Saturday, 22 July 2017

Art Journal Page - by Lynn Good

Morning :)  Lynn here to share an art journal page that I have created using the fabulous products from the Art and Soul Store found here 

Life in accounting is hectic in the month of July and this page represents how I have felt this month!

I began by putting random paint marks down on my art journal page.  I have used Golden High Flow Paints and Golden Acrylics.

I added highlights

and then added more colour

I then used a Scrap Fx stencil/mask  to create the people by blanking out the areas with brown and black acrylic ink.

Once I had the people in there, I added dimension by using a white paint pen to outline them and black distress ink to further enhance them. 

Here are some close ups:

the words were added using a alpha stamp and white big brush pitt pen.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time - Happy Crafting :)

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

'The Blue divide' Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett

Hi Soul Sisters, 

Elisa here from the design team with my latest project which I based around this month's soulful project quote.

 the link to the facebook album is here for your entries - July Soulfull

there is a $75 voucher to the store up for grabs so get your entries in.

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Here is my project, a very personal mixed media art journal page inspired by the quote and featuring products from Art and Soul Studio Store.

To me it symbolises the swirls of thoughts through our brains, the struggle between anxiety and panic and happy cheerful thoughts. How something so beautiful as your brain can be a little dented and scratched, so to speak .... 

Here is a close up of the thoughts, words cut from an old book.

I wanted to show you how I achieved my page using some of the materials from the store.

Step 1 - Using a new Mixed Media Journal from X-press It, it has beautiful 300gsm aqua paper! draw a face silhouette with a waterproof black marker, add a circle and line down your page where you want to showcase the line drawn between your thoughts in your head... (more symbolism)

Step 2 - Grab your desired colours of acrylic paint - I used Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Acrylic Paint available from the store on the link below. The colours are glorious! and it spreads like margarine.
Using a palette knife or silicone spatula spread the three colours inside the circle on your page and let dry.

Mixed Media Acrylic Paint 1.7oz 4/Pkg: SET 2

Step 3 - Using an old sheet of music paper and a sheet of patterned paper (Abstract Art by Kaisercraft - Basecoast 4 collection) tear small strips of the papers and use to build the silhoutte's clothing on the lower half of the page plus also part of the background on the right.

I also used the patterned paper and using a new bohemian flower die from the store, I diecut my flowers and put them aside for later.

Cherry Lynn Designs - Mehndi Botanicals 4

Step 4 - Using a paint brush add a small wash of gesso over the top of your patterned and glued paper to dull the colours a little. Then grab your favourite watercolour inks and spray bottle and a paintbrush add colour to your silhoutte page on the right side. I used the FABULOUS ecoline inks available in store individually or in packs of 6 or 10 colours. - 

Ecoline Liquid Watercolour: SET OF 10

Step 5 - Use a large paintbrush and water as well to add a wash affect over the top of your inks.

Last steps - Once your page has dried and you have added all the colour inks you want, using a versafine inkpad which is archival, stamp around your circle and line to create depth on your page. 

Also add your title, either handwrite or use stamps as I have using the same black versafine inkpad.

To finish - add your die cut flowers, eyes that i ripped from a magazine and some important words from an old book to represent the war our brain sometimes has when we are anxious, sad and confused and stressed.

Add some finishing touches like colour to the lips or outline your flowers to give them more depth.

And you are finished!!

Hope you have enjoyed my project and the tutorial, the quote immediately 'spoke' to me and I wanted to create a page that symbolised the real struggle that a lot of people go through with the warring thoughts in their minds. Art is Therapy.....

Make sure you leave me some love and head on over to the store to check out the amazing products the store is stocking to help you on your artistic journey...

Elisa xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

You Have To Believe

Hello Soul Sisters.
Today it is my turn up on the blog, yes its a lot later than normal, so I do apologise for that, but I have created something that I totally love and it would have to be one of my favourite pieces.
It is an art journal page created with lots of yummy goodies from the shop.
I started this journal page by covering it with thick layers of gesso, making sure that I created lots of texture. I applied it with my palette knife so that I didn't have any brush strokes. I left it to dry for 5 hours and came back and it was still wet. For about half an hour I used my heat gun but it still wasn't dry. It looked dry but it was just the skin on top that was. So in the end I had to leave it to dry overnight.
Once it was finally dry I used three different magical shakers. The first layer I sprinkled on the page before I added water. I then added water to activate the powder. With my heat gun I started to dry the puddles of water, but I did not dry them completely. While the puddles where still there I added another colour of magical shaker, sprayed more water to get the colours moving. I repeated this process for my last layer. I had it almost completely dry and then using my roll of paper towel I  rolled it over the surface picking up the colours that hadn't dried.
For this next stage I added the stamping, sprayed through a stencil and then used gesso through another stencil

Here is a close up 
I worked out where my cluster was going to be placed I then scribbled some circles in the approximate place when the corners would be. I used a stabilo all and a white pen to achieve the look I was after. I then repeat this process in five other places on the background.  
This is a close up of my cluster
products below can be found in the Art and Soul Shop
Happy Creating

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Technique Tuesday - Marabu Art Spray

Hello Soul Sisters
Today is Technique Tuesday and I am using the Marabu Art Sprays.
They are available in the store.
The colours that I am using are - Bordeaux, Aubergine and Aquamarine.
What are you these products you ask? Well, they are something that I find really exciting. They are acrylic sprays, which means they are permanent , quick drying and waterproof. Most other sprays that you find on the market are not waterproof, they reactivate when water added even after they are dry.
Would you like to see what fun I had?
I started with four pieces of heavy watercolour cardstock I think they are 300 gsm or maybe even heavier, I cant exactly remember.
2 pieces I left naked and the other 2 I covered with a layer of gesso. Through this tutorial I have made sure that each photo has gesso or no gesso written on it, so its easy for you to see the difference.
I sprayed my watercolour paper with the aquamarine spray and then dried it with my heat gun. For a test I then sprayed it with some water to see if I could remove any of the colour. Once I sprayed the water I did actually walk away as one of my children called me. When I came back I wiped the spray with a piece of paper towel as shown in the picture. I did remove some of the colour but it was fairly minimal.
The next two photos are of my watercolour paper with the layer of gesso. I did the same as above although I did do the wipe test twice. The top picture was where I sprayed and wiped almost straight away after I dried it with my heat gun, as you can see hardly any colour came away.
The second photo is where I decided that I wanted to see what would happen if I sprayed the water and then walked away for a few minutes. Again yes colour came away but nothing to major.

Using the aubergine and Bordeaux sprays I sprayed them while they were still wet to see what colour mixing I would get. You can see both colours in both of the following photos. I have to say that I am preferring the effect that the spray has on the gesso, and the colours are much brighter. The gesso is stopping the colour from soaking into the paper so of course it will be brighter.
These next two photos are where I have taken the aquamarine sprayed card and then sprayed them with bordeaux. What I like about this is that although I have sprayed a darker colour over the top the aquamarine still some through.

I decided that spraying the dark colour on top wasn't enough I wanted to see what happened when I sprayed the aquamarine over the top of bordeaux, I am loving what these sprays are doing and the vibrancy and richness of the colours of the gesso is making me want them.

My last bit of play is where I add the aquamarine spray to some texture paste and use it through a stencil. I spray the spray three times, and it didn't really alter the consistency of the texture paste.

I hope I have given you lots of information on how these sprays react with each other and other elements. I know it wont be long before I have some more in my stash.

Happy Creating

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Background Technique by Karen Arribas

Hi Soul Sisters I thought I'd change it up a bit and do a couple of backgrounds which can be used for scrap booking or as a background for a new painting. I have introduced a number of different inks and sprays to show the effects you can achieve by combining them together.

I like to do video so if you like to see the techniques in more detail you can click on the link here:

Most of the materials can be purchased from the the Art and Soul Studio Art shop:

Materials used:

Golden High Flow Acrylic - Teal, Green Gold
Dylusions spray - Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise
Derwent Inktense blocks
Liquitex ink - Turquoise Deep
FW artist Acrylic ink - Turquoise, Brilliant Yellow
Ranger ink pad - Wild Orchid, Emerald Isle
Kaiser craft script stamp
Modelling Paste

I hope you enjoyed the lesson and it would be great to see your creations on the FB page!

Art Journal Page - by Lynn Good

Morning :)  Lynn here to share an art journal page that I have created using the fabulous products from the Art and Soul Store found here  ...