Thursday, 27 August 2015

Art Journal Cover - WITH Tutorial - Gabrielle Pollacco

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, TCW stencils and mixed media products to get creating your very own mixed media project!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Wish - Lizzy Hill

Hi there!
Today I'm sharing with you one of my very favest DUSTY ATTIC chippies:
I've cut a bit off, removed a few of the hearts & used it as a 'mount' for my photo:

This card stock was originally cocoa brown! I kid you not...
...white gesso really does go a long way! As do Gelatos!
Can you see a 'vague-ish' wing shape?
I sort of carried over the idea of fairy wings, like Brooke is wearing in the photo.

The hearts have been coated in Gesso then smudged with some white Gelato.

The scattered hearts, title and hugs & kisses chippy have been coated in silver glitter glue.

A few of the other hearts have been treated with blue glitter nail polish. Naturally!
There are no other embellies apart from Dusty Attic chippies, some thread
and splashes of ink sprays.
I  used the 'wish' from the Word Pack #15:

  Love the page pebbles #8 pack, too:
Glittered up, of course!

Thanks for looking! 
Kisses and Hugs to you, LOL!!!

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Thanks for looking ~ and Happy Scrapping ~ Lizzy.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Our Angel - Canvas - Joanne Bain

Howdy Peeps!!

Joanne here with you today sharing my another altered canvas, this time it is of my darling daughter. I once again wanted bucket loads of dimension on the canvas so I added quiet a bit of gorgeous Dusty Attic chipboard. Really can you ever have to much?

'Our Angel'

I simply adore the the Dusty wings and feathers and love doubling them up for added dimension or wetting them and pulling them apart.

I love how the wing layers sit once pulled apart and dryed. I have once again applied texture paste roughly to most chipboard pieces and painted all with gesso.

I went for softer colours on this canvas to make it very feminine. To finish off I gave the canvas a sprinkling of pearls, butterflies and some beautiful Prima flowers.

Materials Used
Available from Dusty Attic

Swirly Vine - DA1339
ATC Frame #2 - DA0674
ATC Frame #3 - DA0675
Feathers - DA0651
Mini Feathers - DA0650
Wings #1 - DA0499
Mini Words #2 - DA0476

Prima Isabella - Abree - #581732
Shimmerz Inkling Sunkissed
Twinkling H20's Indian Copper

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Journal and Pocket Page Scrapbooking - Melinda Sweetman

Hello Dusty fans, Melinda here with you today sharing my normal PL spread and also an art journal cover that I created using a bunch of Dusty products! Something fun and different for me!!

First up is the art journal cover. I started off with a canson journal and removed the cover from the binding, picked out all my chippy pieces and applied a couple of coats of gesso to the cover and only 1 to the chippy pieces. I have used the Tea, blush, primrose and tiny bit of the navy and white colour shine to colour up all the pieces and the covers. I also added some cheesecloth which I used the colourshine to colour and some tiny beads I found eBay.

I've gotta say, I'm so happy with how it turned out.
And a bit chuffed with myself, this has been my 1st real unguided effort with mixed media!!

I decided to use a title on the cover and picked this piece from the Word Pack #10 pack as my craft room and playing is my escape.

The little butterfly is from Mini Butterfly and the circle frame is from the String Frames Small set which I have cut the side off.

This big butterfly is from Flutterbies 3Pk - just love the detail on it!!

The lattice in the top corner is part of the Marrakesh Trellis Small and the butterflies are from Flutterbies #3.

And just a shot of the back which I used the same stencil on and the same colour shine colours.

So, my 2nd project for the month is our Week 29 in our 2015 Project Life album. I have used a mixture of the Heidi Swapp Dreamy 6x6 paper pad, Dreamy PL kit and some of the Gold Foil value kit. And also added in a bunch of Dusty goodies and some of the ephemera from the Dreamy collection.

All of my chippy pieces were painted white with the Dusty In Colour Alabaster. The 2 aqua-ish pieces had a coat of Dusty In Colour Oceania mixed with some Dusty In Colour Capri with a little water added. After all the paint was dried I applied some of the gorgeous Dusty In Colour Vintage Gold with a dry paint brush - it was really hard to photograph on the white but you can really see it on the aqua-ish pieces!

This piece was a piece that the very talented boss-lady designed for those of us lucky enough to attend the DA July retreat. This piece was where my whole page design started!!

Dusty products used:

Make sure you join in the fun challenge for your chance to win $100 worth of chippy!! Look at this gorgeous inspiration board!!

We also have another awesome little competition happening with the prize being a pack of some of the brand new texture paste and stencils designed by Jen! Just head over to the Facebook page and follow the instructions on the pinned post!! Here is the awesome prize pack!!

So, that's it for me for this month!! Happy scrapping!!