Friday, April 19, 2019

Art Journal ~ Leafy Sea-Dragon Mermaid

Det er ganske lenge siden jeg lagde en 'art journal page' i boka mi, og da jeg så denne nydelige havfruen tenkte jeg at det måtte bare bli et mixed media prosjekt heller enn et kort.. Ville jo beholde henne selv! ♥

Havfrue-siden er mitt er DT bidrag hos Creative Fingers #162., og motivet er fra vår nye flotte sponsor MeadowHaven. Som alltid har vi et 'Lag-hva-du-vil' tema, og velkommen skal du være :)

a double Art Journal Page spread
my work process explained further down :)

Closeup of the Leafy Sea-Dragon Mermaid,
Oh my, that was a whole lot of details to watercolor!

It's been a while since I last made a page in my Art Journal book, so soon as I saw this beautiful leafy mermaid I knew I had to make one something mixed media with her.. and because I wanted to keep her for myself ♥ 

It's my DT creation for this fortnights challenge #162. at Creative Fingers, and the mermaid is a motif from our new & awesome sponsor MeadowHaven.
As always it is an 'Anything goes theme', and you are more than welcome to join with your creations :)

I enter my art journal page in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on](checked 23/5)
Bleeding Art ~ April: Add Stenciling! [May 15th.]
Crafty Creations #388. ~ Anything goes
[April 22nd.]
We Love to Create #4. ~ AG Creative Mixed Media
(entry#2.)[April 24th.]
Crafting with an attitude #50. ~ Anything goes (entry#2.)[April 28th.] 
Love to Craft LTCCB #33. ~ April: Anything Goes [April 30th.]
The Creative Crafters #15. ~ Anything goes [May 8th.]
Pile it on #153. ~ Lots of Layers! (entry#2.)[May 4th.]
EDIT: I was one of the Top picks at LTCCB! Thank you ♥

Scandinavian Challenges: [innen]
Scrap from your Heart #32. ~ Bruk dies! [April 28th.]

Now for the artsy ingredients!

I'm using an old second-hand illustrated fairytale book,
and I have saved some of the pages that has cool 
images for projects such as this one.
🐟 🧜‍♂️ 🐟 🧜‍♂️ 🐟
The story told here is an Arabian Nights ~ 1001 nights tale about a fisherman who befriends a mer-man. He is given a magical cream so he can breathe underwater, and he visits King Neptuns home and sees many marvellous things...

After I added gesso to the bookpages, I dry with a heat tool and start to color in the places I want to hide. When it's completely dry I add my papers. To avoid too much airbubbles I use super tacky tape on the backs and add matte medium glue to the edges. I add texture with Inka Gold through stencils, and then go nuts with ink sprays and dabbers ~ inside a huge cardboard box ofcourse.  
Mixed Media is superfun to do ~ but very messy ;)

The steampunk cogs have gotten several coats of Finnabairs Trio of Rust Texture pastes, and also touches of Inka Golds. And I used some black gesso to add shading around the elements on the pages. Here is a link to Finnabairs Art Files on the Rust Paste++, she explains it much better than I would do, theres videos too! :)


Stamps/Images: MeadowHaven digistamp 'Leafy Sea-Dragon Mermaid'. Stampers Anonymous ~ Tim Holtz rubberstampsets 'Mariner Blueprints' & 'Bitty Grunge'. Visible Image CS 'Stay Strong'.
Papers: I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed) for my motifs. DCWV 'Once Upon a time' Designerpapers. Vivi Gade Creotime Gold Glitter/Metallic speciality paper.
Embellishments: Panduro Hobby Washi tape.

Tools: My distress tools from Ranger Ink is always in use ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. Panduro Hobby scalpel and self healing mat.
Stencils/Embossingfolders: Maremis Small Art 'CELLS' mixed media art journaling stencil 6x6 ~ 13@rts.
Dies: Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Dies 'Gadget Gears' & 'Gadget Gears 2'. Marianne Design Craftables Punch Die 'Seashells & Starfish CR1363'.
Essentials/Adhesives: 3D foam/mosegummi. Sookwang High-Tack Double Sided tape from Sor-Pal. Aleenes clear tacky glue. Panduro Gold metallic marker. Permanent black marker. Liquitex Matte Gel Medium ~ glue. Finnabair Art Basics Mixed Media silicone brush.

Techniques/Mediums:  I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads to watercolor and distress motifs. Amsterdam Royal Talens Black Gesso. White Gesso. Several brands of spray inks ~ Distress Spray Stains, Tattered Angels Sprays, Tsukineko Walnut Spray Stain inks, as well as some Distress Stain dabbers. Viva Decor Inka Gold wax ~ Copper & Gold. Finnabairs Prima ART EXTRAVAGANCE 'Rust Texture pastes'(Brown, Red & Gold) from Prima Marketing inc.


  1. Oh my, such a piece of Mixed Media Art!!! Stunning AJ page, full of designs, textures and gorgeous colours!

  2. Gorgeous, love the colours and layout. Thanks for joining us this month at Bleeding Art. Look forward to seeing you again.
    Linda xxx
    Bleeding Art DT

  3. Stunning journal page and colours. Thank you for joining us at The Bleeding Art Challenge.

  4. Great idea and design. There is so much depth, texture and colour. Thank you for joining us at Love 2 Create challenges.

  5. Fabulous project! Thanks for joining us over at the We Love 2 Create Mixed Media challenge!!

  6. This mixed media journal page is just stunning - love the rich colors and the depth of the design. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  7. Such a gorgeous creation, love the image and design! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  8. Beautiful AJ page. Love the images and the colors, adorable! Thanks for sharing at LoveToCraft Challenge blog this month!
    Irena LTCCB DT

  9. Beautiful creation!Thanks for playing with us at The Creative Crafters:)Ines DT


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