Plain Jane Scraps

Mixed Media Artist

I Love Stencils – Magenta DT Post

Stencils are my favorite tool for creating mixed media. They are so versatile and Magenta has such a wonderful variety.

I Love Stencils

I created these pages in my handmade mini art journal using a variety of stencils, masks and acrylic paint colors. I added some detail with a white gel pen to complete the pages.

Here are a couple of detail photos:

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Oh, did I mention, I love butterflies too. Thanks for visiting.

For a complete list of Magenta products used and links to the on-line store, please go to the Magenta blog and search I Love Stencils! or DT Jane Jones.


More Than Words – Magenta Guest Sponsor

Magenta is the special guest sponsor at More Than Words this month.  Four of our Magenta Design Team participated in their challenge, and I am honored to be one of them.


Here is my contribution:

MTW Challenge

I am thrilled the word for this challenge is NATURE. I am fortunate to live in a lovely area surrounded by forests and wildlife. My many gardens attract butterflies, dragonflies and birds of all varieties. My dearest furry ANIMAL friend, Sally, loves to wander through our paradise as much as I do. You can tell by the smile on her face!

For a full list of the Magenta products used, and a link to the on-line store, please go to the Magenta Blog and search OUT and About with Magenta – April 2018 Edition or DT Jane Jones.


Moon Glow – Magenta DT Post

Cat 5

Just a cat sitting in the moonlight as the last rays of the sun sink into the horizon.  Makes me wonder what she’s contemplating.

I started this whimsical journal page by placing masking tape on the edges of the page.  I punched a 2″ circle in a piece of cardstock and used it to protect the page as I created the moon by sponging chalk acrylic paint through the hole.


I then used the circle I punched out as a mask while I added the paint to the sky.


I used the Waves stencil to create the sun’s rays.


I replaced the circle stencil I created over the moon and used the Galaxy Cluster stamp with grey ink to create some texture, then added some gesso to create a softer glow and darkened the outline with black marker.  I then stamped the Japanese Maple Branch and Willow Branch around the page.  I sponged black acrylic paint through the Cat stencil and created shadows with a black watercolor pencil.  I removed the masking tape and darkened the border with a permanent black marker, using a ruler to keep the lines straight.

I really enjoyed creating this page and I hope you like it too.

For a complete list of Magenta products used and links to the on-line store, please go to the Magenta blog and search Moon Glow or DT Jane Jones.


Happy Butterflies II

April Class

Class sample for April 21, 2018 at Life’s Memories and More.  Create a Happy Spring art journal page using Magenta stencils and stamp, alcohol inks and metallic embossing paste.  See class schedule for more details.

Art Journal Play

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Playing in my Dina Wakley art journal this afternoon, using up some of my stash!  Inspired by @southerngals_designs on Instagram.  Started with collage of tissue paper, book pages and gelli prints.  Added some of my new Dina Wakley paints, stenciling and doodling and this was the result.

This is what the collage looked like before the paint and play:

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Play is good for the soul!

Happy Butterflies – Magenta DT Post

Sharing a simple art journal page today. Still hopeful Spring will arrive soon, even though I still have 2 feet of snow in my yard!

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I created my background by dripping alcohol inks onto a 5″ x 7″ piece of Yupo paper, then manipulated them with blending solution. Once dry, I applied silver embossing paste through the “Flying Butterflies” stencil. I stamped the “So Many Reasons…” sentiment onto a separate piece of cardstock and cut it into sections and taped it to the page. I then taped my page into my journal.

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Hope you enjoyed my fanciful flight.

For a complete list of Magenta products used and links to the on-line store, please go to the Magenta blog and search Happy Butterflies or DT Jane Jones.

Dreams of Spring – Magenta DT Post

I definitely have Spring fever! I am so over winter.

Alcohol Technique 2

I want to share with you how I created these colorful flowers for my journal pages, using Dylusions acrylic paints and rubbing alcohol.

First, gesso mixed media paper. When dry, spritz the page with water. On a palette, add water to Lemon Zest paint, so it is rather thin and spread over the page. Load a pipette with alcohol and drip in spots on the page. Dry thoroughly, then apply a thin coat of matte medium.

Step 1

Once dry, add another layer of water thinned paint in Peony Blush, add drips of alcohol as before.

Step 3

Apply a coat of matte medium and add a third color of paint in Periwinkle Blue. Continue to follow the previous steps, to add 2 more layers of color in Lemon Zest and Peony Blush, finish with a coat of matte medium.When thoroughly dry, stamp Poppies several times on the page with Jet Black Archival ink, then fussy cut the flowers and leaves. Don’t be concerned if the image doesn’t stamp perfectly, as the lines can be darkened later with a permanent black marker.

Step 4

Paint the background of your journal page with Peony Blush, using a foam applicator. Add splatters with white paint. Stamp the I Dream.. sentiment with Deep Purple Archival ink. Stamp the Poppies in three places on the page, altering the height each time. Darken stems as needed with a permanent black marker, extending them off the page, if necessary. Glue your fussy cut flowers and leaves to the page.

Step 7

Here are some close up photos:

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I will be teaching this technique on March 17th in Palmer, MA. Please see Class Schedule for details.

For a complete list of Magenta products used and links to the on-line store, please go to the Magenta blog and search Dreams of Spring or DT Jane Jones.


Choose to Shine

Play date with a friend recently, helping me find my sunshine on a grey, rainy day.  Used gelli prints to collage, Dylusions paints, stamps, stencils, Distress crayons, paint pens, you name it!  Done in my hand sewn junk journal made from flyers, mail and envelopes.  Love all the different size pages.

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Tender Memories – Magenta DT Post

This journal page is a tribute to my mother’s striking beauty and incredible fortitude, who passed away recently at age 96.


I started the page by collaging torn hymnal pages onto the page with matte medium. After drying, I applied a thin coat of white gesso to the entire page. Next, I used crackle texture paste through the Laces Texture stencil. I layered Dina Wakely Media acrylic paints in Turquoise, Ocean and Lapis over the textured area, spraying each layer with water and allowing it to flow around the page by tipping the journal. With a flat brush I added Inka Gold to the raised areas. I made splatters on the page with Turquoise and Gilt paint. I used Aquamarine Archival Ink and the Love Letter stamp in multiple areas on the page, and the Vine stamp several times in the area where the photo would be applied. I also stamped the sentiment, masking a portion of it, before inking the stamp. I attached gold mica flakes with white glue. I stamped Weathered Wood with Sepia Archival Ink around the edge of the page and the photo and also shaded both with the same ink and a blending foam. Finally, I backed the photo with gold cardstock and attached it to the page.

Here are a couple detail photos:



I hope you enjoy my pages and that mom would approve.

For a complete list of Magenta products used, please go to the Magenta blog and search Tender Memories or DT Jane Jones.

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