Art Journal and Giant Tag by Grace

Hello everyone! I’m back again with my final projects with February’s gorgeous kit. Unfortunately (and very annoyingly!), due to technical difficulties I have no process video this week; but I do have two projects to share with you, an art journal spread and a super giant altered tag.

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I will show you the art journal pictures first, as that was what was intended to be the video, and as such I have no process pictures of it.

I used lots of elements from the kit for this, as well as a few items from my own stash. I started by prepping the pages with gesso, then added colour with inks such as Lindy’s Starburst in Tibetan Poppy Teal and Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in pink. I also added watercolours (the very pigmented Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours), and a little bit of Twinkling H20s by Luminarte for some shimmer.

I added tags, papers, ephemera, mini art stones mixed with matte gel medium and coloured with purple ink, glass glitter in both violet and midnight blue, sissal, Spiegelmom sequins… just all of the things.

One of my favourite effects on this page was with the clear word stickers (which were given to me in a destash so I’m afraid I can’t tell you where they’re from), and was a total accident… I was drying the art stone and glass glitter gel mixes with my heat tool, completely forgetting about the plastic stickers, when they started buckling and melting. I thought that it just look so perfect I had to do a bit more! Sometimes accidents are great!

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Then I made my giant tag, which was great fun. I started with one of the large phrase stickers from the kit, and attached it to one of the 7dotsStudio papers cut to a 1/4″ border, and distressed the edges.

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Then I cut my tag shape from that same paper, 12″ tall by approx 5.5-6″ wide. And covered it in a layer of clear gesso to give it both structure and a good base for all the inks and other things.

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Next I stenciled on some stars with the gloss gel medium that came in the kit, and did this around most of the edges of the tag.

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Once the gel was dry I added the colours, which were Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in Pink, Mr Huey’s in ‘Mary Mary’, plus some colour dabbed on from ink pads.

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Next I added some gauze and some of the net ribbon from the kit to both at the top and the bottom of where the main piece was going to go with more of the gloss gel, and then attached that on top. Then I added a few of the 7dotsStudio die cut elements, a piece from the Vicki Boutin ephemera, and the ‘The Ongoing Story’ sticker.  Then some white splatters with watered down gesso all over the tag.

 

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At this point this was all I had I really planned, but I just knew that the tag needed… something; the net ribbon at the top looked a little lonely. Then I found these little camera stickers in my stash (which I think are from an old Shimelle sticker book, but I’m not 100% sure!). I thought the cameras would be perfect to match the quote on the large sticker. As they were pastel and quite “clean” looking, compared to the rest of the tag, I added a few pink ink splatters on them to tie them into the rest of the project.

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When the tag was completely dry (I left it overnight), I added some fun coloured and shaped ribbons to it to finish.

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I’m going to put this giant tag at the front of one of my scrapbooks or scrapbook albums, as I think the quote about taking pictures is perfect for that, as is the “The Ongoing Story” sticker. So often I’m asked why I scrapbook, and I think I can just point people in the direction of this tag as an answer from now on!

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And that’s it from me for this week, and for my projects with the February kit. I’ve learned a lot from working with this kit, I really do think it’s wonderful; it’s so important to go out of your comfort zone and try new things sometimes. Next week… well let’s just say I will be very much within my comfort zone, but that’s good too!

Grace ❤

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