Thursday, November 16, 2017

creating with Janna- floral wreath card

I am a huge fan of hand drawn wreaths, but sometimes I do not have enough time to sit down for hours to create a detailed and big drawing and sometimes I just might not feel like that either. So I came up with a solution for last minute cards and tags that are supposed to be handed out the same day – a very plain and fun version of a hand drawn wreath. I promise, you can´t do anything wrong here.

I used my favourite Tombow markers for drawing and scrapbooking supplies to create the card. You can use any markers, even children´s pens. When it came to adding a sentiment, I was lazy and used a stamp, I could have used my own handwriting instead or even created my own stamp. I like the clean font of the stamp though, as it creates a nice contrast to the slightly messy wreath.

Not that hard, right? As you see, I used very simple shapes, you can do this way more detailed and realistic, if you like. Also, try out different ways of drawing flowers, leaves and branches - it´s all about the practice. I recommend trying the markers in a sketch book and on a scrap piece of the cardstock you are using in the project first, as they react differently on every paper.

The great thing about creating hand drawn floral wreaths is, that each is a unique creation. It is also a great way to practice for bigger projects.

I hope this tutorial inspires you to try drawing a floral wreath yourself. I would love to see your projects, scribbles and process photos, so please tag me on Instagram with @jannawerner

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

5 simple ways to use a brayer

One of my favorite creative tools is a brayer. A brayer is traditionally used for spreading ink in the printmaking process but I love using a brayer to apply paint. Today I've got 5 of my favorite simple ways to use a brayer.

1. I use my brayer to create colorful backgrounds. Roll that brayer over your surface- I like to layer color and roll it in different directions to create lots of texture.

2. You can also blend color with that brayer. Drop paint onto your surface and then roll the brayer through the color. 

The color will roll off the brayer onto the surface.

3. You can also use a brayer to pick up texture. Roll the brayer over paint and things that have texture or dimension to them (bubble wrap, fiber, etc).

Then roll the brayer over your surface.

You will get a really light reverse imprint of that texture.

4. My favorite way to use a brayer is to create an imprint by pressing anything that has texture to a surface. The brayer gives you the ability to press, roll and smush all kinds of stuff (bubble wrap, burlap, leaves, flowers, string, etc) onto your surface to create really great imprints of texture.   

5. You can also wrap all kinds of stuff around the brayer to create texture on that surface! I like using a piece of ribbon or string.

Roll the brayer wrapped with ribbon through paint and then roll it onto your surface. The result is really unique texture!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

creating with Jules- fabric pom pom flowers

I think I’m a little addicted to pom poms, so I love to think of ways to use them in my craft projects.

For these pom pom flowers you will need:

Thin garden wire (I used 1mm)
Thicker garden wire for the stem
Fabric in various colors
Craft glue

You will also need pen & paper, pliers, scissors, needle & thread, and a sewing machine.

First, make your pom pom. I just wrap wool around two of my fingers and then thread a strand of wool between the fingers to tie together tightly. (Just make sure you wrap loosely enough to fit a strand between the fingers!) Pull the wool off your fingers, then cut through all of the loops, and trim to neaten.

Take a long piece of the sturdier wire, which will be your stem, and poke through the pom pom. Bend the end of the wire over, placing a bit of craft glue on the end, and pull the wire to ‘hook’ the pom pom securely to the end. I also bent the end up of the bottom of the stem wire, to make it less pointy. Make the stem fairly long, as you can always fold it up if it needs to fit a smaller vase.

Cut 5 pieces of the thin wire to 14” (35cm) lengths. Using the diagram as your guide, draw a template for the petals. Cut ten petals from your chosen fabric. Take two petals, place right sides together and sew around the curved sides leaving the ends open. Trim the excess seam and clip around the curves as shown. 

Turn right side out and fold a thin length of wire and push it inside the petal. With a needle and thread, sew all around the edges of the petal, making sure the wire is at the very edges to hold the wire in place. Along the bottom of the petal, do a loose running stitch and pull tight and secure thread to gather. 

Repeat for remaining petals. 

Now place your petals evenly around the pom pom and stem, and wrap the wire around the stem to hold in place. Use the pliers to clamp the wire on nice and tight. Using craft glue, and a thin strip of fabric, wrap all around the stem from the base of the flower to the bottom of the stem.

Now repeat for as many flowers as you like, and enjoy!

Jules :)

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Monday, November 06, 2017

new class playful pens and a GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends! My latest class Playful Pens launches today! And I am giving away 5 free spots! Leave me a comment, tell me your favorite pen and I will select 5 random winners later this week.

Pens are some of my favorite supplies to create with! They are cheap, easy to find, versatile  and there are so many different ways to put them to use! In this class I will be sharing some of my favorite ways to use pens to get creative- from drawing, mark making, using the ink to paint with- I will be sharing some of my favorite ways to hack those pens and push their potential!

more information HERE


Thursday, November 02, 2017

creating with janna- beginner gelli plate printing

I have been wanting to try Gelli Plate printing for a long time as I had seen so many impressive art work with this kind of printing technique. I wasn´t sure, if I could create the multi layered look myself, but as you will see, the use is super easy and fun - nothing to worry about at all!

Here´s a little introduction to Gelli Plates, just in case you are not familiar with them. The gelatinous printing plates come in different sizes and shapes and are used for monoprinting. Monoprints are multiple prints of which each is unique and can not be repeated in the exact same way. The plates can be cleaned with baby oil and dish soap.

Working with Gelli Plates is easy, usually you would start with a layer (or more) of acrylic paint and add stamps, stencils, papers or natural materials such as leaves, for example, to incorporate texture and patterns into the design. This can be done in many layers.

In my first try, I started with a single layer of acrylic paint and used a wooden pick to create a pattern. I put a piece of paper on top of the plate and pressed it gently. You could use a brayer, too – just make sure to press the paper evenly to get the paint onto the entire paper. As you can see in the pictures, I didn´t press good enough and didn´t get the paint completely on my paper.

Do not use high gloss paper when working with the plates as it could stick to it and even damage the plate. Copy paper is totally fine, if you prefer thicker paper use cardstock or printing paper (or fabric!) instead. 

After cleaning the plate, I used a stencil and white acrylic paint to add a pattern onto the paper. As I applied quite a lot of white acrylic paint to the plate, the paint application on the paper is quite thick – which adds a nice texture to the print.

If the paper is hard to remove from the plate, the paint layer might not have been thick enough or the paint had already started drying. Adding a thicker layer of paint or using a retarder helps to extend the drying process.

After the paint had dried, I added a layer of golden acrylic paint, cut out the paper and adhered it onto cardstock. If you look closely, you can see the great texture and structure the different layers created.

I really loved working with Gelli Plates and it was way easier than I thought in the beginning. The prints can be used on many projects, like cards, mixed media art, art journaling pages, scrapbooking pages, fabric... Gelli Plate printing is a great technique for creating unique and versatile art work and a great tool for beginners, as well as advanced creatives as you can decide yourself how complex the process will be.

I hope this tutorial inspires you to try Gelli Plate printing yourself - make sure to check out Alisa’s many fantastic and inspiring printing tutorials as well.

All the best,


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