Art Journal: Blossom - AALL & Create

It's saturday and that means I have another project to share with you using wonderful AALL & Create products. This time I made this art journal page using a lot of texture and elements to create a deep rich mixed media page. let me tell you how I made it. 

I started off by stamping this gorgeous girl image from set 127 by Katy Paltridge on a piece of book paper that had excess paint on. I gessoed the text part & stamped with Versafine black to get a crisp imprint. 

Here I have stamped the flower multiple times from set 123 by Tracy Evans on a piece of gelli printed paper and cut then out to include in the art journal at a later point. First I had to incorporate the stamped image into the art journal. 

I have glued the book page and several text and music clippings to my art journal page to create more texture and layers. 

Then I added gesso, white and gold over the collaged elements and stamped bits of set 120 with Staz on stone gray over the page for some cohesion. 

To add more interest to the page I took stencil 41 Mickle Muckle and added white crackle paste through it. Under the layers I also glued on some different fiber fabrics to add to the deverse texture. I had let this dry really well before applying color on it. 

So the next step was applying color and I used a variety of mediums for that: Lindy's Sprays, finnabair metallic paints, perfect pearl metallics for the "Frame" and the girl's face is accentuated with watercolors. 

Because the book page was treated with gesso, it took the watercolor really well. I just applied bits of color to the face for accents and shadows, and made sure you could see the book text shine through it still. I really love how dreamy she looks here. 

And now onto adding the flower elements that covers the open spot on the side. Glued them in the middle onto the page so the stand out a little. The color in the flowers also come back in the background of the page. I also stamped a bit of texture and text in the background to have more interest. And decided the bottom part needed to stand out a bit more too. 

So stamped and cut out the word bloom from set 120 and another flower to "ground" it. 
As a last step I added some white splatters all over the page and created a scribble border with acrylic paint marker. 

I absolutely LOVE how this journal page turned out and glad the idea I had in my head worked out like it did :) This page reminds me a lot of sping and it's my second fave season, or well it's a tie actually with autumn. I'm linking this to my friends's challenge Art Journal Journey with the theme of My fave season.  

The products I used: 

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Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Art Journal: Autumn Memories - CSTIMI

The weather is getting colder and my fave season has almost ended. When I went for a walk on a beautiful bright autumn day a few weeks ago, I found a gorgeous leaf in beautiful vibrant colors which I decided to take home. I wanted to incorporate it in an art journal page as an ode to my fave season. The leaf is portraying so many fall colors which reminded me of my favorite Lindy’s Magicals set Autumn Leaves.

It became the starting point of this art journal page. I also wanted to use a couple of my favorite StencilGirl® Products stencils and Viva Las VegaStamp! mixed media stamps. You'll find a list of products used at the end of the post 

While I was making this page I also had the camera running so you can watch the video tutorial of it here 

Below are a few close up pictures

TIP: when you dry the modeling paste to the touch you can stamp in there to create some fun textures in the paste. Just make sure your stamp is wet (just spray on some water) so the paste doesn’t stick too much on your stamp.

Products used: 

Mediums: white gesso, white crackle paste and black modeling paste from DecoART media
Pigment powders & color sprays from Lindy's Gang: Lindy’s Magicals set Autumn Leaves. Moon shadow mists: Bluebeard blue violet, Buccaneer Bay blue and Smoky Sapphire And from the Industrial chic set : Shabby Turbine teal and Steampunk sepia. 
Others: Stamping ink from Staz-On, Distress crayon in chipped sapphire, skelleton leafs, hemp twine, Tim Holtz word stickers, Dina Wakley rosy paint, miniature foam roller. 

This is was an ode to my favorite season and I hope it inspired you to play along with our last Craft Stamper challenge of the year. All you have to do is link up a new project in which you have incorporated stamping. You are then in the running for fab prizes and you could even have your work featured in the magazine :) Also check out the current Art Call where reader submissions are requested for certain themed projects for the magazine. 

I'm also entering this art journal page to Art Journal Journey with the theme of My favorite season. Fantastic theme as always and I've been really enjoying playing along with the challenges this year! Looking forward to see what next year themes will be :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


From the bottom of my heart - AALL & Create

Hi all, thank you for stopping by my blog today. I have a card made with a gorgeous stamp set from AALL & Create which I wanted to share with you today. This gorgeous flowers blooming from the heart is a stamp from set #138 by Olga Heldwein and I used an emboss resist technique. 

I started off by stamping the image with versamark on watercolor paper and I have embossed is with white embossing powder. 

The I sprinkled some pigment powder - color Kathrynwheel by Nuvo - and spritzed water over it. You can see the gorgeous color appear and notice how the embossed aria's resist the pigment. 
I added more pigment until I was satisfied with the color and dried with my heat tool, being careful not to over heat the embossed part. 

This is the base of my card, which I then trimmed & matted onto black card stock. I love how you can see the color nuances of the powders in the flowers. 

Before matting it onto black cardstock I took black soot distress oxide and a blending tool and went around the edges. Then splattered some water and copper distress stain over it. I also enhanced a bit of the flower pattern with a Tombow marker in Merlot to give the image a bit of shading. All the edges are gilded with the bronze distress stain and the sentiment is also from the same set & I white embossed it on black cardstock & adhered with foam tape.  

It's a card you can sent to someone to express your heartfelt emotions; to say thanks, to say that you care, to let them know they are loved... all from the bottom of your heart, which then blooms expressively and vibrantly with love.
Hope you liked seeing this project with gorgeous AALL & Create stamps. Please visit their boutique to shop online or to see where you can get these stamps from their many stockists world wide. 

Products used:
Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend! 


Art Journal: Be happy - AALL & Create

Hi Everyone, another week has flown by and winter season is breaking through here. As the cold is arriving more fully (as well as my Seasonal Affect Disorder) , I thought I'd share a HAPPY and Bright art journal page made with AALL & Create stamps and Lindy's Magical Shakers for some visual warmness.

First I created some watercolors with Lindy's Magical Shakers the 2017 set by sprinkling the powder on my mixing palette and adding water to it. I then stirred the colors thoroughly with the brush to get the pigment & shimmer dissolved in the water. They are such bright and beautiful shimmery colors! Really amazing! 

Now on to the coloring part. I stamped part of Tracy's large stamp from set 109 with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper. Made sure that the imprint was dry completely before I added color to avoid bleeding. And then I started to add the lush color onto the image until I felt it was done.

Which was around this point. I added different colors in the petals to have a nice mix from blue to purple going and greens in the bottom. Adding a bit of Black Forest Black at the bottom and stem you'll get a beautiful subtle grey mix that grounds the image. Tip: when you add spatters if your page isn't completely dry, you'll get some soft blending of the colors as you see here in the background.

Then it was time for some doodling and more stamping. I took a white sakura get pen and doodled in the flower petals & defined the core & stem a bit more. In my collection of AALL & Create stamps I have set 23 from Bipasha Bk which has some lovely text texture stamps and I have used in the background here. From Tracy's set 123 from the recent release I have used the sentiment Be happy and stamped it on the bottom a few times. And in the heart of the flower I just stamped Happy.

After trimming it down I added a border with gelato's and adhered it to my art journal page. These bright and beautiful colors sure do make me very happy!!

Hope you liked seeing this project with gorgeous AALL & Create stamps. Please visit their boutique to shop online or to see where you can get these stamps from their many stockists world wide. 
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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


The Dream Queen - AALL & Create

Hi all, the weeks go by so quickly! Today I'm sharing my 4th project as guest designer for AALL & Create and I've used a bunch of stamps from the new release and one stencil from the first release ever to create this whimsical looking dream queen in my art journal. Let me tell you a bit how I created her.

The base is Windsor an Newton 300lbs watercolor paper because I'm going to use a lot of mediums on this project. I stamped the face by Katy Paltridge of set 129 with Versamark onyx black ink and the large stamp sets 109 and 110 by Tracy Evans with Kalaeidacolor ink pads in autumn colors over the face in the background for texture.

At a recent shopping spree I bought the stencil #6 by Autour de Mwa which is from the first AALL & Create release ever. I really wanted to use it for this project to create some grungy texture. I made a mask for the face & then applied gesso & then added the modeling paste through the stencil. I  let it dry really well because am going to use some color sprays over it next.

A close up of the grungy texture around the face.

I left the mask on when I applied the Lindy's magical home made sprays - I have used colors from the Autumn leaves set, Autumn Maple Crimson and Ponderosa Pines Olive and Shabby Turbine Teal from the Industrial Chic set. After I dried the color sprays I took off the masks and applied gesso to the face. I love how you can see the background texture here.

Then I went to work with acrylics from Dina Wakley & Thalens Amsterdam. I just applied layers of flesh tones colors mixed with blush colors until I was happy with the result. The lips are covered with a layer of shimmer from the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

So at this point I left the project on my desk for a few days because I didn't quite know how to continue. And then I decided I wanted to create some hair for her and grabbed some more acrylic paints.

I added some dark blue acrylics to give her hair and completely transformed the way she looked as the tones turned into a deep purple to violet where it mixed with the red from Lindy's. I applied gesso over some bits to soften the colors and she looks so different now! It was time for some embellishments and I sprayed some paper flowers with the before mentioned Lindy's colors.

In the center of those flowers I applied a bit of yellow acrylic paint and placed a see through domed sticker over it to give the flowers some dimension. Some gold splatter for finishing touches and the little flower crown I made with Tracy's grungy flower stamp from set 123.

 Some gold splatter for finishing touches and I made the little flower with a part of Tracy's grungy flower stamp from set 123. I also stamped the work dream on there from the same set.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with color & texture on this one & watch "the Dream Queen" come to life.
Hope you liked seeing this project with gorgeous AALL & Create stamps. Please visit their boutique to shop online or to see where you can get these stamps from their many stockists world wide. 

Products used: 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!