Take the Challenge with Mou, April 2015
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Stylin' and Profilin' Art Journal Page

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Playing in my journal brings me joy and I am thrilled to continue to share that happiness with you.  Here is my latest page in my Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Mixed Media Journal.  Isn't she sweet?  I love how she turned out. Here's how you can make her too.

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 I used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium to do a text transfer onto the background.  Cover background with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso. Dry. Cover one side of book paper with gel medium and adhere to page.  Be sure to smooth with a bone folder  to be sure fully adhered and transfer success.  Let dry or dry a little.  Gently pull up paper.  If this is not working add water to a sponge and rub on top.  Rub with finger to remove paper and reveal transfer, rubbing too hard will pull up all of paper.  This gets messy but your text will be transferred in the end. I had a few rough spots but love the character it gives to my art.  


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Sketch face using PITT® Pastel Pencils, Black 199


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Activate with water to create, shading. 


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 Shave some color from a Gelatos® Watermelon, spritz with water and mix. 


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Add some gel medium and mix to create a thick paint. 


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Paint on color, be sure to dab in spots to create more texture. 


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Use Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, Green to add color to eye. 


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 Use Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils Yellow Set to add color to lips.  Use Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (s) Black 199, White 101 for hair and eye details and doodles.


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Stamp quote or sentiment. Emboss. EnJOY!


Supplies Used: 

  • Gel Medium
  • Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, Green, Yellow
  • Gelatos® Watermelon
  • PITT® Pastel Pencils, Black 199, White 101
  • Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (s) Black 199, White 101
  • Book paper
  • Acrylic Stamps 

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Tiare 1Bio: Hi!  I am Tiare Smith.  I am an avid mixed media artist and art journal enthusiast.   I have the most wonderful supportive husband and family.  No children or pets.  I find inspiration in everything around me from items in my own home and yard, to things I see on a leisurely stroll, to people, shapes and items found in a store, restaurant or museum.  Inspiration is endless!    I find joy learning, growing and sharing my passion with others.   

Currently, I host a weekly online art journal pajama party, as well as online workshops and on-site classes.   I spend time creating daily and I encourage others to embrace their art daily, as well.  \

You can learn more about me on my blog: http://www.tiaresmith.com


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Mandi Holmes

That is beautiful

Julie H.

She is gorgeous Tiare, beautiful work as usual!!

Vicki Loichinger

OH My Goodness. I just love this Tiare. Great tutorial. Beautiful Results.

Anna Ely

Sweet Tiare!! Love the pink hair!

Ann Custer

Love this page, so creative.

Samara J

I admire the way you incorporated the printed background and colorful subject. The subtle shades just add to the over-all softness of the finished project. Thanks for demonstrating how to use these products. Now that I can see how relatively easy it is to blend the different mediums I just might have to make a few purchases. Your tutorial has encouraged me to step out-side of my comfort zone and try something new. Thanx for the inspiration!

Sharon Estes

Oh Tiare that is a great page I love your faces, and the use of the Gelatos was a great tutorial...LOve Love Love..

Martice Smith II

Cool technique for her hair texture...Love that it's pink - not typical and oh-so fabulous! She's stylin' for sure!

Jean Marmo

So cool!

Tamiko McCurry

Oh My goodness... You had to shave the poor *watermelon* gelato.. I need therapy on that note alone.. The sacrifices we makee in the name of Art and Color!! LOL I love your face.. Your designs make my heart smile...


Awesome design. Thank you for the information.

Lois Wyche

Very beautiful and informative, Tiare.


I love this, especially the pink hair!!


Say What!!!! Awesome,awesome! Stylin and Profilin for sure! So Creative, Tiare. Love this.


Love! Love! Love! That pink hair is everything! Gorgeous!


Beautiful, Tiare! Love the pink hair!!!

Vicki- Ann :)

I love the texture you created on the hair looks fabulous..

Claret Belle

Oh this is great! Love the way the hair is and your sketching of the face is awesome. Willuse your mouth and eyes to practice on my faces. Great inspiration!

Jean Marmo

Wow! So cooL!


Gorgeous, love the news print background and her face


She's awesome!!! Lovin the pink hair!

Tommy Jo

This is gorgeous!!!! I have done that transfer method before, but with a photo copy picture of my kids on a flat canvas. I didn't know you could just do it on a gessoed paper surface. Another trick you taught me :) And I am with Tamiko on the 'shaving gelatos'... eeeeek. Hanging around you guys, I am slowly learning to 'let it go', so I will get there. Beautiful face!


Totally digging mixing the gelatos with gel medium :)

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