Wednesday, August 19, 2015

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Mixed Media Art Journal Cover Using My NEW TCW Stencils and Dusty Attic Chipboard!

Mixed Media journal cover by Gabrielle Pollacco using Dusty Attic Chipboard and The Crafter's Workshop Stencils, Organic Matter

So I've made August my "spend time with family month", just wanting to take advantage of the time the kids have off school and make the most of it!  But I have taken a few moments out of our fun time to do a little video tutorial of an art journal cover that I made up as a sample using stencils I recently designed for The Crafter's Workshop!

I created both a positive and negative stencil design for this stencil that I named "Organic Matter". For this project I used the smaller 6x6 inch stencil (for the back) and the 12x12 inch mask style stencil for the front of the book cover. (You can find all my stencils online at The Scrapbook Diaries, I just heard that Janene has all the stencils in house now! and has already begun sending out all the pre-orders!! can also use the TCW store finder for a TCW dealer near you).

Dusty Attic Products used on this project:
~ Dusty Attic Journal
~ Skeleton Clock Frames
~ Geometric Corners
~ Nuts and Bolts
~ Rulers
~ Cogs #2
~ Jumbo Cogs
~ Dusty In Color Paint: Hot Chocolate, Raisin, Sunburnt Orange
~ Dusty Attic Rusting Powder

When I was designing my stencils I have to say that I already had all these wonderful Dusty Attic chipboard designs in mind to use with my stencils.  I just love the industrial look of these chipboard pieces and thought they would work well with my Organic Matter stencils.

As I was creating this cover design I decided to flip on my camera and shoot a video tutorial to show how I used the stencils and also to show how I added the rusty finish to my Dusty Attic chipboard pieces.  So if you have time, give yourself and little break, sit back and enjoy!....

I used a whole lotta mixed media products to make this project, to find the list just click on the youtube link (bottom right corner of the screen above....when it's playing) can find the full list in the Youtube description area underneath my youtube video (click the down arrow beside the title to open up the description area).

I always like to keep the back of my art journal book covers free of a lot of 3D elements as the back seems to take a lot of wear and tear.  So I stuck to just adding some texture with my 6x6 'Organic Matter' stencil.  I added some stamping and used the same mixed media colors and sprays I used on the front of the journal cover.

Here is a view of the front and back of the journal cover.  I like that you can open up the spin of the journal cover so that you can remove the front and back to work on them.  Then you can reattach when the painting is done. NOTE: this is more of a notebook journal.....if you are looking to have an art journal where you can paint on the papers you will want to order a art journal that has watercolor or manila papers inside them.

I used Dusty Attic's Rusting Powder on all of my chipboard pieces for this project. I so much love the effect of the rusting powder.  All I did was paint the pieces with some of my Dusty Attic paints and while wet, sprinkled on the rusting powder.  I then sprayed the pieces with a solution of 75% white vinegar and 25% water.  I gave it about 20 mins to a half hour to dry/rust.  I then lightly brushed with some Sunburnt Orange DA paint to add to the corroded look. (see video above for more details)

I used Golden Molding Paste (but really any texture paste will do the trick) with my TCW Organic Matter Mask Stencil (12x12 size) to create the veined look on my background design.  After applying all my background spritzes and inks, I hit the relief areas of the stencil with some Luminarte H20's in Egyptian Gold,  and Pearlex Mica Powders in Aztec Gold and Turquoise (see video for application).

This journal cover was so much fun to create!  I hope I've inspired you all to get out your DA chipboard (you can find a large selection of DA chipboard at The Scrapbook Diaries), TCW stencils and mixed media products and get creating your very own mixed media project!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate all the kind comments and feedback and love to hear what you all think of the new products I've designed!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Clean & Simple Style {Shimmerz Paints and Dusty Attic} Video Tutorial!!

Hi all! For today's project I thought I'd play a bit with negative space designs.  I so admire people who can do this style of scrapping well! For me it's a bit of a challenge as I have a tendency to fill up my spaces too much.

I began this project by first using the Dusty Attic August Inspiration board as a stimulus for this project.  I chose my colors from it but I think I got a little off track with the blue, I meant to choose a steal/blue/gray ....I thought that the light blue and the grey would mix to the right color, but the light blue ended up dominating my layout.....ah well, I'm still happy with the results even if the colors didn't match the mood board as well as I wanted.....and where is the yellow, you may ask? It's in my nephews, wife's shirt! LOL!

These are the Dusty Attic products I used to make up this page:
~ Key to My Heart
~ Marrakesh Panel (small)
~ Sea Gulls
~ String Frames (Small)
~ Foliage #2
~ Work Pack #16

These are the Shimmerz Paints products I used for this project.  I've made up a short video tutorial on how this page came take yourself a lil break and enjoy! (If the video is not showing up here on blogger you can watch at this link .....

Hope you enjoyed my video tutorial! I have been trying to make use of some of my old stash, so I took these layered stickers I had from an old K and Company collection called Blossomwood and used them as my floral embellishments for the page (makes for a nice flat page design that will fit easily into an album).

I also fussy cut some Pussy-willow branches from a patterned paper in the Blossomwood paper collection, and scattered them around the photo area.  The little Sea Gulls are a nod to one of my friends on my Dusty Attic design team Joanne Bain, who does clean and simple style to perfection,....she often uses those lil Sea Gulls in her work adding a lovely dramatic effect!

The Dusty Attic Marrakesh Panel (small) is such a fun design element that I think can add lots of texture to a I just added a drop of Perfect Pearls in a lavender color to the joints.  For the pretty Dusty Attic heart lock (Key to my Heart) I painted the base with Shimmerz Grapetastic Dazzlerz and the ornate top piece with Shimmerz Gritty Graphite Texturez.

Recently Dusty Attic put out a whole bunch of AWESOME word packs, I just love these scripty titles....and what a great deal, as you get a number of titles in one pack!

I know it may pain some people to cut up the beautiful Marrakesh Panel, but never throw out the bits and pieces left over.  Even the smallest bitty piece can add a nice accent as shown here where I used a cut off piece for the little corner accent.

I'm so loving the watercolor effect the Shimmerz Paints Creameez add to a background design!  Did you know that Shimmerz just recently came out with a whole bunch of NEW Creameez colors?  I just got my order in and I can't wait to play....there is a new Summery color collection and a Vintage Collection, they are ALL gorgeous colors!
NOTE:  If you are looking to put in a Shimmerz Paints order, be sure to mention my name 'Gabrielle' to get yourself a FREE/Bonus Shimmerz Paints product in the color of your choice! (just pop it into the 'Instructions to Merchant/Seller' part of your order along with the product you chose as your bonus). You can order Shimmerz Paints HERE.

Looking for a great place an order Dusty Attic Products in North America?  The Scrapbook Diaries has a huge variety of the latest Dusty Attic chipboard designs (they also ship International) .....another great source is Moments of Tranquility.

I hope you enjoyed checking out my attempt at a clean and simple page style!  Lots of time left this month to still play along in the Dusty Attic Inspiration Board always there is an AWESOME Dusty Attic prize up for grabs (a $100.00 Gift Certificate for the DA online store)!  Be sure to share your project at the Dusty Attic blog and link it in the right side column.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with this month! xo


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