Saturday, June 12, 2021

Movie Night

 Art journal page-movie night! Using a lot of collage and stamps and die cuts to make this crazy vintage page. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Art Journal Page - The New Me

Using Dylusions stencils, masks, stamps and paints to create this art journal page in my Art by Marlene journal. 


Thursday, June 3, 2021

And so the adventure begins - Art Journal Page for iCraft Australia

 "And so the adventure begins" is a very fitting title to use on my very first project on this new design team adventure for iCraft Australia. This art journal page was a lot of fun to make as I had been given  a whole bunch of new products to play with, who wouldn't like that? 

This page was created with lots of iCraft chalk paint and a Layering stencil (iCraft supplies used are listed and linked at the bottom of this blog post) and a few background stamps, a collage butterfly element and a sentiment sticker from my stash to finish it off. 

I started by taping my paper to my worksurface with a low tack tape and then put down a layer of chalk paint in random areas with a paintbrush until I couldn't see white  on the page anymore. I then sponged some of the same paint colours with the Layering Stencil number 8562. I would start in an area with the purple paint for example, then extend it out with the stencil to cover areas that had contrasting chalk paint underneath like yellow. I then stamped a range of small background patterned stamps in Archival ink as I knew I was going to apply more paint and water later and I didn't want the ink to smear.

I then drew in some lines and circles with a light pencil. I used a wash of cream pie chalk paint with water  and painted with rough up and down brush strokes around these elements so it pushed the vibrancy into the background more and made the circles and plank elements I had created pop more. I always dried between layers. I used a light wash of chalk paint colours to apply darker colour to the bottom of the circles to create some depth and shadow. I also used a variety of texture and script stamps with archival ink in many colours to stamp inside and in between the circles. I also used a Stabillo All pencil to scribble roughly around the circles and to define the vertical lines. I went over this with a fine tipped brush and water to activate the pencil as it's water soluble. I also shaded a little between the circles with the pencil to create more shadow and activated with water and brush again.  

To finish off,  I fussy cut a butterfly collage element and glued it on with a sentiment sticker. I also used a white gel pen to add highlights to the circles and outline the sentiment to make it stand out more. 

I hope this Art Journal page inspires you to get out your paints and stencils and start journaling or just to have a play! Much thanks for looking at my project.

Deb Stephens

All the products from iCraft that were used in this project are listed below. 

Heavy Gesso White   

Campfire Chalk Paint    

Billow Chalk Paint    

Flamboyant Chalk Paint  

Iris Impact Chalk Paint 

Supernova Chalk Paint  

Cream Pie Chalk Paint   

 Layering Stencil 8562 

Tina Marie

iCraftAustralia Facebook Page

iCraftAustralia on Instagram

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Art Journal Page - I'm not Fat

Page from my Art By Marlene Journal

Art Journal Page - Don't look back
In Dina W journal on Burlap page. 
May 2021

Art Journal Page- You belong amongst the flowers.
Using a page in my Dina W journal.
May 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Designing Lace Cut Art Journal Pages

 I have been loving working on Tracy Scott lace cut books but been wanting to make my own. I'm not always patient so thought to get out my Brother Scan n Cut machine. Sometimes, this leads me off on a whole other tangent, a common crafting problem I think! I have a slight addiction to stencils as well so I wanted to see if I could make my own. Some of this exercise was a success and some not but the learning journey for me is the important part. A bit more practice with bridging certain sections and clarifying my lines and hopefully I'll get there. The ultimate dream is to one day be able to design and produce my own line of stencils and other products. In the mean time? Back to the drawing board. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hoppy Easter - Art Journal Page


Using paper napkins that I found in my local shop with these cute little bunnies on it and using water-soluble crayons as my main colouring mediums, this art journal page emerged just in time for Easter! That now makes Day 22 for the 100 Day Project as well. 

Kits are available for purchase on my Facebook page using the link below:

Friday, December 14, 2018

Santa's Journey- Mixed media Art Journal

Working in a large journal for a swap that is organised through the Australian Art Journal Swap Group.
Seeing as we are close to Christmas I decided to do a non-traditional Christmas theme in Jenny's Stuff and Nonsense Themed journal.
To start with I applied white Gesso to the pages in this Journal. I then applied black, blue, violet and white paint with a sponge to create an Ombre background.

I then used some embossing paste (as I had run out of modelling paste) and mixed it with some yellow Dusty Attic acrylic paint which I then applied through a Dusty Attic stencil called Cityscape. I repeated the pattern across the page adjusting the position of the stencil to make the skyline vary in the height of the buildings. I let this dry naturally.
Using another DA stencil called Map, I applied distress ink in Twisted Citroen through it on both pages. I then used markers and gel pens to draw looped dashes around the pages and writing various cities and countries names, linking the maps across the two pages to show Santas' flight.
Below is the finished layout.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Distress Oxide Ink on Glosy Paper with Distress Glaze- Experimenting

I love experimenting with all my craft products and I am always wondering "what happens if I...?".
My other friend Cat, is horrified at the things I mix together sometimes, but if we don't try different techniques how will we learn? How do you think the experts became experts in their field? I guess because of the cost of materials sometimes, people don't want to waste their products, which is fair enough. So I experiment on ATC (Artist Trading Card) sized samples so I don't waste a lot, but can still see if I will be successful or not.
A friend of mine (Hi Ric:) asked me to show him some samples of what it looks like when  Ranger and Tom Holtz's Distress Oxides are applied to Glossy Paper and then covered in Distress Glaze. I had fun using this Technique so I decided to video my findings. It is only the second video I have ever done, so please be kind as I am learning about cameras and editing software etc. I am always open to suggestions, tips and questions as well. Click on this link to view the video.

Below are close up photos of the samples from the video and names of products I used.

Set 1 ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Faded Jeans,Iced Spruce and Broken China.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)

Set 2 ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)

Set 3ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)
Santoro London Stamp: Gorjuss Girl Collectable Mini Rubber Stamp No2. New Heights (GOR907302)
Ranger Black Archival Ink.

Set 4 ATC sized Samples.
Distress Oxide Ink Colours used: Squeezed Lemonade, Pickled Raspberry, Seedless Preserves.(Left sample is un-glazed,right has been glazed)
Stencil Used: Dusty Attic DA1488.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you back here soon!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Magic Of Alice- Art Journal Entry

The Magic Of Alice- Journal Entry 1.
Hello Everyone!
It has been a while but I am so glad to be back into swapping Art Journals with a talented lot of artists through the Australian Art Swap Group Journal Swap . I'm hoping this will re-inspire me to get journaling again. Head over to their blog and check out all the cool journal entries and details on how I created this entry.

Feel free to visit me on Instagram and Facebook to view other creations, art and ideas.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Family" Layout

This Layout is inspired by my friend Paula and her gorgeous boys. I had recently had a haul of ScrapFX Chipboard and Blue Fern Studios paper, which is beautiful and thick, so just perfect for using some heavy mediums on them. I used a Dusty Attic Stencil with some Couture Creations White embossing paste with the stencil and a range of Distress Inks to add splashes of colour. the Heart frame and sentiment were by ScrapFX and I added some coordinating flowers and fibers from my stash. I love how this Layout turned out and I hope it inspires you to get creating. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Art Journal Entries in My own Journal.

Sometimes its nice just to take some time out and do things for myself. Create and play just for the pleasure of it. So I thought I'd share a few entries from my own journal that I have loved.

Dirty Old Lady Journal Entry.


Image Transfer from an advert in a magazine, surrounded by stenciled embossing paste and gold powder.

Kaisercraft paper background with Gel Medium and inks, Image transfer and Stamps in Archival Ink.
Trust Yourself.

Gorjuss Contained.
Happy Crafting Everyone!