Dreamin’ of Spring-Art Journal Page

Hiya! Idiana here from Idiana’s Creations. Today I am sharing with you this simple and fun art journal page.

I started on a black background then layered with paint and gesso. I had these pre-cut flower shapes on white cardstock (you can make these yourself and cut out by hand) and painted with watercolours.
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Then the fun part was using a fine line applicator with Dylusions white paint and scribbling. I find that adding a little water in the bottle helps the paint flow out smoother.
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Full Product List:

Dylusions Art Journal 9×11

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours 36/Pkg

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – OPAL MAGIC : Green/Gold

DYAN REAVELEY – DYLUSIONS PAINT White Linen, Black Marble, Fresh Lime

PRIMA – FINNABAIR ART ALCHEMY ACRYLIC PAINT – METALLIC: Metallic Lime Peel, Emerald Green, Silver Spoon

DINA WAKLEY – HEAVY BODY ACRYLIC PAINT – 2OZ TUBE Tangerine

Fineline Applicator – Standard Tip – 18 Gauge – 2 Pk

Dylusions Stencil – Keyholes – 5×8

Liquitex – White Gesso

Ranger – Mini Ink Blending Tool

Ranger – Non-stick Craft Sheet 15×18″

Full video tutorial below. Hope you try these techniques and let me know how they turn out. Happy crafting!

Full tutorial page below:

 

 

 

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Messy, Painty Art Cards Tutorial

Hello fellow creatives, Rochelle here from rockmelon recycled. Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day to play with art supplies.  Today I’m showing you how I play with paint, ink sprays, brusho crystals, stencils and a gelli plate.  At the end of our messy, painty play we’ll all have 16 unique arty cards to post, pin to an inspiration board, frame or leave in the public library to bring happy to someone’s day!

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Here we go (I hope you’ve had coffee… grab your paints, stencils and inks and play along!) And don’t forget coffee… lots of coffee).

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Supplies List:

Paint: Dina Wakely (tangerine, magenta), Dylusions (crushed grape, vibrant turquoise, fresh lime) black, white, fluro pink, bright yellow

Ink Sprays: Dylusions (after midnight, crushed grape, cut grass, squeezed orange, bubblegum pink)

Watercolour paper: Try the fabulous Prima watercolour pads in A4

Colourcraft Brusho Crystals (yellow)

Stencils: Donna Downey (Butterfly)

 Tim Holtz (Wildflower)

TCW (Inspired words 6×6, Art is 6×6, Sheet Music 6×6, Circle Explosion 12×12)

Gelli plate (I used 5×7)

Soft rubber brayer (for gelli plate paint application)

Water in a spray bottle

Paper trimmer or scissors

Paper towel, damp washer for clean up

You can watch this tutorial below:

 

 

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And don’t let you inner critic tell you that you can’t paint, go right ahead, it will be silenced when you begin to paint. Have a great week everybody!

 

Recycled Packaging Art Journal Page

Hi Lulu Art Fans!  Kate (aka Sparkle Tart) here with you on the blog today with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging you get on your art supplies!  Today I’m going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side!  I hope I’m not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging.  I mean that’s not so weird right – they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product!  Well, my latest purchase of a Black Dylusions art journal from Ranger had packaging just too pretty to throw away – so I decided to incorporate it into my journal as the very first page.

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BASIC TECHNIQUE

Cut packaging into a variety of interesting shapes and glue onto your pages using Matte Gel Medium.

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Use a Dylusions stencil (I picked patterns that were similar to the images in the packaging, and the shapes I cut out) and Black Gesso to break up the shapes of the packaging by adding stencilled images over both the packaging and the background.  Then get in there with the paint left on the brush and really scruff up those edges!!

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Add texture using Light Molding Paste and stencils, you can use the same ones you used before or introduce new images.  You are again aiming to break up the background and blur the line between the collage papers and the journal page.  Also smear a little of the paste around on the page to create interesting texture and a bit of shape to the page.

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Add colour to the Stencilled shapes using acrylic paints (Golden and Dina Wakley) – choose colours that compliment, though stand-out, against the background – make sure there is some variety in the paint you use, for maximum interest.   Try adding one colour while another is still wet, for interesting blends and then let other colours dry between layers for a different look.  Also flick a little of each colour over the background to scruff up that clean black paper.

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Add some of the  Gansai Tambi metallic paints onto and around the textured elements.

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Add some of the art alchemy paints to both the images, the texture and around the patterns and make sure whatever you do on one side you add a little to the other side as well.  Look at the amazing shimmer from the Art Alchemy paint – super gorgeous.

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Once all the paint is dry, highlight some of the texture on the page using a gold wax paste and add some white paint pen and embellishments to really make the design pop.   Leave some of the paint pen as white lines and use your fingers to blend other sections into the background.

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And your finished pages might look something like this, a blend of packaging and new texture, metallic and bright painted elements.  If I hadn’t told you I was using packaging you would never guess!

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Here are a few close-ups so you can see the yummy details.

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You can watch this page being created in the video clip below.

SUPPLIES

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