Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day weekend

I hope everybody enjoyed the holiday and took some time to remember the active duty, and vets.

We had a bbq with my family and managed to squeeze it in before the rain started!  It seems to rain on Memorial Day every year.

Here is a pic of the little swan who was born at my parents' place about a week ago.




This is mom and baby!  They looked like they were posing for the pic!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Copic Markers

The ink I like to use when using Copic Markers is Tsukinecko Memento Tuxedo Black.  It doesn't bleed when using the alcohol inks, even Spectrum Noir's and Close To My Heart's versions of alcohol markers.

I like to use a heavier card stock.  There is a heavy card stock at JoAnn's that works well.  You just have to watch that you buy the heavy card stock package not the regular.

There is always the mystery of the coloring number system on the markers.  For Copic Markers the letter at the beginning of the color numbering system represents the color family.  For example, YG - yellow/green, R - red, B - blue etc.

The first digit is the color tone or brightness/dullness - color saturation.  Color's that are 00's, 10's or 20's will be more vibrant, while colors that are the 70's, 80's or 90's have more gray added and are closer to the neutral/earthy end of the color spectrum.

The last digit refers to the lightness/darkness within the color family.  Numbers ending in 0 are the lightest and 9 is the darkest.

Colorless blenders work wonderfully to remove some of the color.

I have tried the Spectrum Noir markers and would like to try the Close To My Heart markers next.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A little more on Color

There are pure colors/hues which are red, yellow, green and blue. Using them you can do a lot!

There are Tints - These are formed by mixing a pure colors with white.  For example:  pink, lavender and peach are colors you get pure colors.

There are Shades - These are formed by mixing pure colors with black.  For example:  brown, maroon and olive

Tones are formed by mixing pure colors with white and black.  For example: tan, beige and taupe

Values are the lightness or darkness.  Pink is a high value and maroon is a low value.

Chroma is the intensity or saturation.  Orange is a strong chroma and tan is a weak chroma.

Achromatic Colors are neutrals, such as white, gray and black.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Color and Mood

Warm Colors convey a feeling of warmth and comfort.  Those colors are red, yellow and orange.

Red - Considered the most emotionally intense color on the spectrum and has been found to trigger faster heart rates.

Yellow - An attention-getting color; it's thought of as an energetic color but can be difficult for the human eye to take in at great quantities.  It's generally most effective used as an accent color.  (Yellow school bus to draw attention to it.)

Orange - Created from a combination of red and yellow.  Orange has the high energy of red without being as intense while having the added cheeriness of yellow.


Color Colors include blue, green and purple.

Blue - One of the most popular colors; it's thought of as calming, peaceful.  (The blue sky, deep blue sea)

Green  - Also extremely popular and is easy on the eye.  It has the same calming effect as blue.  Think of greens found in nature, forests.

Purple - A rich mixture of red and blue that is associated with nobility and authority.  It's often known for it's cool demeanor.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Color

An understanding of how colors work together benefits any scrapbooker.  I sometimes forget the background of color theory and need to look at it again.  So I compiled some of my notes together.

There are 3 color groups.Primary, secondary and intermediate or tertiary colors.

Primary colors are true colors that form the basis of all other colors, either mixed with one another or with the addition of white or black.  They cannot be created by mixing any other colors.  The Primary Colors are:  red, yellow and blue.

Secondary colors result from mixing two primary colors together.  For example, blue + yellow = green.  Red + blue = violet.  Yellow + red = orange.  Green, violet and orange are the secondary colors.

Intermediate or tertiary colors are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color next to it on the color wheel.  They are yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange and yellow-orange.

Color theory is a set of rules that can help you identify color schemes on the color wheel to create the most harmonious results for your layouts.

Monochromatic Color Schemes consists of using variations of a single color and its values (tints or shades)  A monochromatic color scheme is easiest to put together and visually pleases the eye.

Analogous Color Schemes are made up of two to five colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel.  The analogous color scheme appeals to the eye and comes together easily also.

Complementary Color Schemes use colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel such as red and green or yellow and violet.  Complementary color schemes use all three primary colors to some degree.  Complementary color schemes are most effective when one color is emphasized and a small amount of its complement are used as an accent.  Complementary colors make each other appear brighter, making the basis for a dynamic scheme.

Split-Complementary Color Schemes consist of a single color and the colors on either side of its complement.  This color scheme offers more color options while retaining strong visual contrast.

Triadic Color Schemes contain three colors equally spaced around the color wheel.  For example, red, yellow and blue. Triadic schemes provide visual contrast and harmony.

Play with your color wheel and see what combinations are most pleasant to you and go with the colors of your photos you want to use in your next layout.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Art Journaling...some additional tips and tricks

Here's a few more tips and tricks for art journaling.

Begin with making something small to help keep you from feeling overwhelmed by trying to fill a page.  Such as ATC, 3 x 3 or 4 x 4.

Try using just one word on the page and using colors or embellishments to enhance that word.  Don't feel like you always have to fill the page with lots of journaling.

When using oil pastels, put a layer of clear gloss or matte spray over the top to keep it from being rubbed off or rubbed onto the opposite page.

A quick swipe of Distress Ink around the edge of an image before adhering it to the page will get rid of the white edge and your image will be better blended with the page.

Keep a packet of baby wipes nearby.  They are great for wiping up those messy drops of paint or mist.

Add pockets to journal pages.  You can tuck a message into a pocket that you might not want others to see or that you may not want to have to see every time you look at that page.  Pockets can be made of old envelopes, folded paper or sewn fabric, just to name a few.

Sticking a page from a vintage book or a page of sheet music onto a blank page is a great way to get started.  A bit of text or music showing through your art adds depth to the page.

Thoughts and observations tend to happen when you least expect them.  Keep a tiny notebook in your purse and by your bed so you can jot them down in case you should forget them before you have a chance to journal.

There comes a moment when I want to give up and tear the page out.  If you reach that point,  leave it and walk away.  Come back to it the next day with fresh eyes and you will see it differently.

Be honest.  Write down exactly what you feel in the moment.

Let go of all fear.  Play with new techniques and new colors.  The freedom you will experience is amazing!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Inks

Inks...I never knew what each type did or could do.  There are two components of ink - the colorant and carrier.  Or dyes and pigments basically.

Dye inks soak in, dry fast, fade in sun light and are translucent.

Pigment inks coat the surface, dry slower, and are opaque.  They also resist fading.

Carriers can be water, solvent or alcohol based.  Water based inks won't dry on nonporous surfaces.  You can blend them with a blender pen or paint brush, they are washable and work well on paper.

Solvents do not blend with water, are permanent, and do not run if water is applied.

Alcohol bases will run if spritzed with alcohol, and each layer of color is retained.  (Use pigment ink to stamp an image and color it in with alcohol based markers.)  Alcohol markers blend well, dry quick and changes the color of ribbons and wood well.  Use the lite color first.  Do not color with alcohol markers directly on your stamps.

StazOn Ink dries quickly on nonporous surfaces and is not as crisp on paper.  It is also not recommended for fabric.

Versamark Ink is pigment based, dries clear so it is excellent for water marks and it dries slowly making it great for heat embossing.

Archival Inks are permanent, water and fade resistant making them great for scrapbooking, they have a felt pad, they make sharp impressions and work well on porous surfaces.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Art Journaling

Art Journaling has become one of the newest and hottest ways to express yourself.  There are so many ways of going about it.  You can take a plain notebook and change it into anything you want by using scrapbook papers, paints, inks, stamps, etc.  You can do anything you want!  They can be about just the everyday things that make you smile or a special event.  They can be big, 8 x 11, or just something small that fits in your purse or pocket.  All you need is a favorite pen or marker and your off and ready to go!!!   I have been working on a 'Crush' book which is similar to a Smash book, but alittle cheaper.   I want to try 'Picture My Life' next; it looks super easy and fast to do.  Both are Close to My Heart products and you can see more of them at my website  www.stampindot.ctmh.com

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Journaling

Sometimes journaling sounds overwhelming!  I think it is an important part of scrapbooking because it tells others who the people in the pictures are.  Plus, it reminds me years down the road when I don't always remember people's names, even though at the time I didn't think I would forget them.  You can express so much thru journaling, such as the people involved, what the event was, when it was, where is was, why you were there or how the event went.  I think that the questions why, what, when, where, and how are important questions to answer when journaling.  This way nothing is lost over time.  These are stories that enrich and deepen the meaning of the photos.

"The faintest pen is stronger than the fondest memory."

How true that is!

Journaling can include quotes of family members there that day, silly kids sayings that they come up with, 'he said/she said' journaling, interviews with different people who were there, favorite moments, etc.

Basically, scrapbookers are storytellers!  So express yourself and have fun!!!