Black Art Journal Page

A black art journal page is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Creating an art journal page with a black background can be counter intuitive at best or completely stupid at worst. After all black is a depressing color, there is not a lot you can add to it and it’s not a really good choice for a background color. well..that’s what I told myself for a long time but then I decided to challenge myself and do it!  I painted a spread in my art journal using the amazing Dylusions black paint. It only took a small amount of the paint to cover the entire spread and it dried really quickly. I wanted to keep it simple so I decided to doodle on the black background with a white Sharpie pen. I chose a happy pattern of fields and funny houses and unlike myself I added journaling and not just a quote. Talk about challenging… Doodling with …

Maximize Your Supplies: How to Create a Star Mini Album from Three 8.5"x11" Papers?

When I go through my stash I sometimes find the most amazing things. When I started scrapbooking there was NOTHING here. No 12×12 papers, no embellishments and I had to create scrapbooks and mini albums from  8.5″x11″ patterned papers, and there weren’t many of those too. I found some of my old papers and decided to use them for a really cool and fast project: a Star Mini Album.  1. Fold the paper in half. Fold each side into half again. Open and fold in half in the other direction.2. Cut the paper only on the center spreading on two of the horizontal squares.3. Fold in half and the paper will open up on its own.4. Close the paper to a + shape and glue the sides together. You can glue only the sides and create pockets.5. Fold all the flaps to one direction to create a mini album.6. Create two more mini albums. arrange them back to back and glue together. …

Steampunk Hot-Air Balloon

The steampunk queen strikes again! FYI I didn’t give myself this title…you did, or at least some of you Lol! I sure love steampunk and I’m happy to share with you another project. This one looks difficult but it’s much easier than you think! It’s because of all the tricks I’m using here to create faux metal and keep everything light weight. I started with a plastic ball I got at the craft store, you can use an ornament or even a glass ball, although you will need to be a little bit more carefull with that. I covered the ball with pieces of gold Duck Tape and then painted it with black acrylic paint. I waited for about half a minute and then wiped the paint with a paper towel, creating a really pretty effect of blackened metal. I added faux leather stripes with faux rivets and steampunk embellishments, including a propeller. I used an old cardboard box as …


  Inside: how to make a faux tree trunk fairy house with supplies you have in your stash!   Have you ever put two socks in your washing machine and when it was finished only found one? It happens to me all the time! The explanation for this phenomenon is that the socks get sucked into the washing machine’s pipes or get pulled under the drum. However there’s another more controversial explanation which I like much better… the fairies stole one of the socks! You don’t have to believe in fairies to make this faux tree trunk fairy house but… it won’t hurt 🙂     FAUX TREE TRUNK LOOK Making a faux tree trunk look is a process of making one material look like another material. Tree bark has two distinct characteristics you need to consider: Texture: the bark is not smooth but very coarse and has a lot of texture. So you’ll need to add texture to the …


  Inside: what is zentangle and how to make it in your craft projects   I told you before I can’t draw BUT I found an amazing way around it! I discovered a way to draw beautiful patterns with no problem and professional looking results. It is called zentangle and you won’t believe how easy it is.     WHAT IS ZENTANGLE   The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. You create tangles with combinations of dots, lines, simple curves, S-curves and orbs. These simple shapes are the “Elemental Strokes” in all Zentangle art. Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. There is no up or down to Zentangle art. You don’t need to know what a tangle is going to look like to draw it. You just need to know the …

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