Photobook Fanatic–Using the January Frog Dog Studio Kit + Genuinely Jane

This tutorial can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog. Most materials used were from the January 2014 Frog Dog Studio Mixed Media Kit and can be purchased here

Good morning everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my take on the fabulously fun Photo Booth wooden album from Genuinely Jane in this month’s Frog Dog Studio Kit. Genuinely Jane was extremely generous in sending several of these wooden albums to use. I love working on a hard surface, it makes it really easy to create good, layered backgrounds without fear of warping or bleeding through. They have a lot of really cute designs to choose from as well. You can see their products here.

To begin, I took the album apart to make it easier to work on each block at a time. On the main block (the front of the album) I began by coloring the entire piece with the Liquitex acrylic ink in the kit. I also did some distressing with the black mixed media ink pad also found in the kit. Then I set it aside to dry.

Moving on to the second piece, I colored that one with the blue acrylic ink from the kit. Then I used a stencil, a palette knife, and the modeling creme from last month’s kit to create a very textured background.

Moving on to the next piece, I covered the entire background with the tissue paper in the kit and some matte medium. Then I added acrylic paint to create the background. When that was dry, I used the telephone wire stamp and the black mixed media ink to create my focal point. I also did some light stamping in the background using the phone directory stamp (which is now one of my favorite stamps for adding texture and interest to a background!)

For the final block of the album, I used some of the goodies from the ephemera pack in the kit to create the background. I also used two of the new Tim Holtz layering tag stencils (found in the Frog Dog Studio store) and some acrylic paint to add layers and interest. At this point this is how all of my blocks looked with the backgrounds done:

I kind of got lost in my process at this point and didn’t take many more pics. What I did was add a strip of the accordion book paper behind the booth “window”, as well as a poker chip, a key, and some more stamping. I also found some clip art to use for two of the pieces and attached those with matte medium.

Here are pics and some close ups of the final product:

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How to Create an Art Journal Page with an Image Transfer-Using Frog Dog Studio’s July Mixed Media Kit

Good morning, I wanted to share a tutorial on how I created a page in my art journal using our Frog Dog Studio’s July mixed media kit supplies. You can also find this tutorial on the Frog Dog Studio Blog.

For my journal page this month I wanted to try and conquer my nemesis…the image transfer! I have books on techniques, have watched tutorials, and even had a lesson on this from the very talented Donna Downey and I still can’t seem to get this nailed! Practice makes perfect, right? So I decided to give it another go using the clip art and matte medium from this month’s kit. I started out by choosing an image from the sheet, cutting it out, covering it with the matte medium, and laying it face down on the page. I then burnished it using my brayer.

I misted the image with water, adding more as needed, and gently began rubbing off the back side of the image. The paper was really wet and crumbly, but I could see the image coming through pretty good.

Next I added some strips of washi tape around the image transfer. I also used the paint dabbers from the kit to add some color.

I wanted to add a punch of color, so I got out my Pan Pastels and used a foam sponge to work the yellow colors into the entire background. I used another Pan Pastel in red to blend in the edges and add some pop. Then, I used a circle stamp from Claudine Hellmuth and Ranger Archival ink to add some contrast.

Music often inspires me, and while I was working on this page the song “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn came on my mix. How perfect to go with my bird themed page! I cut out another bird and the letters for FLY and SWING from the clip art sheet, then got out my trusty cheap-o letter stamps to create the journaling on my page.

Well my image transfer still wasn’t 100%, but that’s the thing about art journaling–it’s a great place to practice, make mistakes, and experiment. Don’t be afraid to try something new today!

July Frog Dog Studio Kit Reveal

Hi everyone! I am so behind on my blogging…

First off, the new Frog Dog Studio July kit is out and it is a good one! Check out all of these awesome goodies:

Frog Dog July kit

The July Mixed Media Kit includes:

(1) Maya Road 3″ Vintage Memory Box with Coaster Album
(1) .5 oz Bottle of Crackle Accents
(1) Bottle of ‘Peeled Paint, Distress Paint
(1) Bottle of ‘Antique Linen, Distress Paint
(1) 4 oz Jar of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium
(1) Roll of Prima Washi Tape (colors/design may vary)
(1) Package Tim Holtz Hinges
(1) ‘Pretty Bird Notes’ Ephemera sheet from ARTChixStudio

Here are my Design Team projects that I created using the kit:

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Be sure to check out the Frog Dog Studio Blog for mine, as well as my fellow DT member’s tutorials on all of this month’s projects.

I also wanted to let you know about our Refer A Friend promotion. Check out the post HERE to find out all of the details. It’s a great deal and a fun way to share mixed media with friends.

I also managed to squeeze in a project from my LifeBook class-Week 18. A Page of Affirmations with Dawn DeVries Sokol. It was a quick and fun exercise-even though I struggle with praising myself for anything.

Page of Affirmations with Dawn DeVries Sokol

Thanks for stopping by!

The Time Has Come…Frog Dog Kit Reveal Today!

Good afternoon everyone! Well the day has finally come for the very first reveal of the Frog Dog Studio June Mixed Media Kit. Tina has packed this kit with all kinds of mixed media goodness 🙂 Stop by the store to check it out and order your kit–they are going fast!! Click Here to visit the Frog Dog Studio Home Page. You can also visit the Frog Dog Studio Blog here. Throughout the month of June you will find educational tutorials showing how all of the DT members created their projects using the kit materials. My first tutorial is up on June 5, be sure to stop by and check it out!

In the meantime, here are the projects that I created using the June kit:
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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend!

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Some Facecinating girls and LifeBook catch up time!

Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend–I know I sure did. We spent all day Saturday and Sunday at my daughter’s basketball tournament, so Monday was a welcome break 🙂 Although we did end up spending most of it out car shopping… my vehicle is getting up there in miles and it’s time to replace it.

Anyhoo….I’ve been a bit sidetracked from my LifeBook class over the last 2 months. I’ve really been wanting to master doing faces and when I saw the Facecinating Girls 3 week online course from Andrea Gomoll, I decided to jump in. What I love about this class (other than sweet Andrea) is that it comes with a clear stamp set that really helps take the pressure off as far as trying to draw a perfect face. I’ve learned a lot about shading, which is really something I needed. The class really is a great value and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an easy breakdown on face painting.

Also, for my birthday I received Mixed Media Girls by Suzi Blu. I’m just going to say that I think she is AWESOME and leave it at that. I can’t wait to sign up for some of her classes, but I think I need to get through LifeBook first. Between that and the new Frog Dog design team there isn’t room for much else, and I am ok with that. So here we are. I just wanted to share with you a few things that I’ve been working on in my art journals as a result of these classes and such.
This first sketch is done with just some basic shading with a Faber Castell Gelato:
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This one was done with PrismaColor pencils:
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This one was done with the PrismaColor pencils and Inktense blocks:
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The next two are fully completed using acrylic paints, the PrismaColor pencils again, and the Inktense blocks, and Gelatos:
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And a few sketches based on Suzi Blu’s book. I know these need quite a bit more work. Practice, practice!!! 🙂
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And finally my project for Life Book 2013 – Week 16 – Bottoms Up with Aimee Meyers Dolich:
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And that’s it for the day! Hope I didn’t overload you too much 🙂 Stay tuned for the reveals at Frog Dog Studios this weekend–so exciting!

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly—and Quirky Birds :)

This week I was able to play catch up with my LifeBook 2013 lessons. I can’t say enough about this experience, I have already learned so much!! The teachers are amazing and the work that everyone is putting up is truly inspiring. This week I was able to complete the lesson from Week 11-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral (also known as Misti B).This lesson was so liberating. The whole purpose is just to celebrate and embrace the good, bad, and ugly side of ourselves. We were encouraged to let our ugly out. Well, I feel like I certainly did. This piece is pretty hideous, but I finally felt something in myself just let go–I think for the first time ever. I usually worry over what people will think about my art and feel like it always has to be perfect, but not this time. Here it is, in all of it’s hideousness…
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Pretty ugly, eh? 🙂
Now this week’s lesson was a total blast. We made “quirky birds” and used song lyrics that help to ground us and help us celebrate the “now”. Everytime I hear the song “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds I think of my husband. It’s a really beautiful song, if you’ve never heard it you should check it out. We made this as a really cool fold out accordion booklet. I may go back and do the back side with some more fun birds later on.
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I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

LifeBook Week 10 and 12–I Painted a Face!

Continuing on my LifeBook journey, I’ve completed Weeks 10 and 12. Week 10 we celebrated heart connections with Tam. We filled in our heart with rolled paper containing short messages to our heart connections. I wish the picture could convey the cool 3D look of this heart. What a beautiful lesson this was, and a great reminder of how important people are in our lives.
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Week 12 was Celebration and Connection with Mindy Lacefield. I’ve always enjoyed her style of art and wondered how she painted her adorable, whimsical faces. This was a great lesson for me, especially learning how to shade and create the faces. I’ve never been really good with faces, but she made this seem so easy. I like the primitive style of their faces. I realized when I finished the painting that I subconsciously ended up painting me and my son. This wasn’t my original intention, but I love how that’s how it turned out.
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I am hoping this weekend to possibly get to Week 11, which is about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Michelle Kral. I’m looking forward to it, but there were a few supplies I needed before I could start this one.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter! Thanks for stopping by 🙂