Saturday, May 2, 2015

Same Stencil Design - Two Sizes

The Crafter's Workshop stencils come in two sizes 12x12 and 6x6.
I like to have each design in both sizes especially the background stencils.
With the same stencil in two sizes you can create many backgrounds for tags, cards, art journals, paintings, scrapbooks and many others.

I love to create layers and layers but I love the repeating patterns.

The Believe Script stencil is one of my favorite new stencils from The Crafter's Workshop.
I love the writing.

I'm using Dina Wakely's Heavy Body Acrylic Paints for this tag.
When using paint you have to remember less is more.
If you use too much it will go underneath the stencil.
Remember to tab into the paint with the cosmetic sponge and tab some of the paint off.
The sponge will hold lots of paint.

As long as you use the "less is more" technique the stencil pattern will look nice and clean.
I use this technique the most but there are times were I like it to look messy so I will use more paint.

Here is my tag only using the 12x12 Believe Script stencil.
I rotated the stencil in different directions to create this background.

Looking at the tag I decided I needed to soften the boldness of the colors a little.
I do this all the time with my layers I create and it doesn't cover it up.
You still see all the layers.

I take a stencil with a large amount of negative space.
I used the Mini Rock Crystals stencil with white paint to soften the background.

Then I added black acrylic paint through the Mini Believe Script stencil in spots here and there on the tag. I love the repeating patterns of the same stencil. It gives the tag a lot of depth.
I love the way this background turned out.
I'm off to create more!!

Here is the list of my supplies:

Makeup Sponge

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Coming Soon

My Next Post!!!
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I'm going to try again tonight.
Thank you for your patience.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tag Swap

Today I have a tag to show you that I received from a tag swap on a community in G+. I love the washi tape around the edges and the blue fluff of feathers.

Created by Zsuzasa Karoly-Smith.  You can see her lovely creations on her blog Inky Dinky Doodle.

Here are the tags I sent her.
I created them using The Crafter's Workshop stencils.
I used TCW 507 The Story on this one with Imaginecrafts Metallic Creative Medium.

This one I used TCW525 Screen Print with Imaginecrafts Metallic Creative Medium.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

What was I thinking?

I haven't a clue.
I just went with it.

I challenged myself to use whatever was on table to create a tag.

The colors are not pretty. LOL

This is what it looked like when I didn't know what else to do with it.

What would you do?
Weird colors.
Don't like the white of the modeling paste.
Love the textures.


Wipe it off and add more gold.

Still not sure I like it but it was an interesting color combination.

What colors are on your table?
Use them to create a tag!!!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stencil Aliens and No Regrets

Today I have an art journal page to share with you.
My stencil aliens are throwing all the new Crafter's Workshop stencils all over my art room.
So I decided to pick up a few and use them before I put them away.
I used modeling paste, super heavy gesso, rub-ons, regular gesso, acrylic paints, acrylic glazing liquid, and these stencils from The Crafter's Workshop.


First I added a layer of gesso to the background with a palette knife including adding one set of flowers from the Daily Buzz Stencil. When it dried I added another set of flowers with modeling paste. Next, I used blue and green acrylic paints with water, the Stepping Stones stencil and rub-ons. Plus a little super heavy gesso.

This part can be scary but you have to try it. 
I learned it from Donna Downey. Glazing.
You mix one part paint to two or more parts Acrylic Glazing Liquid.
Paint it all over the page and let it dry just a little.

Then take a baby wipe and wipe it off. 
The color gets caught in all the texture on the page.

I decided I want to add a little darker tone to the page.
So I added another glaze of gray.

Here is the finished page.

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