Art journals can be displayed just like scrapbook pages. Cathie Allan of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine team shares some of her favorite pigment ink techniques on this art journal page. The same techniques featured on this stamped art journal page can be used to create mixed media inspired backgrounds for your scrapbook pages. Let’s see how:
Hi Everyone. Cathie Allan here. I am going to share with you an art journal page I had so much fun creating. These ideas are totally transferable to a card or a scrapbook page so if that is your passion take these ideas there.
Using stamps and ink in on an Art Journal page does not have to be complicated. I love to use Clearsnap’s, pigment ink as a base for my pages. Pigment ink not only allows me to achieve the look of a variety of mediums, but the process is not complicated and it is OH! so much fun.
I decided to create the background for this page the night before I left on a trip. I began by prepping the page with my Clear, Top Boss Pad. I freshly re-inked it and then patted this wonderful clear embossing ink over the pages in my book. I do this so my pigment ink stays even more “open” so that I can alter it, smear it and play with it even more.
Then I began stamping with my large “Daisy Tile Reverse” stamp from Impression Obsession using colors contained in the Beach Ball, petal point stamp pad. I love that all the colors in these styles of pads are harmonious and if you stay with in the palette you can never make a bad color choice. Ink your stamp with the Lemongrass section of the pad, stamp as shown for your first layer and then “smear” these images using a Colorbox stylus & white foam tip that has been loaded with Top Boss clear. I do not want to add anymore color, I just want to push this image into the background and smear some of that color around the image. I love the soft “watercolor look” of this technique. Repeat with the Citrine Section. Now using the surf blue section pounce some of this color thru your favorite, Art Screen from Clearsnap, I used “Ditto”. Of course …. I pushed this image back by using my stylus and white foam tip that had been tapped onto the Top Boss stamp pad. I love how this softly subdues the original images.
Yes, my “Clear, Top Boss” is NOT so clear anymore. I lovingly refer to this pad as “Mr. Ugly”. I have a “clean”, Clear, Top Boss pad for cleaner applications but when I am doing “messy stuff”, my “Mr. Ugly, Clear, Top Boss” allows me to do all manner of fun things without worrying about contaminating it, that’s already been done J.
Now I need this “longer open style of ink”, pigment to dry “right now”. To do this effectively, I iron with a hot, dry iron. Place a clean piece of paper over the page to keep your iron clean.
Now you can stamp the next gorgeous image from Impression Obsession “Flower Butterflies”. I used Colorbox’s “India Inkpad” as I love how it holds so well on a freshly inked surface, I did iron it to make it “more permanent”. I learned this in my T Shirt making days and I simply took that process to my paper projects.
Add as many images as you want and then I added black color with my favorite pigment marker. The cool thing about this is I did this in the airport and on the airplane as I travelled to my destination and all I needed was my book and my pen. It is an attention getter, let me tell you, everyone wants to see what you are doing and they are totally amazed when you show them that this started out as a white page.
When I got home from my trip I added the Picante splatters with a paintbrush and some of the pigment re-inker that I add a tad of water to.
Stamp or hand write a favorite saying of yours and add more butterflies and flowers by stamping, adding color and cutting out.
Don’t hide your art journal, place it in a nice stand and display it in a favorite place in your home. Pigment ink is the most lightfast of stamp mediums so mine is displayed in the front room of my house. It makes me smile, every time I walk by. — Cathie Allan
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