have faith - Art Journal - The Crafter's Workshop April 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hello friends!  I have been on a bit of an art journal journey lately and so I decided to continue this post from The Crafter's Workshop!  Here is what I came up with:
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You can see all the mixed media and stencils I chose above and below.I adore the names of all the new acrylic paints…very clever!While my first layer of gesso dried, I mixed the blues, green and purple with white to lighten up the colors.I did some very loose brushing in a criss cross pattern across the right page of the journal using the left side to basically “clean” my brush off adding a little color at the spine and the top left corner.I added another light layer of the white gesso to provide a base for the face stencil.I lightly traced over the details in the stencil with a pencil, knowing I would be using it as my guide.I used a combination of watercolor types, pans and tubes, blocking out the stenciled pieces first to follow the basic layout of the girl.I kept adding layers and layers of watercolor over the original outline.  It really helped because the proportions and outline of the eyes and nose are already down for me.
Then I simply got to play and paint in the face, which is one of my favorite things to do!  I added some details with black and white gel pens for contrast.I finished up the spread by added the words from the 12×12 ‘Have Faith’ stencil on the left page.  I love the finished result, although it looks sad.  It’s not a self portrait, but it did help me work through some emotions by enhancing my portrait with the stencil and just being creative!
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today and I hope this inspires you to use one of the face stencils in whatever way you decide!

Grace - Art Journal Spread for The Crafter's Workshop

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hi there! In an effort to catch up, I am share a new Art Journal page combining new stencils and media from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I used several new medias; the new heavy body Gold Iridescent paint, Black Modeling Paste and new stencils in multiple sizes!  I wanted to continue my contrast using black, bold colors & gold…
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.
 As usual, I began using The Crafter’s Workshop ‘White Gesso’ for a base to my art journal pages… I taped the spine with masking tape beforehand.  I try to gesso a spread in advance and have them ready.Next, I used several shades of pinks, orange and yellow watercolor crayons to create a base of color.  I used a wet paper towel to blend the colors mute the colors a little.I started using Distress Inks and the leaves and branches on part of the ‘Birds on Branches’ stencil.  I created a framework in the corners and edges with those leaves.  Next, I used these coral pigment inks and the large sphere to stencil a mirror image across the spread.I kept the ink light around the leaves to highlight them and not mix the colors.After the inks dried, I used the Black Modeling Paste and a couple of the 6×6 Doodling templates around the edges and borders.
Next, I used this scrumptious gold paint to paint over parts of the designs.I had this quote about Grace on a Pinterest board and used the 2 different sizes with the Modeling Paste to add that word.I filled in the remaining words of the quote across the two pages.  Then I just began to doodle!  Using several different widths of black pens, colors markers and white gel pens to add a final layer of depth.I used the flash to photograph the spread below because I wanted to capture the gorgeous quality and power of the Gold Iridescent paint!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you all Grace throughout your day!

Creating Planner Dashboards - The Crafter's Workshop

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hello there friends!  I am constantly trying to come up with new, inventive ways to use my stencils in every creative aspect of my life.  I decided to make several new seasonal dashboards for my planner using the newest stencils and media from The Crafter’s Workshop!
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I chose stencils to highlight the coming months, focusing on different themes, depending on what our family has going on.
I started by cutting down heavy cardstock sized to the pages in my planner and painting a loose background wash of the Gold Gesso on one piece.While the Gesso dried, I used both sizes of the pineapple in the ‘Life is Better at the Beach’ stencil and Distress Ink to blend a background full of fruit! The pineapple was so fun to color!For the next dashboard, I used a piece of an acetate scrapbook album page to fabricate a pocket full of sequins for my daughter’s birthday.I taped off the part of this stencil I didn’t want, and used some of the “Blue Jellybean” acrylic with white Gesso and Clear Modeling Paste.  The Clear Paste is going to be one of my new favorites!!I placed a piece of white cardstock inside the to help me size the sheet.For the final dashboard, I went back to the ‘Beach’ for the hibiscus flowers, again using both different sizes layered on top of each other.Now, back to the first page, the Gesso is tried, and I used the Black Modeling Paste and this awesome mixed font of script and block letters.After it the paste dried, I ran it through my laminator.I can back over the pineapples and hibiscus with a sentiment in black ink, laminating them as well.
After the paste dried on the acetate, I used my Fuse tool to create the pocket for sequins in this fun insert!
After all the other pages were finished, I punched the holes to match my planner pages.
I am so excited about the way these projects turned out!  I think the bright colors are so fun, but more than that, they are one of a kind!  I hope this inspired you to use your stencils for lots of custom projects!  Thanks for stopping by the Blog today…hope you have an amazing day!
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