4.03.2017

Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
After a long hiatus, I'm back with a super fun and happy art journal tutorial for you! This page comes together really quick and really plays with using lots of mediums to create texture.

Now, this tutorial is for everyone and anyone. You can follow the steps and replicate this page completely, or you can take just parts of it to incorporate into your own work. I love sharing how-to's for people who don't know where to start, aren't sure of their skills, or just need some direction. However, I love it even more when people interpret an idea and make it their own. So this tutorial is for all art journalers - take the parts you want, and leave what you don't!


SUPPLIES:


Paints
Stencils
  • Paintbrushes
  • Makeup sponges
  • Textured craft foam (bubble wrap would also work!)
  • Palette knife
  • Newspaper scraps
  • Baby wipes

Let's get started!Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step One: Using either a brush or your fingers, blend the paints together to create a background. Let it dry completely.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Two: Using the handcut stencil and makeup sponge, stencil on some shapes with white paint. Let it dry.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Three: Using the same stencil, offset the stencil by 1/2" to the side, then stencil over top with yellow. This creates a bump image, as you can see on the right! Super cool, hey?
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Three: Using the scribble stencil, stencil small areas to create more texture on the page.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Four: Using the Deco Arts Black Modeling Paste and the Split Angles stencil, push the modeling paste through the stencil with a palette knife. Go slow and ensure that the stencil stays put so there's minimal smearing. Let dry completely.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Five: Apply some gold paint with your fingers, then use a baby wipe to smear/wipe the paint away. Apply some white & yellow paint to the modeling paste areas with a makeup sponge to bring out the texture.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Six: Use the Matte Medium to apply a newspaper scrap in an "empty" spot on the page. Make sure to coat the back and the entire front of the paper to seal it. Let it dry completely.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Seven: Paint a circle with the fluorescent pink ontop of the newspaper. While the paint is still wet, press the textured craft foam or bubble wrap into it. Lift the foam and press it elsewhere on the page to stamp the removed paint. 
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Eight: Use the china markers to create a flower out of the pink circle.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Nine: Using the Aztec stencil and the Tombow Fudenosuke Pen, trace shapes on the page . I added some triangles and diamonds in various places across the page.
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + HazelBright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Ten: Use the paint pens to continue adding detail across your page. I added lines, dots, and shapes across the page. Trust your instinct and add as much or as little as you want!
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
Step Eleven: Use a pen to add a quote or journaling to the flower, then go around with the yellow Gelly Roll pen to add highlights. 
Bright Spring Art Journal Tutorial with DecoArt - Fox + Hazel
And we're finished! How fun was that? I love all the layered textures in this page, and the happy colors make me excited that spring is finally upon us. 

In fact, I loved the textures so much, I turned this page into a desktop wallpaper. Yup! You can download it below!
Bright Spring Mixed Media Free Tech Wallpaper - Fox + Hazel

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3.30.2017

Now that March is nearly done, it means Easter isn't too far off. Like all the other holidays (except Christmas!) I'm not much of a home decorator. The easiest way I "decorate" for a holiday is swapping out prints in my frames for some holiday themed ones. I've rounded up 25 modern Easter printables for you to fill your picture frames with. I'm a big fan of incorporating holiday decor that doesn't detract too much from your every day home decor. These prints will be a welcome and festive addition to your already killer home decor (cause I know you got a kick ass house!)
25 Modern Easter Printables - Fox + Hazel
25 Modern Easter Printables - Fox + Hazel
25 Modern Easter Printables - Fox + Hazel
25 Modern Easter Printables - Fox + Hazel

Do you decorate for every holiday? While I don't decorate, I do try to do some fun holiday themed activities with my girls! This year I think they're old enough to finally try dying some eggs. Or maybe just painting with watercolors ;)



3.27.2017

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

As promised, I've got the second half of my review of Creativebug's Bootcamp class!

You can read my review of the class HERE, and see some of the pages in my sketchbook from it. This class is taught by Lisa Congdon and there are 6 parts to it. The very last chapter is a fun bit on making an accordion journal. I've made accordion journals in the past and LOVE making them. Lisa demonstrated how to make one using a technique new to me, and it was really easy to do.

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

I wanted to share this journal in it's entirety as I loved creating a cohesive spread that covered one entire side of the journal. True to my sense of restlessness, I tried pushing myself to create in a new style. Typically I'm all about those layers and bright colors and loud pages. After taking Lisa's class it really made me want to scale back and try a more minimalist and basic approach to my art journals.

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

The reverse side I allowed myself to get a bit crazier, and tried to fill up with as much pattern and lines as possible!

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

Creative Bootcamp Review - Fox + Hazel

If you want to know more about the class, you can read all about it on Creativebug and take it yourself! I'd love to see what you make if you take it. Tag me on Instagram so I can cheer you on!

You can see and purchase some of the supplies I used in this journal below. They're all easy to get and easy to use!

3.22.2017


It's the week of free goodies and it just keeps going! I have been obsessed with the latest design bundle from Design Cuts - like I can't stop making things with all the textures and patterns in it! In the bundle there are the dreamiest agate textures and marble overlays. Once I opened them up I knew immediately that I wanted to make some prints with them.


These free minimalist geometric prints are my ode to my inner minimalist, since I love clean design but can't bring myself to actually reflect that in my house. I just love everything loud and bright too much! So I make clean designs like this to satisfy the minimal design that I love.




Download your Minimalist Geometric Prints HERE

To get the Ultimate Library of Textures, Patterns and Backgrounds for yourself, head HERE to download and play around with all the killer resources!


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