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Kraft Paper Abstract Art Journal Pages

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 1 by Kim Dellow

I’ve always been a big fan of Kraft, I think it is one of my favourite papers. So I could not resist the Clairefontaine pad when I spotted it at Curtisward (you can find it on Amazon too). This pad is the same paper that you can buy in rolls to wrap packages with but it comes as 100 flat sheets glued along one short edge and perfect for some Kraft paper abstract art journal pages.

This paper is lightweight, around 90 gsm (41 lb) but as it is Kraft it is fibrous so quite resilient. It will take paints and mediums but you will get some buckling if you use too much, so if that bothers you then bear it in mind.

When I started in this pad I just could not stop so I’ve made quite a few Kraft paper abstracts!

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Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 2 by Kim Dellow

 

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 3 by Kim Dellow

 

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 4 by Kim Dellow

 

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 5 by Kim Dellow

 

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 6 by Kim Dellow

I stuck to a simple colour palate and just a few products to make a cohesive collection of pages and played with some of the shapes and mark making that I’ve been enjoying playing with recently.

The thin black marks are from the Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5 pen and the thicker from the Sakura Pigma Brush pen. The lime green was FW Pearlescent acrylic ink and the pink was magenta acrylic paint from the Sennelier Abstract range. I also added some baking paper and flyer paper with Golden Regular gel or Liquitex clear gesso.

So how about you? Are you a Kraft fan? If you have done any Kraft-based projects recently I would love to see them so do place a link to them in the comments below or share them with me on social media and I will come and take a look!

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VIDEO: Try This Easy Masking Technique In Your Art Journal!

As promised here is this week’s video inspiration and just in time to get you up and running for a creative weekend! This week I’m sharing one of my favourite techniques which is a really easy masking technique using paper masks. Paper masks are wonderful, they are so simple and you can use them for so many things. Today I am using them to make an abstract page in my junk art journal using acrylic paints and paint pens.

I’ve gone for an abstract page but you can easily use this technique for a whole range of styles and looks. I’ve kept my shapes loose and rough and didn’t over think what they should look like or where they should be placed. Sometimes it is just good to go with the flow isn’t it?

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Kim Dellow - Video: Easy Masking technique for your art journal



VIDEO: Try This Easy Masking Technique In Your Art Journal!

Supplies:
Art Journal
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
Paper
Scissors
Plastic card like an old credit card or old gift card
Paint pens

Kim Dellow  close up of the easy masking technique for your art journal

So what creative projects are you doing this weekend? Will you be using paper masks?

Kim

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VIDEO: 5 Minute Art Journal: Quick Cut Outs

I don’t know about you but I often find myself struggling to get my own personal art done. If you follow me on Instagram then you might have spotted that it has been at least a week since I last posted one of my #DellowDailyDraws I’m ashamed to say.

Let’s face it, there just are not enough hours in the day. So with that in mind I thought I would share some really quick Art Journaling projects as videos on my YouTube Channel over the next few weeks to help and inspire all of us time-poor creatives!

So the first project is this Swiss Cheese plant leaf-inspired Clean and Simple art journal design. See Art journaling doesn’t have to be all messy if you just do not have the time to do all the cleaning up.

In the video I share a simple way to add texture and colour and have a completed art journal page all in under 5 minutes, so really anyone can fit a bit of creating into their heavy schedules! It is a great project for getting a quick arty fix or, if you do find yourself with some time to create, this project is also a great warm up exercise to help you through that ‘what shall I do’ moment!

VIDEO: 5 Minute Art Journal: Quick Cut Outs



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Supplies:
Strathmore Mixed Media journal
Khadi Paper
Scissors
Golden Regular Gel
DIY Patterned paper

If you are looking to make your own Patterned Paper then I have a some video inspiration in my DIY 3D Paper Birds project as well as a whole blog post with my current favourite techniques for decorating your own paper.

If you find fitting art into your daily life hard and my project today helped inspire you then please do go like my video on YouTube and subscribe to my channel and then I will know to make some more 5 Minute Art Journal videos!

Have a great creative Wednesday.

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Art Journal Page: Stencil Rubbing

Art Journal Page using stencil rubbing by Kim Dellow

Did you have a nice and creative weekend? What did you get up to? Manage to throw some paint around, or get some stitching done, or perhaps you did some drawing? Drawing was my weekend creative fun but I’m actually going to start the week with an art journal share.

Did you happen to see my Art Slice video on Friday? If you did spot it on my YouTube Channel then you might recognise part of my share today?

On Friday I shared a super-simple but fun technique that is great to use with stencils, Stencil Rubbing. It is great to go revisit the simple techniques from time to time! So for this technique I used watersoluble pencils and crayons like the Caran D’Ache Neocolor II crayonsFaber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Durer and Derwent Inktense Blocks and rubbed them over paper on top of the StencilGirl Loopy Ladders stencil. You get a lovely texture and then if you spray them with water they diffuse and mix for another great look.

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Paper and stencil after stencil rubbing by Kim Dellow

My Art Slice video left it there but I didn’t leave it there! I then went on to use the stencil rubbing paper to make an art journal page. I cut out a large circle and used Golden Regular Gel to glue it to a Strathmore Mixed Media journal then I used a black Stabilo All pencil to add the dark and grey as I thought it would be a great counterpoint for the bright colour and texture of the stencil rubbing.

I used Fabriano Accademia Artist paper for the pencil rubbing so only gave a light spritz with water as it doesn’t like very wet washes but it has a great texture for pencils and crayons. And if you look at the second photograph below you can see the lovely texture.

Close up of the drips on the stencil rubbing art journal page by Kim Dellow

Close up of the texture on the stencil rubbing art journal page by Kim Dellow

So if you did some stencil rubbing over the weekend I hope that my share today has given you some more inspiration of what to do with them. If you are looking for some more quick inspiration then do go and subscribe to my YouTube channel, I am regularly posting ideas on there, so don’t miss out!

Have a fun and creative week and do share any of the projects you are planning to do this week, I would love to know.

Kim
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VIDEO: Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium

Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium by Kim Dellow

What is that you say? Another video?! That is right! I have a surprise, bonus video to share with you today sharing a fun technique using PaperArtsy Infusions to colour gel medium. So rather than just a static blog post share of my project I have a video walking through the whole process of how to use Infusions to Colour Gel Medium and then use the gel through a stencil.

Like the video that I made for the Gelli Printed Collage Art journal page from a couple of weeks ago, it is all to music with no voice over. But hopefully it is clear what I am doing and if you have any question then please do just ask in the comments!

You can use this technique with any powdered pigments and I first shared it a while back for my ‘How To Decorate A Mesh Bag With Ken Oliver Color Burst’ blog post whilst I was working for Blitsy. In that blog post I used the Ken Oliver’s Colour Burst, to colour gel medium and decorate a pencil case. You can also use Brushos too with this technique but this time I am using Infusions.

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close up of the Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium by Kim Dellow

The PaperArtsy Infusions are another powdered pigment product but they differ from Brushos and Colour Burst in that they also have a walnut stain crystal in with the pigment. The walnut stain develops more slowly than the pigment when you use the product with liquids and so you get a brown colour developing after the colour has developed. The walnut gives the Infusion colour an interesting antiqued and textured look.

But when you use the Infusions mixed in with gel medium, like the Golden Regular Gel the walnut doesn’t develop but instead the crystals act as a grit to give the surface a texture when the gel is dry. Take a look at the close up photograph below to see what I mean!

Surface texture of the close up of the PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium by Kim Dellow

Two tips for you: you need to use the gloss gel as this is completely transparent when dry and add as little or as much Infusions as you need, tap them on the gel bit by bit and just mix them in.

It’s totally fun to play with so watch the video and then go have a play yourself!

VIDEO: Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium

Supplies:
PaperArtsy Infusions Royal Blood
Golden Regular Gel (gloss)
PaperArtsy Stencil PS046 designed by me!
Palette Knife
Something to mix in, I’ve used an old metal pie dish.
Strathmore Mixed Media journal
Spare paper
Plastic card like an old gift card or credit card
Old book page

If you want another fun and different way to use PaperArtsy Infusions then you might like my ‘PaperArtsy Infusions Meet Embossing/ Watermark Ink’ blog post!

Hope you enjoyed the video and if you did then please pop over to my YouTube channel and subscribe and like my movies as it helps me to make more videos! Thank you!

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VIDEO: Timelapse Art Journal Page – Gelli Plate Collage

Gelli Plate collage journal page by Kim Dellow

I’ve a little treat for you today. I was working on some art journal pages for my blog post today, thinking that I would do another art journal page share like I did for last Friday’s blog post. But this time I decided to film the whole thing in case something came out of it. So instead of just sharing project pictures today with you today I have a little extra in the form of a timelapse video showing the whole process for this art journal share. I hope you enjoy it!

The page is built in my junk journal and I’ve used layers of paint with some Gelli plate prints using paints and stencils then used these printed papers to build up a focal point with layers. I didn’t have time to add a voice over so it is just set to music, but if there is anything you want to know just ask either below in the comments or over on my YouTube Channel!



VIDEO: Timelapse Art Journal Page: Gelli Plate Collage

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Products:
Winsor and Newton Galleria Gesso
Gelli Plate 3 x 5 inch
Ranger medium brayer
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamp EKD05, Stencils PS040 and PS048
StencilGirl Loopy Ladders L434 stencil
Liquitex PaintMuted Turquoise, Light Blue Permanent and Brilliant Yellow Green (heavy Body); Prisma Violet (soft body)
WHSmiths gold acrylic paint
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm
Palette Knife
Plastic card
Punchinella
Sharpie paint pen – black
Craft foam
Waffle Flower Doily Die

Close up of the butterfly on the Gelli Plate collage journal page by Kim Dellow

I would really love for you to join me on myYouTube channel, you might have spotted that I am really trying to make a go of it this year and I am getting into the habit of filming more and learning how to get better at producing the films. So if you haven’t already then please do come and say ‘hi’ and subscribe to my channel to get the latest videos as they go live.

See you there!

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VIDEO: Textured And Layered Art Journal Page Using Stamped Layers And Watercolours

Kim Dellow Layered and textured art journal page

If you didn’t think you could make a textured, layered watercolour art journal page then I hope that my video today will change your mind! We are all quite use to using acrylic paints to add layers to our art journal pages but how about watercolour layering? It is a little harder as watercolour will react to water even after it is dry but it is still possible to work on a watercoloured background without it washing away!

And as for adding texture with watercolours, well there are lots of methods some you might be very familiar with such as using large salt grains or crunched up cling film or Saran wrap, but there are other methods too like using stencils and I share one way to use your stencils to add texture to your watercolours today along with methods for layering and creating this art journal page.



VIDEO: Art Journal: PaperArtsy Stamped Layers And Watercolours





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You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps (EKD04, EKD05, EKD06)
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Buy from SimonSays Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)
Buy from PaperArtsy UK (Ships Worldwide)

PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stencil (PS040)
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Buy from PaperArtsy UK (Ships Worldwide)

Bockingford Hot press Watercolor paper pad
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Buy from Jackson’s Art UK (Ships Worldwide)

Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolor (I used the 24 half pan Metal Box Set but I’ve linked to the paints in general as the set wasn’t available everywhere)
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Buy from Jackson’s Art UK ((Sets) Ships Worldwide)

Prima Marketing Watercolor Paints – Decadent Pies set
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Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils
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Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
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Buy from Simon Says Stamp US (Ships Worldwide)

Layout Paper (I used: Daler Rowney – Layout Paper Pad – 45gsm / 31lb)
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Scissors

Course sea salt

Brushes:
Unbranded 1″ wide flat brush from a store visit to Great Art (they don’t seem to have the brush online)

Pro Arte Connoisseur Series 100 Size 0
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Buy from Jackson’s Art UK (Ships Worldwide)

 

You may have spotted that I have used the new stamps and stencils that I designed for the PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} range?! If you haven’t seen the new release yet then pop to my new PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamp And Stencil Release February 2017 blog post from Sunday.

Meanwhile here are some close up pictures of this project, I love the way that the stencil texture peeks through the butterfly!

close up of the texture on the Layered and textured art journal page by Kim Dellow

more of the texture on the Layered and textured art journal page by Kim Dellow

Hope you enjoyed watching the video and shout if you have any questions!

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Three Art Journal Pages To Share

Happy Friday everyone! Have you got any creative projects planned for the weekend? I’ve got something new to share with you this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled. Try coming back on Sunday evening (GMT) to find out more!

But I can not share it yet so instead I’m sharing some recent art journal page projects and I hope they get you in the mood for your own creative plans this weekend!




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Art journal page using inks, paints and pens Page 1, By Kim Dellow #KimDellow


I’ve got three pages from my flyer junk journals to share and I hope that you are in the mood for abstract because they are all a bit on the abstract side! I know I am a bit circle-obsessed at the moment, I am still trying to work the circles out of my system, but I think it will never happen!

This page is formed of DecoArt Media black gesso lines with paint pen and white acrylic paint highlights. The background colour is some Turner Acryl Gouache Colour Pearl Red, I think, as it has a bit of iridescent shine to it. It is leftover colour from another project and was put down a while ago now but the page just sang out for more work as I flicked through it!

close up of Art journal page using inks, paints and pens Page 1, By Kim Dellow #Kim Dellow

For the next page I dripped the Liquitex Muted Turquoise and Muted Green inks onto a page that I had cleaned off blue paint from my brush in a previous project. Once the ink was dry I went around the drips with Liquitex white gesso slightly tinted with a purple watercolour paint.

It was totally happenstance rather than design that the gesso took on this tint as the purple paint was dried onto the palette that I used for the gesso. But it was definitely a happy happenstance and why you shouldn’t always clean up after yourself, well least that is my excuse!

I then further detailed the drips with the paint pen.

Art journal page using inks, paints and pens Page 2 circles, By Kim Dellow #Kim Dellow

close up of Art journal page using inks, paints and pens Page 2 circles, By Kim Dellow #Kim Dellow

The final journal page share today is very much based on the circle shapes that have been plaguing my work recently! And you have probably seen them cropping up again and again in my daily draws and art slice videos over on Instagram, if you follow me there.

This page was built on a page I had used to clean off a stencil in a previous project and in fact I know exactly which project that was as it was my ‘How To Make An Art Journal Page With Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks’ project! So the background marks where made using DecoArt Black Modeling paste on The Crafter’s Workshop Sweet Posey stencil.

Art journal page using inks, paints and pens Page 3 iridescent, By Kim Dellow #Kim Dellow

It then has a layer of Liquitex gesso and once that was dry I used a layer of Golden Regular Gel (Gloss) over the top. But then I did something that perhaps you would not expect – I used watercolour over the top. I love using watercolours over gel medium, the dried gel layer is not absorbent so the colour pools and resists in really interesting ways which is fun to play with! I used the Prima Marketing Decadent Pies as I love the dark/ paynes grey/ blue- like colour and the gold that are in this set.

This was then finished with the paint pen again and a totally circle-centric abstract design. You can see the gold watercolour catching the light on the picture below.

close up of Art journal page using inks, paints and pens Page 3 iridescent, By Kim Dellow #Kim Dellow

I hope your weekend is full of creative wonder. Oh and don’t forget to check back here on Sunday evening (GMT) for something new! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, I will say no more. You will just have to come back and see, won’t you?

Kim

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Gouache Paint Flower Buds Art Journal Page

I’m revisiting a project today for my Friday post, well it isn’t so much a project revisit as a project extension. Back in September last year I shared an Art Slice videos showing me painting three flower buds in a pink circle design. Perhaps you saw it? I’ve embedded it below in case you didn’t.

Anyway, at the time that I made that film I had no intention of doing anything further with that design but after letting it sit for a while I wondered what the design would look like as a journal page and so this project was born.

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Mixed media art journal page on kraft paper by Kim Dellow

The original artwork was done on watercolour paper but for this art journal page I am working in a Seawhite square Kraft workbook. The background is a square collaged using old book pages and Golden Regular Gel in the centre of the page then, when it was dry I covered it with Golden Absorbent Grounds to give it some tooth for the paint to grab on to.

I used the same paint as I used in the original piece and that was the Caran d’ Ache Gouache set, which is a dry pan gouache set rather than a wet tube paint.  I added in some details to the painting such as the paint flicks and the scribble writing with a liner pen to add a bit more texture.

You can see all the details in these close up photos:

Close up of the scribble pen texture by Kim Dellow

Close up of the drip and surface texture of the Gouache paint flower buds by Kim Dellow

More Gouache Paint drip texture by Kim Dellow

 It is interesting to see this design as a more mixed media piece as when I made the original piece for the Art Slice video it was more a clean look that I was going for. But I think it can work with either as a clean illustrative style or in this more distressed painty style. What do you think?

If you did miss it first time around here is the original video that inspired this art journal page and if you visit my December Art Slice Round-Up blog post you can see a couple of behind the scenes photos featuring the original flower bud design.

VIDEO: Art Slice: Gouache Flower Buds

So looking back over your recent and past projects what art will you be re-working and reusing into your next projects?

Let me know or better still do it and then come back and leave me a link to it!

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VIDEO: How To Make A Gouache Paint And Paint Pen Art Journal Page

How To Make A Gouache Paint And Paint Pen Art Journal Page video by Kim Dellow

Do you remember this project? I shared a little clip of it in December as one of my Art Slices videos for that month. Well this week I am sharing the whole project as a video. It’s made using Gouache paint, a little bit of acrylic paint and line work with a paint pen. I’ve already mentioned here on my blog how I am enjoying playing with Gouache paints so they were a natural grab for me when making this page. Then the line work is really an extension of the work I have been doing over on Instagram with my #DellowDailyDrawing or my watercolour shares.

I hope that you enjoy the video showing how to make an art journal page using Gouache paint and a paint pen. I’m trying something new for me and my video making, I have used a mix of voice over and music, so you are seeing the whole page as it happens but as a timelapse to keep the video short. Let me know what you think!



VIDEO: How To Make A Gouache Paint And Paint Pen Art Journal Page





Products Used:
Junk Journal
Turner Acryl Gouache – Colour Pearl Red
Sharpie Paint pen – black, water-based
Acrylic Paint – white
brush
kitchen towel
plastic card

You can see all the paint distressing texture in this photo:

close up of How To Make A Gouache Paint And Paint Pen Art Journal Page video by Kim Dellow

I do love a bit of paint distressing, don’t you? Have you used the technique I shared in my video to distress paint? And if you haven’t do you think you will give it a go?

Kim

ps. If you missed it, I have some creative living tips for increasing your productivity and achieving your goals for this year in my blog post ‘How To REALLY Get Things Done’. I would love to hear your tips too so pop on over to that blog post and leave me a comment with your favourite, tried and tested tips.

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