Going Digi in My Art Journal!

Good morning everyone! There are few things I love more than getting messy in my art journal; however, after spending a day with my super cool and techy sister in law (the Tech Chef) I was really inspired to learn more about digital art.

In order to teach myself how to incorporate some new techniques into my work, I signed up for Tracy Bautista’s Digital Canvas eCourse. So far I have played with both the Paper 53 and Noteshelf apps. I have to say there is a bit of a learning curve here for me, but so far I am loving mixing up some of my traditional art pages with digital elements. I feel like it’s the best of both worlds. I can still play in my art journal and make a big mess, then take a picture with my iPad and continue layering, adding color, and doodling while on the go.

Here is the first page I did in Noteshelf, using a prompt from the course:

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Here is a before page I did in my art journal:

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And here is the page after being digitally altered:

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Here is a gelli print piece of background I started in my art journal;

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And here is a completed page, finished in Noteshelf:

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I’m really looking forward to doing a lot more of this type of art!

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Consider the Alternative….

Good morning everyone! Today I would like to share a mixed media canvas I created inspired by my fellow Frog Dog Studio DT member, Sanna Lippert. Sanna created this gorgeous canvas using our May kit:

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You can view a tutorial on how she created this canvas here.

Using her canvas as inspiration, I created the following canvas. I used my favorite go-to color scheme and scraps of paper I had in my stash, as well as a few cut up pieces of Gelli prints.

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And a few close ups:

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Click below to view links to the other inspiration pieces. This was such a fun hop!



I hope you all enjoy your week!

Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone 🙂

Welcome to the Frog Dog Studio and Genuinely Jane Studios Blog Hop!

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This week our design teams are showcasing projects from the Frog Dog Studio January Mixed Media Kit, featuring an Exclusive Genuinely Jane Studio Telephone Booth Wood Album. Both teams are excited to share their kit projects and show you how they were inspired by Genuinely Jane products.

Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Lost? Return to the Frog Dog Studio blog or the Genuinely Jane Studios blog to see who is next on your hopping list!

We love Frog Dog Studio kits and Genuinely Jane Studios product so much, we are sharing them with you! Visit each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of the following:
1. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Frog Dog Studio Gift Certificate to use in the Frog Dog Studio store.

2. ONE winner will be selected to receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Genuinely Jane Studios to use for GJS books in the Genuinely Jane Studios Store

You must visit each blog and leave a comments on all blogs in order to qualify.
Comments are due by midnight EST, Friday, January 24th to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the comment period, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

Let’s get hopping!

Frog Dog Studio (www.frogdogstudio.blogspot.com)
Keri Babbitt (http://kensingtondesign.blogspot.com)
Lea Cioci (http://www.leacioci.blogspot.com)
Melissa Johnson (https://melsartjournal.wordpress.com)
Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com)
Tina Walker (http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com)
Genuinely Jane Studios (http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com)
Susan Wojtkowski (http://irreversiblymoi.com/)
Aimee Fleck (http://aimeefleckart.blogspot.com/)
Monica Downing ( http://madzieme.blogspot.com/)
Amy Lassiter (http://sparklinggnome.com/)
Sarah Lynch (http://www.kitchensinkcreations.blogspot.com/)
Kim Hutchinson (http://jumbledhutch.wordpress.com/)
Madge Gillen (http://www.thescrappinlounge.com/)
Christine Hatchell (http://www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com/)
Ildiko Miskell (http://thecraftinmama.blogspot.com/)
Emily Hammann (http://www.emilyhammann.com/)

First of all I would like to thank Genuinely Jane Studios for their generosity–there were several really cool wooden albums to choose from, it was hard to decide which one I wanted to use first! For my project, I opted for the 8 x 8 Barn Door album. I added lots of texture with modeling paste, modeling creme, and different stencils. I also added many elements from my January Frog Dog kit, like the tissue paper for collage in the background, the Limited Edition stamps, and lots of bits from the ephemera pack! I also used lots of my favorite old standbys: cut up Gelli prints, Silks, letter stamps, spray inks, and alcohol inks. Can’t forget some gold glitter paste also! 🙂

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Thanks for hopping with us! As an added bonus, I will be offering a mini bundle of mixed media goodies to any new subscribers from the hop. (Sorry, US only) Simply click the button on the top right in the sidebar to subscribe, and leave a comment saying that you did. Winner will be announced at the end of the hop!

And now, on to my very talented friend’s blog: Sue Carroll (http://1arthouse.wordpress.com). Enjoy! 🙂

Gelli Print Christmas Tree–Christmas Home Decor project using the Frog Dog Studio December kit

Good morning! Today I wanted to share my tutorial on how to make a piece of holiday home decor using products from the December Frog Dog Studio kit.

To begin this project, I prepped the 6 x 6 sticky backed canvas from the kit using Silks, spray ink with a stencil, and alcohol inks.

Since I got my Gelli plate a few months ago, I’ve been addicted to making prints and hoarding them. For this project, I thought it would be fun to use them with a holiday spin. I selected a few prints and cut them into strips to form a Christmas tree. I attached them to the canvas with matte medium.

Since it’s the holidays, I thought I would add some sparkle by covering the Gelli print Christmas tree with Viva Decor Glitter paste. When that was done, I did some shading around the tree with a grey Copic marker and then used some letter stamps and StayZ on ink to add the sentiment.

The next step was to create the larger canvas background. Using a 12 x 12 canvas board (which I really recommend for mixed media, as it’s a harder surface and is easier to work on than a stretched canvas), I laid down a Heidi Swapp sunburst stencil and gently applied the pearlescent Viva Modeling Creme. The effect was really beautiful!

To finish the piece, I peeled off the sticky backed canvas with the Christmas tree and stuck it to the larger canvas in the middle of the sunburst. I also added some fun metallic sequin type embellishments to the tree for ornaments. They really shine!

And the finished product:

Moms Never Get a Day Off…

But I took one today!! I have been sick all week and today was the first day I felt like a human being again. To celebrate, I took all the kids to school then came home and created for 3 solid hours. I had the house completely to myself, so I cranked up the Pandora, drug out all of my supplies from their various hiding places, and went to work!

The first thing I did was some catching up on my LifeBook pages. I am really far behind, but determined to complete most of the lessons before the end of the year so I can be prepared for LifeBook 2014 (registration just opened up this week!).

Here is my project from Week 30-a lesson from Dina Wakley. This was a quick and easy journal page to put together. I used some old book paper, a gelli print, some stencils, Dylusions ink in white and fuchsia, and Cobalt blue acrylic paint.

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The next page I did was also a quickie. It’s from Week 41 of LifeBook. I was going to use a gelli print from my stash, but since I had the time I figured I’d just make a new one :). I like the way the colors worked together on this simple, but pretty page.

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Well that is all I have to share for now. I hope to get at least three more lessons caught up over the weekend, but we will have to see how that goes 🙂

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Art Journal Page-using September’s Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media kit

This tutorial, as well as materials used to make this project can be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog and Frog Dog Studio Shop.
Good morning all! Melissa here with an art journal page using materials from September’s Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media kit.

This month I received the neon themed kit to play with, and play I did! For my first project I did some work in my art journal using a little bit of everything in the kit.

I started by rubbing the neon green ink pad all over the journal page to create the background.

Next, I added some of the Dylusions white spray ink.

Then, I began adding little bits and pieces of the paint chips, the stickers, and the color fragments. I attached them all with matte medium.

The next step is where I brought in some texture. I laid down a flower stencil and then covered it with Golden Fiber Paste. This paste has a very fibrous feel to it, like a handmade paper. It has a very rustic look that I enjoy.

Using the Viva Liquid Pencil, I added in some doodles along the top and bottom areas. I also cut up the neon pink plastic roll and attached a few of them as circles on the page.

For the final step, I did an exercise that I learned from the book Unstuck. You take a random page in a book and just begin selecting words and phrases that jump out at you. Then I arranged them into a little poem–fun! I cut them out and attached them to the page, then went around them with the pink Faber Castel big brush pen to highlight each phrase and add a little depth.

Here is the finished product and a close up:

Thanks for stopping by!!