The Evolution of a Digital Art Journal Page

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Today I wanted to share with you a quick peek into how I’ve been altering some of my traditional art journal pages digitally. I started with this journal page using some clip art, acrylic paint, stenciling, and stamps:
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It’s not bad, but I wanted to take it a few steps further. I opened up ArtRage on my iPad and began by creating a layer of color and doodles using the various tools:
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Next, I added another layer and imported a picture of my journal page. I then merged the two layers together, adding more paint and doodles over the blended layers.

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I saved the image to my camera roll, then opened the image in Pixlr Express. I then chose a filter for the image.

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I continue to add layers using the different filters, frames, and effects in Pixlr.

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And here is the final result. It’s really a lot of experimentation and playing in the apps. I like mixing and building layer upon layer to achieve different looks. Have fun recreating your old art journal pages using ArtRage and Pixlr Express!!

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Scribbly Birds Mixed Media Canvas-Surround Yourself With Friends

This tutorial and project were created for Frog Dog Studio using the May kit.

Good morning! Today I have a canvas project tutorial to share with you. This is one of my personal favorite projects–it was fun and easy to do. Let’s get started!

To begin, I used an 8 x 10 canvas board covered with a light coat of gesso. I used several shades of blue paint (including the one in the kit) and a brayer to lightly spread the paint around.

Next, I laid down a stencil and used the liquid chalk ink from the kit to create a light background pattern.

Using stencils, spray ink, and distress paints I created a few layers on the background.

I went around the edge of the whole board with gold Gelato and rubbed it in with my fingers. Then, I added a little bit more texture with spray ink and stencils.

Using the dropper in my sepia ink, I loosely sketched in some tree branches. I did this by just starting at the edge of the canvas and slowly dragging the dropper across the canvas. You can squeeze more ink out to make the branches thicker, or just spread sections that are already thick to add thinner branches.

I set the canvas aside to dry and pulled out a sheet from the vellum book in the kit. Using the new Dina Wakley stamps (which I LOVE!), I stamped the bird images then colored them in using a mixture of the oil paint crayons, oil paint medium, and watercolor crayons. I wanted a very soft blended feel.

Since this has a very springtime feel to it, I thought I’d make the tree sort of a cherry blossom by adding some paint through a circle stencil along the branches.

I fussy cut the birds and attached them to the canvas using matte medium. Then I added some colored glitter paste to the birds just for a little extra sparkle and texture. I also put a quote from my stash.

And here is the final product!

Fall Beauty–A Mixed Media Layout Using the November Paper Add on Kit from Frog Dog Studio

Good morning! I have to confess it has been a while since I have created a scrapbook page. I’m not sure where my scrapping mojo has run off to, but I’m beginning to miss it. In the hopes of reviving Monsieur Mojo, I have created this layout of my daughter using the totally fabulous Frog Dog Studio November Paper Add On Kit. 🙂

As much as I love mixed media (and you may find this as odd as I do), I never incorporate it into my scrapbooking. It’s almost like the two must remain separated. I figured I’d give it a go since I always admire this type of scrapping (Tina is an absolute master at this type of thing!)

I started out by covering the page in matte medium and pushing and crumbling the brown tissue paper into it. Then I started spraying away with the Lindy’s sprays from the kit.

When that was dry, I just tore up some of the BoBunny papers that I liked from the kit to create a base for my photo. Then I attached the photo, and worked in some Tim Holtz Distress Paint to help blend it in.

I wanted to get some good texture on the background, so I used some Golden Modeling Paste and a few stencils. I just laid down the stencils in random spots and gently scraped on the modeling paste over the top using a catalyst wedge.

Using the stamps from the kit, I stamped around the page randomly, using brown Ranger Archival Ink. When I was satisfied with that, I added some of the BoBunny chipboard pieces. I also didn’t want the stark white of the modeling paste, so I went over the page with some more Distress Paint. I wanted everything to blend together. I added a few rubons also just for some extra interest.

And the final product!

With Brave Wings–Mixed Media Drawing on a Gelli Print

This tutorial, as well as materials used in this project can also be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog and Frog Dog Studio Shop.

Hello everyone! Melissa here with a tutorial on a little project I made up using the rest of my September Frog Dog Studio kit.

This month I was introduced to Gelli printing for the first time and I just can’t express to you how much I LOVE making these prints!! There are just so many possibilities. For this little project, I wanted to do a simple drawing on top of the gelli print background that I had created using the canvas paper pad from the kit. I started out by lightly sketching the bird with a pencil, then outlining it with a black Pitt pen. I stuck a few leftover neon reinforcement circles onto the page, and also added some polka dots to the wing, using a Sharpie poster paint marker.

Next, I used my white gel pen to outline the bird and add a little character. Using the Faber Castel Big Brush marker (in pink), I outlined around the reinforcement circles and the bird and then blended it all in with my finger. This helps to incorporate the images and stickers into the background, rather than have them sticking out. I also used a purple Inktense pencil to shade under the wing.

At this point I noticed a few blank spots on the piece that were bugging me, so I added a few pieces of Tim Holtz tissue tape to fill in the gaps. I also smudged a little bit of pink with the big brush marker to help it blend in. Using the exclusive Frog Dog Studio stamp set and the Faber Castel Big Brush pen (in Pink Madder), some stamping was added into the background for texture. To finish, I stamped a quote onto a piece of scrap paper then cut it apart and glued it to the piece. Rub ons were also added.

I found this cute little frame when I was cleaning out my closet and thought it matched this project perfectly! So here it is, all complete and ready to gift 🙂

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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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 🙂