Friday, 16 September 2016

TUTORIAL: Box Vignette With WOW Embossing Powder

I am fascinated by little stories encased in small boxes or tins, little vignettes or dioramas made on a miniature scale and enclosed in an improbable object. Do you know the sort of thing that I mean?  It is like a sneak peek into someone's life or imagination but in miniature. I'm not sure what it is I love about them so much. It could be the spark of inspiration that they incite in me as I imagine the story that they depict or if it is the miniature world that they make. I just find them enthralling.

If you have seen any of my sardine tin art then you will have seen some of this obsession coming out. But I haven't done one for a long old while and in fact the project I am sharing today was made way back in 2013! I am also sharing the step by step for this project today but the papers and stamps are a little out of date now, however, you can can easily swap them out for other stamps and papers if you do not have these exact ones in your stash.


Flower in a Vase in a box by Kim Dellow



What You Will Need:
Kaisercraft: Graffiti Texture Clear Stamp
WOW! Embossing Powders: Earthtone Mint; Earthtone Blueberry; Earthtone Paprika; Pearlescent Gold Satin Pearl
WOW! Embossing Pen
WOW! Melt-It!
Tsukineko VersaMark ink pad
Square Wood Shadow Box Frame 10cm x 10cm x 3.5cm (4" x 4" x 1 1/2")
Prima Marketing Lifetime paper pad
Glass mini bottle
Seed beads
Craft Wire (1.02 mm / 18 gauge)
Pliers
Heat tool
Ranger Melting pot
Pie dish
Heat resistant spatula and tweezers
Golden Soft Gel Medium
Glue Stick
Doilies


To Decorate The Box

STEP 1: 

Step 1 Decorating the box by Kim Dellow

Cover the box with torn pieces of the patterned paper using gel medium and let the box dry. Then stamp the top left corner of the box with the VersaMark ink. 


STEP 2:

Step 2 Decorating the box by Kim Dellow

Sprinkle the Blueberry embossing powder over part of the stamping, catching the excess on spare paper.


STEP 3:

Step 3 Decorating the box by Kim Dellow

Repeat for the Paprika and Mint embossing powders until the stamping is covered with all three colours and heat set them. Then repeat for the bottom right hand corner and the inside of both corners.


STEP 4:

Step 4 Decorating the box by Kim Dellow

Add glue stick to the corners decorated with the embossing powder.


STEP 5:

Step 5 Decorating the box by Kim Dellow

Cover with Blueberry embossing powder.


STEP 6: 

Step 6 Decorating the box by Kim Dellow

Heat set the powder then repeat the process with the Mint embossing powder until you are happy with the coverage. Add glue stick over the edges of the box both inside and out and sprinkle with the Pearlescent Gold Satin Pearl embossing powder and heat set. Finish with two thin doilies, or one thick doily, stuck on the inside.



To Make The Bottle Vase And Flower

STEP 1:

Step 1 make the flower in a bottle by Kim Dellow

Cut two circles from the designer paper and thread them onto wire. Use the pliers to bend the wire into a spiral in the centre of the circles.


STEP 2:

Step 2 make the flower in a bottle by Kim Dellow

Add gel medium thinly over areas of the paper flower and under and over the top of the wire. Then dip the flower into the Blueberry powder, tap off the excess and dip into the Paprika. Tap off excess again and heat set.


STEP 3:

Step 3 make the flower in a bottle by Kim Dellow

Bend two pieces of the wire into swirls and add random drops of gel medium. Dip the wire into the Mint powder, tap off the excess and heat set.


STEP 4:

Step 4 make the flower in a bottle by Kim Dellow

Melt the Melt-It! with seed beads in a pie dish either in a melting pot if you have one or by holding it with a wooden clothes peg and melting the powder with a heat tool. If you have a melting pot stand the mini glass bottle in it and pour in the molten powder and beads from the pie dish. If you don't have a melting pot pour the liquid embossing powder and beads into the bottle quickly and move directly onto Step 5.

You can also use the heat tool over the mouth of the bottle to help keep the powder molten as you pour.


STEP 5:

Step 5 make the flower in a bottle by Kim Dellow

Add the flower and swirls to the molten powder in the bottle, if the bottle is in the melting pot then remove it with heat-resistant tools (it’s very hot!).

Let the bottle cool completely before bending the wires as needed and sticking it inside the box.


REMEMBER METAL, GLASS AND EMBOSSING POWDER CAN GET VERY HOT SO DON'T TOUCH IT! USE HEAT RESISTANT TOOLS AT ALL TIMES!


Here is a close up of one of the embossed corners:

close up on Flower in a Vase in a box by Kim Dellow

Front of Flower in a Vase in a box by Kim Dellow

I have a whole story behind this little vignette box but I don't want to taint what your imagination comes up with, so I will keep my story to myself and give you the space to come up with your own story! But feel free to share your stories around this piece with me, I would love to hear them.


Have fun with it and if you want to see some of my other box vignettes then click on the pictures below:

Christmas Tree in a sardine tin tutorial Kim DellowSteampunk gent in a sardine tin by Kim DellowCatching Sunbeams in a sardine tin by Kim DellowFlower in a tin by Kim DellowA place to swing by Kim Dellow a fabric tree in a box



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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Make And Takes With PaperArtsy For the Crafting At Ally Pally Show

It's craft show time! Crafting at Ally Pally here I come! If you do not know this show it is this weekend 17th/18th Sept in Alexandra Palace in North London and I am going to be hosting PaperArtsy's Make and Takes ALL weekend. If you fancy a bit of painty, stamping fun then make a beeline for the PaperArtsy stall and book a spot!

So what will we be doing? I've got four different make and takes to choose from over the weekend depending on what time of day you manage to book a slot. Here is just a peak at what we will be doing so that you can organise your visit!


Saturday Morning:

On Saturday morning we will be using Lin Brown stamps to make a Autumn-inspired home decor piece. We will be using layers of PaperArtsy Fresco acrylic paint and coloured stamping then finishing it off with a lovely foil rub-on adhesive focus. Perfect for this time of year!

An Autumn-inspired Wood block by Kim Dellow



Saturday Afternoon:

In the afternoon we will be decorating a handy tape dispenser with Fresco paints and stamping. For this project we are going for a cute and fun look and will be mix and matching Tracy Scott's new stamps with my new stamps. So useful for your desk or to give as a gift!

Cute and bright a decorated tape dispenser by Kim Dellow



Sunday Morning:

Time to get our layers on and a Seth Apter-inspired canvas panel mixing and matching his new stamps and stencils from PaperArtsy and the other companies he works with. Think City-grunge and you have the look we are going for! Lots of techniques packed into one canvas.

Layered canvas panel with lots of texture by Kim Dellow



Sunday Afternoon:

Decorate a cute mini-notebook for another useful item to have to hand or give as a present. This one will be using Emma Godfrey stamps mixed with my new stamps and if we are lucky maybe even some new stamps by a new designer you haven't seen yet!

Decorate notebook by Kim Dellow


Lots going on and this is just the make and takes! There will demos from Emma Godfrey and Leandra Franich plus some drop in guests too on the PaperArtsy stand and don't forget all the lovely new products!

Totally looking forward to seeing you there, hope you can make it!

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Get A Resist Pattern On Yupo

Who has been having fun with Yupo? I've been trying it out with different techniques and materials to see what it can do, you have most likely seen people using it with Alcohol inks, which it is perfect for, but you can use it with all sorts of materials.

I've talked about Yupo before here on my blog, but in case you have missed that, Yupo is a paper format made from polypropylene, so it is waterproof and non-absorbent. Unlike the natural fibre paper that we are more commonly used to, colour tends to sit on the surface of Yupo which makes it very blendable, often for a lot longer then when using on ordinary papers. The colours also look extra vivid on white Yupo and really pop.

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How To Get A Resist Pattern On Yupo Kim Dellow


For my latest experiments on Yupo I've been playing with a great way to make a resist that works on the synthetic paper. For this resist I used a china marker pencil and tried it with both watercolour and alcohol ink then shared how I did it and the results over on the Blitsy blog in my 'How To Get A Resist Pattern On Yupo' blog post.

If your are looking for more Yupo ideas I've also got a tutorial using acrylic paint on Yupo on the Blitsy blog.

Acrylic paint on Yupo paper Kim Dellow


The texture you can make with the different colouring materials is wonderful! I'm still kind of fascinated by this paper, it is going to be fun watching all the different ways that people will think to use it in our mixed media world.

How about you? Have you got into it yet?

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Make Easy Art Postcards

You guys know that I try lots of different products and techniques don't you? I see it as part of my job to try as much out as I can and come up with ideas to help other people to make informed product choice decisions and get their inspiration buzz on! But I definitely do get into some short and long term obsessions about certain techniques or products, I mean we all do don't we? We can't help it, it is kind of how we tick in this arty-crafty world!

Well, last week on the Blitsy blog it was my faux-print look obsession, this week I am sharing one of my other current obsessions - watercolour.

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Kim Dellow Watercolour postcard tutorial

It's a trend that is still going strong and you can understand way, it is a beautiful medium to work in. But I also think it can be just a little intimidating sometimes if you are new to it. So this week on the Blitsy blog I am sharing probably one of the simplest watercolour techniques you can have a go at! It is an art postcard tutorial which would make a great quick note to family and friends or even just for sticking up on your wall! If you are a dab hand at watercolours already then this will be a super quick and easy make to bulk up so that you have lots of cards to send to people or decorate your world with!

You do not even need watercolour paints for this one. I've used the Pitt Big Brush Artist pens from Faber-Castell to add the colour to this postcard. I've gone through all the steps on the blog in my post called How To Make Easy Art Postcards''.

I was going to write on the back of the card for the photograph but my mind went blank for what to say. Isn't that just the way with postcards? Either you write hardly anything or you write so much you wish you had written a letter instead! Oh and if you are too young to know what a postcard is, it is like direct messaging, it just takes a little longer to get to the recipient!

Have fun with it.

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Get A Faux-Print Look With Paint And Embossing Powder

This week's tutorial from me over on the Blitsy blog is chock-full of techniques. It is another in my faux-printing series and for this project I've combined some old techniques to get this fabulous print look that you can use to make your own wall art or to use in on projects in your art journal.

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Kim Dellow faux-print using resist and DIY stamps techniques

If you have been crafting, or making mixed media art, for a while then you will know these techniques but perhaps you have not combined them in this way before. If you are new to crafting then these techniques are really simple and very easy to pick up and I go through them all in my step by step tutorial. I've used embossing powder with some DIY stamps made with dies and by hand-cutting to make a resist for paint.

For my project I've also used the Prima Marketing metallic paints to get a lovely sheen and combined with the resit technique that I've used there is actually a lot of texture that the camera just can not pick up. But, hopefully, you will see it for yourself on your own projects when you give it a go!

If you want to see more the whole project with all the techniques, and some more pictures of the finished project, is in the 'How To Get A Faux-Print Look With Paint And Embossing Powder' post on the Blitsy post.

Enjoy and happy making!

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

VIDEO: Art Slice - My New Weekly Mini Art Video Series

Have you spotted my new weekly mini-video series yet? I've started doing a weekly time-lapse video share on Instagram for all you art and making fans and I'm calling it 'Art Slice' as it is a little slice of my latest art obsession and a peek into whatever I am working on at the moment.

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Art Slice Video watercolour watermelon from Kim Dellow

My Art Slice video share has been running for a month now and I have four Art Slice videos for you to catch up on if you haven't seen them yet. At the moment I am pretty obsessed with watercolours so the four shares this month have all been about watercolours, there is a bit of a floral and fruity theme but I've used different ideas, techniques and designs in each video, so I hope they inspire you to get your watercolours out too!

If you want to be the first to get them before they go anywhere else then follow me on Instagram. They then get automatically shared in Facebook so if you prefer using Facebook you won't miss out! But for the full, uncropped video with a list of all the products I've used, which you will find in the 'Show More' section, then subscribe to my YouTube Channel where I have grouped all the Art Slice videos together in a playlist.

At the end of the month I will put a round up of my Art Slice videos here on my blog, in case you missed them during the month.


VIDEOS - Art Slice

It is the end of the month so here are all this month's Art Slices!

Art Slice: Tribal Pattern Pineapple with Watercolour Pen



I've been playing with different Summer trend designs this month and quite liked this mix of tribal pattern-inspired designs with pineapples. Which was one of the pineapple designs I've been experimenting with this month.

Materials:
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Watercolor - Tropicals
Sakura Pigma Marker pen size 08
Fabriano Classico 5 Fat Pad 300g/m (140lb)
Jackson's Synethtic Quill Series 777 size 000


Art Slice: Sketchy Watercolour Flowers



Something cute and simple, a little sketchy meadow design using separate blocks of watercolour that don't meet and mingle.

Materials:
Sakura Pigma Marker pen size 08
Global Art Fluid Watercolor Paper Block - Cold-Press - 6 x 8
Jackson's Art Synthetic Quill Series 777 size 000
Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour


Art Slice: Single Flower Sketch With Pen And Watercolour



From meadows to single flowers and a sketch using a watercolour base to add structure whist you are drawing and then adds the colour to the finished image.

Materials:
Winsor and Newton Artist Watercolour: (UK) Jackson's Art; (US/Worldwide) Blitsy
Fluid Watercolor Paper block (Hot Press)
Jackson's Art Quill series 777 Brush size 000
Sakura Pigma Micron 04 Pen: (UK) Jackson's Art; (US) Blitsy


Art Slice: Watercolour Watermelon



With this video I've added water first before adding colour to get the lovely spreading effect into the white space that is just under the watermelon skin, it just adds a bit of extra texture.

Materials: 
Global Art Fluid Watercolor Paper Block Cold-Press 6" x 8"
Faber-Castell PITT Artists' Superfine Pen - Black
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush Pen - Leaf Green 
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Big Brush Pen - Deep Scarlet Red
Jackson's Art Quill series 777 Brush size 000
Acrylic stamp blocks used as palettes

Hope you enjoyed them!

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Show Your Face - Change Hands

Hello amazing Facers, it has been over a year now that I've been sharing my face art and encouraging you all to share your art too here on my blog with the Show Your Face link up. It has been a wonderful journey, I have met and made new friends through it plus I also got an opportunity to share how I draw my faces in a Craft Stamper Magazine video, which is still available by the way!

But now I think I have come to the end of my face and portrait journey for the time being as other artwork is taking over my time and I am finding that I am not drawing faces regularly in my week. So I've decided to finish the Show Your Face link and I'm sorry to say that this will be its last week.

I will still be here, sharing my art and creative life on my blog, on my YouTube channel, Instagram and all the other places you can usually find me, but the Show Your Face link will end this time next Friday.

I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has joined, watched, hopped the Show Your Face link. Thank you for joining me and sharing with me every week I have been inspired and amazed by all of you and I hope you have enjoyed it too!

But we still have a share this week so let's share!


First up the admin...


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.


My Share This Week...

Kim Dellow various sketches of faces


For my last Show Your Face share I thought I would pick some of my favourite pieces from the last year and a bit. Top left is paint and pen, top right - charcoal, bottom left - ballpoint on crackle paint, bottom right my marker pen half face from last week.


Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Once again, thank you Face-Artinators for all your inspiration, comments, prompt ideas and links for the last year and a bit! Don't forget to pop in from time to time to say hi and let me know how you are getting on with your art!

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Saturday, 20 August 2016

PUBLISHED: Simply Cards And Papercraft 153 Ken Oliver Color Burst Masterclass

Hey guys, I have a heads-up for you today! This month in Simply Cards and Papercraft, issue 153, I have a masterclass all about the Ken Oliver Color Burst water-soluble powdered pigments.

I know, right?! This is my third blog post about water-soluble powdered pigments this week! What with my new video on PaperArtsy Infusions and my Blitsy tutorial this week being all about the Prima Marketing mica and artisan powders it has gone kind of crazy hasn't it?

I mean I could not have planned it better, how is that for timing! I didn't plan it, honest! It is a coincident, it is work I've been doing on and off for the last few months all coming together in one big powdered pigment explosion this week! [Thinks to self - perhaps I should not have mentioned that and then it will look like I'm some blog post scheduling, organised genius?! Man! Did I just write that out loud? Ahh, no one will notice!]

La La La. Nothing to see here, just go about your normal business...and feast your eyes on these lovely pics:

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Kim Dellow's Color Burst card from Simply Cards and Papercraft 153 Purples

Kim Dellow's Color Burst card from Simply Cards and Papercraft 153 Reds

Beautiful pictures from the Practical Publishing International team as always! In the article I've got some step by steps for a whole range a techniques using Color Burst, which is also perfect timing as the current subscription gift for Simply Cards and Papercraft is a set of your very own Color Burst in the yummy Caribbean colours I've been using. I love brights and jewel colours!

I don't know, if you have been wondering about getting a subscription and/ or wondering about the Ken Oliver Color Burst then it might be the perfect time to do it!

Right, I better go in case any more coincidences or perfectly timed items turn up! Don't want anyone to think my life is in any way coordinated or anything! :)

Have a super creative Saturday.
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Show Your Face - Change Hands

Hello amazing Facers, another week and another share of any face/ portrait we have been working at this week. Have you tried the optional Changing Hands prompt as suggested by Hazel Agnew? Hope you get a chance to give it a go at least once this month.

Ok, time to share!


First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Change Hands - August 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

Kim Dellow Show your face sketch

This week I am posting a sketch and before you ask it was with my dominate hand even if it might not look it! I like the eye but I think the rest rather lets it down, I think the rest is too sketchy and doesn't match the style of the eye. I might try it again if I get the time.

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Make A Mica Powder Journal Page

This week has just been full of tutorials for me. Monday I had a full step by step for an art journal page made using stamping and masking here on my blog, Wednesday I uploaded a technique video to my YouTube Channel and now, today, I have a tutorial over on the Blitsy blog.

Actually the tutorial today follows on perfectly from my technique video from Wednesday and went part way to inspiring it. Because today's tutorial is all about using powders, the Mica and Artisan powders from Prima Marketing and my video on Wednesday was also about using water-soluble powdered pigments, but different ones. Both tutorials involve a bit of embossing ink to apply the powders and show what amazing effects you can get with different powders.

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Kim Dellow Sea-inspired art journal page

I went for a bit of a seaside theme this week, it was totally unintentional but with Summer in full swing I can't help but think of walks on the beach, can you or is that just me? I've also managed to squeeze a little bit of brush writing in this page which is definitely still a hot trend!

Do go take a look at my Blitsy blog post 'How To Make A Mica Powder Journal Page'. Then check out my new technique video on YouTube, or here on my blog. I hope they give you lots of ideas about how you can use these techniques to apply water-soluble pigment powders to your next project.

Happy beach time you all!

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

VIDEO: PaperArtsy Infusions Meet Embossing/ Watermark Ink

New video time! This week I wanted to share with you how to use the PaperArtsy Infusions with Versamark.

If you haven't yet come across them, PaperArtsy Infusions are a water-soluble powdered pigment mixed with walnut crystals. Sprinkle them on a surface and add water, or a medium, and they develop into intense colour, then a few seconds later the walnut crystals also dissolve to give a different texture to the colour. There are lots of different ways to use them and you can get lots of interesting and different effects with them. So how about using them with embossing inks?

Kim Dellow Using VersaMark ink with PaperArtsy Infusions


If you are a seasoned stamper then you will have used embossing inks before, they are slow drying, clear inks and tend to be tacky to the touch so that they can hold embossing powder. You might also find them referred to as watermark or resist inks too. Various different companies have their own version of this ink and the one I am using it VersaMark ink but feel free to try out what you already have to hand for this technique.


VIDEO: PaperArtsy Infusions Meet Embossing Ink




In the video I am sharing two ideas for how to use the PaperArtsy Infusions and VersaMark together: stamping and using them with a stencil or mask.

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Products:
PaperArtsy Infusions: Royal Blood, Golden Sands:  (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
Tsukineko VersaMark ink pad: (UK) Amazon; (US) Blitsy
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD03: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
The Crafter's Workshop template - Mini Pebbles Tied - TCW595: (UK) Amazon; (US) Blitsy
Watercolour paper Bockingford CP: (UK) Amazon; Alternatively try Fluid CP: (US) Blitsy
Spray bottle water
Acrylic block


Kim Dellow using stamping with the PaperArtsy Infusions

You can also try this technique with other water-soluble powered pigments. I have tried this technique with the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and when I find my Brushos I will try them too! They are hiding from me at the moment! *Sigh*

I personally preferred the PaperArtsy Infusions, particularly with the stamping technique, as I think the powder/ particle size might be lightly bigger in the Infusions and so I can get the stamped image to stand out more with the Infusions than with the Ken Oliver Color Burst. But then it is probably down to personal preference and the effect you are trying to achieve, so have a play and let me know what you think!

But one of the great things about using the water-soluble powdered pigments is the fabulous texture that they can give you and I think using them with the embossing ink really does play well to this strength.

Kim Dellow using a stencil with the PaperArtsy Infusions


I am looking forward to seeing all your makes using these techniques so do give me a shout if you use them.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

TUTORIAL: How To Build An Art Journal Page With Stamps And Masks

I've got a tutorial to share with you today, here on my own blog for a change. Yep, a tutorial right here and now and just for you! This step by step how-to is all about building up an art journal page using stamping and masking techniques.

I actually made this project way back in March and the photos have been sat, all processed and ready to go, on my computer since then. If you came to my Make and Take with PaperArtsy back in April at Crafting At Ally Pally then you might recognise it as the bases of one of the Make and Takes I was sharing at the show.

If you did come to my Make and Take for this project then you will see a few extra details and some slight differences that I just did not have time to share in the half hour that we had together, so hopefully you will enjoy seeing them here instead. If you didn't get a chance to play along with the Make and Take then this will be the first time you have seen this, so I hope you enjoy it also!

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Kim Dellow Art Journal page made using stamping and masking

For this project I have worked in one of my junk journals but you can easily use other art surfaces like paper, chipboard, gesso board, well the choices are endless! If paint can go on it then this project will work on it too!



Here is what you need:
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps sets EKD01 and EKD02 (US/Worldwide Shoppers | UK/EU/Worldwide Shoppers)
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints - Snowflake; Blueberry; Cherry Red; Mermaid; Spanish Mulberry {Discontinued} (US/Worldwide Shoppers | UK/EU/Worldwide Shoppers)
Art journal or similar
gesso (optional)
ordinary copy paper for masks
scissors
Jet Black Ranger Archival ink pad
Plastic card scraper (old credit card, gift card etc) or a palette knife
brush
palette
sponge
water spray and an old toothbrush to clean paint off stamps
Masking/ Washi tape
craft knife
pencil
acrylic stamp blocks
black Sakura Pigma Micron



Step 1: Prepare the background

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 1 Prepare the background

If you need to, add some gesso to your surface and let it dry, you don't need to add gesso if your surface doesn't need priming so skip this part of the step if that is the case. As I am working in my junk journal I added a layer of gesso before I started to tone down the print on the page just a bit.

Start building up the background colour using the paints and apply them with the plastic card or a palette knife. If you aren't sure how to use a plastic card to apply paint then have a look at my 'Get The Faux Print Look' video, that will give you some tips.

I added a drop of paint to the palette then ran the edge of my plastic card, or palette knife, through the paint and scrapped the paint across the page. It is a great way to get different textures and I love how thinly you can get the paint with this method.



Step 2: Stamp some texture

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 2 stamp the background

Next a little bit of paint stamping with my texture stamps from both the PaperArtsy EKD01 and EKD02 sets. I love stamping in paint to add texture and it is a technique you will often spot me using at the moment, I used it in my recent 'Make A Layered Tag' video if you want to see it in action.

There are different ways you can do this, my favourite is to spread the paint really thinly on the palette and dab the stamp into the paint then onto the surface. You need to work relatively quickly as the paint will dry out quickly when spread thinly.

You also do not want to leave the paint on the stamp as it will dry on it so have a spray bottle to hand before you start and spritz the stamp with water after you have stamped with it to keep the paint wet. Then you can wash off the residue paint when you have a minute. I usually clean it off then and there with some light scrubbing using a toothbrush, job done!



Step 3: Define your centre

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 3 define the centre

So for this design I've defined a centre section to the page to put the image on, almost like a little window in the page. To achieve this, and to make the section pop, I've used a mask and applied more of the lightest colours through that mask.

First make you mask. It helps if you have a piece of copy paper about the same size as the page you are working on. Making sure that the paint on the page is dry, place the paper over the page and draw out the shape you want the centre section to be. I went with a rounded square but it can really be anything and some of my Make and Take folks came up with some fabulous shapes, hearts, clouds, wibbly wobbly shapes, so go with what you fancy!

Remove the paper from the journaling page then cut out the middle, following your pencil line, using a craft knife or scissors. It is the frame you want to use as a mask so try not to cut into it and instead cut into just the middle so that you keep the frame intact and easy to manage. If you do cut into the frame don't panic, use some tape to stick it together again once you have finished cutting.

Now hold the frame back over the journal page and apply the paint through the frame mask with a plastic card or palette knife.

Tip: To decrease the amount of paint splodging under the mask, only apply a small amount of paint over the edges and work from the outside of the paper frame into the middle of the space. Build up the colour in layers at the edges.



Step 4: Make more masks!

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 4 make more masks

Whilst the paint is drying you can get on with making the masks for the images you are going to use in the centre.

Stamp out the long flowers and the clouds from the EKD02 set onto spare paper and use a craft knife to remove the centre of the shapes. A craft knife is easier but you can use scissors if you prefer.



Step 5: Start building up the central image

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 5 build the central image

To build up the central image we are going to use the masks and paint through them. If you want to keep it simple then just go with one of the colours such as the Blueberry, Cherry Red, or Spanish Mulberry (or something similar as this colour is being discontinued!) to fill the flowers. If you are looking to add a bit more texture to your page then use the Snowflake paint as I have done for my page here.

Again, only apply a small amount of paint over the edges of the masks and work from the outside into the middle to cut down on the paint splodging underneath the mask. If you want to be super precise then you can do it the 'proper' way and use a stippling brush and stipple the paint through the mask. But if you are careful then the ordinary brush method can work, it is just down to a bit of patience and working from the outside in to the centre.



Step 6: Stamp the images

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 6 stamp the images

As well as painting the flowers white I have also used the cloud masks and painted them with Snowflake paint too. Then I took the small cloud mask, turned it on its side next to the tallest flower and used it to paint a little white tab. This is going to be the space for the sentiment.

Once all the paint is dry it is time to stamp the lines and details in. So grab your frame mask again and place it back over the page. This will protect the areas you don't want to get any stamped image on.

Lining up your stamping with the masked off images on the page can be a little tricky! You really don't have to get the two perfectly coordinated and in fact I really like the slightly off look as it can add another level of interest to the piece.

Often what I do is bring my eye level in line with the page, don't move the page but do move yourself! Then lower the stamp in place slowly keeping my eye on both the image and the stamp. It takes a bit of practice. Remember you want the stamp to be parallel to the surface when it touches to avoid smudging, but you can lever the stamp in place without touching the surface, then straighten it up and stamp.

Alternatively, if you have a MISTI that will fit your project you can always use that! Or you can just best guesstimate, stamp as you would normally and love the imperfections, which works just as well in my opinion!

You can also see this type of stamping over blocks of colour in action in my 'Get The Faux Print Look' video.



Step 7: Fill in the colour

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 7 add some colour

If you used Snowflake white paint through your flower mask then now is the time to add a bit of colour to your flower heads. If you just went with the colour in the first place, instead of the white step then skip on over to Step 8.

I added a gradient of the Cherry Red and Spanish Mulberry with a small brush to my flower heads.



Step 8: Final touches

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 8 Adding the final touches

Add some final touches once the page is dry by placing the flower masks back over the flower heads and stamping out the texture stamps with paint through the masks, just as you did with the background texture. Then remove the masks and let the paint dry.

Stamp up the 'Let Yourself Grow' sentiment from EKD01, quickly add masking tape or Washi tape over the 'Let Yourself' part and stamp the 'Grow' part in the little white tab on the larger flower.

To finish the page use the marker pen to add a border around the frame and the little sentiment tab.



Kim Dellow Art Journal page close up


I love making my own masks it is great fun, so easy to do and a great way to stretch your stash. Don't throw away your paper masks after you have done the project, they will last a few more projects. If I've made the mask using stamps then I usually store them in the bag with the stamps. For other masks I have an envelope  to keep them all together so that I know where they are.

As usual do let me know if you make anything using these techniques or my stamps. I always love all of your shares, so give me a shout if you have something you want to share.


If you liked this project then you might like these projects too:

Kim Dellow Fabric Pendant necklace tutorialKim Dellow Layered tag tutorialKim Dellow Get The Faux Print Look Video

Happy creating!

Kim






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