When Eileen Hull was here this past Sunday she brought the most fantastic vintage suitcases stuffed full of traveler's notebook journals and mini albums made by her and her design team. It was a visual feast!
One of my favorite things is books and journals "stuffed with stuff". Back in high school I remember getting a thick notebook with a heavy duty silver coil and hand made paper cover. I "stuffed" that notebook with pictures of fashion that I loved from my Seventeen magazines and more. I still have that notebook and consider it a little time capsule from the late 90s (those eyebrows and chunky shoes were rough looking in hindsight!).
I have been a traveler's notebook, smashbook, junk journal fan ever since! But I have to admit I haven't made much time for this type of crafting lately (I'm still trying to finish up my traveler's notebook from my trip to Denver this past May). However, I told myself on Sunday while at the Eileen class that I was going to make time daily - even if just 10 minutes - to create in one of my traveler's notebooks or journals. It may only be Thursday, but I am going 4 days strong so far.
Since I have all things traveler's notebook and junk journals on the brain currently, I thought I would share some of the awesome inspiration I have been perusing lately. Scroll down and get ready to look like this:
Aren't they fun looking? I especially love that the bottom four pictures actually incorporate junk mail into them. Look at the use of the envelopes!
If you need a little more in person inspiration to get you going, sign up for the Gratitude Journal with Hope class coming up later this month. In that class you will use a vintage hymnal to create a gratitude journal to use during the Thanksgiving holiday season. All the details and sign-up are here.
Or grab a book or journal and some "junk" and sign-up for the Creative Weekend starting Friday, September 29. You can have a table in our studio to get creative on all weekend for only $15. Details and registration are here.
We shared the picture below on our Instagram a couple of weeks ago and had an inquiry about a tutorial. The technique is super simple, but we wanted to share the step-by-step with you today.
First, gather up your supplies. You will need Distress Oxide Ink Pads (available in 24 colors!), ink blending tools, stencil(s), washi tape, spray bottle of water, watercolor paper/cardstock and a craft sheet (not pictured). All of these items are available at Palette & Paper!
I like to put a little tape on the back of my cardstock and stick it to my craft mat so it doesn't move around. After choosing a stencil, I also use washi tape to tape the stencil down over my piece of cardstock.
Using my ink blending tool and assortment of Distress Oxide Inks I fill in the areas of the stencil. It's important to go into this knowing that it isn't going to be perfect. You will have color overlap a bit and that's okay!
After you are done coloring in the stencil, you can spray with water or spray some water into your palm to "flick" on the cardstock. This will add to the distressed look.
Using a piece of paper towel blot the cardstock to absorb the excess water and remove the stencil. Craft Confession: I sprayed a little too much water and let it sit a little too long for the look I was going for. Taking pictures while crafting of all the steps is hard work and threw off my timing! As you can see my image was a little "soft" looking (see the picture below on the right). That's the great thing about crafting though. You can keep adding and layering on your project to get a look that makes you happy.
I realigned my stencil and went back and added more color as you can see below. I was much happier with the overall look of the project after reapplying some inks.
I also did this same technique with an "abstract" stencil. For this project I didn't tape my stencil down though because I kept moving it, using various Distress Oxide colors through the stencil and layering the colors (one of the coolest things about the Distress Oxide Inks is they don't make mud - they layer on top of each other vs. mixing together). After finishing with the color I sprayed, flicked and blotted. I love how this turned out.
I love both of these and they will make for great bases for the front of cards! I also can't wait to do something similar to the second project as a background in my art journal.
If you haven't tried Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil yet I highly recommend it! You can create gorgeousness with limited supplies and time! #winnerwinner
If you have any questions about this post or Distress Oxide Inks feel free to leave a comment below!
I'm still "seeing green" around the Shoppe. I just had to share a few more products along with inspiration on how to use them again this week (don't miss last week's post featuring some of my other favorite green products).
Product 6: Dylusions Ink Sprays
Dylusions Ink Sprays are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. The Dylusions Ink Sprays’ bright and vibrant palette will colorize paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more.
You can spray some on a page in your art journal to make a cool background or leave some white space and be inspired to create a design based on the formation the spray makes.
Stamp and emboss images on tags or cards and spray color over it. The embossed area will act like a resist and remain the color of the embossing powder.
Load up a waterbrush with the spray ink and have awesome “watercolor” like markers for hand lettering and adding details to your art journal pages.
Products 7 & 8: Distress Paint & Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim Holtz and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains—perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.
You can use Distress Paints to create awesome backgrounds for your creations.
By using canning salt with distress paints you can create the cool “splotchy” look (more details here).
Create an awesome spring themed frame and paint various elements with Distress Paint. Check out the Ranger Ink Blog for all the details.
Make gorgeous backgrounds to use in your cardmaking by striping on various colors of Distress Paint. Lightly mist the cardstock (watercolor cardstock works really well), apply stripes of color, spritz with more water and then blend the colors.
And since you are going to want to be sure to get every color of Distress Paints, be sure to download a color chart to fill in and keep handy!
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints are artist quality opaque paints available in a variety of bold colors, metallics and neutrals. Richly pigmented, these paints feature a thick buttery consistency that holds brushstrokes, peaks and tool marks and can be easily smoothed. The paints blend well with other media colors, creating an endless palette. They come in both 1 oz. and 2 oz. bottles/tubes.
You can create delicious, bold mixed media creations with these paints as you can see in the examples below.
And don’t feel limited by the 25 colors that are offered. You can mix these paints in a multitude of ways to create additional colors. Download your own color mixing chart here.
Product 9: Bella Blvd. Puffy Stickers
Much like my love for enamel dots, I love puffy stickers to add to projects. Bella Blvd. just released an assortment of stickers in star and heart shapes and letters in an array of colors.
They had fun to a scrapbook layout. Just look at the layering and dimension they add!
They work so well on cards with other decorative embellishments.
And they add such a sweet pop to a bible journaling page.
Product 10: Nuvo Glimmer Paste
This product is perfect for the “gimme all the sparkles” motto I have for my life. Nuvo Glimmer Paste adds a fabulous layer of glitter to any craft project help add a 3D look to your cards or mixed media projects by using a stencil. Glimmer Paste works on a number of materials such as fabric, acetate, glass and wood – they are great for any crafting project, not just paper crafting.
Nuvo Glimmer Paste can be spread through a stencil using a palette knife to create gorgeous dimensional patterns on cards. It is such a simple technique, but creates a tremendous impact.
Multiple colors can be used together. When the colors “mush” together you will get amazing results.
Create your own “glitter paper” to use in die cutting and other projects.
So are you now seeing green too? What are you inspired to try out first (it’s okay to say all of them!)? See you at Palette & Paper soon!
Raise your hand if you agree that baby wipes are a must have in your craft arsenal! They are great for quick clean-ups of your hands, craft mat, stamps, etc. while working on a project. But did you realize how awesome they can be in the actual creation of art?
Today we are going to share some ways to utilize these handy wipes in your creations.
You can paint with baby wipes! Using a baby wipe makes it super easy to cover a large area with minimal paint which makes for quicker dry times and easier to layer and build your mixed media page. It is also a great technique to add in spots of other colors that blend wonderfully into the background color.
Here are a couple of stills from this Dyan Reaveley YouTube Video showing the technique.
You can also use baby wipes to “reverse paint” or remove paint. This is a great technique to do through a stencil as you can see below. You can see the whole tutorial here.
Distress Ink Pads
Make a gorgeous background with a light, watercolor look using Distress Ink Pads and baby wipes. Katie shows this pretty technique over on CardMaker Magazine’s Blog (full post here).
Carolyn Dube shares a wonderful example of how to use baby wipes with pan pastels to create a gradient, layered look using a stencil.
What do you get when you added embossing ink/powder, distress crayons and baby wipes together? Pure magic, as Sandy Allnock shares in this video.
So, while Palette & Paper won’t be carrying baby wipes in the shoppe, we do carry an amazing assortment of products that work well with baby wipes! We would love to see your creations made with baby wipes, so be sure to tag us in photos on Instagram and Facebook or share your craft blog links in the comments!
If you follow Palette & Paper on Instagram and/or Facebook you saw that the new Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Ink Pads are in stock!
So, what is a Distress Oxide? How does it differ from Tim’s other distress products?
Distress Oxide Ink Pads are a water-reactive dye and pigment fusion. They create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. They come in 12 colors including Tim’s gorgeous colors of “Worn Lipstick”, “Cracked Pistachio”, “Vintage Photo” and more.
Since they have pigment in them they work well on darker paper also. Check out the various colors on white, kraft and black paper.
When it comes to stamping, Distress Oxides work better for stamping giving an opaquer look vs. Distress Inks that tend to be “blotchy” when stamping.
You can check out Tim demoing the Distress Oxide Ink Pads while at Creativation here:
Want to be inspired on how to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads? Check these projects out:
You need all 12 colors, rights? Be sure to tag us on Instagram and/or Facebook if you share what you have created with Distress Oxide Inks!
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