Monday, 9 July 2012

Digital Art Journaling Walk Through - Unstoppable.

I was doing some digital art journaling today and got inspiration from Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts. I also thought I'd take some step by step screen shots to show the process I went through. One of the main differences between journaling digitally and physically is that I don't have to start with the base and work up, I can choose to start and the top and work down etc.

Here's a list of the digital supplies I used:

I started by adding part of the lyrics from the song that inspired me to the top left of the page. The last line I was adding is "Love is Unstoppable", this is the title of my art journaling so I turned it into a piece of wordart using alphas from Everyone Has a Story by Captivated Visions and tags from Full Speed Ahead by Designs by Kat. I added small drop shadows to the letters and tags.

The main imagry in the lyrics is a lighthouse on the coast. I don't have any lighthouse backgrounds so I used a coastal paper from the Follow Your Art Discover Paper Pack by Aria and added one of my own Digital Stamps of a Lighthouse. I left the lighthouse as an uncoloured line drawing.

Some grunge on the edges of my art journaling page will add some depth. To do this I added a kraft coloured paper from Kat's Full Speed Ahead. 

Then I masked it using one of Aria's Grunge overlays.

To add to the love theme I placed the hearts overlay from Everyone Has a Story underneath the wordart and applied a Softlight Blending mode to it.

And to finish off I added the heart scribble and script by Cilenia ontop of the background with a Mulitply Blend Mode.

Have fun creating, blessings to you all from Angela

Monday, 2 July 2012

Lavender Rings Tutorial

I like to make lavender rings as gifts each summer, they also double up as great stress release with all that lovely scent on my hands. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how I made them. The step by step photography was a bit tricky as this is very much a two handed task. During the early stages the ring holds shape better in the hands than it does when I put it down on the table.

To make these rings you need fresh lavender stems. Anything harvested more than 1 day is going to be too brittle to shape.

  • Cut fresh stems of lavender. Try to cut them as long as possible - the longer they are the more sturdy and larger your ring can be.
  • Strip the leaves from the stems
  • Slowly bend the largest stem round to form ring like shape and wrap it round itself to hold the shape

  • line up the next stem so the flower head is just behind the first one

  • wrap the second stem round and around the ring to secure in place by tucking the stem into the ring.

  • Add more stems, weaving and wrapping them in place.

  • Keep going until the ring is as full as you wish it to be
  • If this is for a gift, add a tag.

These lavender rings can also be left to air dry and then given as gifts later in the year.
Have fun and be blessed, from Angela