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:
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.
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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.
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: