Friday, 3 July 2015

A Mini-Tutorial & Closer Look at my Art Journal Page
Celebrate Everyday Moments for Scrap Around The World

So I REALLY enjoyed making this art journal page for Scrap Around The World's
 July Mood Board HERE.  Hubby tells me it's "horrendous" but why I worry so much
 about hubby's opinion I do not know, since he knows nothing about art journalling :-p

I took a few photos along the way - hoping to make a tutorial - but as often happens,
I ended up getting so into it I forgot to continue :/  Drat.  Sorry about that...

So for the first time I created straight onto the page.  Up until now I have always 
worked on a piece of watercolour paper that I've then adhered to the page. 
 This worked out fine.  I guess my confidence with art journalling has grown.

Next I had fun with mists (finishing off all the oldies before my new Prima Color Blooms arrive - lucky me :-D)  Alot of people fear the unpredictability of mists but that is what I love about them.  Wet mist manipulation (with a heat gun) is the funnest thing ever in my world.

Next I blobbed on the Modeling Paste around the edges to set the microbeads into once I had recoloured it with more mists.  I also added embossing powder for SHINE DELUXE!!

 As you can see in the above photo I masked off the other side of the page
 with a blank sheet of cardstock which I have kept to use for a future mixed 
media project.  (In order to keep the opposite page nice & clean).

Next I added some stamping with black & white ink.  There is actually quite
 a lot that went on to create this page but somehow it doesn't really show :/

I sealed my entire page with Gloss Gel Medium & as
 you can see above it made it awesome & shiny!

I added my favourite metallic thread as well as some Prima bling jewels
 (see above photo) to hold down the thread in strategic places.

The chipboard butterflies are from Pink Paislee & are resist so I swiped
 them over with a blue inkpad then varnished them up with some nail varnish.  

Art Journaling to me is also all about testing out new techniques & mediums 
& seeing how things work & react for when I'm working on other projects 
like layouts & canvases that are more on show. 
 My art journal at the moment is just for me  :-p 

 Lastly I sponged over the edge work with a sponge dipped in white acrylic
 paint, just to soften the look as it WAS starting to get rather gaudy LOL.

I also added some old silver rub-ons.  Rub-ons are PERFECT 
for art journals because they add visual interest without any bulk.  

 As you can see I couldn't stop taking photos LOL

My sentiment stickers come from 7 Dots of course.
Illumination Collection.  One of their most versatile for sure...

I used clear embossing powder on some of the flower stamps
 (see above) that came with my Faber Castell gelatos.

I finished off with some beautiful cobalt blue applied with a paint dabber.
Creating this was certainly a treat for the soul & great therapy ♥


Lizzy Hill said...

Well, I'm with you - I think the mood board is POP alicious!!!! And you've done a pretty popping job of it, too! I'm with you with that metallic thread,'s gorgeous. LOOOVe the textures in here!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for sharing how you made this ... it is just STUNNING!!!!!!!

Kathy Bradley said...

Wow, Helen, this is gorgeous! I love the colors, textures with beads - it's bright and happy and I love it!

Helen Wallace said...

Such a vibrant and fun page. Thanks for the technique tips and the inspiration :D

Mitralee said...

oh my! I have a hubby like that too. Everyone is scared here of the little creation I am making at the moment with a real dolls head...the chickens! I really love the shimmer and those pretty colors! Super cool!

Margaret Mifsud said...

I love Art Journaling because you can just let yourself go and do whatever appeals and ... doesn't matter what anyone else thinks .. no-one has to like it but you!!! Having said that ... I love this!! It's bright and happy and fun!! Absolutely gorgeous colours, fabulous textures and some great tips and tricks .. magic!! xx

Rosemary Hanson said...

This is just lovely, thanks for sharing your techniques... I'm raring to get into my craft room now and have a go! Thabks for the encouragement! :)

Marjie Kemper said...

Hubby has another think coming, Helen! Love the way this came together with the vivid colors and such great texture. Thanks for sharing the Tuesday's Tutorials Facebook Group, too!

Lisa H said...

very cool! I love the bright colors. =)