Design Your Own Colorful Art Journal Page

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!

summer lovin art journal page

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.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 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.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • Used Wipes stained with inks and sprays
  • Darice – Heat tool

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Color of the Month for June

June Color of the Month is Tangerine

We are excited to announce the Color of the Month — Tangerine! Everyone month Imagine highlights a different color to show off our catalog of inks. The Tsukineko brand offers this rich orange color in All-Purpose Ink, VersaColor, Memento, Radiant Neon, Radiant Neon Amplify and StazOn. And Imagine’s offers two in house products — the recent release of the 2oz bottle of Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray in Tangelo as well as IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher Tangelo.

Tangerine is a deep orange color that evokes a festive vibe, the warmth of summer, and tangy flavors of fruit! Some of the trends we see with this color are….

tangerine tiles

Moroccan tiles…

Tangerine Tiles Stamp StazOn Tsukineko ink Orange Zest

Bohemian theme home decor or stamps…

camp vibes DCWV scrapbook paper

and Camp Fire or Outdoors themes.

We offer this color challenge to our Artist in Residence to bring forward in their June project submissions, so be on the lookout for how our team uses this vibrant color. We also offer this challenge to you. If you feel inspired by Tangerine and use Imagine or Tsukineko inks then please tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts. We would love to see what you create!

Make Your Ink Blending Easy with VersaMagic

by Jowilna Nolte


Blending colors can be tricky but when you use amazing inks like Tsukineko’s VersaMagic chalk inks, then blending and creating a seamless look is magical. For this blog post, I show you how to color a chipboard piece blended with four colors of pigment ink for a gorgeous earth toned ombre look. This chipboard can be used in a scrapbook, card or any craft project you choose. Let’s get started!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 15-20 minutes

Direction


Step 1

Select a piece of chipboard you want to color as well as four colors of VersaMagic Dew Drop inks. I chose Gingerbread, Thatched Straw, Malted Mauve, Perfect Plumeria in VersaMagic and a tall, card-sized chipboard from Celebr8.


Step 2

Think about each color roughly taking up a quarter of the chipboard. In other words, if you have a 4-inch tall chipboard then each color will ink a 1-inch section. Start by tapping the lightest color (Thatched Straw) onto the top section of your chipboard piece. Repeatedly tap the ink over each other until the color is the nice and solid in coverage. VersaMagic is a juicy ink and will saturate rather quickly.


Step 3

Repeat the process with your second color (Malted Mauve). This time slightly overlap onto your first color when inking to blend colors.


Step 4

Repeat the process using your third color (Perfect Plumeria) again overlapping onto the second color a bit.


Step 5

Repeat with your last and fourth color (Gingerbread) overlapping onto the third color a bit.


Step 6

Use your finger tip or a sponge dauber to lightly rub over the overlapping areas. Because the pigment inks will stay wet for a little while longer than dye ink, the colors will blend more easily and beautifully. Set aside and allow to dry thoroughly before using on a card or other paper projects.


In the image above you can see how this blending technique can be used on any chipboard design.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Celebr8 – “You Were Born to Stand Out” chipboard
  • Cardstock

Today is a Perfect Day to Start Living Your Dreams

by Elina Stromberg

pink art journal page

The inspiration for this art journal page was a StencilGirl stencil I’d been wanting to try out for some time. Instead of dabbing ink through the stencil or using gesso or texture paste, I decided to build the stencil face from black cardstock. Before creating the face image, I prepared the background. The first layer of color was misted, using the vivid ‘Lilac Posies’ color from Fireworks Craft Sprays. Once the color was dry I added texture. I mixed Fireworks with white texture paste and stenciled random patterns on the pages. Once the paste was dry I started stamping. First using magenta acrylic paint and a piece of bubble wrap as my stamp, and then continued with regular stamps. For the triangular images I used a Cocoa Daisy stamp set, and the black dots I stamped with the eraser end of a No. 2 pencil. As a finishing touch, I added white by stamping white acrylic paint with a plastic roll.

For the face, I wanted to try a fun collage technique. I placed the face image on black cardstock, traced the parts with a thin pen, and cut out. The larger pieces were cut with scissors, but for cutting the smaller parts I used a craft knife. The stencil was my guidance when placing the pieces on the page, and again, On Point Glue was the right choice for gluing down the tiny cut parts. I picked up the quote from Pinterest and cut the letters with Sizzix alpha dies.

 

I’m very happy with the final look of the page and hope try it out some of the techniques.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • StencilGirl – ‘Abigail’ stencil
  • Sizzix – Alpha dies
  • Bubble wrap
  • No. 2 pencil
  • Texture paste
  • Acrylic paint – white, magenta
  • Cardstock
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cocoa Daisy – Triangle Texture stamp

Be Encouraged with 2 Easy Lapis Blue Designs

Blue Vertigo Gracias Handmade Card by Martha Lucia Gomez

In today’s project, I colored Vertigo surfaces to create a unique textured look. You don’t need a lot of materials to make this, only StazOn inkpad, GlazOn and the Vertigo sheet. I started with a piece of Vertigo. These sheets come in different designs that reflects and refracts light creating optical illusions such as swirls, snakeskin, etc. For my project, I used the Taffeta design which looks like tumbling water. Next, I applied the Blue Hawaii StazOn using an Ink Blusher sponge directly to the Vertigo sheet.

Since StazOn will ink plastic it is a perfect choice for this project. One funny detail about StazOn is that the solvent ink will dissolve the ink on the plastic surface if you want to do several applications. In order to prevent this, I applied a thin layer of GlazOn to fix the color and let it dry. I put the colored piece of Vertigo inside of a textured design embossing folder and pass it through the Big Shot machine. Pass the inkpad of Stone Grey StazOn over the embossed texture to create a contrast. Next, I pasted the Vertigo layer over a piece of cardstock and enhance some details of the design using Wedding Dress irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Let the irRESISTible dry before finalizing your card. Paste the decorated layer over a white card base with double-sided Tear it Tape and add a diecut sentiment using On Point Glue.

In the end, you will have a card that reflects and refracts shade of blue ink that will dazzle anyone who receives it!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  •  Card Stock – Whisper White and Pacific Point
  •  Darice – Henna Embossing Folder
  •  Memory Box – Gracias diecut

Trust in Him Journal by Tenia Nelson

Journaling is a great way to express your innermost needs and emotions. With that, I thought it would be a little boost to craft my own journal that I made using ink blending, embossing, and splatter techniques. I wanted to create an eye-popping look that would inspire me to write and reflect. I started with adding Bahama Blue Memento ink onto the cover page using an ink dauber. Next, I stamped and heat embossed feathers and tropical flowers with Gold Embossing Powder. I then took Bahama Blue Fireworks Shimmer Spray and added a splatter-effect. But I didn’t want just all one color so I created some contrast with a wood circle panel with VersaFine Onyx Black and embossed with a Clear Embossing Powder to lock it in place. To complete the design with an extra little magic, I stamped “IN” with VersaFine Majestic Blue onto a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed and punched out using a 3/4″ circle punch. Adhere “IN” onto the wood panel and adhere wood panel onto the cover page.

So fun and beautiful to make! I feel this is a great to for yourself or would make a happy gift for a friend.

Supplies

Imagine

Other

  • Concord & 9th – Stamps
  • Cardstock
  • Washi tape
  • Sticker stitches
  • Wood circle
  • Heating Tool
  • Circle Punch
  • Blank book or journal.

 

 

 

Three Creative Hacks that Create Cuteness Overload

Happy Monday! We have three great projects to kick start your week and provide a healthy dose of Monday motivation. Renee and Jennifer both show wonderful modifications on existing crafting standards. Renee expands an ATC to a double sided display and Jennifer adapts quilting to papercrafting. While Mischelle brings a bright and vibrant art journal to make a normal day not so normal.

Mermaid steam punk

ATC Conversion The Bigger the Better by Renee Zarate

ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better! I turned this one into a free standing chunky ATC.

Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” x 3 ½” x 1 ½”. Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items. Paint the wooden block any color desired. Next, apply a thin coat of white gesso. Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand. Make the ATCs on the gessoed watercolor paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”. Adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape. Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber. Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments. Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads. Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter. Tie twine and baker’s twine to the top.  It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose. Now you can look at your favorite design on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Graphic 45 Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail
  • Gold Foil
  • Glitter
  • Microbeads
  • Glue Stick
  • Metal Ephemera
  • Baker’s twine
  • Brown twine
  • Sequins
  • White gesso
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Jane Davenport – Mermaid Washi Tape
  • Graphic 45 – Voyage beneath the Sea Collection paper
  • Wooden block measuring 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ½”
  • Americana acrylic paint – Dark blue
  • Paint brush

paper quilt llama

Patchwork Llama Paper Quilting by Jennifer Vanderbeek

Sometimes you just need to make something to make it, no matter what it could be used for (or not). When I saw the DCWV No Prob Llama papers, I remembered I’d picked up the Lloyd & Lola quilt pattern, purely on a whim, and though for sure I could do something to combine the two. Using the instructions for the pillow cover, I used a 1 inch = 1 cm rule and made a smaller version of the patchwork pillow from the different patterned papers with a background of the Brights Textured pack.

Cutting out all the pieces takes the most time. Make sure to label them for later! Because sewing using seam allowances and paper piecing doesn’t, not everything will line up perfectly as is. I had to play around with the sections to make them fit, but the seam allowance extras gave me a handy way to attach the pieces to each other, at least in sections. Tweezers definitely come in handy! Once the main pieces are assembled, using the pattern as a guide, lay everything out on a large sheet of paper to figure out what will ultimately fit before gluing anything down. The irRESISTible Pico Embellisher is perfect for adding some textural stitching along each paper-pieced edge. This adaption was so fun! I hope you try it yourself.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • DCWV – No Prob Llama, Brights Textured paper
  • Elizabeth Hartman – Lloyd & Lola Quilt and Pillow Pattern
  • Centimeter-marked ruler
  • Pencil
  • 
Fiskars – Paper trimmer, Scissors
, Tweezers

Shimmery Journal Page with little houses

Bright Fireworks Journal Pages by Mischelle Smith

I love Fireworks Shimmery Craft spray! I find that I use them mostly like watercolor paints. I pour them onto my palette and use my paintbrush to bring color to my paper or canvas. These inks are incredibly vibrant and colorful. They breathe life into my work. I also love the shimmer the mica powders leave – it adds another layer of interest. These inks blend beautifully together just like watercolors would.

fireworks shimmery craft spray is used to color art journal pages.

In this project, I applied Iridescent Purple Creative Medium to pages using stencil and palette knife. Let dry. Then, I pour Fireworks into palette saucers. Paint pages with Fireworks using a paintbrush. Let dry. Then continued to layer art with stencils and stamps using Memento Luxe Inks Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart with a jumbo dauber. I cut out the stamped images and attach to pages with Tear It Tape. Once I layered enough, I added more detail with charcoal, a white gel pen, and Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Then I used the spray stick to spatter page with irRESISTible Texture Spray Wedding Dress and Liquid Glass. Let dry. Finish with several sprays of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz which is the perfect final touch.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Stencil Girl – stencil
  • Vera Lane Studio – Straight Street and Woodland Accessories
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • White cardstock
  • Charcoal
  • Stump
  • Washi Tape
  • White Gel Pen
  • CTMH – Liquid Glass

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