The Meaning of Life: A Mixed-Media Art Journal Page by Guest Artist Kate Crane

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Today’s project is by Guest Artist Kate Crane. Please give a warm welcome to her and enjoy her amazing project.

As a fairly prolific and long-term art journaler, I am always looking for new ideas to try out in my journals. However, there are recurring and repeating features that always seem to appear – bright colours, lots and lots of layers, stenciling and stamping!

Recently I have been playing with repeating images. We all like a bit of familiarity and therefore repetition can be soothing and relaxing. It’s also a great way to use a small stamped image on a larger page, an image that would usually get lost on a larger scale page.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Begin by painting white acrylic paint onto the page, and then brush touches of turquoise paint into the white while it is still wet allowing the turquoise to blend into areas of light and dark.Guest Artist Kate Crane 1
  2. When this is reasonably dry, add areas of lime green in roughly blended patches.Guest Artist Kate Crane 2
  3. Randomly sponge both of these colours through a stencil all over the background. You can also stamp these colours using paint on any of your background stamps (just make sure you wipe it off straight away!) As long as you stick to these colours you can keep going with the layers and your background will look nicely busy but not too cluttered.Guest Artist Kate Crane 3
  4. Scrape a little black around the edges with a palette knife, and add some circles by using an old bottle lid dipped into paint. If you add a little water to the paint you can also add a few black splats with a fine paintbrush. I love adding black, it makes the other colours pop!Guest Artist Kate Crane 4
  5. Now it’s time to add a contrast colour with a little more junk stamping. I chose to add a hot pink because I had already coloured my stamped images and I wanted to choose a colour that was featured on those.Guest Artist Kate Crane 5Guest Artist Kate Crane 5
  6. Doodling is a lovely way to add some definition to a background and I especially like adding detail with a white Signo Uniball pen. I most often doodle around shapes that I already created with stenciling and stamping.Guest Artist Kate Crane 6
  7. Stamp your chosen image four times, colour and cut out. Cut one image in half down the centre. Uneven numbers usually work best as a repeating image, and even though I stamped four here I cut one in half so the eye sees five.Guest Artist Kate Crane 7
  8. Once the images are glued to the page it helps to ground them with a bit of stitching, or maybe just a strip of Washi tape or even a strip of vintage text.Guest Artist Kate Crane 8
  9. Finally add a quote or some journaling. I typed and added a quote that I stumbled upon on Pinterest, I just love the simplicity of this quote and it really reminds me not to overthink things!  A few scribbled circles on some old text help to bring everything together on the page.Guest Artist Kate Crane 9

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.” — Alan Wilson Watts

Stampington & Company wants to thank our Guest Artist Kate Crane for her post and for the amazing artwork that is featured here. Kate Crane has been published in Somerset Studio Gallery, Somerset Apprentice, Art Journaling, HandCrafted, The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, and Artful Blogging.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 @ 1:48 pm
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9 Responses to “The Meaning of Life: A Mixed-Media Art Journal Page by Guest Artist Kate Crane”

  1. catherine says:

    Just such a fabulous page
    x catherine

  2. Barbara Moore says:

    Oh, I love this! The colors are great and the tutorial is awesome! Thank you so much!

  3. Robin says:

    Great tutorial! The colors are fresh and fun. Also a fan of black.

    • Sarah says:

      I will have to start adding some black paint to my pieces. I’m always afraid that black will smudge and take over the piece, but I am excited to explore the possibilities and her black splatters really do make the other colors pop!

  4. JackieP Neal says:

    Kate, this is just too sweet and soooo adorable!! Love the color palette and your marks! All around awesomeness!! xo

  5. chark says:

    so cute–love your style and colors!

  6. Jan says:

    I love most anything by Kate Crane. Thanks for sharing this, I created a page using her incentives.

  7. Katherine says:

    I LOVE this!! I’ve been on a turquoise-lime-pink bender recently and am finishing up a cool canvas. This is my next activity – my journal will be so happy with this tutorial! Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration. xx

  8. Jan says:

    Love your pages. So happy to find a tutorial, as I can’t come to Mixology in April.

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Guest Artist Kate Crane 9



Today’s project is by Guest Artist Kate Crane. Please give a warm welcome to her and enjoy her amazing project.

As a fairly prolific and long-term art journaler, I am always looking for new ideas to try out in my journals. However, there are recurring and repeating features that always seem to appear – bright colours, lots and lots of layers, stenciling and stamping!

Recently I have been playing with repeating images. We all like a bit of familiarity and therefore repetition can be soothing and relaxing. It’s also a great way to use a small stamped image on a larger page, an image that would usually get lost on a larger scale page.

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Begin by painting white acrylic paint onto the page, and then brush touches of turquoise paint into the white while it is still wet allowing the turquoise to blend into areas of light and dark.Guest Artist Kate Crane 1
  2. When this is reasonably dry, add areas of lime green in roughly blended patches.Guest Artist Kate Crane 2
  3. Randomly sponge both of these colours through a stencil all over the background. You can also stamp these colours using paint on any of your background stamps (just make sure you wipe it off straight away!) As long as you stick to these colours you can keep going with the layers and your background will look nicely busy but not too cluttered.Guest Artist Kate Crane 3
  4. Scrape a little black around the edges with a palette knife, and add some circles by using an old bottle lid dipped into paint. If you add a little water to the paint you can also add a few black splats with a fine paintbrush. I love adding black, it makes the other colours pop!Guest Artist Kate Crane 4
  5. Now it’s time to add a contrast colour with a little more junk stamping. I chose to add a hot pink because I had already coloured my stamped images and I wanted to choose a colour that was featured on those.Guest Artist Kate Crane 5Guest Artist Kate Crane 5
  6. Doodling is a lovely way to add some definition to a background and I especially like adding detail with a white Signo Uniball pen. I most often doodle around shapes that I already created with stenciling and stamping.Guest Artist Kate Crane 6
  7. Stamp your chosen image four times, colour and cut out. Cut one image in half down the centre. Uneven numbers usually work best as a repeating image, and even though I stamped four here I cut one in half so the eye sees five.Guest Artist Kate Crane 7
  8. Once the images are glued to the page it helps to ground them with a bit of stitching, or maybe just a strip of Washi tape or even a strip of vintage text.Guest Artist Kate Crane 8
  9. Finally add a quote or some journaling. I typed and added a quote that I stumbled upon on Pinterest, I just love the simplicity of this quote and it really reminds me not to overthink things!  A few scribbled circles on some old text help to bring everything together on the page.Guest Artist Kate Crane 9

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.” — Alan Wilson Watts

Stampington & Company wants to thank our Guest Artist Kate Crane for her post and for the amazing artwork that is featured here. Kate Crane has been published in Somerset Studio Gallery, Somerset Apprentice, Art Journaling, HandCrafted, The Stampers’ Sampler, Somerset Studio, and Artful Blogging.

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