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Art Journal Emporium: Collage Project - Faces Art Journal Page September 06 2017, 1 Comment

As a personal challenge, I have been working on drawing and painting faces. Last year I incorporated parts of the monthly collage sheets from the Art Journal Emporium into a face and was quite pleased with the results.  I decided to try this again with the August collage sheets. I used sheet #2 for the “hair” and the scallops from the bottom of sheet #5 for the neckline of dress.  I sketched then painted the face with watercolors and used pieces of the collage sheets, Caran d’Ache crayons and gesso to create the background.

I hope you are inspired to use the collage sheets in new and varying ways.

[Posted by Jan Nicholas, AJE Crew]


Do you love collage sheets? Every month in the Emporium you receive 10 brand new digital sheets ready to print! Plus much, much more! 


Art Journal Emporium - 4th of July Banner June 28 2017, 0 Comments

4th of July Banner

This banner was created to celebrate the United States’ Independence Day.  I used Tangie Baxter’s Hexofit No 9 July 4.

Since the shape is hexagonal, it was easy to turn the images into stars.  I used red, white and blue scrapbook paper for the “star” part and glued the hexagonal shape onto center.  Then I used jute for the string.

(yes that is London Bridge and Eiffel Tower - part of my Lego collection)

Closer views of the 8 stars:

For the Hex of It No. 9

For the Hex of It No. 9

I hope you enjoy this idea.  Happy 4th of July!

[Posted by: Jan Nicholas]





TB&CO 2017 Brush of the Month Club -May and June Brushes Available Now! Plus More New Releases! June 26 2017, 0 Comments

Hi, Everyone.  I'm happy to announce the May & June Brushes are in the TB&CO Shop!

"2017 Brush of the Month Club -May Brushes"

2017 Brush of the Month Club -May Brushes

"2017 Brush of the Month Club -June Brushes"

2017 Brush of the Month Club -June Brushes

Do you want all 12 Brush of the Month packs for one amazing price? Get these brushes and more in the 2017 Brush of the Month Club.

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF TANGIE'S "ART JOURNAL EMPORIUM"? If you pay monthly for Subscription B or C, these brushes are NOW INCLUDED in your membership! 

Also NEW in the TB&CO Shop:

"Graffiti Infrastructure No. 1 (Layered Files, Brushes & pngs)"

Graffiti Infrastructure No. 1 (Layered Files, Brushes & pngs)

 "Aviary Grunge Overlays & Bonus Papers"

Aviary Grunge Overlays & Bonus Papers

Hope you enjoy these new releases!


[Posted by: Joy]



Art Journal Emporium What a Wonderful World Zine Workshop - I Love the Doctor Zine June 20 2017, 1 Comment

Hello, Katrina Rollings here again.  I am part of Tangie Baxter's Creative Crew.  Each month I create a mixed media project to share with everyone here on the blog.

Now, I do have to confess, I had the idea for this project a while ago, well to be honest quite a while ago.  I have been moving these collage sheets I created from pillar to post on my desk for months, each time thinking "I must finish that ".  Well the time has come!  Here is my "I love the Doctor" zine.

Tangie Baxter showed us how to make these little books as part of the Art Journal Emporium Loyalty Rewards program.  They are made out of a single piece of A4 cardstock, folded in such a way it leaves you with a cute little book or journal to play with. I made mine from watercolour paper so I could use watercolours to create a background. Then the world is your oyster as to what theme you choose.

Dr. Who has always been in my life and I still enjoy his adventures.  They film it in and around Cardiff in South Wales which is just across the river Avon from my city, Bristol.  Tangie has a fantastic kit for Whovens (Dr. Who fans ) called "Love the Doctor".  I used a part of the kit in my zine. 

"Love The Doctor {Bundle}"

Love The Doctor {Bundle}

To start with you need to print out your images sized to fit your zine. If you use an A4 sheet of card your finished Zine will be roughly 4"(10.5cm) high and 2.75" (7cm) wide.

If you have been with the Art Journal Emporium for 18 months you will receive access to "What a Wonderful World Zine Workshop".  Inside the workshop you will receive a template and instructions on how to fold your Zine and some lovely images to use.  Those of you who have not been with us that long yet can still join in and make a zine by following my steps.

Take your A4 sheet of cardstock and fold as I have done in the photo above. You then need to cut the middle two 1/4's where they join, along the middle fold. 

Create your background.  I find it easier to lay the zine flat and paint the whole thing.  Don't think about it too much, you just want to have a coloured background that fits with your Zine's theme. You can add specific background details once it's folded up into your Zine.  Let background dry.

Once dry you can fold it up -

The way to do that is to first re- crease all the folds. Fold in half horizontally and crease the central vertical crease so you have a cross shape.

You can then fold two of the cross sides around to form the covers of you zine. You might need to fiddle around with it a bit to ease the folds a little but it will end up as a little book.

Now the fun bit...............make it your own and decorate it.

Here is how mine ended up-

My front cover

First pages.

I added some stars through out my Zine using a product called Buff-it by Pinflair Creative Crafts, through a stencil.

Of course you have to have a Dalek where there is Dr. Who, although it was the Cybermen that scared me when I was young.  I love to create my own lettering.  If that's not your thing then perhaps use letters cut from a newspaper or magazine or just use your computer to generate your letters and cut them out.

Last 2 pages.

The back cover. Don't forget to sign it and add the date.

These are such fun to make. They would make a great project for children to create on a rainy day.

You can make these using any size paper or cardstock.  I have made a larger one from a larger sheet of watercolour paper to take on my holiday with me, I can't possibly go a whole week without having something with me to work on and these are ideal.

Thank you for letting me share my project with you. I would love to hear what you have done with your Zine.

Until next month when I will have another mixed media project for you, take care

Love Katrina

[Posted by: Katrina Rollings]


Art Journal Emporium - May Gallery Gems June 01 2017, 0 Comments

Hello fellow art lovers and creators!  It’s time once again for a peek at a few of the sparkling gems to be found in Tangie Baxter’s Art Journal Emporium...

First we have this wonderful piece by Mylinn. So much to see and think about!

Credits: Art Journal Emporium No. 19 - Alchemy Worksheets Set "Favorite Quotes"

Next, Terry G brings us a really cool magazine mock up that keeps us thinking - this time about the “electric” nature of thoughts, ideas and enlightenment.

Credits: Art Journal Emporium No. 16 & 17 - Alchemy Worksheet Set "Illuminate" and a magazine mockup template by Mats-Peter Forss.

And finally, we have this funky page by Kim Pay that plays with the possibility of an overabundance of electricity and ideas.

Credits: Art Journal Emporium No. 16 & 17 - Alchemy Worksheet Set "Illuminate" and also face from Rachel Verdi.

Thanks to Mylinn, Terry G and Kim Pay for sharing their creations with us! Please don't forget to leave them some love!

Be sure to check out this year’s Art Journal Emporium.

There are three ways to join - one could be just right for you!

[Posted by: Glenda]







Art Journal Emporium - Returning of Swallows Mixed Media Art Journal Page May 20 2017, 1 Comment

Hi, my name is Katrina and I am one of Tangie's creative crew.  Each month I bring you a mixed media project.  This month I have an art journal page to show you using part of the 2017 inSD Grab Bag (the inSD Grab Bag is no longer available, but go to TB&CO for more great digital art supplies).

I live in the southwest of England and for many years now I have been keeping a record of the date that the swifts return to the skies over our garden.  It is always between the 1st and 5th of May each year.  

This year on May 5th we looked up to see them swooping over our garden, bang on time.  How a tiny bird can fly all the way from wintering in west Africa to arrive in the skies over our garden at the same time every year?  It's just mind blowing!  So this page is dedicated to all those little birds making monumental journeys this year.  I do have to confess though that the bird in my page is not a swift but a swallow.  I am sure our feathered friends will forgive me.


To begin my page I chose the images I wanted along with a backing paper, sized them all in my photo editing software and printed them out.  I then cut them all out.

The next thing to do was glue the backing paper into my art journal

I use a 7.5 inch square journal, so I always make my papers a touch larger, stick them into my journal and then cut it to size. It is much easier then having a paper the correct size and having to get it spot on in your journal.

I then started to build up the background. I used the tag and the bright coloured piece of collage which I overlapped in the middle of the page.  I then edged them using the Tim Holtz Distress® Crayons.

When I put my swallow on top he got a bit lost so I decided he needed a lighter background. For that I used a stencil that I ran some gesso over to give me a lighter background for my bird.

Once that was dry I added a few die cuts, swallow and a few finishing touches to give me my finished page.

I will be back again next month with another mixed media project. Until then enjoy watching the birds in your garden and take care of yourself.                                                      

Love Katrina

[Posted by: Katrina Rollings]


Art Journal Emporium - Spring Alchemy Worksheets May 03 2017, 0 Comments

April’s Alchemy Worksheets (included in the digital deliverables for the Art Journal Emporium)  were an eclectic mix of Spring season, electrical and other images that don’t fit into any categories.  I once again started by not thinking too hard and just using elements that speak to me.  Since Spring has just begun (albeit still a wet and rainy one where I live), I created a Spring digital collage.  I then looked for a quote that fits Spring - Robin Williams quote fit the bill quite nicely.  

I was also drawn to all the line drawings of old fashioned light bulbs, but wanted to be a bit whimsical.  Arranging the light bulbs to mimic a daisy and using a quote provided by Tangie from Nathaniel Hawthorne along with some kaleidoscope-type paper created this next art piece.

I hope these pieces inspire you to create your own art using the elements from April’s weekly AJE delliveries.

[Posted by: Jan Nicholas]

Art Journal Emporium - April Collage Sheets and Unicorns April 27 2017, 0 Comments

When I first viewed this month’s collage sheets (digital version included in the Art Journal Emporium), I was immediately drawn to the unicorns and hearts.  There is a wonderful children’s poem by Shel Silverstein that fits so perfectly - “The Unicorn.”

First I painted a 11” X 15” piece of watercolor paper using multiple color splashes/washes in greens and blues watercolors.

After drying completely, I folded the paper in half.  I cut out four unicorns and four hearts from the collage sheets.  Pasted the unicorns and hearts onto the the pages.

Then I outlined the unicorns and hearts with black ink and white ink where the black ink didn’t show up.  Using “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by Joanne Sharpe for ideas on lettering, I wrote the first paragraph of the poem “The Unicorn” by Shel Silverstein onto the pages.

This makes a nice card to send to someone special.  I hope this inspires you to use the collage sheets.

[Posted by: Jan Nicholas]

TB& CO - Collage Sheet Easter Baskets April 08 2017, 1 Comment

Hello, I'm Katrina Rollings and I am part of Tangie's Creative Crew.

As Easter is just around the corner now I have a cute little Easter project for you.  Easter baskets.

These baskets are so easy to make.  They would make lovely Easter gifts filled with your favourite sweet treat, mine as you can see is Cadbury Creme Eggs®!!  They would also be a great little project to make with children, they are that easy.

Here is how you make them:

To start with you need some pretty card to make your baskets from.  I printed Tangie's ARTist Collage Sheet #763 and ARTist Collage Sheet #779 onto printable card.

"ARTist Collage Sheet #763"

ARTist Collage Sheet #763

"ARTist Collage Sheet #779"

ARTist Collage Sheet #779

I also printed out ARTist Collage Sheet #904. This has lots of pretty coloured eggs and sweet chicks to cut out and decorate your baskets with.

"ARTist Collage Sheet #904"

ARTist Collage Sheet #904
From the background card you need to cut a 6"x 6" square and a thin strip for your handle.

Then cut and fold your card as in the diagram below. Fold your fold lines first, then cut the cut lines.

Once you have your basket scored and cut, fold all the lines.

If you like the inked edge look do that now.  You can do it with an ink pad , using a sponge to take the ink from the ink pad and apply to the card edges.  Never ink the edges straight from your ink pad, if you have ever had a paper cut you will know how sharp paper and card edges are.  The paper edges will cut your ink pad as easily as your finger and will eventually ruin the pad. 

If you don't have an ink pad the right colour you can use a felt tip pen.  Run the side of the nib along the edge of your card, just be aware it could cut into the nib, so don't use your expensive pens.

Now, there are two ways you can fold you baskets up.  You can either have the square piece at the front

 Or you can have the square at the back.

You can choose the way you like best.

There are also choices as to how you secure your basket.  If you have some brads, also known as split pins, you can punch or poke a hole through all the layers and the end of you handle and attach them all together with the brad on the front and then the same at the back.

Or you can just use glue or double sided tape to attach all the layers to each other as well as the handle of course.

I added some of the eggs and a little chick from Tangie's ARTist Collage Sheet #904 to my flower basket but decided to leave my butterfly basket as it is.

To fill the baskets I cut thin strips of tissue paper and then scrunched it up a bit. Placed some in each basket and popped in a creme egg.

Of course you can add what ever you wish. 

These baskets can be scaled up easily to a 9" square to begin with and  then score 3" squares instead of 2" as we did here.

Which ever size you make I hope you have lots of fun with these baskets. They really are quick and easy to make but will wow your friends and family.

Oh look, there is a cream egg without a basket!!! Shame to waste it........

So I'm off to pop the kettle on and eat my cream egg with a nice cup of tea.

Have a wonderful Easter, I hope the weather is as beautiful with you as it is here in the South West of England today.

Join me again soon for another mixed media project.
                                                                      Love Katrina
[Posted by: Katrina Rollings]

Art Journal Emporium March Gallery Gems March 28 2017, 0 Comments

Happy Spring, artsy friends! It’s time to share some of the awesomeness that our Emporium members have created during the past month. Let’s go!

First we have Kim’s vibrant piece simply bursting with color. The umbrella toting flower truly made me smile!

Credits: Tangie Baxter’s Art Journal Emporium Alchemy Worksheets and Extras, TB&CO’s March Brush of the Month Club selection, and TB&CO’s The Vault,

Next we have sbpoet’s “Creative Anxiety,” which makes me feel right at home! The planned chaos and textural interest are the perfect forum to remind all of us to have more fun!


Credits: Tangie Baxter’s AJE17 Week5, Compendium No.1 Graffiti Collages & Graphic Brushes.

And finally, Terry G artfully shares with us her muse and best friend Charlie, who seems to be saying, “What makes you happy?”  Great colors too!

Two Questions

Credits: TB&CO’s Splatter Graffiti Bundle and elements from the 2017 Brushes of the Month selections. Fonts are Wanderlust and Comic Sans.

Thank you to Kim, sbpoet and Terry G for sharing these wonderful gems with us! Don’t forget to leave them some love!

Be sure to check out this year’s Art Journal Emporium. There are three ways to join - one could be just right for you!

[Posted by: Glenda]