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Gelli Plate Packing Tape Transfers – Demo Video

Hello & happy Thursday! I hope you’ve had a good week and been able to carve out some time for arting.

Guess what?!  I have a video to share with you today! This packing tape transfer demo video has been a long time coming, but after a few fruitless attempts it’s finally done and I’m so excited to share it with you!

You can find several different transfer videos and techniques available online. Gelli Arts, in particular, has a really good one that inspired me to give it a try myself.

So, without further ado…

2015-03-30 07.25.56These are the packing tape transfers that I’m going to show you how to make.

You’ll need just a few supplies:

  • Gelli plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brayer
  • Misc mark making tools
  • Clear packing tape

Optional:

  • Book paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Extra Fine glitter
  • Gold or silver leaf

Once you have your supplies together, you’re ready to make your own.

I hope you enjoy my video… thank you for watching!

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And The Winner Is: Joanne! Congratulations, an email has been sent. Happy painting to you!!

 

I have exciting news for you all. I just signed up for Juliette Crane’s upcoming online class, “Happy Painting – A Mini Course” and have decided to take one lucky Art & Whimsy follower along for the adventure!!

So guess what…

It’s Giveaway Time!

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To enter the giveaway you Must be following my blog at ArtandWhimsy.net AND leave a comment on this blog post with a tip for the new artist; advice for someone just starting out.

That’s it…easy peasy!

This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until Saturday, April 10th 11:59 pm pst. The WINNER will be announced on Sunday April 11th before noon! Please make sure that you leave a way to be contacted.

Thanks for following Art & Whimsy and good luck to all!

 

 

Beautiful Soul

Being sick this weekend left me with lots of time for arting so I’ve been busy in my studio creating. That’s still considered “resting”, right? 🙂

2015-04-05 12.49.01I started with a gelli print that I pulled using a StencilGirl stencil, from the November 2014 monthly subscription and adhered that to my journal page.

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I recently discovered some wonderful Donna Downey stencils on Esty and couldn’t resist. I used one of my favorite, Poppy Collage and stenciled that over the gelli print using night, a really dark blue acrylic.

Since my print was a tad smaller that my journal page, I used Faber Castell gelatos, some markers and paint to fill in the edges around the print and give the page a more cohesive look.

Next, for some added texture, I used some punchinella and randomly dabbed another layer of paint through it.

2015-04-05 12.47.24The page was almost done, but I felt it that it needed a pop of something so I used that same piece of punchinella and some old book paper to add a little embellishment to the corners and then finished it off with a sentiment that I had in my scrapbook stash.

Thank you for looking and however you chose to spend this day, I wish you a great one.

 

Dirty Girl

I was recently inspired by the work of Juliette Crane, a wonderful artist that paints an array of whimsical characters that just make me feel happy when I see them.

Side Note: Juliette has an upcoming online class called “Happy Painting – A Mini Course” that I’m excited be enrolled in. registration is now open and the class begins on April 27th. To find out more about Juliette, her work or her many classes, it can be found HERE.

So, as I said, having been inspired by Juliette’s whimsical characters and the ease with which she roughly sketches them out, I decided to give it a go myself. 2015-04-04 12.55.55I call this piece/page “Dirty Girl”, because as the sentiment says, “A flower cannot grow without getting dirty.” 2015-04-04 12.56.57 Using a sponge brush, I roughly laid a base of Pebeo Studio Acrylics, which I love for their subtle iridescent properties.

Without even letting it really dry, because I’m impatient like that, I sketched everything out using a Stabilo Marks All. and just went to town working the paint and adding layers until it turned into something that I rather liked. 2015-04-04 12.56.28I finished it off with a few stars sponged through a Tim Holtz stars stencil and called it a day.

This was definitely a departure from most of the mixed media art journaling I’ve been doing and I really enjoyed the process and the ease with which the process flowed for me.

I encourage you to check out Juliette Crane’s work and as always, thank you for following me on Art & Whimsy.

Art Journal Mini Travel Kit

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A recent weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, with my Beloved, inspired me to put together a mini art journal travel kit.

When we travel I don’t spend time art journaling, but upon our return I like to put together a small daybook, or mini journal, to document our getaway. I add things such as notes, memorable moments, a few favorite photos and various bits of ephemera.

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Having a compact, self-contained kit that I can just toss in my weekend bag, is the perfect little take along for putting together my daybooks during quite moments in our hotel room.

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A couple of months ago I purchased these zip folios from Webster’s Pages. They have several gorgeous colors available, I bought 2 of them. For this kit I used the teal folio.

So what’s in my kit you ask? Surprisingly a lot, considering that the folio only measures 5.25″ x 8″ x 0.5″, but basically it contains what I consider to be my art journaling must-haves.

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  • Water brush
  • Stabilo Marks All pencils – black & blue
  • Fude Ball pen 1.5 – black
  • Uni-ball Signo pen – white
  • Sharpie Extra Fine Paint Pen – white
  • Molotow markers – black & white

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  • Day book/mini journal – Handmade, see process HERE
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Gelatos – I like Faber Castell
  • Text stickers
  • Misc journal cards and hearts that I cut from a sheet of under paper
  • Washi Tape – Handmade, see process HERE

If I want to get really fancy, I my take along a larger wire bound handmade daybook, such as this one that I made using Project Life journal cards.

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You can read about the process for making those HERE.

What you add to your own kit may vary according to your needs, but it’s amazing to see what you can create with just a few basic supplies.

Thanks for reading, I hope this post has inspired you to put together your own art journal travel kit.

I wish you all a wonderful week.

Happy Mail – Mixed Media In Minutes

Two days ago I went to my post office box, expecting the drudgery of sorting through a week’s worth of junk mail & bills, when I spotted it. It had giant fuchsia polka dots, pink packing tape and it was mine, mine, all mine. Happy Mail for me from the lovely Ms. Micheal A. Hodge!!

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I ripped it open with glee… junk mail and bills quickly forgotten… and inside I found a treasure trove of ephemera and misc. bits that she so thoughtfully sent me.

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Having been inspired by my Happy Mail, I decided to enjoy a few minutes creating mixed media this morning. I started with a base of Dyslusions sprays and made some circles using the bottom of the bottles.

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Then using some of the contents of the envelope, as well as some of my own bits, pens and Stabilo Pencil, I created this page in just 15 minutes before work.

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Thank you, Micheal. Not just for the fantastic package of goodies, which I love, but also for the inspiration that you provided. Inspiration that had been lacking as of late.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend full of color!

 

 

Wonderland

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post or art journaling in general, really. So last night I sat down for a few minutes with my journal and some Alice In Wonderland paper dolls that I got from Stampington & Company.

I was a little hesitant, not having done much art other than #30Lists as of late, so I made a point to sit and play without pressure and decided that I would not dwell over anything that didn’t turn out as planned on my page.

I will warn you in advance that my page contains profanity, so if that offends you, you may want to skip this one 🙂

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Thanks for looking, I wish you a happy week.

Documented Life 2015 – Week 7

This week’s challenge was “Cover Up Good Stuff”. The challenge was designed to encourage us to build layers freely and not be afraid to cover up something we like in order to make way for something we might love even more.

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This past Sunday I had a little gelli plate fun with a new color palat that I stumbled upon. As often happens when pulling prints, I quickly built up a pile of that I loved and set them aside for later use. I hadn’t really planned to cover them up, per say, but I decided to trust the process and just go with the challenge.

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I selected one of my favorite prints that had been pulled onto deli paper, adhered it to my journal page with some gel medium and went to town building up layer after yummy layer.

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I used another print, also pulled onto deli paper, circle shapes that I punched out of yet another print, gesso, a stencil, paint, circle stamps from the Journal Impressions set by Paperbag Studios, markers, pens and of course my Stabilo Marks All pencil.

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I also used a print that I had previously pulled onto card stock, using the Art Deco Leaves template by Crafters Workshop. I cut out a row of the leaves and used a little more gel medium to glue it down. To make it pop a bit, I used my Stabilo and a waterbrush to fill in the negative space.

2015-02-18 16.30.04I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately, peeling back the various layers that make up who I am and examining each one. It hasn’t been an easy process, but a necessary one. Doing so has helped me realize a few things about myself and the world around me, but more importantly, it has helped me realize that you know what, I Like who I am and while there’s always room for improvement, I AM enough.

Thank you for looking. I wish you week full of love, laughter and art.

 

Documented Life 2015 – Week 3

This week’s DLP art challenge was “The Color Wheel”. I decided to challenge myself to keep it simple and embrace the negative space. Being one who tends to fill up every bit of the page with color, this was a bit of a stretch for me.

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I started by using a bit of gel medium to add a strip of music sheet to my page. On top of that I stenciled on a design using modeling paste and a Prima Stencil.

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Once that was completely set, I sprayed on some Dylusions in Postbox Red, London Blue and Lemon Zest and let it drip down the page. I heat set that and did the same thing with a bit of Acrylic Ink, for an extra punch of color.

2015-01-20 20.19.12I gave my page a few splatters of Dylusions, in Black Marble and stamped a bee, from the Scribbly Insects as well as my sentiment, onto a scrap of music sheet, cut both out and adhered them onto my page.

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Overall, I’m pleased with the results. I’m glad that I challenged myself to embrace the negative space and welcome all that white into my journal.

Thanks for looking, wishing you a wonderful week!

Documented Life 2015 – Week 2

Keeping with January’s theme, The Blank Page and How to Face It, this week’s DLP art challenge was to work with gesso so I decided to do a gesso resist using Dylusions Spray.

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I started by sponging on a layer gesso over a couple of different stencils onto my pages. I used Mosaic Swirl and Swirly Garden.

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Once the gesso was dry, I sprayed my pages with Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise, Bubblegum Pink and Fresh Lime.

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The gesso resists most of the spray, allowing the stenciled design to come through.

2015-01-13 20.22.54 I stamped a border using Dylusions stamps and some doodles, and did a bit of random stamping to add a bit more layering.

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I stamped Collaged Hearts, by Dina Wakley, onto book paper, cut them out and adhered them with gel medium.

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I also added a few pieces of gelli plate transfer tape that I’d previously made.

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I’m still trying to find a good routine to help keep track of all my artistic endeavors this year and I’m not quite there yet, so I spaced it and forgot that DLP is now also giving us journal prompts. I added a quote that came as part of the stamp set… oh well 🙂

Thanks for looking!

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