Spring Forest Art Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend! Keep scrolling for a fun and inspiring Art Journaling installment from Anna-Karin Evaldsson!

Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here on the blog today to share a stamping tutorial with you. It is March and spring is in the air. I love trees and I am in the forest several times a week. There is no place as peaceful as the forest. For this post, I created a spring forest in my art journal. 

I wanted a large surface to work on and did a double page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal, working on cotton rag watercolor paper. The spread measures about 15 x 10 in. If you would rather make a card, or a smaller art journal page, it is easy to do, by just using a part of the design. This is a mixed media project and might look complicated when you see the finished result, but it is not difficult and very forgiving. 

It is best to work on watercolor paper or on another surface that can handle a fair amount of water.

I started by applying Distress Resist Spray as strands of grass in the foreground and as clouds in the sky. It was applied by removing the sprayer and applying the liquid with the end of the sprayer (the part that goes into the bottle). The resist worked well for the clouds, but the strands of grass gave a more subtle resist effect. I think the reason is that the cotton rag paper has a lot of texture and is very absorbent, so the ink travelled underneath the resist spray, making the resist effect less visible, but there is still an interesting texture.

Smear four lines of green Distress Ink on a non-stick craft sheet, with the lightest shade at the top. I applied the inks in this order (from the top): Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness and Crushed Olive. Mist with water.

Press the book or paper into the ink. This is an unpredictable technique and you will never get the same result twice, which is also why I like it so much.

Repeat for the sky, using Speckled Egg and Broken China

Ink pine trees from Simon Says Stamp Forest Scenery with two or three shades of green Distress Ink. Mist with water. You need more water for the larger stamps and just one or two mists for the small stamps.

Start stamping the forest. The Forest Scenery set contains a large variety of pine trees in different sizes, so you can create a varied forest with dimension. Place the smaller trees towards the back and the larger towards the front. This creates a sense of perspective. I also used darker inks for the larger foreground trees. 

Stamp the trees from Simon Says Stamp All Seasons tree. Ink with two shades of brown/green, mist with water and stamp. 

Continue adding trees to build up your scene. I stamped a few more trees after this photo was taken too. 

Use the leaf cluster stamps from All Seasons Tree, ink with green, mist and stamp under the trees and on the ground to create texture. These stamps are great for texture, they don’t have to be leaves, but can be used for general texture.

I wanted spring leaves on some of the trees. They were stamped with the two leaf cluster stamps from All Seasons Tree and embossed with Lime Green powder.

Ink the deer from Forest Scenery with brown ink. Before stamping, move them around on the scene until the size and perspective look right. Mist with water and stamp. 

Stamp sentiments. Some of the single word sentiments were stamped more than once without re-inking in between. The sentiments all come from the Forest Scenery set.

Smear darker shades of Distress Ink on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Paint more grass in the foreground and add shadows under the trees.

I wanted even more green on the leaves and splattered quite a bit of green Scribble Sticks on the leaf trees. Dip the stick in water and flick a paint brush against it. This is a great, and fairly mess-free, way of adding splatters. I splattered green in the grassy areas and on some of the pine trees too.

Finally, splatter a little white paint on the background. This creates texture, highlights and looks like white flowers scattered through the landscape.

The pine tree stamps are perfect for watercolor stamping and since the trees were inked with more than one shade of green, you’ll get interesting and unpredictable blending.

One of my favorite details on the art journal spread is this spot of light where the word ‘wander’ was stamped. 

During spring you can see an amazing number of shades of green in nature. I love seeing how the world turns green after winter.

Paint a few birds in the sky, using Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

The white texture here happened in the inking process, since I probably had misted less water in that spot. It made me think of white spring flowers.

Just a small cluster of trees like this one could be the focal design of a card.

Here’s a closeup of the inky, splattered and painted texture in the foreground. I also added strands of grass with a white gel pen.

I hope this tutorial inspired you to create scenes inspired by nature and to play around with mixed media techniques. 

Thank you so much for looking! Happy crafting! -Anna-Karin

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!

Art Journaling with Shari Carroll: Note to Self

Welcome everyone and happy Saturday! I’m here to share another entry in my Tim Holtz Travel Folio that I’ve turned into a journal book.

Sticking with my Shabby Chic color scheme of blues and browns, I’ve created my page full of texture and uniquely colored flowers using Speckled Egg and Ground Espresso. I’ve used the Simon Says Stamp Slimline Scallop Rectangle dies for an interesting edge.

The page is hinged so it opens to reveal lined paper for journaling. The Blooming Meadow flowers are stamped and watercolored, then die cut using the coordinating dies.

I’ve filmed the complete process which I hope you enjoy!

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Not a Card with Nina-Marie: Spring Blessings Vignette

Hello there, creative friends, it’s Nina-Marie Trapani here with you! Today I am bringing you my very first installment of our new series, Not a Card! Each month, I’ll be sharing something that is anything but a card! I love making unique gifts, decor, and projects. It is my hope that you’ll be inspired by the ideas I bring to you!

For my project today, we’re going to make a Spring/Easter vignette! I definitely would not classify myself as a “true” mixed media artist, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with mixed media products! So I’m making a vignette that fits my creative style – and it’s a lot of fun! If you like a more collage, distress, or textured project, feel free to adjust this idea to fit your style!

My Tim Holtz vignette tray features the adorable Wishful Bunny die from Memory Box and Poppy Stamps. I cut him with Cozy Days plaid pattern paper from Simple Stories – I love black and white plaid for Spring! On top of the bunny, I adhered a pom pom for his cottontail and some paper flowers from Prima.

I’m kind of quirky when it comes to distressing – I love it but I don’t like it all over! I’m more of a “strategic” distresser, LOL! When I decided to paint the frame of my tray, I wanted a crackled, distressed painted edge; the crackle adds some texture and the color reminds me of Easter eggs. I mixed Bundled Sage and Speckled Egg Distress reinkers with Crackle Paste to make the “paint”.

For some text to go with my bunny, I used our Simon exclusive Spring Blessings die and cut it with Pale Rose cardstock from Bazzill. I sprinkled a few Moonshine sequins around the bunny and my vignette for a little sparkle because I always love a little shine!

I LOVE how this vignette turned out and I plan on putting it in my living room for the Spring season! I hope you’ll give the idea I’ve shared a try – it’s a great way to play with mixed media products and make a decor piece for your home! Be sure to watch the video to see the entire creation process!

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