Art by Marlene Art Journaling Page

I had a play date on Sunday in my Art By Marlene art journal – just me and some time doing what I love. And this was the end result. I love the freedom, colour and design of her products – the magic that anything is possible and I can create just because.
Position a sunray stencil [Stencilled by Jow] on your journal page towards the top edge. Use a sponge to sponge yellow acrylic paint through the stencil and keep it in place. Then use orange acrylic paint to stencil partially over the yellow to create interest.
Select images from your Die-cut book to use on your page and carefully remove them. I used a girl, leaves as wings, some circles cut in half and a Protea flower.
Stamp the image BM05 twice onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink. Fussy cut around the images.
Stamp the image BM05 twice onto smooth white cardstock using VersaFine Clair ink. Fussy cut around the images.
Add a single drop of liquid acrylic paint onto a plastic packet and mist with water. Carefully lift the packet, flip it over and stamp the acrylic onto your page. Leave to dry naturally or use a heat gun to dry and speed up the process.
Use Tombow adhesive to adhere the die-cut and stamped elements to your page as per the sample. Cut one of the stamped images in half and use at the top and bottom of your page.
Add finishing touches and details to your page. Add shadows using a graphite pencil and distress crayon around the girl image. Use a white marker to add white dots randomly across your page. Draw small white circles on the stamped images.
Use black VersaFine Clair ink pad and stamp a title onto your page.

Until next time I hope you are inspired by this page and by the amazing products available from this talented and amazing designer. Art by Marlene – designing real images for real life making creativity fun and easy!

Seize the Day Art Journaling Page

We have finally gotten some of the amazing AALL& Create stamps and products in South Africa and I am loving them. For art journaling last month we used this amazing stamp set along with some Liquid Acrylics from Prima and Concentrated Watercolours. Together these products make for an amazing end result.

I grew up with art around me, and more specifically watercolour paint. And that is where my love for the imperfect comes from – the possibilities and the opportunities that if offers are endless. And best of all it can be perfect if you want it to be.
For the tag we used good old black spray paint and sprayed over a stencil. Once the spray paint was dry, we used the Liquid Acrylics mixed with water to add colour to the open white spaces. A cool effect. The tag was trimmed shorter and adhere to the bottom of our pages for a fun effect.
Look how amazing all these inks work together. And as always my go-to stamping ink used is VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. Perfect for adding inks and paints over it without smudging.
Some text stamping in the background using VersaFine.
And finishing it off with some black dot stenciling and white gel pen details.
Such a simple but effective page with beautiful end results.
Until next time happy painting!

Modern Art Journal Page

I spent the day trying to get rid of a cold and headache, and ended up recycling an old art journal page I started a while ago. It ended up being a good day.art journal page

The original page started with some white Gesso on the Kraft coloured pages in the Dina Wakeley Media Journal. The Gold stars were stenciled with my own stencil design using Icing Paste from Prima.
And that was it. nothing else.

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So I started to add some Impasto paint sponsored by Trocraft to work with. The paints are amazing and I loved working with them. And those gorgeous pastel colours – just so pretty.
Impasto paints are heavy bodied paints, making them really thick, they are heavily pigmented paints for awesome colour ways.
They are great for creating texture and can be applied with a palette knife, a brush, texture tools or your fingers.
You can water them down a bit should you wish to, and they mix really well into pastes. So yes these are amazing paints for art journaling and mixed media.

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I added some Mont Marte acrylics too in bright pink, orange and Turquoise.

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And then some gold leafing applied with some tacky gel.

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A few palette knife streaks using navy paint and black modelling paste. But the majority of the soft pastel coloured page was done with Impasto Paints (Manor Blue/Mint/Dusty Rose/Lavender)

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And then I tested a new set of Graphite pencils I got recently. Its a cheap set – but works really well and I love them.

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So all in all my headache is still present, I feel crappy but I wished this piece of art was on a canvas for my wall. So there’s that.
Not bad for an otherwise not so great day.

Disclosure: The Prima Impasto Paints were given to me by Trocraft South Africa to work with. The opinion expressed about the product is my own and I do not get paid for it.

Stenciled Celebration Cards.

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I absolutely love creating paper projects using my POP paints. This range of paints is truly so versatile and with the new bright and vibrant colours you can’t go wrong.
Today I created some vibrant celebration cards that can be used for birthdays and other special occasions.
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step 1 – Stamp your sentiments from the Chiswick stamp set onto white cardstock using permanent black ink like StazOn or VersaFine. Trim the sentiments to the size you need.
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step 2 – On your craft sheet add a small amount of texture paste and POP paint in Burst.
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step 3 – Mix the paint and texture paste together to give you a nice thick consistency of coloured paste.
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step 4 – Create a coloured background. I used a variety of paints and inks to create a colourful mixed media background.
Stencil a pattern on top of the coloured background using the orange texture paste mixture.
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step 5 – Leave the paste to dry completely. Adhere the stenciled background piece to a folded card.
Stamp flowers onto white cardstock and use some of your watered down Burst paint to paint the flowers.
Adhere the flowers and sentiment to the card and finish off with sewing and a few diamante.
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And a second version using some of my Haze paint combined with watercolour paint to create a purple flower.
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And in a few minutes I created a couple of different cards using the same supplies – multitasking and creating a range of the same cards all at the same time really saves time and
you can build up quite a nice stash of cards ready to go at any moment.
Products used:

POP Paint 290ml-Haze pp0316
POP Paint 290ml-Burst pp0319
Clear Stamp – Life Lessons rs3184

Other: Flower stamp: Carabelle, Stencil: Jowilna Nolte, sewing machine, VersaFine, StazOn

Easter Art Journaling Page with a twist.

After a bit of a break we are back with weekly inspiration on the blog using our fabulous range of products from Chiswick.
And with the Easter weekend around the corner here’s some fun art journaling inspiration for you.
I have been collecting medication leaflets for the past 2 months – and since I accumulated quite a bit of them I thought it a good idea to start using them.artjournalpage_step7

These leaflets found inside tablet boxes remind me so much of the tissue paper techniques I love doing so much.
And paired with anything that showcases typography and I am happy as can be. Warning: these don’t always have the most flattering of words on them,
but then again does it really matter? Art is art… and its what you make of it right? Right!
Fast forward and here is the art journal page I created… something fun and meaningful for Easter.

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step 1 – I selected Burst, Zest and Lush for my project.
These colours are perfect for some bunny fun and Easter – bright and light.

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step 2 – Start by painting the leaflet left with orange (Burst) first in the middle section.
I did water down the paint slightly for a nice translucent effect.

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step 3 – Then move onto painting the top of the leaflet with the Zest. Overlap the Burst slightly with the yellow to give you a seamless crossover
blending the two colours into each other. Again water down the paint slightly.

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step 4 – Lastly paint the Lush (green) at the bottom of the leaflet again blending the colours into each other.
Leaf to dry completely or use your heat gun to heat set the paint.

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step 5 – I used two leaflets to complete my art journaling page.
Use gel medium to adhere the leaflets to the page of your art journal.

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TIP: I did not cut the leaflets shorter but rather trimmed the overhanging pieces down once the gel medium was dry.

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step 6 – Once the gel medium was dry I started adding stamped images, a bunny cut out from patterned paper and ink splats.

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step 7 – Stamped wording and stenciling using copper texture paste adds more interest.

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I used my Chiswick letter stamp set to add the stamped wording.
Using an ink pad made for detailed stamps, you can even pick up the detail from the stamps on top of the textured background.
How gorgeous are those alphabet stamps? Perfect for art journaling titles and quotes.

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If you are going away for the Easter weekend why not pop your art materials in a bag and create something beautiful and meaningful.
All you need is a few goodies from Chiswick and you can recycle and create at the same time!

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I hope you are inspired…until next week! Live Creatively.
have you bought your Chiswick POP Paint and Stamps yet?
Then head to your nearest craft store for some retail therapy.

Products used:
POP Paint 28ml – Burst pp0019
POP Paint 28ml – Zest pp0013
POP Paint 28ml – Lush pp0018
Clear Stamp – Scripty letters rs3182

Where there is Love Art Journal page

With the month of love heading our way it’s time start pulling out all those love themed crafting projects.
Today I am sharing some art journaling inspiration using POP Paint and stamps for a bright and love filled spread.detail1

I wanted a fun and happy page with a few key elements and a nice focal point. Not too bright but with the right amount of colour
and I think I achieved exactly what I had in mind.

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step 1 -Dry brush some Burst (orange) POP Paint onto your background in a random fashion.

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step 2 – Once the orange is dry, dry brush some Blush POP Paint over it and leave to dry.

step 3 – Trace a heart shape onto your background using a pencil. Use a coloured dye ink spray and remove the nozzle from the bottle
and trace around the heart shape. Leave to dry.

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step 4 – Use Onyx POP Paint and some stencils to add details. Lift a small amount of black paint with a sponge dauber and tap off the excess.
Pounce through the stencil design to transfer a thin layer of paint onto your page. Leave to dry.

TIP: The thinner the layer applied the quicker it will dry.

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step 5 – Use your fine print stamps and black ink and stamp over your entire page for some added details.

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step 6 – Add some stamped heart and sentiment details to finish off your page. Use a white gel pen and draw some details on your page.

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POP paint makes for amazing coloured art journaling pages and can be used in a multitude of ways.
What have you done with your POP Paint lately – and what colour combinations have you tried?
The possibilities are endless.

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Products used
POP Paint 500ml-Blush pp0503
POP Paint 500ml-Burst pp0519
POP Paint 500ml-Onyx pp0508
Clear Stamp – Fine Print rs3181
Other: art journal, black paint, white paint pen, ink, stencils

Index card art using POP Paint.

On the Chiswick blog I am sharing all about Index card sized art daily and how I created this little art work using POP Paint. detail2

Hop on over to see how I created this work of art using paint and a few stamped butterflies. Simple, elegant and so much fun for a quick art and creative session.
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Products used:
POP Paint 500ml-Macaroon pp0504
POP Paint 500ml-Buttery pp0514
POP Paint 500ml-Blush pp0503
POP Paint 500ml-Minted pp0506

Art Journaling page bright and dark – POP paint.

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On the Chiswick blog today I am sharing a fun art journaling page. This page started off as an experiment and it morphed into a fun colourful page with a darker side.
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I created the background with 5 colours of acrylic paint but my main focus was using POP paint colours in Signal Red and Flamingo
as my base.
colourful medley art journaling pagestep 1 – Paint a few large patches of Flamingo paint onto your background

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step 2 – Once the Flamingo is dry, add layers of red paint on top.

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step 3 – Once the red paint is dry, add several other colours of paint.
I used a flat paint brush and added flat paint strokes to cover the pages of my art journal.
Leave the layers of paint to dry thoroughly and completely.

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On top of my background I added some painted black circles,, Flamingo circles, scribbles and ink splats on top of a layer
of crackle paint. A dark art journaling page to reflect my mood last week – and that’s OK. What started off as a happy bright and vibrant page
turned into an outward expression of how I felt. And that really is the purpose of art journaling – isn’t it?

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Products used
POP Paint 500ml-Flamingo pp0502
POP Paint 500ml-Signal
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Layered stenciling – a feast of patterns Art Journaling page.

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Today I am sharing some amazing layereing using the gorgeous  The Crafters Warehouse Stencils and Modelling paste on this fun
art journaling page. Take a look how easy it is to achieve amazing results with only a single stencil…
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I love how this page turned out with all its colors and patterns mingling with each other and then leaving the focus on the winged heart.

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Here’s how I created the look…
step 1 – Using my favorite circle stencil and Memento Luxe inks pads in 3 colors i created my base background.
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step 2 – Add 1 colour at a time to your stencil and mist with water. Flip over the stencil and stamp the image onto your journal page.
Start with your lightest color first working your way to the darkest of the 3 colors.
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step 3 – Once your background is dry start adding your layers.
I used my TCW 384 Well Rounded Stencil and stenciled my first pattern in orange ink. Repeat this 3 times .
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step 4 – Repeat the stenciling over the same image this time using bright pink ink over just two thirds of the same image.
This gives a beautiful deep and rich look.
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step 5 – Use a dark brown ink and stencil circles around the first image.

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step 6 – Add some modelling paste to a palette. I added some ink to color my paste a beautiful blue.
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step 7 – Mix the ink into the paste until fully colored.
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step 8 – Apply the colored modelling paste through a different pattern on your stencil onto white cardstock.
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step 9 – Carefully remove the stencil and leave the paste to dry. Once dry cut into a heart shape to use on your journaling page.
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Cut out a large stamped heart and adhere the smaller heart with the modelling paste mon it inside the cut out heart.
Add stamped wings under the heart and adhere in place.
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add some additional ink splats and stamped details to finish off your page.

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Layering different stencil patterns on top of each other is an easy way to achieve an interesting patterned look.
Combine different colors for added interest – and you will find out just how versatile your stencils really are.

POP Paint Art Journaling Page using printed cards.

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Remember a few weeks back I shared these gorgeous feather prints with you here
and then said that I would probably use them for a father’s day card or something. Well today was that something day…
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I absolutely love how they turned out and they simply had to be used.
So today I cut them up and turned them into a modern art journaling page – just for fun.
This way I can forever have these prints in my art journal and as a reference guide to what I did.

 like keeping a record of techniques and experiments and what better way than to keep them creatively side by side in my art journal.

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I combined my prints with some creative play on a kraft background that will be adhered to another page inside my journal.

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step 1 – Cut the printed cards into smaller sizes using your scissors only – even if they are not straight they are perfect.

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step 2 – Create a random pattern onto the kraft paper using some acrylic paint combined with POP Paint.

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step 3 – Adhere the cut up cards to the center of your kraft panel creating different heights and even overlapping some pieces.
Add additional highlights using a medium sized paint brush and POP Paint.

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Once the paint is dry use a graphite pencil to add highlights, a small paint brush to add ink splats and some staples for texture.

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And so you can turn those fun experiments into works of art with a modern twist.

Products:
POP Paint 290ml-Skyfall pp0305