Hi friends! Dana here today sharing an art journal page that I created using the amazing Clique World Heritage Matryoshka Kit. The double-sided 8x8 inch patterned papers in this kit are designed and printed in the U.K. from Angela Poole. This kit is a celebration of the heritage of folk art exemplified by the hand-painted charming matryoshka dolls from Russia. The rich colors and folk art influenced motifs are beautiful for any project. I know that you will fall in love with them too!
The word matryoshka has a Latin root (mater) meaning "mother" and these hand carved nesting wooden dolls symbolize the lineage of fertility passed from generation to generation. The largest doll is the maternal figure with all of the generations inside representing the importance of women as creators and nurturers. The original doll maker had the idea of making a toy with many little toys inside. The motifs painted by peasant folk artists represented the reverence for female fertility and abundance in an agricultural society. The traditional matryoshka doll is depicted as carrying a Rooster, also a peasant motif symbolic of masculine fertility.
I started with a page from the Studio Light Art by Marlene Art Journal. The page measures approximately 7.5 x 10 inches. All the pages in this album are ring-bound, which means that the pages are removable! I loved working on a single page rather than inside a bulky bound journal. I primed the page with gesso and then used the Amy Tangerine Brave and Bold Watercolor Set to add color to the page. I used blue acrylic paint with a stencil in the center of the page to add more texture to the design. I created a large nesting doll using the patterned papers from the kit. The face I placed on the doll was from my own supplies.
I embellished the page with stenciled and stamped designs using supplies from my stash that had similar folksy elements as the beautiful patterned papers. I added a red bow to a Russian doll wood button and placed it over the center of my large nesting doll. The blue crystal rhinestones were a fun way to embellish the centers of my doily stampings.
I used the stamp set from the kit to add the "Beautiful Inside & Out" sentiment to the page which really resonated with me. While many view nesting dolls as a symbol of a nurturer, I think of the outer shell as the me that faces the world. I only reveal my true inner layers to a select group of trusted people.
Once I had the majority of my page elements in place, I added doodles and dots with white and black markers and black watercolor to add finishing touches to the design.
Clique International Supplies:
Clique World Heritage Matryoshka Kit
Studio Light Art by Marlene Art Journal
Amy Tangerine Brave and Bold Watercolor Set
Other Supplies: Acrylic Paint: DecoArt, Ranger; Paint Pens: Posca; Markers: American Crafts; Solvent Ink: Tsukineko; Stamps: Kaisercraft, Maya Road; Stencils: Prima Marketing, The Crafter's Workshop
Hello scrappy friends! Nicole here and today I'm sharing two spreads in my art journal that feature the composition book and mist available in the Dina Wakley Explore & Learn Series Kit available in the shop! This kit includes one of Dina's composition books with prints of her artwork, a white Gloss Spray and her Scribble Sticks!
My first spread (left) uses a silhouette from the book along with scribble sticks and a few of the dylusions acrylic paints. I also used some markers from my stash to add highlights of purple, black and pink to the figure. Once dry, I added loose writings to the left of the page us phrases like "be happy," "be trustworthy," "be open," "be creative." etc. Just a few as a reminder of who I want to be as a person.
The second page (right) uses the heavier weight paper in the composition book and I used it to add in an insert to my journal. For this page, I used a stencil and Vicki Boutin Molding Paste that are available in the Explore & Learn Series: Basic Textures kit. The floral image was a cut out from a magazine that I have and I added highlights with markers after it was adhered to the page. This helps add more dimension and it takes away from the natural look, which is what I was going for. It helps the image feel more cohesive with Dina's art work.
Here are a few other close ups of my pages. You'll see that I ended up creating a pocket behind the left page (by gluing two pages together) and added one of Dina's tags from her composition book.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you've been inspired!
Before we get started here, let’s talk breakfast…shall we? I love me a good piping hot bowl of oatmeal. And ya know what? Every time I have to toss the huge cylinder packaging I just about cringe at all the waste…and I have been secretly dreaming of what I could alter that to become. TA DA…like magic…lookie girlies at what we have here…yep! An altered canister! You’re going to have dump your oats in a Ziploc baggie or go buy some and then dump them in said baggie, because we got some creating to do! The new Limited Edition Bliss Art Journaling Kit with my exclusive mini journal was perfect for this project!
I first coated mine with about 2-3 layers of Bad Girls Couture Gesso. Our gesso is super thick and will do the job! Then I added one coat of Haute Mess “Kiss and Don’t Tell” from Clique Kit’s Paint Add On Kit. Choose a favorite paper and cut it into three pieces lengthwise. Now add three strips from another paper to take up the space, making sure you leave a little bit of space to let the paint color peek through. Now I mixed Haute Mess “Couture Pink” from the Paint Add On kit with Haute Mess Gesso. This will not work with any Gesso. Ours is very thick…making it so you can work with it as I did to create dimension. Using a palette knife work the gesso mixture into the crevices where the papers separate and onto the papers to give the illusion of rustic shabby chic walls. Using a scallop scissors, cut one of the wood patterned papers in your kit, then punch each scallop in the center. Adhere to your dried canister top and bottom with a good adhesive or double sided tape.
To complete your top…paint it exactly as above. Add patterned paper to the top. Give it the same gesso/painted treatment as above. Trim the sides and inner top with gems. Punch a hole in the center and add a small crystal knob or any knob of your choice. Tie the Chipboard Sticker tag to the top after you have backed it with pattern paper.
To finish the project off you will adhere the chipboard words from the kit to the front and add the gorgeous butterfly that Clique added…OMG the butterfly is sooooo CUTE! Voila! You now have a beautiful canister and you just helped Mother Earth! It’s a total WIN WIN!!!! What will you use yours for??? I am going to fill mine with positive affirmations and motivations…when I need one…I am going to reach inside! Smile! Have fun creating girlies and please share yours when you’re done! How fun is that going to be to see how everyone created theirs!??? Many Blessing! xoxo Wendy
I absolutely loved creating these gorgeous little Haute Mess Mini Art Journals for Clique Kits! I poured my heart and soul into their creation and I truly hope that you have as much fun creating in yours as I did!
There is something so satisfying about the instant gratification you get when sitting down to create on a small page…I just love it! For the pages that I created I used Clique Kits amazing kit…how amazing is this kit girlies??!!!!! OMG…I am just going to say it…this is the BEST kit I have ever worked with…so much goodies and talk about pretty!!!??? Yassssss!
I used the pretty little pink envelopes to create pockets on my pages and I used the chipboard sticker pieces for tabs.
I also loved. Loved. Loved. the sheer envelopes in the kit. I took advantage of the sheerness and adhered patterned paper. This served two purposes…it added to the depth and made them even more pretty…and it helped to stabilize them, making them stronger and thicker to easier slide a note inside.
It’s hard to see in the photos, but I added a glaze of the sheer white shimmer paint to all pages to give them so sparkle!
And I added all those too.die.for. trims on the bottom of my pages to make all my pages extra special! I cannot wait to see what all of you create in your mini’s!
Hello crafty friends! Rita here today with a fun step-by-step tutorial to make a summery art journal page. I used my new Media Journal (Blue Edition) by Dina Wakley, but you can use any art journal you already have or like. There are even some in the Clique International Shop:
Vicki Boutin Junque Journal Starter Kit
Bad Ass Art Journal Kit | Bad Girls Couture
For this project I used acrylic paints and stencils. Here you can find the stencil I used: Basic Texture Kit
Here are the acrylic paints: Dylusions - Last but not least I used the Mermaid Kit and the Yellow Roses paper by Pebbles.
I started with lots of paint as you can see. LOL Beforehand I just knew I wanted to make a summery spread and using a photo of a recent trip to Lake Constance. So this is where the experiment started. I used an Indigo color, but it was too dark, then I added pink, some yellow, white. This is the cool thing about Art Journaling, everything goes and often if not always you just go with the flow. I let it rest for a while so it could dry. But when I came back later I wasn't fully satisfied. And that's ok. I would paint it over. No big deal! But before that I used a stencil (from the Maggie Holmes "Sunny Days" collection, which you can find here) and some structure gell gloss. You can also use the Molding paste in the "Basic Texture kit".
After drying the gell gloss became transparent but there was enough texture, so I painted it over, because it was too dark and bluish for me.
I like that the blue paint is still shimmering through a little. Also the right side is a denim page. It was a little flimsy, but easy to work with.
I added some mint and yellow. It looks totally different to how I started out, definitely brighter, and I liked it much better. I usually work on Art Journal pages for days. I add something, then let it dry. Sometimes I paint something over like in this case. Sometimes I have a new idea or find a new embellishment. It's a work in progress and a real nice opportunity to let your creative juices flowing.
Afterwards it was time to embellish and use some stamps. I used mini stamps by "Flora and Fauna". Unfortunately they are already sold out in the shop, but you can find some Flora and Fauna products here:
Stamp-tember Kit | Flora and Fauna
More Stamp-tember Kit | Flora and Fauna
They are high-quality and easy to use. The most important thing when stamping on paint is to use waterproof ink pads. You can find them here:
Obsidian Pigment Ink Pad | Altenew
Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit 1
Archival Mini Ink Pad Kit 2
As you can see, I used a lot of die cuts from the "Mermaid Hair" Kit, but also some fussycut flowers.
For my title I used an older Alpha Stamp from my stash, but I also like handwriting or adding some florals with a waterproof pen. Here I was satisfied with the black stamping and all the little details. Let's look at the full spread. I hope you like it as much as I do.
I hope you feel inspired to try this technique for documenting or just meditating. It's so much fun! Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!
Hi. Tânia here! How are you all? Hope you are all fine and creative. Today I decided to share with you this junk journal made essentially with Vintage Vibe Ephemera Pack and a few scrapbooking papers.
Made it from zero and guess what? It´s so easy because you already have a lot of things in this vintage kit so you just have to put all together in one piece 😊 I could have used plain papers or even all the cards that came in the kit as my major pages but Alexandra Renke papers were calling for me since I saw them, so… had to used them!
This kit came with 2 hard paper board covers so to keep it simple, I decided to painted both using Grunge colour from Bad Girls Couture art journal kit. But not before using some gesso on it, just because press paper board soaks a bit paint and this way I avoid that. You can see better in my process video.
After selecting all my supplies, I had to decide how I would bind them all together. I chose something simple (you know… easy & less measurements.) Folding in half (twice) all dictionary pages and gluing them in my papers would be enough to make a kind of fake accordion structure.
Junk Journals are the best. You can collect several little things (vintage/old papers, scrapbooking leftovers, embellishments, vintage ephemera etc.) you name it. Then you just need to put all things into to one. You can use old books or create your own, as I did with this kit.
You can use it to only to write down your thoughts or you can really put down some photos and do some journaling or just to simple display beautiful things you have collected. Isn´t it awesome!
Now, if you want to create your own junk journal from zero and need some inspiration you can check the videos I´ve made for you.
Links for the supplies used:
Vintage Vibe Ephemera Pack: https://cliquekits.com/vintage-vibe-ephemera-pack/
Poppy Stamp Set: https://cliquekits.com/poppy-stamp-set-alexandra-renke/
Paper Pink Wild Flowers: https://cliquekits.com/pink-wildflowers-alexandra-renke/
Paper Yellow Flowers: https://cliquekits.com/yellow-flowers-alexandra-renke/
Paper Watercolor Flowers: https://cliquekits.com/watercolor-flowers-alexandra-renke/
Paper Watercolor cards: https://cliquekits.com/watercolor-cards-alexandra-renke/
Paints from this kit: https://cliquekits.com/explore-learn-series-bad-ass-art-journal-kit-bad-girls-couture/
Link for the process video: https://youtu.be/ehHs0a7jbrk
Link for the flip through video: https://youtu.be/WOgKl51ECnw
Hi Everyone and welcome to our Clique Kits X Bad Girls Couture Holiday Blog Hop! At this time you have hopefully visited every blog, left some love, and had a chance to get to know Wendy, Gia, and friends at these two amazing women artist owned companies!
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The Clique Kits Shop has all of the kits seen in the Holiday Hop projects! But stock is limited! So hurry if you would like to grab one of these inspiring Christmas kits- there are many styles and something for everyone!
And of course, Clique Kits has our exclusive Bad Ass Bad Girls Couture Art Journaling Kit which is an amazing way to get started with art journaling Bad Girls style as well as to use with any of the Christmas kits. Browse through all Christmas here!
Thanks so much for joining today's festivities! Now let's get creating!
Hi everyone! Happy Fall!
I wanted to share with you all a quick post all about embellishing your journals/notebooks with a splash of color here and there, so it's not all just writing and lists. I have a few travelers notebooks and journals... and basically, I just pick the ones I feel like using at any given time and write and doodle and scribble and write notes to self.
Some of my pages are beautiful.. others can be a scribbly mess!
I used some of the BELIEVE papers inside the Miss Mamamint Believe kit and papers for this one... I just had to show off these colorful papers... they're all double sided, next on my list is to create a colorful happy journal using these papers! I also used the black and white ephemera pieces from the Give Me Color kit, also from Ms. Mamamint.
Get these papers while they're still available in the shop, if you haven't snagged them already... there are so many pretty things in the shop right now.. don't miss all the goodies!