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Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for January 2016

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This year for the 12 Tags of 2016, Tim Holtz is revisiting techniques from the past.  This month the techniques he used were Chalkboard and Industrious Metal.  I have used the Industrious Metal technique to make small embellishments for cards. The Chalkboard technique I was familiar with but had not actually done.  I think that it the black and white was just plain. I decided to add color to my tag by using colored chalk. I love the way the tag turned out. I may be adding these techniques to more cards.

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Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for December 2015

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Here is my take on Tim’s Tag.  I used some of the same techniques, tweeked some, and changed others depending on the supplies I had on had.
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I cut burlap I had down to tag size then sprayed it with Fired Brick Distress Stain.  I used my  Xyron  to add adhesive to the tag and attached at the burlap.

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Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for November 2015

I was excited when I saw Tim’s post for this month’s tag. I saw lots of possibilities and was able to create not one, but two tags. I created one with a fall theme and one with a winter theme.

 

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Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for October 2015

Okay guys…. here is my look at  Tim’s tag for October.

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I stayed with the changing of the weather, the changing of the leaves and a 3D effect, but went in a little different direction. I didn’t have the monster dies and l love fall colors.

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What Do I Use for Bible Journaling? Part 3

A Review of Products for Use in Bible Journaling

This is the third in a series of product comparisons.  In this review, I looked at cake watercolors (Winsor & Newton), a Sharpie fine point marker, and a Sharpie writing pen. I also tried a new product, Kirarina 2win. It has two ends, a chisel and fine tip with two shades of ink. It is also scented.

I used Prima’s Art Ingredients Clear Gesso, Ranger’s Clear Gesso, and Liquitex Clear Gesso to prepare my pages.  Click here to check out my review of these products.

On these pages I wrote blessings at the top with the Sharpie writing pen and doodled with a green Sharpie marker down the side. I used watercolor paint to create the splash of color.  I wrote Praise and doodled with three Kirarina 2win markers.BJGesso3F.W

Prima (1): both Sharpie markers were easy to write with; the watercolors went on smooth and the colors were vibrant; the Kirarina 2win markers wrote smoothly.

Ranger (2): both Sharpie markers were easy to write with; the watercolors went on smooth and the colors were vibrant; the Kirarina 2win markers wrote smoothly.

Liquitex  (3): as before it was difficult to write with the Sharpie markers ; the watercolors went on okay and the colors were vibrant; it was difficult to write with the Kirarina 2win.

Naked (4): both Sharpie markers were easy to write with; the watercolors went on smooth and the colors were vibrant; the Kirarina 2win markers wrote smoothly.

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Prima (1): with Sharpie writing pen there was no bleed through or ghosting; the fine point Sharpie marker has some ghosting; there was no bleed through or ghosting with the  watercolors; the Kirarina 2win did not have any ghosting or bleed through.

Ranger (2): with Sharpie writing pen there was no bleed through or ghosting; the fine point Sharpie marker has some ghosting; there was no bleed through or ghosting with the  watercolors; the Kirarina 2win did have some ghosting where the flower was drawn.

Liquitex  (3): with Sharpie writing pen there was no bleed through or ghosting; the fine point Sharpie marker has some ghosting; there was some ghosting with the  watercolors; the Kirarina 2win did not have any ghosting or bleed through.

Naked (4): with Sharpie writing pen there was no bleed through or ghosting; the fine point Sharpie marker did bleed through a little; there was no bleed through, but there was some ghosting with the  watercolors; the Kirarina 2win did have some ghosting, and where the flower was drawn there was some bleed through.

 

FINE PRINT: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own opinion. I did not receive any compensation (product or money) for my reviews. I was not asked by any company to create this post.

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Lisa’s Look for Tim’s Tag for September 2015

I was actually excited when I saw Tim’s Tag for this month.  I knew I had most everything in my craft studio and this was going to be a fun tag. Here is one version of the tag…

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What Do I Use for Bible Journaling? Part 2

A Review of Products for Use in Bible Journaling

This is the second in a series of product comparisons.  This week I looked at Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, Pitt Artist Pens, and Big Brush Markers.

I used Prima’s Art Ingredients Clear Gesso, Ranger’s Clear Gesso, and Liquitex Clear Gesso to prepare my pages.  Click here to check out my review of these products.

On these pages I applied Gelatos, then blended them. The colors at the top I blended dry with my finger. The middle I blended with just a little water on my finger. The bottom I blended with a baby wipe.BJGesso2F.W

Prima (1): blending was easy, the colors seemed a little lighter (maybe due to a slight white cast from the gesso), there was no bleed through or ghosting

Ranger (2): blending was easy; there was no bleed through or ghosting

Liquitex  (3): blending was difficult due to the rough texture of the gesso;  the colors were darker due to the rough texture of the gesso; there is a little ghosting but no bleed through

Naked (4): blending was easy; there is a little ghosting, but no bleed through

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On this set of pages I used a variety of Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Big Brush Markers.  I stared with the XS Black, then used S Blue, M Orange, B Pink, 1.5 Metallic Gold. Then I finished with a flourish using a Big Brush Marker in Brown.  Before writing, I colored the left side with the white Big Brush Pen. It covered the page smoothly and left a slight white cast but it was still readable.

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Prima (1): it was easy to write on the page; the marker colors were brighter on the side with the white Big Brush Marker; there was no bleed or ghosting on either, even where I colored heavier on the music notes

Ranger (2): it was easy to write on the page; the marker colors were brighter on the side with the white Big Brush Marker; there was no bleed or ghosting on either side, even where I colored heavier on the music notes

Liquitex  (3): it was hard to write on the page with the gritty texture; the marker colors were brighter on the side with the white Big Brush Marker; there was no bleed through on the page, but just a slight ghosting on the side without the white Big Brush Marker

Naked (4): it was easy to write on the page; the marker colors were brighter on the side with the white Big Brush Marker; there was a little bleed through on the side without the white Big Brush Pen, but just a slight ghosting on the side with the white Big Brush Marker

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The Gelatos and Pitt Pens had consistent results with the Prima and Ranger clear gessos.  I would not use them with the Liquitex gesso.

Check back next week for another review.

FINE PRINT: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own opinion. I did not receive any compensation (product or money) for my reviews. I was not asked by any company to create this post.

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What Do I Use for Bible Journaling? Part 1

A Review of Products for Use in Bible Journaling

After reading questions about what art mediums will or won’t work on thin Bible pages for Bible Journaling, I decided I would work on a product comparison.  I made a list of the supplies I want to try.  As the list grew, I realized that it would either take a very long post or I would need to several posts.  I will be posting a review each week.

First, I wanted to try the different brands of clear gesso I had available.  Prima’s Art Ingredients Clear Gesso, Ranger’s Clear Gesso and Liquitex Clear Gesso.

I marked each with a pencil before using the gesso, so I would know which brand I used.  Then I painted a thin coat on each.  I did 2 columns of each.  Left to right: Prima, Ranger and Liquitex.  I also felt each brand to compare the texture right out of the jar.

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Prima: was very smooth to the touch, brushed on evenly, was a little more opaque – the pages seemed to have a slight white cast, the pages dried with very little curling and the pages felt smooth.

Ranger: was smooth to the touch, brushed on evenly, was transparent, the pages curled a little and felt smooth when dry.

Liquitex: was gritty to the touch, I could feel the grit when brushing it on, the pages dried with little curling, and the pages felt like sandpaper.

Next, I began experimenting with different inks and pens.  I used 4 pages, one with each of the gessos and one naked page.

I tried Ranger’s ArchivaI Ink (top butterfly)and Tsukineko Memento Ink (bottom butterfly).  I colored with Copic Markers (blue wings), Faber-Castell water color pencils (purple wings), and Marvy LePume Markers (yellow wings).  I wrote with the Copic Multiliner, Zig Millennium and Micron pens.

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Prima (1):  no ghosting or bleed through with the inks;  Copic Markers colored okay with no ghosting or bleed through, but didn’t blend well;  Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color and blend with no ghosting or bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers colored fine with no ghosting or bleed through;  all three pens wrote well with no ghosting or bleed through

Ranger (2):  no ghosting or bleed through with the inks:  Copic Markers colored okay with a little ghosting but no bleed through, and seemed to blend well;  Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color and blend with no ghosting or bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers colored fine with a little ghosting but no bleed through;  all three pens wrote well with no ghosting or bleed through

Liquitex  (3):  was hard to work on due to the rough texture;  no ghosting or bleed through with the inks;  Copic Markers were hard to color with and had a little ghosting but no bleed through;  Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color with (I did prefer it for the watercolor pencils, it grabbed the color and had more color when blending) with no ghosting or bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers were rough to color with and had a little ghosting but no bleed through; the rough texture made it hard to write, but the there was no ghosting or bleed through

Naked (4):  there was some ghosting with the Archival Ink and bleed through with the Memento Ink;  Copic Markers colored okay but bled through; Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color and blend with a little ghosting but no bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers colored fine with a little bleed through;   all three pens wrote well, but the Copic Multiliner and Micron pen had some ghosting but no bleed through; the Millennium no ghosting or bleed through

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The Prima and Ranger clear gessos had consistent results.  I would use the Liquitex if I were using my watercolor pencils.

Check back next week for more reviews.  I will be looking at Faber-Castell Gelaltos and Pitt Pens.

FINE PRINT: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own opinion. I did not receive any compensation (product or money) for my reviews. I was not asked by any company to create this post.

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Lisa’s Look at Tim’s Tag for August 2015

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I was inspired by Tim’s layered background technique for this month’s tag.  My first layer was Melange Tissue Wrap.

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Then I chose to cut out butterflies the second tag using the decorative strip die Butterfly Frenzy.  I saved the butterfly cutouts  to use as an additional layer.Tag-aug-5Then I used Distress Ink in some the new colors.  They were a little too bright so I added a light coat of white gesso.

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Next I stamped and inked the butterfly cutouts.  I colored the bodies brown.  I attached the butterflies just at their bodies.

Last I added chit chat words and the word beautiful

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Time for Art: Mixed Media Clock

Back in May when I found out that Finnabair would be teaching at Cafe Crop, I decided to learn more about her style of mixed media.  I looked at Finnabair’s blog and joined the Facebook group  Finnabair & Friends . I saw so many wonderful pieces of art and thought maybe I could create something to share.

I have had this clock base in my studio for several years with the plan to someday  decorate it for the studio. This just might be the perfect way to decorate it.  So I got started.  I attached items I found in my studio.  I had to keep the layers a simple in order for the hands of the clock to move.  Some of the items hold special meaning, others are just for fun. I love how the face came about. I added the circle and triangle paper clips because they were fun designs. They looked like a face so I added a mouth and a crown.   Then I added a layer of white gesso and started to add color, but couldn’t decide where to go. So I put it away to work on later.TIme4Art1Now it is August and I am working on some NUTS (nagging unfinished tasks). So I took out the clock and got to work.  I added gelatos to the background blending them with my fingers.  Some of the colors were at little to bold so I brushed on a little white gesso. I highlighted the clock numbers with gold mica powder.

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It looks perfect in the studio.