New Art Journal Pages & “Deck of Cards”

Just a couple of new pages I have done in my 8 1/2″ x 12″ art journal.

I was watching a youtube video and someone was making circles on their page using a stencil. I thought to myself “I can make that” (the stencil not the page 😉 ) So I drug out my old fiskars circle template and proceeded to make several circles on a piece of cardstock paper I had covered with clear packing tape. After cutting the circles out I used the stencil on this page to make the assorted groups of colored circles using acrylic paint. I got out a 12 x 12 Crafter’s Workshop stencil “solace” and used Heidi Swap Color Shine in peach to create the design behind the circles. I added a piece of that drywall mesh I mentioned in the previous post and then outlined the circles with sharpie pens that matched the paint I chose. After that I decided they needed to be more defined so I added the black. Down the right side I used a stamp (I cannot remember the name and the packaging is hiding from me right now) which I colored in more with a gel pen. I also used a grey Zig clean color pen around the circles.

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This page I used several colors of Faber Castell Gel stick Gelatos and water to make the background. I got a cheetah print stencil I found at Walmart and used molding paste to create dimension/texture. I dug through my misc stuff basket and found the puzzle pieces, scrap paper edge, music paper, and some line grunge-board scrap. I also used a piece of the paint-able wallpaper I mentioned in last post which was colored using Tim Holtz alcohol inks, then tore to fit where I wanted. I added some “dribble” using black india ink. I found some Heidi Swap 3d letters in my stash that you color yourself and used my hot pink bingo dauber on them. I toned them down to match the page better by using Tim Holtz distress ink in “dusty concord”. I then glued all the elements down using mod podge and Beacon 3 in 1 craft glue. I also used the Beacon glue to create the heart shape which I colored in using a Zig marker. I used more gelatos and zig marker around the page to blend everything together. I wrote my message using Sharpie paint pen and added some alpha stickers. Last I wrote a tiny note about what the page means (because my daughter asked) and added it inside a tiny vellum envelope which I glued to the page by the flap only. Kind of resembles a wall of graffiti I think.

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Finally here are the cards I mentioned. They were cut from 8.5 x 11 cardstock to be used as ATC’s but I never got around to making any. So instead I turned them into this little deck of prompts. I got this idea from a lady (Kiera Goodhand I think? I’ll have to google it…Just googled and its Kiala Givehand, I was close lol) who is selling her “mixed media inspiration deck”. I didn’t want the whole 52 cards in her deck and had other ideas I thought would be fun prompts so I made my own. Plus I am a cheap-ass. I wrote on each one using a sharpie (I hate my handwriting by the way). I covered the back using a layer from a napkin and mod podged them down. I was able to get 8 done with each napkin. After that dried I distressed them using walnut stain and then stamped the edge using a Dylusions stamp. These are pretty fun to flip through to get an idea or like the original creator said, “deal yourself out a few or grab one at random to help kick start or give you some help with a page you are stuck on.” So if you don’t want to mess with glue and all that, go check hers out and buy them.

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As a gift to myself I signed up for an online art class by Donna Downey. I thought long about if I wanted to do this and if I felt the cost was worth it. Thankfully it has a payment plan where its broken down quarterly and that sounded better on the purse strings. Here is a link to the youtube trailer video for that class for any of you who may be interested in signing up or just want to look at some cool art. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwMNr8eutvM

Happy Creating to all of you!
Lady Blue

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Unusual Craft/Art Supplies

After watching a few you tube videos (Donna Downey, Imperfect Impulses to name a couple) I learned of some products that aren’t sold as art/crafting supplies but can certainly be used that way. To start off lets talk about Magic Mesh re-positional adhesive mesh. After doing a search I see that Stampin up sells/sold it but I did not buy it through them. I have had this particular mesh longer than knowing about SU lol.

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As you can see it comes in an assortment of colors at a yard for about $2.00 to $4.00 on up in the listings I see on EBay. Not sure how much SU sells theirs for. But wait look again, that white mesh isn’t the same stuff even though it looks like it. Check this picture out below to see my huge 300 foot roll:

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Holy cow 300 feet of it!! I bet that cost a gajillion! No actually it was about $8.00 from Lowes home center. It is called fibatape and it is self adhesive drywall tape. It is exactly the same stuff lol. And being that it is white you can use markers, inks etc to color it anyway you want. I’ll have mesh tape for years using this huge roll.

So now you know to look in the hardware/home improvement stores for fun things to use too. Here is some more stuff that you can keep a look out for:

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On the far left is some tape stuff with circles, this is also drywall tape. it is white paper with an adhesive back, you’ll find it right next to the mesh tape. Next to that is some silver tape stuff. That is aluminum tape. It is actual aluminum foil with some super super sticky glue to the back (comes with peel off paper on the back). It is made by 3M and if you go in Lowes or similar store just ask for aluminum foil duct tape. My roll is 50yds worth and I think I paid around the same price for it as the other tape stuff. You may find some that has 3M printed all over it but keep looking, they do make it plain as you can see in the photo. Now in perspective I previously posted about that 1/4th inch width foil tape made for Inksentials by Ranger for $2.00 I bought on a shopping haul from Tuesday Mornings. That roll is only 2 1/4 across with about 1/2 inch thick of it being the tape wound on there. Have to cut the 3M tape down for smaller projects but its the SAME stuff!

Also in that picture you can see a white and pink roll. Those are the cloth tape from the band-aid area, the pink is from the athletic department, both were about $4.00 each. Last is a roll of masking tape, which is also sold as freezer tape. You can use stamps with this and make your own washi tapes.

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Here is a roll of paint-able wallpaper. I think this is the most expensive item non “crafting/art” I picked up. It was $17.00 for 20.5″ wide by 56′ long. I will NEVER need to buy any again lol. I thought this would look awesome added as the background on pages, canvas panels etc, to add an additional fun texture.

Next up is napkins, I found these at a Tuesday morning for about $1.50 a packet. They are triple ply so when you peel off just the printed layer it is like tissue paper and can be deco-podged onto things. Such as the cards shown in the following picture. I’ll explain the cards in a future post.

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Lastly, be on the lookout for random items that might be handy. These little metal clip things were on some sock I purchased. They held each set together in the bundle. I thought it would be fun to alter them and use them as some kind of tab embellishment. If they don’t work then no money lost because they were in essence, trash.

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Hope everyone has had a great weekend, hope your week ahead turns out fabulous too. Make sure to keep an open mind when out shopping on what you can use in place of more costly crafting product items. Helps to think outside the box sometimes 😉

If you know of any fun “replacement” products like I have listed, feel free to share them.
Lady Blue