How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal

There is a misconception that art journal pages should be busy, with lots of colors and packed with techniques. But I want to show you How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal. An art journal page can be simple and clean with a lot of white space as long as you like it. Here is how you can create such a page in your art journal:  How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art JournalThe best material to use in my opinion is water colors. Water colors have a transparent soft look that is perfect for a clean look yet colorful. I didn’t have anything in mind when I started the page. I just took my water brush and started adding color to the page. Usually at this point I get an idea of how I want to continue. But if I don’t I simply add more color or shapes. Sooner or later the idea will pop into …

Imagine Mixed Media Canvas

Hi crafty friends!I’m in the mixed media mood recently and today I want to share a new creation: Imagine Mixed Media Canvas. This canvas was created in the same technique as the last two canvases I shared with you. This technique is one of my favorite because it can transform anything to anything and basically it’s easy to do but its effect is amazing!Imagine Mixed Media CanvasI started with adding texture with modeling paste and a stencil. You can see I also added chipboard corners for extra dimension.  Then I arranged my elements on the canvas. I went for the shabby chic look again with adorned frame and lots of flowers.  You probably guess what’s the next step is… cover everything with gesso. This gives everything the same color more or less and primes all the materials for the next step. When you create a mixed media canvas you use metal, plastic, paper, fabric and clay and not all of them receive …

Vintage Lady Mixed media Canvas

Hi crafty friends!Today I want to share with you a Vintage Lady Mixed media Canvas tutorial. If you know me you’ll probably have the same surprised face my friend made when I created it. I had a wonderful creative day with one of my friends and when she saw what I was doing she had a look of surprise on her face. Why? because this vintage romantic style is completely out of character for me. I usually don’t create projects in this style, at least not recently but I believe that as artists we should always challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zone. This project is exactly that, a step outside my comfort zone! I decided to create something new and use elements that I don’t normally use.    Vintage Lady Mixed media CanvasI started with a blank canvas and added texture with stencil and modeling paste. Then I added pieces of lace and sisal, which are a type of …

Scrapbooking Tips: How To Use Cut Image

Today on Scrapbooking Tips: How To Use Cut Image. When you have a bad photo with a background you don’t want to use you can cut out the image on the photo and use it on your layout. The best images to use are people images as long as you do it correctly.  Scrapbooking Tips: How To Use Cut ImageRules of cuttingFirst you need to make sure you cut out the image properly. You can’t use a person’s image on a layout if some of their organs are cut. That means that if you can’t cut the image fully don’t cut it. If you need to cut out arms or legs that would look weird on a page and I recommend against it. However there are exceptions. If you need to cut off a foot or a hand then you can still use the photo as long as you find some way of hiding that. For example: the person can stand …

ALTERED MIXED MEDIA PLAYING CARDS

  Inside: altered playing cards with different techniques and materials   When I started with mixed media I was very unsure of almost every step I made because I felt I didn’t know enough techniques, enough materials or had enough experience. I wanted to make mixed media in a small scale that won’t be so scary so I decide to alter playing cards. If until now you were not sure about mixed media like I was, or a little scared to create an art journal page or even a canvas for whatever reason this tutorial series is for you! The 52 playing cards I made really opened my mind and set my creativity free with no fear! These altered mixed media playing cards with the 52 mixed media Techniques is the ultimate series to start and master mixed media techniques.     WHAT ARE ALTERED MIXED MEDIA PLAYING CARDS   There are 52 cards in every deck and we’ll alter …

Water Color Doodling Art Journal Page

I often get asked how to create simple art journal pages. I also hear: “I don’t have all those fancy stuff like you, how can I art journal”? Well today I want to share a Water Color Doodling Art Journal Page. You only need two materials to create this page: a permanent black pen and water colors.  Water Color Doodling Art Journal PageStart with doodling on your white art journal page with a black pen. Simply start with a small simple shape like a circle and then add more shapes around it. Keep adding circles, petals, lines and other simple shapes until it all combines into an elaborate shape. I created different sizes and combinations of shapes.  When I finished the first step I looked at my page and decided I want to add more to the shapes. I colored some parts of each shape with the black pen and also added more shapes to enlarge them.  The last step is to add …

4 Erasers Every Crafter Should Know

You planned a great project and outlined it with a pencil now you want to erase the pencil and it won’t come off. I want to share the 4 Erasers Every Crafter Should Know so you’ll be able to correct, erase or redo a part of your project.  4 Erasers Every Crafter Should KnowRubber EraserThis is the eraser we see on the top of our pencil. It works by shedding itself while lifting the graphite pencil marks. It works rather well although it doesn’t always removes the marks completely and can tare the paper if used too aggressively.Gum eraserThe gum eraser has a softer feeling to it and also works great on paper. It tends to crumble while you use it but this is what enables it to absorb the graphite from the paper. The only problem is that it doesn’t last as long as the rubber erasers.Kneaded eraserThis type of eraser is much softer and can be sculpted into different …

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