Aug 3, 2017

Mixed Media Native American Journal Layout Tutorial


Hiya friends!  It's time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and I'm thrilled to be hostessing this month's challenge, Technique School.  Join my teamies on the blog for tons of inspirational tutorials this month!


Here's my concept: This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas!  Remember to use stamps or stencils or both!


I had the pleasure to work in this ginormous chipboard journal, as a part of a journal round robin I am participating in.  I very roughly gessoed the pages, then used some text stamps and washi tape to put down some base texture.


I used DecoArt Modeling Paste through the fabulous new Small Wildflowers Stencil by Darkroom Door.  Next, I thinly scraped DecoArt Crackle Paste onto my panel with a palette knife.  When my paste layers were dry, I mixed some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics with water and painted my pages.  I gave some sprays of Lindy's Stamp Gang to pool and blend in.  I added lots of splashes of the colors for extra dimension.


I added lots of stamping with grey, a dryed up black ink pad and some white embossing.  I partially stamped the Darkroom Door Mini Calendar and French Script randomly.


The lovely owner of this journal had indicated her native american heritage, so I decided to use this little Found Relatives photo as my focal image.  I added layers of Tim's new ephemera, which I sanded to grunge up a little.


My trademark flower tucks and basket filler, of course.  (Look at that crackle!)


I discovered a new technique while playing with my DecoArts paints, aging embossing powder.  You know, you love it but always wish it wasn't so shiny.  This dulls it down.  I used a UTEE type of powder here over a wooden frame.  After I had set my powder, I dabbed on some Raw Umber Fluid Acrylic mixed with a touch of water using my finger.  When I had covered the EP just so, I lightly heat set it again.  The paint sort of melts into the EP and creates such a cool effect, ya think?


Finally, I coated some chipboard Tim Holtz wildflower die cuts with gesso and used the leftover paint and water to tint them.  I love how these work with the stencil!  I hope she likes my pages and also hope that you are inspired to play along with our challenge.  PS.  If you haven't entered the Darkroom Door Stencil Giveaway, hurry HERE.


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35 comments:

  1. What a stunning page - love how you prepared the base with the washi and stamping before the gesso, then even more stamping after the stenciling. Wonderful techniques and a great photo tutorial.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  2. Beautiful project. Love the colors and the technique.

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  3. I loved this page and the ageing technique :) Never explored mixed media much myself ,you have some interesting techniques !

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  4. Absolutely lovely! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. I love everything about this Autumn, the subject, the colours, the textures........everything!thanks for sharing the embossing technique. I so get what you say about the shinyness!x

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  6. Wow Autumn this is beyond stunning!! I love how you placed the photo on the chipboard- what lovely framing! xo

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  7. What wonderful pages for Sheila's album; she's going to love the nod to her heritage! That frame looks fabulous all embossed, and I'm with you on the shiny stuff--prefer the matte finish. Great job on your painty background! Every time I visit your blog I leave full of inspiration! Just what I needed today! Sending hugs your way!

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  8. I always enjoy seeing your journals and journal pages and these are gorgeous. The DD stencil is a real beauty and I love the photo and frame. Beautiful work Autumn! Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. Wow, this is amazing!! You make the most beautiful journal pages, Autumn!! The texture and colors are fabulous!! I love seeing how they come together, too!! Stunning, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  10. Beautiful LO, thanks voor the tutorial!

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  11. I love how you build up those layers - so beautiful .

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  12. As usual you've created the most gorgeous Vintage/Shabby page Autumn! Thanks for showing us at Country View Challenges. xx

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  13. FABULOUS Autumn! You are so good with this mixed media style and this is just amazing! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Boys to Men’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

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  14. So stylish with great texture and colours and so very unique x

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  15. Very, very cool Autumn, such a stunning page with the most wonderful techniques, beautiful, beautiful work!!!

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  16. This is beautiful Autumn, and what a great tutorial xx

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  17. Wow! Autumn, this is incredible! I will have to get over my fear of mixed media and use your wonderful tutorials to teach me how to do this. Love it!! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters and always love seeing you in the gallery.

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  18. Lovely journal pages, Autumn, and gorgeous colors. I always admire the way you achieve texture just in your colors alone, but then you add the amazing dimensional textures to add more interest and beauty. Fanatastic creation! hugs, de

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  19. Fabulous project & thanks for the great tips too :)

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  20. Gorgeous colours, and I love the stamping and washi showing through from the background. Those wildflowers are looking more and more "necessary"! Beautiful layout, Autumn.
    Alison x

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  21. Stumnning project Autumn and I love your aging of the embossing powder ! Sue C x

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  22. Oh Autumn I adore these pages - everything about them is so fabulous . Thank you so much for sharing your step by step creativity and yep I the aged Ep is kinda cool .
    x

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  23. I love these pages, Autumn. Your background colors are beautiful, and the DD stencil is perfect here! I'm sure the owner of the album will love what you've done - so much to look at. Always inspiring, my dear. Hugs!

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  24. Beautiful pages, Autumn! I love all of the texture you have added to it. Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge.

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  25. Beautiful layers! I love the soft aqua/turquoise tones with the vintage greys and sepia - the crackle effect is fantastic as well!

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  26. Wow! What a wonderful textural background using splatters? Love the colour combination. Great page. Love it all. Thanks Autumn for playing along Simon Says Stamp Splatter It Challenge. Gayatri xx

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  27. Stunning page ! Thank you for joining my challenge over at Country View Crafts !
    Corrie x

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  28. Beautiful pages..the textures and colour choice is perfect..and I just adore the photo...
    What a stunning entry for our challenge this month at Altered Eclectics..x

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  29. Autumn, this vintage spread is exquisite!!!
    Great use of your new flower stencils plus die-cuts, and your technique to age even more your EP is great too! Thanks for these 'teacher' so inspiring page, fabulous work as usual.
    Hugs, Coco

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  30. What a stunning page Autumn,so much texture and depth.It's perfect for our blue and green challenge over at Country View,thanks so much for joining us xxx

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  31. Super pages. Love the aged frame and all the texture you have added.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  32. Super pages. Love the aged frame and all the texture you have added.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  33. Wow! This is stunning Autumn!
    Wishing you a happy day,
    Alison x

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  34. Fantastic pages Autumn!!! I love your background!!! The lovely wildflowers and the DA fluid both look amazing!!! The embossing powder on the frame looks cool too!!! Great design!!! xx

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