Learn to rest Art Journal page – STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again today to share another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog! Are you ready for the weekend and some creative time? I am! I love creating pages for my art journal lately, so I am always very much looking forward to weekend and crafty time. Today I´d like to share another art journal page with a motivational quote with you. Here it is:

I played with my stencils again and this time, instead of using spray inks to create the background, I used Distress Paints. I love how they also react with water  and create lovely blendings onto the background.

After creating the first layer, I went and added paint directly to the stencil, then pressed the stencil onto the page to make „letterpress“ patterns on top the first layer. Also I saved all the residue ink from the kraft sheet and the stencils by wiping and dabbing it onto a spare sheet of white cardstock. I always keep one around for paint residues like this. These random pieces can be added as bits or as a background to a future project.

Next I placed the stencil onto the page and dabbed some pink paint thru the flower stencil directly onto the page, creating flowers. I also started with the lightest tones of paint and gradually added darker shades to create more depth and contrast.

 One of the stencil got used as a doodling guide to create the leaf patterns here and there. Then I just simply colored (very randomly) them with a darker green tone of paint and a water tank brush.

 In the end I added several tones of spray inks as splatters onto the page and also drew some additional patterns with paint pens here and there.

Finally, all I needed to do, was to add the quote. I just first made sure the paint layers were all dry. Otherwise I´d ruin my pen with the wet paint. If you have tried to write on wet paint once or twice, you learn to be patient  :-). I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish for you to watch! Hope you enjoy the video!

Happy stenciling!!
xxx, Sanna


January Mixed Media Challenge reveal – STAMPlorations

Hi there, we are starting the new year off with a bunch of challenges at STAMPlorations. Today it´s time to share the January Mixed Media challenge with you.

Here is what I made for the challenge reveal – a art journal sheet with a motivational quote:

I´ve said it before, and I´m saying it again here. I LOVE QUOTES! My art journal features many quotes and I find that the pages I like the most are the ones with motivational quotes. I am also starting to like my handwriting a lot better. I´ve found a way to add it to my work in a way that is is pleasing to the eye. This has not always been the case. I´m glad that I´ve figured my type of lettering out for me :).

What I also love is color. So I´ve added plenty of that here. I added water to the background and then picked some Glimmer Mist spray inks with a paint brush from the spray bottles and let them spread into the wet page on their own. I REALLY LIKE the results. It´s a happy page that makes me feel really motivated and positive about the new year.

After the spray ink had dried, I added the stamped bird images (STAMPlorations stamp) onto the page and finally finished the page off with some stenciling. I draw the stencil pattern onto the page with a fine tip black pen, then inked the leaves with blue Glimmer Mist and after all the layers had dried properly, took a Posca pen and wrote the motivantional quote to the page. It´s easy to say that this is my fave page so far, as it happens to be my first AJ page this year. LOL! But I really, really like how it turned out. Note to self: create more pages!

OK, so now it´s again your turn to make some mixed media art and join our challenge with your projects! Read the rules on how to play along here and then submit your work! Would love to see you join in and play along with us! There are also prizes to be won, so go on and get your creativity mode on :). Have fun and see you at STAMPlorations!

xxx, Sanna