Inside: best and important painting tips every beginner should know “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh I don’t have a formal artistic education… everything I know I taught myself. For many years i thought that if I don’t have that formal education I can’t paint… I even thought I have no right to paint because I don’t know how to do it, not properly. Boy!… was I wrong!     THE MOST IMPORTANT PAINTING TIP   Contrary to what people might think painting IS for EVERYONE and it’s much easier than you think. When I say painting I mean the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. It might sound intimidating to some but really anyone can do it with …


Inside: 4 art journaling background ideas that will inspire you to start creating!   You all know this feeling… we want to create an art journal page. We stare at the blank page and nothing… no ideas come to mind, zero! No inspiration at ALL! So we close the art journal and go to do something else in the hopes that maybe the inspiration will come later. The problem is it doesn’t. This ritual repeats itself over and over and it’s frustrating. So frustrating that it makes us give up art journaling all together. Is your art journaling experience similar to this? Do you also spend a long time staring at the blank page with no idea how to start? DISCOVER NEW ART JOURNAL BACKGROUND IDEAS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU TO CREATE NOW!     WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP TO CREATE ART JOURNALING PAGES It’s sounds counter intuitive, but the first step is to start. Do something on the …

How to Age Paper – 6 easy technique to make paper look old

If you want to give a pristine white paper a browned, unevenly-colored aged appearance and parchment-like texture you need to use an aging technique. I love using my own aged paper for my vintage and steampunk projects. It’s also very cost effective because you only need a few ingredients to create this effect instead of buying lots of expensive paper. There are a few techniques to age paper: Coffee I’m not a coffee drinker but this aroma filled powder can be much more than just a bevarage, it can be used to age paper and give it a brown antique look.There are two ways to acheive this effect: Painting with coffee Dipping in coffee Tea Tea staining will give you a lighter color and more suttle result than coffee. You can use the tea bag itself to stain the paper directly or dip the paper in the tea. You can dry the stained paper in the oven or in a …

Mixed Media Altered Playing Cards

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you my 52 Mixed Media Altered Playing Cards. I created them over a period of a few weeks and I used many different mixed media techniques. The fun part of this project was to create a new mixed media “world” on each card.   Mixed Media Altered Playing Cards each of the 52 cards got a word. These words were all positive, inspiring and empowering words that make me happy. If you decide to do this project you can pick your own words or use some of mine 🙂 The first step of the project is to cover all the cards with a coat of white gesso. This will enable you to add any medium or material to the surface of the card. Here’s the list of techniques and supplies I used on all my 52 Mixed Media Altered Playing Cards: Spraying, acrylic paints, water stenciling, distress inks, alcohol inks, card …

How to Create faux Leather Paper

Hi dear crafty friends! I love techniques. I love finding new ways to use old unwanted or unneeded things, namely recycling and reusing. Today I want to share with you How to Create faux Leather Paper. I used this technique to create the pages in the TP mini album that I recently sold.     How to Create faux Leather Paper This fun project started one day as I realized how many TP rolls we throw away all the time. I really wanted to do something with them. I’ve seen TP mini albums before but I wanted to do something different and incorporate a little mixed media, techniques and messiness. I also wanted a different look for the pages. So I came up with this easy and fabulous technique! I transformed all TP rolls to pocket pages that look like leather and believe it or not kind of feel like leather too. For the technique I used you only need water, Glycerin …

Don’t Be Afraid Art Journal Page

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a new art journal page: Don’t Be Afraid Art Journal Page. I created this page with a really cool and easy technique I want to teach you. I don’t think it has an official name so let’s call it the patterned masking tape technique. This technique is using masking tape as a surface like paper to work on with paint or other materials.   Don’t Be Afraid Art Journal Page The first step is to attach pieces of regular masking tape to a plastic surface so you’ll be able to remove the masking tape when it’s done, as well as clean up any paint. I used a plastic lid of a large container. Arrange the strips of masking tape close together. Use whatever width of tape you have.     Next start adding color to the masking tape. Use acrylic paints with a brush and stencils to add a pattern as well. After the …

How to Create a Gelli® Printed Tissue Paper Background

Hi dear crafty friends! Do you love making your own custom supplies? Today I’m sharing How to Create a Gelli® Printed Tissue Paper Background. If you haven’t tried Gelli printing yet I really recommend it. It’s fun and creative and you can’t go wrong because every print you make is pretty and unique.     How to Create a Gelli® Printed Tissue Paper Background Usually Gelli printing or mono printing is done on a thick watercolor paper or cardstock but printing on tissue paper is amazing! Why? because it gives you a unique effect you can’t get with any other material. I’m using tissue paper that I bought at my local craft store. You can also use the tissue paper you find in shoe boxes too, it’s basically the same. I like to cut my tissue paper into squares and just have fun with the Gelli plate, some acrylic paints and stamps. Make sure to be careful when you remove …

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