How to Art Journal with Dew Drops and Win!!!!

Happy Saturday!  Today I want to share with you an art journal page idea, using dew drops.  I love the vintage, shabby grungy look, but dew drops can fit into all crafting styles from the most clean and simple to the most elaborate layering!  So grab a cup of coffee or tea, your art journal and join in.  Do your style and show us over on our Facebook Page.

Supplies:

Mixed media art journal
White Gesso
Vintage book pages and calendar pages
Chip board
White dimensional paste
Stencils
Mists – Shimmerz Sprayz
Chalk ink – Prima pink and green
Paper doll – Tim Holtz
Dew Drops – diamond and round
Distress Crayon – Tim Holtz

Begin playing!  First applying paper to your page as you like, the add Gesso over the pages.
This “knocks back” the lettering if you have something bold – like the calendar page, in my case.

Dry thoroughly and let the fun begin!  Next I added the chipboard doors….  And added gesso over them.  At this point this could go lots of ways; elegant, shabby chic, grungy, vintage, etc.

I had fun spraying with blued, purples and ultra violet.
When you have gesso down, you can tilt and move the colors around until they are mixed as you like.  There is no right or wrong in you are journal.  Just experimentation and capturing your mood.

Next I added dimensional paste and stenciling.

Let everything dry and then embellish as you like, you can always stop at any time and lay it aside if it feels it needs more or is overworked.
I added the rub ons and paper dolls at this step.  I had this planned out for other embellishments as you might guess from the hand position.  It needs a door knob!
I added an original round dew drop for the door knob, a smaller round to accent the heart on the door and then the diamonds to accent the words, all using liquid adhesive.  Finally I added some shadows using a distress crayon.
So how can you win?!?  I am putting together a art journaling kit.  Lots of ephemera and other good stuff including some dew drops!  I will post the kit on our Facebook page and you will have two weeks to show me your art journal pages with dew drops (all entries in by 7/3/2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific).  I will announce the winner on my 4th of July blog post.  Once you have sent me your address the kit will be yours!
Let’s brighten up this time with ART!
~ Victoria

A Butterfly Tag

Hello, I hope you are keeping safe and making use of your time at home. To help keep you busy I have a cute tutorial for you using Dew Drops of course!

You need a few supplies:

  • Dew Drops 
  • a tag
  • Distress Oxide – Worn Lipstick
  • spray bottle with water
  • butterfly embellishments
  • embellishment glue
  • black ink pad and sponge applicator
Step 1:Using a blending sponge, cover the tag with Distress Oxide. Spritz with water.
Step 2: Shade the edges of the butterflies using black ink and an applicator sponge. Stick them in place. If you want them to pop more, use foam tape. I made my butterflies using a die-cut machine and some scrapbook paper.

 

Step 3: Add Dew Drops, sticking in place with embellishment glue.
That’s it! Isn’t it beautiful?
You can find Dew Drops online at The Robin’s Nest. They will have the perfect color to coordinate with your project. There are so many to choose from!

 

Thanks for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are a variety of tutorials for many levels using Dew Drops. You can also visit my blog at www.suzettehussey.com/blog/.
Happy Crafting!
Suzette

How to Make a Artsy Namaste Themed Notebook with Dew Drops

Happy Saturday! Victoria here.  I am back with another wonderful Dew Drops Canvas and a notebook with a yoga theme.  This was such a relaxing project to do and I have a useful notebook to gift to a friend.

Here are the products you need for this project:

Dew Drops Canvas in Artsy Namaste

A composition book

Echo Park Paper from the Little Girl Collection Kit (Lilac strip)

Jacquard Lumiere Paints in Pewter, Halo Blue Gold, and Halo Violet Gold

Tim Holtz Stencil

Dew Drops
Razzleberry Dew Drops
Orange
Yellow
Green
Pool Dew Drops
Royal Blue Dew Drops
Lavendar Orchid Diamond Dew Drops

Prima Chalk in Branch Bark

5/8 inch Grosgrain Ribbon – ivory and gold chevron

Liquid Adhesive – Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Steps:

  • Prepare the composition book by adhering paper to the front and back, inking the outer edges with branch bark chalk ink.
  • Prepare the canvas.  I stenciled along the left side beginning with the Halo Violet Gold and working down with the Halo Blue Gold doing transitions by mixing the two colors.  Toward the bottom I mixed Halo Blue Gold with Pewter to darken it.  Let this paint dry thoroughly.  Overnight is best.
  • Adhere Drops with Liquid Adhesive.  I found a Chakra Chart on line and followed that generally for the color placement, using a rainbow of Dew Drops colors.  (You really need them all).  This was such a relaxing project.  I use a wax tipped nail tool to  pick up and place the Dew Drops.  It makes it so easy and placement is exact.  It’s just like coloring a lovely picture.
  • Let your canvas dry thoroughly.
  • Adhere the canvas using liquid adhesive to the front of the composition notebook covered with paper and let dry.
  • As a final touch, I added the grosgrain ribbon with long tails so that the composition book can be neatly tied closed.  I used liquid adhesive here too.  You could also add a tie using eyelets and ribbon for a longer lasting book.
  • All done!  Give it a try and let us know what you think!
~ See you in a few weeks with another fun project using Dew Drops!
~ Victoria

A Journal Page

Hello everyone, I have been working in my art journal again and made a tutorial for you showing how I use Dew Drops on my pages.

The supplies I used in this project are:
  • Sun Yellow Dew Drops and Amber Diamonds
  • Embellishment glue
  • Book paper
  • Matte medium
  • Gesso
  • Punchinello
  • Teabag paper
  • Washi tape
  • Embellishments
  • Acrylic marker
  • Golden acrylic – teal  & Pthalo Green (Blue Shade),  Raw Umber
  • Black ink and sponge

 

Follow the steps below:

Use matte medium to stick down bits of book paper on your journal page. Allow it to dry.

 

Give a thin coat of gesso to push back into the background.

 

Begin to add your paint. I used an old credit card instead of a paintbrush.

 

Add more detail with bubble wrap.

 

Once again add a thin coat of gesso.

 

Glue on tea bag paper and your embellishment.

 

Add any words, quotes, etc, more embellishments and finally your Dew Drops.

 

 

That’s it! Another beautiful journal page using Dew Drops.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are a variety of tutorials for many levels using Dew Drops. You can also visit my blog at www.papermachepatch.com. You can find Dew Drops online at The Robin’s Nest.

 

 

Happy Crafting!

Suzette

Create an Art Journal Collage featuring Dew Drops

Hello all,

Lori here, with a new project for you.  I have been doing a lot of collage with reuse and recycled materials lately and thought I would showcase this technique in my post today, with the addition of dew drop embellishments, of course.

Collage is an economical way to create terrific art work.  Scraps of this and that can be brought together to create layers of color and texture.  Anything goes, really!  Scraps of fabric, paper, mesh, playing cards, and other ephemera are all good materials to use.  Step by steps are shown below.

The Robins Nest:

 
Other Materials:
  • Lost Coast Design Stamps – Little Diamond Background, ATC Misc. Set 6
  • DecoArt – White Gesso, DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Tsukineko ink – StazOn Pigment, Piano Black
  • Beacon – 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Small Talk Stickers
  • Collage Materials

Instructions:

1) Prep a 6″ x 6″ art journal by cutting an old record sleeve into 6″ x 6″ panels.  Whole punch one side of each panel so that you can bind them with book rings.  Cover both sides of each panel with white gesso.

2) With StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black, stamp the panel with a diamond patterned background stamp as well as with a script stamp.
3) Start to adhere different collage materials to the panel.
4) Continue to build layers with collage materials.
5) Embellish panel with miniature gold dew drops.
6) Adhere a sticker saying to the page.
7) Embellish with mini-pearl dew drops.
8) Edge panel with StazOn Pigment – Piano Black.
9) Embellish with Black Dew Drop Diamonds.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and will give collage a try.  If you haven’t been saving scraps of paper, fabric etc… materials like these can be found at 2nd hand shops or at local creative reuse centers.

Happy Day!
Lori

HOW TO Make a Fall Canvas Art Journal with Dew Drops (Part 2)

 

Two weeks ago, we worked on a how to create the cover of our art journal using dew drops and a dew drop canvas.  This week our how to is all about assembling our art journal!

You will need the following ingredients (or similar):

Heavy board for cover and spine
Covering for book – I used book binders cloth, but you could use paper or fabric
Mixed media paper for interior pages
Book binders tape (masking tape will work too)
Liquid Adhesive
Eye-lets – 3 red
Crop-a-dile
Ribbon – 2 yards
Butcher twine – red approximately 18 inches
Charms – I used Tim Holtz’s Milagros
Bookbinding thread, awl, needle and thimble

Instructions:

You need to determine the size of your finished journal.  The one I made is: 7 1/2 x 6 x 2 1/4 inches
Cut two card covers and a spine.  The covers were 7 1/2  x 6 inches.  The spine is 7 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches.  Remember when you tape the covers you will leave space for the cover to bend into a book.

With book binding tape or masking tape assemble the cover pieces on a large flat surface.  Make sure the spine is equally spaced from the covers. (Sorry about my “ratty” looking ruler)

Once your cover is assembled, you will need to figure our what to cover it with.  Good options are fabric or book binding cloth, which is thin cloth adhered to a paper background.  I cut my cloth about two inches larger than the cover all the way around.  This is to your aesthetic and doesn’t need to be exact.

Adhere the covering to your art journal cover.  First completing the actual cover.  Then you will need to prepare that part that is adhered to the inside of the cover. You will take a metal straight edge and cut with scissors or a knife the corners.

 

Once the corners are cut fold the sides in and adhere, using liquid adhesive.  Let dry thoroughly.

Now the fun begins!  First, I chose paper to cover the inside of the front and back cover, adhering with liquid adhesive.  I always finish the cover before I prepare the signatures for the interior.  Next I used my Crop-a-dial to chomp through the cover in three locations, the spine 1 inch down and centered, and each of the covers 3/4 inch in and centered vertically.  I added large flat eyelets in red threading them through the right side.

Next I cut the ribbon in half and threaded it through the eyelets as if it were the top of a tag.
I tied the charms to butchers twine and threaded them through the spine.  I glued the twine to the inner spine, which will be covered.

The final step is preparing the signatures and placing them in the book.  You will need to select a paper size that when folded and nested is right for your book.  My folded pages measured 7 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide.  I cut 15 x 11 paper in half and folded into 4 signature, which each have four pages.

You will need to poke holes with an awl in your signatures.  Be careful not to poke your finger and use a thimble.

I sewed my signatures to a piece of the bookbinder’s paper which fits the area of the spine that was not finished yet.

Finally, I adhered this piece of paper with liquid adhesive to the spine.  I weighted the edges with various products and let dry for 24 hours.  You really want to make sure this part is adhered well.

 

Finally you can glue the Dew Drops Canvas to the front.  I ended up adding a few more diamond dew drops to make the leaves spill onto the cover.

 Thanks for joining me on this project!  I ended up giving it to the recipient, my husband, early to cheer him, since we are at home social distancing due to the Corona virus in our home state.
Be well and create!
~ Victoria

A Party Dress

Hello, welcome to another blog post. Today I am sharing a cute journal page with your favorite party dress! It is so elegant and yet so simple to make and can you believe the dress is made from doilies?
I really enjoyed this project and I am sure you will too! Follow the steps below to see how I made it.
Dew Drops used:

 

Other supplies needed:
  • 2 – 6″ doilies
  • 5 1/2 ” x 8″ piece of scrapbook paper
  • 2″ ribbon
  • 3″ rick rack
  • 9″ craft or jewelry wire
  • pliers and wire cutter
  • gesso
  • acrylic paints
  • washi tape
  • embellishment glue
  • glue gun and stick
  • black pigment ink
  • rubber stamp

 

Steps:
Fold doilies in half and then in half again.

 

Take one of the doilies and fold in half again.
Secure the edges on both doilies with hot glue.
Trim the top doily as indicated.
Glue the top piece to the bottom piece.
Add a piece ribbon where they join.
Glue on rick rack for straps.

 

Form hanger with the craft wire.
Secure the scrapbook paper in your journal (optional) and apply a thin coat of gesso. Add some texture with a rubber stamp and waterproof ink.
When dry, add your favorite acrylic paint and allow to dry. Splatter with silver paint and allow it to dry. Shade the edges with black ink
Now its time to put it all together!
Use glue to stick the dress and hanger in place.
Add a piece of washi tape to the base of the page. and decorate waistband with white Dew Drops. Decorate the page with Dew Drops.
You’re finished!
Thanks for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are a variety of tutorials for many levels using Dew Drops. You can also visit my blog at www.papermachepatch.com.
You can find Dew Drops online at The Robin’s Nest.

 

Happy Crafting!
Suzette

Watercolor and Dew Drops

I have been playing with watercolor a lot lately. Its unpredictability is both nerve-wracking and rewarding and I have found the simplest of marks make the most beautiful designs. Take for instance this project; I began with three splotches of paint and look at what it became!
You too can easily learn to do this. Simply follow the tutorial below.

Robins Nest products used:

Goldenberry Dew Drops 

Other supplies used:

watercolor paper
Ecoline Brush Pens (any watercolor ink or paints will work)
  • Turquoise Blue
  • Deep Green
  • Deep Yellow
  • Green
watercolor brushes
water
craft mat or palette
paper towel
pencil
waterproof pen such as Micron
the adhesive (I used Nuvo Embellishment Glue)
black ink pad and sponge
quote or sentiment

Step 1

Place a little watercolor ink on a craft mat by scribbling. Using a very wet brush pick up some watercolor paint/ink and create 3 splotches on your paper.

Step 2

Use a paper towel or soft cloth to remove any excess. Allow to dry.

Step 3

Fill in the sky and the grass area with your watercolor paint. Allow to dry.

Step 4

Use a pencil to draw the branches and tree trunk. If you are comfortable drawing with the pen you can skip this step.

Step 5

Now go over with your pen.

Step 6

Place dabs of glue where you will place your Dew Drops. This is a very intuitive process.

Step 7

Now stick your Dew Drops in place.

Step 8

Use a sponge and black ink to go around the edges of the paper to add a shadow paying particular attention to the base and add a quote if you like.

 

That’s it!
Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are a variety of tutorials for many levels using Dew Drops. You can also visit my blog at www.papermachepatch.com.
You can find Dew Drops online at The Robin’s Nest.
Happy Crafting!
Suzette

A Valentine’s Day Tag

Hello,  welcome to another tutorial. My post today is inspired by Valentine’s Day which is coming up next month. I love using a holiday as an excuse to design something new! I really love how this tag came out and it was really simple to make. The best part is I did some upcycling. The tag is cut out from the cardboard backing of a Bristol that finished and the heart is cut out from the front. Crafting really does not need to be expensive.

I have prepared a video tutorial for you showing exactly how I made this tag.  The supply list is as follows:

Dew Drops

Brown Dew Drops
Brown Tear Drops

Other supplies:

 

  • chipboard tag cut out
  • book paper cut in the shape of the tag
  • glue stick
  • Distress Ink – Vintage Photo & brush to apply
  • heart cut out
  • black gesso
  • white gesso
  • red acrylic painting – I used Americana Dark Scarlet
  • charcoal pencil
  • quote or sentiment
  • black ink pad and sponge – I used Versafine Black Onyx
  • raffia
  • Nuvo Embellishment Glue
Follow along in the video below:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are a variety of tutorials for many levels using Dew Drops. You can also visit my blog at www.papermachepatch.com.
You can find Dew Drops online at The Robin’s Nest.
Happy Crafting!
Suzette

Live Like Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist

Hello, I am Suzette Hussey, a returning design team member from Kingston, Jamaica. Happy New Year to you! I am so happy to be sharing my ideas with you and I think a great way to start the new year is on a positive note. What a better way to do that than an art journal page? I chose the quote “Live like tomorrow doesn’t exist” which is a powerful quote and definitely gives you a push in the right direction.
I have included a supply list and step by step directions below.

Robins Nest Products

Other supplies:

Art Journal or paper. I used Bristol.
Art Anthology Colorations Sprays –  Siesta Key, Waimea Bay, and Sterling
Rubber stamps of your choice. I used Visible Image stamp set – Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist.
Versafine Black ink pad
ink sponge/make up sponge
Ranger Glossy Accents

Follow the steps below:

1) Begin by spraying the paper with spray ink, alternating colors until you get the look you want.
2) Dry with a heat gun or hairdryer.
3) When thoroughly dry, stamp your image.
4) Stamp a quote on a piece of Bristol paper.
5) Cut out the quote and arrange on your page along with the Dew Drops.
6) Use a sponge and black ink to add a shadow to the edge of each word.
7) Glue everything in place. Ranger Glossy Accents is great for sticking on Dew Drops.
8) To finish off, go around the edges of your page with the black ink and sponge adding a little extra to the bottom of the page.

 

 
My finished page!
Thanks for stopping by! You can share your creations with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them! For more inspiration have a look around the blog. There are a variety of tutorials for many levels using Dew Drops. You can also visit my blog at www.papermachepatch.com.
You can find Dew Drops online at The Robin’s Nest.
Happy Crafting!
Suzette