Happy Sunday, friends! I’m so delighted to welcome the always lovely Anna-Karin Evaldsson back as a special guest on our blog to share some gorgeous art journaling. Please read on and enjoy!
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be here today, and I am going to share an art journal page with you, which I really enjoyed doing. The techniques can be used for other types of projects too, such as cards or scrapbooking layouts.
I love trees and when I saw the SSS Brushed Branches stamp, from the Friends Collection, I knew I had to have it. It is a big stamp and the tree works perfectly for the focal point of a project. The page was done in my Dina Wakley Media Journal, working on a cotton rag watercolor paper page. There are also craft, canvas and burlap pages in the journal. I used Paper Arty’s Infusions Colored Stains for the background and Distress Ink for the watercolor stamping. Let’s start.
Start by misting the paper quite heavily with water. Sprinkle a very small amount of Infusions Colored Stains into the water. I have pricked a hole in the lid of the bottles so that they work like a salt shaker. Mist more water on the page to help the powders blend. The walnut crystals in the Infusions powders take longer to dissolve and if you want less brown you can dab them off with a paper towel, which I did particularly where I planned to stamp the tree.
You can also do the background with watercolor paint.
When the background is dry, ink the stamp with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I used a Forest Moss marker to color the branches in the areas inked with the lighter green ink.
I used the Forest Moss marker to ground the tree to the page and dissolve most of it with water and a paint brush. Leave to dry.
Color a piece of watercolor paper with A Bit Jaded Infusions and die cut a title from it, using Tim Holtz’s Sizzix Block Talk die. I was planning to have used the Deco Alphabet, but couldn’t find it. Of course, I found it right after I finished the page.
Stamp a quote from the Simon Says Stamp One With Nature set, on another piece of Infusions colored watercolor paper.
Ink the birds from the Darkroom Door African Trees set with Mermaid Lagoon, mist with water and stamp in the sky.
I also stamped a sentiment from the SSS Uplifting Thoughts set.
Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial! I hope it inspired you to try out watercolor stamping and Infusions Colored Stains.
Thanks so much for reading and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!
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