Guest Designer Victoria Hills shares with us how she created this bright art journal spread in her Dylusions Creative Journal!
Guest Designer Victoria Hills shares with us how she created this bright art journal spread in her Dylusions Creative Journal!
Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m really pleased to be on the Ranger Ink Blog here with you today sharing this spread in my small Dylusions Creative Journal. I love the versatility of this design – you could make it many times over using a different paint palette, shapes and words…and a smaller version of it would look great on a tag.
Step 1: Starting with your darkest colour – in my case Cherry Pie – apply the first layer of paint to your journal pages using a small brayer. I like to apply quite a thin, textured first layer so that the colour of the journal paper shows through in places. Use any spare paint to start a background on a tag or another journal page
Step 2: Clean your brayer. Because the second layer of paint needs to sit on top of the first rather than blend in, wait for the first layer to dry (or use a Heat Tool) before adding your second colour – mine is Tangerine Dream – in the same way as Step 1. I like the patchy, textured effect that using a small brayer gives, so there’s no need to think too much about the placement of the paint.
Step 3: Apply the third layer (Pure Sunshine) in the same way as before. I added too much Pure Sunshine at this stage – it looked very yellow and was covering up a lot of the first two layers, so when it had dried, I added a fourth layer (Cherry Pie) to balance it out and bring back the pink.
Step 4: When the background is dry, add some stencilling using your three background colours. Because I like a grungy effect in my backgrounds, I followed up the stencilling with some random marks made with a palette knife, and then added some Black Marble paint and white gesso drips and splashes with a small paintbrush.
Here’s a close-up of a section of the completed background after I’d finished stencilling and making the marks and splashes.
Step 5: Using plain cardstock – I used Ranger No 8 Manila tags – hand or die-cut twice as many circles as you’re going to need, plus a couple of spares of each. For me, that meant 10 large and 10 small (plus spares). Put half to one side. Use a palette knife to put some of your three paint colours onto your Craft Sheet – you’ll need more of the darkest colour than the other two. Using your finger and starting with the darkest colour, apply paint to the circles, blending the colours slightly as you add them. Adding the paint in an arc that follows the curve of the circle helps to give an impression of dimension to the shapes once they’re on the page. I usually paint just over half of the circle with the first colour, and then use an equal amount of the two lighter shades.
Step 6: Put the painted circles on one side to dry and use the unpainted set to work out their placement on your page. It helps to have chosen your words at this stage so that you can use the letter stamps to help with positioning. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see that I’ve put some of the stamps above the circles so that I can make sure there’s enough room to stamp the words.
Step 7: When you’re happy with the positioning and your painted circles are dry, stick them down with Collage Medium, positioning the circles so that the highlights are all pointing in the same direction
Step 8: When the Collage Medium is dry, cut the edges off any circles that are overlapping the edges of your journal page, and use a fine paintbrush to edge the circles with Black Marble paint. Because my background was deliberately grungy, I didn’t mind that the edges weren’t done perfectly neatly. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp your chosen words around the top of the large circles. I normally put the un-inked letter stamps in place before stamping them so that I can be confident they’re in the place I want them to be…and for the same reason, stamp each letter individually rather than the whole word at once. You can see that I ended up moving the placement of a couple of the words from their original location – the letter stamps fitted more comfortably this way.
Step 9: The Clearly Alpha stamps have an etched fill, so for this spread I’ve filled them in using a Black Marble paint pen: the solid fill really makes them stand out against the background.
Step 10: When the filled-in letters are dry, add some highlights to the letters and the black edging of the circles with a White Linen paint pen. Finally, finish the spread by edging the page with Black Marble paint on a mini blending tool.
Here is the finished spread along with a close-up that really shows the texture of that brayered background, and the way in which the paint on the circles blends differently each time to make them all unique.
Guest Designer Nika Rouss shares with us how she decorated her weekly August spread in her Creative Dyary using Dylusions products!
Step 1: I’ve used Bubblegum Pink & Crushed Grape Mica Sprays with Small Stars and Small Bubbles Stencil to create some pattern on the blank page.
Step 2: To add a bit of contrast I’ve added Honeycomb Stencil with Fresh Lime Dylusions Paint.
Step 3: Since I knew I will be covering most of the page with Black Marble Dylusins paint over Emmi Masks, I’ve decided to add more pattern and more color using Anatomy of the Page Stamp with Bubblegum Pink Mixed Media Ink Palette.
Step 4: For the quotes I choose the Shut up & Color Stamp about women, since it went well with the female silhouette theme. Went along with arrow stickers from Dyary Stick Its, to highlight the quote about directions.
Guest Designer Carisa Zglobicki shares with us how she created this sunset journal art page using Dina Wakley Media products!
Hi everyone! Carisa here with you today and I’m so excited to be back on the Ranger blog sharing some art journaling I’ve done with Dina Wakley Media supplies! Do you have a favorite season? I love fall but summer is a fun time because we get to spend a lot of time outside and I love the longer days. Most of my love of summer has to revolve around food, fresh fruits like watermelon and cherries, then of course there are all the cookouts and my favorite grilled corn on the cob. Yum! Growing up on Florida’s west coast, we had some of the most beautiful sunsets around. I loved going to the beach at sunset. You get some of the most beautiful colors at sunset (and sunrise) and that is the inspiration for my art journaling I’m going to share with you.
Step 1: Today I’m working in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. I started by spreading a thin layer of Dina Wakley White Gesso all over the page. I’m working on what I think might be one of the watercolor papers but I’m not sure. Regardless, I knew I was going to be working with Heavy Body Acrylic Paints so I wanted a good primed surface to begin. Once that was dry, I used Dina Wakley Glazing Medium on my entire page before laying down my colors so they would blend more easily. I pulled out the colors of a sunset knowing I wanted the top and the bottom of my page to be dark with Night, then I just randomly squirted paint directly on my page using Magenta, Blushing, Lemon, Turquoise and Ruby. I just used my fingers to spread the colors and lightly blend them together until I was happy. I used my Heat Tool a little to speed up the drying time but mostly I just let it air dry. The paints can take a little longer to dry with the Glazing Medium so it’s best to be patient before moving on.
Step 2: Remember, how I said to be patient? Well, that just isn’t my nature so I moved to the next step a little too soon but I’m so happy with the result! I took a flat palette knife and spread some Night paint on it and started scraping in some mountains – this is when I realized my paint was still super wet but I loved the instant highlights I was getting as I moved my palette knife across the page to create valleys and peaks. I was channeling my inner Bob Ross with this step!
Step 3: Now, once that was fully and completely dry I wanted to add my quote “My Favorite Color is Sunset.” I started by lightly sketching it out with a Stabilo all purpose pencil so I could wipe it away (or so I thought, it didn’t really remove the way I wanted but oh well!) Then I took my Fude Ball pen (this is the best pen for journaling – it writes over paint beautifully and is super dark) to go over my sketch and add my thicker downstroke lines. After I did this, I added a little texture with Dina’s stamps but I didn’t like the way it looked so I attempted to cover it with more of the same paints I originally used. I got rid of most of it but you can still see some of it, which doesn’t bother me. Finally, I wanted my quote to pop more so I used the Ranger White Opaque Pen to outline my words. This takes a little bit of practice and patience (eeeek, for such a simple page, I sure did need a lot of patience) you can definitely get it working over the paint. I love how a white outline just makes the entire quote pop off the page.
Here are some close ups of my completed art journal page. I love this page so much I can’t wait to transfer it to a large canvas! That is one of the beautiful things about art journaling – you get to practice different ideas and techniques without the pressure of making something perfect.
Thank you Ranger again for inviting me to share my art with your readers using my favorite Ranger products. This is one of my most simple art journal pieces but it has become one of my favorites. I love the colors and the texture of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints.
Guest Designer Victoria Hills shares with us how she created this star inspired art journal page using her favorite Dylusions products!
Hi, it’s Victoria…I’m really looking forward to sharing my ‘Constellation’ journal page with you. There were a few things that influenced this page…I love using silhouettes – particularly when I’m working on a black background – I think they add real impact. This ‘Jay’ silhouette looked quite pensive, and having lost my dad unexpectedly to cancer at the end of last year, it really resonated with me. Dad’s star sign was Leo, so I put the constellation together with the beautiful words of an Eskimo Proverb and made this page. Dylusions paints look stunning when they’re used on the black journal and journaling tags – or a solid Black Marble painted background. If you haven’t experimented with them on a black surface yet, then I’d really recommend it. I hope this journal page inspires you to give it a go!
Step 1: Choose your background colour scheme. I wanted the colours to suggest a night sky, however didn’t want it to be too dark, so included Bubblegum Pink to lighten the overall effect. I decided to use my black journal for this spread because it mirrors the black of the silhouette in a way that makes the figure really stand out.
Step 2: Using a palette knife, add some Bubblegum Pink onto your Craft Mat; put some on your brayer, and then gently roll it onto your journal page in horizontal and vertical ‘stripes’. The aim is to get a textured, patchy background, so use a light touch; not too much paint, and avoid blending the paints by ensuring that each layer is dry before adding the next. I left a border of untouched paper round the edge of the page so that I can add my quote later.
Step 3: I pressed a manila tag into the leftover paint before cleaning my Craft mat – it makes a great textured background. Clean your brayer and mat, and let the first layer of paint dry (or use a heat tool) before adding the next colour.
Step 4: Repeat the process with your second colour – in my case, London Blue…
Step 5: …followed by After Midnight…
Step 6: …and Crushed Grape. I deliberately left the two darker colours to the end so that the colours in the top layer were more reminiscent of a night sky. You can see how the Bubblegum Pink really pops against the black journal page, and therefore stops the overall effect being too dark.
Step 7: Stencil over your background using a selection of the same colours you have already used. I used After Midnight and Bubblegum Pink, and then added some stencilling and marks in Black Marble to bring together the black journal page and silhouette.
Step 8: Position the ‘Jay’ silhouette stencil on the page (I’m using the middle figure)…
Step 9: …and then put the mask in. Use a pencil to draw an outline of the figure’s legs on your page, and then carefully take the mask back out.
Step 10: Stencil the silhouette with Black Marble paint using a Mini Blending Tool, taking care to stay within the pencil outline of the legs you’ve just drawn. You can always correct any slips with a Black Marble Paint Pen when the stencil is dry.
Step 11: Print out a copy of your chosen constellation. The hand-written note is my chosen quote – an Eskimo Proverb that I love.
Step 12: Using Archival Jet Black ink, stamp the largest circle – as many as you’re going to need for your constellation plus a couple of spares! – and one of the smaller hearts from the ‘I Love Lucy’ set onto a Dylusions Journal Kraft Tag, and cut them out.
Step 13: Place your ‘stars’ on your journal page, using your reference image as a guide. When you’re happy with their positions, stick them down with collage matte medium. When the collage medium is completely dry, cut-off the edge of any of the stars that overlap your page, and then use Black Marble paint to add a subtle shadow around the edge of the stamped circles to help them integrate into your background. I applied the paint with a small round paint brush and blended it with my fingertip.
Step 14: Stick on your stamped heart with collage medium. Draw round the stencilled silhouette with a Dylusions White Linen paint pen – I added a broken line to make the silhouette really stand out against the background. Join up the stars in your constellation with the same paint pen, and finally, add your text. I decided to add the text at each side of the spread so that as you read the words, your eye is drawn from the silhouette over to the end of the constellation.
Hi everyone, Bobbi here. I’m so happy to be with you on the Ranger blog today! I just love all the beautiful flowers and colors of summertime. Today I thought I would share a bright happy card tutorial with you, featuring Distress Crayons and Ranger Foil.
Step 1: To start with, cut 2 pieces of Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock 4 1/2 x 6 and another Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock 1 1/4 x 3. Die cut the Tim Holtz Sizzix Paper Cut Bird image from the Heavystock.
Step 2: Paint a thin layer of Dina Wakley Media White Gesso onto all three Heavystock pieces. Then dry with the Heat It Tool. This is going to give a sealed surface to apply all those great Distress Crayons.
Step 3: Gather the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. The colors I choose were Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Mustard Seed. Apply some Twisted Citron to the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Pick up color with your finger and smudge onto desired area of cutout. To intensify color, apply directly to image and smudge with finger.
Step 4: Continue to apply selected colors to various sections of cutout, smudging colors with finger.
Step 5: Using Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon, apply color to Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Pick up color with finger and smudge onto branches. If you feel there is too much color in one area, just wipe off with towel.
Step 6: It’s also really great for shading other areas to add depth.
Step 7: Using Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, apply to other two gessoed Mixed Media Heavystock. Then smudge crayon with finger, to create a very subtle background.
Step 8: Select the gold foil sheet from the Vintage Foil Sheet package. Apply a little Collage Glue to various areas of colored cutout. Working quickly, lay dull side of gold foil sheet to collage glued area. Press foil with fingers then lift off of image. Small areas of gold foil will stick to image. Repeat till happy with coverage..
Step 9: Apply Collage Glue Stick to outer edge of colored card front. Working quickly, lay dull side of gold foil sheet to collage glued area. Press foil with fingers then lift off card front. Small areas of gold foil will stick to card front. Repeat till happy with coverage to create a foiled edge.
Step 10: Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp “hello friend” from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk Stamp Set onto the gessoed Heavystock strip. Dry with Heat It Tool. Cut small banner from stamped sentiment and black Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Cardstock.
Step 11: Cut some small squares from Black Adhesive Foam using Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snips. Adhere to stamped banner. Tie a small bow to end of banner with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread to create a cute accent.
Step 12: Adhere cutout to background using Glossy Accents.
The detail nozzle is perfect for the thin lines of the cutout. Cut a piece of black Tim Holtz Classic Kraft Cardstock 9 1/2 x 6 1/4. Working on a scrap piece of paper, use sanding grip on black cardstock to expose the kraft. Fold in half 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 to create card base. Attach card front and banner with Glossy Accents to card base.
I love the combination of bright fun colors with the gold foil, just reminds me of summer. Thank you so much for joining me today!