Monday, February 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly #21 - Glitter

It's time for a new challenge over at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #21 - Glitter. This month our theme is Glitter!! Our sponsor this month is the awesome online crafty retailer Frantic Stamper. They're offering a $25 gift certificate to our lucky random winner!! If you aren't familiar with Frantic Stamper you should check them out. They have a HUGE selection of papercrafting and mixed media supplies.

And, our entire Design Team was given some brand new colors of PaperArtsy Fresco paints by Leandra, the owner of Paperartsy, to use on our projects. We were so excited. Frantic Stamper is one of the few online retailers in the US/Canada who carry PaperArtsy products. Not familiar with PaperArtsy?? I first learned of PaperArtsy on my last trip to London when I went to Blade Rubber Stamps. I purchased some PaperArtsy JOFY rubber stamps and I was hooked! I was so happy to find their stamps and paints at Frantic Stamper. Frantic Stamper has a such a huge inventory and really fast shipping. I know because I shop there several times a year.
And now to my project. I decided to decorate my large Dylusions Art Journal.  I started out with using all my new PaperArtsy Fresco paints. These are the paints I received!! I already had several of these Fresco Paints. They are chalk paints, they dry really quickly and I love to use them!!

I put a coat of Faber Castell Gesso over my art journal that had a spray of Bubblegum Pink 
Dylusions ink spray on it so the Gesso made it the pink spread out. 

Then, I put a small amount of each paint on a piece of Cut-N-Dry foam and 
rubbed them randomly all over the cover to make a background. 

Next, I cut out a large heart from copy paper and put in on my art journal cover and 
traced it with a pencil. Then I used different colors of Archival Inks and several 
of my PaperArtsy stamp sets to stamp different shapes on the background.

Then I painted brush strokes out from the heart with Caribbean Sea paint and then on top 
of that with the brand new color Baltic Blue. When I finished I outlined 
the heart with the Caribbean Blue to add some definition.

I wasn't sure what to do next. I thought about some letters I had and decided the word ART would fit in the space. I painted the letters with the new color of Bubblegum Pink Fresco Paint and doodled around the edges of the heart and the letters with my Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen. Then I covered them with Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. I just painted them while they were on the craft sheet. It's kind of hard to see how glittery the letters are in the photo, but they are really glittery!

Here is the final art journal cover. Hope you are inspired to make a fun glittery project. 
And, be sure to check out Frantic Stamper. All the new PaperArtsy products 
are there now and available to ship immediately!!


  1. Such a beautiful cover for your journal!! And hearts are something I use often too:)

  2. Beautiful work of art Donna! So fun and creative!

  3. Gorgeous cover. I love the background paint work, and the penwork sets it off beautifully.

  4. I love to play with brayer and many drops of different colour paints .. I enjoyed the background the most .. A very beautiful Journal cover :)

  5. It's gorgeous! I need to start playing with a brayer in my inky/painty journal! I also need to get some of the Fresco's paints those colours are just yummy. Thank you for the fabulous inspirations each month @ TMMC Karen x

  6. Fabulous cover & love the glittery ART :)

  7. Loving the "glittery" ART journal cover, just perfect!


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