Often if a holiday or event is coming up then there is plenty of inspiration for crafters to be busy! But as creative people, we have to create, craft and get our hands inky on a regular basis. Art Journals are a perfect way for artists and papercrafters to get their creative energy out when there is no specific project with a deadline. In today’s post, we have two art journal pages from Elina Stromberg and Jennifer Vanderbeek. Check it out!
Art Journal Page: Summer Lovin’ by Elina Stromberg
The long wait is finally over: Summer is here! This blooming time of the year inspires me with its rich and vivid colors, and the lovely warm weather transfers on my projects in glowing hues of yellow and orange. With this art journal page, I express my love for this warm season.
When choosing the stamping ink for a coloring project the basic rule of thumb is: water-based ink for alcohol markers, and pigment ink for watercoloring. When this rule is followed, the stamped images stay crisp and don’t dissolve. But when you want to color with both alcohol markers and water-based colors (like Fireworks! inks) the answer is masking fluid. Stamp the image with water-based ink (Memento Tuxedo Black is always my no. 1 choice), cover the edges of the image with masking fluid, and paint the background with water-based color. Once dry, remove the masking fluid and color the image with alcohol markers. Works very well!
Example of how the masking fluid works to protect the areas you are not ready to color.
- Memento inkpad – Tuxedo Black, Tangelo
- Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Dandelion, Tangelo
- Stampendous stamp
- Wycinanka stamp
- Winsor & Newton – Masking fluid
- White mixed media paper,
- Cardstock – black
- Watercolor brush
- Alcohol markers: ProMarker
- Silhouette Cameo
Recycled Art Journal Seascape by Jennifer Vanderbeek
I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to potential craft supplies. Since pretty much anything goes in mixed media work, almost everything is a potential craft supply. Take, for instance, what would normally be trash: the wipes we use to clean our stamps, our craft tables, and our fingertips. Once dry they’re just fabric. That’s what comprises the majority of this art journal layout, along with a healthy dose of clear Creative Medium. It creates masses of texture and paints a beautiful background that only needed a few details added to complete the scene.
- Creative Medium – Clear
- Palette Knives
- Memento Markers – Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, Desert Sand, Potter’s Clay, Gray Flannel, Rich Cocoa, Dandelion, Teal Zeal
- Fabrico Markers – Lipstick Pink
- StazOn Studio Glaze – Cotton White, Blue Hawaii
- Art Journal
- Used Wipes stained with inks and sprays
- Darice – Heat tool