Monday 12 September 2016

2016 #17 Make Your Mark Tote and Journal {by Lynne Moncrieff}

2016 Topic 17: Making Marks

Hi everyone, Lynne Moncrieff here this evening (Adorn) to share a project featuring mark making. 

Knowing I would be working with JOFY stamps, I thought it would be fun to root out some items from around the home that would mimic the style of the stamps. Instead of the markings being stand-alone, I wanted them to blend with the stamping so that looking at the final project, it is not obvious which elements are from mark making and which are rubber stamped. 

As stamping onto fabric has always been a favourite of mine, I was keen to make some marks onto a canvas tote but of course, a tote requires something to be toted around in it, so why not a Journal.

This tutorial features mark making with paint alongside conventional stamping with ink, on a tote with a matching journal.

Step One: After selecting a journal which would be a good size to pop into the canvas tote, I set about gathering items for some mark making, such as:- paint bottle lid, corrugated cardboard, used gift card....

Step Two: With a foam brush, I applied Fresco Finish Chalk mixed with fabric medium to the tote, in a very random fashion. By working in a random fashion it provides a lovely textural quality. 

Step 3: I should point out that along the way, I added to my mark making stash! This was a piece cut from a silicone baking sheet. After mixing Antarctic and French Roast with fabric medium, with a foam brush I applied the paints to the mesh before "stamping" onto the tote. It's a little bit messy on the hands but what is messy hand or two amongst art friends!

Step 4: Mark making continues, using the Frescos mentioned above:- dipping a bottle lid to create individual and linked circles, paint applied to corrugated cardboard provides a lovely textural effect and the blunt end of a bamboo skewer dipped into paint adds a scattering of small dots.

Step 5 Time to incorporate the JOFY14 stamps. With Staz-on Jet Black ink, I stamped small circles and mesh onto the tote, stamping the small circles inside the bottle lid circles.


Step 6 To complete the tote, the word Journal was stamped, with Staz-on, onto a piece of calico, fraying the edges and stamping the JOFY36 mesh before adhering to the tote with Golden Matte Gel Medium. If you have a sewing machine you could machine stitch the label to the tote. Lay the tote aside for the moment.


Step 7 Onto the Moleskine journal, dry-brush Chalk and Nougat with a large foam brush.

Step 8 Dip the bottle lid into paint, "stamping" to create linked circles. Leave to dry for a moment before stamping, with Staz-on, the JOFY small circles. Continue by dipping the blunt end of the bamboo skewer into the paints, gently dabbing the paint to the centres of the JOFY circles. Further decorate the cover by stamping the JOFY mesh stamp and create a border to the cover by dipping the edge of plastic gift card into paint.

Just to add that at times, I "stamped off" paint from the mark making tools before "stamping" onto the tote or journal because the paint was too heavy for the application I was seeking.

Step 9 To finish the cover, stamp Journal onto a piece of kraft painted with Chalk, adding a dot of Antarctic to centre of O. Flip the journal over to add similar markings as for the front cover.

Some of the initial items I gathered did not actually make an appearance onto either the journal or tote however I enjoyed the process of deciding which items would offer the best markings for the project. I now intend to keep a designated box for such items. I hope this tutorial has you seeking out mark making items, you might find it becomes a little bit addictive as you will no doubt unearth a plethora of items from around the home and garden where you can source items from Mother Nature:- leaves, dried flowers, seed pods, etc. Experiment by attaching any suitable items to a brayer. My project is a practical one but consider abstract style wall art, pattern making for backgrounds and of course, remember to be inspired by your PaperArtsy stamp collection as you seek to incorporate them into your mark making art.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this tutorial.


Oh I like these Lynne, the neutral shades are just beautiful. I too have a bag of lids and other mark making tools, so useful and freeing to use them. The stamps that you chose work brilliantly with the background marks. Often the smaller and background stamps in sets get overlooked in favour of the bigger more focal images but here you have utilised the supporting stamps really nicely. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Making Marks topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #17: Making Marks, on this page HERE.
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Helen said...

wonderful mark making Lynne! love the soft colours, too.

Julie Lee said...

Such a pretty project. I love the use of the mark making with the Jofy stamps - the perfect partnership. xx

PaperArtsy said...

Beautiful Lynne! I was using mesh yesterday on a gelli plate too! Love this project!!

Miriam said...

I love this project Lynne.... fabulous!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a gorgeous project and tutorial! I love how you have taken the trouble to match the marks with the style of stamps; it works so well!

Lucy x

Wendy Mallas said...

This is so gorgeous. I love both 😍

Craftyfield said...

Lovey set, ideal for a gift! Great techniques too.

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Beautiful creation as always Lynne :)
Donna xx

Hazel Agnew said...

So much thought has gone into your project Lynne....and so thought provoking for me too! A wonderful blend of elements . Xx

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous little project Lynne and what a delightful gift the tote and journal would make. Love the use of various found objects for making marks and the neutral colour palette is lovely.

Lesley Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

How lovely! Lx

Marci said...

Your tote and nournal are just beautiful!

JoFY said...

great project :o)

Words and Pictures said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Lynne. I love the rough and rugged application of the paint layers, and brilliant mark-making combined with cool stamping. Just lovely!
Alison x

Ruth said...

Love, love, love these, the background scraping on the Kraft journal is just wonderful to start with then your use of stamps with the neutral colours is perfect, great effects with your chosen mark making tools! Wonderful Lynne! Ruth xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a wonderful combination of stamps and mark making! An absolutely fabulous project! Chrisx

Anneke said...

Two fabulous projects!

craftytrog said...

Love, love, love!!!

Kirsten said...

Fab project!

Jackie PN said...

so beautiful Lynne! Soft muted colors and perfect choice of stamps- Bravo! xx

Craftychris said...

Ooh this is just fabulous! A brilliant tutorial. I have been collecting tops, cards etc to play with but have not used them yet. I am inspired! Thank you! xxx

Annie said...

Absolutely fabulous projects Lynne x wonderful combination of techniques items used.

Thank you for sharing
Annie x x

Dorthe said...

So wonderful, with the paint added in your random fashion, Lynne, and the little touches of blue really makes interest to it, too, so the mark makings is not stealing all the picture. The stamps are perfect for your tote and journal, and the silicone sheet gives a great effect ,too.
Dorthe, xx

Anonymous said...

Cutest ever and I love the softness of the whole project! xox

Fliss said...

A really lovely project in your signature vintage style Lynne and love all of the mark making elements.
Fliss xx

Sharon said...

A wonderful tutorial, Lynne. Such a well-organized layout and so well documented for us. Mark making is one of my favorite background techniques. It is amazing how many little "markers" are just lying around the home to increase the interest in a project. I, too, have some of those little totes and must get them out to make gifts for some nieces of mine for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration! inkybru xx