Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Let's Face It - Art journal Page by Fiona

Hello Viva fans!! Fiona here with you today to share a little art journal spread I created using some of Mary Vogal Lozinak's amazing stamp range over at Viva Las Vegastamps!

I have to say, I wasn't "in love" with this page until almost at the very end. It took a long time to come together. Maybe because I'm so used to creating with lots of bright colour and this time it was a lot more darker with the black I added to the top corners.

 I also struggled with liking my abstract faces I drew. I wanted to practice them, I see everyone really good at drawing faces and I know I suck at it so I thought maybe if I do them really abstract that would appease my inner critic ..... but alas, I'm not convinced I like them LOL

I do really like the stamped faces on this page. They are not stamped very clearly but that doesn't really phase me. I enjoyed highlighting them with my white marker to bring out their inner beauty.

I'll continue to practice my face drawing and maybe one day I'll be as good at it as Mary is .... cough cough I doubt it. the lady is a genius!!!

What I really like about this page is the message in the title "Let's Face it, We're all the same" I truly believe in equality and am very passionate about it so this works for me. I don't often get political in my art but for this page, I'm willing to make an exception

Viva Las Vegastamps used:

I hope you've enjoyed my facey page. I think the more I look at it the more it grows on me. I'll catch you all again soon xx

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Foo Fighters" scrapbook page | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout I created featuring a recent photo of my daughter and I when we went to the Foo Fighters concert. (To say she is my mini me is probably an understatement! haha)

To create this layout I first started by stamping out a custom background on some white cardstock. I used a variety of my favourite stamps:

Once I had all the stamping done and I was happy with the way it was looking, it was time to add some colour. I used Colour Shimmer Cube watercolour paints from Colour Blast and just painted a few metallic colours randomly around the page; before applying some gold Colour Paste (also from Colour Blast) with a small palette knife.

Once I had all the mediums dry, I created a layered mat for my photo using a variety of collage materials - sheet music; paper doily; punchinella; paper bag; tissue paper and frayed gauze. I held all my layers together with a couple of staples before adding my photo mounted on top.

Once the photo was in place, I added my title alongside it. I used the this one time at chipboard title from Kinder Kreations; along with some small black alpha stickers from Flutterby Designs. To draw attention to my photo, I also added a handmade denim and hessian chevron embellishment from Charms Creations.

The small phrase stickers I used around my page were also from Flutterby Designs.

To finish off my page, I added a few splatters of Colour Blast 'Sienna' Colour Shimmer Spray, which is a beautiful copper colour.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky!

Stamps used:
Squiggly Star Collage
Sky of Stars Background
Texture Background
Star Sliding

Other materials:
Staz On ink
Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes (Stormy Weather; Sienna; Leather)
Colour Blast Colour Paste (Bling)
Colour Shimmer Spray (Sienna)
Flutterby Designs alphas and stickers
Charms Creations chevron embellishment
Kinder Kreations chipboard title
assorted collage materials (see post above)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Whovian Mail Art Monday

Hello Again Everyone!

Happy Mail Art Monday!
Today, I want to share some Doctor Who scene stamping on an envelope. 

Stamps Used:
Blue Police Box (Tardis)
Line of Grass
Field of Wildflowers
Straggly pine trees
Staples X
Six Staples
Three staples

Other Items Used:
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Distress Inks (Oxides- Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber), (Original- Blueprint sketch, Mermaid Lagoon )
Blick Markers, Sharpie, Gelly Roll pen, Prismacolor
Distress stains-picket fence

Ok, lets get started...

Start with a blank 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inch envelope. I stamped all of my base images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Next I masked off any areas that I didn't want to get ink on.
I used various distress inks to color my sky. To get the star effect, I flicked water and picket fence distress stain.

I used various alcohol based markers to color my police box, and moon. White gelly roll pen used to add detail. Grey zig marker used for added details as well.

Thank you for checking out this tutorial, I hope it inspires you to get inky!!!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Art Journal Page: Once Upon A Time

Hi VLVS! Friends,
Elina here with you today, sharing my latest art jounal page I created in my Moleskine book:

Inspiration for this page was the amazing 'Vornii The Bookish' stamp image by Brian Kesinger. I'm a big fan of his style and truly armire his talent; his gorgeous, detailed dragon images take my mind directly to childhood story books. I've always been quite a bookworm, and I loved creating this reading themed art journal page, using the reading dragon as my main image.

I started with stamping the image on white paper, using heavy semi-glossy laser printing paper and black Memento ink.  For coloring i used my Promarker pens.
Once the coloring was finished, I fuzzy cut the image with scissors.

There are quite many layers on this page: I started with gluing down paper strips that I had cut out of an old book. The book page pattern looked quite busy on my art journal page, so I calmed it down by a adding a thin layer of white gesso on top. For spreading the gesso I used an old bonus card; I think it's the best tool when you don't want to cover the page completely but rather to add just a hint of white here and there.

Once the gesso was dry I glued leftover pieces of light beige cardstock and strips of burlap paper on the page background. That was just fun random collaging without too much thinking. For gluing I used liquid collage glue (matte acrylic adhesive); the same media I also used for adhering and sealing the fuzzy cut dragon image.

Creating this page made me smile; I hope you have a chance to do something you like, too!

For this page I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Vornii The Bookish by Brian Kesinger
Row of Scribble Squares

Other supplies:
Stamping inks (Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; Stazon 'Saddle Brown')
Promarker alcohol markers for coloring
White gesso, old bonus card
Collage glue stick; matte acrylic adhesive
Old book pages
Leftover strips of cardstock and burlap paper

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let's get lost

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my second post for the month of February !
I have made an art journal page and there is a VIDEO too ! Yay !

Here's the video:

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tiny Little houses

Hi everyone!

It's Majo here today and I'd like to share my newest home decor with you. I was so inspired by the tiny houses from the Tim Holtz collection with Sizzix, that I just had to have them on my candle tray. I love this neutral look for my home decor. 

I cut the shapes from cream cardstock, added some old book paper with Gel Medium and covered everything with gesso.

 In my next step I used different stamps to create my background together with Archival Ink Shadow Grey, Pale Ochre and Versafine Toffee.

  After I adhered the sentiments and the Paper dolls with pop dots,  I used strips of my Miracle Tape tape to build the houses together.

I stamped and heat embossed the roof with very chunky embossing powder, I had to add powder several times, before it had the texture I desired. 

I made flaps from Washi Tape to adhere the roofs to the base. Thanks to my lovely teammate Tera for the recommendation!

I have a tray with glasses for candles, which I have redecorated many times over, i.e. Christmas, Halloween, Easter etc, now it's a more general theme I can use for a while regardless of any occasion.

As you can see, I left the backside undecorated, this way I can come up with some other embellishments if I get tired of the dolls. It also shows you that sometimes I don't look at my image before stamping and turn it upside down 😏

Have a closer look:

Some little flowers cut from Glassine Paper and crumbled up.

 Stamps I used:

 Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Majo.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Journal Page Process Video by Fiona

Hello my gorgeous VLVS! friends. Fiona here with you today to share a little art journal page I have created.

Break Free

I'm really enjoying this style of art journalling. Messy, not too much thought, lots of fun!

 I use three different ways to add mediums to your stamps along with the conventional ink transfer.

 You can watch the process video to see the three techniques.

Here is the video

VLVS! stamps used: