Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine Event Day 5 - Art Journal

Welcome back to Day 5, our FINAL day of our brand new blog event! We have the first ever "5 for 5" holiday event... 5 designers will bring you inspiration for 5 days in a row, for 5 big holidays throughout 2015! Each day we have a different theme, and today the theme is COLLAGE.
I have a PRIZE PACK to be won so check for that at the bottom of this post~!

It was time for a good ol' fashioned art journal page! I don't have a video for this one because my journal pages tend to take me a very long time. I do a little bit at a time and leave it alone for a bit. I do have a photo tutorial, though! yippee :)

First steps are basics... I created a COLLAGE (our theme!) using torn papers from an old Dear Lizzy pad. I adhered all the pieces with gel medium and let it dry. Then I coated the whole page with a thin layer of gesso and let that dry.

I wanted to do a teal/pink page so I painted large brush strokes up and down the page in a variety of blue shades and pink shades.

Now it's time for some stamps! I used some hearts from a couple Unity Stamp SMAK kits. I stamped them with my Twinkling H2O's in a teal and a pink. Then I applied gesso to the inside of the larger hearts.

Now to finish off the background I added rub-ons throughout the page...

Now I have to add my cupid! I wanted to incorporate a mini collage on the cupid...

I tore a lot of mini pieces of paper from the Studio Calico "Classic Calico" pad and adhered them all around the cupid with gel medium. Once it was completely dry, I intricately cut around the entire thing with my craft knife. Finally, I shaded the cupid with black and silver Gelatos.

I glued on my cupid, added an arrow rub on, and stamped the sentiment...

The sentiment reads "The best is yet to be" and is from the Unity January SMAK kit.

Now time for the close ups!

I hope you enjoyed my photo tutorial! I haven't left you completely video-less though... today I'm up on the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog with another Valentine project... and a video! So stop there and check it out!


I have one prize pack to give away to a lucky commenter! Leave a comment on all of my "5 for 5" posts and you'll be entered for a chance to win! One comment = one entry! 5 comments = 5 entries! Good luck!

previous posts:

Make sure to visit the rest of the designers in this hop!

RACHEL - (that's me!)

Other Supplies:
Ranger Craft Mat
Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Rub Ons -
Twinkling H2O’s
Unity Stamp Co Heart Cluster
Unity Stamp Co Large Heart
Unity Stamp Co Sentiment
Dear Lizzy – Lucky Charm

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  1. OMGoodness!!! What a beautiful art journal page, I have never tried but inspired me to do at least one, Love that collage cupid with beautiful rubons, Thanks for the pictorial!!

  2. Gorgeous page! Love all the colors....just beautiful ♥

  3. What a fun journal page - love the Cupid.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  4. Fun journal page! Love the way the Cupid turned out!

  5. Love this beautiful collaged journal page! The cupid is adorable and the rubons add a lot to the overall look, too. Thanks, Rachel, for a fun week of creative projects from you.

  6. WHAT A Fun collage, love how you did the cupid! I wouldn't be able to video, I walk away FAR too much...

  7. Oh wow - this amazing! Loving all the great textures and colors.

  8. Mmmmm love it!!! Colours are so bright!!! Can't wait to watch the video!!!!

  9. Haven't tried art journal pages. Now I want to soo pretty.

  10. this is super neat. I love all your details. wonderfully done.

  11. Whoops you said there is no video lol dah!!!

  12. Love altered journals. I just finished one as well. Great job!

  13. This is so pretty! I especially love that Cupid and how you used rub-ons in your journal. I never thought to do that! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial, very helpful for those of us just learning the ropes of mixed media!

  14. That looks like such a fun process to have such a beautiful result. Tanks for showing the steps.

  15. Your page is beautiful. I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing.
    {I came over from the Unity Friends with Flair challenge}
    Crafty hugs,
    Designs By Dragonfly {blogspot}

  16. I love your collaged page! The cupid is great collaged in black & white! I found you on Unity's Friday Friends With Flair.

  17. Wow, wow, wow!!! LOVE the step by step you showed us on creating this fabulous spread. That cupid is awesome!!!! Saw you on FWF. TFS!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. Wow, this is awesome. You work wonders in mixed media, Rachel. :)

  19. Mixed Media Marvelous! I am crazy about that cupid and boy do I love the colors. Amazing work, Rachel!

  20. Your pages are wonderful! Thanks for the photo tutorial! I'm going to have to try this! I love the collage on cupid! So very creative!

  21. How fun! Great collage! Looks like you had tons of fun!