Friday, 29 April 2016

Art Journaling with Yupo, Alcohol Ink, Washi Tape and Distress Crayons

Tim Holtz' new "Sideshow" stamp set was one of those I just knew I had to have when I first saw it! And often I find it quite hard to work with stamps that already have a kind of "finished collage" or -drawing" look - but I found that they are perfect for using them with alcohol ink backgrounds created on Yupo! So I created this journal spread today:

I have recently started experimenting with alcohol ink on Yupo (over HERE) and came up with this background that I gave a finish by rubbing over it with a soft cloth (applying pressure) - which kind of smudges the ink stains and creates this softer effect:

I originally thought of painting over this one and doing a flower themed Yupo painting (as some of the shapes look like blossoms) - but as you can see: I changed my mind.

So I stamped on the images using black archival stamping ink, cut them out and glued them to my journal pages. Then I smudged some black soot Distress Crayon around the edges and added some rubber stamping.

To make the chit chat stickers more visible I used a soft brush that I loaded with water to lighten the outer edges and to soften any edges from alcohol ink stains.

I added bits of washi tape here and there.

Then I did some stencilling using Distess Crayons (using my fingertips to "rub" them through the stencil onto the page) and added some spritzes of Distress Spray Paint.

For a finish I drew a thin border around my pages using a permanent marker.

Some details:

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs and happy crafting,


  1. Sogar mit Winkelberechnung ;-), die Stempel passen hervorragend in deine Geschichte, die diese Seite erzählt und deshalb freut es mich ganz besonders, daß sie so hell und freundlich ist, wunderschön geworden!! LG Kerstin xx

  2. Such a cool and amazing layout! Awesome work!

  3. I love these pages. So many little details.

  4. Love the colours and techniques Claudia, great pages.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  5. Exciting journal pages you have made, I just purchased YUPO paper and are very excited about what the outcome will be. I can see that you have been entertained with the paper and it's really good that you show here. Hugs

  6. Love your pages! I really like how you have the yupo pages integrated into your background. Awesome! Hugs, Maura

  7. Looks like you are having fun with the yupo. Love the colors and all the fantabulous details. Awesome sauce layout and design. Hugz to you muffin!~Niki

  8. Just found these. WOW! Stunning!


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