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Using Asphalt Texture Paste in Mixed Media Projects

FaberCastell Asphalt

I had so much fun trying out the new Asphalt Texture Paste from Faber-Castell.  It's a nice course, heavy weight paste that is opaque and dries with a matte finish. Here's a video I whipped up showing me testing it out on various materials:

 


I love testing out new products on Project Life sized cards (3" x 4") since I can then use them in my albums or just punch a hole in them and put them on a ring to reference when I need ideas.  Here's the ways I tested the Asphalt Texture Paste:

I used it on a transparency with a stencil....

FaberCastell AsphaltOn wood veneer with Texture cards.... 
FaberCastell AsphaltOn textured cardstock using a pallet knife...
FaberCastell AsphaltOn canvas using a stencil and etching in a heart with a paper piercer...
FaberCastell Asphalt

On chipboard with a stencil and then stamping a lid into it to create rings...
FaberCastell Asphalt

 

Go try it out on your projects, it's fun!!

 

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.

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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Using Metallic Texture Gems In Your Art Projects

Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems

Here's a quick video on how fun it is to use Metallic Texture Gems in your artwork!

 

 
I love playing with "new to me" products! Here's some photos of the backgrounds I made for my project life cards...
 
Because the Metallic Texture Gems have a precision nib on them they are great for drawing out a design.
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
You can squeeze out a nice thick amount too to create 3D texture!
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
Add easy embellishments to your patterned papers.
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
Works great on a variety of surfaces besides paper like this transparency.
Project Life Cards using Metallic Texture Gems
 
For more creative ways to make Project Life Cards and other artsy things subscribe to my YouTube!
 
 

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.

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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Introducing the "Bright" Gelatos® Set

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.

Bright 3
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.  

Bright 1
Done on patterned paper with embossed stamping
Bright 2
Bright 4
Done on textured cardstock with a stencil and sprays of Gelatos + water

I think this might be my favorite Gelatos set!  I'm all about bright colors and these ones are great to use individually and to mix!

 Check out what's included in this set and ideas on materials you can use it on in this video:

 

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.

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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Pocket Scrapbooking With Kids

Going on family vacations is fun, and scrapbooking about those trips is great...well, except when you do it after you're already home and you've forgotten the fun little things that happened each day.

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To remedy that, this summer we took some journaling cards, pens, markers, crayons and a date stamp with us camping. And then every evening while we were cooking dinner my niece would journal onto the cards the things we did, funny conversations we had, and draw pictures.  

Once we got back home we had the photos printed out and then just slipped those, the purchased cards and embellishments, and the cards we created on our trip into the scrapbook and we were done! Easy peasy...especially for kids!

The result was her very first scrapbook! Check it out in the video below: 

 

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Project Life Storage Solution

Well, progress is being made on moving into my new studio! -Although right now it's at the stage of looking like a craft store exploded and I almost want to quit, I will preserver through the chaos and focus on what I hope it will look like, and most importantly function like when it's finished.

As I began to clean out my temporary art cart that I used when we were in temporary housing, I gathered my Project Life supplies and the current working binder I'm using (I'll switch everything over to a pretty black scrapbook that will match my other scrapbooks when I'm finished working on it.) and decided to stick them all in the Stanley Fat Max art cart.

Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels 1

 

Here's a quick Instagram video I did of how it is functioning...

 

I love that this cart has so many built in sections and dividers and that it also has some extra dividers you can add in if you need them.  I'll show you each section, starting with the top of the cart and work my way down so you can see how much storage space it has.

Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels 2

Layer 1 has a tray that can be lifted out and then there's a lot of room under it for storage. The top tray I'm using for miscellaneous tools, adhesives, etc. I'm storing my 4" x 6" cards, doodads, and mini alphabets in the hidden storage.
Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels 2

 

Layer 2, the middle section, is where I'm keeping my 3" x 4" cards. I have them separated in rows by journaling lines, grid, and designed cards.
Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels 2

 

Layer 3, the bottom layer, is big enough to hold my working album, 12" x 12" papers, extra plastics, and plenty of ephemera! 
Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels 2

 

I think this will be perfect to keep downstairs so I can work on Project Life while watching TV and then since it has wheels I can take it to crops too. It's my perfect organization solution!

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so that if you buy this from my links, I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony).

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