Monthly Archives: January 2014

Art Journal pages 25.1.2014

Some recently worked on pages from various art journals

This was supposed to be an abstract tree form..

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A mixed media art journal page dedicated to Karl Blossfeldt

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I practiced painting vines with gouache.

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Shwe Shwe Open Wide Zippered Pouch

I made some presents using Noodlehead’s open wide zipper pouch tutorial and South African Shwe Shwe fabric
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Nature Journaling – Elmstead Woods

During the summer I did a wildflower survey in Elmstead Woods (South East London) for Plantlife.com and collected leaves from some of the plants I saw.
I decided to make a nature journal page using paper copies of the leaves and thought I’d share how I made it.

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Firstly I pasted a brown paper bag to a journal page, I used a Muji bag torn in half.

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I then painted it in various shades using my Inktense blocks (luv them!) and also pasted on some printed tissue paper which I also painted over.

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I then used a stencil (the first and only stencil I have) and dabbed it using Inktense again and a Tim Holtz inking tool, I just wet the tray of blocks with a mini mister and dabbed over the block colours I wanted and then dabbed the stencil.

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I then printed a black and white leaf onto the shiny side of a silhouette cameo mat cover which I cut down to A4 size, then transferred the print onto the page by laying it face down and rubbing it.
It worked quite well!

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I then prepared my leaves by scanning them, editing them in photoshop then tracing them in the Silhouette Studio software.
I then painted them with Inktense and distress ink.

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I attached them to the page using foam sticky pads.
I also created some text in photoshop using a font called Mom’s Typewriter which I downloaded from dafont.com I coloured the cutout text and pasted it to the page

And it was finished, I am so pleased with how it turned out :)

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Silhouette Studio Notebook Tutorial

Hi all, I’ve been making lots of these dinky little notebooks on my Silhouette Cameo lately so thought I would share a tutorial.

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First design the pages in the silhouette studio software

Make a rectangle to the size you require your pages, it will be double the size of each page.

Then using the guides (or grid) find the centre of the rectangle, and make a perforated line there, this is where you will fold each page.

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Now we will design the spine.
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Kathy Orta mini album with DCWV black current paper

Another gift mini album made using the All Occasions Mini Album tutorial by Kathy Orta and the Black Current paper stack by Die Cuts with a View (DCWV)

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Mini Album using Tattered Time (DCWV) paper

Another All Occasions (Kathy Orta) mini album I made as a gift using the Tattered Time paper stack by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV)
video here

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Altered desk decor box

Hi, I had some spare time so decided to finish my altered desk decor box
altered desk decor box
Here is my desk during the process
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I used gold coloured gouache on the box body and legs, then added brads and antiqued bronze chain plus a key trinket.
I think it looks quite cute :)
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altered desk decor box
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I’ve also included these box corner SVGs as a free gift with the Fab! Desk Decor Set here
http://www.joanneseale.com/fab-desk-decor-set.html
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and here is a video about the altered box :)

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