Friday, 5 January 2018

Carving Out a New Path in My Art Journal.

Howdy Bloggers,
Lisa here with the 1st of Scrapping Clearly's 2018's Mixed Media updates.
Welcome to a fresh new year with fun new crafty arty goodness.
Lets start this year with some fun playful techniques, to enhance your art journal 
and scrappy pages and create unique one off pieces to play with.
Lets start 2018 by carving it up, dig into it and create your own mark.

If you haven't created your own unique stamps before,
definitely do yourself a favor, grab some rubber and
find some carving tools and enjoy the process. 




how easy is that ??

I have created my own stamps before (ages ago) but am always inspired by Lousie,
who has been creating for the FI FI Balzer 'Carve It Up Dec.' challenge.
So I decided to take a new path and carve my own stamps. 
It's a seriously fun art, especially if you just relax and forget perfect.

Here are a few I have created in a reasonably short period of time.
Nothing special, just playing with rubber and simple images.

Today's rubber carve session produced this below. 
The hand is my personal fave.

Now to incorporate these beauties into an Art Journal page.

I started with a Dylusions journal, using a brayer and 2 DWM Paints in Lapis and Sky, I covered the page and then rubbed off paint, through a Kinder Kreations brick stencil, using a wet wipe.
This adds detail and interest with out adding texture.

Next process, using black Stazon ink,
stamping randomly over the page with a few of the carved stamps.
I painted the leaves with Dylusions Crushed Grape and Bubblegum pink.
I detailed the eyes with a white out correction pen. 
I added hand written music sheet paper from a collection I obtained from a German woman,
who was a victim of the Hitler youth and would play for him as a child.

I added more stencilled brick work over the paper in DWM Ruby and Fuchsia
using a Dina stencil, then I softened the page by brayering a light coat of DWM gesso over the piece.
I also required a focal point, which is my being here.
A few coats of DWM gesso, a stabilo, DWM gilt paint, and my angsty form came to shape.

I wanted to show a little of the darkness of being in torment, and to add to the drama, so I added black DWM paint around the focal point figure.
Using the Letter It perfect pearls from Ranger, in combination with the
hand carved eye stamp, I subtly added more of the eye image.

I also embossed the hand carved hand stamp using the 
Rangerink Letter It embossing power in tinsel and drew around the image
with a white sharpie, which I also used to add journaling to the page.
Because it's an art Journal.

My Quote -

Do Not Fear
Be number One.
Hey babe, 
Don't let the haters or prying eyes get you down.
Shake it off,
you are N*1

Take that energy into the year ahead and carve it up people.
Everything is possible.

Thanks for coming over to see what's happening on the SC blog.
I'll be back next week with a Friday MM update.

Have a crafty arty weekend of fun.

Lisa xx


  1. Wow, love your stamps and your message. Great start to the New Year!!

  2. Always love your pages Lisa... I am inspired! <3

  3. What do you use to carve the stamps from?

    1. i just have a small set of carving tools, available for any quality craft store

  4. Amazing inspiration for 2018 love love it xxxx hugs