Today I am sharing another recent page from my art journal. The phrase stamp is another from the Suzanne Carillo collection from Art Gone Wild. It arrived in my studio at the same time I was reading about kindness. I admit, I am the worst about thinking about and meaning to do kind little things for others but not getting to them because of the stuff in every day life, letting the moment pass without following through on the kind deed. For me, I have felt both the joy of recieving an act of kindness, and the disappointment of being on the recieving end of someone's never followed through grand intention. As I continue to think about happiness in my art journal, I was inspired to create a page to feature this quote because I believe a great deal of happiness can be given and recieved through acts of kindness.
The base page is one of the pages with printed dots on it that came in the binder I am using for my art journal. I applied bands of Ranger Adirondack Color Wash in blues and greens across my page.
I placed a stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) over the page and applied more Color Wash over the page, applying greens over the leafy area of the design and blue over the bird. I used the heat gun again to dry the ink quickly.
Next, I used Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp a flower design (Suzanne Carillo Noel Medallion) randomly on the stenciled area. I used the Perfect Pen and an assortment of Perfect Pearls to add some shimmer the flowers. I added some freehand lines with Stickles to create a vine connecting some of the flowers together.
I added embossing powder to several metal flowers and brads (Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage). To add embossing powder to the metal pieces, I hold a piece with a pair of tweezers and heat it with my heat gun. Once it is hot, I dip it face down directly into my jar of embossing powder. I then heat the piece again to melt the powder. If I like the effect, I stop, if not, I dip it again. I really like the Distress Embossing powders for theis because of the texture they create. I like to add a touch of sparkle to the pieces, so after I have the pieces covered, I lay them on my craft sheet and sprinkle them lightly with an embossing powder with sparkle in it (Ranger's Bridal embossing powder). I then heat the pieces on my craft sheet until the powder melts and blends with the Distress Embossing Powder. For the brands in the center, I used Bridal only and just held them with my tweezers, heated, dipped, and heated until I liked them.
I applied a thick generous layer of Clear Rock Candy Stickles over the sillhouette of the bird. I love the way it dries so chunky and flakey looking and adds so much color variation and depth to the color of the bird.
The quote is stamped in Ranger Jet Black Archival ink on a scrap of paper from Basic Grey's Basics 6×6 paper pad. The edges are inked in Black Soot Distress Ink. I added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket Pin to the top to "attach" the strip to the page.
- stamps: Art Gone Wild Suzanne Carillo Collection- Acts of Kindness and Noel Medallion
- stencil: Crafter's Workshop Paradise (TCW186)
- patterned paper: Basic Grey Basics White 6×6
- Ranger Adirondack Color Wash: Denim, Sailboat Blue, Stream, Meadow, Lettuce
- ink: Black Soot Distess Ink, Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink; Perfect Pen
- stickles: Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy, Stardust
- embossing powder: Ranger Ink Embossing Tinsel- Bridal; Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder Antique Linen and Tattered Rose
- Perfect Pearls: Pink Gumball, Blue Raspberry, Mint
- embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage and Trinket Pin
- adhesive: Therm O Web Superstick
- tools: Ranger Craft Sheet; Heat-It Craft Tool;