Mermaid Madness Blog Hop with StencilGirl

Hi and welcome to the StencilGirl Mermaid Madness Blog Hop!

It’s such a joy to take part in this event. There’s something so magical about the sea. The smell. the sound, the feel of the sand between my toes. It all speaks to me on a deep level.

For this page I used the Love Mermaid stencil, an assortment of paints, gesso, my art journal, some misc fishnet-like embellishment and of course, more stencils! You can use an assortment to create texture and movement on your page. I used: Random Circles, Shoreline Mini, and Rolls.

After giving my page a quick coat of gesso i began building layers a little at a time. I used an assortment of blue, mint & teal paints and ink inks. I also added in some gold to mimic the color of sand. Without really waiting for anything to dry, I started sponging on white through my stencils to create texture.

 

To add some depth and dimension to my page, I darkened it towards the bottom. The gradual process of getting my background to where I wanted it was one of creating layers, covering them up, and adding more back in.

Once I stenciled on my mermaid I painted in her body and face with flesh tone paint, gave her some makeup, and added a some shading details.

To finish things off, I cut the vinyl embellishment that I picked up at the craft store to size and stamped a sentiment on old book paper.

I adhered both to my page with gel medium.

And done my journal page was complete.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY?!!

Three luck winners will be chosen on July 17th at Noon CST!

Entering is easy. Just comment on this post. When you’re done, swim on over to each of the blogs listed below and leave a comment there as well.

Comment, for a chance to win, by noon CST on July 16, 2017.

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. One comment per blog, please. Good luck to all who enter!

More mermaid projects from Gwen Lafleur, Karen Gaunt, Tina Walker, and Louise Nelson can be seen HERE.
Also, be sure to hop on over to see original projects from the stencil designers.
Thanks for visiting. I wish you a Mer-mazing week full of Art and full of Whimsy!

XO, Belen

 

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Mark Making With Design Memory Craft

Hi artsy peeps. Today is a Big day for me and I’m so excited to share it with you. Today is my first post as part of the Faber Castell team!

I created a quick art journal page using Gelatos, Pitt Pens, and a few other Design Memory Craft supplies.

The full post can be found over on the Design Memory Craft blog.

xo, Belen

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“Currently”, In My World of Whimsy

Hello lovelies. Art and Whimsy here with something a little bit different for you today. I don’t normally share a whole lot of personal info on social media. Mainly because, despite my social media presence, I’m a fairly private person. Another reason is that I really didn’t think that my every day life would be something of interest to anyone outside of my immediate circle.

However, as it turns out, I’m getting more questions on Instagram and Facebook from people who just want to know random bits of info about my day to day. I thought this might be a good opportunity for me to open up a bit more and give you a peek into what’s currently going on in my colorful world of whimsy. So, here we go….

I’m Currently:

Obsessed With:

Planner bows and charms from DaintyKayPlans on Etsy. Seriously, these bows make me swoon, they’re so pretty. Tammy Kay does a gorgeous job with them and I love seeing them clipped onto my TNs.

Distress Oxides from ranger Ink and creating art tags. I purchased the first 12 colors of Oxides when they first came out a few months back and now I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of the next 12 colors that I have on pre-order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

And of course, I’m still thoroughly obsessed with all things Frida Kahlo related, including the stunning Sandra Everston stamps from RubberMoon. If you’re a Frida fan, you’ll definitely want to check these out!

I’m Currently:

Working On:

I’m currently working on wrapping 10 prezzies for the #craftyplannergirlswap on Instagram, hosted by Florence Antonette. My swap partner is the sweet Kanani of Studio L2E and I’ve had such a great time shopping & wrapping these gifts.

 

Planning In:

So many planners & TNs, so little time! I’m currently planning in my No. 4 Mochi Foxy Fix that’s adorned with this gorgeous charm from PoshPiecesByMelissa on Etsy

 

Following on Instagram:

I follow lots of wonderful artists and Instagram feeds, but these are a few of the ones that I currently find myself frequently checking to see if they’ve posted.

soul_positive – I just adore Kristi and her feed. It’s filled with bright colors, inspiring words, and the many wonderful tags that she creates.

positivelypresent – This one just makes me smile. It’s all about positivity, awareness and self love.

travelwiththe1407 – Because they carry the cutest monthly traveler’s notebook kits, in like the history of Ever!

stencilgirl_products – Not only am I on their design team, I am a HUGE fan of their stencils. They have tons of fabulous artists that have designed stencils for them and many talented people to use them, so their feed is frequently filled with loads of painty inspiration.

Playing:

I’m a total gamer girl. Love nights when Patrick stay in with a good game and play until the wee hours. Right now we’re playing Secret World Legends. It’s the updated version of Funcom’s RPG, The Secret World. In game I’m basically a blade wielding, fire throwing, bad ass chick who’s fighting in a secret war of good vs evil as supernatural forces threaten the modern-day world. Good times, good times.

Reading:

I love to read, always have. I enjoy many different genres but lately I’ve really been into dystopian sci-fi and fantasy. Currently, I’m working my way through the Nightside series by Simon R. Green but I’ll take a break from this series as soon as I’m done with my current book to read the next installment in the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey.

Listening to:

I’m currently listening to a new podcast… Starving For Attention.

It’s basically a glimpse into the world of food, with Chef Richard Blaise and his wife Jazmin. It features back-of-house conversations with anyone and everyone in the culinary industry.

For someone that spends so much of her time with her boyfriend, talking about food, researching their next great meal, discussing chefs and foodie-ish things like the merits of eating with all of your senses, not to mention being a big time fangirl of Chef Richard Blais, this podcast is right up my alley.

(Did I tell you about the time he gave me a high-five at his restaurant, Juniper & Ivy for taking a photo of him taking a photo of Chef Anthony Wells??) Total #foodiefangirl moment!

I’m Currently:

Stocking In My Etsy Shop:

After selling out the first time around, I’ve finally restocked more Creative Collage Packs in my Etsy Shop. These are great for art journaling, collage and various other mixed media projects. Hope you’ll drip by for a look.

Thanks for joining me as I share a peek into my world. If you’ve found anything of interest here, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.

Wishing you a beautiful week,

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

 

 

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:

and

  • 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

 

 

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