Monday, April 25, 2016

Mixed Media Monday: Art Journal and Watercolor Cards

Good morning, we've got some fabulous Monday motivation for you today!

Both of today's featured projects were done by Patricia Basson, and both are gorgeous!

The first is a double art journal page:

 Here's what Patricia says about this project:
I had some creative time playing in my journal again.This time using products from the Scraps of Darkness on-line shop. I am still using my Strathmore Visual Journal from an earlier Scraps of Elegance Kit. I really do enjoy using and getting to know different mediums, and playing in an Art Journal is the perfect way to experiment with them...

I started by embossing some floral images in the corners using clear embossing powder which will act as a resist once I start misting. I also used texture paste through a stencil for added texture. For colour I used the following. I started by spraying with Prima Color Bloom: Iris and Soft Teal. I also used Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colors: Black and Purple. 

I had to use the US Artquest Prills: I'm A-maized on the page as well. After spraying and drying the Prima Color Blooms, I started playing with the Brusho's. I wet the areas were I wanted to use them with water and then carefully shook some of the pigment powder on the area. I used more water to get the powder to run and settle between the textured images.

Some Prima wooden elements, Cheesecloth and word stickers make up my elements clusters.
Patricia has also done a set of 3 beautiful pastel handmade cards:
Handmade cards created with Brusho Crystal Colours
 Patricia created the stunning watercolor backgrounds on these cards with Brusho Crystal Colours, which you can find in our store here, and a little bit about Brushos:  
Create amazing backgrounds on mixed media scrapbook layouts, art journal pages, and handmade cards! These are amazingly versatile watercolor ink crystals that can be used in a myriad of different ways. Incredibly vivid, vibrant, and brilliant, they open up a world of possibilities for painters, mixed media artists, and crafters of every level. They can be used on paper, canvas or even wood. Sprinkle them directly on a wet surface and watch intriguing organic patterns appear almost like magic. Sprinkle on a wet brush, painting knife, or texture tool to create a variety of effects. You can dissolve them in water and apply them in a spray bottle, or add them to wax paste or gel mediums for body.  Manufactured in Sheffield, England, for more than 35 years, Brusho Crystal Colours are completely non-toxic and non-hazardous.

And Patricia says:
I find them best used on a glossy surface as I have here. It takes some water to get the crystals to dissolve...I have done one colour, let it dry and then added the second colour. I wet my paper, sprinkled some Brusho on and spritzed some more with water to get the crystals moving.
Alizarin Pink and Violet Brusho Card
 She used Alizarin Crimson and Violet Brusho to create this card.

Violet and Lime Green Card
And on this one, she used Lime Green and Violet.

Lime Green and Ultramarine card
For this one, Patricia used Ultramarine and Lime Green.
She also mixed some into texture paste and applied it through a stencil... she says that is a sure fun way to use them...

That's it for today, and as always, we hope you find the time to create something beautiful today!


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