Day Three of Patterns

Today is day three of #the100dayproject and it’s day three of my pattern making extravaganza. I created a simple gradient pattern that I’ve turned into a simple but lovely card.

There is a video up on YouTube so you can watch the process. https://youtu.be/1oTTqe3Z8m8

My videos aren’t the greatest. I know this. I have so much to learn about videoing, editing, etc., but I can’t get better if I don’t practice. So, if you would go over to YouTube and subscribe to my channel and watch my videos, it would be a great help. Thanks so much.

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Pattern Play

I had already decided to participate in the 100 day project creating one hundred days of patterns when Nat from n*Studio announced Nat’s April Patterns play along challenge. It was kismet. So, I’ll be posting everyday, or as close to it as any person can get, with my pattern of the day.  I am using this opportunity to begin challenge of learning how to video, edit and post some art tutorials.

I created a video for this pattern.

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This is my first video I have ever created. It isn’t perfect. The table shakes when I move and the lighting isn’t perfect. I will say that I learned a lot just from this first attempt. Are there much higher quality videos online? Yes! Everyone starts somewhere, though. This is my first step. You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/8gPfYxHwT6o 

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow along as I learn and create new videos.

If you would like to play along you can use the hashtags #the100dayproject and #natsaprilpatterns.

 

Make your own wrapping paper.

This post goes all the way back to November. Often when we think of seasonal gift wrapping our minds go straight to decorated trees and snowmen. But who says that you can’t create beautiful, nontraditional holiday wrapping using some of your favorite n*Studio art supplies? Let’s break out our artfoamies and stamps and create some one of a kind paper!

Supplies:
Roll of brown kraft paper
Mini clam hex foam stamp
Master’s Touch acrylic in emerald green
6×6 gel plate
brayer
Ranger Ink Letter it Metallic marker
Ranger Ink Black archival ink
Ranger Ink Distress ink in black soot
mini blending tools
The Crafter’s Workshop Platinum modeling paste
NStudio Small Circle Jumble stamp set – Circle Drive Negative Small
Ranger Distress Tag #8
Gelly Roll Pen Black 06
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Start with an inexpensive roll of kraft paper. I found mine at a local dollar store. Lay the paper down on a flat surface and tape down the corners and edges with painters tape. This will help keep the paper from rolling up as you work. Brayer out some paint onto your gel plate and press your artfoamie into the paint. I am using Nat’s mini clam hex foam stamp. Now firmly press the stamp onto your kraft paper.
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Repeat this process creating whatever design you wish.
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Add some pizzazz and additional interest with metallic markers. I have added dashed lines with my silver Letter It Metallic Marker by Ranger.
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What would a beautifully wrapped package be without a gift tag? Start with a #8 mixed media tag. Apply the same emerald green paint onto the tag in a haphazard fashion using a mini blending tool.
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Thinly apply platinum modeling paste with a dry coarse bristled brush in some areas of your tag. You can continue to layer the green acrylic and platinum modeling paste until you achieve an affect you like.
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Add black soot distress ink around the edges and throughout the tag to add additional interest.
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Next, stamp a few of the negative circle drive small stamps from the Small Circle Jumble Stamp Set – don’t forget to add the ornament topper. Draw a few strings from the ornaments and add a little silver highlights.
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Accidental Cabbage – A Journal Page

I call this one accidental cabbage because after I made it I couldn’t get it out of my head that it look like cabbage leaves. Oh well!!

Back in December, the creative squad was creating projects that celebrated thiat festive time of year. I love to think outside of the box with our creative squad prompts. So, when I sat down to contemplate warm wishes and holidays, I was immediately transported to somewhere tropical for some literal “warm” holiday wishes. I hope you enjoy my non-traditional and somewhat tropical take on a holiday wreath for a spread in my art journal.

Supplies:
Canson Mixed Media Journal/Paper Pad
Ranger Archival Inks in Garden Patina, Vibrant Fuchsia, Vivid Chartreuse
Tombow Mono Drawing Pens in an 03 and 05 – black
Nat’s Mini Clam Hex foam stamp
Nat’s Space Oddity Foam stamp
Nat’s circle drive negative small rubber stamp – NK72438
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I began in my canson mixed-media journal. I placed a small pencil mark in the center of my page as a guide. Then I inked my space oddity foam stamp with vibrant fuchsia archival ink. Next, I pressed the foam stamp into the center of my page, pressing with even pressure. This striped design mimics a fun candy cane pattern. Here is where we begin with a non-traditional use of color. Instead of the normal red and white, this pink and white will feel a lot more modern and tropical.

I used the mini clam hex foam to create my faux tropical leaves around the center of my wreath. I inked up the foam stamp with vivid chartreuse archival ink and pressed the stamp down in an exact pattern that I repeated all the way around.

 

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Next, I wanted to add some ornament balls all around the wreath. Nat’s small circle jumble rubber stamp set was the perfect thing. I chose the circle drive negative stamp and inked it up with garden patina archival ink. I stamped the ornaments all over the wreath.

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I used my tombow mono drawing pens to add a little detail around each ornament and leaf.

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Lastly, in pencil I sketched out a little fun hand-lettered sentiment. Once I settled on the design, I drew over it with my drawing pens and erased the pencil marks.

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Recycled Decor

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Supply List:
Cereal Box Packaging or similar thin cardboard
Nat’s Stencils: Flower Maze, Toledo, Batik
Floral Wire – black
Apple Barrel Acrylics: Honeysuckle Pink, Light Blue, Turquoise, Tropic Orange, Dandelion Yellow, Island Green, Black
Mini blending tool
3M mounting tape
This project was created for the kick off of Creative Jumpstart 2019. The theme this year is all about home. We were challenged to create a home decor piece and that got me thinking that you don’t need a lot of money to decorate your home. All you need for unique decor is imagination and a little inspiration.
I began by cutting circles out of the cardboard: one large, one medium, two small, and one extra-small. I then applied a thin coat of acrylic paint onto each circle.
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Next, I applied layers of stenciled designs in contrasting colors using Nat’s Flower Maze, Toledo, and Batik stencils. The final layer was painted in black for heavy contrast. I edged around each circle in black as well.
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I placed a piece of mounting tape in the center of one of the small circles and attached it to the center of the medium circle. Then I attached the medium circle to the large circle with mounting tape as well.
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Next, I punched a hole in the top and bottom of the large circle (this is to attach a hook to the top and hang the small pieces from the bottom). You can use a hole punch or a safety pin for this step. Using wire snips, I cut small pieces of wire, about two inches long each. Using a safety pin I made several small holes around the edges of the large circle to attach my wire.
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Finally, I attached a piece of wire for a hook and to hang the final small circle and extra small circle from the bottom. You could use string if you prefer.

Brand Spotlight – Ranger Ink

This year has been pretty tough so far and I haven’t spent near enough time creating or blogging as I would have liked. Now that things are slowing down I’ve decided to start doing weekly and bi-weekly posts including “Brand Spotlight”. Each week I will spotlight a brand of products that I personally use and love. I’ll share some product information and a tutorial.

This first brand spotlight post is highlighting Ranger Ink. I am a massive fan and I use more of their products than I should probably admit. I own and use products from the following lines: Wendy Vecchi, Dina Wakley Media, Dylusions, Letter It, Tim Holtz, and general Ranger Ink products like archival ink.

Today, I am sharing a page using some of my favorite Ranger products in my Dina Wakley Media journal. I am working on one of the cotton rag pages for this spread. If you have been keeping up with my blog, you already know I am playing along with Nat Kalbach’s Foam Stamplifier challenge. These painted hexagons were created for that challenge and were the spring board for this page.

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Using a Dina Wakley stencil that mimics the foam stamp shape, I applied distress ink in soot with a mini blending tool. Then across the center of the page I placed a piece of Dina Wakley Media washi tape, effectively cutting the page in half visually.

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Next, I added more styles of DWM washi on opposite sides of the page. Using DecoArt Media Americana Premium Matte Medium, I adhered the hexagon pieces across the center of the page.

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I cut out two windows from the DWM printed tissue collection and adhered them with matte medium in opposite corners.

 

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My Ranger Ink product suggestions and must haves:

I highly recommend the Dina Wakley Media collage papers. They are truly some of my most used DWM/Ranger Ink purchases. I also love the black and white washi tapes she designed. I don’t use her colored versions nearly as much. I love to art journal and my two most used are the large Dylusions journal (the classic kraft colored one) and the Dina Wakley Media journal. If you are a card-maker I highly recommend the Letter-It line of sentiments. They mimic the look of hand-lettering which is very popular right now. I also use a lot of the classic black archival ink.

I hope you have found this post helpful. Tune in each week to see my latest brand spotlight post. Thanks for stopping by.

Brand Spotlight – Ranger Ink

This year has been pretty tough so far and I haven’t spent near enough time creating or blogging as I would have liked. Now that things are slowing down I’ve decided to start doing weekly and bi-weekly posts including “Brand Spotlight”. Each week I will spotlight a brand of products that I personally use and love. I’ll share some product information and a tutorial.

This first brand spotlight post is highlighting Ranger Ink. I am a massive fan and I use more of their products than I should probably admit. I own and use products from the following lines: Wendy Vecchi, Dina Wakley Media, Dylusions, Letter It, Tim Holtz, and general Ranger Ink products like archival ink.

Today, I am sharing a page using some of my favorite Ranger products in my Dina Wakley Media journal. I am working on one of the cotton rag pages for this spread. If you have been keeping up with my blog, you already know I am playing along with Nat Kalbach’s Foam Stamplifier challenge. These painted hexagons were created for that challenge and were the spring board for this page.

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nine

Using a Dina Wakley stencil that mimics the foam stamp shape, I applied distress ink in soot with a mini blending tool. Then across the center of the page I placed a piece of Dina Wakley Media washi tape, effectively cutting the page in half visually.

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Next, I added more styles of DWM washi on opposite sides of the page. Using DecoArt Media Americana Premium Matte Medium, I adhered the hexagon pieces across the center of the page.

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I cut out two windows from the DWM printed tissue collection and adhered them with matte medium in opposite corners.

 

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My Ranger Ink product suggestions and must haves:

I highly recommend the Dina Wakley Media collage papers. They are truly some of my most used DWM/Ranger Ink purchases. I also love the black and white washi tapes she designed. I don’t use her colored versions nearly as much. I love to art journal and my two most used are the large Dylusions journal (the classic kraft colored one) and the Dina Wakley Media journal. If you are a card-maker I highly recommend the Letter-It line of sentiments. They mimic the look of hand-lettering which is very popular right now. I also use a lot of the classic black archival ink.

I hope you have found this post helpful. Tune in each week to see my latest brand spotlight post. Thanks for stopping by.