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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Butterfly Art Journal Page

"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." - Rumi

I have a plaque of this quote hanging on the wall in my craft room - I have always intended to make an art journal page using that quote, and today I finally did.  Honestly, it's kind of appropriate for me on this page.  I used to be very picky about how my stamped letters appeared on my cards, ATCs and other artwork.  But as you can see here, they are not even close to perfect! I'm going to take you through the crafty steps I took on how I created this art journal page.

STEP ONE - smudging 

The first thing I did was rub several colors of distress inks across the page. I used evergreen bough, shabby shutters, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, and ripe persimmon.  I could never re-create the same background - that's what makes it ART, right?

 

STEP TWO- spraying

After I smeared and smudged the inks onto the page I sprayed the page with water.  I did give it quite a good dousing.  The page curled up almost all the way, but when it dried it flattened back out.  This muted the background colors a great deal and gave the page a more blended look.

STEP THREE - background stamping

I actually did this part while the page was still a little bit wet.  I stamped the stylish numbers and the loops with text in ripe persimmon on the bottom as well as the balance sheet (get it?)  in dried marigold.  And on the top I used the geometric drawing, loops with text and scratch marks with the evergreen bough.  Since the paper was still wet I was able to blend the stamps in a little bit - I used my finger and rubbed the numbers, geometric drawing, and scratches just so they would show up a little bit fainter.

STEP FOUR - letting go

I used StazON ink to stamp the quote.  I stamped the quote onto the page (I temporarily lost the "l" so I had to go back once it was all done and put them in.)

STEP FIVE - stamp, paint, and glue

I wanted to include an image with the quote, and right nowI have quite a few butterfly stamps flying around as teacher appreciation gifts, and the swallowtail just seemed to be calling my name.  I again used STAZON to stamp the butterfly, cut it out, and used some watercolor paints.  Then I glued the butterfly right to the page. Thanks for flying by, I do hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial - I think I might just use this quote again on another page.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Altered Binder Book -up-cycled

Amy Lassiter has made a video tutorial on how to create an up-cycled Binder Book to store her ATCs. I'm going to show you how she featured some of our rubber stamps, but be sure you stop by her blog, sparklinggnome, so you can learn some of her mixed media tricks. This piece is just beautiful, as well as useful.  I love it!

Moving Gnome Family

Knitting Sue

Face Block

Thanks for visiting the 100 Proof Press blog today.  And I hope you venture on over to Amy's.  And incase you missed Amy's Owl-some block tower from our Artist Trading Block hop here is a link, you don't want to miss this creation!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happiness Art Journal Page

In Tina Walker's final post as a Guest Designer for 100 Proof Press, she shares with us a background technique you can use with acrylic paints and rubber stamps.  I have been very grateful to have Tina create such wonderful art with our stamps, and I thank her for her inspiration.

Happiness Art Journal page

Hi!  Tina Walker here again today with my final Guest Designer project for October. 

On my last October project, I showed you how to use background stamps to create texture on a Mixed Media layout.  Today, I would like to share with you how to do the same technique to create an Art Journal page.

To create the background for my Art Journal page, I added acrylic paint with several stencils from my stash.  (just for a hint of color).  After the paint was dry, I added random stamping for texture. 


Now for the fun part!  To create your flower shape, hand draw several flowers on a thin piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock.   Cut out the flowers and 'paint' around the edge, NOT covering the entire background.  (I used Distress Paint)  Doodle and paint your flowers with spray mist.  Since the Distress Paint and Spray mist are transparent, the background is still visible.    The spray mist is transparent, so you can still see the yummy stamping beneath.   

Finish off your Art Journal page with a favorite quote or sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by today! 

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

5497 large circle

6488 handwriting

5948 Number Column


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dreamy Art Journal Pages

Let Love Grow
Amy Lassiter's artwork always seems to have a sort of a dreamy feel to them.  Here she has shared two pages from her art journal that really showcase the images as well as capture a gentle mood.

Lady Sugar Skull Page
Here she created a similar subtle background, but there is more of a free and active feel to accompany the sugar skull image.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Serenity Journal Spread with 100 Proof Press Stamps

This is an art journal spread by Mou Saha that began with stamped flowers.

For this spread, I used:
Others: old book, cardstock, gesso, Gelatos, acrylic paint, adhesive, scissors, paint brush

Here are the steps to create a page like mine.

Prime the book pages with Gesso.

Color the pages with Gelatos.

Stamp on cardstock and cut the images out with scissors.

Stamp the flower twice on the colored page. Add more Gelato colors to the flowers.

Add details and highlights to the flowers with more paint.

Color one of the cut out flowers with Gelatos and attach near the two flowers stamped in the book. Paint some lilypad-like leaves. Add some more colors to the left half of the spread.

With paint brush and acrylic paint, write the title on the left page.

Journal to finish.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Solitary Art Journal Page

Hi!  Tina Walker here again today with my 2nd Guest Designer project for September. Today, I would like to share with y'all an Art Journal page I created using a Gelli Print and 100 Proof Press stamps.  What a perfect combination!



I have recently been bitten by the Gelli Plate Printing bug!  When I pull out my Gelli Plate, I create multiple prints so I can have them ready when looking for the perfect background for a project. 

When I knew I wanted to create an Art Journal page for my 2nd project, I rummaged through my Gelli Print drawer and found this beauty.  I knew that with a few amazing stamps, I could transform the print to a finished Art Journal page.

I often use favorite quotes and sentiments for inspiration on my Art Journal pages.  I have been going through a rough time lately, feeling alone and lost, so I wanted to create a page that reflected my feelings. 




Using this amazing bare Tree Stamp (3265V), I heat embossed the image directly to my print.  I love how subtle, yet direct the image looked.

I wanted a bit more texture to the print, so I randomly stamped the background with the Cursive Writing stamp (6488Y).  (this stamp is PERFECT for background and mixed media projects)

When I create Art Journal pages, I like to frame my entire page with either doodling or stamping.  For this page, I used the edge of the Circular Number stamp (5948W) to create a fun and interesting border.  I colored in the design with Shimmerz Paints and doodling pens.  It added enough to ground the page without distracting from the focal point of the solitary tree.


To finish my page, I wrote my words to reflect my thoughts and feelings.

I love how it turned out and using the Gelli Print as a base for my page, allowed me to create a super fast Art Journal spread.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!


100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Bare Winter Tree

Number Set Block

Large Handwriting

 



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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

An Art Journal Page with the Mermaid Stamp Set

Summer has got ahold of of me.  I have been working on new images - that I hope will be ready to be uploaded onto the website in August.  In the meantime I want to share an art journal page from Caro.  I always love to see what different artists do when given the same stamps to work with.  Here Caro has used the Daydreaming Mermaid Stamp Set to create an art journal page, as well as two little Moo cards.

Caro used paint dabbers for the background inspired by a video she saw and she colored the mermaid with Neocolor II.  Below are two little Moo cards.  Moo cards are really fun to make - there's more about Moo cards here.

So if you have some time, check out the moo card site - looks like they have quite a few fun challenges going on.  Happy Stamping!

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