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©2004 - 2006 by Aisling D'Art Gesso is a useful option for art journaling. It's also used for painting and mixed media art. I use gesso often. Here's what gesso is and tips for how you can use it. Gesso can go under paint or heavy collage or embellishments, to make your journal pages stronger. Gesso is a primer. Originally, gesso only came in white. Gesso makes the surface a little stiffer. Today, gesso comes in many colors. It's useful for mixed media work as well as fine art paintings. Gesso is different from paint. Originally, gesso was a mixture of calcium--like chalk--in a thin base of animal glue. When you see religious paintings and icons on wood, they were probably painted over gesso. But, gesso changed in the 20th century. In recent years, some artists have begun to question whether or not acrylic gesso is the right product to use under oil paint. As many of us began to create art journals, we found new uses for acrylic gesso. It's easy to use gesso. For color, I've had luck with: Related:  ACTIVIDADESJournal writing

Tea Staining Your Art Journal Pages by aisling d'art ©2006 Have you wanted to add "age" to your art journal pages? You can use tea--loose or in bags--for this project. If you're soaking your pages individually in a tray, you can usually stain two sheets at a time. If you add more pages, they're likely to stick together and tear when you try to separate them. If you're staining bound pages, you'll need to protect the dry pages and keep wet pages separated, too. If the tea isn't too hot, you can use sheets of wax paper between your bound art journal pages. If the tea is hot, you may need to use foil, plastic wrap, or some other waterproof, heat resistant materials. To achieve the color that you want, you'll need to experiment. You can apply the tea to the paper with a brush. You can use the tea bag as a brush, if it's not too hot. Or, if your journal pages are loose, you can submerge each page in a shallow pan of tea. If you're dyeing paper, gently rinse the paper if you'd like it to remain as archival as possible.

Watercolor Cards If you have been loving the watercolor and ombre trend recently, you are going to LOVE this amazing DIY Sarah is bringing us today! She is sharing a sweet way to ask your bridesmaids if they will stand by your side on your wedding day. This DIY is so adorable and super easy! It is even more awesome because this technique can be applied to so many elements in your wedding (hello, fabulous escort cards and favor tags!) It’s DIY time again, lovely readers! This time I have a super “artsy” project for you! Materials Watercolor paper cut into 9″x6.25″ rectangles, folded into cards(size A6: 4.5″x6.25″), 1 per bridesmaidWatercolor paints (the cheap Crayola one will work just fine!) Helpful hints: Using a bone folder to fold the paper is very helpful, since watercolor paper tends to be thicker than printer or scrapbooking paper. Step 1: Cut all of the paper (watercolor and scrapbook) to the sizes indicated above. Share:

Sandpaper Surface & Colour Pencils The kinds of surfaces suitable for colored pencil are nearly endless. If a surface will accept dry media of any kind, it will work for colored pencil, often with a minimum of preparation. The paper Today’s demonstration was created on UART premium pastel paper. According to the UART website, their paper is pH neutral and acid free, both of which make it an ideal support for artwork. For today’s project with colored pencils, I chose the finest tooth available: 800 grit. The format I conduct most experiments on a small scale. My process The first thing I found in working with sandpaper is that it’s not imperative to keep pencils needle-sharp. While the resulting jagged pencil tip is unlikely to damage UART pastel paper, breakage is a nuisance, so instead of sharpening often, I used my colored pencils almost like pastels: blunt, with medium to heavy pressure and firm strokes. The good news was that the paper took a lot of color from start to finish. Final thoughts

Sewing on your journal pages by aisling d'art ©2007 You can use any page in a book like fabric (to sew on, for example) by using iron-on interfacing on the back side of the page. Yes, just iron it on, the same as you would iron interfacing onto fabric. It won't always stick 100%, but it will work well enough that you can sew through it. (If you try to embroider or sew beads onto regular pages in a book, the thread tends to pull right through the paper, if the thread is tugged.) You can do the same thing with your journal cover. You can then embroider with emboidery floss, yarn, thin ribbon, etc. At left, you can see one of my journal covers that I've embellished with sewn-on buttons. After you've finished your sewing (or other embellishment), you can glue a page or fabric over the ironed-on interfacing, so your stitches are concealed. You'll find iron-on interfacing at any fabric shop. Then again, after I sew beads onto the page, I like to cover the interfacing side with more paper... maybe a collage.

Wax paper and art journals by aisling d'art ©2006 I use wax paper to separate damp art journal pages so that they don't stick together. Wax paper is inexpensive, very slightly porous (so the pages dry underneath), and easy to use. You'll find wax paper at the grocery store, in the aisle with foil and plastic (cling) wrap. When I'm separating journal pages with wax paper, I cut or tear the wax paper so that it's slightly larger--at least one-half inch--than the pages that I'm working with. The key to successfully using wax paper to separate them, is not to allow much weight on the wet pages. Generally, I gesso five or six pages at a time. If I was working with a regular, bound journal, I'd watch carefully to see how much the binding "pulls" the pages together. Wax paper usually works pretty well... but it's not a 100% reliable way to keep wet pages apart. I've used wax paper when I've gesso'd in airplanes (very dry air) and here in sultry, humid Houston. However, glue can be hit-or-miss with wax paper.

Spectacular Moleskine Doodles Explode with Energy - My Modern Met Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes proves that doodling can be so much more than scratching unintelligible scribbles on paper. Through his Sketchy Stories blog, Rosanes shares his wonderful world of doodling in a simple Moleskine sketchbook. Equipped with an ordinary Moleskine, a few Uni Pin drawing pens, and his innate gift for drawing, the artist is able to transport viewers to a world where tiny, cartoonish creatures explode with gusto to make up larger entities. Each of the illustrator's complex and crowded sketches are filled with minute details that allow the eye to wander and discover new characters and designs at every turn. Kerby Rosanes websiteKerby Rosanes on deviantART via [Gaks]

How to Blend Colored Pencil Drawings with Rubbing Alcohol Rubbing alcohol is a great solvent for colored pencils. It breaks down the wax binder in most colored pencils and allows the pigments to blend more like paint. It’s also wonderful for restoring the paper’s tooth. I use rubbing alcohol in three main ways: 1. Light blending can be used in a variety of situations. I also use rubbing alcohol to create a more saturated color field. Color can also be pulled into an adjoining area by wetting the layers of color and dragging or drawing it into areas of blank paper. For any of these methods, use a cotton swab or cotton ball. Cotton balls are bigger, so they are great for larger areas. The only thing to watch for with either cotton swabs or cotton balls is migrating color. In the image above, you see the difference between blending with rubbing alcohol (bottom half) and no blending (top half). On the left side, you can see how I was able to tint bare paper by dragging color out of the colored block. Take care in using this method to tint paper.

Supplies for Journaling There's oodles of creative fun to be had painting an art journal, which is art-making, diary-keeping, and journaling all in one. The starting point is having a stash of supplies organized and easily available so you never have to interrupt your creative flow because of a lack of something. Then some appealing paper or journal to work in, and a nice pen. 1. Gather Your Usual Painting Supplies Image: © 2008 Marion Boddy-Evans. All your existing art supplies -- paints and brushes, crayons, pencils, paper, canvas, etc. -- can be used for art journaling or creating altered pages. 2. Photo © Marion Boddy-Evans. If you're concerned about the longevity of what you're creating, use archival glue and tape, which will last and not "eat" the paper over time. If you're using with acrylic paint, this also works as a glue, as does many acrylic mediums (especially those that dry clear rather than white). 3. Marker pens make it easy to add lettering. 4. 5. 6. Image ©Marion Boddy-Evans. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Self Portrail Stencil I am soooo excited about this one. Please do try it, especially you journal artists. It is a lot more fun than you'd think to manipulate images of yourself. Although I make stencils a lot, it had never occurred to me to do a self-portrait until I read Randi Feuerhelm-Watts' brilliant book, Wide Open. Materials you need: Clear photograph of yourself, preferably a self-portrait Photoshop, PE (Photoshop Elements), or other photo editing software. Making the Stencil The first thing you need to do is to select a good photograph. Once you find the right photograph, you need to simplify and turn it into b&w in Photoshop or PE. Next, change your image to black & white and simplify it a bit: Image/Adjustments/Threshold. Remember: Everything that is Black you will be cutting away. Finally, Save your document immediately! Cutting the Stencil This is the easy and not so easy part. Once all the black is cut away, you'll need to try out your stencil. Ta-da! Thanks.

How to Make Clothing Buttons from Shrink Plastic… | scissors.paper.wok - StumbleUpon This tutorial is an old one of mine that’s too good not to share again. Since posting the first time, I’ve had lots of questions about these buttons which will hopefully be answered in this revised post. Equipment Some handy notes: 1. single hole, hole punch (like this one here). 2. 3. Okay.. lets get started! Tracing tips: You can use either coloured pencils or permanent pens. Words must be writted backwards in order to be readable. Shrinking the buttons: To shrink the buttons, you can use an oven or a heat gun (the kind used for embellishing). After the buttons have twisted and twirled, and are LYING FLAT, it’s time to take them out. Note: If the skrinking is taking too long, you may need to turn your oven up. Here’s a short little stop-motion to make sure you’ve got the gist of how easy this is! Shrink Paper {here} Circle Punch {here} Hole punch {here} Pens {here} Update: I’ve made a video to show how to shrink the buttons using a craft embellishment heat gun. Kimanh Hi my name's Kimanh.

Homemade Glitter Homemade shimmery glitter is probably the easiest thing you can make and really pretty to look at. Plus, this version is edible and nontoxic for crafting. Supplies: table salt, food coloring and a tupperware container to mix in. A little silver dust used in decorating cakes adds some shimmer-if you’re a shimmer kind of girl-but it’s not completely necessary. Pour some salt into the tubberware. Isn’t it pretty?

100 Excellent Art Therapy Exercises for Your Mind, Body, and Soul January 9th, 2011 Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." It's no surprise, then, that many people around the world use art as a means to deal with stress, trauma and unhappiness – or to just find greater peace and meaning in their lives. If you're curious about what art therapy has to offer, you can try out some of these great solo exercises at home to help nurse your mind, body and soul back to health. If you like the experience, you can also seek out professional art therapy treatment in your area. Emotions Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises. Draw or paint your emotions. Relaxation Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Paint to music. Happiness Art can not only help you deal with the bad stuff, but also help you appreciate and focus on the good. Draw your vision of a perfect day. Portraits Often, a great way to get to know yourself and your relationships with others is through portraits. Collaging Self

Oil Pastel Tiplets Finally! I know, I know it - you guys are saying 'what the heck took this girl so long with the Oil Pastel Tiplets?'. Well, here they are. Before reading further - it's important to say three little words to yourself. My goal here: to get you to create something with your own fingers, perhaps in a medium you are unfamiliar with - TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE IS AN ARTIST IN US ALL. Okay. Alright - let's get to know oil pastels. Step 1: Get the goods. Step 2: It's all good - and what I mean by that is IT REALLY IS. Step 3: Draw anything. Step 4: Lighten up, Larry. Step 5: Block in colours. Step 6: Keep going. Step 7: MORE! Step 8: Use colours to blend. Step 9: grab a pencil! Memories... Dare... Basic, but still beautiful. Good luck with that!