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We are thrilled that you have stopped by the Graphic 45 blog. To kick off the weekend we have an awe-inspiring Art Journal 60-Second Video Tutorial by the Mixed Media Master, Aleksandra Mihelič. Aleksandra shares a brilliant video tutorial, along with 4 useful tips, and stunning examples of how to use G45 products in your art journals. These pages use our Faire Dust, Imagine, Time to Celebrate, and Voyage Beneath the Sea paper collections along with our Decades Inks. And be sure to check out below who the winner is of our Weekly Blog Contest, a Club G45 - Volume 9 kit!
Art Journal Video Tutorial
“Hi dear Graphic 45 friends. Last weeks were kind of busy for me and my family. Kids started school again after Summer Holidays and we got lots of things to take care of. Sometimes when days go crazy like this, you can easily run out of time to create. But for me creating is almost like breathing and I feel happy when I can take at least a little bit time off to spend in my craft room during the day. When time is short I usually go for quicker and shorter projects. One of them are Art Journal pages and when I was assigned to make a very short video tutorial for you, this was my first project to go with. I made an Art Journal spread with the beautiful “Imagine” collection and also prepared a Minute Video Tutorial for you! I hope you’ll like it and be inspired by it!
I have a special Art Journal which is reserved only for Graphic 45 art journal spreads. I have quite few art journal pages done already and I hope to fill it up this year! I’m sharing just few of them with you today in addition to my fresh one…
For my “Imagine” Art Journal spread I applied texture paste through two different stencils to achieve some diversity and interest on the page. Then I colored it with three different shades of sprays - blue and white. I then dry-brushed white gesso on top to highlight the textured parts and create dimension. I stamped a background randomly using both two Clear Stamp Sets from Graphic 45 “Imagine” collection. I cut out images that I liked from papers and created a page. For a finishing touch I added some white splashes across the page.
Tip: Always prime your pages using clear, white or even black gesso, depending on what look you want to create on top. Priming your pages will make colors not soak into paper and enable you to play with them.
Tip: Use some washi tape on the inside fold where two pages come together. That way you’ll prevent color going to other pages of the art journal. Use light colors of washi tape so it’s easier to cover them even when you are using lighter colors to create your Art Journal spread.
Tip: Add some shadings around the edges of the page and around individual elements or use a liner to make them stand out.
Tip: I love to add white splashes at the end to make my project more artsy and add a bit interest and movement to it! You can use heavily diluted white gesso or white acrylic paint. You can also use any other color to make splashes. I learned that fan brush gives the best outcome when making splashes.
Supply list for the Art Journal Page “Imagine” 60-Second Tutorial:
I hope you liked my today’s inspiration on Graphic 45 blog. Thank you for joining me and I’m looking forward seeing you soon again!
Enjoy your day!
Weekly Contest Winner
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What a wonderful way to start a weekend! We hope you have been inspired to pull out your scissors and ink and get your hands dirty. Have a great weekend, and as always...