Stencil challenge reminder – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies and welcome to the June STAMPlorations stencil challenge reminder post! Whew, what a sentence!! 🙂 Without further ado, here is my take for the June reminder post:

I again created a double spread into my art journal. The theme of these pages is: The Story of Living Things. I bought an old book about „living things“ a year ago from a trift store. I thought now was a good time to start using it!

During the social isolation the nature got a well deserved pause from us humans and this art journal is a „hommage“ on all living things, except us humans.

On this page I used glossy paint and spray ink on the background. It created a faux wooden pattern. On top are clear stickers from STAMPlorations as well as white texture paste applied thru one of my stencils. The birdies on a branch are by STAMPlorations as well as is the stamp set I used to stamp it with. The leaves are hand drawn on old book paper and the text is from the trift store book.

For the second page I used white paint and spray ink on the background to create a resist area. Then I stamped with STAMPlorations stamps onto the background and added a green tinted texture paste thru one of my stencil designs around the edges. The focal point of this page are the flowers, stamped on an old book page, then misted and highlighted with Posca pens.

I really enjoyed creating this inspiration spread for the reminder post! Now is your turn. There is still plenty of time to play along. Remember to follow the rules and have fun with this months challenge!!! Can´t wait to see what you create!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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Trust Art Journal page

Hello everyone and happy June! Today it´s again time for the June STAMPlorations stencil challenge reveal. For today´s reveal I have created a double page art journal spread.

Here is my art journal spread:

I started by applying black chalk paint onto the background and after that layer was dry, I placed the Festive Bloomdala stencil onto the page and applied red and pink Distress Paint thru the stencil onto the surface.

After that I took the Leaves 1 stencil from my stencil line at STAMPlorations and applied green and white Distress Paint thru the stencil onto the background to create a leaf pattern. For the second page I did the same black background, but instead of dabbing the paint thru the stencil, I misted the paint that was left over on the stencil and pressed the wet Distress Paint area onto the black background. That way I created a negative image of the original pattern. I especially love how the „leaves“ turned out.

For finishing touches I took out my beloved Posca Pens and outlined the paint patterns with the pens. That created even more detail and highlighted the patterns nicely. For final detail I also added a quote that spoke to me and took my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and added random splatters onto both pages.

Creating in my art journal has been so meditative and relaxing in the past months! I am really enjoying it and try to do it on very regular basis. It helps sort my thoughts and ground me.

Now is your turn – by now you know how these challenges work – see details HERE and read the rules HERE :). Have fun!!! Can´t wait to see what you make for this challenge!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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One stencil 3 ways – A Tina Walker & StencilGirl collaboration

Hello everyone!!! Today I´m sharing a set of three projects here on my blog. They were all created using one stencil. The idea of these projects was brought to life by Tina Walker, who organizes collaborations with/for StencilGirl. This time I could also play along, as I happen to own one stencil by them :).

We were challenged to create a) a art journal page b) a home decor piece and c) something else of our own choice, but the point was to use only one (same) stencil by StencilGirl on all of the projects.

I used this stencil (stencil name: Tiny Medallion) by Maria McGuire on all of my projects.

Let´s start by sharing the art journal I created. I´ve used really bright and happy acrylic paint colors on this spread and then added a Gelli Plate magazine transfer picture on top. It´s originally a Replay advertisement, but I cut off the „RE“ :). Now it better fits my journal page theme 🙂

I´ve added stamping (Viva Las Vega Stamps) and Posca pen Details as well as washi tape to the spread and finished the page off by adding black stenciling on top of it all. A quote (I love quotes!) highlights the stenciling and draws the eye to the stencil patterns.

Then there is the home decor piece. I decided to create a wall art piece as I happened to have a bulky wooden board at home. I first gessoed the whole board with white gesso, then repeatedly added layers of Distress Ink on top to create the faux watercolor effect to the page. And for finishing touches and as a centerpiece I added again a black paint stenciled Image with a Tim Holtz chipboard sentiment in the middle of it.

And finally, the free of choice project – I chose to create a set of artist trading cards. I´ve used a Gelli Plate treated mgazine page as my background (the green one). Underneath there are layers of fabric and paint covered baby wipes as texture. I´ve gessoed the stencil Image with white gesso onto each one of them and then added a spray ink misted chipboard circle piece on top. A metal button and a Dina Wakley stamp Sentiment as well as some sewing finish these artist trading cards off. I´ve stamped on a piece of old book paper – love the worn out look of this paper!

And a bonus set of two artist trading cards was also a result of this creative session. I did basically all the same like on the previous ones, except for the DIY mold clay flowers which I misted with spray inks and for the layer of paint covered baby wipe & fabric circles under the clay flowers.

 

Also, here´s a short video featuring the projects in detail:

I really enjoyed creating these projects and had lots of fun taking part to this collaboration/challenge. Thanks for all the fun, Tina!!! Now hop over to her blog to see what other peeps created!!!

Go see the other participants takes and the main page here:

Stencil Girl Blog
Cathy Frailey
Deb Riddell
Linda Wyatt
Tracy Kueger
Tina Walker

Thanks for stopping by,
xxx, Sanna

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A Moment Art Journal Spread

Hello everyone and happy Thursday!!! I´m continuing with some art journal madness today again. It feels comfortable creating in my art journal at the moment, so I am sticking to it. Today, be prepared for another crazy colorful take:

Boom! How´s that for color?! This page started off with a mineral water bottle I got from my son featuring an artsy label on it. He had saved the bottle because he thought I might love it :). How well does he know me, huh?

Well I certainly loved the images on the bottle label, so I fussy cut them out and used them on this spread.

But first, I ceated a base for the spread. I used Magenta and Lemon Yellow paints with my Evolution stencil. I added some newspaper strips here and there, accompanied by washi tape strips and black pen and pencil marks.
Then for the next layer I added some turquoise acrylic paint – again using the Evolution stencil with it. Then I took a Carabelle Studio eye stamp (love this one!) and added random stamp images across the page.
For the next layer I adhered the fussy cut bottle label images onto the page, next adding some watercolor paint and blue Nuvo embellishment mousse to any white areas and colored the stamped eyes with watercolor paints also. I doodled some random patterns here and there with Posca pens, also outlining the faces with the same pens.

Then I wrote a quote with Posca pens to finish off the pages. Here are some detail shots of the pages:

Lots of layers on these pages :). I love creating this color explosion!!! That´s it for today, lovelies!

Wishing you a great end of the week, take care,
Sanna

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Art journal spread „Find Beauty“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn today again to share another mixed media tutorial with you on STAMPlorations blog. For this month´s post, I´ve prepared an art journal spread with steps. I hope you like it!

I aimed for a light and happy spring feel page  and here is what it looks like:

And now to the steps:

Step 1: Start by adhering music note sheets onto the art journal with a varnish or a paper adhesive.

 Step 2: Apply some gesso onto the music note sheets with a palette knife to create a slightly softer and lighter look.

Step 3: Take the Rose Garden stencil and some Distress Paints (worn lipstick, picked raspberry and twisted citron tones) and apply the paints thru the stencil onto the journal spread. I used two pink tones on the roses very randomly and created lighter and darker toned petals that way.

Step 4: Apply paint droplets onto the background with same paint tones using a water tank brush. Step 5: Fussy cut butterflies and adhere to the page, add a stamped sentiment with black stamp ink.
Step 6: Take a tag die cut die and use it as a drawing guide and draw a tag pattern with a black pen onto the background.
Step 7: Color the tags with yellow acrylic paint and let dry properly.
Step 8: Add outlining to the stenciled patterns with a black pen.
Step 9: Add a quote or journaling to the tags and finish off with black ink splatters.
Here are some details of the finished journal spread.

I hope you enjoyed today´s step-by-step and get inspired to play in your art journal a little! Have fun creating!!

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See you next month with another fun project!
xxx, Sanna
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