Fortune Cookie Series Mixed Media Tag #2 – Colourful World (Time Lapse Video)

I love the fall!  The weather is the perfect temperature and the trees look so beautiful.  Continuing in that theme, I made this tag using a fortune cookie fortune from my growing collection!  The fortune reads “Your world will always be colourful and full of happiness”.  You can watch the process below on my YouTube channel.  All supplies that I used are listed below with links to my Amazon store.  Please “like”, share and comment and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to see more videos like this one!

colourful world tag 3colourful world tag 2Supplies (with links to my Amazon Store to make it easy for purchase!)

Ranger Manilla #8 Tag

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Gumdrop, Jingle Bells, Pumpkin Spice

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Scratches

Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade

Book Pages

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

Folkart Stencil – Leaf Variety

Memento Ink – Northern Pine, Rhubarb Stalk

Archival Ink – Coffee Bean

Recollections Floral Embellishments

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Silhouette Embellishment (I can’t remember the brand, sorry!)


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Experimenting with Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate (time lapse video)

I finally broke into my Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate!  I’ve had it for a few months now and I was nervous to try it.  Like many of you, I’m sure, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could find to learn techniques on how to make prints.  Of course, I filmed my adventures for your enjoyment below.

Some prints turned out really well, others were learning experiences.  Some could be used as backgrounds for art journal pages or cut up as collage elements.  Even though some prints may not be perfect, all of them can create interest on a page.

I used inexpensive paper to make the prints.  I purchased a large pad (24″ x 18″) similar to what teachers used to use on an easel in the classroom.  I cut each page into four and it was the perfect size for the plate.  The paper was heavy enough that it wasn’t transparent but not as heavy as cardstock.  I want to use the prints in my art journals and cardstock would have too much bulk for my preference.  I used both craft acrylic paints and Golden acrylics, stamps, stencils, bubble wrap, fabric and wooden stir sticks to make marks on the plate.

gelli prints  I’ll even use the “leftover” sheet to cut up!

gelli prints1Thanks for stopping by and watching the video.  As always, hit the “like” button and leave a comment below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

art journal page – where beauty begins

where beauty begins

This has been a work in progress for a number of weeks, unfortunately.  Life gets busy, especially around the holidays!  This page was inspired by Dina Wakley’s books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage (both of which are excellent and you should buy them!)  One of her suggestions is to use a silhouette as a focal point for a page.  I found this image in a magazine, I simply cut it out and painted over the image with gesso to make it white.  The background began with a layer of gesso and then a layer of Americana craft paints in contrasting colours.

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I used a background stamp with Versafine ink to make “scratches” into the background and two stencils with white and turquoise inks to print the flowers and some tiny circles.  A little bit of washi tape and tissue tape and black alphabet stickers came next.  I finished off the background with pink craft paint applied with bubble wrap to tie the page together.

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The final piece was the fabric heart encircled with twine.  The sentiment came from a magazine advertisement that I thought was appropriate.  I finished the page by outlining the silhouette and the heart with a black pen.

Despite the time it took to complete this page (it sat on my dining room table for a long time!), every time I passed by it I came up with a different idea.  I find if I let a page “breathe” for a little while, even just an hour, it really helps the creativity.  The best part is seeing it again and realizing that you still like it!

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Americana Craft Paint – Calypso Blue, Orange Twist, Vivid Violet

Black Alphabet Stickers

Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

Washi Tape

Folkart Stencil – Caribbean

Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers

Brilliance Pigment Ink – Moonlight White

VersaFine Ink – Black


Fabric (heart)

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Scratches

Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen