Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Create Cards with Stamps and Stencils


Extra Extra - read all about it -- I have TWO NEW SETS of stamps just released from Rubbermoon.  They are Build a Cosmos, and Build a Neighborhood.  I created both sets based on doodles and watercolors in my sketchbook, which I then played with in Photoshop.  Here's how they looked.


Kristen Powers at Rubbermoon turned them into the most delightful stamps!  Here are pics of the two sets:



You can also select some of the stamps individually, and they mix and match well.  Check out these cards I created with archival ink and Tombow markers:







Using ink techniques I learned from Marjie Kemper in her wonderful class on Craftsy, I created this card, and filmed my process.


You can also watch "Create a Card Using Inks, Stamps and Stencils" on YouTube here!



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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How to Use Inspiration as a Jumping Point

 

This is another entry in the "Mucking Around in my Art Journal" series.  But this one has a twist.  I was truly stumped and couldn't find a "jumping off" point.  My usual Pinterest Board resource of prompts wasn't doing it for me.  And so I turned to YouTube, and found this wonderful video by Ronda Palazzari, who did a two page spread using string.


That video completely inspired me, and provided me with the jumping off point I needed.

Here's my process, start to finish, in an under 6 minute fast forward video.  In total, I played around with this spread for about two hours in the course of two days.


You can also watch "Mucking Around in my Art Journal IV" on YouTube here.  

So many artists give freely of their time and talent on YouTube.  Use their inspiration as jumping off points and live inspired!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How To Create an Easy Collage Art Journal Page

Last month, in this "How To" series, I shared a tutorial on How to Create a Stash of Background Papers.  If you haven't seen it, there's a video showing how I used gesso to create resists, with the result being a stash of very versatile papers.


This month, I want to share how I used those papers to create a simple, colorful art journal page celebrating spring.


For this page, I used punches to create various shapes, and then used paint, markers and pastels to make shadows and marks.

But if you don't have punches, just cut out random shapes with your scissors like I did in this post -- the result will still be fun, whimsical and colorful!

Here's a peek at my process.

You can also watch "How to Create an Easy Collage Art Journal Page" on YouTube here.


I hope this post gave you some inspiration to jump into your journal with some collage.  If you do create something inspired by this post, please let me know so I can share your work!
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