Plain Jane Scraps

Mixed Media Artist


March 2018

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:

Close up 1

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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.


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