Monday, 29 August 2016

Mixed Media Monday: We 3

Welcome to Mixed Media Monday! Each week, I share a mixed media layout and include the instructions. The instructions contain the steps to make the project and contain any tips and tricks I have picked up along the way. If you ever have any questions about techniques or products that I used to make this layout, leave a note in the comments and I will get back to you. I know that mixed media can be intimidating but I think of it as a creative adventure. Yes, it requires practice and patience but the rewards are worth it - I promise! 

This week, I am sharing another page I made for my yearlong album. I make one chronological album a year and I am always "behind". I wrote about this album and the class that inspired my approach to this project last week. I am catching up on the pages that haven't I finished - a few layouts and some pocket pages.

This week's layout was inspired by some selfies I took with my kids on Mother's Day in May. I wanted to use some of the new Prima Color Bloom sprays to create a page that felt like a bright, flowery spring day. Spray inks are one of my favourite supplies and I can't help but try out the new colors when they are released.

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Here are the supplies I used to make this week's layout.

Heavy Gesso - Art Basics (Prima)
Watercolor Paper  (Canson)
3D Matte Gel - Art Basics (Prima)
Bubbles Stencil (Prima)
Basket Weave Stencil (Prima)
Color Bloom Spray Inks - Cotton Candy, Spring Dandelion, Wild Raspberry (Prima)
Archival Ink - Plum (Prima)
Golden Glitz Pigment Ink - Delicata (Tsukineko)

Amy Tangerine Sticker Book - Better Together (American Crafts)
Book Stamp - Item # 960964 (Prima)
Friend Definition Stamp (Hero Arts)

Altenew Stamps
Gold Thread (Guterman)
Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper pad (Lawn Fawn)
Woodland Thickers - Dear Lizzy (American Crafts)
Palette Knife
Butterfly Flowers -  (Prima)
Heart Wood Veneer (Studio Calico)


Instructions:

1. Apply a thin coat of gesso to the watercolor paper. I usually gesso my background because a thin coat of gesso makes watercolor paper non-porous. That means that my spray ink won't soak into the paper so I can get it to blend before it dries.  A thin coat of gesso doesn't take long to dry so I usually set mine aside but you can also dry with a heat gun.

2. Add spray ink. For this background, I started with Cotton Candy and Wild Raspberry Color Bloom sprays. I dried the background with a heat gun before adding some Spring Dandelion to brighten up the background. I dried the background in between colors so they didn't blend. I wanted to keep the colors separate for this background.

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3. Add ink splatters. To create my ink splatters, I unscrewed the top of the spray bottle and tapped the ink nozzle to create splatters on my background. I used Wild Raspberry on the pink section and Spring Dandelion on the yellow section. Then I set it aside to dry.

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4. Stamp on the background. I used two stamps and two different colors ink for my background. I used the Hero Arts Friend Definition background stamp with the Delicata Golden Glitz ink on the yellow section. I used the Prima Book stamp with Archival Ink in Plum on the pink section to create a tone-on-tone effect.

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5. Color 3D Matte Gel with spray ink. I wanted to see how the Color Bloom sprays worked with the 3D Matte Gel so I mixed up 2 batches of colored gel. To color the gel, I scooped a small blob onto my craft, spritzed twice with my spray ink and mixed it with a palette knife.

6. Apply Colored 3D Matte Gel to background. Once I had the color the way I liked it, I spread it onto my background using a stencil and a palette knife.Then I set it aside to dry.

Here is the Wild Raspberry paste before it dried...

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Here is the Spring Dandelion gel after it dried.

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Here's a look at the background.

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7. Embellish. I like to layer paper and stickers behind my photo before adding more embellishments to my background. This week,  I also added some Altenew flowers that my friend, Tina, had stamped and diecut. She had a few extra lying of these lovely blossoms laying around so she gave them to me and I was so happy to have them for this layout. I also added lots of Prima flowers because what is a Mother's Day page without flowers?

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I love the new Color Bloom sprays - they make me happy. Prima has changed the shape the spray nozzle and it's an adjustment but not a big deal. You have to add water when you get them home as they are shipped unmixed - just pigment powder in the bottle. I liked mixing my own colors and they are so bright and beautiful when you add water.

I have been having a lot of fun creating 8.5x11" mixed media layouts lately. Changing the size of my layouts from 12x12" to 8.5x11" has been a great source of inspiration the last few weeks and I'm going to stick with this size for the time being.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie





Friday, 26 August 2016

Art Journal Joy: 27 Days of Watercolor Flowers - Week 3

This week I did a little bit of everything - some bouquets, some floral wreaths and some new shapes. I'm still figuring out how to paint flowers that I like. Sometimes it's harder to do than I think it should be but I am still eager to paint each day and that helps a lot. If I didn't want to paint at all, I'm sure I would have abandoned this challenge.

I'm still struggling with sharing what I'm painting and making the time to practice.

I don't have a set time to practice my painting. That's largely because my kids are still on summer vacation so I don't have much of a regular schedule right now. I was planning to paint first thing each morning but most mornings that just isn't possible. I'm usually trying to find time somewhere during the day's events for painting. Maybe it will be easier when they go back to school - we'll see. One thing is certain, I do like having a daily art practice in my life.

Sharing my daily pieces is still a struggle because I don't always like how they look. I know I'm learning and it's a process but it's not easy to be patient with myself. Happily, there are some benefits of sharing my daily practice pages. First, sharing what I'm working on forces me out of my comfort zone and practicing things that are hard for me. I know I'll never get better if I don't practice the hard stuff but sometimes I need the pressure of having something to post on Instagram to get me to do that work. The other benefit is that I receive a lot of support and encouragement by sharing my pages on Instagram. It helps keep me motivated and focused on making and sharing pages.

So, let's take a look at the pages I painted this week.

I was doing so well with this page. I love how the orange tipped blossoms turned out and then I tried to add leaves. I just couldn't paint them to suit the page. So there are parts of this page that I like and parts that I don't.

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I love this page. It's simple and it's blue.

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August 21 was the night of the 2016 Olympics Closing Ceremonies so this page was inspired by the Olympic Rings. I like the shading on the blooms although I don't love the shape. I like how the stems and leaves turned out. I added some details with a Signo white gel pen.

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I like how the sunflowers turned out on this page. I'm not sure about the leaves though. I still like painting floral wreaths because they give me an opportunity to practice painting the same shapes over and over again.

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I decided to try some flourishes on Tuesday. I have always loved illuminated medieval manuscripts and the flourish down the side of a page reminds me of them. Flourishes are another shape I will keep working on. It's great for practicing shapes over and over and for filling up a page.

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The next day, I tried another flourish using different blooms. I was going for Gerbera Daisies but didn't quite get it right.

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I do love the thin vines and...

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the tri-coloured leaves.  I think those turned out really well.

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Here's my final page for the week. I love the color combination for this page. I used lots of layers while painting the blooms. I didn't want to add leaves. I liked the white space on the page as if someone had scattered flowers there.

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I am nearing the end of this challenge. Next Wednesday is my last day and I'm trying to decide if I will continue painting flowers or try something else. I have come a long way but I think that I could make even more progress if I keep practicing.We'll see. In the meantime, I have a few more days painting pretty flowers.

If you're interested to see my other pages, here are the links: Week 1 and Week 2.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Cathie





















Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Catching Up with My Yearlong Album

Currently, I am working on my yearlong album. Last week, I wrote about how I need to start working on that album again because I haven't done anything on it in a while. There's quite a To-Do list and I'm working my way through it and sharing it all here.

I don't mind being "behind" with this album. As a scrapbooker, I'm behind all the time because I can only create a scrapbook page or mini album after something has happened. So, I don't worry about being caught up but I do like to finish what I start and that brings me back to my yearlong album. It's started and well underway but not where I would like it to be.

On Monday, I shared a mixed media layout that I made for the February and today I'm sharing the pocket pages I made that go with the layout. I tend to take a lot of photos each month and a lot of them end up in this album. Also, I like to  add embellishments and ephemera to the photos so some months have more pages than others. For example, in February I filled both sides of 3 pocket page protectors (8.5x11") to make 6 pages. That's a lot for one month but sister and her kids visited that month so there were a lot pics to fit in.


Here's a look at February's pocket pages starting with the first page. It's the page that is opposite the layout for this month.

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Here's the first 2 page spread.

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A close up of the left side...

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A close up of the right side.

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Here's the second 2-page spread.

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A close up of the left side...

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and a close up of the right side.

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And here is the last page.

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The large transparency hearts are from The Freckled Fawn's January embellishment kit. The puffy hearts, metal "love" clips and circle stickers are from their February embellishment kit. I am a sucker for these kits. They have the loveliest embellishments that are the perfect size for pocket page scrapping.

So, there you have it. That's February 2016 done! I'm going to keep working away at this album for the next couple of weeks. I love looking back at all the photos while I'm scrapping. It's fun to remember how much fun we have had this year. It helps make the work worthwhile.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Monday, 22 August 2016

Mixed Media Monday: Featuring the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush

Welcome to Mixed Media Monday! Each week, I share a mixed media layout and include the instructions. The instructions contain the steps to make the project and contain any tips and tricks I have picked up along the way. If you ever have any questions about techniques or products that I used to make this layout, leave a note in the comments and I will get back to you. I know that mixed media can be intimidating but I think of it as a creative adventure. Yes, it requires practice and patience but the rewards are worth it - I promise! 

This week, I am catching up on my 2016 Keeping Track Of Life album or KTOL for short. I took a look at my album last week and realized I have so much work to do. Keeping Track of Life is an in-person class taught by my friend, Krista at my local store, The Paperie. The class is similar to Project Life except it's a month-at-a-glace approach to scrapbooking with a layout added for fun instead of a week-by-week approach.

In February, I missed class due to a snowstorm. Although Krista's instructions are included in the class, I decided to take the opportunity to add a mixed media layout to my album. Here it is!


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I made this background using the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush. I used it in a class I taught a few months ago and fell in love with it. It makes the most amazing splatters and is so easy to clean but I'm excited to show you how it makes the most amazing marks in wet medium.

So, let's get started with the supply list and the instructions for this week's layout.

Here are the supplies I used to make this week's layout.

Heavy Gesso - Art Basics (Prima)
Watercolor Paper  (Canson)
Modeling Paste - Art Basics (Prima)
Stencil: Blazonry TCW280 - Balzer Designs (The Crafter's Workshop)
Palette Knife
Splatter Brush - Tim Holtz Distress (Ranger)
Heavy Body Paint - Dina Wakley Media (Ranger)
Embellishment Kit - February (Freckled Fawn)
Felt Leaves  (Freckled Fawn)
Vellum

Instructions:

1. Apply a thin coat of gesso to the watercolor paper. This is always the first step of my process if I'm using acrylic paint or spray ink. A coat of gesso makes watercolor paper non-porous and that means that paint doesn't soak into the paper so I can remove mistakes with a wet baby wipe - sometimes.  A thin coat doesn't take long to dry so I usually set mine aside but you can also dry with a heat gun.

2. Apply a thin coat of modeling paste through a stencil. I love dimension so I use modeling paste in a lot of my layouts. Modeling paste holds marks really well which is perfect for the next step.

3. Drag the Splatter Brush through the modeling paste. The Splatter Brush isn't only for splatters...

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If you lightly drag it through modeling paste, it makes the most amazing marks.

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Leave your stencil in place to act as a mask.

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When you're finished and have covered the whole background. Remove stencil and set the background aside to dry.

Important tip: Clean stencil and Splatter Brush immediately using baby wipes. When modeling paste dries, it is almost impossible to remove from stencils without a lot of hard work. I always clean up immediately after using modeling paste.

Here's what the background looked like after everything was dry and ready for the next step.

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4. Replace stencil on dry background.   Line up the stencil with the original pattern you made in modeling paste. I used a little washi tape to hold it in place so my hands were free for the next step.

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5. Apply paint with Splatter Brush. I used a few spritzes from my water bottle to water down the heavy body paint to a milk-like consistency. Then I swiped the brush through paint and splattered the paint on my background with the stencil in place.

Here's a great video tutorial Tim Holtz made that shows you how to make splatters using the Splatter Brush. He features the brush at the 4-minute mark.

Tip: The more water you add the bigger the splatters. 

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The stencil acts as a mask and you get something that looks like this. If you look closely, you can see that the ridges creating by the Splatter Brush catch the paint and keep it from dripping.

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Add as many colours of paint as you like to create a multi-color backgound. I used all the colors of Dina Wakley paint that I had in my stash. Some of the colors bled under the stencil because the paint was very watery but I like the effect.

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6. Embellish.  I used the February Freckled Fawn embellishment kit for this layout. The colors of the puffy hearts, acrylic letters and painted wood buttons went perfectly with my bright, colorful background and silly photos.

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This technique is so fun and easy, I hope you consider giving it a try. The Tim Holtz Splatter Brush is definitely a tool that I am so happy to have because it it helps me use all my stencils and inks and paints in a new way. I love it when that happens.

Please feel free to leave a note in the comments and say "hi". It's always lovely to meet the people who stop by my blog. And if you have any questions about products or techniques used, please leave a note and I'll get back to you. I am happy to help.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie