Sunday, March 1, 2015

Life is Made of Pieces: Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Life is a series of bits and pieces of memories, experiences, people and places that come together in a beautiful grid. This is something I've been thinking about lately and one day I just saw an image in my head of this art journal...
I guess it's true what they say: artists think in images...

This is one of those projects I knew exactly what I wanted to do right from the start. I created a grid with masking tape and starting layering different mediums and colors on my page. I started with covering large areas of the page and worked my way to smaller and smaller patterns.

Color spraying, acrylic paint, stenciling, stamping, doodling and lettering. This art journal page has it all! I used bright vibrant colors, because that's what life's all about right? Each layer slightly overlapping the other, revealing and hiding at the same time. That's what art journaling is...expressing who we are, what we think and see and how we feel.

I worked on the page with out worrying about the lines of the grid and when it was ready I removed the masking tape. The grid was perfect! The lines were a little too white for me so I added a little color. Finally I added the sentence with a black pen and some gesso to make it more visible.

Check out the step by step video tutorial for all the tips and tricks of this art journal page.

What experiences and feelings do you art journal about?

Have fun creating!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wall of Inspiration with Ann Butler inks

I'm a huge believer in the phrase: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” by Pablo Picasso. I feel it almost everyday. I get my best ideas when I'm working, because creating gets the process rolling and sets the mind to follow.

So...I decided to create a wall of inspiration. It'll be a collection of small canvases with phrases and words on different mixed media techniques that I will hang on the wall in front of me and every time I'll look up I'll see this burst of inspiration and creativity!

The first canvas in the collection id DREAM. I created a very muted background with a bokeh effect. I started with converting Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink to water colors with a water pen and layering. I build a colorful background with purple and teal colors in a cloudy dreamy look.

Then I punched a few circles and used the negative cardstock pieces as stencils and created different sizes of  circles with white ink and a finger dauber. I layered the circles and spread them around the canvas. When the background was finished I added the sentence with a pen nib and black ink.

What gives you inspiration to create?

Check out the step by step video tutorial for all the details and tips on how to create this canvas with all the water colors effects.
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Have fun creating!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Masculine layouts: Blue Fern Studios

I'm a big fan of masculine layouts and I have to be because I have two teenage boys who like to look at all the layouts I create with their photos and comment about them. So I always have to balance between design and embellishments, make it interesting but not too feminine.

In these two layouts I did just that. The first layout is pure masculine, not a flower in sight...only gears and cogwheels with masculine colors. All the chipboards were colored and embossed in several layers using different embossing powders. I cut the photos into circles in matching sizes to the chipboard. After adding them to the layout I add some doodling with a white gel pen as well as a title.
Check out the video tutorial on the Blue Fern Studios channel.

The second layout has flowers on it. I like adding flowers to boys' layouts as long as I keep the balance and not add too many. I also try to limit myself to a masculine color scheme and avoid colors like pink.

Do you create masculine layouts?

Have fun creating!


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