How To Create in a Black Art Journal

A few years ago I ran across a black art journal and just had to have it. I liked it because it was different. Once I got it home I played in it a few times and then set it down. This was not intentional. I had every aspiration to use the entire thing, but I started to draw a blank on what to do in it.

That all changed when Faber-Castell sent me a box of goodies to use for a hop with Rita Barakat. One of the products they sent me were gelatos. I knew I had to try them in my art journal! They also sent WHITE pens! To my delight they work beautifully on black paper.

The Details Behind the Art

To create this page I used this stencil by Rita Barakat and attached the lines with the white pen by Faber-Castell. To color in the image I used a few different techniques with the gelatos. It was fun to see how different the colors interacted with the dark paper versus white paper.

Here is another project I created with a Rita Barakat stencil!

It is my favorite piece and sits on display in my craft room.

Supplies

Tell me in the comments if you use stencils in your art. What is your favorite?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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I Want to be a Weed In a Field Of Flowers

Flowers are pretty and they smell heavenly, but I have a black thumb and have a hard time keeping them alive. As a kid my Dad used to have me pull the weeds that grew up in the cracks of his driveway. I never understood how they would repeatedly come back with no water, constantly getting run over by cars and not to mention the pavement that was on them.

As I grew older I started to respect the weeds more so than the flowers. Flowers are fragile and sensitive. Weeds are stubborn and persistent. If a rose does not bloom it requires a change of environment. Weeds just grow. Pull them out by their roots and burn them. Chances are they are going to grow back. I want to be a weed!

Be A Weed — Not A Flower

In a field of flowers I want to be the weed that blooms where ever it pleases regardless of the conditions. I had to document it in my art journal and reflect on it when life gets tough — and life always will have hard times.

To create the background I used Rita Barakat Art Foamies, Plaid paint, and Aladine paste, mists and ink.

For the sentiment, I wrote it on a piece of Tissue Paper. I did a white wash with Gesso and water in the spot the sentiment would go. Once it dried, I used Collage medium to adhere it. By doing so it allowed the background to pop through and blending in nicely.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Aladine and Rita Barakat Have Teamed Up!

Aladine is a wonderful French company that specializes in different mediums. They have mists, ink, pigment, texture paste and glitter paint! I first saw them at Creativation 2019 demoing the glitter paint.

I tried researching more on the products they carry, but came up with nothing. When I was asked to participate in this collaboration between Aladine and Rita Barakat I jumped at it! I spent days playing with everything they sent me and put together an extensive video on it all here:

Plenty of Fish

With all those lovely samples made during the video I created this in my art journal:

For the background I used the pigment ink, water and stencil brush to cover the background. I misted a bubble stencil over the page and finally added some more bubbles with the texture paste. I created a trail of bubbles with the sample sheets created on the video. The mermaid was colored with the liquid pigment and rubbing alcohol. The sentiment has been rolling around in my head for quite some time. I am so happy to finally have it documented.

Make sure you hop through to the other designers to see their projects. Leave comments along the way for more chances to win!

Hop List:

Rita Barakat

Martha Lucia Gomez Hernandez

Betz Golden

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Walking in my Shoes

I fell in love with the new Dyary line from Dylusions. Well, let’s face it…I like everything Dylusions comes out with! However, this month they released an amazing new large planner! Now, I need another planner like I need a hole in my head. However, her planners (that she calls Dyary) are awesome because they have her beautiful background pages in them. I hate my handwriting and need lines to write, so I thought this would make a great Quotes journal!

Here are the links to the supplies I used to create this into page into my journal:
I am starting a new series on my channel, Behind the Art, in which I am creating. The camera is above my work station and I have sped up the video and turned off the sound. My first episode was creating this! Please check it out and leave me some feedback. Do you like it? How do you feel about no sound? Was it to fast or just right? 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!