Category Archives: background techniques

Using Art Journal Techniques for Scrapbook pages

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Hi all!

I know, I know- it’s been forever since I posted anything- my house has been in an uproar, and I have just been really distracted by things lately and just haven’t created much art at all-but the last several days I have been KILLING IT! I don’t know what’s come over me- but I just have to share what I’ve been up to. And this is after I spent practically a week not sleeping ,not eating-couldn’t focus on anything useful- I completely stopped cooking dinner for days- I was a wreck basically. But now, thanks to ALOT of prayer and determination- I think I have conquered the beast and I’m back to almost full brain function! So, to prove it- I wanted to show you one of my favorite art journal techniques and how to apply it to a scrapbook page.

    The first thing I did was  paint the background grey, then mix some modeling paste with some red paint and scrape it over a damask stencil on top of the dried paint- here is the art journal page with this technique in the background.  Here is the scrapbook page where I used the same background technique:

  I know it’s not the best photo ,but frankly,I’m kind of lazy and this is as good as it gets today!

You can see the damask pattern here and there- over that I stamped a Donna Downey dress form foam stamp with black paint-rubbed some light blue here and there and laid down some papers and voila!

I hope this has helped you see how versatile these techniques really are and how you can use them in all sorts of art applications-Cheerio!!

You’re Not the Boss of Me!…Art journal page

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After too many years spent with certain people who try to force me into their idea of who or what I should be (so I can fulfill their needs and desires)- I am struggling to figure out who I am and who I’m supposed to be (sounds like a Gavin DeGraw song)-I haven’t gotten there yet, but this page expresses my very strong opinion that no one (on earth) has the right to define my reality!

To do this background I first started with a layer of Josonjas acrylic in Napthol Red Light-then I stamped a harlequin pattern and embossed with clear embossing powder-covered that with a layer of Josonjas in Rose Pink- after that dried an rubbed over the images with a baby wipe-then emphasized some of the diamonds with Jacquard permanent resist pain in Russet- I then added some gold rub ons, brushes of gesso,bright pink paint, gold metallic gelatos and acrylic paint, with some of the Russet added along the edges followed by some distressing with a brown ink pad. When in doubt, just keep laying on color! If you want it more blendable, use your fingers- it’s so much fun! OOps! I don’t want to forget- I also used a circle stencil here and there with my bright pink paint and also used the ghosted image (turn over the stencil and then use it as a stamp) Whew ! That sounds like a lot-but it’s totally doable.

Some more rub ons, stamped ladies I cut out and adhered to both pages-bird on a wire tape and stamped and written lettering. I ended up gluing the inclusion flaps together.

A view of the other side.

Cricut Stencil Backgrounds

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I was sharing with someone how I made backgrounds for some background pages with stencils cut from my Cricut machine-she wanted some photos-so I figured I would go ahead and do a tutorial for everyone who might be interested. This is so easy and fun and super versatile-just limitless possibilites. Here my examples are really just the beginning of what you can do with some cut out shapes and some misting . Don’t get me started on modeling paste and paint! I started with a 12×12 piece of cardstock and set my size on 2 1/2 inches and set the machine on Auto Fill.

I think the photos are pretty self explanatory,but I welcome your questions!

I forgot to add the photo of the flowers placed on my page before I misted-this is the after photo when I pulled up the flowers

Michelle Ward’s Crusade #55- My take on the challenge

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Michelle Ward’s Crusade #55- My take on the challenge

I just found this blog with Michelle Ward’s Crusades(http://michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/2011/09/crusade-no-55-disappearing-act.html) – a little late, she has since taken a hiatus-but better late than never, right?

Here I am showing you all the different steps in the process- it’s a good idea to blend the paints a little on your background paper-and you might need to add water to your thicker paints so they will blend well and spread easier- like I did with mine. I was using Jojonas  acrylic colors Pthalo Green and Colony Blue (I loooove this color!) and a very old Making Memories Meadow-with a little black thrown in. You can add black or brown or even grey -whatever you think goes best with your color choices. Now, I have to decide how to use these amazing backgrounds I made!

I find I like the result better on my stamps if I mix the paint a little before applying to the stamp itself. This is when I add a little black.This is the second page I did with my leftover paint- I just mixed all the colors ,except black, and painted the entire page-and then painted my stamps with the leftover mixtures. It gives a little different effect-not quite as dramatic.I think the stamp I used made all the difference in the look of this technique.  After I was done with the first page, I spritzed some Perfect Pearls mists on it in gold ,green and blue to give it a little shimmer-tho you can’t really tell in these photos.

I really wish I could figure out a better way to format my photos (drag and drop please!) I know they are all kind of smooshed-so hang in there!

Anyway- I think the stamp you use makes all the difference in the result you get (I used foam stamps ) notice the difference in this photo. I hope this gives you some new ideas for some cool background pages! Adios amigos!