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Altered Art Tag with the July 2017 StencilClub Stencils

Hello & Happy Weekend! Today I have an altered art tag process video to share with you. I used the 2017 StencilClub stencils, designed by Jessica Sporn for StencilGirl Products, and a 5×7 Gel Press.

Thanks for watching!

xo, Belen

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Mini Wall Hanging

Hello artsy peeps. Today I’m over on StencilGirl Talk sharing how I created this mini wall hanging using a Gel Press petite and a few of my fave StencilGirl stencils. I hope you’ll hop on over and take a look.

xo, Belen

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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

 

 

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

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:

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  • 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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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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Transparent Valentine’s Day Dashboard

Hi and Happy Monday. We’re already half way through January and in the planner world that means that Valentine’s Day planner set-ups are likely under way. I’m not exception. Today I have a fast and fun Valentine’s Day dashboard tutorial to share with you.

For this project you’ll need a laminator, window clings from the dollar store, laminating pouches and of course a planner. I’m using my In The Moment planner from my My Prima Planner.

First thing you’ll want to do is turn your laminator on and let it warm up.

While that’s heating, grab a laminating pouch and one of the inserts from your planner. Your going to use the insert just as a guide for proper sizing.

Place the insert underneath your laminating pouch then just open your pouch and start placing your window clings inside. Use the insert to help you with placement. Your end product is going to be roughly the same size as your insert.

Once you have everything placed where you want it, close up your pouch and smooth out any air pockets, if there are any.

Run your pouch through the laminator. I like to do the sealed end first. If you’d like, flip it over and run it through your laminator again. Doing so is a matter of personal preference, but I always run it through twice

Next, using your insert again, line up your laminated to judge the size and trim accordingly with your trimmer.

Now take that insert, place it on top of your trimmed dashboard and use the holes as a guide to also punch holes into your dashboard.

Slip it into your planner and there you go, a whimsical Valentine’s Day dashboard to add a little extra pop of fun to your planner.

The Planner Kit shown here is “Heart Day”, available from Le Pink Sprinkles.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. For more inspiration, follow me on social media!

Wishing you a wonderful week & Happy Planning!

xo,

Belen

 

 

 

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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

Please note that while my posts may contain affiliate links, my reviews and opinions are my own. I purchased all of the supplies listed here and only recommend products that I personally like.

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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