A couple of weeks ago we had another Yearlong Album class and made the September LO’s – and had some fun with Ranger Distress paint!
The first LO uses warm colours of paint and Distress Ink that matched perfectly with one of Molly’s dresses:
Layers and layers of colour and different mediums, plus some shimmery wood veneer and stickers for dimension:
The second LO has the same techniques, done in a slightly different way, and uses some cooler colours:
Love the look of water flicked over Distress Ink; it gives such great texture and interest:
And of course, I needed some fun embellies!
Once again, it was incredible to see what the class came up with as they used the techniques and made them fit with their own style. There were some amazing pages being turned out for sure!
Some ideas are starting to come together for next year’s class and I’m getting excited at the new direction. That being said, I’m also excited to bring back some of the older things from past classes that worked as well. The new Yearlong Album is going to be a fun mix!
I taught another session of the Year Long Album a week or so ago and we made our August LO’s. These might be among my favourites ever!
We broke out the Twinkling H2O’s, everyone got new stencils and some fun wood veneer, and we played with crayons – it was a good day!
The first LO used a gel medium resist under the photo:
After spraying our confetti with a bunch of mist colours, we added those for a little extra dimension:
A few flicks of contrasting Twinks and the base was done:
The second one used crayons for a more subtle (or more vibrant, depending on the brand of crayon used) resist:
The crayon I used above gave more of a colour difference while the one I demoed in class was a true resist:
Again, we misted and added confetti, this time in a less random pattern:
And, with the extra flicks of Twinks, it was finished:
They’re pretty simple but the techniques can be used for super cool backgrounds and the shimmer of the Twinks just adds to the awesomeness – have I mentioned my love for Twinks?
It’s already October which means I’m thinking about next year’s class and sign ups will be coming sooner than later. We always have the best bunch of people, a ton of fun, and great products so if you’re interested in knowing more or signing up, call the Paperie and get put on the list!
A few days ago I showed you how I had an idea for these pages, went through an epic failure, and then found redemption on better and bigger paper.
Today, you get the final product!
The rainbow page is my favourite – I love the colours and the pictures so much:
I first sponged glossy gel medium through a stencil, then added puddles of Distress Paint to the edge. I misted until I ran out of water (that’s only a slight exaggeration!) and let the colours run down the page. The texture is from rolling paper towels over to blot up the excess water. How cool is that?!?!
This second page is based on a Simple Scrapper template from the July 2013 Premium Member templates:
Once again you start with glossy gel medium through a stencil, then add puddles of paint to the middle of the page. Mist with water and tip the paper to allow the paint to blend and then run in different directions.
The resist is fabulous and has a great shine in real life:
I used some Heidi Swapp fabric that I died with the paint and some new Studio Calico wood veneer to add dimension and layers to the top:
So there you have it – a class LO all the way from idea to final product, with a mini tutorial to boot! Hope you enjoyed, I’ll be back later this week with more ICAD’s and the final LO’s from the June/July Paperie Card Kit.
I also showed how fun certain mists are when they interact with molding paste:
Mine was very subtle but I love how the paste picks up the mist colour as it dries! And look at the shimmery spots – Luminarte Radiant Rain mist is *so* shiny!
Of course, to finish it all off I used lots of layers of tissue, book print, stickers, stamping, and buttons – love the dimension!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the second page – I started it in the class as a demo of sorts so even the class peeps haven’t seen this one completed yet!
This is – inadvertently – my second post today. I had scheduled my Art Journal post for yesterday but it didn’t go live. Apparently, it wasn’t scheduled after all! Oh well, it just means you get two lots of eye candy today!
For the first time, I finished the LO’s I made for the YearLong Album class. I always leave these blank so people can add their own spin – organize the pictures, add embellishments, etc. – whatever way they want. The difference this year is that the class participants are doing their own thing anyway and I love it! It’s amazing to look around and see how different everyone’s interpretations of the same instructions are.
Anyway, I made my mixed media layered backgrounds and finished them off with pics of Molly and Gabe from March. My finishing touched for Molly’s were extra paper from the starter kit, wood veneer, a doily, hidden journaling, and stickers:
I wanted Gabe’s to flow with hers, make them look like they belongs together in the album, so he has many of the same elements:
On Saturday I took an awesome class with Cathie. I normally only use mixed media on my canvases (though I’m working on bringing it to my LO’s too) but Cathie’s a genius at the mixed media LO’s. This particular class was all about layers – 7 to be exact!
I only have one completed, due to flicking white mist all over the picture for the second LO, but I managed not to destroy the picture for this one and love the colour and movement in it.
I really love all the layers, especially the doily to pull your eye through all the layers around the picture:
And this really is One in a Million:
My Gabe, the day he was born. He came super fast so was pretty bruised and beat up in this picture, hence the darkness to his normally very pale complexion!
Cathie has blogged both LO’s from the class here, and Krista, our very clean and simple friend, also blogged her experience with the class here. I love it when we can bring another one to the dark side of messy hands!
I’ll post the other LO as soon as I get it finished, but I do have lots of other work to do this week for upcoming classes and for Simple Scrapper.
One of the things I’m finishing off is my LO for the Yearlong Class this weekend. After Cathie’s class I came home, looked at what I had done and started counting layers – 6! Think I can get another on there before Sunday? The funny thing? They’re completely different layers than hers – isn’t mixed media fun?!?
…happened to me about a week and a half ago.
I tweeted sneak peek pics of the Yearlong album cover for the class participants to get an idea of what we would be doing in class.
Ronda Palazzari, who designed the awesome Confetti stencil I used, saw the pics and sent me a direct message through Twitter, saying she loved it and could she please include it in a blog post about her stencils?
Umm, let me think about that, YES!
And thanks Ronda, I’m so glad you like the album!
By the way, Ronda also teased me, saying that her new stencils (coming in July) were even better than this past release! I offered to give them a test run, make sure they worked ok and all, but I don’t think she’s going for it – sigh.
This may be one of my favourite projects ever. The colours, the texture, the dimension, the shine and, hello! That stencil.
Seriously people, that stencil may be my favourite of all time, maybe even edging out the Pomegranate one. Yes, it’s that good. It’s so good that I could even say I’m in love with Ronda Palazzari for designing it and Jamie at The Crafter’s Workshop for making it. I love it so much that I made sure everyone in my Yearlong class got the 12×12 one as well.
Moving along, this lovely project also happens to be the album cover we are making for the Yearlong 2013 class. Obviously, as it is a mixed media album no one will have the exact same cover but I’ll be teaching all the techniques I used and showing how I got that awesome texture (hint: teabags may have been involved!).
I also used modeling paste which made the hearts pop:
And gave fabulous dimension to the spine:
The paints I used were Luminarte Silks to give it that awesome shimmer and shine:
And for those who don’t have Silks yet (I stress the word yet, they are a necessity!) I’m working on a way to use your regular acrylics and make them into a faux shimmer glaze. If it works, I’ll do a tutorial some Tuesday soon.
If you can’t already see the reason I love the Confetti stencil, here’s why:
It’s like paint spatters, and blobs of molding paste, and quirky hearts all thrown together with great, but still imperfect, border to tie it all together.
And here’s a closeup of the front so you can really see how it all came together:
The back is very similar, but the paints blended a little differently. Plus, I still think I’m going to add a small camera stamp and my signature:
I had truly planned to do an album title and some decoration but I couldn’t bear to cover this up so… I guess we’ll have to go with Happy as an album title!
I’ll be back next week with the LO for this month, so look out for that later and keep an eye on Instagram (#YLA2013) for sneaks of it!
Another year of the Yearlong Album class is about to start and I’m super pumped about this one! It’s going to be less monthly themed than in the past, though it will still work perfectly for documenting each month, and it’s going to be a fun mixed media journey!
For a teaser, I thought I’d show the cover page we’ll be doing for the album. I won’t get into all the details, I’ll keep those for class right now, but I love how it turned out!
As you can see, the cover page is on canvas, not paper!
We’ll be using stencils along with fun and different media…
There will be some great shimmer and layering…
And awesome texture!
The only thing not included in the class are all the wood veneer pieces since I really want people to personalize this LO. So, if you’re signed up, start hunting for bits and bobs that you want to add to make the cover page really you!
I’ve also just learned that there may be a kit or two left! We upped the numbers this year to make sure everyone who wanted to could take part and there’s still time to sign up! I’d love to see you there – it’s going to be an amazing, messy, creative, and wickedly fun year! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this one!