Saturday, 27 May 2017

Art Journal Page by Lynn Good

Hi Soul Sisters

What a first month it has been for the new design team.  So many lovely products by the girls.  I am here to share with you my very first post with the team -  an art journal page, as well an extra art journal page  that I created during the month.

I have created this double page in the Dina Wakeley Media Journal.   I had created the background a little while ago and wasnt sure what I was going to do with it.  This was created with Golden paints painted randomly on the pages and lastly adding some white paint with a brayer.

I have used the flower stencil - the mask part of the stencil and Dylusions Paint - Crushed Grape and chopped pesto.  Using a sponge I  cover the page with the exception of where I placed the masks.  Once dry I have used distress oxide Spiced Marmalade and a Tim Holtz Alphabet stencil over the top of the flowers.

Using a black and white paint pens I scribble around the flowers.

I used a kaisercraft script stencil and texture paste around the top of the flowers.

I have added this cute little deer and bird. I used a silhoutte image and coloured it in with golden paints.

Final touches with a black script stamp and splatters of white gesso.

Products Used with links to the Art and Soul Studio store:
Kaisercraft Script Stencil

and I have a little extra - another art journal page I created using a page that I had practised with the new Distress Oxide Inks;

Products Used with links to the Art and Soul Store:

Visible Image Stamp - Own It

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you found something of interest or new to get your creative mojo happening.  We would love to see what you create in our Soul Sister facebook page.

 til next time - Happy Crafting :)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Your Story Matters - by Karen Arribas

Happy Hello Soul Sisters I hope you enjoy this first lesson from me. I'm thrilled to be part of the Art and Soul Studio team and I hope you get a lot of inspiration from us over the coming months
You can access todays video lesson here:

I tend to draw females, mainly showing the soul spirit in the form of fairies and other mystical creatures. I have used a number of different sprays and inks to get the effect. The full effects can be seen in the video, see link above.

Materials used:
Dylusions Ink sprays - Cherrie Pie, Lemon Zest and Vibrant Turquoise
Liquitex Ink - Turquoise Deep
Liquitex Gesso - White
Kaisercraft - script stamp
Signo Uni ball gel pen - White
Black Sharpie - Ultra Fine point
You can find more information and products here:

I would love to see what you produce from the lessons, you can post your creations here in the Soul Sister FB page :

Enjoy and hope to see you back here soon. Much love Karen x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A Trio of Tags

Hello Soul Sisters
The day has finally arrived that I get to share with you my very first creation and tutorial for Art and Soul Studio. I am really excited to be here and I hope that you follow along on our journey. We have lots to share.
This month I decided to upcycle a set of three tags, the tags come from the purchase of tracksuit pants for my daughter and son for school. You can find lots of things to upcycle when you start looking. These tags were a heavy quality and I could not throw them away.
So this is what the original tags looked like.
I removed the cord from all three tags then I set about sanding the surface away, I could have covered them with white gesso but I wanted some of the original print to show through. I did end up sanding away more than I wanted to, but that happens. Once sanded I coated the tags with a couple of layers of clear gesso, drying in between each layer.
Once the clear gesso was dry I flipped the tags over and used painters tape to tape them together so I was only working on one surface. The next step was to use a stamp and heat emboss the background. I wanted the texture and design of the stamp to show not the colour of an ink so I used a watermark stamp pad and clear embossing powder.
Next I selected the three colours of paint and used my fingers to apply the paint over the surface of my tags. I used a baby wipe to remove some of the paint so the surface was not completely coloured. My heat gun was used next as I am rather impatient when it comes to drying, this brought the embossing to the surface.
Layers are important when you are creating depth so I found a stencil and applied paint through the stencil.
Still not enough layers from my point of view so I used another stamp with a coloured ink and again heat embossed the design with clear embossing powder.
At this stage the painter's tape was removed and the tags became 3 work surfaces. I stamped and added a saying to each of them. I was conscious that I had created them as a trio so I made sure that when put together they looked like they belonged with each other.
Happy Creating

Saturday, 6 May 2017

'Create' Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett

Hi Soul Sisters,

Elisa here from the design team with my very first post representing Annette and Art and Soul Studio.

I am so looking forward to designing and hopefully inspiring you all with just what you can do with the amazing array of products from the shop.

Now onto my first project!

I wanted to create a colourful and vibrant Art Journal page using my fav colour combination of Aqua, blues, turquoise, silver and black and gorgeous Prima and Seth Apter stamps.

Scroll to the bottom for a full product list and links to the shop. 

Also I have included a step by step tutorial on the techniques used to create this art journal page.

Now onto the tutorial !

Firstly I gathered together a range of supplies including old music paper, metal embellishment, second hand lace, paper lace and of course stamps, inktense pencils and stencils.

Then using watercolour paper, the Balzar Celebration Stencil and a few colours of the Derwent Inktense Pencils (Lagoon Blue, Navy Blue, Sea Blue, Deep Indigo, Dark Aquamarine and Black) and a water spritzer. Spritz the stencil and then colour of the top with your colours, dab with a baby wipe. Set aside to dry.

Next step, colour directly onto the music paper and spritz with water letting the colours blend into a lovely sea blue. Put aside to dry for later.

One of my favourite techniques with the pencils is to use a craft mat, spritz your stamp with water then while wet scribble directly onto your stamp with colour, spritz with water again then stamp onto watercolour paper. A second way of  stamping with pencils is to scribble onto your craft mat then spritz the colour with water, put your stamp (which is on an acrylic block) into the colour wash and then stamp onto water colour paper. Wait til your stamped image drys then fussy cut out.

I hand dyed my lace and paper lace with the inktense pencils by spritzing the craft mat, then scribbling the colour pencils into the water creating a colour wash I then dipped my lace and paper lace into the colour wash. I then hand dried the lace. This is a fantastic technique to create your own embellishments to match your project.

Prima Marketing Jamie Dougherty Bloom Girl Cling Stamp - Floral Stamp

I also wanted to add a few stamped poppies, I used a lovely Prima Bloom stamp with versafine black archival ink on watercolour paper. Once dry, spritz your stamped image with water and working from the inside of the flower to the outside with your pencil colours. Add extra water spritzes over the top if required to blend the colours. Even use your finger to smooth the colours together or a baby wipe. Then dry the image and then fussy cut your flowers out and put aside.

Now onto your Art Journal, the art journal that I am using at the moment is a Strathmore mixed media journal A4 in size with a high paper quality.

The first step I used to prepare my page is to add a coat of clear gesso, it has a fine grade texture to it and also allows for the blending of colours on your page without losing any colour vibrancy.

Next step, after drying the gesso, grab your fav colour Dylusions sprays or Colour Sprays, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow mists in Bay blue and Tawny Turquoise and also Black Dylusions spray. To start your background I spritzed the page with water first then I added small spritzes of your colours into the water, this is called a wet on wet technique - great for blending watercolours. Tilt your page at an angle to achieve some drip lines. Keep spritzing til you achieve a lovely pattern that you are happy with! 

I then used my heat gun and dried my page then splattered lovely black splashes with Black Dylusions spray using the insert tube from inside the bottle. Dry again thoroughly.

Next step - Now it's time for texture and extra colour! Grab a palette knife and your Celebration Stencil and using a 'buttering my bread' motion add some black modelling paste over the top of your stencil with your palette knife. Peel off your stencil gently and dry your page with a heat gun or naturally.

Now to start adding some of your elements. I had a lovely metal embellishment, it looked like a mandala, I gessoed over the top of the metal embellishment (dried gently with a heat gun) then sprayed the embellishment with my Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays. Then dried gently with my heat gun, you could also add embossing powder at this stage if you wanted. 

I also cut out all of my stamped and coloured images and layered them on the page like the photo below and glued every thing down.  Once it has been glued down, I splattered blue and black splashes of ink over the top.

Here are some close ups for the finer details !

That's it for today from me! 

On behalf of Annette and the team at Art and Soul Studio, thank you so much for your support!

We would love you to share our projects, the blog and links with your arty friends and to your pages so our lovely art community gets just that little bit bigger! 

We look forward to seeing your creations in the Soul Sister Facebook page as well.

If anyone is interested I would be happy to do a process video on how I created the coloured poppies or any other technique that I have used on this project. Just let me know.

Don't forget to leave me some love in the comments below :-)

Thank you

Elisa xx

Products and Links

Prima Bloom - Floral Stamp

available for preorder today - contact shop for further details.

Prima Marketing Jamie Dougherty Bloom Girl Cling Stamp - Floral Stamp

London Blue and Black Marble Dylusions Sprays

Dylusions Sprays

Art Journal Page by Lynn Good

Hi Soul Sisters What a first month it has been for the new design team.  So many lovely products by the girls.  I am here to share with y...