12x12 SCRAPBOOK PAGE:
In the kit we has a variety of different papers and a set layout we needed to follow, but we could play around with it in any way of our choice. I chose my colours and papers first to match the summer holiday we had as a family last year and chose a family photo from the holiday, the words on the yellow cardstock really do fit in with my theme too. It is quite important (I found) to gather all your elements and embellishments first, but you can easily add extras as you create. I wasn't sure at first whether I liked the finished result, but it has grown on me and I now like it (I can be a fussy bugger!).
In addition to the kit, I also used some spray ink and watercolour, so added some A4 watercolour paper which I trimmed down to a square. You can see the process and materials used in the video on my channel. Click below to see my Scrap With Me Video or click the link here if viewing from the email subscription.
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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 #kerrymaymakesartshare - leave a comment below to let me know.
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RUBBING ALCOHOL & WATERCOLOUR:
Finally you may wish to try adding rubbing alcohol. (Don't do this with the children). 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.
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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.
PART TWO IN THE ART JOURNALING MINI SERIES
So today's offering in the art journaling series is all about art techniques and tutorials to get you started in your creative art journal. I will look at using distress inks with make up sponges, adding salt to create effects in watercolour, adding talc to thicken acrylic paint and how to make your own spray inks/paint. Equipment needed if applying all of the techniques: Watercolour Paint, Acrylic Paint, Salt, An Ink Pad of your choice, A Paintbrush, Watercolour Brush (not a necessity), Rubbing Alcohol (Ideally 90% - I used 70% but it isn't quite strong enough) and Talc. View Part 1 here.
Please note the final piece in the video is not a finished product, I wasn't creating anything in particular, just using the pages to show you the techniques, they don't all need to be applied at once.
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
Finally you could make your own spray inks using a small spray travel bottle (you can pick these up from the Poundshop). Add just less than a quarter of water, add around 2-3 squeezes of acrylic paint and add a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Shake well for around 3 minutes. Test the spray first on some scrap paper as it can be clumpy when you first spray.
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 #Kerrymaymakesartshare on twitter and Instagram - thank you so much for reading
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Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and planner, art, craft, smash book and journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and have look around my collection of random musings, tutorials and crafty makes.