Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fabulous Find: Faber-Castell Mixed Media Mini Journal

I have really been having fun with the Faber-Castell Gelatos Set as well as the Faber-Castell Mixed Media Mini Journal. Below are the first 3 pages of my journal. The primary goals of my journal was to capture quotes that inspired me, to try various techniques with the gelatos and experiment with the various products which complemented the gelatos in my journal.

When I created the title page of my journal, I was very very green with gelatos. I watched countless YouTube videos by the Faber-Castell design team and Donna Downey. What stood out the most to me was how creatively liberating working with gelatos could be. You can pair as many or any combination of colours together. You can blend the colours in any manner you choose or you can let each colour stand on their own. Honestly the possibilities are endless!

For this title page, I gingerly attempted Donna Downey's drip technique by adding swatches of colour throughout my page, misting liberally and tipping it upright, letting the watered colours dribble down the page. I let the drips dry...well, I helped it with my heat gun too. Then I had some fun!

With my Kaisercraft grid stamp, I coloured the stamp with a gelato, lightly misted the coloured stamp and then stamped the edges of my title page. Then I spritzed a quarter sized amount of Mr. Huey onto my Tim Holtz Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Using the cap of the mist, I stamped circles on the front and tapped off the excess mist from the cap to create splotches. After the colours dried, I adhered the chipboard fern leaf, alphas, wood veneer and butterfly.

Supplies:  Faber-Castell Mixed Media Mini Journal, Faber-Castell gelatos, Prima (alphas, fabric butterfly); Claudine Helmutt (acrylic paint); Studio Calico (wood veneer, Mr. Huey mist); Pink Paislee (chipboard fern leaf)

For this page, I became a bit bolder witht he gelatos and was very inspired by the many Mixed Media pinners on Pinterest. To create the background, I coloured the gelatos directly onto the page and heavily misted the coloured areas. I left the water saturated page to dry fully. The circles were created by stamping Mr. Huey mists with the cap of the mist. Using scraps of October Afternoon typography paper, I loosely arranged them into houses, coloured with gelatos and drew directly on them with the American Crafts Project Life markers. The clouds were die cut with Taylored Expressions cloud duo dies, were sponged with dye inks and outlined with American Crafts Project Life markers. The quote was pieced together with mini alphas and sticker words and then lightly sponged with dye ink.

Supplies:  Faber-Castell Mixed Media Mini Journal, Faber-Castell gelatos, October Afternoon (pattern paper); Glitz Design (alphas); Making Memories (mini alphas); Tim Holtz Ideology word phrases sticker book; Close to my Heart (dye ink); Mr. Huey mists

For the third page, I tried a technique from the Faber-Castell blog. Using a palette knife I roughly applied Dina Wakely black gesso to the journal page. Using my heat gun, I dried the gesso and then coloured on top of the gesso (in places) and the rest of the journal page with a gelato. Then applied Teresa Collins Moulding Paste to a Tim Holtz Stripe stencil to create the white irregular dimensional lines. Then I added my quote using alphas from Chatterbox, Tim Holtz Ideology word phrase booklet and Making Memories. To age the quote, I dry brushed dye ink onto the alphas.

Supplies:  Faber-Castell Mixed Media Mini Journal, Faber-Castell gelatos, Chatterbox (alphas); Tim Holtz Ideology word phrase sticker booklet; Making Memories (mini alphas); Teresa Collins (moulding paste); Tim Holtz stencil; Dina Wakely black gesso

I hope I have inspired you with my journal book. There will be a few more posts on the other pages of my journal. 

1 comment:

Stacy V said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I can't wait to see what you have coming up next.