Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Please join me in welcoming back special guest Anna-Karin Evaldsson to our blog as a special guest! She has made a gorgeous Art Journal installment!! Read on to learn all the details, and enjoy!
Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here on the blog today to share a project with lots of texture and fun techniques. I made an art journal page, but you can make a card instead or use the techniques on a canvas or scrapbooking layout.
This art journal spread was inspired by fairy tales and storytelling and the building I meant to be part of a larger castle. The new Simon Says Stamp Domed Arches stencil set is very versatile and here it was used to create the doors and doorframes. The set consists of five Domed Arches stencils and five masks. I worked in my Dylusions Small Creative Journal.
Start by coating the page with gesso and place some cheese cloth or Tim Holtz Mummy Cloth into the gesso. Add gesso on top of the cloth too.
When dry, paint with Cracked Pistachio and mist with water.
Next, add Ground Espresso and a little Antique Linen paint. Mist heavily with water.
Place one of the Domed Arch stencils on the background and stamp the Simon Says Stamp Wood Planks background through the stencil with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder. Repeat for the smaller door.
Place the same Domed Arch stencil back and sponge with turquoise and blue shades of Distress Paint. Wipe the paint off from the embossed areas before it dries completely.
Cover the door with the same size Domed Arch mask and place a stencil which is one size larger on top. Line them up at the bottom and hold together with a piece of masking tape. Sponge Frayed Burlap Distress Paint around the door to create the frame.
Cover both the doors and the doorframe with a Domed Arch mask. Mix a tiny bit of Frayed Burlap paint into texture paste and then apply through Tim Holtz Bricked stencil with a palette knife. Repeat until you have created the walls, letting the paste dry in between.
Dry brush Ground Espresso paint on the bricks to add texture.
Add more color. Paint a shadow around the door and the doorframe to add a sense of dimension. Paint shadows under some of the bricks too.
Place the mask and stencil combination back over the doors again and stamp the doorframes with Simon Says Stamp Crackle Background.
Rub a little Sizzix Gold Luster Wax over the bricks to create shine.
Die cut flowers from leftover inky or watercolored paper, using flowers from the Mini Flowers and Leaves set.
Some of the sentiments were stamped directly on the background and some of them were stamped on leftover pieces of Tim Holtz Backdrops paper.
I also splattered a little black paint here and there.
You can also add shading with a black marker. Don’t worry if the shadows look a little messy up close.
Add a handle to the old doors with a black pen.
Change the sentiments depending on what theme you want for your project.
I hope this tutorial inspired you to play around with stencils, stamping, acrylic paint and texture paste. Thank you so much for looking! Happy crafting! –Anna-Karin
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!