Saturday, January 9, 2016

Leading Lady @ Winnie and Walter --Take Two!

Hello! It's me---the Leading Lady over Winnie & Walter again! 
If you missed seeing my first post, please click here (make sure you comment for a chance to win a $30 gift card to W&W shop).

 I am feeling relieved because I wasn’t sure how you would like art journaling! However, your positive feedback give me such a boost and I am happy to share some more.  Let’s proceed to the Art Journal pages. You can see my progress through the following photos.
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I am not an expert on art journaling. However, after playing and experimenting with it, my findings might be helpful to you if you are just starting out.
~theme: this will help you decide on your choice of stamps, stencils and dies.
~layout: think about the focus of your page and where you would like to leave a space for art journaling.
~balance: it’s easy to add tons of details on one page. Remember to leave some “breathing room” for your design.
~colors: make your color choices with your ink pads, markers, and watercolors. That way, your page will come together easily.
~background first: start with the background that you want to create. Laying a good foundation is the key to a great page.
~embellishments last: after all the stamping and stenciling on the page, adding embellishments can be a lot of fun!

Always love

1. Apply Gesso for the base layer. Add old dictionary paper. Glue and cover it some more with Gesso. Let dry.
2. Stamp leaves with In Bloom: Renee's Blooms with assorted colored inks
3. Apply green ink with Scenery: The Leaf Effect Creative Screenings. I finger-painted mine with Studio Calico’s Audrey Mister Huey. Let dry.
4. Spray Color Shine (Heidi Swapp Creamsicle) on a piece of watercolor paper.
5. Emboss sentiment in gold with The Big, the Bold and the Happy and maple leaf from Renee’s Blooms
6. Die Cut vellum with Goldie Trim Cutaways and add layers.
7. Add tiny ink splatters with the help of a paint brush. Adhere maple leaf and sequins to the page.

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The following page was also done with similar steps.
PEACE
For this page, I applied Gelatos for the base. Because the colors were much brighter than I would have liked, I toned it down with another coat of Gesso. The white embossing was done with Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See, Madison and Multifaceted. I created the vellum embellishment with True Multifaceted Star Cutaways and alcohol inks.
sneak peek
I stamped the word “peace” from Merry and Bright. The silver DMC thread and sequins were added for the final touch.
Lastly, I created with Mini Scenery. This one was made with Madison. With the Canson card stock, I white embossed and colored the left one with Distress Inks. The right one was created with Spectrum Aqua Markers.
thanks
As for the sentiment and the bows, DCWV glitter paper was die cut with In a Word: Thanks Cutaways and Take a Bow Cutaways.

Now...about the $30 Gift Card to Winnie & Walter store:
~leave a comment in this very post
~you have to be my blog follower to qualify for the giveaway
~the more you comment, the more chances to win (2 more posts on the 16th and 23rd)
~one comment per post please
~all comments must be entered by 12:00am, Jan. 26, Eastern Time
~feel free to share this post with your stamping friends

I would love it if you can leave me some love over Winnie & Walter blog
and you can get a peek of next week's post!
I  appreciate each and every comment from you! Thank you so much for stopping by!

62 comments:

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

I love those leaf stamps. And I have that stamp! Thanks for inspiration

Barb said...

Love seeing you play with mixed media, Virginia! Beautiful pages! ♥

Karen B. said...

Such a fun and beautiful way to express your talent and creativity!

I Card Everyone said...

I LOve what you've done with W&W on your craft table, Virginia! Gorgeous journals! I am in awe!
=]

Melissa Friedrich said...

Gorgeous cards and mixed media journal pages! Love the color combos and tips to help mixed media newbies like myself!

Gloria Lee said...

Wow!
So pretty pages!
love the color and design!

pcm said...

very pretty art journal pages!

Regina said...

I love seeing the journal pages. I just need to do one myself and maybe I will be hooked. Thank you for the inspiration!

Dawn E said...

Really like the second one! You are so talented! So glad I follow your blog!

Harriet said...

Your "rules" - Virginia - are ones to follow for cards. I actually wrote them down. I, too often, find I either leave too much "blank" area or use too many things. Art journaling is intriguing and more than likely an excellent idea for attempting new techniques.

Charlene said...

Gorgeous Virginia!! You rocked the w&w!!

Ericka Strange said...

These cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

conil said...

Wow! You're just chewing up this Leading Lady assignment. What amazing color and style you've applied to those pages. They are so lovely and cleverly designed. And your cards, as always are a feast for the eyes. Well done.

janice hilton said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to follow your artistic work. I love your use of colours as I've never done this technique before. Thank you for the inspiration. :-)

Christy Q said...

Fabulous pages, Virginia! I love the dimension you achieved with the colors and the layers! Thanks for your tips as they are very helpful for someone like me who is intimidated by art journaling!

Patt H. said...

Great mixed media! You are a true master at coloring!

kjenter said...

Those are soooooooo beautiful, I'd love a chance to win !!!! Thank you! !!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty journal pages and cards!

Linda S. said...

I have taken a couple of mixed media classes at my LSS, and can say I truly enjoyed the experience. I found that we did so many techniques in different stages that by the time we had our finished page, I had long forgotten what products we used, and in what order. Thus, I am most appreciative of your written instructions in logical order. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

Nora N. said...

How fun Virginia!! I love your mixed media designs!!! SO fabulous and innovative. I love all the fun layering!! Thank you for the post!!

Kara Stainbrook said...

So gorgeous!! Love your creations and thank you for the step by step instructions..

Margaret R said...

Love the projects. Thank you for the great tips for creating your mixed media piece.

Kelly Keegan said...

Love these projects! The mini scenery stamps are awesome!

Christine Canfield said...

loving that geometric design

Cindy C. said...

These pages are so beautiful!!

Roberta said...

Love your cards, Virgina! So very creative and fun, fun, fun!

Shelly said...

Wow! Soooo stunning!!

maria f. said...

Yay you! You're rockin' this leading lady thing ;) Your "always love" page - delightful! Like being in a fairy garden.

Sue D said...

Beautiful projects and thanks for the tips.

Ginny said...

Your work is stunning! Lovely colors.

Niki G said...

Wow Virginia! Your art journaling is so pretty with all the different layers and colors. Love how you made a step by step to create a page!

graham Brand said...

Your art pages are AWESOME and so creative.

ScrapaDiddle said...

You would think that you have been art journaling for years! Great job with some creative stamps! I have been following your blog for about a year and love it!

Lissa Goldsmith said...

I love the adorable stamps, and the beautiful colors you used! Lissag123@verizon.net

Anita in France said...

The sneak peek from last week was so worth waiting for, Virginia ... your art journalling is fabulous ... love those vibrant cards too! Next week's preview looks gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

Lin said...

Looks like you're having lots of fun with your new art journal, V! My fave today is the luscious leafy page!

Jennifer Christie said...

So creative! Love all the color! You've inspired me to create outside my comfort zone!

Debbie Peysen said...

I love your page. I have alot of those stamps and love them. You always give such great directions. Thanks.

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful creations!! My favorite is the second one!! Love it so much!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Michele Henderson said...

Wow! I just LOVE all that gorgeous embossing! The color combinations are so bright and cheerful - -really uplifting!
Take care!
Michele

Tammy Nyenhuis said...

Oh, that Peace page is simply gorgeous!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

You rock! Just love your fab use of those colors combined with those cool W&W stamps!

Katie said...

Love them all, especially the Multifaceted stamp.

Barb Ghig said...

You really know how to showcase the goodies, Virginia! Amazing job with your inks and markers with all of these fabulous W&W products, and stunning details! Gorgeous card and really beautiful journal page!

Loly Borda said...

Beautiful journal page Virginia! Love your choice of colors! TFS

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Love all of the various methods for coloring these!

Greta said...

You come up with the best ideas, Virginia--love your work!

Deepti said...

Beautiful pages, I love the layered stamping u have done :)

Tracey McNeely said...

What an awesome multi media design Virginia! Makes my head spin, I wish I could do that. Need a private lesson from you! Gorgeous!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh! Such artful creations...cannot wait for the next W&W installation!

Helen Gullett said...

More gorgeous inspirations, Virginia! Love seeing more of mixed media :) Thank You for the tips!

cm said...

Virginia, your explorations into art journaling are fresh, fabulous, inspiring and gorgeous! You and mixed media: a wonderful blend!
~carol

Lucy said...

Your art journal pages are so lovely!
Awesome cards!

joy said...

More yummy pages - love the colors and the use of vellum, too. That large scalloped piece makes me drool!

Marianne said...

I can tell I've had a lot of other things on my mind this month, since I never managed to take a look at all of your W&W posts until today.
It's so inspiring to see how you are using all of those fab W&W supplies.

Laura (sandytoz) said...

Nice stuff!

Miss Marissa said...

The bows are adorable! They'd go really well with so many different cards!

Glenda said...

The patterned bow and matching sentiment is adorable. It takes just the right-sized pattern --- and YOU have the eye. Thanks for sharing!

Emma Rose said...

Fun, love your use of colours again.

Tami said...

Wonderful and inspiring. Thanks

mandalj said...

Thanks so much for sharing the results of your experimenting with mixed media and art journals! I really will have to invest in some gesso!

Virginia Lu said...

Thanks, everyone, for your positive comments. The comment to win entries have ended. Good luck!