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Creative Squad: My Creative Playlist – Emilie Murphy

Hello from my Creative Squad! Today we have Emilie Murphy sharing a nifty art journal page with a list of her favorite mixed media supplies. She is using my Mini Motifs foam stamp and my Exchange Place stencil and our theme: My Creative Playlist – Your favorite mixed media supplies are like your favorite songs: they lift you up, inspire you and just feel good to groove to. What are your favorite supplies? Use them in a project – YOUR Creative Playlist that always gets you going.


Hi there! Today I’m presenting you my take of the theme of the month that is “My Creative Playlist”. I chose to make an art journal page listing some of my favorite art supplies. It was tons of fun making it. Let me guide you how I made it!

To start my project, I used my Gelli plate and a sheet of 8.5×11 white cardstock to make the background. I first applied only a layer of yellow paint and pulled the print.

Next, I chose three colors and applied the paints in strips using my brayer. I stamped on it using the Mini Motifs foam stamps, one at the time, in line. My intention here was to remove some paint to be able to see the previous yellow layer, so that I rubbed my foam stamp on scrap paper after each stamping.

Next I pulled a print.

To add a little more texture and interest to my background, I used Nathalie’s Exchange Place stencil. This time, I applied a partial layer of paint, laid down my stencil and pulled the print.

And Voila! Isn’t awesome? That’s why, I think, it is so fun to play with a Gelli plate. At that point, I was satisfied how my background looked like.

Next, I gave to my background some highlights getting over the different patterns with black and white pens.

Then I created a border around the edges. I cut a mask and secured it with removable tape to prevent from moving.

I applied black paint and let it dry. Then, I applied some white paint on the foam stamp with a sponge and stamped repetitively on top of my black layer.

I removed the mask and doodled a little more adding some marks, lines and splatters using some Posca pens.

I created some labels with a page of old book coated with a thin layer of white paint. I let my page dry completely before writing down my favorite supplies with a permanent black pen to avoid the ink to smear.

After I cut and glued down all my labels with a glue stick, I gave them a dimensional effect drawing around, only on the left and bottom edges, with a black Stabilo pencil. I stayed closed to the edges and wiped my brush off from time to time when I applied the water on the black Stabilo to avoid spreading it too much. I added a little tint around the others edges of the labels in order to make them embed in the background.

To finish off my page, I added some music keys with black and white Posca pens.

Voila! I really love to the way it my page turned out and the fact I can still see the mini motifs and the beautiful pattern of Nathalie’s “Exchange Place” stencil on the background.

Hope you enjoyed my February project and it gets you inspired to make your own creative playlist. Have some fun playing with your favorites art supplies!

Have a good rest of the week and see you next month!


Thank you Emilie! I love this idea for an art journal page!

Give it a try: you can find all my Foam Stamps and Stencils in my Online Shop and here are some of the supplies Maura used:

Don’t forget to check out Nat’s Creative Squad on Instagram too: Each week we post projects, ideas, and inspiration for mixed media art.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    So many wonderful layers!

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  • Pat

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    Great lesson! Love it!

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Henrietta Maria Art Journal Page from Riikka Kovasin – Guest Post

Excited to share another gorgeous Guest Post from Creative JumpStart 2021 teacher Riikka Kovasin! Today she shares a stunning art journal page using my Grove Street and Fairview Fan foam stamps.

Enjoy Riikka’s artistry!


Hi there! It’s Riikka here with my third and final guest project! I hope you have enjoyed them so far. They are all quite different, but that’s just to show that Nathalie’s stamps go so well to different projects and styles!

As my final piece I made an art journal page. I really love how versatile the “Grove Street” stamps are. In the card they reminded me of a sun with the rays of light, in the earrings they made me think about Nordic patterns and Marimekko and here I turned them into a crown and neck ruffle! All with the same stamp set!

I recorded a little video this time, too:

https://youtu.be/_RYaQx9HaMA

I started the page by making some patterned paper of my own. The stamps make it easy as you can combine them in various ways. I created one bigger pattern and another smaller one. The bigger one then became the background for the page whereas the smaller one ended up being a piece for the dress. I used the Grove Street foam stamps and the Fairview Fan foam stamps.

The character I made for the journal has a head from an actual painting. The painting is by Anthony van Dyck and it’s of Queen Henrietta Maria, done in the 17thcentury, 1638. I printed the head a couple of times as I wasn’t sure about the size but went with the middle size one.

The part that’s not visible in the video is the collaging or adhering. After I have the background painted and the elements embossed and printed, I collaged them all together using an acrylic gel or a glaze of sorts called Izink ICE. This way I could make the background older looking by using a tea-colored glaze there and make the blue dress even more vibrant using blue gel. I’ve added a link to a series I made as a Seth Apter Creative Team member about ICE to the description box of the video, so you can see more, if you wish.

Thank you for this chance, Nathalie! I hope you have enjoyed these projects and thank you for stopping by today!

All the best, Xoxo Riikka


Thank you Riikka -absolutely love how you used the foam stamps for that collar and dress! Henrietta has some serious style :)

Want to give it a try? You can find all my Foam Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies Riikka used:

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  • gbp2019

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    Riikka lovely video and gorgeous results

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  • Wendy

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    Beautiful! Love the rich palette and how much the white really pops. Nathalie’s stamps work so well, especially for the ruff! Just gorgeous. Thx for doing this guest tutorial.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love it! The words are an especially nice message.

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Be the Light – Art Journal

When day comes we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

-Amanda Gorman

I was so inspired by Amanda Gorman’s poem from the presidential inauguration, and particularly the final lines.

For my background I used my Fairview Fan foam stamp and also the Fairview rubber stamp from my Fan-tastic Small set. I added little dots under some stamps to make them look like exclamation marks – words fly…

I sketched Amanda on Dur-a-lar matte with acrylic ink and paint markers.

Are we ready to be the light? I think so!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Connection – Art Journal

Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.

I used black acrylic paint with a brayer to ink up my Love Story and Mini Motifs foam stamps. Then I colored them in with watersoluble wax crayons.

I like the stained glass effect when you use black for the stamps and then fill in with colors. I added some highlights with a Pitt pen in white. 

I used a fude pen for my journaling.

 What kinds of connections are you making these days? It’s definitely more challenging but so rewarding.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Stability – Art Journal

“Stability is sometimes just the bodega in your neighborhood” . I played around in my art journal for a painting of this building on canvas. 

I built up my background with my Manhattan stencil and acrylic spray paint. I also used my Gnarly and Far Out foam stamps along with ink and acrylic paint.

I also used various acrylic markers for my sketch and journaling.

Does your hood have a bodega or corner store that has all those little things you need?

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Make People Love Again – Art Journal

Make people LOVE again!  Let’s start right now :)

I created big brush strokes and used a palette knife with white gesso, black gesso and pink acrylic paint. Then I stamped my Love Story foam stamp on some left over collage paper and cut it out and pasted it.

I added my Love Stamp

…and my Love Tag rubber stamp for the journaling.

I colored in the stamping a bit, and added drops with teal to pull that color a bit further across.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Is It Over Yet – Art Journal

Is it over yet? Hanging on a thread…  I created this art journal page at the end of December.

I began with a background that was from cleaning off different colors. I used black spray paint over my Chicago stencil first, then layered up my Santiago stencil and sprayed with white. My Mini Motifs rubber stamps fit perfectly in the stencil design (smile!).

And I added one last detail to my pattern with one of my Fan-Fare rubber stamps.

I added a bit of coordinating collage paper and my journaling with a white Signo pen. Hang in there everyone!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Told You So – Art Journal

“Told you so” Sincerely, Your Intuition

Sometimes you gotta listen to your gut :)

Grabbed this art journal which I hadn’t used in a while and found this page which had a transfer which wasn’t that great (the initial photo didn’t have enough contrast). It seemed like i had given up on that one, so I figured it was time to take care of it again.

I used acrylic paint in teal and lime green as well as gold gesso by Daniel Smith to color in the background, then layered my Art Nouveau stencil on top and used a baby wipe to take away some areas.

I used Honsell soft pastels into the still wet acrylic paint for some scratching and color, and also used a soft pencil to add some obscured writing. I let it dry and then painted it with clear gesso to add tooth but also to seal the pastels that did not dry into the wet acrylic paints.

I then used Derwent art bars and Neo Colors II to paint over the face – using a water brush to blend the wax bars but also leave some dry wax marks for texture.

Lastly I added some stamping with my new Mini Motifs foam stamps and acrylic paint and journaled with a posca marker and white signo pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Art Journal Flip Through – November 2020

I wanted to share a little Flip Through video of my newly finished art journal. 

I keep about 4-5 journals at the same time so they are always filled with an eclectic mix. This one highlights some pages that later became sketches for original paintings. You may also spot pages that are from some of my Online Workshops.

Do you keep several art journals at once or do you work through one at a time?

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  • Rita

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    That was wonderful Nathalie. Thank you so much for sharing. I watched it several times too. Loved that you explored different perspectives. Each page is unique.Explored your art work and was super impressed.
    Rita

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  • Linda Faber

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    Wow, this is gorgeous! The flip was a little too fast for me though. Had to watch it several times, but fun!
    Loved seeing the Klimt pages again too.
    Linda

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