Thursday, September 7, 2017

Art Journaling for the holidays!

Hi everyone!
It's Chris here today, and I'm sharing my art journal page that I used one of my new September release stamps on.

I love this new Too Grown Up sentiment stamp.  It's such a great size and font!

I thought this sentiment would be perfect in my art journal.  So I had to try it.

First I coated my pages with a thin layer of gesso.
Then I painted a night sky and trees using acrylic paints.  I added a bit of water to thin the white paint, then spattered my snowflakes from a wide flat brush by holding it several inches away from my pages, and tapping that brush with the handle of another to "shake" out droplets.  I let my pages dry overnight.

I used my Memory MISTI, the really large one, to stamp the sentiment twice with Versamark ink and coated with white embossing powder.  I was quite nervous about heat embossing the Too Grown Up sentiment to my painted page.  I was afraid the acrylic paint would bubble.  But I let my heat gun get really hot, then embossed quickly and I had no problems!

And I loved my finish pages!  So much so, that I decided to make another similar project as a gift!

I used basically the same process, only on a 11" x 14" piece of 300# Arches watercolor paper.  The gesso coated the paper well, so I could paint on the surface with no absorption of the acrylic into the paper.

Hooray for me!  One gift done!

That's it for me!

Just a reminder though!  The new September Technique Junkies stamps are still 15% off through tomorrow, September 8th!  

Have a great day!