DLP and Texture

The DLP challenge for this week was to use texture in a PAC (pocket art card).  I used both non-dimensional and dimensional texture on these 4×6 cards. Here are the final versions.  The step by step process is below.  IMG_8175 (1)

I started with four 4×6 pieces of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.  Then I brushed some water on two of the cards, spritzed them with 3-4 colors of spray inks (I used SEI Tumble Dye – they dry permanent), and then laid the other cards on top to smoosh the color. I let them dry a bit and blotted them with a roll of paper towels.IMG_8157

Next, I used these stencils…..IMG_8158

and sprayed Dylusions spray inks in various areas, working quickly and not covering too much of the areas with the stencils.  I repeated the stencils on the cards.  TIP:  I like to iron the cards after each process (and when they are dry).  This sets everything and makes them lie flat to work on for the next step.  I iron them between pieces of newsprint or regular printing paper.  IMG_8159

Next, I poured some white gesso out on a plastic lid and, using my fingers, rubbed in gesso to soften some of the areas.  This is very intuitive.  Just do it!IMG_8164

Then I brought out some humble print and scratch objects – corrugated cardboard, a plastic toy piece to stamp a circle, and a nail.  Added some more areas of white gesso, and stamped into or scratched into the gesso while it was still wet.  This makes subtle, pleasing texture.  IMG_8161

IMG_8160Now for some stamping.  Use any rubber stamp or object you can ink up and then stamp.  I  used an old leather journal cover with raised lettering on it, rubbed a section with an ink pad and stamped on the cards – randomly.  You could use any rubber stamps at this point.IMG_8162

The cards now looked like this.  IMG_8164

Then I used molding paste to add dimension to the cards.  With the small spatula, I spread molding paste through a stencil on to the cards.


And here’s how they looked.  The molding paste here mostly stayed white.  However, if I would have used more Dylusions (water soluble) spray inks underneath, the molding paste, stenciled areas would pick up some of the color and that would be very nice.  IMG_8168

To add color to the molding paste areas, I used Dylusions spray inks, spritzed on to a paper plate and then added to the top of the stencils with a brush and my fingers.  Just dab here and there, don’t plan too much; have fun!



And . . . ooh la la, look how beautiful they look!IMG_8171

Next, I added more ink and paint and pounced some acrylic paint through small punchinella.IMG_8174 (2)

Finally, after all were dry, I ironed each card between sheets of paper to flatten them out.  Then I journaled a phrase or two on each card.  Voila!!

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Journal in progress

I love working with spray inks, gesso, stencils and acrylic paint to make this type of journal (9×12)!  I did most of the work on the pages separately and then bound them back into the journal (Canson All Media Art Book, 90 lb. paper).  Some of the pages are complete, some in the mid-stage, and some I don’t know – they may stay as is.  I like looking at them this way, so here they are:


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Take a Tag Break

I love shipping tags; love to use them, paint on them, stamp on them. and tie on the ribbons. They are a non-stressful way to warm up to do some art or just enjoy the fun. This week’s DLP unPlanner 2016 prompt was to use a circle on an art card, so I made these tags.


And  here’s how:

  1. Lay out an undersurface of plastic, plexiglass or one of those craft sheets (I can’t remember what they are called??)
  2. Spritz various areas with two or three colors of spray inks that will go together well (not complimentary colors or they will make brown).  E.g., pink, yellow, orange; or purple, blue, pink; or green, yellow, blue).
  3. Lay a few tags side by side into the ink and push down and move a little to get the ink to print on to the tags, allowing some of the colors to blend..  Lift up and set aside to dry. If there is a lot of ink, you can use a rag and dab some of the ink off – just don’t rub too much or you will lose the flowing look of the original print.
  4. Once the tags are dry, spritz or dab with a little more ink if desired; just a little here and there. Let dry.
  5. Stamp with a rubber stamp – I like to use black.  I used script stamps turned various ways and going off the tag.
  6. Glue on a shape and repeat it on the tag (I used circles, but you can do leaves, squares, triangles, ovals, etc.)  The circles I used are from Roben-Marie Smith’s In the Garden collection – just gorgeous!
  7. Embellish:  doodle around the circles, in them, next to them, etc. Smudge areas with acrylic paint or oil pastels to get depth of color.
  8. Pour some black gesso on a palette and use a round stencil brush (or your finger)  to make some random black dots or circles to balance out the tag.  When dry embellish them with white or colored dots, lines, etc.
  9. Last, if you want more depth, use the stencil brush and a little acrylic paint to add in some more circles, or to paint lightly through a stencil – use a color that won’t dominate. On these tags, I used yellow, lightly applied.
  10. Pick a ribbon, or twine, or fabric to make the tie.
  11. Don’t forget to take a photo and share it on your blog or Instagram, or whatever.
  12. Hang them up to enjoy or put them in your art journal.

Let me know if you like the process!

Liking my Sketchbook

Am really liking this sketchbook made from Robin-Marie Smith’s free tutorial Urban Journal Remix.  Have glued in some old sketches, made new ones, and tabbed in others from experiments along the way.  Today I tried using acrylic inks following Alisa Golden’s instructions in her book Painted Paper.  I really like the raw quality, the fast pace you have to work, and the big open spaces this allows for.  (More sketches in this book below….)

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Working on a series

Working on a series of background pages (front and back) that will become completed journal pages.  I am currently working on 33 of these sheets (66 when you count both sides).  Love doing these abstract backgrounds!

These are 9×12 Canson All Media papers (taken out of the spiral bound book).  I learned this way of working in a journal from Roben-Marie Smith.