Monday, April 6, 2015

The What If Art Journal Page


What If??
Today I'm showing you what I did with the April 2015 StencilClub stencils from StencilGirl. They are designed by Jessica Sporn and SO FUN!! Sometimes people see a "theme" in a stencil and aren't quite sure what to do with them. Today I'm going to show you how to look beyond the "theme" and pick the parts you want. For this project I only used the large stencil.


This Art Journal page turned into the "what if" page and the "what didn't I use" page :)

Let's start with some Faber Castell Gelatos. I have been using these since way back when they were a "kiddie" product. Now they have grown up and I still love them and their creamy texture!


what if I add some water....okay--before and after.


Now what if.....I add some DecoArt Media Line Crackle Paste through a stencil...


If is dry now....hummmm, pretty white...what if I add some more Gelato???


what if I rubbed it in instead of wetting it??


Now I'm happier with the color....but Gelato's are water soluble....I want the color to stay. What if...I add some DecoArt Media Line Matt Medium to seal it??



 Problem solved! Sealed....yet I'm still not where I want to be. What if....I add a glaze so some of it goes in the cracks. I used DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish mixed with some craft paint. Now I was asking myself WHAT IF I MESSED IT ALL UP?????!!!!


I waited about 3 or 4 minutes and carefully wiped the glaze away with a paper towel. Oh I think I like it! But I want to see more of the fine crackle. I used the Ken Oliver Click It Ink Pad (which I love) and skimmed it over the top. AWESOME! But....what if....I add a different kind of Crackle...DecoArt Media Line Crackle Glaze???


After I saw that glaze dry I saw something MAGICAL!!! BIG BIG cracks! I LOVED it....but what if....I add some DecoArt Media Line Antiquing Cream to the whole page? I did, see the second photo below and then wiped it away.


OMG!!!!! What if....never mind, I LOVE it!!!!!
I have to tell you, ALL these layers and my paper held up to the abuse. It now feels like a fine piece of leather.....now I'm wondering...what if I would have just done this on a canvas....oh well, next time!





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25 comments :

  1. Whoa chica! Those textures are incredible! Thank you for sharing your process and "what if" thoughts. I agree with you on going beyond the theme and giving it your own, unique twist. I haven't tried the antiquing cream...that's about to change! Wonderful project, Maria :)

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  2. What if I just gave you a BIG HUG.. cuz this is just fantasic!!!! So many what if's that gave you an amazing result.

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  3. Maria -- I've followed your artwork for some time now, and in my humble opinion, this is hands-down my very favorite! Your incredible patience really paid off -- it's beautiful beyond words! If you want to have it on canvas, as you mentioned, you can adhere it with extra-heavy matte or gloss gel medium. First, reinforce the back of the canvas, inside the wooden frame, with books or anything else that will serve as support. These can be held in place with masking tape. This kind of support from below will give your canvas a uniform and firm surface. After you smoothly apply the gel medium, and add the artwork, wipe off any excess medium from the edges, place a sheet of resist paper across the top, and place books or other evenly distributed weights on top of the resist paper. After the gel has dried, you can remove everything and check the edges. They may need some additional touches of paint. Voila! You will have this masterpiece permanently on canvas -- and it IS a masterpiece! I can't say enough good things about it! You rock, Maria!

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  4. HOLY TEXTURE! Your what ifs led to wonderful!

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  5. This is so beautiful. I love the colors, the texture, everything. I have not tried crackle yet. Love it and the club. Your art is always special!

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  6. This is amazing. I'm stopping back later when I have more time and just going over each step slowly. Love the result visually and your comment that the paper now feels leathery. Very cool. Thanks for stepping it out for us.

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  7. I love all of the "what-if" stages! Thanks for sharing the whole process. I love the result, it inspires me to try it, so much.

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  8. This is SO COOL! I love all your layers of texture! Thanks for sharing your process! I want to go home and experiment more with crackle paste :D

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  9. Wow, Maria! What if I try some of that myself? Have different products, but what if they work just as well?

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  10. That is absolutely fan-freaking-tastic!!! The colors...the layers...the texture! GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE how brave you were to try all of those different products and techniques. I think you may just have empowered me to start asking, "What if...?"

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  11. So insanely cool! I love how you just kept going like a mad scientist.

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous Maria -- the colors and the textures. Wow!

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  13. Dayum gurl! I would NOT have kept going...fear factor! Love this! ... But what if????

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  14. This is awesome! If I weren't out of town I would have to try this....it is beautiful and I love the layers!

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  15. I love it too Maria!! Thanks for step out directions! Great results!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

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  16. AMAZING! Will have to get some of the Deco Art products

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  17. All that texture and those cracks....divine! Art mediums never cease to amaze me. Thanks for the tutorial - it was great to see how and when you used each of those products. Beautiful piece!

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  18. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE all the textures and the colors...and the textures! Amazing! I love it!!

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  19. Hi this is fabulous, thanks so much for posting!!

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  20. I LOVED this post and your tutorial! I totally tried it at home but i donot have some of the same materials nor did i get some of the same results( my crackle paste didnt crackle as much, any ideas?)but wow i loved this!!! do you have more tutorials that i can learn from???? Thank you!!!!!

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