Monday, May 13, 2019

Canvas background art journal page

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good weekend! We had mostly sunny weather, although it hailed during our walk yesterday. We also went on a fun outing, where I missed the turn-off on the highway, so we decided to carry on to the next town, and do a completely different outing than initially planned. There we also happened upon a unique second hand/antiquities store.

 
This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Happy Hour challenge. Don't miss the project by our May guest designer Ashley with her fantastic blog She Is CraftyIt's a really cool project.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I wasn't sure what to do for this challenge at first, but then I got the idea to do an art journal page about our Friday tradition. Ever since Anton started nursery school, we've been doing something special after school on Fridays, like going for a smoothie. Nowadays we call it Fredagsmys, which can be translated to something like 'cozy Friday'. It's a common thing in Sweden, but we do it a bit differently by combining it with 'Saturday sweets'. Since about the 1950s, 'Saturday sweets' has been a common thing here, and some kids only eat sweets on Saturdays. We don't do Saturday sweets, but instead go right after school on Fridays to a sweet shop, where the kids pick their own sweets. Then, in the evening, we see a movie at home, eat the sweets, and sometimes also some chips. The kids love this end-of-the-week ritual.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by die cutting circles from watercolor paper, using the Stitched Circles die. Stamp images from Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints 6 with Archival Black Soot. Trace three larger circles using cups or plates and cut out roughly. Distress the edges.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks.

The images were watercolored with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks, mainly by picking up the pigment with a paint brush directly from the tip of the Scribble Sticks. Add a shadow to make them look more dimensional. I used both Scribble Sticks 1 and Scribble Sticks 2.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The three larger circles were also colored with Scribble Sticks.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I worked on one of the canvas pages in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. Wet the tip of a Scribble Stick and draw a border. Dip the tip of a black Scribble Stick in water and flick a paint brush against it to create splatters.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The larger circles were stitched to the page with embroidery floss. Prick the holes first, to make the stitching easy.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I painted a very light layer of grey all around the images. Every seventh day was encircled on the stamped ticket. The ticket stamps come from Tim's Odds & Ends set.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Scribble Sticks are very versatile and can be used to quickly color a big surface, but also for small details like these.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I wrote journaling on Tim's new Classic Label Stickers and also added pieces of Film Strip Ribbon.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

You can add rub-ons directly to the canvas.

Layers of ink - Canvas background art journal page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The title was die cut with SSS Glimmery Coal cardstock, using the Archie Jr die.

I hope you will join us this week in our Happy Hour challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was a good one. We had several sport related activities, which were fun. I also spring-cleaned our windows. It always makes such a big difference. Leo helped, but prefers to water the flowers. 



It is a new month and as always when it is a new month, the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge team showcases products from a specific designer or company. This week it is Brutus Monroe. You can find all the cool stamps, stencils, embossing powders and coloring media by Brutus Monroe here. You don't have to use their products to join, but it is always fun if you do.

Our theme is 'Add something metallic'. Fun! Don't miss the first project by our May guest designer Ashley with her fantastic blog She Is Crafty. I hope you will stop by her blog to say hi.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a butterfly wall-hanging for Leo, which glows in the dark. It is a big hit and he loves the glowing butterfly, trail of sea class and text. I also added metallic bits in the form of embossing powder, faux screws and an embossed sheet of metal. When I was a child, I had a small glow in the dark elephant and a glow in the dark eraser, and I remember how very fascinating I found them. The elephant still stands on a shelf above my desk.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Distress Resist Spray.

For the background, I started with a sheet of watercolor paper, which was a left-over from my recent play with Distress Resist Spray. You can find the other projects here and here.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Using Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment.

Mist with water and drop Aqua Pigment on top. Add more water and more pigment until you are happy with the result. I used Blue Green and Yellow Green Aqua Pigment. Aqua Pigments are liquid watercolors, and there are also metallic versions.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Using Brutus Monroe Glow in the dark embossing powder.

Place the Simple Blend Butterfly stencil on top of mat board and pounce an Emboss It Dabber through it. Emboss with three layers of Glow In the Dark powder. I also added feelers with a marker, but the effect later disappeared somewhat, since I hadn't melted the powder on the feelers properly.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Mix a little water into the Blue Green Aqua Pigment, to make a lighter shade of turquoise. Paint on top of the butterfly.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Emboss the edges.

Around the edge, I embossed Milky Way powder.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stamp the background.

Place the butterfly mask on top of the embossed butterfly and then stamp the background with the SSS You Matter Background stamp.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. ¨

Add a shadow to the butterfly with a pencil.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Layer the papers.

The metallic panel was embossed in Tim Holtz's Foundry 3-D folder and distressed with Black Soot paint. I die cut the title with the SSS Archie Jr Solid set and embossed them with the Glow In The Dark powder.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background is cardboard, embossed here and there with the Milky Way powder. I also used a sheet of Simon Says Stamp Glimmery Coal Cardstock.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Sea glass trail.

After the butterfly, there is a trail of Glow In The Dark Sea Glass. I love these. For more glow in the dark inspiration, check out the space panel that I made last year.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also added a couple of Brutus Monroe Peacock Cabochons.

Layers of ink - Glow In The Dark Butterfly Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And some of their cool Acrylic Bubbles. I love how they magnify the letters underneath.

I hope you will join us this week in our Add Something Metallic challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial

Hello friends! It is a new month and a favorite month for me. During April, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team has been sharing Notebook projects. Don't miss all the inspiration. A couple of weeks ago one of our neighbours showed us two spots in the vicinity where you could find two kinds of rare spring flowers: blue anemones, and pasque flowers. It was a really nice outing and it inspired the spring-themed notebook that I made today.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook die.

I was so happy to finally get to craft with Eileen's new Notebook die. Most of you already know that I love to make minibooks and notebooks, and this die has a great size and is a wonderful complement to, for example, the Wrapped Journal and the Journal dies. The finished size is 4 x 5 in.

One of the places we visited on our outing was an ancient grave, a barrow, which you can also see on the front of my notebook. I used watercolor paint together with Tim Holtz Distress Resist spray, to create the look of a white anemone field.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by die cutting the notebook from mat board and from watercolor canvas. Or you can use watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Glue the canvas or paper to the mat board and leave to dry under a heavy book.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Mist Distress Resist Spray on the background, focusing mainly on the meadow areas.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Molotow Art Masking pen.

To mask out the birch trees, I used a Molotow Art Masking pen, which is very easy to use.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Paint a watercolor meadow.

Paint the scene with watercolors. Don't worry about perfection here, paint loosely. 

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Rub off the masking fluid.

When the paint is dry, carefully rub off the masking liquid.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add details to the trunks, and add more shadows, to create depth.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

To create the look of the blue and purple flowers, I splattered some acrylic paint on the background, holding a piece of scrap paper over the trees.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Bind the notebook.

You can bind this journal in many different ways. I decided to punch some holes. Two at the bottom, two at the top and one in the center of the spine.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Make inserts.

Cut papers 6.6 x 4.7 in (12 x 17 cm), fold and score. The amount of papers per signature depends on the thickness of the paper you use. The best thing with making your own notebooks is that you can use your favorite paper for the inserts. Stitch down the center, use staples, or leave them lose. 

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Bind the notebook.

Thread a piece of elastic as shown here. 

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Tie the ends through a button at the spine.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. With Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook die.

Tie the ends, to create a closure mechanism.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Watercolor birch trees.

I frayed the edges of the canvas slightly. Add some birds to the sky to create life.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Field of white anemones.

Here's a close up of the birch trees and the shadows.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I kept the cover simpel and just added a Small Talk sticker.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Distress Resist Spray gives a really cool, somewhat random effect. For more Distress Resist Spray inspiration check out my tag post from this Monday, showing two different backgrounds using the spray together with a stencil.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Folded out, the scene looks like this.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Tuck the signatures under the elastic. You can also add new signatures later on.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The back of the notebook.

Layers of ink - Watercolor Meadow Notebook Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The notebook is ready to be filled with sketches, notes and memories. This would make a great gift, and you can also use patterned papers instead, and fill the notebook with photos.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

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Other supplies:

Fredrix Watercolor Canvas
Daler & Rowney Watercolor paint