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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Neat and Tangled July Release: Scrap Circles

Hello there!

I'm excited to be here today, for the

This set is very graphic and simple, I really love it. I wanted to think outside the box a little and use the circular images for more than just circles.

I've been feeling the need to get messy and art journal lately, so I went with that.  I used my beloved new Gelatos :)

Here's what I came up with.

art journal

I thought I'd show you the steps I took to achieve the finished page.

For the sky, scribble some gelato blue on the page. Try to get the top thicker/more fully covered than the middle/bottom. This will allow for some good fading.

Spray the very top of the page with water from a mister bottle and let it run.

I heat set it a little as I went, then moved down the page, misted a bit more, let it run etc (repeat repeat)

If I needed to, I went back in an added more blue gelato to fill out the colour.

I wanted the pages to look a little different, so while the right-hand page was still quite wet, I closed my journal and pressed down, to transfer the colour onto the blank left-hand page.  This made the left page slightly paler, but not so much that it looks like an error.

Next I made a sun just by using a yellow Gelato, I scribbled a circle, then used my finger to smear the colour and smooth it out. I kept adding layers till I was happy.

I created the grass in the same way I did the sky. (Scribble and spritz :) I did a bit more smoothing with my fingers this time to give it a different texture to the sky.

For the flowers, I used On the Strip 2 for the stems (I used my Pitt artist pen rather than stamping ink) I made sure NOT to make the very end of the 'stem' straight/perfect so it would look more like they were poking out of the ground.

I used the same Pitt Pen for the flower 'heads'
in progress 2

Next I added some pinky red gelatos to the stamped circles, smeared with my finger to blend it out. I love that it leaves a ring of pink emitting from the stamped circle :)

Then for some added interest, I used both white colorbox ink to stamp the plain circle outline on a few flower heads, and I heat embossed using a cherry red embossing powder, to give the flower heads some extra definition. I was purposely off-centre. I love the whimsical effect :)

To help bring the words out more clearly (they were a bit lost behind all that gelato and the ink from the pitt pen smeared a little when smudged in with the gelato too), I went over the word with white gel pen.
stamp_fill in_white gel pen

I added some doodly leaves and petals, as well as some scratchy lines up and down the stems. I also did some 'grass' at the base of each stem. (I added a little dark green gelato to the tip of my finger and gently smeared it across the base of the stems too, this make the end of the stamped line less obvious, and more as if the stem is coming out of the ground.

I added some stamped leaves from Fresh Blooms, along with some bees and ladybugs too :)


a few close ups :) 
flower_embossed detail


For the clouds, I gently used the white gelato.

I added white gel pen scribbly-circles to the sun too. I love how it looks against the yellow circle!
The border of the whole page is from On the Strip.
Some white Studio Calico Mr Huey's for white flecks :)


For the title, I used a Dylusions stencil and Hero Arts Charcoal Shadow Ink.


And here's the full page again :)

art journal 

I outlined the quote with my pitt pen (which I had a thinner one!) and added the banner which I hand cut from some text paper and coloured/smeared with red Gelato.

I had a lot of fun making this page! I hope you like it!

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1 comment:

Chari Moss said...

Wow! Just Wow! So impressed and would like some art journaling lesson please!