Monoprinting in Art Journaling

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Hello!

Years ago I received my first Gelli Art® Gel Printing Plate and remember thinking, “What do I do with this?”  Now, it is more like, “What can’t I do with this?”   When it comes to art supplies this tool has become indispensable to me.   I use it for so many things, including creating quick backgrounds on things like paper, tags, envelopes and fabric.

For my page this week, I used the Gelli® plate to create a background on a piece of newsprint paper and then I glued it to the base of my journal page.  I followed up with doodles, stencils, stickers and scribbles. 

If you are interested in exploring the many uses for the Gelli® plate, check out my new on-line workshop called Printmaker Pro: Press, Stitch & Stash and see what other students are saying!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints!

April 18

Art Challenge:  The Gelli Arts® Plate
Journal Prompt:  A Lot on My Plate

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If you would like to learn more about using the Gelli Art® printing plate, I have a workshop for that called Printmaker Pro: Press, Stitch and Stash.


I Have a New Shop!

Hello!

I opened a new shop a couple of weeks ago...you might have heard!  I am very excited, in that nerdy kind of way, with all the techie things I can do with it.  I have been asked why I am leaving Etsy.  I will be keeping my Etsy open for a bit but all new products will be added to The Shop. There are so many amazing features with this new platform and I think you will agree.

•You can purchase with or without creating an account - that's a nice feature, huh?!
•Free shipping on orders over $60 (excluding digi items).
•Easier navigation and drop down categories.
•More product previews with click through to make it easier to view.
•Links and videos on product pages are possible.
•Product reviews on the product pages.
...and MUCH MORE!

I would love to hear how you like my new digs!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Using Acrylic Paint in Art Journaling...

Hello!

Acrylic paint is a staple item for me when it comes to art journaling and with so many brands, colors and consistencies it can be overwhelming to choose.  I roll with my favorite colors but I am especially crushing on Martha Stewart and Amsterdam paints at the moment.

Ideas for using acrylic paint in your art journal:
•Scrape paint onto the blank page for a base.
•Add a little water to make a wash.
•Ink up your rubber stamps.
•Finger paint elements to the page.
•Doodle with a fine tip brush.
•Monoprinting - add to a piece or paper and spread around, turn over onto page and press.

I incorporated all these ideas into my page this week. What is your favorite way to use acrylics?

Cheers,

Roben-Marie

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints!

April 11

Art Challenge:  Acrylics
Journal Prompt:  Cry Me a River



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Pocket Scrapbooking Mixed Media Style

My friend Susan created a cute mixed media pouch, using an Anthropologie envelope as the base.  She used Art Pops™ Stickers, Tabs and Cards from my new Sanibel Days Collection.  I love how she made little pockets and pulls and added stitching to make these adorable pocket scrapping mixed media cards.  What a great gift and excellent way to document the every day! Enjoy the inspiration and special thanks to Susan for sharing her ideas!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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A Cloud Like a Feather

I've seen some pretty unbelievable things but this has me really amazed.  The first photo was taken near my home yesterday, which incidentally was passover.  The cloud looks like several things to me: a feather, a feather pen and even an angel wing.  The cloud was vertical in photo one and no other clouds were in the sky around it.

In the second photo, clouds rolled in and surrounded the "feather" cloud but it appears that the feather cloud has a barrier around it and was not disturbed by the other clouds. 

God's amazing creation is all around us!

Blessings to you on this day of remembrance!

Roben-Marie


Photo credits: Gary Pearson

Using Watercolors in Art Journaling...

Hello!

I enjoy using watercolors mixed in with other mediums.  For this page I took a wrinkled up piece of packaging paper (it was stuffed in the box of an order I had recently received) and worked on it outside o my journal.

This method works great if you want stitching on your page.  It is hard to get the journal into the sewing machine.  Once I finished my page, I used an adhesive to attach it to the page in my journal.  I use the left side as a workbook style page to track my supplies.  Have fun with watercolors!

Cheers,

Roben-Marie

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints!

April 4

Art Challenge:  Watercolors
Journal Prompt:  It's water under the bridge


1. For the first layer, I added water to black acrylic paint so that it would be permanent.

2. Next, I added a variety of watercolors across the page.

3. I cut random circles from a variety of papers and stitched them to the background.

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4. I added some white paint through a stencil and then glued the page into my journal.



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