May 30, 2016

Inchies, Twinchies, Trinchies?

I was soooo in the mood to make something!! So, I made these little guys. The first one is close to ATC size (3.5 X 2.5) Its a tiny bit bigger so its technically not an ATC. I did put little magnets on the back of these and I'll put them on the fridge!

I'm inventing a trinchie yall! It's a 3X3 piece of art work. The second piece is definitely a trinche.

If you do something like this with a wet medium such as ink, you may want to consider backing it with thick card stock so the edges don't curl. I don't think I'd have this problem if I didn't put magnets on the back. I believe it would've been a-ok if it was left flat on the back.

I don't have the step by step for this. I didn't know where I was going with it. Sorry ya'll! I can give a description of the products used for each one, which I'll put below.

I started by trimming down a manila file folder. At the beginning, this was all one large piece sprayed with Dylusions Spray Ink. Once dried, I cut the file folder down to a size I felt like working with. I've noticed I work better in small size. Yea, the big huge canvases are not my thing. lol

I pulled out my stamps and ran through them trying to figure out what to do. I remembered HLS was having their mixed media challenge to use shine. My plan from the gate was to use stickles.

Supplies List

  • Manila file folder trimmed
  • Dylusions Spray Ink
  • Distress Ink 
  • Archival Ink
  • Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamp
  • Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
  • Tim Holtz rubons
  • White paint
  • Gold GLITTER Stickles
  • Black cardstock for the back
  • Magnet

  • Manila file folder trimmed
  • Dylusions Spray Ink
  • Stencils
  • Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz mini blueprint stamp
  • White Paint
  • White Gel Pen
  • Archival Ink
  • Silver Sparkle Stickles
  • Markers
  • Tim Holtz Rubons
  • Foam pop up stickers 
  • Black Cardstock for the back
  • Magnet
I'd like to enter these creations into the following challenges:
  1. HLS May Mixed media Challenge-Shine- Used stickles
  2. Craft your passion- Always Anything goes
  3. Get Creative Challenges-Bingo: used stickles glitter & stitching
  4. Creatalicious Challenge- Anything goes +optional wedding 

Own Your Dreams- Art Journal using a coloring book

Art Journal Page made with coloring book pieces, colored pencils, Distress Ink, and stencils

Art Journal Page
Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by here. I have to tell you, coloring book pieces work great in an art journal! Free printables do too. My sweet Mama (thanks Mom!) got it for  me a while ago. Every once in a while I rip pages out and use them a piece to make my own creation. It's really a great go-to! It's really nice to have around when you want to create a journal page but don't know what to do.

Coloring book page
I started going around the edges of my journal with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. I just love green!  I also used went randomly around the page with a sand dollar stencil using the same distress ink. I found this stencil for $1.00! I used a Tim Holtz small circle stencil with a tiny bit of purple colored distress ink as well.

The top and bottom of the page was stamped with archival ink. (that's the circles you see going around the top and bottom) I added little white dots with a gel pen on top of each circle.

I used colored pencils to color in the pieces from the coloring book, cut them out, and glued down. I also added silver sparkle stickles all over.(Looove sparkles and glitter!!)

The last thing I did was write my quote. I am excited about this yall! I didn't stamp the quote! I wrote it myself!The quote says OWN YOUR DREAMS. ( A quote I actually need to listen to instead of just reading it)

Thanks for stopping by!

May 13, 2016

Never give up

Art Journal page using acrylic craft paint, stencils, stamps, distress, archival ink, texture paste, and a paint pen.

Art journal page

I went crazy here! lol I just didn't care today. I wanted to have some fun with my paint.

I started with paint I purchased at Walmart for less than $1.00 a bottle. If memory serves, the price was around .70 a bottle. 

My background does have gesso on it. That was my first step. After that, I used a makeup sponge to dab on acrylic paint in a dabbing/tapping type of rhythm. One color was applied at a time. The green color was what I started with. The second color I applied with the makeup sponge was yellow. They mixed together very nicely. 

One note: there was a few times I had to spritz water on the page. The paint blended together so much easier when it was a tiny bit wet. My camera didn't pick up how bright things really are in some of the pics, which is a little disappointing.I know, I need better lighting. I'm workin on it.

After this, I went crazy with stamps, stencils, distress ink, archival ink, texture paste, and a paint pen! Lol. I had fun with this one! There is no rhyme or reason here, just let it go!

 Honestly, I don't know if I have a style. I love it all! I love stamping, stencils, ink, doodles, collage, altered art, pastels, acrylic, sketching, you name it! At this point, I can say I have the most fun when I wing it, like I did with this page. And I love bright colors! Thanks for popping by!

I would like to play along and enter this page into the following challenges:
  1. Craft Stamper Magazine- Take it Make it, anything goes (must include stamping) 
  2. Not just cards challenges, anything goes 
  3. Craft your passion challenges, always anything goes 
  4. Anything but cute, Challenge #13, celebrate your style 
  5. Crafting with an attitude, Challenge #15  

May 9, 2016

Dylusions Ink Spray Description & Tips (from an honest artist)

Dylusions Ink Spray
Ok, most of us in the crafting world, or mixed media world have heard of Dylusions Spray Ink. For those of you that haven't, spray ink is literally dye ink in a bottle. Instead of the ink being in an ink pad, its in a bottle. It's non-toxic, and perfect for use on a porous surface. 

Some examples of porous surfaces include paper, cardstock, untreated wood, and cardboard. These objects have pores or empty spaces that allow outside matter, such as water, air, ink, or paint to penetrate beyond the outer surface. Porous means that fluid can pass through.

Examples of nonporous are glass, metal, or plastic. No fluid can seep through those objects. If you sprayed the Dylusions Spray Ink on a plastic bottle, the ink will not penetrate the plastic. It would just run off.

 You do not need to be a "professional" artist to use Dylusions Spray Ink with success. Anyone  can use these. These are fool proof! It takes no effort to use these. A background can be complete in less than a few minutes! That scary blank page can be covered pretty darn quickly. That's what's great about these,  they are really perfect for beginners and seasoned artists. Dyan has made art journaling fun and really took the stress of perfection out for me.

My favorite things about this product is the absolutely awesome gorgeous color! Not only is the color gorgeous, it's very bold, bright, and concentrated.  If you've ever made a background using ink from the pad, you know it can really take time to build up those layers. It's easy to build up layers with spray ink compared ink from the pad. You can go back and spritz again to add more color if you so desire.

Links to Youtube demos are at the bottom of this post
  1. Get out your spray inks and give it a good swirl. You can swirl the ink by holding the bottle upright in your hand and moving your wrist in a circular motion. Dyan suggests storing these products on its side FYI.
  2. Mist your page with a few sprays of water (key word is MIST
    • If you plan on using more than one color, you more than likely want the colors to be blended right? The water helps the colors blend. You do not have to use water. Water just helps the colors come together so you don't have big blotches of color.
    • You can buy a mister or spray bottle at Walmart, the $1.00 store, or Amazon.
  3. Start with one bottle/color at a time, select which color you'd like to start with
  4. Take the cap off the bottle
  5. Push your finger on the nozzle and spray onto your paper where you desire.
    • The closer the nozzle is to the page, the smaller the covered area
    • The farther away the nozzle is from the page, the larger the color coverage
  6. Choose your second color and spray where desired
  7. You can stop after step 3 or keep going with color. Dyan always uses three colors on her pages. 
  8. Once all the color is on, Dyan typically sprays another mist of water over the page. She uses a lot of ink so there is a ton left over floating on top. She uses tags or the page next to the one she's working on to "mop up" the left overs. 
  9.  Lastly, you can roll a roll of paper towel over your page, or just go ahead and dry it then. You can air dry, or use a heat gun or blow dryer. You need to make sure the page is dry at this step. You can go back and add more color but you need to dry one layer at a time.
Tips & Notes
  1. Dylusions sprays can be messy
    • To avoid the mess, spray inside a box
    • Using a wet rag, or anything WET to clean up the area will reactivate the ink. Dyan always has paper towels nearby and cleans up the ink with other tags, or the paper towels
  2. These are not fully permanent when dry 
    •  Anything wet will reactive the ink
    •  Seal your piece of work when you're done if you want
  3. If it just so happens you sprayed too much WATER instead of a mist, mop it up with a paper towel 
  4. I've never had an experience when Dylusions didn't seep somehow. It's seeped through the paper by going down through the spine, or leaking onto the page behind the page I'm working on.  
    • Dyan's journal works best with Dylusions. The paper is REALLY thick and sturdy. It was made to go with her products. If I use that journal, I only have an issue with ink going into the spine. But that may not interfere with anything you do in your journal. If you watch Dyan's youtube videos, it doesn't make any difference for her. It all works into her style.
    •  If you are working in a journal that has a book bound type of spine, or is sewn in the spine, such as Dyan's Journal, you can tape down the center of the page using masking tape before starting.
    • If you are using a ring bound paper pad or journal such as the Canson Pad, the spray can seep through the ring holes onto below pages. I've learned to use masking tape close to the ring binding to avoid this.
    • To prevent the ink from seeping onto the page behind the one you're working on, glue two pages together.
    • Keep in mind the paper you are using. I've heard people say they've never had any seepage when they used watercolor paper. (I use a Canson Mixed Media Journal, and the Dylusions Journal) 
  5. To ensure you get the most out of your product, use tags, inchies, twinchies, and other journal pages as mop up pages
  6.  Store ink sprays on their side instead of standing upright

Here are a few pics and links to the pages I've created using Dylusions Spray Inks:
  1. You can see in the first picture (remember this feeling) a big blob of blue color right in the center of the page. That's because I didn't mist with water when I applied all my color.
  2. The second journal page (smoke) I didn't mist with water because purple scares me lol. Purple is not my color. I was afraid to add water and the purple seep and I'd get mud. The colors blended well together here without that last spritz of water.
  3. By the last page, (find this life) you can see everything is blended together nicely, and that time I did spritz water over the top once all my colors were on.

Remember This Feeling....
Find This Life...

If you look closely at two of the pages, the ink goes all the way under the ring binding. It looks better no doubt, but, this is where I learned I need to put a piece of tape down because the ink leaked down through the ring holes onto other pages.  

Good results come from understanding the product you are using. It's the same with gelatos, colored pencils, acrylic paint, anything! I could figure out a solutions to the few problems I ran into, such as using masking tape near the binding, and gluing two pages together when I have cheaper paper. I just love how easy these are, and how pretty it turns out. I will always keep these on board and think they are a great product for a beginner.
If you would like to learn more about these sprays and techniques, here are links...
  1. Dyan Reaveley's Youtube channel - .Dyan Reaveley Youtube 
  2. Here is another video by Rangerink demonstrating Dylusions Sprays - Dylusions Techniques
Hope this helps!

Find This Life-Art Journal using Dylusions

Art Journal Page using a free printable; mixed media style

Mixed media art journal page
Art Journal Page
I've looked everywhere to share the link for this free heart printable. I can't find it anywhere! If anyone knows who shared the heart image, please let me know so I can post a link. Gotta give credit to them! It was a bunch of hearts inside of a jar and I cut the hearts out.

This shows you can really put anything on your journal pages. You can use coloring book pages, magazines, book pages, pictures, printed text, literally anything that will fit

I didn't take any pics while in the making because I had no idea where this was going when I started. It just kind of came together over a few days of working at it little by little. 
The background is Dylusions Spray Inks. I recently did a product review on these you can check out here...
Click Here For Product Review Dylusions Ink Spray Review

Products Used: Free printable, Dylusions Spray Ink, markers, a paint pen, archival ink, distress ink, colored pencils, gel pen, glue, stamps, stencils, card stock, and rub-ons. 

#artjournal page
mixed media art journal page

Anyone who visits my posts knows, it can take me a few days to finish a journal page. I'm not in a rush for one thing. Sometimes I NEED to step away, or I get too scatterbrained. I can keep my body still, but not my mind. My mind goes and goes and GOES. A million ideas can flood my mind but my hands can't keep up. My own thoughts can't keep up with the thoughts. It's exhausting. I have to walk away or I'll work myself to death trying to keep up with my thoughts. (We do have a name for this... its called anxiety.)

That being said, I am slowly figuring out how to balance my mind and art, by taking my time on pages. If you need to step away to recoup, by all means, do it. We all have our own way here. Nothing is wrong with doing what works for you.

Thanks for stopping by!