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AJ page – Storm in my head (stencil shift)

I was thinking about the fact that I so often make stencils Using my Cricut.  Not everyone has one, so I was thinking of stencils I could make with other tools.  I thought about windows, and my Nestabilities.

So I took a filmstrip die – now this die cuts as a rectangle, and I thought that would suit my purposes.

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On a Gessoed page I sponged on dark green paint

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Replacing the stencil but shifting it slightly (I know I saw this someplace – could have been a Stencil Girl video but it’s been a while so I’m not sure) I sponged some lighter lime green paint over it. They key here is that you need good coverage and heavy bodied paint.

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It gives it a bit of a halo effect.  I added some olive-green Pitt pen, smudged along the join of the two paints for a little more depth, but given how much I layers over it, it was perhaps a wasted step!

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I scribbled some purples onto the background

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and blended them with a baby wipe, letting some of the purple skitter over the rough texture of the page

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Then I carried on with the usual – some stencils, some stamps, some punchinella stenciling, some tiny scripty text, and some BIG stamps in black.  That gave me a nice complex background.  Over a particularly busy area, I stencilled a face that I cut (sorry, back to the Cricut, but this time with SCAL tracing the image.

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I masked the lower compass so it (I hope) looks like it’s in front of the face. I stamped the “title” – do you call it a title when it’s and AJ page?  I do, but more as a way to call a particular page to mind,  less as a TITLE, IYKWIM.

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Now off to file paperwork.  And maybe try to finish up the last two cards from the Marathon – although cause I have to photo of the sample and only the barest memory of what the cards actually looked like, that may all come to nothing…..


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The reverse page done – I think it worked….

So I finished the reverse. I think the flipped edges worked pretty well, and I think it’s perfect for a page where you want to totally hide your journaling, as you can do all the writing then fold the edge over it.  Sneaky, humm?

After blending the watercolour crayons to get the background

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I flipped the edges from the book-paper coverage of the reverse back to this side.  I thought about leaving the edges as they were, and that is certainly an option, but instead I used an old curved ruler to mark and trim for a more decorative border

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Then I inked that border – I liked it plain but I liked it better inked.

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I did the lettering and that was here it all went wrong.  I stamped the text but the shading and decorating just didn’t live up to my expectations.  Live and learn – don’t run before you can walk…or letter LOL!

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Any excuse to  use some of my mad old stamps

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and just another shot of the edge…

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Most def. something I will do again.

Now to those who commented or emailed me asking about the WOYWW ATC backs – yes, I will pop another set without the WOYWW info on it for you, probably tomorrow – if not then, on Saturday when I am off at the Card Marathon. Hopefully I won’t be a bad student – I never can seem to follow instructions and sometimes my I wonder if…? process is just not appropriate.

Such  lovely day – too lovely for sitting in awaiting a delivery…

 


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AJ page

Very quick today, no waffle – DD is off school and we have a busy day together planned. Here is the first side of my twofer page – tomorrow I will hope to get the reverse done so I can see if the idea from yesterday has legs, as they say:

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From a poem by Tolkien.  It seems to reflect my wandering thru different arty playgrounds – I may wander, but I’m not totally lost, just looking around… Hard to see above but there are little graphite pencil squiggles tracing the path thru the mazes…

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and I forgot how much I really like these Rusty Pickle stamps.  SO OLD….

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Enjoy your day!


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AJ technique – a twofer

Perplexed by that title?  Don’t be.  I’ll explain….

Sort of a Buy one, Get one free technique.  I was looking at my last page, at the bits of book paper I used as the base, and wondering about the waste when I trim off the overhang.  Silly, I know, but it came to me that I could intentionally leave MORE overhang, and use it for the next page.

It take a little thought – only in the sense that you need to plan if for a page that has nothing already on the flip side.  what I did was prep a LEFT hand page that was blank on the back and not intended to be part of a two page spread, with Gesso. My thoughts are that with the book paper base on the reverse, I don’t really need to cover BOTH sides with book paper. Nor did I need to coat both sides with Gesso…

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Once that was totally dry I flipped back to the reverse and started layering on the book paper.

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I thought I would leave the white border on the book pages and make sure THAT was the overhang bit, cause I had an idea for THAT too – but I’ll save that for another day…

Once the reverse of the Gessoed page was covered and dry…

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all I did was flip to the reverse and folded the overhang onto the page.

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Rather than stick those flaps down around the edges, I thought it might work better if I complete THAT page and THEN stick them down.  That leaves me the option, if I stop here, of sticking them, and adding gesso over them to incorporate them into the background of the page OR of completing the page then sticking them for a stronger “border” statement, IYKWIM.

Thinking I might find the loose flappy bits annoying I took the extra step to tape them down with artists tape, for easy removal

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and leaving me with a flat page to work on while completing the reverse page.

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I suppose a third option might be to work on the page with the flaps as applied, decorating the whole thing, flaps and all, so you wind up with a decorated border when you eventually DO flip them to the reverse, but then you have to consider if they will “match” the reverse page too, or plan for that page at the same time.  Frankly that takes too much forward thought for a Monday morning…


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I am so boring…

I have been busily playing with my needle-tip bottles but have nothing really interesting to share.  Stuff that I expected to work (that I bet everyone would expect to work) DID work, like writing with glue and adding glitter, but frankly it’s just not that exciting.  Maybe if you have beautiful penmanship it might be, but seeing my chicken scratch writing glittered is not a worth the bandwidth it takes to display it, I promise you.  The glue I have is the wrong sort to use with gilding flakes or foil.  I’ve tried writing with Dylusions (blobby, as expected, as is, better with acrylic medium added to the bottle) but then I have to ask myself…WHY BOTHER?  It’s interesting that I can do it, but no different in look or properties than writing with any other sort of ink.  I think these work amazingly well with paint.  That is why I bought them and unless I stumble across some insanely great off the wall other use for them I think I’ll stick to that.

So that leaves me with little to share today, other than that finished page – I hate to be so tedious, sharing the basic page, the page nearly done, the page finished…YAWN… but in this case I wanted to because there is evidence of actual journaling in this shot.  Just so you know I do actually do it, and not just say I still have to do the journaling…and…don’t. LOL!

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I do particularly like how the title turned out…

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I have a bit of an idea to try tomorrow, so maybe I’ll manage something NOT boring…


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WOYWW 252 – art journal page mostly done

Hello WOYWWers! I really should be starting my ATCs but instead I made a page for my art journal.  You may have seen the beginnings of it yesterday, and will have to wait to se it fully finished, but it’s nearly there!  I got to use my needle tip bottle and my too-long ignored Neocolor crayons and am liking it. 1WOYWW252 It still needs a few bits stuck down and some journaling but it’s very close to being done, so that is what is on my workdesk today.

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And the test router came in the mail from the ISP so with luck that will install just fine and I’ll be able to get online and they’ll be able to assess what the problems are by communicating with it.  Fingers crossed!  And Happy Wednesday!


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Art Journal experiment

{sigh}  DS is rolling back to Uni this morning, with a full belly, a backpack full of clean and repaired clothes, and his ears surely ringing from the Ugly Duckling concert last night.  He missed a perfect chance to wear his gift from Aunt and Uncle – we each got one, with a request for a Duck family portrait from Auntie but with time short and DD feeling not very well, we had to give it a miss this time.  Maybe on his next visit home.

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I am sad he had to go, but still carrying the warm glow of a lovely and stress-free visit.  So I waved him off and decided to have a play.  Usual medium and torn book paper start, followed by a scrape of Gesso.

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I wanted to use something I had that I haven;t made much use of – my  Neocolor watercolour crayons. I’ve used them so little I was a bit stumped how to start.  So I just marked around the rough squares of book paper

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and blended with a slightly moist brush tip.

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Liked it, and for another sort of page maybe would have stopped at the soft, barely-there colour.  But instead I went over some of the squares again, picking out colours, adding a few more shades

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and blended again. Now that’s more what I was looking for.

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I added a bit of modelling paste, some spray inks, a bit of stamping…

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but now have to put it aside to dry fully before I move on with it. I have an inkling of where I want to take it, but perhaps letting it brew a bit will clarify my thoughts. I have one thing in mind I need to find, and MAY need to install a new router if it arrives, but with luck I’ll finish it up today.  If not, it may still be on my WOYWW desk…


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AJ page done

Well, I expect by now you are pretty tired of seeing this page, but it’s done (should that be “done for now?”  I don’t know…) so I’ll add it:

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I was already leaning towards the left side alignment so it was nice to see that most people who commented picked that version.  I did re-do the tiny text so it showed a better contrast to the background, and added some tiny circles and stamped dots, just to tie the title in with the background better.  Funny, I wanted BOTH – greater contrast and better unification.  A precarious line to walk, don’tcha know?

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Again, cause I sing it in my head, it makes sense for SHALL to be highlighted as she sings it with emphasis, what shall we do? what SHALL we do?…

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DS may come home for the weekend so I suspect I will work on a stray set of printables today for adding sometime over the weekend – if he DOES come home I fear it’ll be all about cooking and laundry.  What Mom with a kid at a far-away Uni doesn’t both dread and relish those trips home? At least I know he’ll be well-fed and clean for a few days…. {wink}


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Art Journal page – Useless Beauty

As I was driving, and considering the art journal page sitting on my desk, a song came on my shuffle.  The title of the song by June Tabor, All this Useless Beauty, seemed the perfect title for an art journal.  If you fancy hearing the song, I found it on YouTube.

I’ve actually used another lyric from this song …when legends and history collide… for the title of a layout, so it clearly it’s a song that resonates with me. I dashed home to create the text, then came to a point where I was of two minds for how to place it.  thinking back to a quilting video I sam many months ago, I recalled a trick that the quilter used (but not WHO it was LOL!) when working on freestyle quilts – she snapped photos of different arrangements, both to remember them as she shuffled things around, and to use the visuals to help her really SEE the differences the altered arrangements made to the final piece.  So I figured why not try that?

I thought maybe a left alignment might be interesting:

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That seems to show off the background a little better, with more areas available for further additions.  Then I thought more maybe centred might be better:

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THAT makes the doily background look more starburst-y  but the random stamping isn’t in exactly the places I would have put it if the title had already been there, IYKWIM. The tiny text repeats a bit of the lyric, cause when I look at it I can’t help but sing it in my head.

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Still not sure, so I might have to look at the photos a little bit more before I stick it al down and do the final bits. What do YOU think?  Can’t promise I’ll pay any attention to opinion, but it’s always interesting to know what people prefer and more importantly WHY they prefer one over the other. Feel free to wade in….

Just a shot of the big letters.  I still love these stamps possible 10 years on since I got them…

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Spent way too much time yesterday trying to sort out my internet connection.  Why is it an upgrade has felt more like a downgrade?  {sigh}

 


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The Distress Spritzer? well, not REALLY…..

This is one of those posts that is a weird confluence of events.  Someone once asked me Where do your ideas come from?  I thought for fun I would document it – the steps may be unique, but the process isn’t. It’s just the way my mind works and the benefit of a messy desk  Feel free to just look at the photos – they should tell you all you REALLY need to know.

1. I got an email from a UKS sponsor announcing they had received the new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer.  

The more I looked at it the more I was convinced I had one.  Not that exact thing, but something pretty similar. So I had a bit of a hunt and sure enough, in with my stamping markers (a drawer not opened since I got my Copics) there it was.

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This has to be 15-20 years old – I know I got it while in the USA so it would have to be.  I had a check for the name and while I see the odd reference to it they no longer sell it that I can find.

2. I popped a few random markers in to it.  One thing I can see is that mine seems to be lacking the inner liner for the pen-holder.  Not a big deal, it works well enough without it but I could always as one of those rubber pencil grips to super thin pens and I bet that would do the trick.

3.  As I was looking across my desk, my eye landed on one of my watercolour brush pens.  I thought, I wonder….

Now, I only have maybe two watercolour brush pens.  I’ve meant to buy some, after seeing Dyan from Art from the Heart show how she has as many water brush pens as she has colours of Dylusions and she uses them to colour with.  But I just never got around to it.  Deep in the back of my mind I had a tickle.  I KNEW that somewhere, probably in DDs “art cupboard” I had some kids version of the waterbrushes.  And guess what? Not only did I have them, I found them.

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I know we got them maybe 8-10 years ago at Costco. Some of them are fairly empty.  I deconstructed one of them, thinking I could just replace the cheap ink with good ink, although I thought as the Dylusions aren’t waterproof either, I might as well just pick one or two of the near-empty ones to play with and use up the rest of the ink with mixed media stuff rather than just empty them.

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There is no seal on the pens, which surprises me as it’s for the kids market.  I would expect them to be sealed and you would need to buy new ones once these ran out. But no, they disassemble just fine.

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I tossed out the cartridge and the little slim tube.  For use with the spritzer you don’t WANT to slow the flow, like you would with a potentially messy pen, with kids, so I binned the cartridge and the tube.

4.  What to fill it with?  Obviously ink is going to be pretty much the same as using a marker, but then…

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Perfect.  Acrylic liquid ink. This gives me something, a matte and almost chalky look, that I am not going to get from a marker (I only have ONE Distress marker, the Picket fence one, so I don’t really know if that would be similar to using acrylic ink) and is waterproof. Note:

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And wipe over it with a baby wipe

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The ink on the wipe is not from the acrylic ink, it’s from rubbing the paint off the stencil.  It give a nice watercolour-y effect.  I also did the flip-and-stamp you might normally do with an ink loaded stencil. The acrylic ink dries really fast so the stamping part has to be done after a spritz of water  on the slick surface of the stencil, and you can also then smear the acrylic ink thru the stencil with a wipe. Kinda both on the same area here

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5.  And then, of course, there is WHITE.

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Using the spritzer gives you a way more controlled spray than the spray bottle does, so you would use this for either the Acrylic ink OR the Dylusions for this sort of scatter.

So there you go.  I’m still in my jammies and my hands are covered with ink and paint, and my stamp-storage tower (with the wood-mount stamps, where the Blitzer was hiding) is pretty much dumped out on the floor, but now I have a new toy to play with, a whole heap of waterbrushes, a bunch of ink to use up, and it’s only just after 9 AM.  Or was when I started typing….

And Texas Flood is playing from my playlist, the accident payment has been sent, DH is back from his conference, so no school run, and the house is pretty tidy (well, downstairs, anyway) and the laundry done.  Where can the day go from here?  Downhill, probably, but I can always hope ….

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