Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Art Journal | Heidi Swapp Hawthorne | Agnus Kasprzak

Hi again :) I'm still playing with the awesome Heidi Swapp Hawthorne collection and thought it would be fun to use this range for something a little differenet and create an art journal collage. 

I began by cutting out a section of the reverse side of the 9th & 9th patterned paper (the size you use will depend on the size of your journal) then tore the left hand side and layered a couple of the printed manufacturing strips along the opposite edge.

Next I used a fine line marker with rough sketchy strokes to define some of the flowers from the Midnight and Hawthorne patterned papers.

 I cut out the images and attached the largest one to my paper layers with washi tape to create a tip-in to hold my journaling as an easy way to add an interactive element to my page that basically consists of a strip of washi tape on two sides of your added items to form a hinge that allows you to view both sides of the item you have added.

Making off the manufacture's strips with more washi, I used a blending tool to apply a thin coat of gesso over the patterned paper - be sure to keep in mind that patterned paper does not do well with a lot of moisture so be sure to keep all of your paint layers on these pieces fairly light.

I applied some paint over the reverse side of my tip in tag through a stencil then adhered a torn strip of tissue paper using matte gel medium and added more of the fussy cut floral images over the top with a label and a couple of the word jumble stickers to finish.  

Moving onto the art journal, I applied a thin coat of gesso then used acrylic paint with a brush to lay down a base of colour. I like to keep my layers light and gradually build up the colour in long sweeping strokes.

To give the page more depth, I added layers of gesso over the acrylic then removed some of the sections with a baby wipe to reveal the colours underneath and repeated the process of adding more layers and wiping them away until I achieved a look I was happy with. Once the paint was dry I used my scribble sticks to add a layer of rough sketchy strokes that followed the direction of the paint. My previous post showed how well the scribble sticks wok with water, but this time I opted for a dry method.

I then applied some detail with a couple of background stamps along the left hand edge of the page, and flicked on some droplets of distress ink then allowed this to dry before using more gel medium to attach my paper layers to the page along with one of the acetate words used to complete a hand written quote.

 While my first post featuring this range with a traditional layout showed how to apply the foil flakes onto a large area of patterned paper, I wanted a more defined look for my journal and used a fine tip glue pen to draw over areas of the floral images then applied the flakes over the top - using a dry stencil brush to burnish the flakes onto the adhesive.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Summer | Pink Paislee Summer Lights | Tarrah McLean

It's Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing another Summer themed layout using the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection! As Summer is now drawing to a close, I have some new shares for you next week using a new collection!

I was hoarding that pretty paper from the Summer Lights collection as I just adore it! I wanted to give it a good send off when I used it so I picked a cut file that reminded me of the sun rays and cut it out with my Cameo. I then machine stitched in between all the sun rays and I love how it turned out!

Once I had that main part done, the rest just fell into place, I used some of the leftover ephemera pieces, chipboard stickers and small stickers to embellish and layer around my photo!

Those chippie thongs are so cute! I just had to add them to a layout! I was so glad I could use some of my left overs from this awesome collection!

I hope you have checked out this collection plus so much more in the Sassy store?

Happy creating!

Summer Lights Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cuts 40/Pkg Summer Lights Thickers Stickers 5.5"X11" 2/Pkg Holographic Foil Icons/Chipboard

  Summer Lights Acetate Stickers Word Jumble W/Holographic Foil   Summer Lights Cardstock Stickers 5.5"X11" 2/Pkg W/Holographic Foil   
Summer Lights 12x12 Double Sided Paper - No:8    Summer Lights 12x12 Double Sided Paper - No:11

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Unplug | Heidi Swapp Hawthorne | Agnus Kasprzak

Hi again :) I'm back with another layout using the gorgeous Heidi Swapp Hawthorne collection and have paired it with a fun assortment of mixed media items from the store.

If you like the look of mixed media products on your layouts but don't like the way they can warp and buckle your pages then the new mixed media Foundations cardstock from Vicki Boutin is definitely something to try. It comes in a pack of 12 heavy weight 140lb pages with a smooth surface that works well with various wet mediums, however this is paper so don't go crazy with the water ;)

I started by applying a thin coat of white gesso to my page then using a palette knife, I spread an even coat of gel medium through portions of my stencil to create some texture on the page. I chose to use gloss medium for this project because it creates a good resist and seems to absorb less colour... I also like the effect the sheen adds to some projects.

After removing the stencil, I sprinkled on a small amount of Magical Shaker powder over parts of the gel medium. The moisture in the gel will activate the powder and infuse the colour as it dries.
Don't forget to rinse your stencil immediately after use as the gel medium is quite hard to remove once dry - I learnt this the hard way!

Giving the gel medium plenty of time to dry,  I applied water on a brush over the stencilled areas to activate the colour in the magical powder. While these areas were still wet I used Scribble Sticks to lay down a colour base. I simple scribbled on some colour over the textured areas and let the pigment pool in the gaps - I used my brush to gently move the colours around and picked up any excess with a paper towel. Applying the pigment while the surface is wet is a good way to achieve a watercolour look and will eliminate any visible blending lines and concentrating on small areas at a time and overlapping onto each new area will give help to give your edges a nice natural finish.

I trimmed off about half and inch from two sides of my base and went around all the edges with a wet paint brush then skimmed the scribble sticks along the wet edge to create a subtle bleed of colour.

Once I had my base colours down, I applied some navy and grey spray inks to help tone down the colours and create a better match with the darker shades of the Hawthorne collection. I sprayed the inks onto some plastic packaging then flipped it over and pressed the colour onto areas of my background. I then used a blending sponge to apply some acrylic paints onto the surface, wiping away the excess with a baby wipe to reveal the stencilled areas.

Using a paintbrush, I applied some tacky glue to a few areas and attached some gold foil flakes to by background. You can read more about doing this in my previous post.

To finish the page, I mounted my photo onto several layers of patterned paper, and used the stickers from the collection along with one of the acetate words for my title. 

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