Don´t believe everything – AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Thursday! Today I´m sharing another art journal page with you. This one is just random play in a small journal. I tried doing a tape transfer for this one, but it didn´t quite work as hoped for..

See those circles with the book page paper? Well, apparently the paper was not the perfect type, however hard I tried, I could not get the last layer of the beige paper to come off the tape… so I just went with what I had and adhered the circles onto a journal and wrote a quote on them with a Sharpie.

The rest is just paint, ink, stamping and Posca pens on top of each other. The stencils I used, are from my STAMPlorations stencil line. Paints and inks are by Ranger.

Wishing you a lovely day!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Be silly – Canvas Corp Brands

Remember the tangled greeting cards I shared with you a few days back? Well, I also made a second project (this time a layout) with the Tattered Tangles papers. And as promised, I am sharing it today with you – including a little step-by-step:

This was my starting point: a paper sheet of pre-made tangles in black&white and a piece of white cardstock and one photo, a black Sharpie and scissors. Not much, right?

The idea behind the Tattered Tangles papers is to provide crafters with pre-made designs to serve either as a starting point or as a background to work on. You can use spray ink, crayons, color pencils, markers, stains, watercolours and stamp ink on them to name a few. You could either just colour the images and use them as they are or add additional detail by doodling on them. Or you could use single strips/pieces (like I did on my layout) as a starting point.

Sometimes it is hard to draw the first line on a plain piece of paper and that is what these papers are designed for. I find the idea great as it was quite a lot of fun to continue designing Zentangles (read more about those here!) onto the layout background based on a pre-made strip.

As you can see in this photo, I´ve chosen two strips as my starting point. I glued those pieces overlappingly onto the upper part of the layout and then drew some swirls with a pencil onto the background. These swirls work as a border for the area where my Zentangles will be. I then drew some lines inside the swirled areas to divede the area into several smaller parts. That way it is easier to start designing/drawing the patterns.

Here you can see how I proceeded. I really did not have a special pattern in mind when I started, I just let my feelings guide the pen and this is what I ended up drawing.

Finally, here is the finished black and white background. I used a black Sharpie for drawing as I wanted the black colour to be waterproof, since I was going to colour some areas later. I´ve also added some outlining to go with the Zentangles.

After finishing the backgound pattern, I wanted to add hints of colour here and there and did so by applying some Glimmer Glaze (pink, purple and yellow) here and there. Since the black and white pattern was very bold on its own, I only added lighter colours and only a little here and there.

Here is a detail shot of the coloured parts. Here you can also see that I´ve continued detailing the pre-made desings by adding some more pattern to them. There are also some glitter glue details here and there, but only just a few.

After finishing the background I glued the photo down onto the layout using 3D foam pads. That way the photo stands out a little bit from the background. Since the background is very vivid and bold, I felt that I didn´t need that much decoration to go with it, so I only just added a few chipboard butterflies which I coloured using a paint brush and some green Glimmer Mist. I also added some glitter glue onto the butterflies to give them additional shine.

Then just a few lines journaling written on small watercolour paper strips and

a title consisting of a sentiment. The purple alpha stickers match the colours of the background, but are not too bold. And I just could not help myself and had to add a few black Glimmer Glaze splodges here and there for additional detail. What can I say, I love to use black Glimmer Glaze :-)!!!

Basically, this is a really simple-to-do layout. It just takes a while to do all the „zentangling“. I definitely recommend you give this a try. It is quite a lot of fun and you will always end up with a different, totally uniqu background!!! AND it is very, very relaxing and liberating too! So now it´s your turn to get into some Zentangling – and if you are afraid to try on your own, use the pre-made Tattered Tangles (here is link to the store ;-)…) as a starting point! Nothing easier than that!!! And ENJOY!!!!

xxx, Sanna

Stenciled coasters – The Crafter´s Workshop

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a litte DIY coaster idea I did for The Crafter´s Workshop blog. A friend of mine recently gave me some hand cut wooden pieces and said that I´d probably find a use for those. He knows me well ;-). I have been saving those pieces for a while now. They have a really nice shape – some of them are almost heart shaped, so I just used 6 for now and saved the other ones for later. Here is what I did:

I Sanna Lippert

I first gathered some 6×6 inch stencils together and chose patterns I thought would look nice on the coasters. I then just placed a stencil over the wooden surface and traced the pattern onto them with a black Sharpie pen. I just outlined some patterns and some of them I colored black. The outlined ones look „lighter“ than the colored ones. So it is totally up to you which look you prefer and go for.

Sanna Lippert

This is how the finished coasters look like. I really like how the „Dartboard“ pattern and the one with the circles (from the „Geometric Art Layers stencil“) on the left side of the upper photo turned out. Doodling these was quite addictive, so I am considering doing some more and maybe giving them as a Christmas present to someone dear.

Sanna Lippert

In the end I added a light layer of wood varnish over the doodled areas to make sure the patterns „stay put“. Since the Sharpie is permanent and water and fade resistant, it should work without the varnish too, but I just wanted to play it safe.

Happy stenciling!!

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Diamond Lattice – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers – The Crafter´s Workshop
Viva La Art – The Crafter´s Workshop
Dartboard – The Crafter´s Workshop
Ceiling Tile – The Crafter´s Workshop
Other: Shapie black, wood varnish