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2017 Daily Art Journal - March Week 1

How can we be in March already?  It's crazy.

Well, I cracked open the next month's mini art journal and got finished the first week and put together a quick flip through of it...including my trip to LACMA and a painting of my kitty. 

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You can check out February's art journal here.

 

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February Daily Art Journal

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For 2017 I decided to try something a bit different for myself and work in smaller art journals every day. I did this so that I would get back in the habit of art journaling daily, which I got out of doing at the end of last year because I got so busy with work. By having it small (3.5" x 5.5") it's not too hard to squeeze something onto the page each day.  Now of course some days I could actually complete the page, other days I barely got something on, but the the point of creating a habit was a great one.

Here's a bit more about the art journals I'm using and what I did in February:

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Now I know you want to see more about the little journals I used. They are these Moleskine ones and they come in a set of 12, plus the box that keeps them all together...well, until I add my art to them and make them too big to stuff into the box!

 

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Snow Birds Art Journal Page

This week the Gelatos® Color of the Week is Metallic Blueberry and that beautiful shimmery blue color reminds me of winter so I went through my Gelatos stash and found some great colors that go with it to use for an art journaling page. Besides Metallic Blueberry, I choose Elderberry and Metallic Grape. 

Winter Colored Gelatos

 

First off, here's how the page turned out:

Snow Birds

Supplies: Gelatos - Metallic Blueberry, Elderberry, Metallic Grape; Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Gel Medium, Gesso, PITT Artist Pens - Raw Umber #180, Black #199, Tag, White Cardstock, Patterned Papers, Wreath Diecut (download it for FREE right here), Sewing Machine Stitching, Brush, Pallet Knife, Bird Stamp, Ribbon

 

Here's what I did to create it.

I collaged some papers onto the page using Gel Medium. Once it was dry I scribbled my Metallic Blueberry Gelato over it.
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I sprayed on a spritz of water and used a foam brush to move the Gelatos over the page.
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 Next, I mixed together some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Blueberry Gelatos.
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I applied it with a pallet knife randomly all over the page.
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Then I mixed the Glass Bead Glitter Gel with Elderberry Gelatos and applied it to the page as well.
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 Then I did the same thing with  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Metallic Grape Gelatos.
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Doesn't that look so yummy!! I added a touch of just plain  Glass Bead Glitter Gel and let the whole page dry.
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Next, I used my ScanNCut to cut out a wreath (which you can download for free HERE) out of wood veneer paper, white washed it with some diluted Gesso, and then added a bit of  Glass Bead Glitter Gel all over it.
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 Next, I took one of my favorite bird stamps and rubbed the Metallic Blueberry Gelatos over it. Then (and this is where the magic happens) I huffed on it a few times.  -You know, the way you do to fog up your glasses or a window. Then I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.   I love using the MISTI to stamp with since if the image wasn't dark enough I'd repeat the same process on top of it and it lines up perfectly!
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I used a Raw Umber #180 PITT Artist Pen to color the bird's legs on the stamp and then stamped them onto the paper.
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I repeated that process to create 3 birds.
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 Next, I took an XS tip Black #199 PITT Artist Pen and made sketch marks around the birds.

Snow Birds - CloseUp

 

And lastly, I printed out a nice wintery saying onto a tag and added the left over  Glass Bead Glitter Gel + Elderberry mixture around the edges.  After everything was dry I assembled it all together, adding some stitching on the bottom of the tag.
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Wishing you many creative days this New Year!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Brother ScanNCut to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

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Halloween Art Journaling

Autumn is my favorite time of year, even if in CA it still feels like summer! 

Now, I'm not a big Halloween person, but I do love pumpkins, and cats, and crows, so I decided I'd do an art journal page about that and I used this week's Gelatos® color of the week: Black Licorice.

I started off by sketching out my design...I wanted to keep it in more of a folk art style than a scary Halloween one.

Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

Next, I chopped off a bit of Mango Gelatos and a tiny bit of the Cinnamon. I mashed those up and combined them with some Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I used that to "paint" in my pumpkin, leaving the features unpainted. 
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

Next I combined the Black Licorice Gelatos and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel and filled in the cat and the crow.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

To make the marks on the crow's tail, the cat's whiskers, and mouth I just took a sharp pencil and drew through the Gelatos/Glass Bead Glitter Gel mixture while it was still wet.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I also mixed up a tiny bit of Watermelon Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel to fill in the ears and nose on the cat  and for the pumpkin stem I used Iced Chai Gelatos and Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Once it was all filled in I then I let the whole page dry completely before starting in on the background. Now I knew I wanted to have a darker background, but I also wanted to be able to see the cat and the crow so for the first layer I used the following Gelatos: Snow Cone, Boysenberry, and Metallic Grape.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I used a baby wipe that I had squeezed out as much of the liquid out of as possible to blend out the Gelatos.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

After that was dry I added the Black Licorice Gelatos on top of it and blended it out as well.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I than outlined the cat and crow with a Black #199 PITT Artist Pen, and the pumpkin with a Dark Sepia #175.  I filled in all the details on the crow, cat, and pumpkin. I then got the idea to add some patterns to the background. Now, because of the waxy finish to the Gelatos you're not able to write on top of it with the finer tipped PITT Artist Pens very easily so I brushed on a thin layer of Gel Medium to seal it in so I could add those details.
Black Licorice Gelatos - Halloween Art Journal 1

 

I wish you could see the glitter and texture on this page "in real life!" It's really neat!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

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Autumn Leaves

This week's Gelatos® color is Red Cherry and I thought it would be really fun to use that in an autumn project.

Autumn Leaves - by Erin Bassett

 

I got started on it by decoupaging a canvas panel with a music sheet and Gel Medium. I then applied Red Cherry and Blood Orange Gelatos to it and used Gel Medium to move it around my background....I ended up layering up a few layers this way so that the colors would be intense.

Gelatos on decoupaged canvas

 

Next I put on a layer of Glaze...I love how glossy that makes it! I used a rubber stamp to make an impression in it while it was still wet, however by the time my project was finished there I had covered it up....but it is a cool technique to use!
Stamped impression in Glaze

 

For the leaves I used my die-cut machine to cut out a leaf shape out of black cardstock and then mixed together some Whipped Spackle and Gold Texture Luxe™. Mixing these creates a different color and texture but still has a metallic shine.  After they were mixed I added some Gold Champagne Gelatos to half of it...this really bumped up the metallic look of it and darkened it some too. Before it dried I used a pencil to etch in some vein lines.

I did the same technique using Whipped Spackle, Copper Texture Luxe, and Iced Chai Gelatos to it for the other leaf.
Mixing Texture Luxe and Whipped Spackle

 

The bookplate I used was originally silver, and I wanted it to be copper, so I took just a dab of the copper Texture Luxe and added a couple of drops of water to it and then applied it.  After that dried I rubbed ink from the Walnut Brown #177 Big Brush Pen into the recessed parts.
Bookplate and Copper Texture Luxe



I then took a small piece of black cardstock and covered the front side of it with 3 layers of Chalkboard Paint and allowed it to dry before writing on it with chalk ink. I applied some Chalkboard Paint around the edge of the canvas as well to create a frame.
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After everything was dry I wrapped some string and beads around the right edge to finish it off.

Autumn Leaves - closeup

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castellt to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

 

 

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