be the energy...Art Journal May 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hey there! Today I'm sharing my latest Art Journal spread I created for The Crafter's Workshop this week.

Below are the stencils, mediums & paints I used in my project!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Without too much of a plan, I had a color palette in mind and knew I wanted to create something with lots of contrast and a pop of gold or metallics.  Below are some of the items I pulled to use.

I started by misting several different Color Shine mists onto my journal that I pre-prepped by taping the spine and applying The Crafter's Workshop White Gesso.

While the mist is drying, I used several of the Heavy Body Acrylic paints to mix a peach, coral color.

Using a stiff stencil brush, I added the mixed paint to parts of the large 12x12 stencil.

Onto the right page, I added more of the peachy, pink mixed paint onto another similar stencil over the dried mist. 

After the stenciled portion of the page dried, I added some white Heavy Body Acrylic to different portions of the stencil that highlighted parts of the design.  Next, I brought out the watercolors to add a wash of complimentary colors to the parts of the background I planned to stencil.

I used this large mixed floral collage stencil to cover parts of the journal pages that worked with the background paints.

The Black Modeling Paste has such an amazing texture that provides great coverage while getting under the tiny delicate parts of the stencil.  For a large, detailed stencil like this one, it's key!

After adding several more pieces of that same floral stencil, I used the Heavy Body Acrylic to paint white blocks where I planned to add my journaling quote.  I also added this sitting moth, from the large 12x12 stencil, in the Champagne Gold Modeling Paste.

Finally, I added a lot of details using various white pens, Faber-Castell markers and my quote.

I could have kept adding more detail for hours, it is so therapeutic and adds so much interest to the page.

April Showers...Art Journal Spread

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hello there!  Today I am going to share an art journal spread I created with the express need for a little creative therapy!  This was my first post for May with The Crafter’s Workshop.

Below are the stencils, mediums & paints I used in my project!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Since I was looking for a creative outlet in a therapeutic capacity, I chose paints and mediums that are some of my favorites colors & products.  I knew I wanted to create something with the cloud designs on one of the stencils and I thought that would coordinate well with my color scheme.  Below are some of the products I used.

After using the White Gesso for a first layer, I added some loose watercolor paints.

I then used several of the sheets of Mixed Media Light Weight Sheets from ThermOWeb iCraft to brush Distress Ink onto using this large background stamp.

I also used some of the Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Silver on another of these sheets.

While the Mixed Media sheets are drying, I mix a pale purple color using more of the acrylic paints and applied it using a brayer.

Next, I used the Gel Medium to adhere the larger background stenciled sheets.

I cut out the design that I painted silver and adhered it as well. 

I used more of the acrylics and the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste to stencil the rain cloud designs in both the 12x12 and 6x6 size.

Using one of the new metallic pastes in Sterling Silver I added more of the raindrops layered on top of the blue clouds and rain.

The final stencil I used with another new paste, the White Pearl Modeling Paste.

Finishing up the spread, I added more paint, black and white pen and ink markers and some words I printed out.  Below is the final layout and some detail shots.

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog today!  I hope this inspires you to get out some stencils, mixed media and give yourself a little creative therapy!

TCW9036 – Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
TCW9016 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Spun Sugar
TCW9021 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Blueberry Pie
TCW9022 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Grape Jelly
TCW9023 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Blue Jellybean
TCW9014 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Iridescent Silver
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Framing & Outlining - A Scrapbook Layout

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hello friends!  Today, I wanted to share a scrapbook layout I created using several of the newest stencils and metallic pastes from The Crafter's Workshop.

Below are the stencils and pastes I used in my project!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I used both sizes of two of the stencils to add dimension and a variation of scale.  Below are the products I used!

I started by using a stencil brush and Distress Oxide Ink to add a pattern to my background cardstock.

This Wilted Violet Distress Ink is a vibrant color, but when using these stencil brushes becomes much more subtle.

Using the Wild Roses template in both sizes, I outlined the petals using a waterproof Copic liner onto watercolor paper.

I painted violets, pinks and corals onto the rose outlines as well as some leaves.

While the watercolors dried, I used this beautiful White Pearl Modeling Paste to create an inverted frame within my previously stenciled area.  Instead of a white frame and pattern inside the center, I used the pattern as the frame, using the Modeling Paste to create a 'white' space in the center.

It has such a lovely iridescent finish while being very subtle.

While the paste dried, I went back to my watercolor flowers and fussy cut around them, making my own die cut flowers.

Laying out my photo and the flowers, I planned out the placement of the title.

I decided to layer the two different sized stencils and different gold pastes adding some dimension to my title.

 Below are the close up pics!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope this inspires you to use a stencil to outline your own pieces to color, or create a reverse frame for your background!
TCW9036 – Champagne Gold Modeling Paste

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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