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Bloom Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

Last week the Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Design Team was challenged to use a combination of Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps products that were sent to us, it really caused me to put my thinking cap on, but here's what I came up with...a mini art journal to inspire me to bloom.

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Here's how I created the pages.

For the first page I covered the chipboard piece with gesso and then layered on Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107.  For the flower embellishment I took the chipboard piece and used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection to create a pattern. Once that was dry I placed the stencil back on and traced the pattern with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156 and then mounted it on top of a foil cupcake liner that I had smashed flat. 

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That button on top was colored with the PITT® Artist Pen Cobalt Green #156.

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For the backside of that page I mounted layered cupcake liners and topped it with a clear button that I had colored as well. 
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This next page was a clear acrylic one that I again used the silver Texture Luxe and a stencil from the 101 collection . I did the same pattern on both sides of the page being careful to line up the pattern as best I could. Once it was dry I marked and smudged the edges of the pattern with a PITT® Artist Pen.
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For this chipboard page I used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil from Clear Scraps and traced over it with the Stamper's Big White Pen and then shadowed it with the PITT® Artist Pen. I also used the copper and pearl Texture Luxe with the stencil to create that flower. Once everything was dry I rubbed a Banana Gelato® around the background.

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For the backside of that page I started off by gessoing it and then used both the small and the large dot dabber with the Snow Cone Gelato® to create circles all over the page. I outlined the larger ones using a Black #199 PITT® Artist Pen. I again used the 3 x 12 Bloom where you are Planted stencil and Banana Gelato® to create the flowers and then used the Black #199 Stamper's Big Brush Pen along with letter stamps to add on the quote to this page and also the following ones.
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This next page is another clear one that I mounted a square of sticky backed canvas onto. On the canvas I laid down some gesso and then used a stencil from the Scandinavian collection and the Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also scribbled a bit of them onto my craft mat and added a drop of water to it so I could brush it on around the design. I then used the Texture Gems Ice Liner to quickly trace around parts of the design and then I sprinkled on some glitter to give it some sparkle. 
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The backside of the page also has gesso'd canvas mounted to it and I used a wash of the Banana Gelato® to color the background. While that dried I mixed together the Blueberry Gelato® and Whipped Spackle and applied it over a stencil also from the Scandinavian collection. Once that dried I added some doodles to it with a PITT® Artist Pen. For the Leaves and flag I just rubbed the Lime and Bubble Gum Gelatos® onto white cardstock and then cut them out in the shapes I needed. I also made a wash with the Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and dipped some cotton lace into it to dye it blue.
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For the last page I added some gesso and then used a Texture Card to make marks in it. Once it was dry I made a color wash with Cobalt Green#156 Stamper's Big Brush pen and water and applied it to the background. On a piece of white cardstock I bushed on a wash of Stamper's Big Brush pens in Dark Chrome Yellow #109 and Cadmium Yellow #107. I also stamped on a stamp from the Gelatos® 33 piece set using the same colors. Again I created leaves by rubbing Lime Gelato® onto the paper and then cutting it out in the shape I needed and then added the veins with a May Green #170 Stamper's Big Brush. I then added a dot of the pearl Texture Liner to each of the flowers.
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I hope this inspires you to use a variety of mixed media products on your art journal pages and also, of course, to bloom! To see the other Design Team member's project check out the Design Memory Crafts blog.


Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell and Clear Scraps to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

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