The process of art journaling, for me, can be very therapeutic. It’s something I can turn to when I need to explore emotions or experiences that are bigger than me and I find that more often than not, by the time I’m done, I’ve managed to work through the issue, leaving it behind on the pages of my art journal.
This week I’ve been exploring some old baggage that I’ve been lugging around for quite a while now, so after a tough week, a little Friday night art therapy was definitely in order!
I started by scraping on a layer of Dina Wakley’s media acrylic (I LOVE her paints) in turquoise into my journal with an old gift card and adding some texture by using a pallet knife to spread modeling paste over a stencil.
Once that was dry, I used fluid medium to adhere layers of torn paper and a few embellishments, to give the page movement and create even more texture. I finished it all off with some stamping, strips of my own homemade washi tape, and a few doodles using Posca metallic paint pens, which are awesome, by the way.
This was a fun page for me, I like how it turned out and best of all, I walked out of my art room feeling brighter and just a little bit lighter yesterday.
This week’s challenge was to use 3 colors I never use. I was stumped at first, because I just don’t have any colors that I don’t use in one manner or another.
Then it hit me… I have new pearlescent inks that I’ve never used…score! So the colors I chose to use for this challenge were Waterfall Green – Moon Violet – Hot Mama Red, a combination I’ve never used but really like and will surely use again. I added in some rub-ons, bits of happy mail and misc embellies that I had in my stash.
Thanks for looking.
A little about Daler-Rowney FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic Inks
These are gorgeous, highly pigmented colors that dry to a shimmery pearlescent finish. They’re water soluble when wet but once dry they’re water resistant and virtually permanent, at least in my experience and they work great on various substrates such as paper, wood, leather and even glass. They mix well, for making your own custom colors and can be used to make fantastic sprays by adding a couple of droppers of ink to a mister bottle and adding water. I find them to be perfect for mixed media projects.
There are many great resources available, such as books, videos, and classes, to help us learn different art techniques.
While they definitely all have their place, as a lover of books I can’t help picking up new ones that catch my eye, especially when I have a coupon from the local craft store burning a hole in my pocket!
These are just a few of my favorite. They offer a good mix of useful techniques regardless of your skill level.
Books listed below, left to right.
~101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media art
~ Printmaking Unleashed
~ Acrylic Techniques in Mixed Media
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I’ve been asked by quite a few people now, “What is Scor-tape and where do I find it”
Scor-Tape is an amazing permanent adhesive. It’s double sided, acid free, heat resistant and has great “stick power.
It’s the adhesive that I most use in my paper crafting projects, including scrapbooking, handmade books, art journaling and card making.
You can use it with foils, glitter and embossing powders and it’s much easier to work with than fluid adhesives when you want a sharp, crisp lines.
Scor-tape comes in a variety of sizes, although I’m partial to the 1/2” and I buy mine from Amazon because I’ve not seen it in craft stores near me. http://www.amazon.com/Scor-Tape-1-2-X-27yds/dp/B001QWUAVK
A few weeks ago I created a layout for week 36, it was my Birthday Tea, but I wanted to create another with photos that I took on a whirlwind 12 hr trip to Vegas that took place that same week. It was a great day full of first, Patrick’s and my first trip to Vegas, meeting His mom for the first time, and our first time enjoying at Mesa Grill. It was a wonderful day; we arrived back home tired feet, happy hearts and a full tummy!
I received a great question today on my Art & Whimsy
“What do you do with the (washi) tape? I’m trying to think of how much tape I use in a year…maybe two feet? Is this more for scrapping?”
That’s a really good question. There’s actually tons of great uses for washi tape. Aside from being cute, it’s functional. I use it for scrapbooking, art journaling, happy mail, wrapping gifts, blocking time/days off in my weekly planner, making flags on the end of paperclips, decorating the base of tea lights, or just candles in general, wrapping the cords of my various electronic chargers… the list goes on and on. I’ve even seen tutorials of people using washi tape on their fingernails to mask off areas for painting intricate designs with their polish.
Things have been busy this week with work, setting up the new blog and doing some basic level website stuff for one of Patrick’s clients, so I got a little behind on #30Lists…again. Thank goodness for weekends, right? 🙂
Day 25, “What Balance Means To Me” #30Lists
Day 25’s list prompt brought this wonderful quote to mind. I think it really captures what balance means to me.
Day 26, “Rules For Traveling With Me”
This list was a fun one for me, it got me to thinking about different people I’ve traveled with and how their respective travel styles have meshed (or not) with my own. I tend to be pretty easygoing when traveling. Oh not with regards to planning or packing, mind you. I am an INFJ after all and enjoy researching the place, people and culture of my travel destination. Ok, so I also maaaay have a tendency to over pack. A girl’s gotta be prepared “just in case”, right? But on the actual trip I tend to be really easygoing.
Things happen… tickets get lost, reservations can get bungled; I really don’t sweat that kind of stuff. I guess I just figure that there isn’t much that can’t be remedied so I prefer to focus my energy on having a great time and making wonderful memories.
Day 27, “I Am Thankful For” #30Lists
Today’s list prompt made me take some time to reflect on the things I am most thankful for; that’s definitely something I need to try to do more often.
Splatters and Drips
This week’s DLP challenge was “Splatters & Drips”.
For the tip in I used Dr. Martin Bombay India Inks on semi gloss photo paper. I created the splatter effect by dripping ink onto the photo paper and blowing on it through a drinking straw.
The middle page was collaged using a base of Dina Wakley acrylics, they are my FAVE, and a crackle texture stamp by Darkroom Door. Using an image of Queen Elizabeth I cut out of the Sept/Oct issue of Somerset Studio Magazine as a focal point, I added pieces of happy mail received from fellow artists and misc bits that I had in my stash to add layers and dimension.
A few doodles helped bring it all together.
For my scrap layouts I just love the range of colors and compact size of Tsukineko’s memento dew drops, but I was wasting too much time digging for “just the right color”. What I needed was a way to store them that would allow me to see the color at a glance and prevent them from continually toppling over. I reached out to my fellow scrappers in the Project Life group on Facebook and they did not disappoint.
Armed with an idea of what to look for I headed to my local craft store and found these bead boxes that were the perfect solution. For under $3 a box I can store 18 of these little dew drops!
It’s easy, inexpensive, and saves me time so I can spend more of it on my layouts.
Homemade Washi Tape
Homemade Washi Tape is easy and quick to make using your gelli plate, some deli paper, acrylic paints, stayz-on ink and whatever misc stamps you have on hand.
Adhere strips of scor-tape to one side of your deli paper, I used 1/2″. Brayer paint onto your gelli plate & use the other side of the deli paper to pull your print. When your print is dry, use stayz-on ink & stamps to stamp over the dried print. This will help add even more yummy texture and movement to your finished tape.
Using scissors right along the edge of the scor-tape, cut your individual strips of washi.
When ready to use, peel off the paper backing from strip of “washi” & Enjoy your new creation!