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Martice Smith II's Customizable Digitized Planner Pages

How to Create a Weekly Planner as a Printable Coloring Page
By Martice Smith II
Hi everyone! Martice Smith here, so happy to meet you back here in the Artmosphere.
Today, I’m showing you how to make your own weekly planner pages using - you guessed right - stencils! I will share techniques on how to clean up, enhance and digitize your traditional drawings in Photoshop. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have customized weekly planner pages ready to take on some bright colors and super cute stamps.

 

I’ve separated this tutorial into two parts to make it easier to follow along.
PART 1: Designing your weekly planner and PART 2: Color, stamp + fill in your weekly planner.
Here’s what you’ll need for PART 1:
RubberMoon Stencils:
Supplies + Tools:
  • Sharp pencil + eraser
  • 70-lb. Watercolor paper or white cardstock
  • Scanner

Software:

  • Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS5. Alternatives: Canva or PicMonkey)
Here’s what you’ll need for PART 2:
RubberMoon Stamps:
Supplies + Tools:
  • Black inkpad + acrylic mounting block
  • Watercolor paints
  • Assortment of paint pens, colored pencils + markers
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Container of water + paper towels

     

    PART 1: Designing your weekly planner
    STEP 1 // Design your weekly planner using RubberMoon stencils
    These stencils are perfect for creating your own phrases! Use letters from a couple of stencils for a touch of whimsy.
    First, I traced around the stencil to give myself a border.
    Next, I traced the inside of the days of the week stencil from the Days of the Week Planner Pack of Stencils.
    I loved adding the quirky, chunky numbers (zero and eight) from Months and Numbers Planner Pack of Stencils to the month.

     

    I traced the Whimsy Lace stencil but erased it because it just didn’t look right and it made the overall design feel too crowded.
    STEP 2// Scan your design
    Scan your illustration as a GRAYSCALE image. This will remove all color from your illustration.
    STEP 3// Clean up + print in Photoshop
    Next, open your image in Photoshop so that you can remove any smudges, hair and rogue dust bunnies.
    If you don’t have Photoshop, no worries - Canva or PicMonkey are excellent alternatives. However, keep in mind that neither one has all the bells and whistles that Photoshop has.
  • Open your image: FILE > OPEN > select your file
  • Use the Spot Healing Brush tool to “erase” small mistakes. The Clone stamp tool is great for cloning one area and adding it to another.
  • Use Adjustment Layers, make further corrections. You may need to whiten the page a bit more or darken your lines so that they show up clearly.
  • Next, Crop your illustration using the Crop Tool.
  • Click FILE > SAVE AS > Rename the file > Save as a .PSD Photoshop file (in case you need to make future adjustments.)
  • Next, click FILE > PRINT
  • Select the setting for printing in Black & White.
    You may need to click on “Scale to fit media” so that your document fits onto the page.

     

    PART 2: Color, stamp + fill in your weekly planner!
    Use your RubberMoon stamps, paint pens and markers to decorate your new weekly planner.
    A cute little flower named Rosa was added inside the zero, near the month.
    I placed a crown on top of my weekly planner with the Milagros Shrine Top.
    Oh! I can’t forget to honor my intuition and claim abundance to help me reach my goals! The Goddess stamp is a perfect touch, isn’t she?
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    Thank you for visiting us today! I hope you enjoyed the process of customizing your weekly planner pages with RubberMoon stamps and stencils.

    Invisible Patterns with Heather Haymart

     

    Invisible Patterns with Rubbermoon Stamps and Stencils
    By Heather Haymart
    This was a fun project for my art journal. I wanted to play around with clear gesso and Rubbermoon Art Stamps and stencils and discovered this pretty pattern that shows up once I added color! I made a simple landscape but the possibilities are truly endless! 
    1. Apply white gesso to paper
    2. Allow drying time between each step in this tutorial
    3. Use cardstock to create hill shaped stencils
    4. Apply clear gesso with stencil brush and Rubbermoon Art Stencils
    5. Apply clear gesso with Rubbermoon Art Stamps
    6. Apply Golden Fluid Acrylics thinned with water over the dried clear gesso stencil pattern and stamped dragonflies
    7. Apply metallic watercolors to clear gesso stamped dragonflies
    8. Embellish with black Micron pen #2
    9. Apply Rubbermoon hot air balloon stamp with waterproof black ink pad and paint with various fun colors
    Materials List
    1. Golden White Gesso
    2. heavy cardstock paper
    3. Liquitex Clear Gesso
    4. Stencil brush and various other brushes
    5. Golden Fluid Acrylics
    6. Metallic watercolors
    7. Black Micron Pen #2

    "IDYLL" with Guest Artist Nancy Curry

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    I’ve used RubberMoon stamps for many moons (yes, pun intended) so I jumped at the chance to bring another bit of Curry Art to the blog.  I looked through my plethora of stamps and settled on quite a few and set out to bring my vision of an idyllic setting on steroids to life.  I love whimsy so RubberMoon’s catalog is like a candy store to me.  If you haven’t checked it out recently, you should.  There’s something for every type of project. 
    Stamps used in this project are:  Moon Balloon, Hot Air Heart, Up and Away, Doodle House, Spiral Star, Sunny/ Cloudy, Sprinkle Moondust, Spread Magic, Zen Garden, Seven Daisies, and MoonMail special stamp, November 2015. 
    CitraSolv art has been a constant in my studio for the last five or so years so I have quite a stash of papers in my pile.  It didn’t take me long to find two to choose from.  The brief backstory on these pages begins with CitraSolv squirted on photos in an intact magazine.  The CitraSolv acts as a solvent so gradually the pictures lose their clarity for a more organic look.  The ones below are the two I took out to audition for a piece in this project. 
    At first look, the first choice on the left would be better suited to a landscape-themed piece.  Its green and blue color screams grass and sky, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up so I chose the other one especially for the cattywampus splashes of color and text in what I assumed would be a sky area. To begin, I trimmed that piece down to a nice size and then set out to further manipulate the inks before starting the project. 
    Although I wanted the text in the sky area, I didn’t want the audience to try to read it.  I used a stencil with organic shapes and Citrasolv on a paper towel to remove some more of the type where I wanted it to be pushed back or blurred entirely. 
    I began stamping the images that were going in my scene in a freshly inked Moonlight White Brilliance Ink Pad. The Brilliance did a marvelous job, but I really wanted the white to stand out in high contrast so once dry, I used a Posca fine point marker to add depth to the white or widened some of the initial lines to emphasize the area.  The Posca coverage was effective and dried quickly. 
    Details were really easy in this composition.  To add some pizzazz, I spot colored some areas in the balloons and flowers with Golden’s Iridescent Bronze.  Not quite satisfied yet, I set out to add some tactile texture. The Impress “doo dads” that were already on my desk were the perfect addition in the sky and as flowers.  It was easy to hand draw the stalks for the flowers. I love it when the details flow so easily.  As we all know, it isn’t always that way.  Below you see the finished work, Idyll.  This piece represents my point of view for the perfect place where I can rest, relax and renew.  Join me. 
    You can find more of my art on nancycurry.com and can follow me on my social media accounts or shop on Etsy from there. Each of my social media accounts has a different vibe, platform, and purpose, but they are all totally who I am as an artist, a person, and one who seeks to inspire. 

         

    Shari Acuff's Frida Doll

    Fridafly Doll

    Supplies you will need:
    RubberMoon Stamps (Fridafly and Ahimsa)
    Big Hearted Stencil by Kae Pea
    Archival Black ink pad
    Ranger Specialty Stamping paper or Heavy weight cardstock
    Acrylic Paints and water
    Fine tip Black Pitt Pen
    Cheesecloth or wide ribbon for skirt ruffles
    Distress Oxide ink Spiced Marmalade
    Double Stick Tape
    1/4" dowel



    I started by painting the heart for the body. Using a stencil brush pounce paint through the Big Hearted Stencil, I added some of the circles onto the heart as well.

    Stamp Fridafly twice, one for the head and the second for the wings. Also stamp out Ahimsa. I painted them using watered down acrylic paints.

    Using a dauber and distress ink, I tinted the cheesecloth.


    Let everything dry for a bit then cut out the heart and stamped images.
    I cut around the flower on Fridafly's head leaving a little white paper and went back with a Black Pitt pen and colored the white border.

    Using a piece double stick tape on the back of the heart I finger gathered the cheesecloth adding three layers to create the ruffly skirt. (I was going to add legs but decided to do a ruffle instead).


    Finally, assemble the doll with double stick tape onto the dowel.

    Martice Smith II's No-Sew, Detachable Travel Journal

    How to Make a No-Sew, Detachable Travel Journal

    By Martice Smith II


    Hi everyone! Martice Smith here, sharing a simple way to create your own travel journal. This is no ordinary journal, though. There is no bookbinding or sewing required! If you can fold a piece of paper, you can make this journal.


    The detachable part is a section of the journal where you can cut off and use for things like collage. This also proves that you don’t really need a bunch of art supplies to create beautiful, functional art while you're on the go.



    Here’s what you’ll need:


    RubberMoon Stamps:

  • True Free Spirit
  • Feather
  • XOXO
  • Rosa

  • Stencils:


    Supplies + Tools:

    • Acrylic paints (Cobalt Teal Hue + Charcoal Grey)
    • Spray inks (I’ll be using Blue, Yellow and Primary Magenta from DecoArt Media)
    • 90-lb. Watercolor paper, folded lengthwise, with one side longer than the other (see photos below)
    • Craft mat + paint palette
    • Scissors
    • Cosmetic sponge
    • Assortment of paint pens + markers
    • Water spray bottle + paper towels


    STEP 1 // Spray inks and smoosh the paper into the ink

    Spray three analogous colors of inks onto a craft mat. (If you’re unsure what analogous colors are, they are the colors that are side-by-side to each other on the color wheel.)

     

    Next, use your water spray bottle to spray a few mists of water onto each of the colors.

    Now, we’re ready to smoosh the paper into the ink.

    Oooh! Doesn't this part sound like fun?! Make sure to grab some paper towels...you’re about to get messy!


    Pick up your watercolor paper and lay it face down, directly on top of the ink.


    Slowly remove your journal from the craft mat and place it face up. Let it dry.

    (TIP: Use a hair dryer or heat gun to speed up the drying process.)


    Repeat for remaining sides of the watercolor paper.


    This simple technique creates a unique and spontaneous effect, doesn’t it? Let the paper dry completely before moving on to the next step.



    STEP 2 // Create the cover, then, stencil it

    Draw a half circle on the cover, then, cut it out. Keep the part that you cut away.

    I don’t like to waste good paper so I decided to turn it into a flap for the inside of our travel journal. You could even turn it into a pocket! More on how to do this, in a li’l bit…


    Next, I positioned the Night and Day stencil on the front cover and secured it with a strip of low-tack masking tape.


    I dabbed into some Cobalt Teal Hue with a cosmetic sponge to stencil the sun.


    (TIP: Use way less paint than you think you should use! I learned this the hard way and got paint seepage under my stencil. The result? A glob of paint and a blurry image. See what happened there on the sun’s face? Yeah, I’ll try to fix that later, in the final step...)


    Next, mix in a little bit of Charcoal Grey with the Cobalt Teal Hue to create a darker color.



    STEP 3 // Apply washi tape to create an inside pocket (or flap)

    Remember that half circle piece you cut off on the front of the journal? If you want to create a pocket, take that and place it against the inside fold of your journal. All you’ll need to do is apply washi tape along the three sides: top, side and bottom.)


    To create a flap, all you’ll need is a single strip of washi tape down the side. (For extra reinforcement, add another strip of washi on the reverse side of the flap.)



    STEP 4 // Create space for journaling

    Using the Days of the Week Planner Pack of Stencils, I traced the inside of the stencil to create space to write my ideas and thoughts.



    STEP 5 // Mark off a section for stamping

    I drew a line, 4 inches in from the outside edge. Fold along this line.

    (I stamped this area with: True Free Spirit, Feather, XOXO, Rosa)


    When I’m traveling and don’t want to pack a load of collage materials, I’ll create a sheet, similar to this one, full of stamped images. I can cut off these pieces and add them to my calendar, my art journal, make them out of stickers or fun collage ephemera. The possibilities really are endless!


    Repeat Step 5 on the back of this flap.



    STEP 6// Embellish with paint pens + markers

    Embellish the cover however you wish! I drew dots, added lines and traced the stars from the Night and Day stencil.


    Here’s what my finished journal looks like when it’s closed…



    Notice how the stamped area can be folded two different ways to get two different looks! (It can be folded in, towards the flap/pocket, or folded towards the back of the journal.


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    Thank you for visiting us today! I hope you enjoy the process of letting go and getting messy with ink sprays, stamps and stencils.

    Heather Haymart Paints Rainbows with Rubbermoon Art Stamps

    I am so excited to share my painting with Rubbermoon Stamps project with you today! Since I am an abstract painter of paintings with lots of color, my first instinct was to figure out how to use as many stamps as possible with as many colors as possible. This made me think of rainbows so I played with Rubbermoon stamps until I came up with a “rainbow” created with stamps. I have provided a supply list, but you can play with any variety of stamps to create your design.

    Here is my process:

    • Paint ATC with Golden white Gesso and let dry completely
    • Measure for center of card
    • Apply first central stamp as the guide for the rest of the design
    • Stamp 5 more stamps following the half radial design using a different color for each stamp
    • Let dry completely
    • Color Lyra Aquacolors over the stamped images
    • Use soft watercolor brush to activate and blend the AquacolorsLet dry completely
    • Voila! Painted, stamped, colorful, ATC ready to share!

    Check out the pictures and video below to see the process in action! 



     

     Supplies you will need: 

    Watercolor paper

    Golden white gesso

    Rubbermoon Economy Mount for cling stamps

    Rubbermoon Stamps:

    - 3 Stars stamp

    - Dragonfly Outline stamp

    - Kre8tiv Elements Positive Half cup stamp

    - City Doors Cube stamp

    White Felt

    Spray bottle water

    Golden High Flow Acrylics

    Lyra Aquacolors

    Pencil

    Paintbrushes


     

    The MUSE Collection

    Hello lovely ARTmosphere travelers! Today's blog post is a little different because one of our wonderful Spacecrafters, Kersten, is out of town! So until she's back (we can't wait!) we are using her blog days to talk about different things going on at the 'Moon (RubberMoon, of course!)

     

    As I'm sure you all have heard or seen by now, we recently launched a new and very exciting line of rubber art stamps designed by the fantastically talented Sandra Evertson, who is best known for her line of matte resin blanks called "Relics and Artifacts". (You can learn more about Sandra and R+A here!) Her line with RubberMoon is called The MUSE Collection because we know it will inspire you to create!

     

    While you may have seen the MUSE Collection on RubberMoon's Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest... ok. You've definitely seen them. We know! But you probably haven't seen Sandra's photographs of the stamps, so I'm going to show them here. (Be prepared: these pictures are almost as gorgeous as the stamp images themselves, and that's saying a lot! In addition to being beautiful and talented, Sandra is a killer photog!)

     

     

     

     

     

    Sorry I just have to pause here for a sec to catch my breath... aren't these stunning?? 
    Let's continue with some group shots...

    Pictured from bottom left, clockwise: Burning Heart, Venus, Muse, Ahimsa, Dove Amor, Life is Art, Sol

      

    Pictured from bottom left, clockwise: Milagros Charms, Fridafly, Ruby Throats (set of 2 - only one is pictured), Venus, Burning Heart

     

    Just a few more, because I can't resist!...

    Devotion

     

    Soul Sisters

     So, now that you've seen the gorgeous pics, what do you think? Are you more in love with the MUSE Collection than before? Or was this your first time seeing it? Let us know how you feel about the stamps and what they inspire you to make! 

     

    xo, 

    Maxi Moon

     

     

     

    Shari Acuff's Sun and Moon Mini Calendar Tutorial

    It was hard to decide what to make for my first post. I decided to make a calendar using 4” square wood canvases and the Night & Day stencil, Wood Icing and acrylic paint. I intended to use just the sun but didn’t leave enough room for the calendar in the corner so did the second canvas with the moon leaving room for the calendar in the middle.
    First I did a couple coats of gesso on each canvas then placed the stencil and did a coat of Wood Icing. I applied a thick coat to the sun, let it dry, and sanded out the rough spots. I did a thinner coat to the moon. I think next time I might go somewhere in the middle – not too much but a little more than just a thin coat, I like the added texture of putting a little too much on. I let the wood Icing dry then painted with acrylic paints. I kept adding more colors until I was happy with the result, I figure as the year goes by I can keep adding to it, changing the colors a bit until it is “perfect”.
    Once the sun and the moon was dry I cut a piece of felt to use for a hinge. Make sure to glue the correct ends together, I did it backwards the first time and had to clean the glue off! I used tacky glue and applied it to each end and held it together to make sure it was stuck and let it dry. Lastly I used double stick tape to attach a tiny calendar.
    Thanks for looking, hope you like it. Happy Stenciling!
    To purchase the products used, click on the links below: 
    And as always, you can use RubberMoon stamps to create all kinds of magical things! Find them here:

    Welcome to the ARTmosphere!

    Welcome to the ARTmosphere, home of RubberMoon's Creative SpaceCRAFT Team! This blog is dedicated to showcasing RubberMoon stamps used in exciting, versatile ways! We are extremely proud to present the artwork of 4 incredibly talented artists. Keep reading to learn more about these Spacecrafters and what they'll bring to the 'Moon! 

     

    Our first artist is Shari Acuff, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Seattle area. Shari originally started her artistic career as a pattern maker, and holds a degree in Fashion Design. She now manages a popular rubber stamp and craft store called Impress Cards and Crafts, which keeps her craft-juices flowing! 

    Impress Website: http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/

     

    Next up is Kersten Christianson, a moon-gazing, raven-watching, poetry-writing human. She teaches high school English and French and recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through University of Alaska Anchorage. Kersten lives in Sitka, Alaska with her daughter, husband, moon-crazed cat, and two canine friends, Odin the Yellow Lab and Freya the Newfie. Stamping is her preferred creative outlet of choice, but she has explored many paths along this trail.

     

     

    Heather Haymart has been creating and selling abstract texture paintings for fifteen years. She received her fine art training at University of Missouri –Columbia where she also received her teaching degree. She has taught art to children of all ages and adults. She participates in some of the top art fairs in the nation, exhibits in regional fine art galleries and sells her work online at www.heatherhaymart.com. She has worked in two different galleries as well as owning and managing her own gallery/art supplies/decorative finishing products shop with her mom as her partner. This is where she met and became good friends with Kristen Powers. Kristen introduced Heather to the wonderful world of mixed media, stencil and stamping fun. She quickly discovered what an exciting way this was to expand her creative bubble, and she is super excited to share her discoveries with you!
     

     

     

    Martice Smith II, aka the curly artista, ADORES all things grungy texture, saturated color palettes + helping other creatives add more artsy playfulness into their everyday lifestyle.

    She gets to mess around with art supplies all day + juggles many hats as a full-time artist, designer, online art instructor + styled stock photographer. This all gets done in the magical city of Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her current art supply obsessions are fluid acrylics + printmaking with stencils/stamps using a gelatin plate.

    Instagram: @marticesmithart

     

     

    Kae Pea and Maxi Moon are the mother/daughter team behind RubberMoon and The ARTmosphere! Kae Pea took over RubberMoon in 2012 and Maxi recently joined the team to help take on more creative projects! They are both so excited to be able to work together everyday towards their shared vision for RubberMoon Art Stamp Company.

     

    Twitter: @rubbermoon
    Instagram: @themoonandthemaker @rubbermoon
     
    We hope you will join RubberMoon and these talented artists on a journey through the ARTmosphere. Check back every Friday, starting Friday, June 23, for a new blog post, featuring the creative ways these Spacecrafters have used RubberMoon stamps!