After a whirlwind 2015 I am so ready for 2016 and all it has in store for me and my family! So with that in mind, my #OneLittleWord for 2016 is "abide"...which means:
Full Definition of abide...
1: to wait for: await
2: a- to endure without yielding: withstand
b- to bear patiently: tolerate
3: to accept without objection
1: to remain stable or fixed in a state
2: to continue in a place: sojourn
For me, the word "abide" will be a reminder to persevere as I trust in the Lord...I'll be explaining all about how I came upon this word and my verse for the year (along with helpful ways you can incorporate both in your quiet time with the Lord & in your art journal) in the workshop I'm doing for the online event Truth Scrap. I hope you join myself and 5 other awesome artist as we share with you techniques and tips on how to link together your faith and your art, it's going to be such a fun day! -I'm totally staying in my PJs all day for it and just have a chill time with the Lord, art, and all of you joining us! I'm so excited!
Did you choose a word or a verse for 2016? Share it if you did so you can inspire others!
When Faber-Castell asked me to make them some videos on their stencils I was super excited since stencils are something that I use on just about every mixed media project I do. They are a great way to add texture and design to mixed media projects.
As we all know metallics are really hot right now, they are SO perfect for fall! So while I was testing out this set of Gelatos® from Faber-Castell I whipped up some more 3" x 4" pocket card backgrounds.
As a mixed media artist there are very few projects I do that don't have some Gelatos® on them! I just love them. They are so rich and creamy that they blend really well with or without water so it's a great way to add translucent color to your work.
Done on cardstock and gesso
Lately I've been really into making my own pocket cards for scrapbooking...here's a peek into some backgrounds I made with the Bright set of Gelatos onto 3"x 4" cards. Keep in mind, these are just the backgrounds I can still add doodles, paint, ephemera, and other embellishments to them.
Are you like me with a bunch of scrap papers left over from scrapbook pages, and extra pre-cut pocket cards just waiting to be used? I'll admit, in the past I've thrown out perfectly good scraps and given away pocket-cards I knew I was never going to get around to using...because really how many “best day ever” cards can a girl have and use? But now I've decided to stop buying cut back on the amount of artsy stuff I'm buying an make do with what I already have...hello, I can paint over those best day cards or even just use them to practice new techniques on!
So in order to use up the stuff I have I started cutting down white textured cardstock scraps to 3" x 4", which is the perfect size for pocket cards. Now originally I used these papers for testing out some fun products for Faber-Castell and wound up having a bunch of them with the same stencil pattern gesso'd onto them. So today I'm sharing with you what I did with two of those cards...you can check out this short video below to see the process of how I created them.
As I said, I started by using a stencil and applying gesso over it. After I removed the stencil I let the gesso dry.
Next, I rubbed some Gelatos® from the Bright collection over the gesso and activated it with a wet paint brush. I love how easily the color spreads and how well the colors blend together.
Easy peasy! Now I have a great background to work with in my pocket page scrapbooking.
Next up is another white cardstock card that had the same stencil & gesso technique done to it. Once it was dry I just used my handy-dandy fine point Sharpie pen to outline the raised portion of the gesso.
Notice it's NOT perfect! Perfection is over rated. ;)
Once I finished outlining the sectioned I just made quick hash marks down each of the "aisles".
It's not even or straight...which makes it perfect in my book. While you probably can't see it in this photo, the gesso texture is really cool in real life. It would be fun to mix in some colored paint or Gelatos in the gesso too to give it another look.
How are you stretching your supplies and making authentically YOU art to use in your projects? I'd love to hear your ideas so comment below.
Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received products from them to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.
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Use your photo editing program and any font you desire to create the text you want on your clipboard...save it as a .jpg. Open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the Image Tracing function to import and trace your text. Add other designs if desired and then save as an .fcm file onto your USB stick.
Pop your USB stick into your ScanNCut and retrieve your design. Flip the text so that when you apply it to the back side of your clipboard it will be readable. Cut out the design using vinyl.
Weed out the vinyl to remove the negative area. Use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl onto the BACK side of your clipboard.
In a well ventilated area spray paint the backside of the clipboard making sure to be careful not to get any paint on the front side. Allow to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.
Remove the vinyl and allow to cure overnight.
Decoupage mixed media papers (I used deli papers that I had created with my gelli plate) or patterned scrapbook paper, etc onto the back side of the clipboard. Allow to dry overnight.
Tie a coordinating ribbon onto the clip.
This clipboard is so fun to make and is long lasting so it will really hold up to being used daily!
sponsor: Brother International
Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.
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I'm honored to be this week's featured artist for Art to the 5th's the Documented Life Project 2015.
This weeks challenge is using ephemera: old maps, letters, tickets and more and the prompt is Life…with a history and it goes along perfectly with what's happening in my life this week...we're at the Lincoln Family Reunion! For those of you that don't know me in real life, my maiden name is Lincoln and I share an ancestor with Abraham Lincoln.
I created THIS VIDEO of the whole process I used to do these art journal pages:
The main steps I did were...
1. Use spray ink and stencils for the background.
2. Create my own Abraham Lincoln stencil using my ScanNCut & used it on my page.
disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.
Other sponsors: Deco Arts, Faber Castell...I receive products from both of these companies and the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the products.
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I've mentioned previously that I wanted to get back into the habit of art journaling daily. So last night I figured now is as good a time as any and grabbed my smaller Dylusions Art Journal and sketched out one of my outside succulents before my Husband and I started talking and planning out some summer stuff.
So then this morning I knew I wanted to stay in the groove and so I added some watercolor to it.
Woo-hoo! First day done!
How are YOU keeping art in your summer?
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