Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An art journal page

Hello friends! Wanted to share a simple art journal page here...
To make this journal spread, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Whipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Black Cherry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: Magenta
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pen: Black
Others: old book, paint brush, diecut stencil
And now, the steps to make the page:

Coat the pages with Gesso.
Apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife through diecut stencil. Let dry.

Rub Gelatos® at the top of the page, mist with water and let the colors drip down. Repeat on the left page.

Outline the stenciled words with black pen.

Write some more with Stamper's Big Brush pen on the left page to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and work in your own art journal. And I'd love to see what you are creating. Please leave links to your art journal pages in the comments section :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall layout with Tim Holtz dies

Hello, hello! It's September and it doesn't feel like Fall here in Florida. Nope, not at all... it's hurricane season here and it's hot, humid, and rainy. But I can still escape to some beautiful autumn landscape with my fall-themed dies, mediums, and colors. So, in that spirit, here's a layout.
These are the products I used to create this layout:
Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Tattered Leaves
Tim Holtz® Distress Stains™: Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey
Tim Holtz® Distress Paints™: Seedless Preserves
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs: Life Quotes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap: Melange
Tim Holtz Fine Waterbrush 
Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snip scissors
Ranger Non-stick Craft sheet
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Heat it™ Craft Tool
Ranger Collage Glue Stick
Ranger Mister
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Palette knife
Sizzix Big Shot machine & accessories
Others: Cardstock, sewing machine, thread, paper towel, black pen
Here's a pictorial to show you the steps:
Diecut tattered leaves from cardstock using Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting system.

Use the diecut negative as stencil along with Texture Paste and palette knife to create an overall background pattern on cardstock. You can speed up the drying time with heat tool.

Attach some of the diecut leaves with Collage Glue stick to create a mat for your photo.

 Seal the background with a coat of Matte Multi-Medium so it can stand up better to the wet color layers you are about to add.

Dab Distress stains on the layout as shown.

Spray water to dilute the colors using mister. Hold up the paper to let the colors drip off . Dry with heat tool.

Cut out little sections from the Life Quotes Remnant Rubs sheet with Kushgrip Snip scissors and rub them onto parts of the layout. 
Cut a small piece of tissue wrap and some scrap papers and layer them below the photo. The size of these pieces will depend on the size of your photo.

Machine stitch to secure all the layers together. 

Add more Distress Stains all around the layout in sections and gently rub them in with paper towel.

Splatter some colors onto the layout using fine waterbrush and Distress Stains dabbed onto non-stick craft sheet.

Write the title using Distress Paint and fine waterbrush.

Journal below the title to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would create your own Fall-themed projects this season.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A journal spread with 100 Proof Press

Here's a journal page that began with a stamped flowers.

For this spread, I used:
Others: old book, cardstock, gesso, Gelatos, acrylic paint, adhesive, scissors, paint brush

Here are the steps to create a page like mine.

Prime the book pages with Gesso.

Color the pages with Gelatos.

Stamp on cardstock and cut the images out with scissors.

Stamp the flower twice on the colored page. Add more Gelato colors to the flowers.

Add details and highlights to the flowers with more paint.

Color one of the cut out flowers with Gelatos and attach near the two flowers stamped in the book. Paint some lilypad-like leaves. Add some more colors to the left half of the spread.

With paint brush and acrylic paint, write the title on the left page.

Journal to finish.

Hope you enjoyed this art journal page and tutorial. Be sure to check out the 100 Proof Press shop for stamping treasures!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bella Grace Blog Hop winner

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on light and dark with me. Wish I could pick you all!
And a huge thank you to Stampington for the hop and the prize. The randomly chosen winner of a copy of Bella Grace is:

mayagurl said...
Light & dark... one can't exist without the other. They complete each other.

Congrats mayagurl! Please shoot me an email (mou_s51[at] yahoo.com) with Bella Grace winner in the subject line and your mailing address in the email :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Light and dark: Bella Grace blog hop & giveaway

Welcome to the Bella Grace Blog Hop! Bella Grace is the newest addition to the family of fabulous magazines from Stampington. You can find the inaugural issue right here. If you are new to my blog, another hearty welcome to you... so glad you came to visit!

Bella Grace is about life's beautiful adventures. It's about noticing the beauty and grandeur of simple things and making them a part of daily observations, inspirations, adventures, creativity, gratitude, and more. You have to read the beautiful articles of this magazine to really know how they touch your heart.
I have always been fascinated by light. As a child, I spent hours looking at black and white family photos. Took a while to know that I loved the play of light in those photos just as much as the people in them. Loved how the soft light came through the East-facing windows in the morning and how the balcony lit up in a fiery dance of light every evening in our Calcutta apartment. I have always loved Monet, loved how he captured light in his paintings. I was never fond of the dark. But when I started getting migraines after my son was born, I began to appreciate darkness. The dance of light and dark took on new meaning since. It wasn't just natural, but very personal as well.
I love to make art journals. I love mixed media. Whatever touches me, I express the feelings through my art journals. The spread below is about light and dark centering around a quote by Walt Whitman.
Light and dark are a miracle and a mystery to me.
You can win a copy of Bella Grace, thanks to the generosity of Stampington. Leave a comment to this post by 9/14 telling me your thoughts about light and dark. And don't forget to check back on 9/15 to see if you won. Good luck to all of you :)