The 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 6 – Bee Happy

Finally I made these art journal pages that have been in my head for a long time.

I diluted Wild Honey re-inker in my mini mister to start my background.
After drying I applied white paint in some places through a honeycomb stencil.
Because I wanted a little more depth in the middle I used my Distress brush to put some
Gathered Twigs on the page. I then put the journal aside to dry.

I die cut several hexagons with two dies for an outline and one die, de largest, for the full hexagons to make a honeycomb. With three different colours of Distress Ink I coloured those. I also put them aside to dry.
On the picture you see a smaller size hexagon, coloured and with embossed images. I didn’t use them, I made other ones but by the time I did, my outlines were already glued to the page.

In the meanwhile I stamped a bunch of flowers and gave the petals a hint of colour with my Wild Honey and a brush and coloured the hearts of the flowers with Mustard Seed.

After watching an YT Live with Tim Holtz (2021 Sizzix Chapter 2) and seeing the make of Anita Houston ( I came up with the idea to use acetate for my bees.
I stamped my bees several times on cardstock, acetate and a few on paper to use later as a mask. The ones on cardstock I coloured and put a layer of Glossy Accent over the body and a little on the head. After letting it dry a little I poked with a toothpick in it to make some texture like a hairy body of a bee is. Then I let them dry overnight.
The next day I cut out the body with the head that was the only part I needed.
From the acetate I cut out upper and lower wings and put them aside too.

Time to put some things onto the pages.
I started with the field of flowers I wanted to make in the lower left corner and glued them with a piece of foam tape on the page.
Then I laid out my hexagons and outlines, moving them around until I was satisfied with how the colours where divided and glued them to the page. But watching out that there was no glue where I wanted to stack a flower behind the outline.
I glued with some foam tape a few flowers in the hexagon outlines.  

Then the tricky part came, I wanted to stamp the bee on the page without the wings, I only needed the antenna, body and legs. I inked my stamp and whipped of the ink from the wings and stamped on to the page multiple times. Letting it dry and in the meanwhile I glued the wings to the body of the bees.
Then I glued them on to the stamped body and gladly they where fitting all well.

I die cut the letters from white and black cardstock. The white I coloured in the same colours I used for the hexagons and outlines. I glued the black letters as a shadow behind the coloured ones and glued them on my page.

Taking an overview now it was almost finished I felt like it was missing something, so I stencilled with the used colours small honeycombs in the hexagon outlines and finished it all with drawing stems in between de flowers.
I love these pages and can’t get enough of it. I hope you do too and Be Happy!

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Re-inker Wild Honey
Ranger Mini Mister
Stencil Honeycomb brand unknown
Distress Paint Picket Fence
Distress Ink Mustard Seed – Rusty Hinge – Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
White cardstock
Nellie Snellen MFD059 Hexagon Straight
Bee Stamp brand unknown
Glossy Accent
Penny Black Petal Power 30-225 Stamp set
Distress Archivel Ink Black Soot
Joy Crafts ATC stencil Honeycomb (small honeycomb)

Winter Fun

Yesterday, March 21, our spring started but the weather didn’t seem to get the notification.
So in the hope the cold weather will disappear I will say goodbye to it by posting my winter art journal page.

Before playing in my art journal I die cut a bunch of snowflakes in different sizes.
I also die cut all my pieces for the rest of the layout. I die cut most of them multiple times from different colours so I could give them some dimension and interest by adding them together with glue and where needed foam tape. The icicle rim I cut out of TH frosted sheets and the words I cut out 4 times each.

I used white gesso all over my pages, on some places more than other places, to add texture. When the pages were dry I used the negatives from my snowflake die cuts as a stencil for adding some Distress Micro Glaze in different places. This was an experiment, I never tried it before.
I wanted to get several layers on my background without making it all bulky or too much in the foreground.
I glued some snowflakes to the background as well.

After that had dried overnight I dabbed carefully with a towel on the places I put the micro glaze on, I didn’t want to smear out the snowflakes. I played with some Distress inks by putting reinker in a minimister and added water to it, then sprayed them on to the page. The ink coloured the white snowflakes I glued to the page but didn’t colour the snowflakes I stencilled with micro glaze, just as I hoped. When this was dry, I added ink with my blending brush so I got a slight variation of blue on the background.

After I put all of the die cut pieces together I placed them on my page to see where I wanted to put them and where I could glue some white snowflakes. Before I adhered everything I made my snowy hill and a little snow pile for the snowman. I pushed the snowman, skis, ski poles and the sled into the still wet snow, so it looks like they are actually in it and adhered them on at the same time with foam tape for dimension.
All the other pieces I adhered to the page with foam tape as well, aside from the words, icicle rim and the white snowflakes, they are glued.

I had so much fun creating this page that I had in my head for so long and finally took the time to make.
I hope you like it too.

The used materials are under the images and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used Materials

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass – Speckled Egg and Stormy Sky
Ranger Minimister
Tim Holtz Blending Brushes
Distress Micro Glaze
Varies colours of cardstock
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Sheets THTH937153
Varies Marianne Design Snowflake dies, different in shape and size
The following  Marianne Design Dies
CR1252 Ski’s and Snowflake
LR0247 Figure Skates
CR1255 Tiny’s Mittens
CR1257 Tiny’s Sled
LR0246 Snowman
LR0392 Snowy Icicles
Amy Design die Skates  ADD10003
Joy Crafts Die Winter 6002/2033 – The word Fun I draw myself with help of the negative of the word Winter. Cut multiple layers with the Scan & Cut.
Red/White yarn
Aleene’s Glitter Snow

Kerst 2020 – Christmas 2020

I have to post this now, otherwise it will be Spring and Christmas will be even further behind us.
A Christmas that we will all remember around the world because we couldn’t celebrate the way we are used to.
Here in the Netherlands we went into lockdown again the week before Christmas.
When I picked up the paper napkins to set the Christmas table, I immediately put one aside because I had an idea to turn it into an art journal page.
It has become a simple page but it is how we celebrated Christmas 2020.

The paper napkin had the image on one side and upside down on the opposite site.
First I peeled the top layer from the other layers and then I tore the napkin above the trees from the right to the left. I put matt medium all over the page and carefully I put my napkin down to the page.
I also brushed matt medium over the napkin and with the leftover I enlarged the trees and covered the rest of the page that way. I put that aside to dry.

In the meanwhile I die cut the word Christmas in Dutch 4 times as well as my numbers and glued them on top of each other, this gave me dimension in my word and numbers. After they where dry I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with gold.
After they cooled, I repeated the process.

I drew my mask on some scrap paper and after some adjustments in the size I transferred this pattern to my cardstock. With some coloured pencil I did some shading and with a pattern stamp and Distress Ink I made it look a little bit more like a real mask.
I printed some Dutch keywords in red related on the situation and fussy cut them to stick on my mask, in the middle the word Corona, clockwise started at the word upper right they translate in Pandemic – Mask – One and a half meter (social distance) – Lockdown.
I had some elastic straps from a real unused mask and glued them on the backside of my mask but only on the top corners.

I splattered some white splashes on to my page, you hardly see them but they are there.
I glued my word and numbers to the page after I had passed my elastic strap through the first letter and the last number. I didn’t put any glue near the place where the strap was. I let that dry overnight with a heavy book on top.
To finish the page I put my mask with some foam tape to the page.

To be able to close the page I stuck a ruler on top of the mask with the thinnest side tight to the middle of the journal the first time I closed it. So now there is a valley fold into my mask while closing the journal.

The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red
Paper napkin from the supermarket
Deco Art Matt Medium
White Gouache
VersaMark ink
Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder Gold  
Marianne Design Stamp and Die set Col1338
Joy Crafts Die set Jubileum Cijfers (numbers)
White cardstock
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke
Joy Crafts Stamp set Memo Writting
Elastic straps
Foam tape

Zie de maan schijnt door de bomen….. (See the moon shining through the trees)

I love the awesome art journal/mixed media projects made by Vicky Papaioannou,
you can check out her blog if you want,
And after I got a Moleskin journal she used at that time from Sinterklaas I wanted to make the stunning page on her blog. The page was called Dear Santa ( I got this Moleskin diary from Sinterklaas, so decided the first page I made in this diary would be one that would represent that. The page is from 2017 as well as the Sinterklaas present, health and other issues came in between but l still had in mind that I wanted to make that page
Sinterklaas is mainly a celebration for children, even though the adults are not forgotten either, and is celebrated on December 5th in the Netherlands. He’s a bit like Santa, he also brings presents at night, there are songs and special treats. The big difference is that Sinterklaas rides a horse on the roofs and comes from Spain.

Let’s get started.
I followed the video made by Vicky for the page, mainly because it was my first page in this book and with products I never used in this way.
Started by covering the whole page with black gesso, when the gesso was dry I added some crackle paint over it. I let this dry overnight. Afterwards I didn’t see a lot of crackles maybe I’d been too careful and didn’t apply enough or you don’t see them well because of the other dark colours on top. But it gave good texture on the page and that was enough for me.

I used different colours of blue paint to make the background, I didn’t make a milky way like Vicky because Sinterklaas is riding on the roof and not in the sky.
After I was happy with the sky I used some white gesso for the shine behind the moon and I made white splatters with acrylic paint.

I put the book aside to dry while I worked on my moon.
Using Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and some water to give the moon colour and to give the moon texture I used a stamp. I stuck the moon on the page with medium.

Time to make the elements for the page.
The Sinterklaas and his helpers where die cut from black cardstock as well as the trees.
I have several die sets for houses but none fit, they where too large or too small. Google was the solution,
I found a page with a border of Dutch houses that matched the page so well. I printed them a little larger and used them as guide to cut them from black cardstock. I glued some light yellow cardstock behind the windows.
I used Fossilized Amber to highlight all the elements on the side that faces the moon before I stuck them to my page.

Everything was drying on the page and in the meanwhile I printed the first four lines of a well-known Sinterklaas song that starts with See the Moon Shining Through the Trees. I printed yellow letters and a black background because when printing the yellow letters directly on black, the letters did not stand out enough. I also highlighted the strips I cut with Fossilized amber and then adhered them with 0.5 mm. foam tape to my page.

To finish the page I used a white gel pen to highlight the sides of every element even more and I put the date on the page.
This was so much fun to make, thank you so much Vicky for your inspiration.

Unfortunately the moon looks lighter on the pictures than it is in real life and when I compare the sky with my journal, than I have the same problem. Although I  made a bunch of photo’s on different times and different rooms, it didn’t matter, the moon and sky stayed lighter in every picture.
The used materials are under the image and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask

Used materials

Moleskine Art Sketchbook, Hard Cover, Large (5″ x 8.25″) Plain/Blank, Scarlet Red.
Deco Art Media Gesso Black
Ranger Distress crackle paint
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic paint Cloudy Blue, Sail Boat Blue and Snow Cap
Ranger Dylusions Acrylic Paint After Midnight
White Gesso
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Matte
A left over piece of off white cardstock
Circle die
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Viva Grunge Backgrounds stamp set

Mr. Pumpkin Scarecrow

Vanaf deze post kun je de Nederlandse vertaling vinden onder de tab Nederlandse versie.

Inspired by the pumpkins on a Fall Art Journal page by Vicky Papaioannou and an awesome digital image by Mariola Budek I finally made my first Art Journal page ever.
I kept everything calm and it is more a scene page than a mixed media page but it is completely the page that I had in mind.
I started with cutting a page out of my journal I did that because this was my first time working in this journal, I didn’t know how my pencil blending would be on this paper and I wasn’t sure what I wanted with the image.
After colouring the image, colouring and blending colours wasn’t hard on this paper, I decided that I would fussy cut my image.
Using the head of the scarecrow as a guide I draw 2 pumpkins and colour them as well with my pencils.
I blended my background with different colours of Distress Oxide Ink, keeping in mind that I wanted to put my scarecrow in a “cornfield” and on the other page I wanted to put a fence.
Used water mixed with Distress Oxideds to splatter on the foreground.
I decided that I wanted to have a crow on the fence, so I mirrored and printed one of the  crows from the image, the same with some rocks that I needed for the front of my background.
Using design paper, ink ( to make the paper colours fit more)  and a cutting die I made my “cornfield”.
Into the green on the left page I added more yellow and red and stamped with a branch stamp to create a tree look to make the corner on the left page more interesting. See the close up photo.
I then put some Distress Oxide Walnut Stain in my TH woodgrain embossingfolder, this ink is great for this technique, and with coloured cardstock I run it trough my die cutting machine. After that I put Distress Oxide Vintage Photo on top of it and let that dry. From this piece I made my fence. The nails I made by hammer some silver brads with my TH Texture Hammer and after that I put TH Alcohol Ink Mixative Copper on top of them. I also put some the ink on one of the “legs” of a brad that I wanted to use as a headless nail. This I used in the pole where the wooden plank “came off”.
I put everything on my pages using Tacky glue, 0,5 mm., 1 mm and 2 mm. foam tape to create dimension on the page.
I finished the foreground by stamping on some places and by adding on some of the rocks Glossy Accents, this is what I also used for the eyes of the crows.

You can find the use materials under the images.
By clicking the images you can enlarge them.

Ranger Dylusions Large Creative Journal
Mr. Pumpkin Scarecrow, free image from Mariola Budek Art
Faber Castell Polychromos
Ranger Distress Oxides en Distress Ink
Joy Crafts Design paper “At the Movies”
Marianne Design Die Creatables LR0150 Branch Forrest
Joy Crafts Stamp set 6410/0067 Silhouette Birds
Tim Holtz Woodgrain Embossing folder
Tim Holtz Texture Hammer
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mixative Copper
Silver brads
Viva decor stamp Grunge Hintergründe
Ranger Glossy Accents