Friday, February 16, 2018

Building up my tag stash & using up some stuff

Hi everyone. I have been busy lately with tag making. I wanted to build up my stash of finished tags to put into junk journals still in the process of being created. I also wanted to use up "stuff"...designer paper, scraps of coffee dyed paper, bits of lace, and ephemera rather than having it continue to accumulate as clutter. And finally, I love making tags and will look for any excuse to play :) I've had a Recollections paper pad called Vintage Country in my stash for ages but I've rarely used any of it. Some of the papers looks collaged, some look like burlap, and some actually are burlap adhered to a paper backing. I decided to chop up that last one to create some vintage tags based on a 2.5 x 5 inch manila tag I use as a template.

All of the tags were inked around with Coffee Archival Ink and three were given hole reinforcements punched out of kraft cardstock. For five of these six tags, I layered up scraps of coffee dyed papers including book text, plain paper which I stamped, or music paper. I always have a bag of different sizes of  sewn and inked folded music strips on hand so I used them as the decoration for the bottom of four of these.

Embellishments such as part of a doily, an embossed resist chipboard heart, or scraps of Jenny Bowlin stickers (the row of stars) were added to the design. Vintage buttons and little pops of black were also included to add contrast to the fairly monochromatic tags.

Some of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls became the focals of the tags. These were inked around with Black Big Brush Pen to help them stand out against the background and some were popped up on foam tape for added dimension. Single words from Idea-ology ChitChat or Big Chat stickers were added to a few tags to emphasize a particular detail or feeling. In the case of the tag above, the word also gave the trio a place to stand, grounding them.

Cheesecloth also played a role in the design of a couple of these tags. This particular cheesecloth was coffee dyed which gives it a lovely aged look. It adds such lovely texture on top of the burlap base.I especially like how the coffee colour and loose weave contrast with the white lace tucked under the book paper..

The sixth tag in this set is slightly different than the other five. It features a butterfly fussy cut from a collage sheet and glittered up on the body using Black Diamond Stickles. The butterfly was popped up with foam tape and layered over a small tag cut from one of the collaged backgrounds in the same paper pad. Burlap and lace embellish the bottom edge. The tag toppers on all six tags are either woven trims, bits of lace, or cheesecloth. All three keep that vintage rustic feeling going.

Thanks for visiting today. All my little paper doll friends and I appreciate that. Stay tuned later this weekend when I will do a post about some of the smaller tags I created. I had such fun...and made such a mess :)

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 7 (Love/Hate)

Hi everyone. It's my turn to choose the prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week 7 and since we are approaching Valentine's Day, the prompt I've chosen is Love/Hate. I want you to feature something that you absolutely love or something that gets on your last nerve...or both! Have fun with it! There were so many directions I could have taken this but I settled on coffee (yum!) and cats who are some of my favourite companions.

I like to play with junk journals so I usually have a pile of coffee dyed paper on hand. It seemed like the ideal background for my double page spread (each page is 4 x 6 inches so 8 x 6 in total). I punched the holes in  the top and bottom of the 8.5 x 11 inch paper to line up with the ones in the disc-bound journal paper and then adhered one half to each page. That allowed me a little room to play and match up the holes, after which I trimmed away the excess. I love how distressed and aged the coffee dyed paper looks. I added some detail to the backgrounds using Coffee Archival Ink and a Stamper's Anonymous Coffee Rings stamp as well as Joggles Nonsense Latin Text and Circles stamps. I also used the same ink around the edges of both pages.

I wanted to feature a hand cut mug of coffee and the cats from the Laurel Burch stamp called Indigo Cats which I stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto scraps of mop-up paper used to soak up leftover ink. I wanted bright and also variety of colour, intensity, and pattern within each cat so this worked perfectly. Inktense pencils activated with a waterbrush were used to shade the cats and the cup. Black Pitt pen was used to colour in the black and white Sharpie Paint Pen for the eyes and doodles. These images were then fussy cut, adhered to black cardstock, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. The cup was further embellished with the same Nonsense Latin Text stamp used on the background but this time I used Vermillion Archival ink. A heart cut from old book paper was inked with Coffee Archival and matted with black to adhere to the center of the cup. They were then popped up with foam tape.

Before adhering the images to the background, a length of washi tape was added to white cardstock, fussy cut, and adhered to the bottom of each page to give the cats and cup somewhere to stand. A black doodled border was added to the outside edges of both pages to serve as a bit of a frame. The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock and cut into individual words which were then matted with black. Foam tape was used to adhere the words to the pages. The hearts were punched from the same mop-up paper used for the cats. They were outlined with black  Big Brush Pen and highlighted with white paint pen. Foam tape was used on the two in the sentiment and the others were adhered flat.

I love how this spread turned out...the palette, those fabulous cats, and all the coffee references. I had a lot of fun creating this page which has been my goal for this year's pages. I want to create pages that make me smile both the entire time I'm creating them and then with the finished spread. If you haven't checked out the 2018 Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group, take a minute to pop over (click on the link). We have a lovely and talented community of wonderful people there and inspiration galore. It's a great place to hang out. This Love/Hate prompt could be the ideal place to join in :)

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Joggles AJA Week 6 ~ the number 2

Hi everyone. It's Barb's turn to choose the prompt for Week 6 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and this week she has chosen the number 2. In my Joggles disc bound journal, I had combined various sizes of the watercolour paper and this particular one is 4 x 6 inches instead of the 6 x 6 inch I have been using. That adds both a little extra challenge and variety, both of which I like. I knew that I would have to keep things on a smaller scale as well as a little simpler than I usually create.

I started by placing a stencil with the # 2 near the bottom of the page. The actual number part was open and the stencil was shaped like a rounded rectangle. Lindy's Magnolia Magenta Gold Starburst Spray was spritzed over the entire page including the stencil which, once lifted, left this wonderful white space with the #2 stencilled in the middle. To make the background a little more interesting, Magenta Hue Archival Ink was used to stamp one of the Paint Splat shapes from a Darkroom Door stamp set. It's subtle but just what I was looking for. Kaisercraft Checker Plate Texture stamp was applied here and there with Jet Black Archival Ink. In keeping with the theme of two, two strips of black cardstock were embossed with a gears embossing folder and highlighted with White Fire Treasure Gold Paste to pick up the gold in the background from the Lindy's spray. These were adhered in two parallel bands on the right side of the page.

I wanted two small creatures to stack on top of the number rectangle so I pulled out some purple sprayed mop-up paper and stamped two of the Stampotique Originals Quails from the Quails Cube onto it. Ha! Colouring done...bonus :) They were fussy cut leaving a narrow border which I like to be white. A white paint pen came to the rescue, colouring the once purple border white. Each quail was then matted onto black cardstock and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Black Diamond Stickles was used to put dots on both quails and Glossy Accents was applied to their tiny eyes. Foam tape was used to adhere them to the page giving them dimension and natural shadow.

Black pen was used to outline the white rectangle as well as doodling inside the number. The word two was stamped using Altenew Modern Deco Alpha set and a magenta Sharpie was used to colour in the open part of each letter. White paint pen dotted the magenta and the word was matted with black before being popped up on foam tape. While I had the black pen going, I also doodled a page border with groups of two dots breaking up the line. Black Big Brush Pen was used to outline the edge of the page and then I walked away from it for a bit. There seemed to be something missing. I punched 1/4 inch circles from white cardstock, edged them with black and adhered them in groups of two around the page. Deep Rose Inktense pencil activated with a waterbrush was used to create a shadow around the two rectangle and the white circles to help them stand out a bit more and create some depth. Much better!

Thanks for visiting today. if you haven't already joined the Joggles Art Journal Adventure Facebook group...what's the hold-up? LOL. It's a great place to hang out with weekly prompts, lots of wonderful inspiration, and the nicest people. We would love it if you joined. There's no pressure to create every week and not everyone is making journals. Some are making tags, some atcs, and some playing with clay and fabric. Something for everyone :)

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Adventure Awaits - Inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone. I've been colouring and playing again, inspired by this awesome image called The Traveller by Vera Lane Studio. She is part of a 7 digi set including this image, some sentiments, and adorable travelling accessories. So cute! I've been wanting to create with Beatrix (the traveller's name) for ages.

I coloured Beatrix with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. I wanted strong colours for her hat and coat because a lot of the background was going to be neutrals or vintage tones. Beatrix was fussy cut leaving my usual narrow white border, matted with black, and then fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was adhered to the back to pop her up, adding dimension and natural shadow.

I had a 4.25 x 5.8 inch rectangle of cardstock which I had gel printed, stamped, and decorated with Texture Paste.  anIt was smaller than I usually play with but I loved the colour scheme and I wanted to make it work. I matted it with black cardstock and then layered pieces of travel ephemera around it. The sweet vintage car image came from Tlc Creates Vintage on Etsy, part of a wonderful travel set. The rest was pieces I had from various other sources. I laid everything out on a black 6 x 8 inch background, and then tacked the elements together using liquid glue. I could then add foam tape to the back of the Travel the World image as well as the air mail envelope to pop them up like Beatrix.

The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock and cut into sections, all of which were matted with black. The open parts of the letters were coloured with a red fine marker. To bring a little more red into the center of the page and emphasize the words "an adventure", I used Glossy Accents to adhere a transparent acetate label with a red border onto the word strip. Foam tape was used to pop up all the sentiment segments.

The black substrate needed some help. There was just too much blank space around the center cluster. Since nothing was adhered to it yet, a machine stitched border was able to be added. Then, with the other layered but not glued over top, I could easily see where I wanted to add a little more texture and detail. I did this by randomly stamping a grid pattern with Versamark Ink and then heat embossing with white detail powder. The final element added to balance the design was a threaded wooden button printed with destination names.

Thanks for joining Beatrix and me today. We appreciate that you took the time to do that :) Be sure to pop by Vera Lane Studio to check out all of the wonderful images and image sets there. Once you do, you will see why I have been so inspired by them lately. They spark my imagination as well as being so fun to colour.

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Be authentic - Inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone. I'm back today with another art journal page, this time featuring one of the fabulous images from the Matilda's New Year set by Vera Lane Studio. Always a fan of these images, I couldn't wait to play with this new style. Don't you just love her face and hair...OK and her outfit :) So basically, all of her. But really, do'ncha?

I coloured Matilda with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils adding a few white paint pen dots for highlights. She was then fussy cut leaving my usual narrow white border, matted on black cardstock, and fussy cut a second time leaving a narrow black border. This not only gives strength to the skinny parts but also helps her contrast with the background. She was then popped up on foam tape to create dimension and a natural shadow. She makes me smile :)

The 6 x 8 mixed media paper background was spritzed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Delphinium Turquoise and Witch's Potion Purple Starburst sprays. Once that was dry, Deep Purple Archival Ink was used to load up a VLS stamp and scatter it across the page. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through the stars on Joggles Punchinella Quintet stencil to add a little more texture. Once they were dry, they were tinted slightly with the background Lindy's. Because I wanted them to be whiter, I drybrushed white acrylic paint across them and then used Sharpie markers to outline one side of most of the stars. Matilda needed a place to stand and I wanted to pick up the green from her hair, so I added two washi tape flags to overlap at ground level. Two matte enamel circles were added to accent the flag ends. I always like some black touches on my pages so black gesso was watered down slightly and some marks were made using a gift card.

I see Matilda sending out invitations to people in her tribe so a grouping of three envelopes cut from mop-up scraps were printed upon, edged with black and decorated with white paint dots and a heart stamp. These were each matted with black and popped up on foam tape. The colours chosen for the envelopes came from the image colouring.

The sentiment was printed on white cardstock. The first part was cut as one segment and the second cut into individual words, all of which were matted with black, and adhered to the background with foam tape. To finish the page, a doodled border was added along with a black mat to frame the page and keep the eye from drifting off.

Thanks for joining Matilda and me today. We so appreciate your visit. If you get a chance, be sure to check out the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop. There are so many fabulous images I want to play with there. I'm sure you will find lots of "must-haves", too.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 5 (Song Lyrics or Title)

Hi everyone. Is it me or did January fly right by? We are already into Week 5 of the 2018 Joggles Art Journal Adventure and a brand new month starts next week. The prompt which I have chosen for Week 5 is to Include Lyrics from or the Title of a Song. Easy Peasy, right? You would think so but I had a hard time narrowing my choices down to just one...I was all over the place with ideas. I finally settled on an old James Taylor song called Shower the People.

I worked on one of the 6 x 6 watercolour pages from my Joggles disc-bound journal. Next time, the size will be different. I must say, I am loving the smaller size I have chosen this year and the disc bound journals with the removable pages are awesome. In keeping with the music theme, I adhered vintage music paper to the watercolour substrate using Matte Medium,,,and then promptly began covering it all up...LOL. I drybrushed white acrylic paint over the top of the music notes and then used Neocolor II watercolour crayons in 2 shades of blue and 2 shades of green to add colour. A wet brush was used to activate the ink. When that was dry, I decided that the sky colour was more intense than I wanted so I used watered down white gesso to knock back the blues. Manganese Blue Archival Ink was used to stamp apply Carabelle Studio Quadrillages Texture stamp here and there on the sky. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through Kaisercraft Dots and Dashes Mini stencil on both the sky and the grass and, once dry, those lines and dots were accented on one side and underneath using Inktense pencils and a water brush.

I wanted a big puffy cloud at the top of the page to rain hearts over my focal images so I hand cut one from white bristol paper. The edges were inked first with Cool Gray  and then black Big Brush pens. A very pale pink acrylic paint was used to shade the bottom edge of the cloud and then to stencil the bottom half through the dots on the Joggles Punchinella Quintet stencil to add a little more whimsy to my happy cloud. The folds from the puffy lumps were smudged with a graphite pencil and a blending stump before the lines were inked in with a Pitt Pen. The cloud was popped up using foam tape.

The two friends are Stampingbella images by Danielle Donaldson. The one on the left is called almost ella and the one on the right is mostly naomi. They were stamped onto white cardstock using Jet Black Archival ink and then coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils with a little white paint pen added for some highlights. I love colouring! They were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then fussy cut a second time once they were matted with black cardstock. They were adhered to the background with foam tape to create a natural shadow behind them.

Two sizes of hearts were punched from a previously gel printed paper and each heart was edged with Middle Purple Pink Big Brush Pen. They were then glued in place around Naomi and Ella so that they looked like they were falling from the cloud. Black Pitt Pen dashed lines were used to show the movement of them  showering the friends with love. A solid wonky black border was doodled around the page and white paint pen dots added on top. Dots always say whimsy and playfulness to me. The lyrics from the James Taylor song were printed onto white cardstock and then cut apart into segments. These were matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape. The edge of the page was inked with black Big Brush Pen and the strip of real estate between the edge of the page and the doodled border was darkened with Inktense pencils activated with a water brush.

And that's it for my response to the AJA prompt, Include Song Lyrics or a Song Title on your page. Thanks so much for joining us today. I hope you will join us this time for Week 5's prompt on the Joggles AJA Facebook group. There is the most wonderful, talented and friendly collection of people who play along each week...inspiration and friendship galore.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 4

Hi everyone! With Barb busy at Creativation, it's my turn again to choose the prompt and create a response for Week 4 at the 2018 Art Journal Adventure Facebook group. The prompt I have chosen for this week is the Letter O. You might choose to feature an object/image which begins with O, a word representing a feeling, verb, or other option (do you see what I did there...LOL) or include the actual letter O as part of your design. As usual, I chose a few of these...I mean why limit myself to just one.

Next up in my disc bound art journal was another 6 x 6 inch watercolour page. I grabbed three letter Os from different sized stamp sets, loaded them up with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with clear powder. This creates a resist for the next step. I wasn't worried about spacing, having them go the same way, or extra embossing powder blobs...all of that was just going to add to the texture and interest. Next Broken China and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Inks were layered over the background with extra Salty Ocean around the edges. Any inks that remained on the letters were quickly removed with a baby wipe. TCW Mini Beaded Curtain stencil was placed over the background and water was spritzed through the openings. After leaving it for a few moments, a paper towel was used to remove the ink where the water droplets reactivated the ink. Manganese Blue Archival Ink was used to apply a solid circle stamp as well as the pattern from Carabelle Studio Weft Fabric & Numbers stencil in several places.Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp a scribbly circle as well as some mini dots.

In keeping with the O theme, I decided to use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp Stampotique Originals Olive the Ostrich on white cardstock. She was then coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, some gel pens, and a white Sharpie Paint pen. Glossy Accents was added to her baby blues and the heart on her lovely outfit. She was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted on black cardstock, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Usually this is enough contrast to let the image stand out against the background. However, Olive with her slim dancer's body was lost against the busy background so before adhering her with foam tape, I adhered two layers of cheesecloth behind her. It wouldn't do to have the star blend into the background.

To give Olive a place to stand (on tippy toe), two lengths of green washi tape were mounted on white cardstock, and cut into flag shapes. These ground Olive and also bring more of that green from her dance costume into the rest of the page. Two dimensional letter O stickers were placed on the two bottom pieces and a shorter flag was added to the upper left corner to create a diagonal flow.

The wording was printed onto white cardstock, fussy cut, and matted with black. The filled in sections of this font were coloured in with a green Sharpie marker and then glittered up with Lime Green Stickles. Love the sparkle and glam that adds. Her name, Olive, was printed with a Dymo labeller and adhered opposite to the glittery letters. To finish up the page, black Big Brush pen was used to ink the outside edges and the washi was outlined with a black pen to make it pop a bit more.

This page makes me smile. I haven't done embossing and a resist in ages and you've gotta love Olive in all her splendour. I had no idea where I was going with this prompt but I'm happy where I ended up :) I can't wait to see what the talented and creative members of our Joggles AJA Facebook group do with this theme, the letter O. if you haven't already joined our community, now's a perfect time.

Life is good; so is art.