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Add some paint!

Add some paint!

Using gesso and acrylic paint is so much fun! You can use the paint to make certain parts of your layout stand out, or you can use the paint to soften colours and to tie different parts of your layout together. I went to the August Hemingway gallery and found some different examples on using paint. I love how Denise added gesso to the patterned papers on this card. I’m guessing that she used something – a piece of cardboard, a plastic card or some other tool – to scrape the paint over the papers. This gives a different look from when you use a paint brush.   I used a paint brush when adding gesso to this layout. I kept the brush very dry, adding only a little gesso at the time and sort of rubbing it onto my papers. The colours are toned down the gesso also ties the squares together.   Here Lisa added blue and white paint to her background, also letting the paint move onto the patterned papers and the embellishments. The paint adds movement at the same time as it brings the different elements together.     Sharmaine used black paint on this super cool layout, creating a really striking effect and making the patterns and colours stand out against the black.   I hope you feel inspired to get your paint out! Happy Friday to all of...
Project Art – June

Project Art – June

Project Art has been a fabulous adventure and it feels strange to say that this was the last kit and that this is my last Project Art post for the blog. Thank you so much for this opportunity Christine and thank you so much everyone, for all your support! This month I have been playing with some heat embossing and the Encrusted Jewel Kit from Stampendous. The kit contains two different embossing powders – Aged Silver and Silver Tinsel, and three different elements to add to the embossing – Silver Glass Glitter, Silver Halo Glitter Mix and Pearlized Mica Fragments. The elements can be added to the embossing powders and when the embossing powders are heated and melts, the elements sticks into the powder, creating very cool effects. The kit also contains a small VersaMark embossing stamp pad, an Emboss Twin Tip Marker from Zig, paper flowers and a funnel tray. The pen is of course perfect for doodling, writing and drawing designs to emboss. The stamp pad can be used for stamps, or directly on the page. You can also add embossing powder directly to wet paint on your page. That is what I did with my first two examples. I had a page with gesso and some acrylic paint on, and I added some mist and both embossing powders to parts of the wet mist. I also sprinkled some of the glass glitter on top of the powders. You can repeat the heating and adding of powders, as many times as you wish! To avoid blowing the elements off the page, you can heat under your project,...
Project Art – May

Project Art – May

It’s time for some Project Art inspiration again! The May Project Art kit is all about stamp carving. The kit contains all the tools you need to get started with carving your own stamps. I love the many possibilities of carving my own stamps and the fact that I can create something that is truly unique. I have to admit rigth away though – I am no stamp carving pro. To carve stamps that give you perfectly clean impressions takes some practice and I’m not there yet. Luckily – I am totally ok with a messy and non-perfect look! I started out with sketching, trying to come up with a design that I liked. I decided to create a triangle shaped stamp and I cut a piece of the pink rubber and drew a design in the same size on paper, using a soft pencil. I then transfered the design to the rubber by pressing the paper against the rubber and… rubbing! It’s then easy to fill in the lines with some more pencil, if necessary. When you have a design on your rubber, it’s time to start carving! Be careful, the tool is sharp! Always carve away from you and watch your fingers. Try holding the tool at a low angle and applying an even pressure. Go slowly, because you can always go back and carve some more. It’s better to take it easy in the beginning. Here is my triangle shaped stamp… It can be combined to a square by stamping twice like this… (and a tip: when you ink your stamp it’s easier to see what...
Project Art – April

Project Art – April

Heeeelllooo! Have you been curious about zentangles? The Project Art kit for April contains a Zentangle set with the perfect tools for zentangling + 5 zentangle tiles in the size 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. The Zentangle workbook is filled with ideas for patterns as well as for techniques and tools for colouring and shading you designs. There are also serveral pages in the book where you can practice drawing and colouring Zentangle patterns. The Project Art kit also contains two Twinkiling H2Os – beautifully shimmering watercolours from Luminarte. I started out by playing around with different patterns on one of the cards that came with the Zentangle kit. The workbook is great for inspiration. This is another practice/experiment where I used one of the patterns from the book (the pattern is called “This way” and can be found on page 13) and then added some shading using a pencil and a blending stump. I am thinking that you can draw patterns and colour them or shade them as you wish and then use pieces of the drawings in your art journaling. Either by tearing pieces of the paper or by die cutting, for example circles out of the drawings. I started my first page by stamping the fab dotted circle from the main kit stamp set. I then drew four petals that I filled with different patterns. Filling in the black around the circles makes such a difference! I then wrote my journaling around the petals and added Twinkling H2Os to my page. I added a tiny bit of shading using a pencil and I found a...
Project Art – March

Project Art – March

Hello! I’m so sorry that this is another late Project Art post. The good news are that the April post should actually be up before the end of April – yay! The March project art kit contained a Dylusions Ink Spray Pad, 3 bottles of colourful Dylusions Ink Spray, a 6×6 stencil from Crafter’s Workshop, 2 doilies, a shipping tag and an exclusive Cocoa Daisy label stamp. The Ink Spray Pad can be used in soooo many ways and I highly recommend that you watch this video, where Dyan Reavely demonstrates a great number of ways to use the spray and the pad. One of her tips is that you lightly spray the pad with water, before you use it the first time. I started out by just playing with the pad, trying out a bunch of the options from Dyan’s video. My favourite of the techniques was using the pad to ink up the cute flower stamp from one of the previous Project Art kits. I also pressed the pad directly against my page… I used one of the doilies as a mask when spraying… And I combined some stamping, pressing and spritzing with water… I made sure to use the excess ink by dragging tags into it… I also added some gesso, using the stencil and a palette knife… And then added some of the blue Ink Spray on top. The first of my finished pages was created by stamping a whole bunch of times, journaling in some of the labels and adding some bits and pieces from the kits. On top of the stamped page I...
February Project Art

February Project Art

It’s time for some February Project Art inspiration…! The kit contained two fab brayer stamps from American Crafts, three bottles of Distress Paint, a piece of vellum with a dictionary print, rub ons with numbers that I adooore and a smaller version of Stephanie’s gorgeous flower stamp! First of all I just wanted to show you and example of using one of the brayer stamps with the distress paint. I squeezed some paint out onto a palette and rolled the brayer into the paint before rolling it on my page. I loooove this pattern! I also tried the other brayer stamp, using a distress ink pad. Starting from the bottom of the page each time and rolling up, created a sort of ombre effect. I was sketching a bit earlier this week and I wanted to continue to explore one of the sketches I made… I drew the outline with a Stabilo pencil. I then added gesso inside of the drawing and some of the blue distress paint to the bottom of my page. I cut some circles of the vellum and added them and some thread, along with some of the sequins from the February kit. I also added some of the yellow distress paint to one of the upper corners of my page. And my finished page… after adding some rub ons and journaling. For my next page I used the gorgeous flower stamp and randomly started stamping on my gessoed page. Pretty soon my stamping started to look like a heart and I followed the impulse and continued to stamp, finishing up the heart shape. I...
Project Art – January

Project Art – January

Helloooo! Welcome to the January Project Art post! The kit this month contained  a Prima Color Bloom spray mist in Pressed Petal, a tube of Dina Wakley Gel Medium, Prima Art Ingredients Glass Beads in Crystal and Plum and 10 Jillibean Soup Corrugated Words. My first page started out with a sketch of a face, using an image from a magazine as a reference. I then added some blue Inktense pencil and dissolved it with a brush and some water. I also dipped the brush in the Color Bloom mist and painted the mist onto my page. I added some black pen to the drawing and wrote some journaling in her hair. I also glued down some torn pieces from a book, using the Dina Wakley gel medium. The soft consistency of the gel is great for collaging! I then took some distress paint out and added some blue and also a small amount of brushed pewter. I decided to use one of the corrugated words and I also made some small yellow dots, using a thin stick. I love how dimensional the dots are. This is my finished page, after adding some more yellow, more black pen and some pink to her cheeks. My next page was one of those that didn’t turn out the way I wanted… but after making some changes along the way and I finally found a way to make it work. I started out with the mist and after spraying I added some matte medium, using a brush to smear the mist. Next I added some white gesso using a stencil and when the gesso was dry I added a sticker and...
Project Art – December

Project Art – December

Hello my friends! I hope you are all well, and that you will have a wonderful Christmas with friends and family and not too much stress! The December Project Art kit contained a very fun white crackle texture paste from the Art Extravagance line from Prima, a set of texture tools from Ranger, a bag of vintage mica snow and a Heidi Swapp tag. I decided to try the texture paste on some die cut stars. I painted some stars with black gesso before applying the paste and I also added some Silks acrylic glaze in Bolivian Blue (from a previous Project Art kit) on top of the black gesso, on some stars. Just like it says on the jar, the size of the crackles varies depending on the thickness of the layer of the paste. I had applied a thin layer on the two stars that are all white and they have very small, almost invisible crackles. The two stars that were painted with the Silks turned more or less blue. I guess the paint dissolved and wandered into the paste – I love how they turned out. This one has black gesso, the white crackle paste and then the gold mist from the November Project Art kit. This one has black gesso, blue Silks, white crackle paste and then the gold mist. I also added mica on top of the blue stars, using fluid matte medium. It sparkles beautifully! Since I wanted to use them in my journal and I didn’t want too much of the mica to fall off everywhere, I decided to see what happened...
November Stamping Sensation

November Stamping Sensation

Hello! Have you seen the November stamps? Do you love them as much as we do? First, I’m going to present the stamps and then I’ll share some inspiration from the team. The main kit stamps are designed by arleigh and they’re all about direction! The DITL kit contains the super cool sneaker stamp set, designed by arleigh!   Then we also have the My Way stamp set, designed by arleigh. I just love these cute birds! We also have the gorgeous Forest for the trees stamp, designed by Stephanie Wheeler.   And finally the super fun Wild side stamp set, designed by arleigh. Now… let’s take a look at how the team used the stamps! First out is Mandie, who used the Wild side stamp set to create a fab background for her layout. I love how she layered everything on top of the stamping and how she dared to be bold with her stamping! Then we have Denise, who used the “let the journey begin” stamp from the My Way stamp set. She also used an older arrow stamp on the background to mimic the paper. I love the gesso and beautiful painting together with the stamping! Next, Lisa used the main kit arrow stamp to create a fun border around her page. She also stamped the arrow across the white chipboard letters in her title – I love that idea! I also love all the layering and the happy photo in this layout! I used a couple of the smaller stamps in the May Way stamp set for one of my layouts, to create this messy, painty background. I also...
Project Art – October

Project Art – October

Welcome to the Project Art post of the month! There are lots of fun goodies in this kit – one jar of Whipped Spackle from Faber Castell, 3 Faber Castell  Gelato double scoop sticks (big!) and 3 fab Princeton Catalyst tools! The Gelatos come in the colours Bubble Gum, Metallic Mint and Margarita. Gelatos are acid-free, creamy and vibrant. They can be blended, with our without water. In the image below, I’m using water and a brush to dissolve them. When reading on the jar of the Whipped Spackle, it says that it’s a “heavy textured gesso with the consistency of icing”. The consistency is really cool. It’s so light, but can still be used to create lots of dimension. You can mix the spackle with the gelatos to colour it. I rubbed the gelato agains the plastic lid and then used a palette knife to mix. You can use the spackle – coloured or not – with masks and stencils. Here I used one of the Fragments, from last month’s kit. The spackle dries matte and I really like the finish. To finish this page I first added some of the Margarita Gelato on top of the pink. I then cut the “shine” out of one of the DITL cards and used my sewing machien to attach it to the doily. I added the “LIFE” rub on and some golden dots. I also splattered some black mist on top. For my next page I started out with gesso (because the Whipped Spackle was still somewhere inbetween Christine’s house and mine!) and made patterns with the Silicone Blade Tool (the orange). The...
Project Art – September

Project Art – September

Welcome to the September Project Art post! I was really excited to work with the Liquitex string gel, because it’s such a fun product that really adds a unique dimension to your projects. The kit contains a 8 oz jar with this fun gel! It also contains two “fragments” designed by Ronda Palazzari to use as masks, an exclusive Cocoa Daisy stamp “little dots”, a Fude Ball pen, a tube of Dina Wakley acrylic paint “ruby”, a graph card and a piece of sewing pattern. The string gel has a honey-like consistency and it dries clear and glossy. A tiny warning regarding the glossy finish – when working in your art journal there is a risk that your pages will stick together. It may be possible to avoid this by using some kind of varnish but I haven’t really tried that yet. You can also paint over the gel (like I did in the last example of today’s post) with matte acrylic paint. I think I need to try putting some clear gesso on top, to see if that helps. The gel may also be flattened a bit when used in your journal, but I don’t really have a problem with that. I have included samples created in my journals today, as well as examples of other projects where I’ve used the gel. I hope you’ll be inspired by the many possibilities! So what does the gel do? The string gel allows you to create crazy cool patterns with strings of paint – for example like this. It’s kind of messy but it’s soooo much fun! When mixing the gel with paint, it’s recommended that you mix carefully and...
Mini Book Madness – August

Mini Book Madness – August

August is almost over and that means it’s time to take a look at the mini albums made using the August kit. First out is Alissa, with this fantastic mini she prepared for her photos from the local fair. Alissa prepared all the pages and the album is ready for journaling and photos. I love how she used the pretty polka dot paper bags.. I created a mini album about my journey from couch to 5k this summer! I used photos taken with my phone – a few selfies and photos of the beautiful woods where I’m running. I love the fern stamp set from the August main kit so much and I used it on several pages. I wish you all a wonderful and happy weekend!...
Project Art – August

Project Art – August

Helloooo! It’s Project Art-time again and this month the kit contained the following fun supplies to play with: three Grumbacher watercolour brushes, a set of 12 water-soluble Lyra crayons, a bottle of maya mist, Heidi Swapp paper tags, 1 sheet vintage Western Union ticket, 1 vintage joke card and assorted paper dots. The aquacolor crayons are highly pigmented, lightfast and very smooth. They dissolve and blend easily and you can either apply them dry and then add water, or you can use your wet brush to pick up the colour directly from the crayon. I use both of these methods and what I prefer depends on what I’m painting and the look I’m after. If you apply the crayon dry you can then decide if you want to dissolve the crayon marks completely or if you want to leave some of them. The result will also vary depending on the paper you are using and it’s always a good idea to test the various supplies you are using before adding them to an important piece of work! An art journal is of course the perfect place to experiment! For my first page this month I started out with some green scribbles on a non-gessoed page, using both of the green crayons in the set. I dissolved the paint partially. It’s always possible to go back and add more colour later on if you like. I cut a piece out of one of Stephanies exclusive papers from the main August kit and glued onto my page using matte medium. I added some journaling, the stamped and coloured image (using the Slug a Bug stamp), an arrow...
Project Art – July

Project Art – July

It’s time for a new Project Art post! The July Project Art kit contained eight Letraset Promarkers, in the colours Mango, Lipstick Red, Carmine, Lime Green, Bright Green, Turquoise, Marine and Aegean. The kit also contained beautiful Maya Road mists in Turquoise Metallic and in Sunflower Yellow – all packed up in one of the cute little bags. The Promarkers are alcoholed based markers that are quick-drying, non-toxic and that can be applied to many different surfaces such as glass, acetate, plastic, ceramic, wood, metal, paper and more. You can layer and blend the colours and depth can be achieved in your drawings either by layering the same colour to a various extent, or by using two different shades of the same colour and blend them together. Here is a tiny example of how I used the lighter Lime Green and the slightly darker Bright Green. I usually start out by applying the lighter colour. I then add the darker colour and go back with the lighter pen, blending the colours together. Small, circular motions works best. Since you can use the pens also on glossy surfaces, you can for example add colour to decorations like buttons. By using several colours you can get fun effects like the marbeled look. For my first journal page I decided to start out on page that I’d previously prepared with gesso, using the sew easy template from the July main kit to write words, instead of stitching words. Using a pencil I lightly got the dots onto my page. I then used a black pen to outline the words and coloured them in with the Promarkers. It’s a good...
Product Focus – Stitching Template & Floss

Product Focus – Stitching Template & Floss

We have something very fun coming in the July main kit! Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s a lot of hand stitching popping up in the sneaks? The main kit contains a stitching template and package of floss from We R Memory keepers and this is such an easy and fun way to add something really special to your layouts! I’m going to share a couple of ideas on how to use the template and the floss. Don’t be afraid to add the stitching on top of your photos! In this example the stitching is also going outside of the photo and it helps tying the photo to the papers underneath. In my second example I added the stitching directly onto my background and then I painted over it all with gesso. When the gesso was dry I added acrylic paint, a couple of different mists, acrylic ink and Glimmer Glaze on top of it all. I hope you’ll have lots of fun stitching!...
Project Art – June

Project Art – June

The June Project Art kit contains 5 tubes of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints, one tube of Dina Wakley black gesso and some paper doilies. Plus the super cute fabric bag! I was so very excited to try out Dina’s paints and I was not disappointed! The colours are bright and wonderful and the consistency is buttery and thick – not super heavy, but heavy enough to allow you to make marks and to add texture by adding the paint using different tools and techniques. The paint dries to a matte finish which is fab since the pages in your journal won’t stick together, as can happen if the paint is glossy. I love using a palette knife to spread the paint. When creating this page I started out with orange and yellow. I then added some white gesso on top, using a stencil. I smeared some of the white gesso out, as the stenciled result wasn’t quite what I wanted. I then moved on to add the green paint, using another stencil. I used one of the frames from the Rosehip add on and I added some black gesso, again using a stencil. The word “Dream” is from the Daisychain add on. I wrote my journaling – about all the garden dreams that are filling my head right now – and let the words form the stem and the leaves of my flower. I also tied a small piece of ribbon around the frame. The paint can also be diluted with water or mixed with various acylic mediums. Here I diluted the turquoise paint with water and...
Art Journaling in May

Art Journaling in May

Hello! Since we’re having a little break with the Project Art kits this month, I thougth I’d create a journaling page using some of the bits and pieces from the May kits. I actually made a video, showing the process of my page. I didn’t plan the page before I started (I rarely do) and you’ll see that some of what I created in the beginning is more or less completely covered in the end. That’s often the case, and I don’t mind. Creating many layers adds depth to the piece and sometimes that little tiny bit that is still showing from the early layers is what makes the page special. I wasn’t brave enough to talk when filming, but I added text instead… perhaps another time. Please let me know if you have any questions! ARVE Error: no id...

Throwback Thursday

Hello, it’s Anna here! I took a break from the gorgeous May kit and went back to the April kit to create another layout. I have so many photos from last summer that I want to scrap and for this one I used some of the April papers together with some chipboard pieces from the December add on “Cozy Nights”. I also couldn’t resist using the May stamp with the text “beautiful day”, using the chalk ink from the May main kit. I love repeating a stamped image, or word, with different amount of ink on the stamp. Have a wonderful...
Project Art – April

Project Art – April

Hello! It’s time for this month’s Project Art post! I’ve had so much fun playing with the wonderful Silks! Silks are shimmering paints suitable for most surfaces. The paint is an acrylic glaze, meaning that it’s translucent, but it’s still thick and creamy. You can mix the different colours if you wish, or you can apply them in layers, letting the layers dry before adding the next colour. The Project Art kit contains 4 jars of Silks in the colours Golden Monarch, Fire Opal, Bolivian Blue and Moss Green. The kit also includes wood veneer frames, book pages, journaling cards and a 6×6 stencil that I LOVE. Since I have been practicing drawing portraits in an online class with Misty Mawn, I couldn’t resist playing with drawn portraits also in my journal. My first page started out with a pencil drawing. I’ve been using a photo of one of my daughters as a reference for several drawings lately, but the goal in this case wasn’t to achieve perfect likeness. On the contrary, I used the photo as a starting point, but then stopped looking at the photo and let the drawing take it’s own direction. I then started experimenting with adding the Silks. You can dilute them with water to create thin washes and I started out a bit carefully with Moss Green diluted with water. I then added more of the green and also Bolivian Blue. I used Fire Opal for the lips. At this stage I thought she was looking a little too freaky. I added more paint and I also went in with my pencil again to add some definition. I...
Project Art – March

Project Art – March

Hello! It’s Anna here with some ideas for this month’s Project Art kit! The March Project Art kit contains a set of five PanPastels in the colours Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Blue Extra Dark, Permanent Green and Neutral Grey, blending tools and a set of tags and wood veneer butterflies. If you are new to PanPastels, they are wonderful and fun to work with. They are artist’s pastel colours, manufactured in a pan instead of in the more typical stick format. They function as a dry paint and you can mix and blend them. Although they are pastels, they is very little dust. The colours are to be used directly from the pan and they are compatible with many different materials such as acrylics, inks, pencils, watercolours and more. They are also erasable using a regular eraser, and they can be applied in semi-transparent layers, achieving a darker and darker tone the more pastel you apply. It’s a good idea to seal the finished work with some kind of fixative, for example a spray fixative for charcoal and pastels. To apply the pastels I used cheap make up sponges. For my first page I started out with adding a thin layer of the Phtlao blue pastel. I then used a stencil and applied some clear VersaMark embossing ink, through the stencil. I then added some PanPastel (the same colour, Phthalo Blue) to the ink and as you can see below it immediately stuck to the VersaMark. I wanted to add more layers and the next thing I did was to add more of the Phthalo blue and also the Permanent Green....
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