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Art Journal Process video

Tutorials and creative tips

Hey there nerds!
As I sit here writing this blog post it was anything but fall-like outside here today, temperatures were in the 30’s in Ontario. Hot enough to kick on the A/C unit at my house and extend flipflop season a little longer.

Today’s art journal page is all about my mum. Fall was definitely her season and even though the temperature is abnormally high, we still have leaves changing colour and falling to the ground. I hope you enjoy today’s video and I hope you get inspired.

The pages in the Vicki Boutin Junque Journal can be mixed up together depending on the inserts you purchase. I like mixing some of that kraft papers randomly into my journal.

I found it a bit challenging to work with the folded page on the left, but I think I got it worked out. I had to keep reminding myself that the page did not have to match the page on the front.

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In the end, I think the page came together when I added the Umber paint using a circle stencil and paint splatter. Before that point to my eye, it just didn’t look right.

If you have any questions please let me know in your comment.
Thank you for stopping by the SN blog today.
Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

scxrapbooknerd.com supply list

Vicki Boutin Junque Journal
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint
Circle Stencil
Echo Park – Modern Dot stencil
Prima – Amber Moon – Pumpkin Season pattern paper
Simple Stories – Vintage Birds washi tape
Tim Holtz – Small Talk phrase stickers
Silhouette Cameo

Art Journal page using Distress Oxide Inks and TWC stencils

Art Journal page using Distress Oxide Inks

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Hey there friends,
I have really been enjoying Distress Oxide Inks and I decided to work with them in my art journal. I used the inks directly on the pages of my art journal, pulling them down the page from top to bottom.
Art Journal page using Distress Oxide Inks and TWC stencils

After adding the oxide ink, I held my journal on end and sprayed both pages with water. Enough water to get it dripping down the page. Adding the water to oxide ink is important to get that oxide reaction working.

After the pages were dry, I added stenciling to each of the colour blocks with the same colour of ink. Oxide inks are great for layering, each layer added sits on top of the last layer.
Remember to dry between layers.Art Journal page using Distress Oxide Inks and TWC stencils
The face stencil is from The Crafter’s Workshop and I used Dina Wakley Night paint to stencil the face on the left-hand page. I found the black quote on Pinterest and stamped in on my journal page with a Dina Wakley Alpha stamp set and black archival ink.Art Journal page using Distress Oxide Inks and TWC stencils

I missed stamping the letter ‘r’ on my page so I had to go back and write it in.
It’s far from perfect but I’m okay with that.

I hope you found some inspiration in today’s post.
I would love you hear if you’re loving Distress Oxide Inks and how you enjoy using them.

Happy crafting!!

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com



Mixed Media on Monday

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Hi crafty peeps,
Today I’m sharing an art journal page. This page started with a stamp set and not much of a plan, just the idea to stamp the ‘washi strips’ at the bottom of the page.

Colour outside the lines Mixed Media art journal page
Because I cover the pages before I started with gesso, the Distress Crayons were easy to blend with my fingers and also easy to wipe off through the stencil I used to crate those white circles at the bottom.
Colour outside the lines Mixed Media art journal page

Using the same circle stencil with Distress Crayons to make the colourful circles at the stop of the page. I then used the circles stamps from the Don’t Forget to Fly stamp set to stamp over all of the circles. It kind of looks like the circles are floating off the bottom of the page and taking the colour with them.
Colour outside the lines Mixed Media art journal page

This page came together quickly and does not have much bulk to it, I really like the way this page turned out. Thank you for visiting the SN blog today, I hope you got inspired.
See you next week!

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com


Mixed media on Monday

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Hi there, Joy here with some art journal inspiration for this weeks Mixed Media on Monday.
This week I was inspired by Brigit Koopsen, a talented artist who designs stamps for Carabelle Studios and has an awesome blog with so much mixed media inspiration.

I pulled out my old brayer and some Dina Wakley paints and started on my colour block background. It’s a pretty simple way to get a basic background started and you can also create the same look with paint brushes.

Now since I’m not much of a doodler, I used stencils and stamps to help me add some interest to this page.
mixed media, art journal
Now most of this background will end up being covered by the time I’m finished. I use to think this was crazy back when I was learning about mixed media… Why did people cover up all that awesomeness?

Well it’s for good reason and I now I don’t even blink at eye at doing this in my own art journal or on a canvas.
mixed media, art journal
Here’s a close up of some of the detail & stencilling…
mixed media, art journal
I stencilled in the houses with black paint, then covered the sky area with gesso and then a layer of Sky Dina Wakley paint. Now because the paint it semitransparent you can still see some of the work I covered up.

After the sky was finished I had to redo the houses as I was not that neat when painting the sky.
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The trees were created with a leaf style stencil & Lime paint. I doodled around the shape
to finish them off.

Now in my opinion every house should have a dog, so I added a little stamped image from the My Favourite Things Top Dog set. Isn’t he cute? 😀

mixed media, art journal page with Lucy Dog stamp from My Favourite Things
I did go back in with more stencils before adding my sentiment, I finished it all off with some simple doodles on the houses and some white paint splatters.

mixed media, art journal
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Mixed Media on Monday

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Hello everyone!
Today I have a special post for Mixed Media on Monday.
Over the past weekend I attended a few classes with Dina Wakley to learn some new techniques to add to my creative arsenal. (This post is in now way affiliated with Dina Wakley.com)
It was a fabulous weekend, Dina really challenged us & we all made a lot of art.

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For the first time in my adult life I tried drawing faces (seriously) after learning how from Dina. There was a real marked improvement from the start of class to the last face we painted. Such a big difference. It’s something I have to work on so I can get better at it.

I have 96 more to go as Dina committed all us to drawing 100 faces.  😀
Dina style faces

We made are own papers, learned the power of a mark and used some of the papers we made to add layers to tags and journal pages.Dina syle papermaking marks with dina Dina_styletag

After returning home and getting some sleep, I made an art journal page Dina style with a few of the techniques I learned in class.
art journal page by Joy @scrapbooknerd.com

If you ever get a chance to take a class with Dina Wakley, I would highly recommend it.
Dina is not only a talented artist, she is so funny, she makes learning easy and the techniques doable so you can go home and replicate it. (This post is in no way affiliated with Dina Wakley.com) 

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

Thanks for stopping by the Scrapbook Nerd blog today. Have a great week everyone!


Mixed Media on Monday with Dina Wakley paints

Mixed Media on Monday at Scrapbooknerd.comHello everyone!
I’m here today sharing a page from my art journaling using a few simple tools and some of the new Dina Wakely heavy body acrylic paints. I started this page just to see what the new paint colours looked like, a paint swatch page, and as I added some stripes of paint with my mini blade tool I just kept going. I love the bright colours they are just what I needed on a gloomy day. I am so done with Winter 😉
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Ocean & Fuchsia were fast favourites, DW’s new paint colours are right up my alley. I’m sure you’ll see them on more projects soon.
I found some old clear plastic flowers (Heidi Swapp I think) in my stash and outline them with a sharpie before gluing them to my page. ‘May flowers’ were stuck in my head when I was making this page.
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I then took some Archival inks and used similar ink colours to the paints and stamped on top of the paint. Then using one stencil I added some black acrylic paint using a makeup sponge. Next I added my sentiment with stamps and some thicker alpha stickers for the word spring.
mixed median on Monday @ scrapbooknerd.comThank you for stopping by, I hope you found some inspiration in today’s post. If you have any questions please let me know in your comments.

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Mixed media projects with Joy

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Hello crafty friends,
I had a fun week working on these projects, my desk was such a mess and so were my hands 🙂 So much fun!

This first project started of as a piece of DIY pattern paper made with stencils & paint. I cut it up to when I was finished to fit standard A2 cards.
DIY patter paper with stencils & paint

Adding a few die cuts and stamped images to keep them simple because the pattern paper I made is bold and busy.

Mixed media cards by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com
This art journal page started with gessoed pages & three clusters of washi tape. Can you see the washi tape in the picture below?

Art journal page by Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com

The next project is from my post on Tuesday where I showed you how to ease your way into mixed media. If you missed the post you can find it here. Very simple and I love the way it turned out.
You are my Sunshine mixed media project @scrapbooknerd.comI hope you found some inspiration in the post today. Thanks for stopping in,
I’ll see you next time.

Joy @ scrapbooknerd.com