Thursday, October 31, 2013

Modeling Paste Canvas tutorial

        Today I am sharing a tutorial that was done for THE ART STUDIO blog.

In my Modeling Paste Fun class I show you how to use Modeling Paste 

in a number of scrapbook,tag and art journal projects and the class is 
chock full of techniques on how you can use modeling paste on all your projects.

Today I want to share a quick step-by-step tutorial on how you can create 
a unique wall hanging using 
modeling paste, acrylic paint and other items often found around your home. 
By simply changing colors, textural elements and more, 
no two pieces will ever be the same.

This hanging can have as little or as much texture as you want. Just play with found objects as you scrape 
into the paste and if you don't like it, then use a palette knife to smooth it over and start again.

Base: I am using a 5x8 wooden panel.
Modeling Paste and Palette Knife
Gel Medium
Acrylic paint in your choice of colors
Items to create texture in the paste: I use a fork, bottle cover, sequin waste, and shelf liner
Solvent ink in contrasting color
Baby wipe or paper towel
Heat Gun

Step One:With a palette knife, cover the base with a coat of modeling paste.

Step Two: Immediately scratch into the paste with found items for texture. I scraped it with a fork, used a bottle cap for to make circles and randomly pushed drywall tape and shelf liner into it. Set the piece aside to dry, preferably overnight. Do not use a heat gun on the wet paste as it will cause it to bubble up.

Step Three: Once the paste is dry, cover most of the piece with your first color of acrylic paint. Now that the paste is dry, you can use your heat gun from here on out. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Step Four: Cover the paint layer with a layer of gel medium. This will allow you to isolate paint layers as you go so you can wipe off other layers to show what is under. Then let it dry.

Step Five: Add a second color of paint and use a baby wipe or paper towel to wipe some off to let the first layer show through. Let dry and add another layer of gel medium.

Step Six: Continue to add acrylic paint and gel medium in layers until you're happy with the color combination and the results.

Step Seven: Next, I lightly dry brushed white acrylic paint over some of the raised areas to clearly define them.

Step Eight: Last, I rubbed a constrasting solvent ink color over some of the raised area for even more contrast. It's important that you use a solvent ink on the paint and medium layers so it doesn't become a muddy mess. Don't worry, it will dry quickly and not smudge or rub off.

Finish as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on using modeling paste and if you are interested in learning more ways to use modeling paste, head over to the classroom and check out my class.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Trust your Art Journal page

Sharing another art journal page today.

Today's page is created using
NeoColor II watersoluble wax pastels from Caran D'Arche and
several stencils.

The NeoColor IIs go on so smooth and blend beautifully which makes them a favorite 
color supply on my desk.

All color with the exception of the white (which is Gesso)
comes from the crayons.
With just a little bit of water you can blend and shade with extreme ease.

Stencils from Crafter's Workshop and Stencil Girl were used on the page.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 Art Journal page

So this page was kind of unintended.

The base comes from playing with my Gelli plate.
When I am using it I often keep a piece of paper next to me
to use to clean off my stencils and brayer.
This time around I stuck a page from my art journal next to me.
If nothing else I would be getting rid of the blank page syndrome.

The paper took a while to cover.
Several different days of playing with my Gelli plate eventually 
led to most of the paper being covered without much 
rhyme or reason to it.

No more blank page,
instead it was a riot of color and pattern.
To tie some of it together I went over the page using a Harlequin
stencil and some grey ink.
Further stamping with Kaisercraft and Clearsnap acrylic stamps
added to the background.
I was kind of happy with that,
it really didn't need anything else so on to
adding the quote.

Creating the page just made me happy,
so I went with it.
The giant YOU is a clear die cut and little
letter stickers finished it off.

I first outlined the "you" with a graphite pencil but felt it wasn't dark enough 
so I went back around with a black NeoColor II water soluble
crayon to darken it up.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

another Halloween album...

I am really enjoying making these mini albums.
The 6x6 size is perfect to work with and with all the 
flaps and tags tons of room for photos and journaling.

This one is created using Bazzill card stock
and My Mind's Eye paper and embellishments.
The album is held close with a seam binding ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Collage stamping a card

Today I want to share a quick 
Collage Stamping tutorial.
Collage is a fun design element I use quite a bit. 
Most often it is with paper and images but there is another easy
way to add collage to your creations.

This is a fun way to use color and coordinating stamps 
to create a one of a kind card.
This technique can also easily translate
over to tags or ATCs.

This is the finished card.
I used the ROUTE 66 rubber stamp set from
Artistic Outpost and a variety of inks
from Ranger.
I stamped onto a base of glossy card stock cut to 3.75 x 5".

My base of Glossy Cardstock.
NOTE: because this is on glossy cardstock it is helpful to dry between each layer of color with a heat gun or air
Randomly swipe Antique Linen across the card.
It's ok to have streaks, they add interest.

Take your first background stamp (I use the map here) and 
with Bundled Sage stamp randomly over the card.

Take one of the small stamps and Forest Moss.
Stamp around the edges of the card 
(keeping in mind the focal image will be in the center of the card so 
we will not stamp much there anymore).
Make sure you go off the card in spots.

Take another of the small stamps and Stormy Sky ink.
Stamp as you did in the step before.

Another small stamp and Cranberry ink
(the red pops)
Stamp again around the edges filling in spaces where it is empty.
Still keeping the center rather open.

Take your Focal image stamp (here the motorcycle)
and Denim ink.
Stamp into the center of the card.

Using Espresso ink and the sentiment stamp. 
Stamp onto the card in the desired spot.

There you have it.
By using ink, stamps and plain cardstock you are able to create
a unique one of a kind card.
Matte and embellish as desired.

No go pull out your stamps and inks and get to stamping.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 21, 2013


Every once in a while I like too use Art Journal pages
 to document things that are currently
"my favorites".

They do double duty, showcasing what I am really 
liking with my art at the moment 
as well as the things that I am digging on a daily basis.

It is always fun to go back through these pages 
and see what I still like and what I have moved on from 
as well as what my art is like at the moment.

The likes and art are in constant evolution,
and I love that I can actually keep track of them.

This page was featured in 
Scrapbook News and Review.

The base is a Gelli Print created with my Gelli Plate
and acrylic paint.
I then used a Club Scrap stencil and Tsukineko ink
to create the chevrons pointing to my heart.
I machine stitched around the heart several times 
and left the tails dangling down the page.

My favorites are all written inside the heart.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Modeling Paste Class

                        Modeling Paste

               is one of the hottest items to use in paper crafting right now. 

What started out as a medium for fine artist to build layers on canvasses and paintings has jumped into the scrapbooking world with a splash. This versatile medium can be used for layouts and art journal pages and everything in-between.
If you've seen it while browsing galleries and wondered how you could use it on your projects, then wonder no more.
In this one week class called
Modeling Paste Fun
for only $19.99 is now available at The Art Studio

I'll show you how to incorporate modeling paste into a multitude of projects. We'll use supplies we already have on hand such as stencils, mists, stamps and more to create layouts, tags, art journal pages, etc.


Still unsure?
I'll also show you how to create a layout like this:

And you'll do a tag or art journal page that looks something like this:


The projects you can create with modeling paste are truly endless. 
    Modeling Paste Fun  starts now so get your supplies ready to go.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Layouts to share....

On this beautiful fall Friday
I wanted to share some layouts done
that were featured in 
Scrapbook News and Review.

The first one uses Crafter's Workshop, Pink Paislee, 
and Stencil Girl stencils
to create the layers of pattern over the already
patterned paper by BoBunny.
The next one is my daughter as she explores the
rocky coast of Maine.
The paper is from The Scrap Cake,
mists are Lindy's Stamp Gang 
and the chipboard is by Dusty Attic.

The next layout was done using homemade acrylic 
spray paint and a Crafter's Workshop stencil to form a resist
for the Lindy's Stamp Gang mist sprayed over.
A few pieces of tape and some Dusty Attic chipboard to finish it.

Last but not least the little one as we were getting ready to see the 
Women's World Cup in Germany

The paper and chipboard are by Pink Paislee.
Gesso scraped over the paper and then misted with Buccaneer Bronze
Moonshadow mist by Lindy's.
The large flowers are by Petaloo.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Mini Album

The other day I shared a Christmas mini I had created.

Well while hunting through my stash I stumbled upon a Halloween collection
 I bought last year from Echo Park 
and never used.

Out came the black ink, Scor-Buddy and glue 
to create this cute Halloween themed mini album.
There are tons of flaps


and more

plenty of space to fill up with your memories

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!