Monday, November 28, 2016

One Little Craft Tag Challenge #333

Painting over Scrapbook Paper Tutorial

This technique is a great way to create beautiful paper out of scrapbook paper or color book pages that you migbht not necessarily use.

Scrapbook paper or color book page
Light body acrylic paint - Three coordinating colors, white and black.  I used dylusions paints.
Stencils or stamps in bold designs.  I used several Tim Holtz stencils.
Blending tool
Heat tool or patiences


1.  Using a blending tool, apply color to page in several different areas.  I used 3 colors tht coordinated well. 

2. Dry between colors to minimize mixing colors.  I used a heat tool.

3.  With stencils and black acrylic paint, stencil random spots around the painted paper.  Let dry  I used 3 different Tim Holtz.  Let dry.

4.  Repeat with stencils and white acrylic paint.  Let dry.

Here is a link to a blog post using this technique.

Monday, November 21, 2016

One Little Craft Tag Challenge #326

Book Page Text Texture Tutorial

This technique adds interest both visually and textually.  

Vintage book text - Here I used a vintage map
Substrate - I used a shipping tag
Adhesive - I like gel medium
Scissors - Non stick scissors work the best.   
Spray bottle of water

1. Cut a piece of vintage text larger than the substrate.

2. Crumple up the paper in a ball then flatten it out and do it again.  If the paper is a heavy weight spray with water and let it set for a few moments then crumple.

3.  Cover the substrate with adhesive.  Apply the book text to the substrate and smooth down as much as you would like.  

Here is a close up the texture created.  

4. Let dry.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Acrylic Paint Watercolor Resist Technique

This technique has been one that has been around for years.  Again it is a simple one with supplies that are readily available.

Substrate - I used a shipping tag
Acrylic Paint or Gesso - I used white for high contrast.  You can use cheap acrylic paint for this as long as it is opaque.
Stamps - Any stamp will work.  I used some architectual foam stamps I have had for years. 
Watercolor Medium - I used watercolor crayons
Paper towel or cloth
Heat gun or Patience

1.  Stamp the acrylic paint on to the substrate.  Wash your stamps immediately.  Let dry or use a heat tool to dry before moving on to the next step.

3.  Paint watercolor over the substrate.  I smeared the watercolor crayons and then activated with water.

4.  Pat some of the color off with a paper towel.

One Little Craft Tag Challenge #319

Monday, November 7, 2016

One Little Craft Tag Challenge #312

Painted Circles Tutorial

I learned this technique from Cat Hand's Mixed Media Morsels.  Here is the YouTube video.  I love this technique for background paper because I love love love circles, its a good way to use up extra acrylic paint, it used supplies I have and it is a simple easy technique that results in eye catching papers.  

When I do this I usually do several pages at once.  In this session I made seven sheets. 

Paper substrate - I used vintage book text from a French textbook
Acrylic Paint - I used cheap acrylic paint that came in a kit. 
White Acrylic Paint - I used some in a fine liner bottle but you could use a paint pen or a paint brush.
Black Acrylic Paint
Circle makers - I used a soda bottle cap and an empty toilet paper roll
Heat Tool or patience


1.  Using a Q-tip and acrylic paint, paint open circles and curved lines similar to the let C on a vintage paper. Let dry or use a heat tool to dry before moving on to the next color.  I work on several pieces at once so the first color is dry by the time I am ready to move onto the next one so I do not usually use a heat gun.

2.  With another Q-Tip and another color of acrylic paint, paint around the around the original marks.  It helps if you do quick little swipes.  Let dry or use a heat tool to dry before moving on to the next color.  Don't worry about not having completed circles, as you add more colors they fill out.  

3.  Repeat with several more colors.  I used pink as my base color then orange, blue and green.  

4.  With white acrylic paint, add highlights.  Let dry or use a heat tool to dry before moving on.

5.  With two round objects and black acrylic paint, stamp circles around the painted circles.  Let dry or use a heat tool to dry before moving on.  

I would never use the paint to actually paint with because it is so transparent but for this technique it was great.  It also came in this little tubs of paint so it was perfect to traveling to an art making event.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

One Little Tag Craft Challenge #307

Paint a shipping tag with yellow acrylic paint and let dry.  Paint over the tag with green acrylic paint.  Let set for a few minutes then wipe with a baby wipe to remove some of the green paint away.  Let dry completely.  Apply stickers in a pattern.