I hope you are well and enjoying the weekend! We have a very special guest here with us today, Heidi Jakobs, the winner of our previous challenge. She prepared a wonderful post and a gorgeous journal spread for you all so here it goes... enjoy!
My name is Heidi and I live in the Netherlands. In my spare time I love to read, to hike and especially to make cards and mixed media projects, for which I love to use coloured images.
Already as a child I loved colouring, back then I only had coloured pencils. When I discovered card making, a few years ago (and mixed media more recently), it was an opportunity for me to share my colourings (with all kinds of mediums) with others, to send them as a card.
Through my blog and as a design team member for different companies I now can share my projects and my love for card making and mixed media with the online community.
Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I have the honour to be guest designing on the Mixed Media World Blog and I have my very first Art Journal Page to show you all: I love watching Vicky Papaioannou’s video’s (http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/) and I wanted to try something like that to see if I like working in an art journal. So, I got myself a journal (every reason to buy new craft supplies is a good one, right ?) (my journal is the following size: 13 x 21 cm Art Plus Moleskine Sketchbook) and then I had to find some inspiration.
So, a while ago my friend Meghan Shea sent me a beautiful card and in the envelope she also included some stamped images and fun papers. One of the images is this beautiful stamped flower duo (digital Power Poppy stamp called “Easy Breezy Coneflowers”), it’s quite large, so I thought it would fit nicely on my page. And on the other page I wanted to write a quote about friendship (I searched the internet until I found one that I liked).
Since this is my first art journal page I didn’t really knew where to start so I did what I mostly do, when making cards, and that’s colouring the main image and working from that. I coloured the flowers with my Copic Sketch markers and then fussy cut the image out, leaving a tiny white border. For my Copic colours I used: Y000, Y11, Y08, Y26, E42, E44, E89, G40, YG17 and G94.
Next I applied one coat of gesso to my journal page. While that was drying I went through my acrylic paints and looked for colours that complimented the flower: I found a “Light Oxide Red” colour from Talens and a “Beige” colour from DecoArt that I combined on this page. I applied the paints with a brush until I was happy. Then I free hand wrote the quote out on the right hand page, with a graphite pencil, in a calligraphy style that I learned myself as a kid. When I was happy I went over the quote with an Amsterdam Acrylic Marker in the colour “Oxide Black” (it’s like a pen filled with acrylic paint, not all the colours they carry are opaque, but the black one is).
To create a bit more interest to the page I stamped on the page with a background stamp from Studio Light (number STAMPSL180) and “Jet Black” StazOn ink, then filling up parts of this stamped image with a gold Edding Gel Roller pen and smudging that with my fingers. I also brought in some accents on the quote with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen and then finally adhered the flowers to the left hand page with Amsterdam “Extra Heavy Gel Medium in the Gloss finish” from my stash.
And that finishes this art journal page! I had a blast working on this project and since I joined The Crafter's Workshop design team in August so this will surely not be the last page I create.
What a fabulous post! Thank you, Heidi, for joining us today and sharing your creativity here on our challenge blog. I feel very inspired and I trust our dear friends all around the world feel the same way.
Have a lovely weekend and stay creative!