Monday, March 20, 2023

Art Journalen / Art Journaling day 1 Bijzonder

For me art journaling is playing with product without any rules. 
I started in a new journal and hope to fill it with a lot of pleasure, no time limit, no pressure. 
Using up some of my collage fodder in the process is a plus +

It's called 'Bijzonder' ... dutch for 'Special' 

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Wings and Tails

 I am entering this in the challenge on the Sirstampalot challenge blog which is "Anything stamped with option Wings and Tails"

The background is a technique where you use colored pieces of paper and cover it partially with white acrylic paint. 
The butterfly was fussycut from a separate piece of paper. 

Exploring color with butterflies and flowers

I made 2 cards for you today, showcasing what a difference color makes on a background and focal point. 

I've used some leftover backgrounds from a post back in November 2022. 

In that post I made ATC's with an uncolored focal point. It would look like the card below : no color on the main image.   

Color added to the image: 

I went a step further... not just coloring, but choosing 4 different colors from the background to color the main images. Purple and orange on the card above, green and blue on the card below: 

Just so you can see the cards together : it makes a huge difference as to what colors get used on the main image as it makes the colors used in the image pop more in the background. 

...and the second :

Enjoy some more pictures: 

I always get more depth when photographing the projects upright with a light source on the left, in a light box. .. 

That's it for today, I hope you got inspired by my two cards to explore color. 

Please share it with us in the FB group and have a chance at winning some product from the shop as we have an ongoing challenge with an extra moodboard if you like to use itIt is basically a anything goes challenge though, you do not have to use the colors of the moodboard. 

Come join in the fun and be inspired by our lovely design team! 

For used stamps, please see the post on the  Rubber Dance blog!

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Monday, March 6, 2023

My Creative Monday for Magenta - Leaf collage

 Another easy gelli printed background card from me today!

I tore the edges of it. 
I stamped some script in the background. 
The image was stamped onto tissuepaper, heat embossed with clear and painted white at the back; when dry adhered to the card with decoupage glue. 

The sentiment finishes it off.

Magenta products used:

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Pencil Marks POST CARD

Hi you all !
Creating gelatine prints is one of the most delightful experiences in making art, as far as I am concerned.
Using waste materials as styrofoam packaging materials for making marks in the paint, is a bonus. This background was printed onto tissue paper with a 10 centimeters round gelatine plate. It had some build up of paints on the edge, and I was happy with the dark grungy border it created. 

The foliage on the left was fussy cut and adhered to the collage, the other one was stamped directly onto the card.
I hope you got inspired, and join in the 'creating fun' with us, Rubber Dance Stamps design team. 

For more info on the product used, please see the post on the Rubber Dance blog ...  

Monday, February 6, 2023

My Creative Monday for Magenta - Flower Gelli printed card

An easy card today: a gelli printed background that is beautiful all on its own. 

The print ended up being grungy, but also has the flower image (from the mask) defined in such a nice way. 
I added some black edges to the flowers; extra color to the inside of it, and around it to make it pop more. 

 I drew circles with a black marker and glued some thick glitter pieces to it.
In the background some script to finish it off. 

I plan to adhere a printed Bible verse on the card before sending it off!

Magenta products used:

Please note that this website is provided for reference only. It provides information on all Magenta products, including images, item numbers and prices. If you would like to place an order, please contact us at We would be very happy to provide help and instructions on how to place your order.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Vintage Book cover with jute - book no 36

YES,  book 36 for series 52

The book measures 19 x 21 centimeters, the 16 plastic pockets inside of it 13,5 x 19 centimeters.

For further info on this series, please see this post

 The book cover is from MDF; the front cover in 2 pieces, a narrow strip for the hinge on the left, and a wider part to act as the actual cover. is covered with the jute to makes for the hinge, and the jute thread to hold the pages. The back cover is one solid piece, the MDF is about 4 mm thick. 
 The 'pages' are plastic pockets for 13x18 centimeter photographs or any other content that size, of course.

To start, I white washed the jute with a watered down acrylic paint.
 It was fun just using a tiny piece of colored background to fill the ellips frame. The leftovers were then cut into various sizes of circles to extend the color to the rest of the cover. 

Background stamping with black ink and mixed media stamps was added to both the back and front cover. White accents adds more depth, done with white acrylic paint and an acrylic marker. 

The ellips is the focal of the book, and the fussy cut foliage fits right in the center of it all.  

All in all it has a vintage style as a start, with the torn edges (jute) and the basic color of the jute, but adding a color and white wash effects it changes to a modern but shabby chic style (I think, lol). 

White paint splatters, vintage buttons and lace finish it off.  

For info on the product, please check out my post on the Rubber Dance blog

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Fodder album print :Tetradic Colour mixing

My post on the Paper Artsy blog today..

I've been enjoying some creative time lately. This topic, Tetradic Colours had me thinking about playing with colors still in the classic yellow, red and blue combo but diverging from the bright primaries commonly used.

First I chose PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Blueberry It's a purplish blue which has quite a lot of red in the mix. I also chose Claret, a dark wine colour with a purple undertone. I completed my base with Yellow Submarine which is a warmer yellow then the usual primary one. All are translucent and all 3 colours contain more red than the 'pure' colours of a classic wheel. To be honest, I was not sure how they would work well together and if they would create interesting mixes.
I used these translucent colors to make some grungy prints on the gel plate. It also allowed me to easily incorporate this quarter's ongoing theme of TRACKS - through splatters, mark-making and repeat-stamping in the printed layers. I'm looking forward to sharing with you how I managed to balance all 4 colors within one project.

    And yes: this post has something to do with collage fodder! Read on to find out!

I had to do some reading before creating this particular color wheel. I am not new to color mixing, but still had to question 'what is a Tetradic Colour scheme'? I learned that it's 2 couples of  complementary (opposite) colors, making four colors in total. A 12-segment colour wheel will create 3 types of tetrad: a square, rectangle and slim rectangle, so lots of options to choose from. 
These are the 3 colors I chose to create my 12 segment color-wheel from: PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Blueberry, Yellow Submarine and Claret.

After mixing the colors, my plan was to have a big gel printing session, and using some of the prints with France Papillon's stamps. So I got out all the supplies like a PaperArtsy brayer, two 8x10 inch gelatine plates, paper, etc. I also covered my work space with a large piece of white sturdy paper.

The first step for this project was to mix my colours. I did it in small jars as I was going to use them in more than one stage and so knew i would need quite a bit of each. I did not want to have to mix and re-mix in small batches. A useful tip: I put some clean tiny stones in the jars to help mix up the paints. 

Filling out the color wheel was fun, but so messy, lol. Once it was complete, I tried several combinations and chose a "skinny" rectangle Tetradic color scheme using the numbers 9, 10 and 3, 4 on the wheel. I stamped the colors onto a separate piece of cardstock and adhered that to the wheel for you to better see my selection. I like the look!

Don't judge .... but when I chose these colors I did not realise they were going to match the colors on the stamps packaging!! What are the chances! I chose France Papillon stamp set 28 (FP028) and stamp set 30 (FP030) for the main images and they are coloured with oranges, blues and greens! It really was pure coincidence, I only realized the match when I took this picture! 

Now the phase of the color scheme is ready; let's dive into the next step and get painty!

One of the tip given to us from PA HQ guidance for this topic was that Tetradic colour schemes can work well when you choose one of the four colours to be dominant, and the other three as contrast and accent colours. This prevents your project from appearing too busy or unbalanced. I therefore chose a prevalent colour for each of my prints, and off I went! I will not share the details of each of my prints as there are quite a few of them and each one is different but will give you a general idea of my process.

I had one big concern of course:
 while brayering the colors onto the plate I risked mixing them and creating even more colors. As the slim rectangle tetrad contains 2 groups of complementary colours, the potential for mud was high! Did you know that 2 complementary colours mixed into each other will make brown? So I was  careful to let the colours dry completely on the plate before adding the next one.

I do like to build layers on the plate. Starting with my darkest colour, I put green #9 from my tetrad, just around the edges, in a very thin layer. Using France Papillon stamps, for example, the letters from stamp set 28 (FP028) here, I stamped into this layer with the clean rubber to pick up the colour and stamp it off elsewhere on the plate. After carefully leaving this color to dry, I then repeated this process with the blue, color #10 of the wheel. Adding the red-orange (#4), and orange (#3) the same way will create 4 layers. I chose to keep them really thin.  Remember that all my paints are translucent so all the details of each layer can be seen.

tip: As you can see I used two gel plates at once. That way I can brayer off all excess paint onto the second one, saving a lot of paint and creating two gorgeous prints at the same time! After all these layers are built on the plate and dry, I pulled the print with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - 
Snowflake, for a unique and beautiful result each time.

For other prints, Paper Artsy Stencil by France Papillon (
PS347) gave me some extra patterns options on the gel plate. I love the row of leaves along the side!

On some of the prints I only used two of the color mixes, eg. green and blue. You can some examples of my tracks in the prints: repeated elements and patterns from the stamps and stencil, deliberate texture and accidental mark making (there was a hair on one of the plates and the mark ended up on the print of course!).

I also brayered the green and blue onto the plate alone to create an 'ink pad' to stamp the birds with onto white cardstock. These images will be easy to use in the project as they coordinate, or can be saved as collage elements for future fun.

This picture contains only 6 of the 30 gel prints I made. It was a difficult to choose ONLY one of these prints for the actual project. In the end I chose a grungy red/orange one that only had a tiny bit of the green/blue in it. It's hard to believe but it was my first pull of one of the 2 gelatine plates! Apparently the rest of the session was just for fun.

I decided to make a pair of booklet covers so I tore the print in half and then to size. Here is my final choice, among its fellow prints.

To contrast, I painted the cover blanks with green #9. I also added a piece of cotton below the print to separate it from the background and make it pop.

Now that my base is ready, it is time to decorate it, with a few changes in direction along the way.

For one, I was convinced I was going to use this bluish print for the project. In the end, I chose another one but it still is my favourite print in this session.

I also planned to use the birds stamped in blue and green Fresco-mixed-colors as focal elements. However these proved tricky to fussy cut and I could not eliminate the white border as much as I wanted. I decided to stamp them directly onto the background.

To make this easy, out comes the stamping platform! I started by stamping the branch from France Papillon (FP029) image with a black ink, painted with a white acrylic, stamped again once the paint had dried and heat embossed it in clear. I then followed the same steps for the bird from France Papillon (FP030). I was careful to mask the branch to make the bird 'sit' on it properly.

There you go! A crispy and light birdie on a branch! 

Do you see the word 'fodder'? These are stamped with a black ink and heat embossed alphabets from France Papillon stamp set 28 (FP028)! 

As the paints I chose initially are all translucent, I could then come back with my mixes to add some colour depth to the focal images to make them pop off the background.

White acrylic pen touches also add depth and interest! I added some more fussy cut alphabet letters (from Ink and the Dog: Words plate 3 - W3) to create the word 'collage'. White splatters? yes please! Orange splatters: also yes! Best way to animate a background!

Finally, I only had to re-assemble the booklet and close the metal spiral, all done! 
I LOVE the front! The torn edges of the cotton and papers add to the feel of the project.

The booklet is not actually filled with paper pages but with plastic pouches. I found a pack of 30 in a thrift store for an euro, quite a bargain! I can therefore fill the book with some collage fodder to be used in future projects.

A close up of the words and bird on the front cover.

The back cover is full of tracks: a hair left a white line on the print in the left lower corner, such a happy accident!

Did you notice? I changed the quote from France Papillon stamp set 30 (FP030) to read "winter is for ARTing" as a sentiment on the back cover. I used a piece from a PaperArtsy correspondence card: the word art is all over the place :)

Enjoy some more pictures.


I loved making this collage fodder book. To be truthful, I would never have tried mixing these three colors by myself and I am glad I signed up for this topic as I learned a lot! I was particularly happy with the very deep green it created.... a moody green I will call it.

Would I change any of the process? I don't think so. When come the time to write the looong post I always think I should've  limited my steps, lol. But it is difficult to achieve for me... I hope you don't mind

Create and relax with making art, or read a book in winter, as France suggests...!