Posts Tagged ‘artjournaling’

StencilGirl / resketch Blog Hop

Hi friends, welcome to my blog! Today, in honor of Earth Day, StencilGirl has teamed up with resketch for a fantastic blog hop!

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated worldwide on April 22. People from around the world come together to celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for environmental protection.

In case you aren’t familiar with resketch, they create wonderful journals and books, often using reclaimed paper. That makes their products some of the most eco-friendly paper products in the world.

I’m excited to share with you what I created, so let’s dig in! After you’re done here be sure to hop on over to the other blogs and comment along the way for a chance to win the Giveaway!

 

I stared off with giving my page a coat of gesso.

I brushed on a blue background, using acrylic paint and rough strokes to creates some texture.

Next I used Dina Wakley’s white gesso, in random spots over the glow to add a variation of dimension. This is my favorite gesso for this type of application, I basically just use it like white paint.

Next, using that same white gesso, I sponged on a leaf pattern from the Inspired By Frida stencil, then went back over it with a mixture of greens.

I used black acrylic to sponge on Frida’s hair & eyebrows, as well as some bright yellow for her blouse.

After giving the paint a minute or two to dry, I went back over the blouse with fuchsia acrylic to add a few details to her blouse.

Once everything was dry, I added Frida’s trademark floral headpiece, again, using the Inspired by Frida stencil. I did this using an assortment of gel pens.

I added a small spider monkey to her shoulder, a couple of butterflies, and stamped out a sentient.

To finish it off I added an assortment of mark using the Soulful Scribbles Dots Dash stencil.

Thank you for following along. Please leave a comment below for a chance to win the giveaway prize!

And what would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

One lucky winner will receive both StencilGuts
AND a
Resketch Gift Pack !

What do you have to do to enter? Just leave a comment below. Then visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Wednesday, April 25th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Thursday, April 26th.

Blog Hop Order

Mary C. Nasser

Tina Walker

Belen Sotelo

Debi Adams

Torrie Gass

Cindy Gilstrap

Kiala Givehand

Janet Joehlin

 

StencilGirl / Lindy’s Gang Blog Hop

Hi and thank you for stopping by my blog! I’m so excited to be taking part in this StencilGirl / Lindy’s Gang Blog Hop. For me, this was a wonderful opportunity to bring together products from two companies that I’m crazy about,

This is a BIG blog hop, full of inspiration from both creative teams, so after you’re done here be sure to hop on over to the other blogs and comment along the way for a chance to win the Giveaway!

I started with a spiral bound media journal and gave it a generous layer of gesso. I taped off the handle so as to not get gesso on it.

Once the gesso was dry, I used modeling paste and the Fleur Mix Stencil to add some texture to the cover.

I added color using some of Lindy’s fabulous sprays. The colors I used were:

  • Tears On My Pillow Tangerine
  • Summer Lovin’ Sea
  • Mango Mania
  • Autumn maple Crimson

After hitting it with a heat gun, I used the New Orleans 4 stencil and a bit more modeling paste to add some contrasting texture.

While that dried, I sprayed some resin moulded flowers with Autumn maple Crimson Lindy’s spray then rubbed a bit of gesso lightly over the tops of each to enhance the ridges and grooves.

I added some scraps of trim that I had in my stash and an old photo, then added Sandra Dee Sepia spray and touches of Magical Shaker in Guten Tag Teal for contrast.

To finish it off, I added some burlap and lace butterflies and mounted all the pieces to my journal using hot glue.

Thank you for following along. Please leave a comment below for a chance to win the giveaway prize!

Blog Hop Order:
April 18
Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Kate Palmer
Cindy Wille
Natalie May
Pascale Bernard
Anat Weksler
Bertheas Peggy aka Nirvana
Elena Martynova

April 19
Belen Sotelo – You are here
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Torrie Gass
Janet Joehlin
Valerie Ouellet
Aga Baraniak
Sivan Amedi
Aleksandra Mihelič
Joanna Marquet
Phoebe Tonosaki
Caroline Parent

April 20
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt
Louise Nelson
Sherry Canino
Kerry Fellowes
Yulianna Efremova
Kasia Bogatko-Skoczypiec
Olga Bielska
Olga Ravenskaya

 

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to Lindy’s Gang
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Lindy’s Gang’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25.

 

Art On The Go – A Look Inside My Travel Art Kit

Hi friends. I love to travel and find that my creative self is often inspired by the sights, sounds, & scents of the places I visit. After a full day of exploring, or even before heading out for the day on a new adventure, I enjoy spending some quiet time getting my art on.

I’m frequently asked which art supplies I take with me when I travel, so I thought it time to share a detailed post.

“Memories are the best souvenirs”

While some of the kit’s content can vary a bit, depending on my mood, travel destination, or a new art supply that I may be obsessing over, for the most part I’ve found what works for me and I stick with it.

Here is my most recent travel art kit that I put together for our recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

Kit Contents:

– Small Journal

I whipped up one of my own Painty Papers Journals the night before we left and slipped it into a travelers notebook cover by Foxy Fix.

– Water Soluble Pencil

I’m using a dark blue Aquarelle by Faber Castell.

– White Pens & Markers

For detailed info

– Black Pens & Markers

For detailed info

– White Gesso

I like Dina wakley’s brand by Ranger because I they come in small tubes. The white gesso pulls double duty as gesso and as white “paint”.

– Dark Heavy Body Acrylic

For the dark paint I like using “Night” rather than Black, because it’s a deep blue with a wonderful depth of color.

– Small Paint Brushes

– Water Brush

– Scribble Sticks

I like Dina Wakley’s scribble sticks because they’re easy to transport, water soluble, inexpensive & come in a wide range of colors.

– Gelatos

I like that they’ll go on dry and pull double duty as a wet medium, with a little water.

– Glue Stick

Uhu is great for humid climates.

– Watercolors

I like the colors in the Jane Davenport Bright Palette. They’re inexpensive, come in a tin that helps them travel nicely, & they offer a nice pop of color.

– Spray Bottle

Ranger’s Mini Mister is perfect for travel.

– Ephemera

I take a small assortment of stamped images, decorative papers, & bits of painty underpaper. These are great for collage and adding texture & color

– Stencils

I absolutely love the 4×4 stencils by StencilGirl. They’re the perfect size for travel. You can also cut down larger stencils into smaller pieces, like with their ATC Mixup Stencil. I also just added smaller stencil bits to my kit from Traci Bautista.

– Baby Wipes

They’re handy for tidying up and a great tool for removing paint through stencils for texture.

 

Tucking my stencils right under the band of my travelers notebook keeps them all together in one place.

The Bag:

I’ve tried several types of pouches and bags for my travel art kit and finally found something that I love. It’s a Wash Bag from Lorton & Horn. It has a flat bottom and has a great doctor’s bag opening for easy access.

The best part is that it’s roomy enough to hold all of my travel must-haves plus new additions to the kit, like this set of oil pastels and new Posca Markers.

 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain

 

Enjoying some art time as we arrive on the island of Kauai

Thank you for joining me as I share a peek into my travel art kit. If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you.

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

xo, Belen

StencilGirl / Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition Blog Hop

Hi friends! Today is the start of the StencilGirl and Kiala Givehand Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition Blog Hop. The hop runs from January 10-12, 2018. That’s three days full of art inspiration!

I’m excited to share with you what I’ve created. When you reach the bottom of my post, remember to comment to enter the giveaway. Also, be sure to click on the rest of the StencilGirl team to hop on over to their blogs for even more wonderful inspiration! Hop along all three days and leave comments along the way, for multiple chances to enter the giveaway!

For this journal page I selected a three cards from the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ and a few of my fave StencilGirl stencils. I also decided to use watercolor as my primary medium, so I selected a few colors to use.

After priming my page with gesso, My first card from the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ directed me to use my non dominant hand, for me that ‘s my left, to scribble onto my page . I used a water soluble pencil.

My second card said to randomly add tissue paper or painted paper towel. I strayed a bit and decided to use underpaper because I love it so much.

Next, I laid down some color, using watercolors.

To help unify everything, I brushed on a bit of gesso.

My third card from the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ directed me to use a stencil. I chose the Uplifting Words Stencil. I sponged on random words using a light colored acrylic.

Going back to my first card, to direct me what to do next, I used my left hand to doodle on more color and add a few more scribbles.

I wanted to add a bit more texture to my page, so I used the Repetition Stencil and watercolor. For those of you who aren’t sure, yes you absolutely can use watercolor with your stencils! I would suggest, however, that you may want to use a drier brush. It will still yield a wonderfully imperfect pattern with some fun seepage, but it will still allow your pattern to be discernible.

Going back to my non dominant hand, I made some marks, using my brush and more watercolor.

Next, I stenciled on “Be Present” using the Uplifting Words Stencil and a dark blue acrylic.

I added a bit more contrast to my page using that same darker blue and the Union Small Stencil. I love this pattern!

To finish it off, just a few more doodles and marks, using my non dominant hand.

Thank you for following along while I enjoyed some time in the studio with StencilGirl and Kiala’s Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition.

 

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a
Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition !

Visit these amazing artists’ blogs 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, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.

Then copy and paste the blog hop order with embedded permalinks for your day (and previous days if you are scheduled for Jan. 11 or 12) below and include it in your individual blog post:

Blog Hop Order

 

January 10
Mary Beth Shaw

Kiala Givehand

Tina Walker

Belen Sotelo – You are here

Art Journaling in the ARTmosphere

Hi everyone! I’m art journaling over on the ARTmosphere Rubbermoon blog today! Grab your paints & stamps and join me as I play with Moonlightduo Ink Pads and create this journal page. I may even share a creative tip or two. 

xo, Belen

Art Journaling with Gelatos

Hi & Happy Monday! Today I’m up on the Design Memory Craft blog with a process video showing how I created this art journal page using Gelatos, Pitt pens, and stencils..

I’d love it if you’d hop on over for a look.

Wishing you a wonderful week full of whimsy.

xo, Belen

 

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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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

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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