Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bear on a Tricycle Art Journal Page

This art journal page featuring my handpainted bear on a little red tricycle, was originally created inside a friend's Vintage Circus journal as part of a swap. The original post is here at the Australian Art Swap Group's blog. My recreated page (see below) has a few differences, mainly the placement of the bicycles and it doesn't include the vintage poster.

List of arty treasures used ...

- Watercolour Paper
- Watercolour Paints
- Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (inkpads, reinkers and sprays)
- Tim Holtz Stamps
... I used Theories and Handwritten Thoughts
- Fine Black Marker (click here for all pens and markers)
Dylusions Mini Collage Glue Stick
- Acrylic Journal and Stamping Blocks
Paint Brushes (link is to all paint brushes)
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer Bottle
- Ranger Ink Blending Tools
Ranger's Ink Blending Tool with Mini Round Foams


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Instructions ...

To create this page, the first thing I did was scour the internet looking for vintage circus ideas. But while searching through the really old photos, I found myself getting angry and teary at all the abuse and neglect the animals suffered (at the hands of people who should have cared for them). I printed out a few pictures and attempted to start... but the more I was scribbling and drawing, the worse I felt. Its not that I didn't know about it but didn't have it at the forefront of my mind.

It wasn't fair how they were all treated... its now all in the past but it will always be remembered. Thankfully, more and more people and organisations are looking out for animals and their rights. I know you all agree, animals deserve our love and respect. Always.

Scribbling ideas with the bears (above) holding hats and signs saying "Free the Bears" didn't help my mood. I wanted the page to be a happy one, positive and uplifting. So it was put aside for a while...

<3 br="">A few weeks later, with a fresh mind I refound an image I'd seen online and used it as a reference for my own bear on a tricycle. He's drawn freehand on Strathmore Watercolour Paper with pencil then inked with fine black felt tipped pen.

I erased the pencil marks before adding colours with watercolour paint. I used the spots of paint from a sample swatch of Daniel Smith Watercolours (saving for the tubes now!) and my trusty waterbrush. The bike frame was painted red, then the wheels in grey, all while reminding myself constantly, to let areas dry before going further. Watercolours won't layer properly if they're not let to dry, they'll just blend into each other (fantastic for galaxies or background washes).

The photo with my painting is what I found in a Google search. I'm not sure who owns the actual picture as it was shown a few times in various locations with no name. Thank you to whoever it is :)
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Once the bear's basic colours and shading was completely dry (the next day), I used a very fine paintbrush (and the same colour brown) to paint in some fur structure and deeper shading. Just before I cut him out for the page, I added highlights using a white gel pen. 

<3 br="">To make the background for the bear, I stamped images and then blended over the background colours. Doesn't really matter which way round you do these steps as the Archival and Distress inks work well together.
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<3 br="">Using Ranger's Archival Ink in dark brown and black, I stamped images and a quote from Tim Holtz Stamp Sets, Theories and Handwritten Thoughts (always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder). Tim's antique style engravings are perfect for a vintage themed page!
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The backing base colour was made using an Ink Blending Tool (foam blender) with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads.
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<3 br="">Patchy clouds of Antique Linen (cream) and Tea Dye (light warm brown) were blended around the sides of the page, then splattered and splashed with water (I like to use Tim's Sprayer Bottle) before being air-dried with the heat tool. Next, Tumbled Glass (pale blue) was blended over the page using the same process (blend, splatter with water, dry with heat). Lastly, to give it a bit of a border, I added Walnut Stain (very dark brown).
 
The next step was to add some interest into the background (ie, give the people something to stand on). I've used stamps from Tim Holtz's Psychedelic Grunge Stamp Set with Distress Oxide Ink Pads. The faded dots across the base of the page were stamped using Tea Dye first, before stamping the larger circles using both Tea Dye and Tumbled Glass (ink the stamp with both colours at the same time).

 
While the inky background was drying, I cut out my bear with fine sharp scissors and used a craft knife for inside the spokes.
 
The above photo shows my bear placed loosely on the page to see how he'd fit. He seemed happy enough so I continued, adhering him to the page with Ranger's Dylusions Glue Stick.

<3 br="">To finish off the page, I used a couple of stamps from Tim's Tiny Things 2 Stamp Set (mini sheet music and a gramophone) and Theories (bicycles). The sheet music is along the "ground" for the bear to ride along and I've "tied" the gramophone onto the high-wire with a brown fine, felt tipped pen (so it won't fall off of course!). All were stamped using the Distress Oxide Walnut Stain Ink Pad.

The end result is a good one... my bear seems content while peddling along his musical path as the circus world carries on around him.

Thanks for reading! Hope you find time to have a go, its good fun to get ink on your fingers! I'm here to help if you need a hand.
<3 br="">:)
<3 br="">Jenny

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pretty in Pink, Purple and Gold

wise words on the art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
Listen to your heart, use your wings, always believe, remember me ... Adding thoughts to an art journal page finishes it off, whether its a simple phrase or the novella of your life. 

There are endless ways to add messages, words and quotes to artwork too... stamps, die cut letters, stickers, quote strips, tags and tokens, stencils, drawing it freehand, printing from the computer, writing in a beautiful script (maybe with a quill) or scribbling in a scrawl only you can read. Its your artwork, so dream up whatever you want to say, then write, draw, stamp, cut out, print or stick it down!

This pretty pink, purple and golden art journal page was created during one of my 'Something on Saturday' workshops. Art journal pages are a great way to learn techniques, they're like an art and craft sampler! I didn't take alot of photos this time, but it should still give you an idea on how to recreate the page at home.

List of arty treasures used ...

Dylusions Mixed Media Art Journals
Dylusions Acrylic Paint (link is to all colours)
... Bubblegum Pink, White Linen
Dylusions Ink Spray (link is to all colours)
... White Linen
- Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique paints (link is to all colours)
... White Pearl, Antique Coin (gold)
- Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks paints (link is to all colours)
... Iris Potion (purple)
- Stencils by Tim Holtz, Finnabair and Darkroom Door (click here for all stencils)
- Finnabair 3D Gloss Gel (translucent glossy gel medium that dries shiny, clear and raised)
Dylusions Mini Collage Glue Stick
- Tim Holtz Plastic Spatula (click here for all spatulas)
Paint Brushes (link is to all paint brushes)
Tim Holtz Thinlits - Die Cutting Set by Sizzix - Scribbles and Splat
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer Bottle
- Ranger Ink Blending Tools (click here for all blending tools)
- Tim Holtz Stickers (link to all Tim's stickers)
- Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Chipboard Quote Chips
- Ranger Liquid Pearls (available to order anytime)
- Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue (available to order anytime)

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Instructions ...

After gathering all your hearts, golds and favourite stencils together, put them to one side and pick up your foam blender or Ranger Ink Blending Tool.
Working in small circles, use it to blend Dylusions Acrylic Paint in Bubblegum Pink with White Linen over your whole page (mine is a double page spread in a small journal).
Add a few rounds or circles of Finnabair Metallique Pearl White Acrylic Paint over the top.
You're aiming for the appearance of fluffy clouds, not a solid coverage.

paints used for the art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
To use the Ink Blending Tool with paint, add a spot of paint to your craft mat and roll the blender around in the paint, working some of it into the foam.
The above picture shows the Finnabair Metallique Pearl White being added into the rough mix of Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and White Linen (with the pure Bubblegum Pink underneath). The Pearl White adds a hint of shimmer to the pinks.

Make sure to keep your lids on any paint pots when not using them so they don't lose moisture. Don't forget that when you're finished for the day, add a mist of water into each jar to put back what may have evaporated (especially if its a warm day).

beginning of the art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
I didn't take as many photos as I usually do, but I'm pretty sure you can imagine a whole page of pink fluffy clouds that shimmer in the sunlight...
The above closeup photo is showing how it looks after adding the initial stencil designs. First, the Bubblegum Pink was blending through the large Darkroom Door Wildflowers stencil, then I used White Linen (with the same blending tool so it was more like a very pale pink) through the Tim Holtz Ornate and Dylusions Love Hearts (small) stencils.

background of art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
Alternating between pink and white, I blended more layers of stencil designs using Dylusions Arrows (small) and Tim Holtz Tinsel, Bubbles and Code.
Afterwards, using the large Darkroom Door Wildflower stencil again, I repainted the flowerheads with the darker pink.

closeup photo of art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
With the Finnabair Sparks Iris Potion Acrylic Paint and the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Flourish, add beautiful swirls of purple to parts of your page (shown above, on the right).

The spots of purple and gold to the left in the above photo were created using a custom texture paste. Use an equal amount of gel 3D gloss medium and Finnabair Metallique Iris Potion (purple) acrylic paint. Mix together with a spatula on your craft mat or palette. Blend this through the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Bubbles with the spatula (shown on the right after gold leaf has been added).

Flip the stencil over and press onto your page to print the reverse image of the bubbles. This gives a great effect while also uses the excess purple paint left on the stencil.

closeup photo of art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple

How to Make a Golden Scribbly Heart...
Cut the heart shape out of cardstock using the Tim Holtz Thinlits Scribbles and Splat Die Cutting Set by Sizzix. I used a silver cardstock in case some of the gold leaf didn't stick!
Apply glue to the whole surface of the heart and layer on the gold leaf sheet or flakes. Press it into all parts of the heart using a large soft paintbrush. Leave it to dry.

Once the heart is completely dry, hold it in your hand and gently brush away the loose gold. Use your fingers to gently smooth off any edges and buff the surface.

If you clean off the Scribbly Heart over the top of your artwork, then the leftover gold leaf that falls onto your page will adhere to any parts of the page that isn't dry. Texture paste may take a while to dry so you've plenty of time to work.

art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
Using Finnabair Metallique Antique Coin Acrylic Paint and the Finnabair Stencil, Manuscript, add golden areas of text to your page. Its just to add an extra bit of interest and break up the pink!

For a dramatic effect, spray or splatter Dylusions Ink Spray in White Linen over the page. Ideally, this should be done before you stick on the Scribbly Heart as it will save you masking it off to keep it free of white spots.

Adhere your Golden Scribbly Heart to your page using adhesive, matte medium or a gluestick.

The little hearts and spots of gold are created by hand using Ranger Liquid Pearls (gold dimensional pearlescent paint), Ranger Stickles (gold glitter glue) and Finnabair Metallique Antique Coin Acrylic Paint.

Finished art journal page by Jenny James - golden hearts with pink and purple
To complete the page, I've glued on phrases from the Tim Holtz sticker collection and Idea-Ology Chipboard Quote Chips.

Have fun creating this pretty in pink page! If you need a hand, I'm here to help.

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Create Art with Dragonflies

My mixed media collage artwork was created as part of an art journal swap for the 'Australian Art Journal Swap Group'. In Colleen's book, the theme was "Napkin Art"... create something using printed paper napkins or serviettes. So, together with acrylic paint, matte medium, paint pens and splash of glitter glue, I've created a garden with a girl, flowers and big beautiful dragonflies!

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins

List of treasures used...

- Art Journal (link is to all Dylusions books)
Paint Brushes (link is to all paint brushes, I used a basic flat wide brush)
Tim Holtz Non-Stick Mini Snips to trim off the excess collage paper
Dylusions Acrylic Paint (link is to all colours)
- glitter glue (I used a clear glue with iridescent glitter)

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How I Created This Page ...

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins

To start off, I tore two sheets of Jane Davenport Collage Papers (printed serviettes) into smaller pieces, keeping the portrait of the girl intact. I pieced them back together around the girl's portrait.

A busy design such as this makes it easier to piece back together as the joins don't get noticed.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Using a Matte Gel Medium, I glued all the pieces down... the end result looks like I drew the face and simply added the collage around it :) This photo (above) shows the paper while its still wet.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Once dry, I painted the shapes of the dragonflies and flowers in lightly using Dylusions acrylic paint (Calypso Blue). Then I filled in the rest of the background leaving the dragonflies, flowers and her hair free of colour (so it showed the serviettes).

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Next was the greenery for the garden. I used Dylusions acrylic paint (Lemon Zest, a clean bright yellow) mixed into the remainder of the Calypso Blue I had on my plate. The variation of the green was created simply by adding more yellow to create a lighter green, with some areas using only yellow. Being a semi-translucent paint, it layers beautifully :) The blue flower is left free of green paint showing the layer underneath.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
All the pretty white and green flowers were created using foam flower stamps (from Tim Holtz's Idea-Ology Foam Stamps, Cutout Funky Floral) with acrylic paint (white and yellow). The white flowers were also repainted with more white paint, which ended up cream because I didn't wash my brush!
The stamens and centres for the flowers were handpainted with a small round brush in spots of black, white and yellow.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Each of the dragonflies had a whitewash (watered down white paint) over the tips of their wings to lift them off the page. Shadows were added around the hair, body of the dragonflies and part of the flowers, using a wash of black paint (watered down black paint).

Once everything was completely dry, all the extra details were drawn in using white and black paint pens.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
While wandering through my stash of Tim Holtz Stickers, I found some quotes that suited my page perfectly. The super tiny tattoo style stickers I've had for ages work well too, the perfect size for this girl... so cute! I haven't added anything else to the original print of the girl except for altering her eyes ever so slightly with a pen.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Can't really see, but there is glitter glue over the wings of these dragonflies (above)...

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins

The finished page is full of beauty and wisdom. Thoughts added from Tim Holtz Stickers were 'Shine brightly, be fearless' and 'Do all things with great love.' and my current favourite...
Not only does my mind wander… sometimes it walks off completely.
Finally, I stuck down a quote sticker from Dyan Reaveley that says “Never forget your sparkle” (with more glitter glue over the word sparkle, of course).
At the top right, I added some mini banners made from scraps and wrote the letters a r t in glitter glue. There's something magical about glitter :)

Thanks for reading and looking :) I hope it made you smile!

Have a wonderful arty day!
:)
Jenny

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