Where have all the good pens gone?

Where have all the good pens gone?

Hello Folks,

Today I am back, and this time I am on a supply hunt. I am on the hunt for the perfect white pen to use in my art journals. Yes, the elusive mission of trying to find a good white pen that will work over medium and on dark journal pages. This post and hunt was prompted by a recent trip to Hobby Lobby in which I purchased some Gelly Roll pens, and some Ranger Letter It pens in the hopes of finding a good white art journaling pen. The funny part about that one that you see in my video is that I didn’t realize the “Letter It” pens were embossing pens. They were black with white caps, and my brain read “white pen.” So lesson learned. That just means though I’ll have to do a tutorial now comparing the Letter It embossing pens to the Versamark embossing pens. Oh darn!

In my testing and review I ended up comparing the Gelly Roll 08 by Sakura, The Dylusions Paint Pen in White linen and Two (2) white posca paint markers in a 3m and 5m size.  I tried all these pens on a Dylusions journal page that had been painted black, a piece of black cardstock, a black Dylusions art journal tag that I had used distressed oxides on and the black Dylusions’s journal.

You can see the results live in my video here: Hunting for the best white art journaling pen

Below are the photo results of the testing:

 

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker, Letter It pen then the Gelly Roll pen.

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker,and then the Gelly Roll pen.

On the tag the dashes running down the right side and the circles are the Gelly Roll pen, the dashes across the top and flowers around the hole are the Dylusions White Linen paint pen, the lower part of the tag top zigzag is the 3m Posca White Paint Marker, and below that is the 5m Posca White Paint Marker.

From outer ring in was the Gelly Roll Pen, The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, The 5m Posca White Paint Marker and lastly the 3M Posca White Paint Marker.

 

So my final opinion based on testing is that the Gelly Roll was really good I will be using that a lot. The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen is always lovely when my patience allows it to work properly and the posca pens were okay, they tended to fade.

I hope this little review is helpful and gave you some ideas of what to and maybe not to buy if you were thinking about it. These could all act differently with other mediums under them. Part of the joy of journaling is exploring right!

Thanks for stopping by and happy journaling!

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As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the
affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway,
so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Dylusions Paint Pens (White Linen)
http://bit.ly/2p241GZ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2OaBoCs (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NCqtEw (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (3m)
http://bit.ly/2QmIB3O (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (5m.1)
http://bit.ly/2x1Waho (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Creative Journal
http://bit.ly/2w126FT (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nwypIU (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KLPfNg (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Journaling Tag #12
http://bit.ly/2QmJuta (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2x9TGNc (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2O878Z3 (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White Pen
http://bit.ly/2Qi6OZ8 (Jetpens.com)

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Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Hello and Happy Monday!

The fall bug has bitten and I am excited for the cooler days to start rolling in. The stores are alive with the treats of the coming holidays and I am excited about all this season will bring. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be busy preparing for my first ever Youtube holiday series. I will be doing 13 days of Halloween.  I am working out the schedule now. My goal will be to release one new Halloween themed project every day starting October 1st thru the 13th, then I will dip back into fall themed and my regular journal projects until the Christmas season. There may end up being a 12 days of Christmas special as well, it’s just all schedule permitting. I just love this time of year. I think it goes back to growing up in New York where I had more of the seasons. The fall was back to school supplies, crisp mornings, leaves turning and falling and the smell of snow in the air. It just reminds me of my childhood.

With that note, I am currently very aware of my surroundings and lately, on my walks, I have seen a lot of dragonflies. Every time I see them I think I really want to incorporate them into an art piece. Then I forget and go about my day. Recently I finally sat myself down and sorted out this tag project. I had a Yupo paper art journal tag left over from a previous video, and I found my dragonfly stamps and away I went with my fall color alcohol inks and alcohol lift ink. The result was just what I was craving.

You can watch the video here: Dragonfly Art Journal Tag

Here are some photos of the final project.

I hope this little project will get you warmed up for the fall. Break out those rich fall colors and have a play. Trace your favorite art journal tag size onto some yupo paper and create great new pieces for your journal. You can even do it on translucent Yupo paper and maybe make some fall leaves or ornaments to hang in the window and catch that morning light.

Happy Creating.

p.s as I finished writing this post I turned with my tea and watched out the window. A dragonfly went by.  Did you know a dragonfly is seen as a symbol of change, transformation, and self-realization? Just a fun thought to leave you to ponder.

 


Below is the list of tools and products I used to create this piece.
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2LWr9zP (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Archival Ink (Black)
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink (Rust, Oregano, Cranberry
& Caramel)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

Yupo Paper 8″ x 10″
http://bit.ly/2Jcizvq (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution:
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LWerRM (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool:
http://bit.ly/2oFxQx9 (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Q7SC59 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LX8y6T (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Felt Refills:
http://bit.ly/2um5t9L (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Ch2mXy (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NOMuge (Joggles)

Archival Ink Cleaner
http://bit.ly/2Lcao3o (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2MBxWn7 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MByfhL (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamp Entomology
http://bit.ly/2KA4ZI0 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KNh3EP(Stampers Anonymous- Non Affiliate Link)

Visible Image
https://visibleimage.com/
“Live in the moment” Stamp Set (Non-affiliate link)
http://bit.ly/2wXk64r

 

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It’s Art Journal Wednesday with a Sewing Machine Art Journal Crossover share!

It’s Art Journal Wednesday with a Sewing Machine Art Journal Crossover share!

Hello,

Phew, what a week last week was. I was on vacation but had family in town and it was wonderful. I got to spend some really great quality time with my niece and nephews and spend a day at the beach, a few days in the pool. We really all need that, to just unplug every so often to recharge. Well I am back with a new art journal share this week. It’s not alcohol lift-ink this time, I thought I would give you folks a break and do something in my Dina Wakley Media Journal with scribble sticks, art tags and my sewing machine. That’s right, you heard me, I put my journal thru the sewing machine and I am hooked. The wheels are churning and more goodies i’m sure will follow now that I have a taste for it.

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Gdi7V59A9aE

Here are some shots of the journal page. Such fun!

If you notice the girls face is from my previous post on Dina Wakley backgrounds:http://sidestreetdesign.com/2018/07/journaling-on-the-go-dina-wakley-scribble-sticks-stamps-background/

I hope these photos will get those wheels turning and you will try your own hand at sewing in your journal and play with new mediums together.

If you want to find the goodies I used here is my supply list:

(Below are my affiliate links,all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks 2
http://bit.ly/2to7eTZ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2tvvvH6 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MOtyOF (Joggles)

Dylusions and Dina Wakley Gelli Plate Set
http://bit.ly/2KuNU10 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Iseu65 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2N47SOM (Joggles)

Archival Ink- Black
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

White Picket Fence- Distress Ink Pad
http://bit.ly/2Jsn4SL (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2uzuo9P (Blitsy)

Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint- Penny 1 oz
http://bit.ly/2KYBoI9 (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2NlYJ3x (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2Jqob5z (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links

Brother Sewing Machine XR3774
https://amzn.to/2L2zhmM (Amazon)

Sticky Thumb Dots (Adhesive dots)
https://amzn.to/2K9k17l (Amazon)

Technique Junkies Stamp- Wasted (Grunge Background)
http://techniquejunkies.com/wasted

Technique Junkies Stamp- Stencil Rings
http://techniquejunkies.com/stencil-rings/

 

 

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New Product: Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink Review and Play

New Product: Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink Review and Play

Hello there lovely fellow crafters.

I am so excited for my video share today for art journal Wednesday because it is a new product review. I was able to get my hands on the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift- Ink by Ranger before they sold out and it came in the mail last week. As you can imagine, I could hardly wait to dive in and give it a play. Today I will be sharing with you some tags that I cut out of the Ranger 8″ x 10″ Alcohol Ink Yupo paper and used for my demo/testing. I had to wait for a not too hot day as well because it is so important when you use the Ranger Alcohol Inks to make sure you are in a well-ventilated room, or you will be “extra happy” with your work when done if you catch my drift. Therefore I braved the Florida 90 degree humidity threw open my window and below is how my tags turned out.

Some key items to note:

  1. Make sure the stamps you use have been cleaned, or the residue will transfer.
  2. Give the paper a bit of drying time before stamping if in humid weather
  3. If you stamp, remember to dab with a clean paper towel a few times to reveal the image then rub
  4. If you use the Lift-Ink Reinker, you can put it on a felt alcohol ink applicator and use it thru stencils. The more you rub thru the stencil with the felt the more that will come off before you clean up with the paper towel.
  5. Lastly, have fun layering! Looks awesome with alcohol inks.

Here is the link to my Youtube Video to watch me play: Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink Testing/Review/How To Video

Here are the stills. The photos don’t do them justice. It is so hard to capture the lusciousness of the metallics and swirls. Amazing!

Alcohol Lift-Ink with Theories Stamp on Alcohol Ink Yupo paper tag

Alcohol Lift-Ink with Theories Stamp on Alcohol Ink Yupo paper tag (Detail)

Alcohol Lift-Ink with Theories Stamp on Alcohol Ink Yupo paper tag (Detail)

Alcohol Lift-Ink with Theories Stamp on Alcohol Ink Yupo paper tag (Detail)

Second tag using Tim Holtz Cling Mount Theories Stamp and Alcohol Lift-Ink on Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper Tag

Second tag (All the shimmer!)

Second tag using Tim Holtz Cling Mount Theories Stamp and Alcohol Lift-Ink on Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper Tag (Detail)

Lift print from the first tag on Distress tag. Removal and Stamping all in one! Gotta love it!

Lift print from the second tag on Distress tag. Such a cool ghosting effect. I may have over stamped on this one.

 

I hope you enjoyed these photos and they brought you some inspiration. If you can, get your hands on this Alcohol Lift-Ink because it is addicting and so much fun!

Here is the full list of all the goodies I used in my video to make these tags.

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Alcohol Lift-Ink Reinker
http://bit.ly/2NDLR9H (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Jj94L8 (Joggles)
Archival Ink (Black)
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink (Mushroom, Pebble, Gold,
Caramel, Rust, Crimson, Slate)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)

Yupo Paper 8″ x 10″
http://bit.ly/2Jcizvq (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution:
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)

Felt Applicators:
http://bit.ly/2um5t9L (Ranger)

Tim Holtz Distress Tags (Mulit-pack)
http://bit.ly/2m9vtl1 (Ranger)

Tim Holtz Layering Stencils:

Harlequin
http://bit.ly/2N7Ro7B (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2u9Zwxl (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NG9LBB (Joggles)

Chevron
http://bit.ly/2NH3bec (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2N6T417 (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamp Theories
http://bit.ly/BlitsyTimHoltzTheoriesClingStamp (Bitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KO0y8w(Stampers Anonymous- Non Affiliate Link)

Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamp Entomology
http://bit.ly/2KA4ZI0 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KNh3EP(Stampers Anonymous- Non Affiliate Link)

Technique Junkies Stamp “Wasted” (Non-affiliate link)
http://techniquejunkies.com/wasted/

 

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Distress Resist Spray Distress Oxide “Sister” Art Tag

Distress Resist Spray Distress Oxide “Sister” Art Tag

Hello and Happy Saturday! For today’s video release, I wanted to have another play with tags. After the cat tag I did last weekend I am starting to develop a love of art journal tags. This week I used a 3″ x 6″ manilla tag from “The Paper Studio” I got in one of my clearance hauls. I added a layer of distress oxide and was able to play with the new Tim Holtz distress resist spray. It was a lot of fun. For my assemblage pieces, I chose some of the Tim Holtz paper dolls, quote chips, and ephemera bits. Trying to use up that stash of supplies….so I can get new ones.

Here is a link so you can watch my process on my youtube channel: Sister Art Tag

Here are some stills:

I hope this will inspire you and give you some ideas for using up your own stash of goodies. Happy Crafting!

This section showcases thru my affiliate links some of the items I used in this project. All proceeds earned when you click thru my link to their website go back into helping me maintin my blog and Youtube channel. Thank you for your support so I can share more fun crafting projects with you.

Find these items on Blitsy:

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“Nosy” Cat Art Journal Tag

“Nosy” Cat Art Journal Tag

Last week I ventured into the world of tags. I will admit I wasn’t sure why folks made tags, or what to do with them once done. Then I got my “Nosy Cat” stamp from Stampendous and knew it needed to go on a tag.

I started the project on a Dylusions tag I had run thru my sewing machine to test it. I then added three colors of distress oxide in “Wilted Violet”, “Broken China” and “Peeled Paint”.

Next, I spritzed some water in my hand and threw it at the tag to achieve some large and small splatter marks. I then ran a paper tower over it.

Once the background was done, I was ready to apply my characters. I had already stamped my nosy cat onto some watercolor scrap paper, along with some other cute cat theme images from a Stampin Up kit I had.

On the nosy cat I added some Dina Wakley scribble stick coloring and edged it with black archival ink.

For the smaller pieces I edged them with contrasting distress oxide colors.

To apply all the parts I used foam dots (adhesive) to make them stand off the tag and give it some fun dimension.

When all the pieces were applied, I edged the tag with my black archival ink and tied some sari fabric scraps as ribbon.

I honestly had so much fun making this I can’t wait to do another one. I am currently on the hunt for dog stamps now to make some for the dog lovers out there.

Below is the video from my YouTube channel to see the full process:

Nosy Cat Process Video

Here are some photos of the finished tag.

Thank you for stopping by, and happy crafting.

To find the stamps try these (Note the Stampin’ Up! set I only see on ebay as it is very old 2008)

Nosy Cat (Stampendous)

Meow Meow Set (Stampin’ Up!)

This section showcases thru my affiliate links some of the wonderful items I used in this project. All proceeds earned when you click thru my link to their website go back into helping me maintin my blog and Youtube channel. Thank you for your support so I can share more fun crafting projects with you.

Find these items on Blitsy:

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