Art Journal Tutorial by Guest Artist Mary Wangerin

March 27th, 2014

Somerset Place is thrilled to welcome guest artist Mary Wangerin, one of Stampington & Company’s very own published artists and author of the inspirational blog, The Turqouise Paintbrush: a guide to treasures + truths. Today, she stops by to share a colorful art journal tutorial with us. We hope you’ll find Mary Wangerin’s advice helpful, as you continue to fine-tune your own creative process. Just remember, “The page is finished when you believe it is.”

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There are SO many different ways to create your very own art journal. I’m here to tell you about one particular method that worked really well for me! This art journal has become my favorite place to spill out creative thoughts, new project ideas, scribble down lyrics to my favorite song, or paint something just for me. Beware: this method is highly addictive!

Mary Wangerin’s DIY Art Journal:

 

Materials Needed

  • Any book/journal/notepad of your choice
  • Gesso
  • Paintbrushes (I love a good assortment!)
  • Colored pencils
  • Magazine clippings
  • Watercolors
  • Crayons
  • Acrylic paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Feathers
  • Ribbon
  • Stencils
  • Whatever your heart desires

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Tutorial

1) Choose your journal.

You don’t need to go out and purchase anything special! If you’re anything like me … you probably have a million blank books lying around – any of them will do!

2) Prime your journal pages with gesso.

This will get them ready for the painted mixed-media goodness you’ll add later. If you don’t have endless hours to spend watching gesso dry, I recommend having something else to work on while you wait.

3) Start adding color to your pages. (Here is where the real fun begins!)

I love using my hands, brayer, and paintbrushes for gorgeous, varied texture.

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4) Use stencils, cut + paste papers, add more paint, sew on some ribbon. Keep adding layers until the background is complete.

5) The page is finished once you believe it is!

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IMG_2502About Mary

Mary Wangerin is a girl who loves cutting, pasting, getting her hands messy with colorful paint, and can’t live without coffee (a girl after my own heart!). Her inspirational work has also graced the pages of Artful Blogging. To view more of Mary Wangerin’s creations, please visit her blog: theturquoisepaintbrush.blogspot.com.



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Somerset Place is thrilled to welcome guest artist Mary Wangerin, one of Stampington & Company’s very own published artists and author of the inspirational blog, The Turqouise Paintbrush: a guide to treasures + truths. Today, she stops by to share a colorful art journal tutorial with us. We hope you’ll find Mary Wangerin’s advice helpful, […]

Free Article Download: Teacup Succulents Project

March 24th, 2014

GreenCraft Tea Succulents

Using repurposed teacups, decorative polka-dot tape, and a few small succulents, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer creates this simple and inexpensive project. Rest them on a windowsill or place outside for an interesting décor piece that’s sure to revive and refresh an otherwise ordinary space.

GreenCraft Free Article DL

Click here to download this free article to learn how to recreate this teacup succulents project, originally featured in GreeenCraft Magazine Autumn 2012.

 

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Also in this issue: Learn how to bring new life to dull surfaces with chalkboard paint, make beautiful jewelry using only your spare change, and punch up your wardrobe with upcycled clothing hangers. You’ll also find inspired uses for old teacups, an assortment of projects made from soda cans, and much more. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to the countless ways artists find to repurpose materials into projects that are just as chic as they are green.

 

You may also be interested in: Somerset Home │ Home Décor Projects

 

Is there a creative professional you’re absolutely eager to learn from? Comment below, and we’ll do our best to spotlight the most requested artist as our next guest here [On the Blog].

 



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Using repurposed teacups, decorative polka-dot tape, and a few small succulents, Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer creates this simple and inexpensive project. Rest them on a windowsill or place outside for an interesting décor piece that’s sure to revive and refresh an otherwise ordinary space. Click here to download this free article to learn how to recreate […]

Mixed-Media Journal Projects

March 20th, 2014

mixed-media journal projects

We’ve collected a variety of mixed-media journal projects, and we’re showing you how to recreate each of these fresh ideas at The Studio. Here are five of our top picks (listed clockwise from top to bottom) that we hope will jumpstart your creativity, so you can soar to new heights in your next piece.

Mixed-Media Journal Projects:

  1. Soar Journal Project: created with Pam Carriker’s I Will Soar Cling Mount Stamps and one of my favorite blank canvases: a large, Kraft-colored Moleskine
  2. Personalize your journal by stenciling a monogram on a piece of vintage fabric that has been sewn onto its cover in this free journal project idea.
  3. Create pages that you can journal on AND that will hold all of your sentimental treasures and ephemera with the help of this Baggy Book journal project.
  4. Mixed-Media Birds Journal Project: highlights Dina Wakley’s new cling stamps and Roben-Marie’s fantastic line of Art Pops products
  5. Stamp “soar” on a canvas sheet, then adhere it to the cover of your art journal to inspire your free-flowing thoughts each and every time you open it.

Francoise Journal

Visit The Studio, to explore more than 140 mini books and journal projects, featuring innovative techniques and creative ways to alter covers and inner pages.

Pictured at left: Francoise Journal Page Project by Anna Dabrowska

 

 

Cast Your Vote by Commenting Below! What kind of free project would you like to see [On the Blog] in the month of May?

a) Jewelry making
b) Stamping
c) Organization and home décor
d) Something stitched

 



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We’ve collected a variety of mixed-media journal projects, and we’re showing you how to recreate each of these fresh ideas at The Studio. Here are five of our top picks (listed clockwise from top to bottom) that we hope will jumpstart your creativity, so you can soar to new heights in your next piece. Mixed-Media […]

Homemade Bath and Body Products: Inside the Premiere Issue of Willow and Sage

March 17th, 2014

 

Homemade Bath and Body Products

Willow and Sage is a brand-new publication filled with more than 35 unique recipes for homemade bath and body products. Readers can also find beautiful packaging ideas, paired alongside stunning, Somerset-style photography.

In the premiere issue, you’ll get:

  • a creative look inside a military family’s farm, where goats’ milk is molded into artisan soap
  • to discover how to make homemade mascara and foundation that are free of chemicals
  • to learn how to create beeswax paper for packaging your handmade goods, make teabags to steep in the bathtub, and craft quick and easy spa gifts to give to all your friends

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

Receive free U.S. shipping and $2 off the cover price when you pre-order Volume 1.

Click here to reserve your copy, and peek inside the premiere issue! Special discount expires on March 25, 2014.

Willow & Sage: Homemade Bath and Body Products is Available May 1st

Artwork by Stephanie Rose, Louise Sanders, Anjanee Szczupak, and Erika Ferguson.
 


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  Willow and Sage is a brand-new publication filled with more than 35 unique recipes for homemade bath and body products. Readers can also find beautiful packaging ideas, paired alongside stunning, Somerset-style photography. In the premiere issue, you’ll get: a creative look inside a military family’s farm, where goats’ milk is molded into artisan soap […]

Free Ephemera Download: Damsels in Dresses

March 13th, 2014

Free Ephemera Download

From checkered and buttoned to lavish and refined, these ladies have donned their best dresses and are awaiting to make an appearance in your next art project. Circa early 1900s, use this vintage ephemera in its entirety or cut out as separate pieces to paint a picture in your paper crafting, art journaling, card making, or digital artwork.

Click here to download this image (at full size), and save it to your computer. This free download will expire 30 days from today. To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com.

Did you know that we also give away free ephemera downloads in our e-newsletters? If you’d like to receive more downloadable inspiration, be sure to sign-up today!



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From checkered and buttoned to lavish and refined, these ladies have donned their best dresses and are awaiting to make an appearance in your next art project. Circa early 1900s, use this vintage ephemera in its entirety or cut out as separate pieces to paint a picture in your paper crafting, art journaling, card making, […]