Art Journal Tutorial: Live , Laugh, Love

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  1. I always start with a gessoed page.
  2. I grabbed my circle stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and applied drywall compound/modeling paste through the stencil . I used a gift card to spread the paste smoothly. I dried this thoroughly.
  3. I then applied several colors of Liquitex Basics with my fingers.  I used Naples Yellow, Light Aqua and   Pthalo Green and Light Magenta. Take care to rub the color into the stenciled texture.                                                                                                                                                       IMG_1530 [1690418] IMG_1531 [1690419]
  4. IMG_1532 [1690420]Once I place the prints on the background I didn’t like the green color. I wanted it to be blue. I added Prussian Blue and metallic cobalt blue. This went much better. I used  Liquitex gel medium matte to adhere the petals and flower centers on.                                                              IMG_1536 [1690602]
  5.  I  stenciled the words Live, Laugh, Love with black acrylic paint.         
  6.  I used my Stabilio All Pencil to outline all the petals. I activated the pencil with water. I also edged the page with the Stabilio All Pencil.
  7. Next , I outlined my letters with my white Posca Paint Pen . It really made the letters stand out.                                                                                     IMG_1547 [1690604]
  8.  Lastly, in order to brighten the page I thinned gesso and dipped a fan brush in it and tapped it over the page to make splatters.
  9. I grabbed my Posca pen and did a _____…_________… border.
  10. I am  still debating outlining the flower parts in white. What do you think?
  11. IMG_1549 [1690606]Come join the new Facebook Group- All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady . Come post your creations and start developing some “creationships”.    Karen

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8 thoughts on “Art Journal Tutorial: Live , Laugh, Love

  1. Maeve Garcia

    I loved this, Karen. It came out so beautiful and I’m glad you went with the blue also! It’s just amazing how you make it look so easy. I think it’s the way you teach – you explain so clearly, along with your choices in color, your tools, paints, etc. I can’t wait for the next one! Thanks for the heads-up on this.


    1. creativekady Post author

      Thanks Maeve. I guess being a teacher for 30 years has shaped the way I do things. I hope you give this one a try. I also hope that you join my facebook group. It’s called All Things Mixed Media: CreativeKady


    1. creativekady Post author

      Thanks so much Kathy. When people take the time to comment it gives me energy and the want to do more. Have you joined my facebook group. It’s called All Things Mixed Media:CreativeKady Hope to see you there. Karen



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