Arty Circles African Art Journal Tutorial

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 10, 2018
Hi, it’s Anneke de Clerck here. For today’s blogpost I created a spread in one of my Art Journals using the Arty Circles small stencil. The art journal I worked in is not expensive at all. It’s a vintage book that has sturdy pages and a linen cover. I recycled it into an art journal and to my surprise it’s very nice to work in.



Instructions

1. Dry brush a thin coat of gesso on both text pages. Make sure the words still peek through.

2. Apply pink and lime paint randomly using a plastic card. 

3. Add diluted pink and lime paint in some areas with a paintbrush. Spray water on top to create drips.

4. Create lines with the edge of a plastic card using Dina Wakley Media Paint Blushing.

5. Add green accents by transferring Jane Davenport rub-ons


6. Stamp randomly with the Grid, Checkered and Dots Texture Stamps using pink, white and green paint.


7. Create circles by sponging through parts of the Arty Circles stencil with white paint using a blending tool. 


8. Sponge pink paint on top of the white paint after drying and add shading to the circles by sponging through the stencil with a thin coat of Dina Wakley Media Paint Blushing. Outline the circles with both a white fine liner and a paint marker.

9. Stamp the leaves with black ink. Paint the leaves using 2 shades of green paint. Add white details with a fine liner.

10. Stamp the giraffes on Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper, cut out and adhere to the spread.

11. Add shadow to the giraffes using a green PITT artist pen and a black charcoal pencil. Add highlights with a white pen.


12. Make marks using a white paint marker and scribble randomly with a pencil.

13. Finish the spread off by stamping a quote.

Supplies
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Arty Circles
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Grid Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Texture Stamp
Jane Davenport Rub-On transfer sheets
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White, Persian Rose, Yellowish Green
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Blushing
Dylusions Paint: Cut Grass
Faber-Castell: PITT artist pen ‘big brush’ Permanent Green Olive
Ranger: Specialty Stamping Paper

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Stamping with Grid & Circles Texture Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, July 07, 2018
Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some projects featuring the brand new Grid and Circles Texture Stamps. I love working with the Darkroom Door Texture Stamps. These are the perfect stamps to add layers and interest to an art journal page or card. I’m very happy to see the collection of Darkroom Door Texture Stamps steadily growing!



Instructions

1. Apply shades of grey and white paint to a card panel using a plastic card. 

2. Stamp randomly with the Circles Texture Stamp using pink paint.

3. Stamp randomly with the Grid Texture Stamp using black ink. My favourite way to use a Texture Stamp is holding the stamp in my hands, bending it and printing small parts of the stamp at one time.

4. Stamp the daisy straight to the card with black ink. Use the MISTI or a similar stamping platform in order to make a crisp print on the painted background.


5. Stamp dots and circles with small stamps from the Grunge Marks set using pink, cheddar and white paint.

6. Stamp black stripes by using a stamp from the Grunge Marks set and black ink. Use the same ink to stamp the sentiment.

7. Finish the card off by adding small dots using a paint marker.


Instructions

1. Die cut a tag out of Ranger Watercolor Paper using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tag & Bookplates die. 

2. Apply small amounts of diluted grey, pink and cheddar paint randomly, spray water on top with a mini mister and let the paint drip. Make sure to leave some white space.

3. Stamp a flower from the Carved Flowers set straight on the tag using black ink. Use the MISTI or a similar stamping platform in order to make a crisp print on the textured paper.

4. Stamp randomly with the Circles Texture Stamp using Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick.


4. Attach blank paper tape to an acrylic block or other non sticky surface and overstamp with the Grid Texture Stamp using cheddar paint. Adhere torn strips of that tape to the tag after drying.


5. Stamp the sentiment using black ink. Add a piece of ribbon as a tag topper.


Instructions 

1. Cut a panel out of Ranger Watercolor Paper. Distress the edges with a paper distresser. Stamp the Grid Texture Stamp on top using Distress Oxide Carved Pumpkin.

2. Stamp a flower from the Whimsical Words set on top of the print using black ink. Stamp the word ‘hello’ at the bottom of the card using the same ink.


3. Stamp the flower again on a scrap of watercolour paper using the MISTI. Leave both card and stamp in place while painting the petals and leaves. Overstamp the print after drying. With the help of the MISTI you can easily paint with an opaque paint without loosing any detail of the stamp. On the right you see an overstamped print.

4. Stamp and paint the heart the same way

5. Assemble the card as shown, use a foam dot to attach the flower. 

6. Make a tab by folding a piece of painted ribbon.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Grid Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Daisies Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamps
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxides: Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White, Persian Rose
Golden Neutral Gray N6, N7,N8
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Cheddar
Panduro Acrylic Marker: Azo Pink
Ranger: Watercolor Paper
Dina Wakley: blank paper tape

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Paint Splat Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 02, 2018
Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share an art journal page featuring the awesome NEW Paint Splat Eclectic Stamp. This is just the coolest stamp for adding those arty touches to your art journal, cards, layouts and more. Here I have used the stamp on the title page for my art journal.



Instructions:
1. Use a palette knife to spread a thin coat of white gesso over the art journal page. Allow to dry.

2. Use the palette knife again to add some acrylic ink in contrasting colours. Allow to dry in between each colour.


3. Apply some stamps from the Paint Splats and the Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Sets using co-ordinating Archival Ink colours. Add some sweet stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set too. Allow to dry completely (I left overnight).

4. Apply the Paint Splat Eclectic Stamp to the page using embossing ink. Heat set with super fine white detail embossing powder. Repeat until you have three fabulous paint splats on the page.


5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp some things that make you happy on extra white cardstock as well as the quote. I used butterflies from the Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set as well as Paint Brushes, Paint Tubes and Pen Nibs Eclectic Stamps. Stamp some more stars as well. Add double-sided tape to the back of all images before fussy cutting each one. Stick onto the page.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paint Splat Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Tubes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Pen Nibs Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Paradise Teal
Hero Arts Neon Ink: Neon Pink, Neon Purple
White gesso
Acrylic paint

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda

Grevilleas Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal spread featuring the fabulous new Grevilleas Rubber Stamp Set. These stamps are so gorgeous and absolutely perfect for cards, tags, atcs, art journal pages as well as layout backgrounds. I have created this project in the Dina Wakley 8x10 Media Journal using the watercolour paper in the journal.


Instructions:
1. Apply a thin coat of white gesso to the watercolour pages in the journal. Allow to dry. Dilute some Dylusions paint in Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise with water in a palette. Spritz the art journal pages with water and apply the diluted paint using a soft wet paintbrush. Allow to dry.

2. Remove one of the watercolour pages from elsewhere in the journal and cut 4 joined tags from it using actual tags as a template. Apply the same diluted paint to the watercolour tags as per the background and allow to dry. Place the tags on the background (but do NOT stick down yet) and flick the diluted paint over the surfaces. Allow the droplets to dry or speed things up with a heat gun. Stamp the tag piece with various stamps from the Grevilleas Stamp Set using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Allow to dry.

3. Apply Hero Arts Neon Ombre Ink in Chartreuse to Blue (or use a combination of Leaf Green and Paradise Teal Archival Inks) to the script stamp from the Correspondence Stamp Set. Stamp on the background. Repeat several times across the background.

4. Apply white gesso with a latex make-up wedge randomly over the Large Stencil – Circles on the background. Repeat until you have enough to be visible and form a frame around the tags that will be stuck down in the middle of the spread. Allow the gesso to dry. Use a black journaling pen followed by a white paint pen to scribble messy circles around the stencil. The looser you keep your hand the better with this technique so the shakier the better. Try not to let your hand tense up while scribbling.


5. Add some stamping to your pages using some butterflies from the Butterflies Stamp Set as well as the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp and the Jet Black ink. Add some journaling using a black journaling pen. My journaling includes the names of some of the various grevilleas we grow here at home to give my pages a personal touch.


6. Add some twine to the top of the tags and ink the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Glue the tags into the art journal spread. Stamp the title using the Alphabet Medley Stamp Set onto the watercolour paper off-cuts. Cut out each letter and ink with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. Add to the page and draw around the letters using the black journaling pen.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise
Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Gesso
Sharpie White Paint Pen
Black journaling pen


I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own art journal pages using this fabulous stamp set! Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Butterflies & Books Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page featuring the fabulous new Small Stencil Butterflies. The idea for this art journal spread began with me wanting to use the butterfly stencil as wings for a cute vintage girl die-cut. I then needed to ground her by sitting her on something and the book stack was the perfect size. I then began flicking through an old Smash album I had in my stash and came across a bookshelf page. Perfect! That then made me think about all of the amazing books full of everything you can imagine and more in a library which pretty much gave me free reign to use as many stamps as I liked!



Instructions:
1. Place the Butterflies Small (outer) Stencil over a piece of smooth white cardstock. Tape the stencil in place with a little washi tape to secure if you need to. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. 

2. Now add the inner stencil and secure with washi tape. Using the ink blending tool again, apply Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Remove the inner stencil.

3. Lightly trace around the edge of the outer stencil. Remove the stencil and fussy cut the butterfly. Ink the edges with the Spiced marmalade ink. Add to the back of the die-cut girl.

4. Use a stamping platform to firstly stamp the stacked books using Tree Branch Archival Ink onto smooth white cardstock. Then use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist ‘Big Brush’ Pens to colour the spines of the individual books and re-stamp.

5. Ink the pages of your art journal using the same inks as for the butterfly wings. 

6. Add some stamping to the background pages using the Alphabet Background Stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink. For this project I used the stamp without an acrylic block. I inked the stamp haphazardly and lifted the edges of it so that I wouldn’t get full contact. This gives a more random stamping effect.

7. Apply various stamps of your choosing on smooth white cardstock using the same Jet Black ink. Ink with the Brushed Corduroy ink, fussy cut and add all images to the page. Add some quote stamps too.




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen “Big Brush”: 118 Scarlet Red, 133 Magenta, 146 Sky Blue, 178 Nougat, 199 Black

I hope you are feeling inspired by my project featuring this fun new stencil to give it a try yourself. I absolutely love how well all of the various Darkroom Door products co-ordinate with each other. It makes it so easy and so fun to create art journal spreads as well as any other project you can think of.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Enjoy Life Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal page using gel printed backgrounds in my Dina Wakley Media journal. This journal has different surfaces to work on and this spread uses a watercolour page and a canvas page. 


 

To create the background on the left side (the watercolour surface), I spritzed the large Polka Dots stencil with Spiced Marmalade Dylusions ink spray before placing it onto a large gel plate face down so the ink went onto the gel plate. Then I squeezed out some Lime Dina Wakley Media paint and brayered over the entire surface so the lime would go into the open circle areas. Lift off the stencil and then place the gel plate directly onto the watercolour page to make the print. The print will show the orange and the green colours. 



On the right side (the canvas surface) I used the round gel plate to create three circle prints with the same Lime paint. Draw around them with a black Scribble Stick. Stamp inside the circles using quotes from the Enjoy Life and Amsterdam Vol 2 stamp sets using Archival Jet Black ink. 



Back onto the left side, I adhered some painted torn sheet music to the page using Gel Medium. The tag was created using the crayon resist technique using the French Script Background Stamp and the Wings stamp set with Distress Inks. Tie some ribbon at the top of the tag and adhere to the journal page. To finish the page I hand wrote some text at the top and bottom of the sheet music. 




Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Large Polka Dots Stencil 
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Enjoy Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Amsterdam Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Gel Plate 9"x11" 
Round Gel Plate
Dylusions Ink Spray: Spiced Marmalade
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Scribble Sticks Set 1
Distress Inks
White Crayon 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Cherish Today Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 20, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig with you today to share an art journal page from my Dina Wakley Media journal. This spread uses one of the watercolour pages and one of the Kraft pages. I've created each page as a separate piece of artwork, but used colours that kept it consistent so they look good together as a double page spread. 



I started by scraping some white gesso onto the watercolour card stock (left side) and then painting over the top with diluted paint. The diluted paint will lightly resist the gesso. 


The two tags I used were coloured with Distress inks. The tag on the left was stamped with the Imperfection Quote Stamp and hearts from the Hearts stamp set. The tag on the right was stamped with the French Script Background Stamp before stamping two numbers from the Big Numbers stamp set. I trimmed two images from the Photo Booth collage sheets to adhere to the tags. The 'Happy Days' text is from the Art de Fleur Vol 2 stamp set. Tie some string at the top of the tags and adhere to the page as shown. This is a great way to use tags in your journals! 


The Kraft page was super easy and quick! I stamped the Vine Border Stamp several times across the top of the page using Archival Jet Black ink. The quote from Art de Fleur Vol 2 Stamp set was stamped in the bottom right corner using Distress Embossing ink and embossed in gold embossing powder. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Embossing ink
Gold Embossing Powder
White Gesso 
PhotoBooth 

I love the different surfaces in this journal - I hope this has inspired you to give it a try! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel 

Sunshine Stencil Art Journal & Gel Printing Video

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 13, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Sunshine Stencil. One of the things I also love to do with stencils is play around with gel printing to see what effects can be achieved with just the one stencil. I created a video of my experiments which you will see below. First, let's look at the art journal page: 



This spread was created in my Dina Wakley Media journal. If you've not seen this journal before, it has different surfaces throughout the journal which make it an interesting feature as you flip through the pages. I'm working on a canvas material on the left and watercolour paper on the right. 


I adhered two tags to the canvas side using Multi Medium. The tags were created by sponging Distress Inks and then stamping the images over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. I created custom colours of satin seam binding ribbon by colouring it with Distress Stains. 


For the watercolour page I started by scraping some Gesso over the page before adhering some old books page strips randomly over the page. Next I scraped some Cut Grass Dylusions paint in a few areas and let dry before adhering some more book pages and sheet music strips. To match the colours of the tags, I placed the Large Sunshine stencil over the page and spritzed with Dylusions Tangerine Dream Shimmer Spray. It is a richly coloured spray with lots of shimmer! You can see where the shimmer has resisted the gesso a little bit which I think gives an interesting effect as it creates different shade of colour with the shimmer spray. To finish off, I wrote in between the sun rays with a black pen. 


I also wanted to test the stencil with gel printing to see what different effects you could get by using different colours and layers of paint. It was fun to play and create these prints! You can watch the video here: 



Here are some of the prints I created with the Sunshine Stencil: 








Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Large Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks
Dina Wakley Media Paints
Dylusions Shimmer Spray: Tangerine Dream
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dylusions Paint: Cut Grass
Gel printing plate

I hope this inspires you to try out some stencils in your journal and for gel printing! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Starry Night Stencil Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Starry Night Stencil along with a variety of Darkroom Door Stamps. I'm used a double page of the cotton watercolour pages in a Dina Wakley Media journal.

 

Instructions: 
1. Cover the pages lightly with white gesso. 
2. Brayer Lime and Lemon Dina Wakley Media paint onto a circle gel plate and make several prints across the width of the pages, making them overlap at some areas. 
3. Squeeze some Sky Dina Wakley Media paint onto a palette and spritz with water to make a diluted wash. Lightly paint over the page outside of the gel printed circles. 
4. Using some of the leftover Sky paint, mix a little with Texture Paste and scrape through the large Starry Night stencil over the blue painted areas. Allow to dry. 


5. Draw around the gel printed circles with a black Scribble Stick. Use a waterbrush to blend some areas. 
6. Stamp the Lady Lace Collage Stamp onto white card stock and trim the lady image out and adhere to one of the circles as shown. 
7. Stamp two butterflies from the Butterflies stamp set with different ink pads. Trim and adhere to two more circles. 
8. Stamp the sentiments from Butterfly Script stamp sets onto white tissue paper using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to the remaining circles using gel medium. The tissue will virtually disappear after the gel medium has dried so it will look like you have stamped straight onto the page. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Starry Night Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Lady Lace Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dina Wakley Media Journal
Dina Wakley Media Paints: Lemon, Lime, Sky
Gel Medium 
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks Set 1 

Tissue paper 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Vine Garden Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 07, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using the Vine Border Stamp, along with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Distress Inks. I also show the crayon resist technique. 

Here's a look at the full page: 



To see the whole process, watch the video here: 

 
Here's a few close ups of the pages: 



Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Dreams Quote Stamp
White Crayon
Large Dylusions Journal
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Mini Distress Ink Pads: Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Dylusions Ink Sprays: Mushy Peas, Vanilla Custard
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin 
Windsor & Newton ink

Thanks so much for stopping by!