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Stamped and Painted Landscapes

For this class we painted backgrounds in the art journals using landscape pictures to learn how to divide up the space. Skies, lakes, mountains and fields were all painted in with watercolors.Everyone chose a landscape that they were going to basically follow.We then used an assortment of homemade stamps to add trees, other foliage, boats […]

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Stenciling on Stenciling

Everyone started by picking a color scheme with variations on that color. We then started with pattern stencils. Everyone chose a patterned stencil and one color and filled their spread with it.Step 2 was to  take a second stencil and a second color that we chose and stencil on top of the first pattern. After […]

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Words in Art

The challenge for this project was just as its title says: To use words in art. We first made backgrounds a week before by getting lots of juicy paint onto the background and then squishing wax paper on top of it and allowing it to dry that way.When it was dry we peeled it off […]

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Craft Puncher Collages

I was inspired to do this by an artist I follow on Instagram by this post of hers.  I didn’t follow it exactly but, I took the main idea. I gave the women an assortment of craft punchers to use along with lots of plain and patterned papers. I showed them the idea I liked […]

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Painting and masking

This class is usually a beginning class in art journaling  to get everyone used to many of the processes used in art journaling. This is an activity I often do at my art parties.We used stencils to create marks, we added watered down paint and dripped it down our pages, we stamped with bottle covers […]

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Fabric with tissue paper pictures

We started by cutting up pieces of fabric and gluing them onto the journal spread backgrounds. Did you even know that spread glue or matte medium on a page is relaxing? 🙂We looked for images to use in books, old calendars and flower printouts.They then traced their images with black marker onto white tissue paper […]

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Craft foam: NOT just for crafts

craft foam

Craft foam is a classic material usually used in craft kids projects. However, it has a number of uses for the mixed media,  art world too and here are some ways to use it.Craft foam is sold in a few sizes and in either  peel and stick foam or plain type.​Homemade foam stamps One of the […]

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How to use shimmery, shiny pigment powders (like Pearl Ex)

stacks of pearl ex pigment

I must admit  that I don’t alway buy art materials because I NEED them. I love shimmery and shiny things and these Pear Ex pigment powders are certainly that. So they caught my eye and of course, using my Michaels coupons I had to have a set.BUT…they sat in my closet for a really long […]

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10 things to do with gelatos(or watercolor crayons)

gelatos

Gelatos are water soluble crayons or watercolor crayons. I have a couple of packs of them, but also own a pack of distress crayons and 2 packs of recollections watercolor crayons.  I use them all but, I decided to do this post on Gelatos because I think they are the best known watercolor crayons. (and […]

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7 Acrylic Ink Ideas

Daler rowney inks

Acrylic inks are gorgeous.  I’ve been buying them in Michael’s with 60% off coupons, bringing them home and storing them in my supplies cabinet. The ones I have are the Daeler Rowney inks and   the metallic liquitex inks. There are many shades and colors in both companies and they vary in price based on the type.These acrylic […]

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