Friday, January 31, 2014

Experimenting with different watercolors mediums


1. artists' paint made with a water-soluble binder such as gum arabic, and thinned with water rather than oil, giving a transparent color (as defined via google)

Now that google has helped to define what actual watercolor is lets experiment! There are literally hundreds of things to do with watercolors but these are just some ways I have used them.
This blog post goes along with the youtube video 

**Traditional Watercolor Palette** 

** Ranger Alcohol Ink**

**India Ink** 

** Faber Castell Gelatos**

** Pitt Pens**


**Watercolor Pencils** 
(photos above taken from google) 

Hopefully you have at least some of these products on hand to give them a try on one of your projects

I love to experiment with watercolors using all different techniques and on all mediums. 
(photos below taken by me)

** Stencils**

**India Ink**

**Stampin' Up Ink Pad** 

** Stamping with Gelatos**

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Learn how to layer with paper, embellishments, paint & more!

Layering with paper 

One of the easiest and most fun ways to layer on any project is with paper. I really enjoy layering with paper as we have a million and one papers to choose from. Layering is easy and fun as long as you do not over think it. One way my professors taught us to draw in architect school was by studying other architectural drawings to learn their techniques. I feel this is another way you can learn to layer is by browsing through different scrapbook galleries and seeing what projects with layering catch your eye. I tend to layer with 12x12 journaling sheets that are easy to cut apart whether they are all the same size or a variety of sizes. I also use 6x6 paper pads to layer on my projects as they are a good size and I am not afraid to use it. We all know we hoard certain paper or are just not able to cut a small piece from a 12x12 sheet. 

Here is an example where I mostly used paper to create a layered look
**Hip Kit Club DT Layout**

Layering with embellishments 

You can layer in many ways other then just using paper. I love to layer with paper and embellishments. Embellishments are a great way to add flair and personality to a project but also a way to add some dimension and visual interest to your project. Honestly, it is hard for me to tell you what embellishments are the right choice. Just like paper there seems to be so many options of which embellishments to buy. My suggestion whether your a seasoned paper crafter or a beginner is to have a variety to choose from. When I say variety I mean things like wood veneers, flair, buttons, stickers, chipboard elements, and thickers of course! 

Here is an example where I tried to let the embellishments layer more so than the paper 
**Hip Kit DT Layout**

Layering with Paint

Personally I love to use products such as gesso, molding paste, and paint on my projects. While these products were made more so for other purposes other than scrapbooking our craft world as we know it has changed and become more art centered rather than your traditional paper and sticker kind of scrapbooking. I feel by using paint, watercolors, markers, gesso, or molding paste you can really achieve a layered look. I love to use stencils and molding paste as it creates a dimensional look. Gesso is another fun one as it is a nice primed surface to work with through many mediums such as gelatos, india ink, or paint. Paint is one of my go to products for many of my layouts. I personally love liquitex brand. It is rather inexpensive and is sold at Michael's and Joanns. Whether you decide to add paint on a patterned background or using white cardstock it can be fun to achieve an awesome layered look. I like to paint with a brush but always seem to use my fingers in the end as it creates an imperfect look that I like. But if you are a crafter who likes symmetry and perfection a brush might be ideal for you. I almost forgot to mention how sprays can really finish off a page nicely. For me it adds that perfect last little detail to complete the layered look I love. 

Here is an example 
both of these layouts were inspired by Wilna (art class 2)

Below are a few layouts layering with paper, paint, and embellishments 

^layering with paint & a title^

^ Layering with paint , stamps, embellishments, & paper^
 Layering with watercolors & paper
^**Whim-So-Doodle DT Project**^
 ^Layering with embellishments and washi tape^
^ Layering with paint, stencils, stamping & paper^
   ^layout inspire by Wilna (art class 2)^
 Layering with embellishments and gelatoes

**Edited by Angie Engelke**

Monday, January 27, 2014

**Upcoming Class**

February LOVE banner 

Come join me at Whim-So-Doodle on Tuesday February 4th from 6-7:30 to make this fun "Love" banner to get ready for Valentines day. All you need to bring is your basic tool kit! (Spots are limited) 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A little Christmas spirit with the November Hipkitclub Kit

When It comes to Christmas time all I can think about is making lots of things to decorate, send out, and give away. It was a ton of fun to open up this months kit as it is filled with lots of Christmas papers and embellishments.  I get so excited with every kit! All theses ideas are jumping around in my head that are just waiting to be created. I decided to make these simple Christmas ornaments using just a few products from out November kit. Please scroll down to see how I made this Christmas project!

-AC Cardstock (fountain, Crimson)
- Mister Huey (Rudolph)
- Black Pen
-Pop Dots
-Liquid Adhesive
- Sentiment (Love cut from Cameo)
-Twine or Jute

1- Cut a star from cardboard
2- Peel back a layer of cardboard till it has a corrugated look
3- Cut a smaller star from AC fountain card stock
4- Draw a line around the fountain (blue)) star with a back pen
5- Adhere the Christmas saying on to the fountain (blue) card stock
6- Use pop dots to attach the fountain (blue) card stock to the cardboard
7- Use the Mister Hueys for a splattered effect
8- Use the crop-a-dile to hole punch through both stars 
9- Tie jute or twine through the hole 
10- Hang on a tree or attach to a present

Be Sure to grab a kit!!!! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

**September Hip Kit Club Card**

Here is a card I created using the leftover pieces from Septembers Kit.
As you all know I never make cards but really did enjoy making this fun little card. 
I hope you all check out our Kits!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

** September Layout using the Hip Kit**

I am so in love with Septembers Kit!! It was a ton of fun working with the Heidi Swapp stencil  and the color mists in our color add on kit. I created this background from white cardstock and sprayed away. This layout took me about twenty-five minutes but I made a process video so you all could see exactly how I created this simple layered layout. The only thing I did off camera was add a final stitch around the edge of the layout. 

Be sure to stop by and grab a kit !!!