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! 

Using Quote Stamps for Cards and Art Journals

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing 4 cards and an art journal page using the new Quote Stamps! When I'm working on projects, I'll often make extra backgrounds or have left overs from experimenting with inks and other products. I keep these backgrounds to use on later projects. When I want to make some quick cards, I'll pull out my stash of these pre-made backgrounds and all I need to do is add some stamping on top. Quote stamps are great to use in this way, as they are the perfect size for a card front and look great over different styles of backgrounds! 

Here's some ideas to show you. 



I had been making backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks on tags. To make the tag fit the card, I simply tore the bottom edge and sponged the bottom edge with more ink to blend it in. I stamped the I Am Creative Quote Stamp over the top using Archival Jet Black ink. Mounted it onto some green card stock then onto a folded white card base. I added some orange splatters with a paint brush and watered down orange paint. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door I Am Creative Quote Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Broken China 
Distress Mixed Media Tags
Dina Wakley Paint: Tangerine



This background was created with Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Both inks were swiped onto a non-stick craft sheet and misted with water, before placing the white card stock down into the ink and moved around. Lift up the card stock and dry with a heat tool before stamping the Heart Of You Quote over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to a white card base with foam adhesive, then add some pearl drops to the corners. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part Of You Quote Stamp
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 

 

This card is super simple to make and only uses the Postmarks Background Stamp and the Along The Way Quote Stamp. Both stamps were stamped onto Kraft card stock using Archival Potting Soil ink pad. Adhere the quote to black card stock and add two metal arrows to each side. Adhere over the stamped background and mount onto black card stock, then onto a folded cream card. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Along The Way Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Metal Arrows: American Crafts
Cardstock: Oatmeal



This card is a great stash buster card, using gel prints and embossed card stock. If I have random pieces of card stock left over, I will often use embossing folders to create patterns in them and save them for layering onto cards. It creates texture without making the background too busy, especially if you're adding a colourful background on top like I have here. 

The background was created by gel printing with with Circles stencil. If you've ever tried gel printing before, check out my video here to give you some ideas. 

The Say Yes Quote Stamp was stamped over the top using Archival Jet Black ink pad. All of the pieces were mounted onto black card stock then onto a folded white card base. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Circles Stencil 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Sizzix Rays
Dina Wakley Media Paints 

For one last idea, here's how you can use Quote Stamps in your art journal, along with using extra painted backgrounds from your stash. 



Simply layer and collage them together in your journal to create a page! 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel

Cogs Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 23, 2018

Hi folks! Autumn Clark with you today to share a grungy journal page featuring the fabulous new Cogs Border Stamp. I decided to continue on in my cardboard junk journal for this project. The rough edged pages provide the perfect substrate for this theme.


Instructions:

To start I Mod Podged pages from an old book onto my lightly gessoed spread. When the adhesive was dry, I lifted the edges of the pages to give some texture and variation to the page, then covered the pages with a coat of watery gesso. 


I stamped the Cogs Border Stamp in Versafine ink, then partially covered the image with Baked Texture Embossing Powders in Ancient Amber, then Chunky Rust, then filled in any gaps with Allure Embossing Powder in Burnt Copper Leaves. This gives a great color variation to the image and a more authentic rusty metal feel.  


Next I applied my Vintage Photo Distress Oxide pad directly over the embossed cogs and spritzed with water. I allowed the ink to bleed up the page by tilting my journal upside down.  I dried then repeated with my Iced Spruce Distress Oxide pad.  


I applied various tissue tape over my background and sanded them to remove the sheen. Next I took some watercolor paper panels I had inked with various Distress Inks and made a bundle of pages, stamping Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp in mixed Sepia and Jet Black Archival Ink on the top page.  


I die cut a tab and stamped with the Adventure stamp from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set. I affixed with hex shaped brads.  


On the opposite page I stamped the Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink and spritzed with water to let it bleed.  This color was more vibrant than my rust embossing, so I went back around the embossed cogs and partially stamped this image in the Rust Chalk Ink to help it coordinate.  


I partially stamped the Mesh Texture Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink repeatedly around my spread. I cut two tags from my inky paper and stamped the Gazette stamp on one tag and used the top tag for my journaling.  

I stamped the word Time from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set onto a scrap and adhered it to the top of my page with a tiny paper clip.  I tucked in some metal gears and bundled threads beneath my layers to add a final bit of texture.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Cogs Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gazette Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
White Acrylic Gesso
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Sepia
Versafine Ink Pad
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
ColorBox Chalk Ink: Rust
Mod Podge
Baked Texture Embossing Powders: Ancient Amber, Chunky Rust
Allure Embossing Powder: Burnt Copper Leaves
Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Autumn

Be You Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using Darkroom Door stencils and other fun supplies in a Dina Wakley Media journal! I've often been asked to show how I do a journal page from start to finish, so I have filmed the whole process so you can watch and create along with me! 

Here's a few close ups of the journal page: 

 

This is the first page in a Dina Wakley Media journal. It has such a fabulous texture is a great surface to work on! I have used the Small Butterflies and Small Wildflowers stencils as the main design feature. 


I've also added some collage for more layers and texture. 


To watch the full process video and create along with me, click on the video here: 


Here's the completed project: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Wildflowers stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Butterflies Stencil 
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks Set 2
Dina Wakley Media White Gesso
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Peacock, Sedona, Olive, Buff 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Ranger Medium Brayer
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black, Leaf Green 

I look forward to sharing more art journal process videos with you in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Vine Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here today sharing an art journal page made with the new Vine Border Stamp. I love these big border stamps since they are full of potential for fun techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for art journaling. At the same time, they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too. 


I wanted the ivy to take centre stage on my art journal page and decided to stamp it repeatedly to let it almost flow down the page from the top left. The page was done on a cotton-rag watercolour paper in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. The technique works best on watercolour paper, but you can try other surfaces too.


I worked on a page that I had previously coloured with Infusions Coloured Stains, for a soft watercolour background. You can also use watercolour paint or Distress Ink. If you use Infusions, mist lots of water on the page before and after sprinkling it with the Coloured Stains and dab off some of the colour with a paper towel.


Ink the Vine Stamp up with Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. Mist it repeatedly with water before stamping. Leave the stamp in place for a few seconds to give the ink time to transfer to the paper. Experiment with the amount of water. I tried to get some of the impressions more detailed and others more dissolved. Repeat until you are happy with the look.


When the ink is dry, you can add shadows and extra details with a Forest Moss Distress Marker.


Randomly stamp the French Script Texture Stamp here and there on the page with brown ink.


I really love this Wander quote and stamped it on natural sticky-back canvas. Cut out the words and ink the edges.


Glue the sentiment to the page with Matte Medium. As you can see, the stamping picks up the texture of the canvas.


A word from Gum Trees stamp set was also stamped on canvas, cut out and inked. The butterflies were die cut from another piece of blue Infusions coloured watercolour paper, just to give more life to the page.


I also splattered the page with a blue and a brown Dina Wakley Scribble Stick. The opaque colours contrast nicely with the watercolours. Just dip the Scribble Stick in water and flick a paint brush against the tip to create splatters.

Adding some details and shadows with a marker gives interest and dimension to the watercolour stamping. You can also dissolve the lines with water if you would like to, but I left them as they were.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamps
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Journal
Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas
Canson watercolour paper
Ranger Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Ground Espresso
Ranger Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Palette
Ranger Distress Marker: Forest Moss
Ranger Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Coloured Stains: Paper Artsy Infusions: Golden Sands, A Bit Jaded
Sizzix Tim Holtz Dies: Tiny Shapes
Ranger Distress Matte Medium

The Vine Border stamp looks really nice with a watercolour stamping effect, but it also has amazing detail, which you will see if you stamp it without misting with water and / or with a different ink.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!
Anna-Karin