Plain Jane Scraps

Mixed Media Artist

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.

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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.

Many Moons Ago

Just some much needed playtime in my handmade junk journal with acrylic paints, inks and stencils.

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Merry Christmas Elf

Just a little late night play in my art journal using pen and watercolor.


Happy Christmas To All – Magenta DT Post

And to all a good night….

My card is reminiscent of hanging our stockings on Christmas Eve when the world seemed full of wonder.Magenta Dec post

I cut watercolor paper to the same size as the 5″ x 5″ Poinsettias and Swirls stencil, then applied Cobalt Archival Ink thru the stencil with a blending tool.


I stamped the sentiment on the border, then the two Evergreen Branch stamps using Olive Archival Ink (using a piece of paper to mask off the area with the sentiment).

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I added “berries” to the branches with a red marker. I added snow to the background with a white pen. I stamped red cardstock with the Christmas Song – Music Sheet stamp for added visual texture and traced the poinsettia mask several times, fussy cut them, and layered them on the border.

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I stamped the Christmas Morning – Children and Christmas Socks stamp with Black Archival Ink on watercolor paper and painted it with Nuance Powders and attached it with foam tape.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy holiday season.

For a complete list of Magenta products used, please go to the Magenta blog and search Happy Christmas To All or DT Jane Jones.


Winter Wonderland – Magenta DT Post

Not sure if I am ready, but: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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First, I sprinkled Cerulean Blue Nuance powder onto a 5″ x 8″ tag cut from watercolor paper. I spritzed it with water to activate the color.


Next, I mixed Royal Blue and Grey Nuance powders into some Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel on my craft mat and applied it through the Star template, as it reminded me of a snowflake.


I stamped the Christmas Tree Collage Stamp with Cobalt Archival Ink onto watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder for some extra shimmer. I layered the image on blue cardstock, added some ribbon, and mounted it to the tag with foam tape.

It is difficult to see in the pictures, but the multi-colored sparkle from the gel is incredible. Here is a close up.

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I hope you stay warm and cozy this winter and have a blessed holiday season.

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

#ArtJournalHabit2017 Challenge

Day 30 – Words: Pen drawing and watercolor. Check out the challenge on Facebook group Art Joy of Sharing and search on Instagram #artjournalhabit2017 for other artists contributions.


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