays and repeat the scrunching process.

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Once your ribbon has the desired color and coverage that you want, just turn it out onto some parchment paper or a Ranger craft sheet to dry.

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And that’s it, vibrant hand dyed ribbon that you can create in literally a couple of minutes.

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Use it in your art journals, craft projects, mixed media pieces, art tags, or tuck a bit of it into happy mail to really brighten someone’s day.

Thank for reading, I wish you a colorful week filled with art and whimsy.

xo,

Belen

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