Hello Beautiful Creative People!!
Welcome to Day 3 of the StencilGirl and ColourCraft Blog Hop!!
I'm feeling mighty lucky to have been sent a set of Brushos and a few metallic paints from the folks at ColourCraft, and of course I've got my library of stencils from StencilGirl on hand.
I've seen others using Brusho powders on YouTube and Instagram, so I was familiar with how they work and the one word I could think of to describe them was SERENDIPITY!! Which happens to be one of my favorite words :-).
So of course I knew immediately I'd be making some sort of journal for this project. I started with loose sheets of mixed media paper, gathered a few stencils, and started playing. The stencils I ended up using for the journal were:
Pattern Play by Carolyn Dube
Private Collection 15.3 by Mary Beth Shaw
Private Collection 14.5 by Mary Beth Shaw
Here's my process...
Creating a Resist with Stencils
I really wanted some of the pages to have a resist on them, so I started by running gel medium through a few stencils.
I love the effect this creates on my pages because it allows me to go over the page with color and still have the stencil image show from behind. I started with this technique because it requires a lot of time to dry.
Next, I wanted to create a few pages that started with Brusho Powders to create an abstract watercolor background. The powders make it so easy because all you need to do is sprinkle the powder and spray a little water on top. The powders do all the work.
Adding Stencils and Creating Signatures
Once the Brusho backgrounds dried, I began adding stencils to create journaling areas on the pages. I love doing this because when I come to the page to add my journaling I won't encounter a blank page. I'll invite a little serendipity into my practice by seeing what inspires me at the time I reconnect to my pages.
This is also the point when I started to fold my pages into signatures so I could see them as pages in a journal. For me, this is another moment of serendipity -- you never know what the pages are going to look like side by side.
Creating the Journal
Once all the pages were folded and nested inside one another, I use my needle and thread to sew a basic 5 hole running stitch. It's one of the easiest ways to make a journal, so I decided to keep it simple for the structure.
However, I wanted to get a little fancy for my cover, so I grabbed the metallic paints from ColourCraft, a piece of black drawing paper, and a stencil. I LOVE the result. These paints are so vibrant on black and using multiple colors creates an even more dramatic look.
Here, I've used the Aztec Lusters in purple and aquamarine.
Of course I wanted to layer another stencil on top to create a little more interest, so I used one from Mary Beth's Private Collection and adding the wobbly circle and titled this journal -- Serendipity!! I know -- very clever :-).
Then I used the ColourCraft Water Resistant Drawing Ink in Black to write a few words around the trim of my journal. This stuff is AMAZING and works really well with a dip pen. It clings to the nib beautifully and let me write several words before needing to dip the pen again.
I opted for black, but the inks come in lots of colors.
Assembling the Journal
Okay, now that my cover art was done, it was time to put the journal all together. Here's my final result with all the pages folded and sewn together.
I LOVE IT and I can't wait to do a bit of journaling in this beauty. Let me know if you decide to make your own serendipity journal. I'd love to hear about your process.
Now, make sure you stop by all the other lovely blogs in this hop so you can see all the wonderful ways to use these products. From stencils to powders, you can create tons of projects. Here's a list of all the other lovely blog hoppers:
Mary C. Nasser
Sherry Canino (you are here)
Kiala Givehand -- YOU ARE HERE
AND of course you know there's a GIVEAWAY!!!!!
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Colourcraft!
Visit the other fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! You only need to leave one comment per blog. You have until Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page
on Monday, August 21st.
GOOD LUCK and thanks for hopping along!!!
8/18/2017 03:36:14 am
8/18/2017 04:34:33 am
I love this project and may try it. Thanks for sharing Kaila.
8/18/2017 04:48:46 am
I love putting journals together & I've got to get some of those crystals - they look amazing and so simple to use!
8/18/2017 04:51:43 am
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8/18/2017 05:05:36 am
How did you stencil the pages? I think you used paint, am I right. This is such an interesting project.
8/18/2017 05:08:11 am
8/18/2017 05:21:48 am
Love this journal...the resist process creates such a great platform to be creative.
8/18/2017 05:40:16 am
Cool backgrounds!! Thanks for sharing x
8/18/2017 07:19:21 am
Thanks for the inspiration! Beautiful journal!
8/18/2017 07:39:50 am
Great journal-making ideas! Love the cover!
8/18/2017 08:18:45 am
Love this! The cover is stunning - so striking against the black cardstock. I love the gel medium resist idea - will have to give that a try.
8/18/2017 08:37:43 am
Love your serendipitous journal Kiala!
8/18/2017 08:40:50 am
Love the metallic paints!! Your cover is amazing with that black ink!!
8/18/2017 09:05:32 am
Oh I love the powders! What a great project you did! This is a must try for me!
8/18/2017 09:34:06 am
Wow this is so cool! Love seeing all your colour combos, thank you! xxx
8/18/2017 10:57:52 am
A lovely project, such a useful journal
8/18/2017 11:18:24 am
Lovely project - I am droolling!!
8/18/2017 12:23:36 pm
Very well done!
8/18/2017 12:36:26 pm
I always love your art. This is a beautiful book.
8/18/2017 01:23:58 pm
Another product that is new to me is the drawing ink. I would like to try using it for words on journal pages.
8/18/2017 05:53:07 pm
Such a great project. Loving all the pages you made.
8/18/2017 06:05:10 pm
love this journal, especially the cover and the name :)
8/18/2017 09:19:27 pm
Really lovely work -- and you explained the process very well -- I want to try a creating a journal like this!
8/19/2017 04:19:42 am
Love how abstract your patterns are. Simple yet fun and colorful! Lovely journal.
8/19/2017 06:03:58 am
very nicely done. I really like the journals I make the best. I can control the size and the texture of the pages. I really like your combination of colors on your background papers
8/19/2017 09:12:23 am
I want to try using gel medium as a resist, love your results.
8/19/2017 11:24:58 am
Brusho sounds like a great new
8/19/2017 11:26:16 am
forgot my e-mail.
8/19/2017 12:21:10 pm
Brush powders I love. You used them beautifully to create a background. Very good journal. Thanks for your inspiration.
8/19/2017 07:14:57 pm
Thanks for inspiration
8/20/2017 07:24:07 am
What a stunning journal!
8/20/2017 08:34:45 am
Nice background,lovely projects.
8/20/2017 09:14:36 am
Those pages are really pretty.
8/20/2017 09:38:56 am
Oh I love these. LOve the use of stencils and Brusho!!
8/20/2017 09:55:48 am
Great looking journal, thanks for the "how to"!
8/20/2017 10:34:59 am
8/20/2017 04:45:38 pm
So very amazing and inspiring, Kiala! You did a super job! This is truly a work of art!
8/20/2017 08:21:28 pm
8/20/2017 08:43:51 pm
Can't wait to try some Brushos with stencils!
8/21/2017 08:23:33 pm
awesome cards ... like the gesso resist
8/21/2017 09:25:30 pm
Love the journal cannot wait to see what you do to complete it!
10/31/2017 08:45:46 am
Love this shiny project, Kiala!
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