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Friday, February 10th, 2017
Happy Steampunk Canvas

It’s been a little while since I’ve created a steampunk project. Today i’m sharing my Happy Steampunk Canvas I created with a circle wooden frame, fabric and some chipboard. I also added a few metal pieces to complete the steampunk look. The process of creating the texture on the canvas is the interesting part that i want to share with you.     Happy Steampunk Canvas First i sealed the fabric with  layer of gesso. Then I added a layer of texture with modeling paste and stencil.     The next step was to spray the canvas to add a little color. Then I arranged all the chipboard pieces on the canvas. Once I knew where I wanted them to be I took a photo with my phone so I will not forget how I arranged them. Finally I painted all the pieces with black acrylic paint.     When the pieces were dry I glued them on the canvas. Now …

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Art Journal Page with Two Color Background

Today I’m sharing an Art Journal Page with Two Color Background. This is a simple technique yet I really like the effect it gives. The two color background is the perfect background for journaling or pages with half and half themes.      Art Journal Page with Two Color Background My page is basically a reflection of day and night or if you want the two parts of any person’s soul. It has a bright side and a dark side. I first started with applying acrylic paints in two colors: blue and black. The best way to do that is to use an old credit card to spread the paints on the page without even reaching the edges.     The next step was to add a little stamping to the background making sure it’s in the same colors as the paints. I added a yellow bright sun with yellow acrylic paint. Then I added a tree which I drew …

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
How to Art Journal with Stamps?

I love using stamps in my art journal pages. I use them for backgrounds, accents and even focal points. So today I’m sharing my tips for How to Art Journal with Stamps? It doesn’t matter what stamps you have they can all be used in your art journal.     How to Art Journal with Stamps? First I started with the background. I wanted it to be as colorful as possible so I used different types of stencils with different colors of acrylic paints. I tried to use small pattern stencils so the pattern will be visible later when I’ll cover the page with paint.     The next step was to draw the drops shapes and paint around them with acrylic paints. This is the point when you need to decide the theme of your page. I wanted to do a page about rain so I drew the rain drops and they were the only part of the background …

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
7 Reasons to Create with Mixed Media

Mixed media is my favorite way of creating. I love everything about it. Today I’m sharing my 7 Reasons to Create with Mixed Media. But first if you want to learn more about mixed media and what it is you can take my FREE mini class: 4 Essentials You Need to Know about Mixed Media.     7 Reasons to Create with Mixed Media #1 There is no right or wrong Mixed media is one of the most forgiving art forms. There are no rules and everything you do is right. As long as you like it you can’t go wrong. #2 Flexible results If you can’t get the effect you want with one medium, use another! There are many techniques and materials to use to reach an effect you want. For example if you want raised patter use a stencil with modeling paste or thick acrylic paint or even heavy gesso. #3 Anything goes It’s the perfect excuse to collect …

Friday, January 20th, 2017
How to Art Journal with NO Ideas?

Do you ever ask yourself How to Art Journal with NO Ideas? I often find myself in a situation where I want to create something in my art journal but I have no idea what. My mind is a complete blank and I have no inspiration at all. Here’s what I do in this situation…     How to Art Journal with NO Ideas? The most important thing to do is start. Do something on the page without any planning. I started spraying the page with a few colors.     Then I decided to add some circles. It’s one of my favorite shapes so whenever I don’t have an idea I go back to my favorite shapes, techniques and tools. Usually by this point an idea finds its way into my head.     In this case it’s exactly what’s happened. I got an idea to leave the circles empty but create lots of patterns around them. So I …

Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Art Journal Page: Houses

I’ve recently been filling my art journal with new pages. Today’s Art Journal Page: Houses is all about layers. It’s amazing what you can do with layers of paint, stencils and stamps. And it doesn’t even matter what kind you have, they will all work.     Art Journal Page: Houses The first thing to do is just stencil on the page. Use different patterns and different colors and layer them on top of each other. Add some stamped images and patterned tissue papers as well.     Then you need to think about the shapes you want to have on your page. The idea is to cover all the colorful stencil patterns with paint and have a few shapes that this pattern is visible on them. I decided on houses, a big plant and a few clouds. So I drew them with a black pen.     The next step is to paint around them. I created sky and …

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Mini Art Journal Book

I created a Mini Art Journal Book in an easy technique. This technique can be applied to any book you want so you’ll be able to create your own mini albums and books. It’s the perfect way to create something from scratch and give it your own style from the pages to the cover.   Mini Art Journal Book Start with heavy water color papers. You want your pages to be thick enough for any medium or material you’ll add on them. Thick papers will not curl, bend or bleed to the other side. Cut the papers to the desired size. The way to figure out the size is easy. Decide what size you want your pages to be. Cut the papers in the same height and double the width. For example if you want your pages to be 4″ long and 3″ wide you need to cut the paper into 4″ by 6″ squares.       Now comes …

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