Paint Your Dreams

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Today I’m sharing with you a journal layout ‘Paint your Dreams’.

As usual I started with a coat of gesso. I let it dry and then colored the background using Dylusions Paints I then ‘stamped’ circles using a jar cap. I applied a little gesso to the rim and then stamped the circles. I then applied gesso to all the circles. I used a stencil and texture paste to add texture inside some circles. I left 3 of the circles as such.

Once the paste was dry I applied gesso on top so I could use watercolor medium. I colored in the circles using water soluble crayons in shades of green and blue in some spheres and magenta/ lilac in others. Then I applied Paynes Grey Fluid acrylic paint in a horizontal line across the layout leaving the circles intact. I sprayed this paint with water while it was still fluid and holding the Journal vertically to create drips.

I stamped some butterflies (from Prima) using Jet Black Ranger Archival ink and out lined these in white. I loosely drew some lines from the butterflies to the horizon using Paynes Grey acrylic paint and stamped some squiggly lines along these.

I stamped ‘paint your dreams’ and ‘do what makes you happy’, from a Donna Downey set, repeatedly in two of the spheres that i hadn’t colored. I also added ‘Paint ur dreams’ in the third sphere using rub ons.

I used gold fluid acrylic to outline the spheres and to highlight some of the texture in the circles. Added more texture using various stamps.

I added some texture to the upper part of the layout using paint through a stencil and stamping some dots also. I stamped all round the layout with an alpha texture stamps. Finally I ‘wrote’ the words ‘Paint Your Dreams’ using rub ons and some stickers.

Supplies used

White Gesso, Jet Black Archival Ink, Texture Paste

Prima Epiphany Stamps

Dylusions Paints Post Box Red, Squeezed Orange, Crushed Grape, Bubblegum Pink

Guest Designer: Sobia Ali

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Saba Musharrif

I am an avid "craft-er" who loves working with different mediums, and experimenting with new techniques.
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And our Guest Designer for November is….

Sobia Ali!

Sobia, was the winner of our “Alcohol Inks” challenge, and we are delighted to have her as Guest Designer for November.

Here is a beautiful tag that she created for us, to share, with all of you.

A big Hello to my craft family, first of all I would like to thank the DT that they gave me a chance as a guest designer to display my project.

I decided to work on a Tag and since it was my first time to use water colors, I did some “You Tubing” before I could start. This tag is inspired by the video by Sondra Dee Twinkling H2O Water Color Paint Techniques. ~ Sobia

You can view the detailed blog post, along with other projects at Lil Craft Magic.

To enter your project into the challenge visit our blog, and for craft supplies hop over to our webstore!

Happy Crafting!

Experimenting with Dylusions Paints

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Sharing with you an art journal page that I did today. And I must admit I do like this business of art journalling quite a lot.

I used some Dylusions Paints to color my background.

I hadn’t used my Dylusions paints despite having them lying around for the last many weeks. Like the rest of Dylusions products the color palette is very vibrant. These are acrylic paints which are very richly pigmented and a little goes a long way. These paints also blend easily on a gessoed surface.

I started by applying a generous coat of White gesso on the surface and let it dry thoroughly. Actually when I finish a layout in my journal I apply gesso to the next layout and leave it to dry. This way I have a gessoed surface ready when inspiration strikes. Speaking of inspiration this layout was inspired by Nika Rouss. She has a wonderful blog which you must visit and has tons of You Tube videos. You can find the link to her blog at the end of the post.

The Dylusions colors I used are Fresh Lime, London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise and Cut Grass. I applied these with a distress pc. of  distress blending foam and blended the colors using the foam and my fingers.

I drew the flowers with a pencil using a 12×12 inch TCW stencil ‘Blazonry’.  You can free hand these too but I’m not too confident of my drawing skills. I covered the flowers with two coats of white gesso. This allowed me to color the flowers using a water based medium which in this case were gelatos. I applied yellow, orange and pink gelatos to the flowers and blended them with my finger. As these are water soluble I applied a coat of matt medium on top to stabilize the colors.

Next I added some visual texture to the flowers. First I stenciled some white gesso through a Dylusions Stencil ‘Holes’ using the smaller holes. Next  I stamped a Tim Holtz cling stamp. I use cling and clear stamps without an acrylic block when adding texture as it allows me to use parts of the image depending on my project. I used Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black for stamping. This is permanent and doesn’t smudge or smear if you add water or medium to your project.  I added some more texture to the flower edges using a small border like stamp also in Jet Black Archival Ink.

Next I added stems. I used A TCW 6×6 inch stencil ‘Stacked Triangles’ with Black acrylic paint for this purpose. And I loved the result. I stamped some ‘Pod Branches’ (don’t know what else to call these) from an old Hero Arts clear stamp set. I varied the length of these by using portions of or the whole image depending on how long I wanted it to be. I applied white gesso inside the pods and added texture with a small text stamp again using portions of the stamp to fit the space.  

I added some leaves at the base of the flowers. I drew the leaves and applied white gesso. I used the edge of a Donna Downey Stencil ‘Poppy Collage’ to added small dots with black acrylic inside the leaves. I colored in the leaves using purple and blue water soluble crayons. Once dry I applied matt medium on top to seal the water color.

I used the same stencil with white gesso to add texture to the background, using only the edges of the stencil.  I added further texture to the background using Dylusions paints through a TCW 12×12 inch stencil ‘Tile Texture’.

I shaded the flowers around the edges using PITT artish Brush pens in brown and red. Finally I oulined the flowers with my black POSCA acrylic pen.

Nika’s Blog

Supplies                                                                                                                               Jet Black Archival InkWhite Gesso, Matte Medium,                                                               Stencils:  Tile TextureStacked Triangles, Blazonry, Poppy Collage                                     Dylusions Paints: London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass                           

 

Technique Post: Watercolor Effect

Saba Musharrif

Saba Musharrif

I am an avid "craft-er" who loves working with different mediums, and experimenting with new techniques.
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Hope all of you are having fun working on projects for Challenge #8!

To add more color to our lives, Amna is sharing a super easy and wonderful technique on how to get a watercolor effect with stamping using clear stamps, and Prima watercolor Pencils.

Hop over to The Creative Element for further details.

To enter your project, go to Challenge 8: Water Coloring.

For craft supplies, visit our webstore!

Wish, Hope, Dream, Fly

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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I’ve been meaning to start an art journal for quite some time. I got myself an A3 size Moleskin Journal for the purpose and got round to doing the first spread during the last week. Yes it took me a few days to complete it. 

I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted this layout to be. The first thing I did was cover the whole spread with a generous coat of gesso and left it to dry thouroughly overnight. Next I collaged Tim Holtz tissue wrap and paper doily in some areas using gel medium and applied another coat of gesso to the entire layout and dried it overnight. Next I added texture using modeling paste through a stencil and again let it dry overnight.

Time to add some color. I used a glaze (paint and glazing liquid in equal amounts) in deep brown (Raw Umber) to cover the whole layout, leave it for a couple of minutes and wiped off with a wet baby wipe. Repeated the process with Burnt Sienna. It gives the surface an aged look and some areas catch a bit more color than others highlighting the  texture. I added some flecks of turquoise and gold with a palette knife.

I decided to do a girl on the left side of the spread. I loosely drew her in pencil and then started to color it. I used some magenta, azo gold (orangish gold) and titan buff to color in her dress. I added some small blobs of molding paste on the dress and went over these with the same colors.  I stamped some text with watering can archival ink to give more texture to the dress.

I used modeling paste through ‘Holes’ stencil throughout the bottom of the spread and added color with pinks, magenta, seinna and gold and a few specks of turquoise.

I added magenta and azo gold paint to the edges of the spread and added some stamped texture again in watering can ink.

I added some rub ons to the girl. I stamped a butterfly on gelli printed paper, fussy cut it and added it to her hair. Finally I added the words, Wish, Love, Hope and Fly also using rub ons.

Hope you enjoyed.

 

 

Challenge #8: Water Coloring

Saba Musharrif

Saba Musharrif

I am an avid "craft-er" who loves working with different mediums, and experimenting with new techniques.
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Its time for some coloring!!

Challenge # 8 is “Water coloring”

Yes! you read that right, our theme is Water coloring! yay!

You are free to create a background using watercolors or to color a stamped image with watercolors. The coloring medium can be watercolor pencils, Twinkling H2Os or simple watercolors.

Now for the prize:

Rs.2000 worth gift voucher for Artful Crafting & an opportunity to be a Guest Designer for future challenges.

And finally some inspiration from the DT:

Amina

Amina has created 3 one layered mixed media watercolour tags using twinkling h2os, Prima lyric papers and a selection of Prima cling stamps ( She has captured the process video too!)

Amna

Amna has created a beautiful floral card.

Jaihan

Jaihan takes a simple approach on how you can use water color pencils to color die cuts or make embellishments for your projects

Saba

Saba creates a glamorous Wedding-ie card, using Twinkling H2Os.

So before you link your projects, please note that we will no longer be approving projects linked from Facebook Pages. You are free to upload your project to any public gallery, and link it up here with your name, not your business page.

And its your turn to wow us!

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