TIME CHANGES - The Crafter's Workshop Art Journal September 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hello!  I have been so behind in posting my current projects to my Blog.  This time of year starts getting crazy busy and doesn't seem to stop until after the New Year...SO, trying to get better about that and I am sharing my latest art journal spread with you today using lots of new The Crafter’s Workshop Mediums that are divine…as well as several stencils!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
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 I started my spread by using the new Clear Gesso Medium as a base for my pages.  It is a lovely texture and was a nice change to the normal white gesso I use that can sometimes be splotchy.

After the gesso had dried, I used several colors of blues and rose gold acrylics to lay the foundation.

I continued to add layers with darker blues, allowing drying time in between.

I used the piece of this 12×12 stencil that had a grid/receipt and some dark dye ink.

I added several layers of tissue paper and random cards with text on them over the base.  Then I used the TCW White Gesso in a thin layer over most of the background.  Letting some of the text read through.

After letting the Gesso dry again, I used this new Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste and I cannot say enough good things about it!!

From the super cute graphics on the label to the texture and finally the way it feels in on a palette knife.  True to its’name, it is light and fluffy, and more than that, it holds it shape beautifully.

It is like a perfect meringue frosting holding its height and dimension on this stencil I thought of as a stem or vine for flowers.

I added some of the Gold Gesso to the thick Modeling Paste to use on a few of the flowers.  Unfortunately, the gold didn’t transfer as well with the paste, it was more of a pale peach.

I did use the Gold in adding color around the other stenciled designs.

I continued to add layers of mist and markers, defining edges and adding shadowed lines to make the modeling paste areas pronounced.

Using the 6×6 Corncob Etching stencil and black archival ink, I stenciled small areas to add more interest around the spread.

Finally, I finished up with some white marker and a quote from Thomas Hardy that is one of my favorites.  I love adding doodles around the stenciled areas, and continued to do so until I almost ran out of ink!

Here are a couple detail pictures:

Here is the final spread below.  I am pleased with how it evolved after so many layers.  The new TCW Mediums are amazing and all very good quality. 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW619s – 6×6 Mini Corncob Etching

favorite - Tech. Tip Scrapbook Circle September 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hello friends!  I am sharing a creation from Scrapbook Circle last month, giving a few ideas of how to get more out of your digital cut files.  The September cut file is a lovely background of repeating hexagons.
I began by enlarging the scale of the cut file by about 1-1/2 times the size of the 12" file in the Silhouette software.  I cut the file out of plain white cardstock and trimmed it down to about 9"x9."
I misted it with two different colors of Color Shine, Peach & Blush, blending them slightly.hexagons_-sbc_september-2016-3
I placed the misted piece where I planned to adhere it and used the piece that was cut off to trace the hexagon shapes onto the background cardstock.hexagons_-sbc_september-2016-5
I used the punch tool from an Amy Tangerine stitching kit to punch the outline of all the hexagons I traced.
I used 3 different colors of embroidery thread, from light to dark, to stitch the hexagons I traced.
I used the negative pieces punched out of the Cut File,  to add dimension to the background.  Using Distress Ink I added some color to a few of the hexagon pieces.
I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the photo to the misted cut file background.  I also used dimensional adhesive to add the inked pieces to the background, corresponding to the pattern.
A few pieces of the Pinkfresh Studio 6x6 patterned paper were added behind a couple of the hexagonal openings.favorite_sbc_septmeber-2016-border
I love the way this layout developed, using one piece as a tool and inspiring the pattern it became.  I hope this inspires you to take a different look at your die cut backgrounds.  They can be used in so many ways, only limited to your imagination!
Thanks or stopping by the Blog and I hope you have an amazing day!

love...The Crafter's Workshop Stencils & Hand Stitching

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hi there friends!  This is a project I shared on The Crafter's Workshop recently.
I love Fall and very anxious for the changing season, although since I live in the South, it still feels like summer, though starting to change!   I have a stack of photos to be documented and this is one of the special ones waiting for a memorable layout.  I am a bit obsessed with hand stitching at the moment, so I used a stencil to create a border for this page.
{  To keep a little anonymity for this sweet boy, I covered his face with a heart!  }
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
Using the stencils shown below, I used one as a template for hand stitching and the other for a large inked title.
I took this wavy water stencil and drew pencil lines following the curves.  I actually ended up simplifying the wavy lines after I realized there would be stitches too close together, threatening to tear the paper.
After the waves were sketched in, I used this punch to add holes along the pencil lines.  I used two different embroidery threads, both in multi-colored ombre patterns of blue.
I used some washi tape to secure a few of the looser threads at the back of the cardstock.  I wanted to create a loose watercolor background for the photo.  I used a couple Distress Ink colors and an acetate sheet to “smush” the diluted paint onto the background.
I added more paint to make it darker in places and add some splotches around the edges.
Wanting to keep the page clean and simple, I decided to ink the stencil below with a dauber and this “love” paint splattered pattern.

I used a couple different inks in the end, but the title was still a dark navy.  I adhered the photo with dimensional adhesive onto a couple layers of torn tracing paper.
I am so pleased with the way this layout turned out.  I wanted it to be whimsical, yet simple and powerful and not overly embellished.
I have been sifting through all my stencils for the ones that will be perfect stitching templates.  I hope this inspires you to explore this possibility too!
Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW2149 – 6x9 The Sea
TCW567 – 12×12 Complicated Hearts

SHINE BRIGHT like a...Scrapbook Circle DT Choice

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hi there!  I am happy to share my DT Choice for the Scrapbook Circle Blog post.  The September kit, “Shine Bright” is an amazing combination of colors, patterns and embellishments!  I was so inspired by the Amy Tan watercolor resist cards that I created this page using a simple grid.
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I rounded all the corners of the patterned papers and my photo to match the resist card that I painted a pale teal color.
The little bag of star sequins included in the main kit were a perfect match for this color palette and the gorgeous background paper in the wood grain pattern.
I used one square for the title, inspired by the kit name, one for the photo, one for the sequin pocket and the resist card.
I added some black paint splatters onto the background paper and stitched a few lines thru some of the grid pieces.  I also added stitching to the left and right sides of the background.
This color combination never bores me and I will always be inspired by these lovely hues!
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today...I hope you have an amazing day!

LISTEN to your heART - Art Journal

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This is an art journal page from months ago, but I haven't had a chance to post it yet.  However,  it is one of my favorites to date.

I started this spread to practice drawing and painting an eye up close.  The rest of the face was just a little bit of filler.

I have always loved the flowers that Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed and painted, particularly, his graphic rose.  This is a little homage to that.

The quote written in her hair, found on Pinerest says:
"Time to create," said her Heart.  "It's about time," replied her Soul.

That pretty much sums up my desire to do art journaling.

Thanks for stopping by to see some of my more personal art journaling.
I hope you have an amazing day!

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