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I have had the idea to make my own watercolour journaling cards / project life style cards for a while now, just never had the time to give it a go. So during half term week (I work as a teacher), I decided to give it a bash. I must say I do love the finished result. Credit goes out to http://joannesharpe.com for the inspiration.
Creative Journaling Series:
This post will be the start of one of many in my Creative Journaling Series. After the popularity of the Art Journaling Series I want to focus now on my first love. It will be a mixture of mixed media, watercolour, collage, smash booking and planning / journaling all in one, what could be better? Anyway, I digress... on with the tutorial.
I have converted two of the cards into digital downloads for you to use in your journals (please don't make available for sale or distribute, but feel free to pin on Pinterest). There are two sizes - 3x4 and 4x6 so they can be used in Project Life books. For optimal printing, print as actual size as they were sized correctly in 600 DPI before being converted into a PDF file. I hope you like them and please do share what you have created with me on Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #kmmam - leave a comment below to let me know.
Rubbing Alcohol & Watercolour:
Finally you may wish to try adding rubbing alcohol. (WARNING - Don't do this with the children and be safe at all times, do not put the rubbing alcohol near flames and don't apply too much heat when drying the page). I used a 70% alcohol one. Carefully pour a drop or two into the lid and drip a few drops onto the page. Be very careful and always have something protecting your desk or work area. You can do it this way or use a pipette or cotton bud to drip the alcohol. The effect this creates is stunning and it will keep burning through the watercolour until it is fully dry, so make sure there is nothing flammable near by. Rubbing alcohol can be used to create a variety of effects in paint and there are several tutorials out there. If you missed how to create an alcohol ink spray paint be sure to have a read of tutorial 2 here.
I'm rather sad that the art journaling mini series has come to an end, please be sure to share your creations with me on my Instagram / Twitter and let me know in the comments of anything else you would like to see. Use the hashtag #kmmam
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The third instalment in the Art Journaling Mini Series is all about scraping and rolling acrylic paint to create different effects for your mixed media backgrounds and art/creative journals. These techniques are so easy to achieve they could also be done with your children.
So there we have it, get creative on the cheap and try some new techniques. Be sure to check out the other two tutorials in the mini series and check out the art goodies giveaway in post two - now closed, but you can still show me using the hashtag #kmmam (I really do want to see your work and how you have applied the techniques).
Part 1 - Art Tips for Art Journaling (Resources)
Part 2 - Art Journaling Techniques
Tune in for the final series next week (with a Christmas theme - YAY) on:
Ink Pads and Distressing Pages
In the video I have posted below to go alongside the tutorials I have used a Tim Holtz distress ink pad in Antique Linen. Rub the ink pad liberally across the page and then use a cheap make up sponge to blend the ink to the page. Of course you don't have to blend the ink, you can leave it as it is. This makes a great base for creating an art journal page and aging the page. You can use any ink pad to do this.
Adding Salt to Create Texture in Watercolour
Next I applied watercolour to the opposite page in two tone variations using an Aquash Pentel watercolour brush, great for art journaling on the go as you don't need to keep dipping the brush into water. Take a small handful of ordinary salt and add it to the watercolour. This will create texture to the page as it reacts in the water. It is a good idea at this point to either speed up the drying with a heat tool or hairdryer or wait an hour for it to dry.
Adding Talc to Acrylic Paint
Next I chose an acrylic paint and mixed it with talcum powder. Baby powder is actually better than the one I used. Add a fair amount the the acrylic paint with a bit of water in order to thicken up the paint. You could also do a similar technique by mixing it with a thicker matte medium or heavy matte medium.
Make Your Own Spray Inks
So there you have it, a few simple techniques to get you started (make sure you watch the video for a visual tutorial). I can't wait to see what you create - use the hashtag #kmmam on twitter and Instagram or tag me - thank you so much for reading
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Scraping techniques and Brayer rollers.
View the entire series here - Art Journal Series
What paper should I use for Art Journaling?
I am a bit hit and miss when it comes to paper. I started out journaling in a Moleskine Cahier insert for a Travelers Notebook (Midori style tn), this paper seems fine for thicker paint such as acrylic, but is not very good for watercolour as the paper wrinkles. Watercolour paper is the best for any watercolour work (or canvas) and mixed media paper or sketch pad paper for acrylics, or again an art canvas. You can make your own inserts for tn's using a mix of paper. All these papers can bought cheaply from The Works or Hobbycraft and even the Poundshop for sketch paper. Mrs Brimbles has an excellent tutorial here Making Mixed Media Inserts for Travelers Notebooks.
Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and a planner, art & creative journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and browse my tutorials, musings, and crafty makes.