I have been trying to work up the creative juices to start an Art Journal - and these two challenges finally enabled me to do it! The CC3 Challenge is to use Tim Holtz Painted Industrial technique which is found in his Compendium of Curiosities III on page 46 (part of the challenge is that we cannot describe the technique - you need to have your own CC3 to look it up). And the A Vintage Journey challenge is to Just Stain It - to use Ranger Distress Stains in various ways on your project.
So here is my Art Journal - that started out life as a plain black - spiral bound journal - I think I got it at Michaels.....I've had it for some time - gathering dust in my Craft Room! I decided to see how Distress Stains would look on Kraft Glassine Paper. So I stamped the bird and window frame from Classics #16 stamp set using Archival Jet Black Ink and let it dry. Then I just dabbed Tumbled Glass and Picked Raspberries Distress Stains over the images - they kind of beaded up on the Glassine paper so I just kept dabbing and the color did soak in a 'blotchy' kind of way - and they did keep their bright colors!
I used the Painted Industrial technique on borders along the top and bottom of my cover using the Vintage Lace dies. I didn't pop out the little circles on the lacey cuts so the black distress paint would show. I also used the technique on the crown and ink bottle which I'll show close up below.
Destination Art by Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous. Perfect for my Art Journal I think!
I added Forest Moss Distress Stain to some White Embossing Paste from Wendy Vecchi and applied it to both the Dot Fade and Stripes stencils. I cut the label from the Apothecary Bottles die from cork, stained it with Picked Raspberries Distress Stain and added some Life Quotes Remnant Rubs to it. I dabbed the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
I stamped the feather from the Bird Feather stamp set on vellum using Frayed Burlap Distress Paint (wash your stamp right after 'inking' it with paint!) The paint on the vellum is very subtle but can be seen better IRL! I added some Life Quotes Remnant Rubs over the feather (note - Remnant Rubs will NOT stick to the Kraft Glassine but will stick to vellum- how do I know this??!!)
The ink bottle is a die cut Apothacary Bottle that I cut the bottom off of to look like an ink well - with the feather as the pen.
I die cut another Apothecary Bottle labels out of Art Parts Clearly for Art Modeling film, added a Chit Chat sticker that I stained with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and outlined with a black Stabilo Pencil and layered it over the bottle. I used the clear film as I didn't want to hide any of the Painted Industrial technique on the inkwell! I used the Sizzix Patchwork Embossing folder on the ink well.
Here's a close up of the crown using the Painted Industrial Technique. The curve of the crown fit nicely over the bird's head. I used the Riveted Metal Embossing folder on the crown
You can see the Door Knob that I screwed into the cover better in this photo - you can actually open the Journal with the knob - so fun! and when the journal is open on the table - the knob actually protects the popped up pieces on the cover since it keeps the cover from lying flat. I looped a single piece of Linen Ribbon through one of the binder rings.
I wanted to keep the back flat - so there is nothing sticking up here. I used several Remnant Rubs here (Life Quotes and Botanicals). I used the same papers on the front (under the Kraft Glassine) and the back - Paper Stash/Wallflowers.
I stained some Chit Chat stickers with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and outlined them with a black Stabilo Pencil
I die cut the Ornante Frame from Kraft Glassine and stained it by dabbing Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over it and framed the gentleman's face on the patterned paper.
I used the same papers on the inside covers - I've just left them as they are for now - they have such wonderful imagery on them - I don't think I will do anything to them - maybe put some sentiments later.....
Now I just have to work up the nerve to actually do something on all of these clean white pages inside my Art Journal!!! One step at a time - right??!!!
So one project for 2 fun challenges! Maybe you'd like to join in too? You will find all the details at these links:
This week's CC3 challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who graciously offers a $50 gift certificate to the winner!
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous - Classics #16 and Bird Feather/Tim Holtz, Destination Art/Wendy Vecchi,
Paper: Kraft Glassine - Idea-ology; Foil Tape Sheet - Ranger, Vellum - Stampin' Up, Paper Stash Wallflowers - Tim Holtx, cork sheet - Michaels, Art Parts Clearly for Art Modeling Film - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490.
Ink: Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Ranger Distress Stains - Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberries, Forest Moss; Ranger Distress Paint - Black Soot, Frayed Burlap; Alterations Dies - Apothecary Bottles, Heart and Wings, Ornate Frame, Vintage Lace Sizzlets; white embossing paste - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490; stencils - Dot Fade and Stripes - Tim Holtz; Cropadile; Idea-ology Door knobs, Chit Chat Stickers, Live Quotes and Botanicals Remnant Rubs, Linen Ribbon; Black Stabilo Pencil.