WEEK FOUR: Supplies

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THE FOLLOWING ARE SUGGESTED SUPPLIES FOR WEEK FOUR:

The following supplies I share in the video are examples, and suggestions, of multiple ways that you can add titles, the names of your Animals, the Medicines and teachings. All of these are types of “text” you can weave into your Field Guide pages!

 

You will also need a Stapler, or a Hole Punch tool and string/twine, if you would like to have your tags dangle from the page.

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To add images to your pages this week, you have a few choices:

**You can find copyright-free images online, and print them out.

**You can paint (or draw) your own Animal.. Hand painted/drawn images of your Power Pack Animals have a special magic, and also allow you to deviate from “realism” and play with the energetic and abstract imagery of the animal.

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** You can use images from a book. Personally, I love to visit a used bookstore and to find old books with drawings and illustrations of my Power Animal Guides. I buy the book and tear or cut the illustrations out.

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You are going to need to pull out your glue/adhesive if you will be gluing down images.

The next set of supplies are for detail and diversity on your page!

Supplies for Adding Small Details, and Visual Interest

STICKERS

Stickers provide a fun, and easy way to add visual details to your spreads. You can often find animal and nature themed stickers. Dover Publications has a wonderful assortment of nature themed stickers.

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Stickers can also be non-themed, simply decorative. There are many “button” or “dot” stickers that add a little POP to your page.

BRADS

Brads are like fantastic, themed push pins. You push them through the paper, and are often used to hold, or “pin” something in place on the page, but they are also just as frequently used alone, to be decorative.

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EPHEMERA

Ephemera is a way of saying “all the miscellany, papers, doodads that you have on hand.” You can collect ephemera over time, and you can buy packages of ephemera from online sources.

MARKERS, GEL PENS, PENCILS

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Self-explanatory, I hope! These are great tools to add small marks, doodles and writing on your spreads. If you are able, I recommend going to an Art Supply Store where you are able to buy one pen at a time, and where they allow you to test the ink on a piece of white paper. Granted, the effect may be different over your paint, or your animal image!

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GLITTER AND GOLD LEAF

Both super fun, shimmery ways to add that detail and bling on your page!

WASHI TAPE

Washi tape is repositionable, decorative, SUPER ADORABLE tape. It’s originally from Japan, and Washi is a Japanese word. It is addictive, so be forewarned! I find Washi Tape in US Craft Stores, with any sort of pattern or theme imaginable. I also googled animal themed washi and discovered a plethora of options.

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WEEK ONE: Supplies

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THE FOLLOWING ARE NECESSARY SUPPLIES FOR WEEK ONE:

1. GESSO

2. GEL MEDIUM (or other adhesive)

3. BULLDOG OR PAPER CLIPS

 

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GESSO Used to “prime” the surface and  make the paint layers brighter. Gesso is often the first layer on an altered journal or book page. The smallest tub will do for this project.

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Gesso can also be applied over a colored base, for example, through a stencil. You can also cover up paint you do not like, with gesso, and start over.

MATTE GEL MEDIUM is a massively useful and wonderful adhesive. Used in this project for gluing pages together. Gel Medium will hold down heavy papers and even small 3D objects.

*Michaels Craft Stores in the USA have a weekly 40% off one item coupon ONLINE ONLY. Bring your smart phone with you to the store, or print if off beforehand, and you’ll save on this item.

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Gel medium comes in tall tubes, and in jars. Liquitex sells its products in Tubes, as shown in the above photo. Golden sells it in jars, as in the photo below. They are two competing brands, and this is simply a way for them to be visually differentiated on the shelf. Some people feel Golden is the best brand of these art products.

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It comes in glossy and matte (or flat, no shine). Choose the look you prefer. I choose Matte.

It comes in all different labels that are mind-boggling and totally overwhelming. So just buy Medium/Regular Matte Gel Medium and you’ve got the all-around best version. The others may be heavier (for gluing really big items down, like in assemblage projects) or might have extra stuff in them (particles mixed in for texture).
If you prefer, you can choose the glue, or adhesive, that works best for your price range, among the following options.

ELMER’S PURPLE GLUE STICK, or a UHU Glue Stick is a decent option you don’t want to spend on Gel Medium. Uhu Glue Sticks are said to have years of longevity. However, if you get a “bad batch” or one that has been exposed to heat, they may get clumpy and not spread easily. Elmer’s White Glue, or “school glue” will also work, if you have a tool to spread it, so that you do not see the lines or clumps underneath your papers.
Paper Clips or Bulldog Clips – used to hold the spreads together while they dry.

 

WEEK TWO: Supplies

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This week you can use any combination of the following: Acrylic Paints, Spray Ink Paints and Liquid Acrylic Paints

Choose colors you love and are drawn to. You can start with two or three bottles and use the colors that you buy…or experiment with mixing! I like to buy colors I like, already made for me. Color mixing can be an exciting, or frustrating process, depending on your experience with color theory.

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Go with your budget for pricing. More expensive brands (such as Golden) are better quality, but cheaper brands work for art journaling. Experiment and find what works for you. I use a collection of acrylic paints that range from .50 cents a bottle to $25 a bottle!

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Spray Inks and Liquid Acrylics have a different effect. They are great for dripping, spraying over lace, doilies or stencils. They are fun to “splatter” paint easily across your spread, if you like the splatter effects. They can also be used as a “glaze” over the whole page.

Mark-Making and Texture-Making Tools

– stamps

– sponges

– stencils

– lace or doilies combined with spray inks

– gesso or regular acrylic combined with texture tools

I advocate first looking around your house for things that you have that can create unique and interesting textures when you use them with acrylic paint.

You can also look to your local home goods or hardware store.

Craft Stores also sell mark making tools.

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I have also created a Pinterest Board full of Background Making tutorials and ideas for you here!