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DeeDee Catron - HOME AJ Page

Hi Folks! DeeDee here to join you for my third and final bit as a Guest Designer for Faber Castell Design Memory Craft. What a super honor to have been here! Thank you so much for joining me these past few months. 


Today I thought I'd share a technique heavy piece with an emphasis on using the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and a stencil to work up some magic in your art journal backgrounds. This art journal page is titaled HOME and to get started join me in this video about the background: 



After the watercolor has fully dried, I sprayed down the background with a fixative, so that I continue to work ontop of that layer without fear of smearing the pattern. Just a quick fixative to secure that top, spray it and let dry.

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The next step is to use the Gel Medium and various bits of pattern like Tissue Tape, old atlas pages and other things to collage a background. You can tell from the vieo that I'm working on a bit of a larger piece of paper, and that's because I know the right side will be my base for the page, and the left side will be used to create content of the page.


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Add some dimension to the page using metal tape. Create texture with found objects and then distress it using the Chalk Board Paint. This step adds a bit of grungy shiny-ness to the page where everything was a little dull before.


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Using the left side of the page I trimmed up some piece to build a house. I cut a tall rectangle for the base and a triange for the roof. You can see there ar still some very cool collaged scraps left over, they'll surely be making their way to my scrap bin. No trash for these treasures :) 


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I used a bit of black cardstock to give my house a little more OOMPH -- this way it's not lost in the background. I also used the Cold Grey III Stamper's Big Brush pen to gradient out from the edges of the house and give it a bit of a halo effect. This is really only accomplished on the smooth non pourous surface I created during the collage step. Very cool! I picked it up off some of the others who have designed for Faber Castell Design Memory Craft. From here it's a bit of layering and playing with other pieces. 

DeeDee Catron - HOME AJ Page

I added a chimney with a little bit of sparkle using UmWowStudio star confetti chipboard and my PITT ® Artist Pen in black. I also did a little doodling around the house with the pen. I stamped the WILDERNESS stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps!. The banner at the top is a piece of torn black cardstock, staples, and some alphas from 7 Dots Studio.


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I also altered a Chipboard Weathervane from UmWowStudio with the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso and the Glass Bead Glitter Gel. SO MUCH SPARKLEY goodness! That abotu completes it for my HOME art journal page:) Once again, thanks so much for joining me and I hope to see you around the web!! -DeeDee

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products:
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
PITT® Artist Pens
Stamper's Big Brush Pen
Textural Accents - Glass Bead Gel, Gesso, Chalkboard Paint, Gel Medium, Gelatos Tool Set

Other Products:
Viva Las VegaStamps! WILDERNESS Stamp
UmWowStudio Checkerboard Mask, Star Confetti, Weathervane
7 Dots Studio Alphas
Tim Holtz Tissue tape
Thread, adhesive, staples, black cardstock, atlas paper, watercolor paper



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Linsey R

What a super cool piece and several wonderful techniques that I will definitely have to try now!!! I just love everything, it's full of interesting texture and the perfect balance of grungy and girly. Fabulous creation as always Dee Dee and thanks so much for your superb inspiration!!

Heather McMahon

Fabulous Dee Dee!

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