Friday, May 16, 2014

Art - an Art Journal Page

I love summer vacation.  It's so nice to be able to have time to fiddle around in my art journal instead of worrying about tests to study for and papers to write.  I've got another art journal page for y'all today.  I must admit, I didn't do so well with taking pictures like I promised, however, I did manage to take a video!  Look at me go!

Created with flickr slideshow.

And here's the Material List like I promised:

  • Canson Mix Media XL Series 7x10"
  • Palette Knife
  • Paint Brushes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Make Up Sponge
  • Paper Towels
  • Spray Bottle of Water
  • Dylusions Sprays: Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape, Funky Fuchsia, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass
  • Dylusions Stencil: Chequered Dots
  • Dylusions Stamps: Around the Edge, Further Around the Edge
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Broken China
  • Tim Holtz Stencils by Stampers Anonymous: Bubbles, Splatters
  • Faber-Castell Gel Sticks: Black, White, Yellow, Orange, Brown
  • Recollections Scrapbook Paper: Script Cream, Watercolor Blue Ditsy
  • Acrylic Paint:  Apple Barrel - Lilac Mist
                                Folk Art - Barn Wood, Maple Syrup
                                Artists Loft - Cerulean Blue
                                Liquitex Basics - Cobalt Blue Hue
                                Grumbacher Academy - Titanium White
  • Golden Heavy Gel (Matte)
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Gloss)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: Tangerine, Bark
  • White Gesso
  • Uni Ball Signo Angelic color White Gel Ink Pen
  • Pentel Water Brush
  • Ranger HEAT IT Craft Tool
  • StazOn Ink - Jet Black
  • Large text stamp from Michaels - no name
  • Stamp of my own design - spiral

A few tips about some of the supplies and techniques...

Faber-Castell Gel Sticks are Gelatos, y'all!  Just without the price and fancy names!  You can get a set of 12 gel sticks for $12.99 on Amazon and they are the exact same things as the more expensive Gelatos.  Get 'em and love 'em!  The Metallic Gel Sticks are the same thing as well.

While I love Distress Inks, I'm not getting paid to advertise for Tim Holtz.  I haven't bought a fancy ink blender because I can pick up a huge pack of makeup sponges at the supermarket for way less.  And they're washable!  They behave just as well as a blender would.  I'm not knocking the fancy blender either, don't get me wrong, I just have learned what to splurge on and what I can pass up.

I used and mixed different levels of acrylics together!  The Apple Barrel and Folk Art are craft paints, the Artists Loft and Liquitex are student level, and the Grumbacher is artist level at a student level price.  But here's the the main thing about the different acrylics - craft paint is already premixed with more medium than the student or artist (which has none) levels.  It's more transparent and "runnier" than the others.  But they're all acrylic paint.  They all have the same base.  Don't be afraid to mix and match your paints.  They all go beautifully together.

I do use Golden gels and mediums.  Honestly, I've never tried the Liquitex ones (though I do love the Liquitex paint).  The Golden's are a little cheaper and they're artist quality.  They hold up well and perform beautifully.

When doing collage, I often reach for a Heavy Gel rather than a Soft Gel if I plan on doing a lot of layers over it.  I've found that the Heavy Gel can take more "abuse" than the Soft Gel can.

When using my spiral stamp - I spritzed it with water and "ghosted" the image.  I let the water sit on the page for a few seconds before blotting dry.  The longer you let it sit, the more ink will be lifted up.

Using a baby wipe is perfect for blending and smearing gelatos (or gel sticks).  Yes, you can use a brush, but I find that your finger works much much better.  But it has to be moist.  By rubbing your finger with a baby wipe, you get that moisture perfectly.  Also, using a baby wipe directly onto the gelatos will "mute" the color just a bit and make it more pastel - but it blends very well.
That's all I've got for today, y'all.  Have a good one and happy painting!


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