Thursday, 16 August 2018

Art Journal Cover with Kraft-Tex and Brusho Crystals

Hi Everyone,

I prefer making my own Art Journal as I can then choose my own paper, journal size and amount of pages.


I am not going into too much detail of stitching and binding the journal.  Sea Lemon on Youtube has detailed instructions on any kind of bookbinding.

I used this tutorial to bind my pages:



After I have bound my signatures I adhere Cotton Wrapping Plaster (from Dischem) to the spine.


How to make the flowers and leaves for the cover: 

1.  Sprinkle Brusho Crystals on the white Kraft-Tex and spray with water - Greens &       Yellows for the leaves and Reds &Yellows for the flowers. Leave overnight to dry naturally.


2.  Stamp Flowers & Leaves with permanent black ink onto the Kraft-Tex sheets.  


3.  Colour the flowers and leaves with colouring pencils.


4.  Seal with Dorland's Wax Medium.


5.  Cut out the flowers, and make stitching holes with a piercing tool.  The Kraft-Tex is to thick to stitch directly. Stitch with embroidery thread and add beads.



6.  Add a dot of Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue in the middle of each flower and leave and again poke stitching holes around each one and stitch. 




How to make the journal cover:


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Exploring Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour pencils

Hi Everyone,

Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour pencils behave in the same way as classic watercolour paints. Depending on the paper being used, the pigments can be completely dissolved.  It is available in 120 colours and is fast becoming one of my favourite pencils.

Head over to Stencil-Art Facebook Page, answer the question posted and stand a chance to win a set of 36 Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour pencils, Faber-Castel waterbrush and a pad of 12 pages of Daler-Rowney Aquafine Smooth Watercolour Paper to the value of R1540. 




1.  I am working in my Stencil-Art Art Journal with 200gsm Modigliani paper. Roughly sketch
     flowers and stems with 263 Caput Mortuum Violet.  


2.  Activate the pencil with Tim Holtz Detail Waterbrush filled with water.  Tip:  fill the  
     refillable squeeze writer bottle with water to refill the waterbrush - the long plastic nozzle 
     fits perfectly into the water chamber of the brush.

     Add colour to stems using :
  •      173 Olive Green Yellowish
  •      165  Juniper Green 
  •      177  Walnut Brown 
  •      107  Cadmium Yellow 

3.  Add colour to the flowers using:
  •      160 Manganese Violet
  •      137 Blue Violet
  •      140 Light Ultramarine
  •      120 Ultramarine
  •      119 Light Magenta
  •      123 Fuchsia
  •      191 Pompeian Red 
  •      111 Cadmium Orange


4.  Add water to the centres of the flowers and use sandpaper to shave pigment from 
     175 Sepia.


5.  Outline the petals and stems with Pigma Micron 03 black pen and add dots to the 
     centres of the flowers.

6.  Use a pencil and softly write the quote making use of the Stencil-Art Typo Quotes 1
     (STNL00805) stencil.  Use the black Posca PC-1M paint marker to finish off the quote.


A great review comparing Albrecht Dürer & Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour pencils:

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Do More of What You Love

Hi Everyone,

Join me today as I use tissue paper and napkins to create this page in my art journal.


Watch the Youtube video for instructions:



PRODUCTS USED

Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints 
      Fuchsia, Tangerine, Lemon, Lapis, Evergreen, Blackberry Violet, Black & White
Tissue Paper & Napkins 
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium 118ml Jar
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tissue Wrap Paper Roll 12"X 5 Yard Roll/Box - Melange
MUNGYO Water-Soluble Oil Pastel Set of 12
Stencil - Magic 1 A5
Stencil Bubbly A4
Stencil – Typo Quotes 3 A5
Uni Posca Paint Marker PC-1M Ultra-Fine Black & White

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Live your Dreams

Hi Everyone,

I get so many customers asking how to use Faber-Castell Gelatos.  Faber-Castell Gelatos are acid-free pigment sticks that glide on creamy smooth for vibrant colour and coverage.  It can be used with or without water.



Products Used:

Faber-Castell Gelatos in Red Cherry, Bubblegum, Tangeringe, Mango, Lavender & Lemon Yellow
Posca Paint Markers PC-1M in White, Black, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Violet & Silver
Dina Wakley Gel Medium 118ml
Punches (bought years ago)
Stencil-Art Stencil Angie's Journaling Words 1 A5
Stencil-Art Stencil Bubbly A5





Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Love is a Comfort

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe that February is almost gone?  For some reason I am always more creative when the weather is slightly cooler.  With the chill in the early mornings, autumn is definately on its way.

The technique I am sharing today, is so simple! So simple that I decided to rather post a Youtube tutorial.  





Products Used:

Ranger Distress Inks Pads - Pumice Stone & Iced Spruce
Ranger Distress Marker - Pumice Stone
Altenew Cotton Comfort Stamp Set ALT1873
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
Stencil-Art Stencil A5 stencil - Texture 1 STBP035



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Create your own calm

Hi Everyone,

Visible Image from the UK produces high quality clear photopolymer stamps, their designs are unique, original and great for any craft project!  My project was inspired by the "Create Your Calm" stamp set from their new releases for 2018.  


Working on a ceramic tile , I stamped the seahorse with Ranger Archival Ink Sepia into a rolled out piece of white DAS Air-Dry clay. 

Cut out the stamped image with a craft knife.

Smooth all the edges with a rubber tip tool and place the ceramic tile with the seahorse in the oven to speed up the drying time.  I baked it at 70 Degrees Celsius until dry. I turned it over a couple of times and baked it for about 1 -2 hours.


After the clay has cooled I sprinkled Brusho Crystals (Sandstone) onto the seahorse and sprayed with water.

I used a heat tool to dry the Brusho and stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Prime the MDF Plaque with Gesso and as I am using watercolours I also painted with Golden Absorbant Ground. 

Sprinkle Sea Green and Turquoise Brusho Crystals and spray with water.  I dried in between the layers with a heat tool.

Spread Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste through the Bubbly stencil with a palette knife and use a heat tool to dry. 

Use the circle stamps included in this stamp set and stamp randomly on the background with Ranger Archival Ink in Manganese Blue and Cornflower Blue.

Seal the background with Dorlands Wax Medium.  

Stamp the sentiment included in the stamp set with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Use Diamond Glaze and add pieces of string to the background. Also add dots with Ranger Stickles (Turquoise & Mermaid) and Ranger Liquid Pearls (White Opal).

I used iCraft Mixed Media Adhesive to adhere the seahorse. I glazed the Seahorse with Diamond Glaze and added Stickles and Liquid Pearls.

PRODUCTS USED