Monday, June 9, 2014

Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial

Hello everyone!! Monday morning and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. One of my favourite things with our challenges is the wide variety of themes, every week there is something new. This week we are focusing on paint. I did a tutorial for an art journal page, but you can use the techniques on pretty much anything.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
I used lovely new Dina Wakley products on this page, and had planned to use her paints too, but they are still in a parcel making their way to me. Instead I used Distress Paint. Ever since I set eyes on the Scribbly Birds stamp set, I knew I was going use it a lot. I am sure you know that I like birds. On this page, I used paint in a number of ways, I turned it into a tutorial.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
Start by covering the pages with gesso using a palette knife. I pressed a circle stamp into the gesso here and there. Always remember to immediately clean your stamp after using it with acrylic paint or gesso. I also dragged some lines through the gesso with a Ranger scraper tool.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
When the gesso is dry, paint the page with watered-down Distress Paint, adding just a little bit of water to the paint. I didn't cover the whole page, wanting to leave some of it white. Now you can see the texture of the stamping and scraping clearer.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
When the paint was dry, I used a stencil and Black Soot paint to add some flying birds to the sky.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
To be able to play around with the placement of the birds, I first stamped them and some hearts on tissue paper, tore them out and moved them over the page until I was happy. They were adhered with glossy multi medium. The tissue paper practically disappears. I've been using this technique a lot lately, it works great on slightly textured surfaces. My Small Creative Journal is also a little bulky now on the one side, making it harder to get good stamped impressions. Add a layer of gloss multi medium on top of the birds too.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
I painted branches for the birds, using Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain paint. Sentiments were stamped on the page. The purple sentiment was sponged through a stencil using Dusty Concord paint. I painted the birds with Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence, letting the paint dry in between layers. White paint was sponged through the Plastic Canvas stencil to add more texture. I also added some lines with my Ranger scraper tool and Black Soot. 

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
Distress Paints are thin and you might need more than one layer. I used a marker to bring some of the black lines back on the birds. Shadows were added under the birds with black paint.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
The heart was painted with Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberry. I stamped more words, both on the birds and the background and also stamped some scribbly text here and there.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
One of the great things with acrylic paint is that you can paint light over darker colours and the white highlights gave the birds more life. I added some marks to the branches with a marker, to make them fit with the Scribbly Birds.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
Here we have watered-down acrylic paint for the first background layer, stenciled birds and a final layer of white stenciling and stamping.

Layers of ink - Bold Birds Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin, with Scribbly Birds stamps by Dina Wakley, Ranger Distress Paints.
I cut up squares of Ranger Cut 'n Dry Foam to use when sponging paint through the stencils, making the birds lighter in some areas.

I hope you will join us this week in our paint challenge. As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for stopping by today and have a great week!

Anna-Karin

Supplies (affiliate links used):




Supplies:
Surfaces: Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Journal
Stamps: Ranger Dina Wakley: Scribbly BirdsAll the Gals, Collaged Hearts, Scribbly Women, Textures
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Stencils: Ranger Dina Wakley: Plastic Canvas, Birds in Flight, Affirmations
Paint: Distress Paint: Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Black Soot,  Walnut Stain, Picket Fence, Gathered Twigs, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean
Medium: Ranger Dina Wakley: White Gesso; Ranger Multi Medium Gloss
Tools: Ranger Cut 'n Dry Foam, Craft Scraper Tool

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I just took a class on this today. So I really understand how beautiful this is.

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  2. Its Wonderful..I loved the texture ..watered down paints on bg ,stamping and of course the birds :D !!

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  3. I love it! Beautiful colors and painting. Great stamping, too. Love the quotes. There is something so lifelike about that scribbled bird stamp.

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  4. Should have said "those scribbled bird stamps" and how you painted them.

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  5. beautiful, love those birds!
    Groetjes karin

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  6. I love these two pages. I love birds too and love the way you painted them. Thanks for the tutorial. Now to see I can make something similar.

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  7. Great job and this is a wonderful tutorial. I love the bird stamps too! :D

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  8. I so love these bird stamps and i love how you've used them - fantastic pages xx

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  9. I am in love with your beautiful pages and those painted birds are gorgeous! Another masterpiece!!!

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  10. Such beautiful journal pages! Love the layers of fabulous stamping and great colors. :)

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  11. Wonderful techniques on these lovely pages Anna-Karin! love the colorful birds and other stampings - the stenciling and texture!

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  12. Gorgeous!!..Scribbly birds look pretty on your art journal pages..

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  13. I must say this is the first step by step and in detail journal page tutorial i have seen, thank you!!

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  14. Gorgeous pages, Anna-Karin! I love the way you layer and the colors of the birdies are so pretty :)

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  15. Beautiful! I love that you combined the two different types of birds on the gorgeous inky background.
    Another amazing project!

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  16. Love how you colored the birds. These stamps are on my wish list.

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  17. Love your journal page. The colors are gorgeous.

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  18. thanks for sharing .... love your creativity - love visiting your site.
    Sandra ltb

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  19. Wow Anna-Karin, these pages are stunning! The birds are so colorful an fun! Love it! Hugs, Sandra

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  20. Amazing page! this color palette blue-orange is my fav! The little birds are incredible, super cute and absolutely stunning ! BArbarayaya

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  21. I love these colors. These pages come across as "calmly encouraging" to me. Love them!

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  22. As soon as I saw your adorable pages, it just made me smile wide! I absolutely love the colour palette you've chosen to use and the birds look wonderful against the textured background. Just stunning Anna-Karin...

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  23. Beautiful work of art. Love your color use. Love the way you did the birds. Thanks for showing Anneke.

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  24. Beautiful pages Anna-Karin! I love those sweet birds! You brought them to life with your amazing art skills! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. These pages are beautiful and I love the words you used

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  26. Hi Anna. I finally got around to trying the techniques you outlined in this journal page. Had lots of fun trying my hand at it. thanks so much for the inspiration. and as always for sharing.

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