Saturday, 18 November 2017

Art Journal - I'm Working

Hi! Today I am sharing a layout I created in my art journal.
I was very much inspired by the art journal style of  Vicky Papaioannou & the
online class she taught for Wanderlust 2017. 

 Here is my finished layout - 

I created these pages on the inside cover of my altered calculus textbook.
I started by first painting the pages with gesso. Once this layer was dry I added my stenciling

I started by applying Distress Paint - Cracked Pistachio & Tumbled Glass - with a blending tool & slightly damp foam.  My next layer was the same paints but this time applied with a brayer.

Here are my pages up until this point. The brayered paint gives a subtle highlight
 to the stenciled areas.

My next step was to apply 2 more darker colours of Distress Paint - Stormy Sky 
& Evergreen Bough - with the brayer.

I added some script stamping with Archival Ink - Hydrangea.

To finish off my background  I added some white & black splatters.

I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to stamp my images with Archival Ink - Jet Black.

I then coloured them in with watercolour paints and waterbrush pens.

My stamped images are Peacock Girl & Magic Maker from Viva Las VegaStamps.
The quote stamp is from the Dylusions "Fabulous Called" set from Stampers Anonymous.
I used matte medium to adhere them to my page.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Merry Christmas!

It's the most wonderful time of the year and I have just started my Christmas cards.
It's time to power through and get them in the mail by Dec 1.

Here is the completed card - it's a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square card.

I started with a 5"x 5" square piece of Superstock - this is a fabulous cardstock 
from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.
I tacked this down to piece of chipboard with washi tape.
I then taped down a piece of torn copy paper across my cardstock.

 I wanted to create a wintery sky for my card background and decided to use
Distress Oxides. I love the soft chalky look of these inks.
The colours I used Broken China; Salty Ocean; Peacock Feathers;
Wilted Violet; Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans.

I removed the copy paper and had a lovely winter sky over a snowy ground cover.
Next I used the "snowfall" die from the Winter Wonderland die set.

I die cut the deers from the Winter Wonderland die set with Seedless Preserves Kraft cardstock & the Retro Merry Christmas die with silver Deco Sheet.

I assemble my card for a perfectly wintery Christmas card.
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Designer Challenge: Distress To Impress

Hello, my crafty friends!
It's time for another designer challenge from

This month the designers were given Distress Crayons Set 9 to create and inspire with.
Until the end of the month all sets of Distress Crayons will be 25% at Scrap 'n Stamp so its a great time to try them out or to complete your collection.
Be sure to leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win a set of Distress Crayons. Increase your chances of winning by visiting all the designers blogs and leaving some love.

Here is my finished project:

I started by gathering up my Distress Crayons, a couple of tags (covered in white gesso) 
and a couple of stencils. These stencils are the Autumn layering stencils from Tim Holtz. 
I used both the large and mini sizes.

Distress Crayons Set #9 includes these colours: Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Pine Needles, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord & Brushed Corduroy.
I started by scribbling Dusty Concord, Ripe Persimmon, & Brushed Corduroy randomly over my gesso covered tag. I find the colours blend best over gesso. I sprayed some water on my spalt mat and used my finger to blend the colours on my tag.

Next I took the large Autumn tag and with a baby wipe removed some of the crayon.

I repeated this technique with the mini Autumn stencil.

For my second tag - I used the same colours of Distress Crayons and stencils bu changed my technique. This time I used a blending tool and a slightly damp blending foam to apply the crayon through the stencil. Again this tag has been covered with white gesso. 

These were both tags at this point - one very bold & the other very subtle.

Before continuing I finished the edges of the tag with Distress Crayons - Dusty Concord on this one an Ripe Persimmon on the other (sorry, no pic)

I used my Bird Crazy & Crazy Dog stamp & die set for my focal points & coloured them in with a water brush pen and Distress Crayons. 

 I used the coordinating dies and cut out my images in black fun foam.
This game my stamped images a bit of dimension when adhered to my tag.

For my foliage I created a third tag using the distress crayons & the Bubbles Mini Stencil.
I used the small smallest dies from the Fall Foliage die set to cut out a bunch of leaves.

After adhering the leaves and stamped image to my tag I finished it off with a Small Talk sticker from the occasions pack.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Now head over to Karen's blog for even more Distress Crayon Inspiration.
Don't forget to leave a comment - you could win a set of Distress Crayons from

Design Team:

Julia Chupik (you're here!)

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