Not exactly ground breaking stuff, using a solvent of some type to transfer an image to another surface has been a popular DIY topic for years. I wanted to try it out on fabric, for both a new throw pillow cover and future mixed media projects. There is a huge number of other blogs who have done the same thing with a different solvent product. I have seen people recommend Citra Solv, paint thinner, lacquer thinner, acetone etc. I happened to have a bottle of full strength acetone already sitting in my cabinet, and a few copies of the images I wanted to transfer.
This video was really simple to film, I had a nice time doing it. The editing however was a particular kind of tech hell, as my video files wouldn’t write to the hard drive, a couple of clips were corrupted but only if you looked at them on a windows machine… etc. Just one thing after another, especially weird considering I haven’t switched phones, or cables or machines or software or… anything. Either way I finally got it altogether and uploaded so I hope you enjoy it!
I used a brown craft paper card, vintage dictionary paper, gesso, Inktense blocks, paint pens, and liner pens to create this woman. I’ve started calling her Ancestor because she looks out through the crumbling, obstructed old paper full of half forgotten words. The music is by Chris Zabriskie, check out more of his amazing work on Free Music Archive.
Happy (end of) Monday!
I went off journal this week and worked on a piece of watercolor paper. I actually started and stopped 2 other pages when a few minutes in I hated the direction I had gone in. I used scraps of dictionary pages, matte decoupage medium, gesso, Inktense blocks, watercolors, scrap cardboard and oil based paint markers to create this page. The video is below, have a great Monday!
After a long week and even longer weekend I didn’t feel up to doing a particularly intricate entry for my mixed media journal. I started with collage-ing together strips of vintage dictionary paper, and moved to painting a simple poppy scene with whimsical swirls. I used matte decoupage medium, gouache, and a black oil based paint marker. I love how it turned out and it was very calming to create. Watch the video below and have a great Monday!
I didn’t know what I was going to make when I started and just doodled until I was happy with it. Enjoy the video below, and have a great Monday!
I created this week’s page and video some time ago, but it need quite a bit of editing and it fell to the bottom of the to-do pile. Shaving cream marbling is an incredibly easy technique. All you need is the cheapest shaving cream (not gel!), acrylic paint, and tools to spread and manipulate the paint. You can watch the technique in the video below, really it boils down to spread your shaving cream, pour paint on top, use some type of tool to pull the paint/cream into an interesting pattern and press paper down on top to pull the paint up.
Does it still count as Monday if Monday was a holiday? I know it has been awhile since I updated, I haven’t had the ability to create new content. I plan on covering why in a later post… when I know what to say about it. For now however, I do have a few videos and projects I never got the chance to post.
My second part (if you haven’t checked out part 1 view it here) of the Rorschach Inkblot art journal entry was a simple page:
Between social and family obligations this weekend I only remembered I needed a video for today when I woke up this morning. I wanted to do something a little different with this weeks pages, so I made a mini journal. I’m sure you’ve seen the Rorschach inkblot tests and possibly made your own at some point in middle school art class. I created 6 inkblot pages on old dictionary paper, then doodled around them with different pens, glued each page to another and cut them into half sheets. Lastly I sewed all the half sheets together to make a mini art book with 12 double sided pages.
Since my 25th birthday was last Wednesday my pages this week include a variety of things I got. The paper thin wood veneer I bought with a gift card has been really fun to experiment on. In the video I use a mixture I made a loooong time ago for darkening wood. It’s just a can of steel wool and vinegar, the rusty liquid can make a cool effect on most woods. It’s also good for taking the shine down on metal hardware like I did in this project. I want to try so many more techniques on sheets of veneer, I just love wood grain!
If you watched the video last week, you saw that I tore out the right hand page after repeatedly disliking how it was turning out. So this week I show what did end up on that page. It’s pretty simple, not like the endless layering of some pages. Here is the finished illustration:
If you didn’t catch last weeks video watch me create the sun illustration and sewn half page here. For my mermaid I used gesso, watercolors, Inktense blocks, my fine tipped Ultimate Craft Pen, a metallic gold paint pen, and a mermaid outline I made for another project. If you enjoy the video like it, and have a great Monday!
I’ve mentioned that I use packing tape or contact paper for image transfers on here before, though I can’t find if I ever explained them. For the pages I’m showing you today I used a large contact paper transfer. Here are the greeting cards I started with:
Which is what inspired me to do a chalkboard style entry in my art journal this week.
The poem I used is called Harlem by Langston Hughes. For this page I used black acrylic paint, opaque white paint markers, and a little bit of watercolors. The fine point paint marker is a Pen-Touch which is very fickle and hard to get working consistently, although I love the quality when it’s working. The thicker paint pen is a Sharpie oil based paint pen I got at Home Depot.
If you enjoy the video be sure to like it, and have a good Monday!
I did make these pages yesterday, but I wasn’t able to upload it to YouTube until this morning. I can’t wait for spring! I’m so tired of the snow and cold.
Watch me make the pages below, and don’t forget to tell me if you enjoy the video!
Did you ever do scratch art in school with the black board, that once scratched revealed another brighter color? There are tons of ways to achieve the same effect without buying the boards. The basic procedure is to put down a layer of crayon and paint over it with a black opaque layer. Try one of these links for recipes along those lines: PBS Scratch Art Paper, Makezine DIY Scratch Art, or ArtRoom 104 Homemade Scratch Art.
For my version, I used oil pastels. The great thing about this technique is there is no dry time, and no need for heavy cardboard. Coat your paper in a layer of oil pastels, and then coat it again in a darker contrasting color. Use a tool to scratch away the top layer, I use an orange stick (the kind for pushing back cuticles). Here are a few examples I did a while back on watercolor paper:
My Mom recently went to London and was sweet enough to bring me back some gifts, one of which was this awesome little journal. Between the cool clasp and blank pages, it clearly needed to become an art journal.
The presents for Matt came in this awesome bag, and so I used it in the first layout in my new book.
The supplies I used for this layout were: acrylic paint, fabric scraps from my Inktense pillow project, red embroidery floss, old dictionary pages, and of course the bulldog and letters from the plastic bag. Enjoy!
Today I have another short video of me creating a new art journal spread. The masking fluid really adhered to the old book pages and didn’t come off very clean, but I still liked the effect.
For this page I used: Masking fluid, Derwent’s inktense pencils, and a silver leafing pen. Let me know what you think!
As I mentioned in my last post, I started a mixed media journal last month. I thought short videos would be a cool way to watch the pages come together. Here is the first layout I made, hope you enjoy it!
The supplies I used for these pages were, acrylic paint, Derwent’s inktense pencils, a gelatin print of my hand, masking tape, washi tape, and Decou-Page decoupage medium. If you enjoy this series be sure to like this post!
Some of my earliest memories, are of drawing, cutting and gluing paper. Whenever I got out of sorts, a few hours of working on my “creations” always fixed my head. Lately, I’ve been looking for a similar outlet. When my large house projects need way more work (or way more money) I still want to get the creative juices flowing without the worry of mistakes.
Usually that means I doodle, or paint random things. For instance I did these silly cartoon animals on dictionary pages the other day:
Mix media journals have been all over the internet for years. The idea is to take a journal/notebook/old book/random pages and using anything from photos, glue, paint, tape, staples, thread, pens, to metal and leaves to create entries. I love to watch Jennibellie’s journal videos, and there are hundreds of others on Youtube doing similar stuff. You might have also heard of SMASH books, which is a brand that sells blank journals and tons of embellishments to add to the pages. Their packaging/marketing always looks so cool but as you might be able to guess I’m more of a make it yourself kinda girl. I bought this old book at a thrift store a few months back for the purpose of an art journal: