junk mail is happy mail

I am pretty thrifty, so I am always looking for ways to recycle and reuse things around the house. With Happy Mail being all the craze right now I thought it would be great to use up some that Junk Mail that I always find stuffed in my post box.

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Step 1 - Grab your supplies. This project is an easy one that requires you use whatever you have on hand. Start with some Junk Mail (those giant post card style ads works great). I also used some paint, paint pens, watercolors, pens, pencils, collage paper, stencils and a stamp.

Step 2 - Paint your junk mail. I only paint one side. Add one or more colors, brushing or swiping it on and then let dry.

Step 3 - Add collage papers to your Junk Mail. I like to tear large pieces and glue them on, layering them as I go.

Step 4 - Add more paint over your collage papers. This is a good time to use your favorite stencils. If you are adding multiple layers of paint with stencils, be sure to let each layer dry completely before moving on.

Step 5 - Add some collaged shapes now. I like to cut flowers out of my under paper and add them right over the top of my stenciled layers.

Step 6 - Next, add some doodle marks around the edges of your collaged shapes to make them stand out. I also like to doodle around the edges of my Junk Mail.

Step 7 - Add some color to your collaged shapes. I like to use watercolors for this step. You can use inks, acrylics or colored pencils even! I continue to add more marks with each new layer.

Step 8 - Once my watercolors are dry I like to add lots and lots of little white marks. These are my favorite and really make your piece come to life. I also like to add some pops of bright color to my Junk Mail using paint pens.

Step 9 -  Once your Junk Mail is completely dry, flip it over. Cut a piece of paper to fit and adhere it. I like to stitch mine in place. Trim any edges that don't line up. You could also adhere it using a glue stick or gel medium.

I love it when I can repurpose something - give it new life. And don't forget - this is just the tip of the iceberg. Join us in the studio for CREATE IT•MAIL IT•ALTER IT and take Mail Art to a whole new level! 

SUPPLIES I USED IN THIS MINI TUTORIAL: Junk Mail, Collage & Book Papers, Paint Colors- Light Yellow, Paynes Grey, Ocean Green, Olive Green, Orange Twist, Mossy Green, White, and Hot Pink, Glue Stick, Assorted Stencils, Hand Carved Stamp, Watercolors, White Gel Pen, Stabilo Marks All, Sharpie Mean Streak, Ink Joy Pens, Paint Pens, Tul Permanent Marker, Water Brush, Copic Marker, and Staz On Ink.

15 minutes of mixed media

This week I used a "clean your stencil" page for a background. Anytime I am working with stencils I like to have a blank page open in my art journal so that I can tamp off my painty stencils. This cleans my stencil and gives me a bit of a back ground to start with when I go to do one of my 15 Minute exercises.

This kind of layout is my favorite for it's painterly style! Enjoy the process!

This week's supplies used:  Dina Wakley Paint in Blackberry Violet, Apple Barrel paint in White, Key West & Real Red,  Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen, Stabilo Marks All in BlueBlackWater Brush, Old Gift Card & Paint brushes, Non-Stick Scissors, Golden Acrylic Diarylide Yellow, Magazine Paper, Tissue Wrap, Hand Cut Stencils, Pencil, Hand Carved Stamp, Staz On Ink in Timber BrownUhu Glue Stick, Dylusions Inks in Dirty Martini  and Funky Fuchsia **(mixed with water in water brushes)**

 

The Documented Life Project - Week 31

Welcome to week 31 of The Documented Life Project !

July 26 - Create a Pocket - Fill it with Treasure from Your Week.

I liked this challenge because I am hooked on pockets of any kind!  I love tucking things away. I used a shipping tag for my pocket and opted to skip a tip in for the week, adhering my pocket directly to the page instead. I created a two page layout similar to an art journal page, giving myself a bright and colorful background to work with.

I used the Gelli Plate and a stencil to create a base on my shipping tag. Next I just added color with some paint, a stamp and some free motion stitching. I did not stitch my tag right to the page, as the paper in the Moleskine is so lightweight. Instead I added stitching first to the tag, then adhered the tag to the page using a heavy duty two sided tape. I will add notes to a card like this one and a few little tidbits from my week as I collect them. Hand Dyed Ribbon adds a great pop of color to both the tag pocket and the note card! 

This week's supplies: Uniball Signo White Gel Pen, Washi Tape similar to this oneWhite Gloss PaintTwo sided tape,  Art Journal Paper, Collection Card Pack 2Pink and Purple Paint Pen, Stabilo Marks All, and a UHU glue stick.

Paint colors used: Diarylide Yellow,  WhitePyrolle OrangeUltramarine BlueQuinacridone MagentaTeal,  and Green Gold, Lavender, and Lime.

Enjoy this week's challenge and I can't wait to see what you create!

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faux plaster tag

I like to give tags as cards for all sorts of occasions, so I am always looking for new ways to make them different and pretty. One of my favorite ways to dress up a tag is with "faux plaster." I am only sharing a little bit of how I make this work today, because there might be a workshop coming on ALL of this soon- wink wink! 

Step 1 - Gather some supplies. Just a few things is all you need for this easy tag card. A tag or some card stock, a piece of paper towel, white acrylic paint, Dylusions Inks - I used Calypso Teal and Fresh Lime, some watercolors and a pencil. 

Just a note. I added each of my Dylusions Ink colors to a water brush, mixing the ink - one part ink to two parts water. I love them in this form and use them for almost everything. 

Step 2 - Sketch a design onto your tag or card stock using a pencil. Remember, the more detailed your sketch the harder it will be to fill in around the design with your "faux plaster."

Step 3 - Begin layering paint and paper towel. I like to work in small areas. First, I brush on some paint and then add small torn pieces of towel to the paint, pressing it down gently with my paintbrush. Next I add another layer of paint to the top of the towel, being careful not to push the towel around too much when applying the top coat of paint. Continue filling in all around your design and let dry completely.

Step 4 - Once your layers are dry, begin adding color to your "faux plaster." Once again I work in small areas and vary the degree of intensity of the color. Once I have filled in all my "faux plaster" with color I let the layers dry completely.

Step 5 - Now I begin adding color to my sketch. I like to use water color for this. I mix up the colors and fill in the design, tossing a little table salt on the colors before then dry. Once dry, I brush aside the salt and am left with some pretty marks where the color did not take. I love it. 

Enjoy creating! And be on the look out for something more using this technique!

sketchbook peek

Bright and Bold.

Color was added to this sketch using Winsor & Newton Watercolors in Ultramarine Violet, Quinacridone Magenta, Opera Rose, Cadium Orange, and Green Gold. I added some small detail marks using the Uni-ball Signo White gel pen.

15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA

This week my background started with a ghost gelli print. This type of print is mostly covered by the time I finish a layout, but it seems much easier to me to start with SOMETHING, rather than a blank page. Blank pages still make me crazy nervous when that clock is ticking. To reward myself I alternate using backgrounds and blank pages.  I continue to work in this journal that I love. 

This week's supplies used:  Apple Barrel paint in White, Lavender and Bright Yellow, Folk Art in Neon Pink, Painters Paint Pen in Neon Pink & Blue, Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen, Stabilo Marks All in BlackWater BrushPilot Multiball, Old Gift Card & Paint brushes, Sharpie Paint Pen in Orange, Golden Acrylic Pyrolle Orange, Gelli Plate, Book Paper, Tissue Wrap, Half Moon Slant Stencil, Heat Embosser, Uhu Glue Stick, Sharpie Brush Tip Marker, Palette Knife, Inkjoy Pen in Black, Dylusions Inks in Bubblegum, Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime and Funky Fuchsia (mixed with water in water brushes)

Enjoy the Process!

The Documented Life Project - Week 30

Welcome to week 30 of The Documented Life Project !

July 19 - Add Receipts, Labels and Business Cards Smashbook Style.

This week's challenge was super easy for me. I always save all of my receipts and what not until the end of the week, when I go through them and determine which ones I need to save and which ones I can toss. I sorted through some of these, cut some apart and added them to a painted glassine envelope that once held stamps. I used this as my tip in for the week.

After sprucing up the envelope with paint and some wax paper from a local restaurant, I added some hand cut pieces of this art journal paper to the receipts scraps. I also tossed in some pops of color with paint pens and my favorite white pen. Super easy. Super fast. 

This week's supplies: Uniball Signo White Gel Pen,   Washi Tape similar to this oneWhite Gloss PaintTwo sided tape,  Art Journal Paper, Pink and Purple Paint Pen, Sharpie Mean Streak, and a UHU glue stick.

Paint colors used: Diarylide Yellow,  WhitePyrolle Orange, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Teal,  and Green Gold.

Enjoy this week's challenge and I can't wait to see what you create!

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