April Showers...Art Journal Spread

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hello there!  Today I am going to share an art journal spread I created with the express need for a little creative therapy!  This was my first post for May with The Crafter’s Workshop.

Below are the stencils, mediums & paints I used in my project!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Since I was looking for a creative outlet in a therapeutic capacity, I chose paints and mediums that are some of my favorites colors & products.  I knew I wanted to create something with the cloud designs on one of the stencils and I thought that would coordinate well with my color scheme.  Below are some of the products I used.

After using the White Gesso for a first layer, I added some loose watercolor paints.

I then used several of the sheets of Mixed Media Light Weight Sheets from ThermOWeb iCraft to brush Distress Ink onto using this large background stamp.

I also used some of the Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Silver on another of these sheets.

While the Mixed Media sheets are drying, I mix a pale purple color using more of the acrylic paints and applied it using a brayer.

Next, I used the Gel Medium to adhere the larger background stenciled sheets.

I cut out the design that I painted silver and adhered it as well. 

I used more of the acrylics and the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste to stencil the rain cloud designs in both the 12x12 and 6x6 size.

Using one of the new metallic pastes in Sterling Silver I added more of the raindrops layered on top of the blue clouds and rain.

The final stencil I used with another new paste, the White Pearl Modeling Paste.

Finishing up the spread, I added more paint, black and white pen and ink markers and some words I printed out.  Below is the final layout and some detail shots.

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog today!  I hope this inspires you to get out some stencils, mixed media and give yourself a little creative therapy!

TCW9036 – Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
TCW9016 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Spun Sugar
TCW9021 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Blueberry Pie
TCW9022 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Grape Jelly
TCW9023 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Blue Jellybean
TCW9014 - Heavy Body Acrylic - Iridescent Silver
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Framing & Outlining - A Scrapbook Layout

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hello friends!  Today, I wanted to share a scrapbook layout I created using several of the newest stencils and metallic pastes from The Crafter's Workshop.

Below are the stencils and pastes I used in my project!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I used both sizes of two of the stencils to add dimension and a variation of scale.  Below are the products I used!

I started by using a stencil brush and Distress Oxide Ink to add a pattern to my background cardstock.

This Wilted Violet Distress Ink is a vibrant color, but when using these stencil brushes becomes much more subtle.

Using the Wild Roses template in both sizes, I outlined the petals using a waterproof Copic liner onto watercolor paper.

I painted violets, pinks and corals onto the rose outlines as well as some leaves.

While the watercolors dried, I used this beautiful White Pearl Modeling Paste to create an inverted frame within my previously stenciled area.  Instead of a white frame and pattern inside the center, I used the pattern as the frame, using the Modeling Paste to create a 'white' space in the center.

It has such a lovely iridescent finish while being very subtle.

While the paste dried, I went back to my watercolor flowers and fussy cut around them, making my own die cut flowers.

Laying out my photo and the flowers, I planned out the placement of the title.

I decided to layer the two different sized stencils and different gold pastes adding some dimension to my title.

 Below are the close up pics!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!  I hope this inspires you to use a stencil to outline your own pieces to color, or create a reverse frame for your background!
TCW9036 – Champagne Gold Modeling Paste

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Finding Inspiration for Cardmaking - The Crafter's Workshop April 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

I am so lucky to always have a post at the beginning of each month with The Crafter's Workshop, and it is such a privilege to share some inspiration for a new month!

My husband and I just took our children to Chicago for Spring Break and one highlight of our trip was to see the Broadway production of Hamilton!  It was an amazing evening and so inspirational!  As an architect, one thing that inspired me was the theater itself, especially the ceiling in one part of the theater.  This is a detail of the ceiling and I immediately thought of a potential stencil project!

I used this photo of the ceiling detail as inspiration for several cards, using three different stencils and two different gold pastes on a vanilla cardstock background.

Below are the stencils I used as well as the Modeling Pastes.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

I used masking tape to provide a border around each piece of cardstock.  Most of the pieces were trimmed down, so it didn't make much of a difference, but masking it off kept things neat.

I placed a piece of cardstock trimmed to a nit larger than a card size to my mat and then used a small palette knife to spread the Gold modeling paste over it.

I used the Grecian Gold and Champagne Gold pastes...my two favorite golds.

The stencils I used were both 12x12 and the smaller 6x6 size.

I used both pastes and varied the stencils to get several different card patterns.

After the backgrounds dried, I trimmed them down and attached them to a black card base using dimensional adhesive.

I chose several sentiments from a 'thank you' series of Hero Arts stamps and heat embossed them using gold embossing powder onto black cardstock.

I tried to use a simpler sentiment with the more complex stencil pattern & vice versa.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this inspires you to look for crafty and creative ideas everywhere!  Have an amazing week!

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