Thursday, 19 March 2015

Note to self - she did it her way.

This is the project I did for the Dreamweaver instructor course. Found it the other day while looking for something else and thought about time to up load.

Journal Page – mixed media
Note to Self – She did it her way.

List of Supplies
Dreamweaver stencils LG 709, LJ 900, LJ 855
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste – pearlescent, matte black, crackle
Tape – any it is just to mask stencil bits you do not want to use.
Journal or blank white sheet of heavy paper/card
Dylusions – ink sprays – any colours you like, pick at least 3 (plus any other sprays from your stash, any that are permanent will not allow the colours to mix later).
Self adhesive gems
Glitter glue – any brand
Glitter spray
Green paint – any brand
White gel pen
Chip board butterfly – from stash, or you can choose anything that needs using!!!
Paint brush.
Palette knife
Dark pigment ink pad – I used Versafine Olympic green
Letter stamps, we have a number of individual letter stamp sets, so we can write any word etc.
Time – its an all day project due to drying different layers. I did mine over a couple of afternoons.

Lets start by saying, there is no correct way to do this page and every time it will turn out different.  Also those nicely thought out methods normally shown in classes to make Sharpe Clear Embossed images did not apply to this journal page it was all ad hock. The method here is commonly known as mixed media, all it means is you use lots of different product out of you craft stash and have lots of fun.

Layer 1.
Putting down a base colour, just spray the Dylusions ink on the page, spay lighter colours first.  I pressed the first layer in by putting paper over the top and a quick rub.

Layer 2.
Take stencil 855, spray through this with the Dylusions ink, being careful not to crate to many edge lines, I held it flat and then up for some sprays just above the page, to use up the spare ink left on the stencil I turned it over a couple of times and just pressed to page, the other times I pressed to another journal page for a future project. 
Leaver for a few minutes for inks to soak in and dry a little.  We call it cup of tea time.  At this point you can use a heat gun it you do not need the tea etc.

Layer 3
Take stencil LJ900, pearlescent embossing paste and palette knife.
Place stencil on top of page, put paste on to back of knife, hold stencil down with fingers and swipe paste across stencil, holding knife at slight angle, go over again if missed a bit, but do not over work it, you do not want the paste going under, put down knife and carefully take up stencil.
If worried about the fact that you have not taped the stencil down, practice on spare paper, or go for the low tack tape option one hinge should be enough.
Repeat several times to give a top boarder of sweeping branches etc.
Tip - Remember to place stencil in water or wash immediately.
Out of experience we know if the pearlescent paste is left to dry it will take the colour of the Dylusions ink under it, but I wanted to give the branches a uniformed colour so I spayed lightly the Dylusions purple ink over the paste, and let it dry.  Was rather pleased with the effect.

Layer 4.
Taking stencil LG 709 mask off with tape, just leaving the flower. With black embossing paste emboss the flower several times on the page, its up to you where.  Again I used the just hold it down method, but did need to watch the back of the flower for excess paste. I was embracing imperfection but still wanted some of the flower middle definition. While the paste is drying wash stencil, taking tape off, dry and re mask ready to use again.

Layer 5.
This is the bit where you go to your stash and find a few bits to put on the page.
I used a chipboard butterfly, sprayed it with Dylusions ink and was then going to put Glossy Accents on it, but that meant going to find a new bottle, so instead found the gold glitter spray.   At this point I also pulled out the glitter glue and gems that I put on the branches at the top to use later in Layer 7.

Layer 6.
Taking up stencil LG 709 again and crackle paste, I lined up the flower on top of the dry black paste and put a very thin layer of white crackle embossing paste over them all.  Then again left to dry.
Tip do this bit before the glitter glue. 
Again do not forget to wash stencil etc and I used the just hold it down method.
Much to my surprise the Dylusions ink lifted through the crackle paste (and the already dry black paste), so instead of the intended stylish white on black effect flowers, each was now different coloured and unique.  So with a little more embracing imperfection, I now love the effect!  Although not the expected one planned in my head.  Have fun in finding out how yours go. 
To be honest after the colour started to lift, I was not sure it would crackle, but it did, just showing the quality of the product.

Layer 7
The finishing touches.  Green paint for the stems, I used a couple of shades, but yours can be any colour I almost made mine with string or ribbon, but decided I wanted the flower to be raised and not the stems. The white gel pen was used on the stems once they were dried. I attached the butterfly after moving it around the page several times, then added some words.  All my pages in this journal start with Note to Self, and ‘She did it her way’ as it was not the most conventional method of good practice in applying embossing paste via stencil to page etc.  I darkened the edge of page with same ink pad as the letter stamping and some of the green paint left on the brush. Added the gems and glitter glue. Then waited for it all to dry again!
After looking at it for awhile, decided time to walk away, the page was enough.  Its so tempting to just keep adding.

Time taken on the page about 2 hours at most, plus lots and lots of drying time.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Oh - my - the train stopped for awhile.

Hi to the bloging world out there

Where did the last 18 months ago! let alone hours, days, and weeks. A lesson in as soon as you stop doing something it just drifts away and then you remember that use to be fun, I must start to do that again.  Then wham another few months go by, caught up in what every you are doing at the time, and you think and then say I must do this or that, then the next thing comes along and wow another few months have gone by.

So I say stop, get off the train,   I missed a few stations along the way, and I still did journaling now and again every time I managed an hour or so off the train, Then all too soon the next train came along and even with out a pre paid ticket, I found myself on it again!

Then sometimes when I had a few free moments and I would blog hop and notice many people do the same, blog for awhile then months later drift back (more than likely on their own life train), so one does not feel so bad that's just life and realise its ok to miss bloging for awhile after all, its just for me, Then if someone comes along and looks, its hi there and thanks for visiting, and even just leave a comment to say you care! The stats say  along with the search engines a few people visit every month from all over the world.

So a few pictures of what's in the book.  No descriptions of how or products used just enjoy.  If you did want to know, just leave a comment and ask.

Enjoy life, its the only one you have.


Monday, 28 October 2013

Note to Self Journal

 Well the summer here was good, time passing just as fast as ever, where we made time for art, not so much for blogging.  So looking for photos for something else, I went pass these and thought time to blog, here are a couple a pages from my Note to Self Journal.  I love working on the A3 size.

Where would you like to be today!

Started off with the page just having black gesso on it.
Then I used the Tim Holtz Paints using stencils and one paint on top of the other for the circles.
I was playing with the Alcohol inks for a different project, so some silver metallic went on the page too, although this does not show up in my photo.

The place I would like to be on that day was Whitby, 
the post card is placed on some Angelina Fibres, again the shimmer is lost in the photo.
A little more detail was added with Gel Pens and a few gems.

Sorting some craft paper, I found one of the Tim Holtz challenge tags and new just where to file it.

Live life to the beat of your own drum.

The back ground had sat in the journal for weeks.
I had used a cheap flexible plumbing filler on the bare paper, made patterns on it, then let it dry.
Covering it in Distress Paints (yes I like them, but no longer have one in every colour, lol!)
Then added the butterflies, and there it sat, and sat, and sat.
Until I put the two together.
Now its a very happy page. 

Note to self are fun buttons from Tally's Stash


Now the journal is beginning to fill out I love looking back at the pages.
If you have that journal that is still in its wrapper hope you take if off soon and put paint on its page!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Note to Self - Courage

This page went from this picture from an old calendar 

to this Note to Self page.

(I didn't take any pictures as I went along)

In my normal style it was painted with Distress Paint.
Tape and stamping added more Distress Paint and Ink.
Walking away I drew some birds for another page, then covered them with glossy and crackle accents.

Then found the Tim Holtz stamp 
'Courage is being yourself everyday in a world that expects you to be someone else.'
Printing it on a tag already coloured in the stash.

I liked the birds so used them on this page plus drawing another.

So many layers later I walked away leaving this.

As normal the original picture is much better than my photographs.

Thanks for stopping this way.


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - July

Well we have made it to the end of the month again, Summer is always busy for us, so its no surprise to myself that my Tim Holtz challenge tag was only finished hours ago.

Details from Tim's tag can be seen here

I kept mine very simple, braying the background with Distress Ink, drawing the flowers on some tags that had been sprayed with Dylusions inks, then adding details with pens, cut it out and adding crackle accents. The bird again I had already coloured in pencil. I put Crackle paint on her.  The words 'Life is Good' was from a rub-on. I stamped a flower on the background to add just a little depth.

Life is Good

Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves that indeed life is not all bad, that good days out weigh the ones that do not go our way.

This tag is going in to the Note to Self journal.- will post it soon.

Wishing the world to treat you well


Sunday, 30 June 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - June

My did the last few weeks pass at the speed of ........., well at the blink of an eye, but I sure feel I packed a lot into the last few weeks (no need to bore you with the everyday goings on of life, nothing particularly exciting happened).  Among the many arty things I started, I kept up the thought that I must do my Tim Holtz tag, well seeing its 30th June it was time to do, in a record 30 minutes, it took longer to find the ingredients!

I kept amazingly close to Tim Holtz's example, using Distress Paints and pens and water colour paper, the stamp he used is one of my favourite animals/insects, so I thought for the first time I would use the same stamp as him, you can see all the details here

I love the simplicity of mine hope you like.

Thanks for visiting.

Ingredients used

Distress paint
Distress pens
Distress Ink
Stamp from  Tim Holtz - Papillon
Stamp from  Tim Holtz - Way With Words
Stamp from Tim Holtz - Classics#1
White card
Water colour paper.
Water paint brush

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Note to Self Journal - If you don't like it!

Note to Self - If you don't like it, change it!
Journal Page

Those of you that have read my last blog post, know that I did not like one of my tags, but I finished it and than grew to - well not quite love it buts its ok.

So it had me thinking there was the next page of my Note to Self Journal, laying there not finished because to put it politely just did not inspire me to finish it!
It was going to be for the Rangers Blog seasonal challenge but this is how far it stayed for weeks now.

A background of distress paint!
In the required colours for the challenge at the time.

Well it was time to make it better!
So I started by white washing it with a thin layer of Gesso then wiping most of it off.

Then choose to put pink on with masks.

Then I had an idea  to use my tag on it. The one that was not me favourite, but is growing on me.
 So now the pink is the wrong colour.
Out comes the white washing process again.
Off for a tea break while it dries, I know could use heat gun, but then one needs the time to think what next.

Out comes the washi tape, determined to use it on the page!
Then hold up the tag, out comes the Fired Brick Distress Paint along with the Picket Fence.
That's red and white to those of you that do not have the distress line of products.
Any paint will do, but I am beginning to like the Distress Paint lots, and it matched the tag.
Fish the masks out of the water bath.
(I leave a bowl of water by the side so masks etc. can go straight in then clean them all at the end)

Use the paint on the mask flipped over to give different look, and not waste the paint.

I say wow to myself I rather like that now.

Then I add the tag (see previous blog of how to), then the tape, do the edges and tape with distress ink to blend them in to the background

The words come easily, written in ink with the dropper of the bottle. Did try paint brush but it was too thin a line.  
It took hours to dry!
I also covered it in spots with drips from same ink. Try to add purple to match the tag edge.
The ribbon I just put a little doubled sided glue tape to keep them in place

I have to say it looks better in real life.
The large size journal (A3) is fun to work with.

Now while blog hopping the other day I noticed the Artful Times Challenge was Blooming Marvellous. So I think well it has lots of flowers so why not even if it is a journal page again and you could argue its not 100% new. But it did give me a reason to upload the page.
Between Tally and Me we have lots of projects that never make the blog just because we are off doing something else instead.  Maybe there is a future Note to Self idea there lol.

All the details of the Artful Times Challenge can be found at the link below.

Thanks for stopping by.