This month Altered Pages has partnered with DecoArts.
Such a great pairing!! Both have loads of products to use for any crafting projects you may be making. I've just started art journaling and combining products and seeing what works together the best is so much fun!!
Below: I stenciled the keys on using texture paste. Allow to dry. Applied Rustic Chalky Finish paint over the whole page. Using a brush, I highlighted the keys with beige Chalky Finish paint, some of the Metallic Wax in gold and brown. Outlined all the keys with black watercolor pencil and smeared it with a watercolor brush pen. Final step: Mixed together varnish and rustic paint over the whole page. Wrote in my thoughts using a white gel pen.
Both pages were prepped with white gesso. The left side I did a wash with the mix of varnish and rustic chalky paint. The two red hearts were stenciled on with texture paste. Colored with DecoArt Rouge Chalky Finish paint. The Altered Pages collage sheet was cut and added with DecoArt decoupage for paper. I went around the hearts and the printed words with black and red watercolor pencil. Blend it in with the watercolor brush pen. Stamped various stamps around the page with Black Archival ink to finish it off.
I hope you like my pages. I sure had fun doing them!! The bible study I'm in is His Kingdom Come. If your interested in growing deeper with our Lord and Savior-join me -HERE. There are lots of groups you might be interested in.
I've joined a Bible Study group called His Kingdom Come/Take Me Deeper.
The first weeks study was on Romans 12:1-2
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How do I make myself a "living sacrifice" for God? It's definitely a daily commitment. Sacrifice is hard to do on an ongoing basis. Putting God wishes first-all the time. Working on my attitude, how I spend my time, how I use my words, my gifts God's blessed me with....there is so much that goes into being a living sacrifice.
To begin, being in a bible study and reading God's word, meditating on it, applying it to my life is the starting point for me. Allowing God to mold and change me from the inside out--takes more time.
Part of the meditating part came in while I was designing my journal pages. I searched a hymnal I purchased at thrift store until I found a hymn that matched how I was feeling:
"Pure in Heart, O God"
I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paints and they worked so well! They have a matte finish and I was able to write with my Faber Castle pen onto with no problem. I used several Unity Stamps.
I used DecoArt Vine stencil on each side of the pages. Represents me growing with God. I sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang moss green and then outlined the raised textures with watercolor pencils (Stampin Up), blended them with a water pen.
I looking forward to growing closer to God this year! I'm in a new church and I'm already excited for what's going to happen this year!
I am so inspired by everything Gabrielle Pollacco makes! This week was no different. I am follower of her blog and get emails when she posts! No-I'm not a stalker, but I don't want to miss out on anything she creates!!
Click on her name and you'll go to her website and a tutorial of her technique she did on a box.
Here's my finished plague. I used a wooden plaque one inch thick and 6.5x7.5.
After doing all the gesso work, the sprays I used was:
Lindy's Stamp Gang: My Mojito Green, Landlubber Green, Moonlit Mulberry, and Passion Plum.
The highlighting I did using:
DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush and Iced Espresso. I adore that stuff!!
I glued down ripped pieces of a Paris themed calendar using gel medium. Once dry, cover in a watered down coat of off white acrylic paint. Dry. (when drying you can let air dry or use heat tool)
I rubbed Phthalo Green-Blue around the edge with my finger. (Yes-I like getting messy!) Rub a little Carbon Black over top of that. Then I mixed some Dazzling Metallics glaze in with Raw Umber and covered the whole thing-rub some back off with a soft t-shirt (recycled). Gives a great antique feel with a slight shimmer.
I did some stenciling, some stamping (use black stazon) and did an image transfer.
More stamping using Deco Art Media Simmer Mister (Violet) mixed with Acrylic Red Violet.
Had made some flowers by stamping on Glossy Photo paper and using a watercolor technique with Deco Art Media Shimmer Misters. Fussy cut them and added to canvas with dimensionals.
Stamped my girl (Unity Stamps) and colored her with Tradition Acrylic paints.