Art Journaling 102: Technique Focus – Lighting (with Tutorial and Links)

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

light·ing [lahy-ting]


1. the act of igniting or illuminating: the lighting of many candles; the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.

2. the arrangement of lights to achieve particular effects: to work out the lighting for one’s living room.

3. an effect achieved by the arrangement of lights: Several critics praised the lighting of the play.
4. the science, theory, or method of achieving particular effects by the use of lights.

5. the way light falls upon a face, object, etc., especially in a picture.


The Science of  Light and Color

When I was studying at Michigan State University, I had to take a science class to graduate, so I chose the Science of Light and Color, as being an artsy person I thought this would be most interesting to me. Twenty years later, don’t ask me to re-iterate what I learned in that class. 

Although, working on this blog post, a few tidbits might come back to me.

You might think in Art Journaling that you only need to worry about light and lighting when you are shadowing an object, or creating sun rays, etc. However, just like in my University class, light mixes with color to produce dramatic results. “Although Aristotle and other ancient scientists had already written on the nature of light and color vision, it was not until Newton that light was identified as the source of the color sensation.” (Wikipedia)

“When sunlight shines through a prism, you can see all the colors of the rainbow (or visible spectrum). In fact, daylight is a mix of all colors. All the colors of nature come from light.” (Discover Lighting)


How do we apply this light theory to our designs?

One of the important design basics is contrast, which can be achieved through lighting. 

“Lighting can be described as being “soft” or “hard”.  Diffused light is soft. It minimizes shadows and provides a more relaxing and less visually compelling atmosphere.  When used alone, however, the effect can be lacking in interest, like an outdoor scene on an overcast day.

The artful use of hard light can provide highlights and shadows that emphasize texture and add beauty to form, as with direct sunlight.  Small unshielded sources such as a bare lamp or a candle flame can add an effect of brilliance or sparkle.”

Tangie has several products in her shoppe for applying light (and shadow) to your pages. Also you will find many of her kits have a lighting element or two as well. I will name some of these as well as give you links to tutorials for lighting effects in Photoshop below.


Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 33} Apprentice Art Box Edition
Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 42} Apprentice Art Box Edition

Additional Kits that have several lighting elements included:

{Steampunk Laboratory Collab} MEGA BUNDLE by Tangie

Up, Up & Away by Tangie

Luminescence by Tangie


Inspiration for Technique Focus: Lighting with Steps

Julie Ann

Here is the final image that I will walk you through the steps in which I applied lighting. I go from this…

to this with the lighting effects applied!


Step 1. Open page in Photoshop/ Elements




Step 2. Add wavy highlight with lines from AJC11 Parcel 42 by Tangie Lighting Effects. Go to Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Gradient Map. Click ok twice. Go to Layer –> Group with Previous.

Now go back and pick the color of the gradient map. To do so, double click on the “layer thumbnail” of the gradient map. Click on the drop-down menu to open Gradient Color Picker, click on double arrows for more options, click on color harmonies.

Click ok.


Step 3. Add the solid wavy highlight from AJC11 Parcel 42 by Tangie Lighting Effects. Set the blending mode to Saturation, Opacity 84%. This gives a nice shadow contrast.


Step 4. Add a wavy shadow lighting effect fromAJC11 Parcel 42 by Tangie Lighting Effects. Change the blending mode to Overlay, Opacity 68%.


Step 5. Add light element from Up, Up, & Away by Tangie. Position part of the light behind the “o” in “worth.”


Step 6. Add another light element from Up, Up, & Away by Tangie. This goes in the lower left part of the heart.


Step 7. Add a glowy light effect. Apply the style Tangie Galaxy Glows from the SUPER HERO BUNDLE by Tangie.


Step 8. Add the orange light from Up, Up, & Away by Tangie behind “feelings” in the upper right area of the heart for the finishing touch!!! The page is complete.


Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling: Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. – Virginia Satir

Credits: (all by Tangie Baxter)

Lighting: Up Up Away,AJC11 Parcel 42
Silhouettes: Silhouette Family Tree Collab with Molly Decrow
Paper: Enchanted Art Box Add On with Sherriejd

Fonts: Tangie AJFtweedleDeeALT, Tangie AJFmerryunbirthday, jamaistevie, Janda Apple Cobbler


Tutorials for Technique Focus: Lighting


Now it’s Your Turn!

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 102: Focus on Hybrid

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team


Art Journal 2012 Caravaners are filling up the gallery with paper and hybrid journal pages, and it’s so exciting! It’s time to focus on hybrid here on the Studio Tangie blog, don’t you agree?


Hybrid is pixels plus paper, for the newbies. Any combination of the two. There are many fabulous ways to creatively use your computer and printer, your handwriting and fussy cutting skills, and mix it all up! As I say many many times, and  never get tired of saying, the only limit to it all is your own imagination.


Studio Tangie has lots of awesome New Printables in the shoppe, including the oh so FABULOUS Tangible Plans™. I have to tell you that these Tangible Plans are very addicting to make!!!! I love them. You’ll see one of my pages using a Tangible Plan below (right page of art journal below). To check out Tangie’s Tangible Plans and all the new add-ons, just search for “zippyplans” in the shoppe.


Tangie also has put up for Sale a whole bunch of PRINTABLES in her CLOSEOUTS section that were previously retired, I believe. Get those now too! They are called ARTist Sheets and Artspiration Boards.

For your pleasure today, we have hybrid art journal pages from the Studio Tangie Creative Team, and I also pulled some hybrid pages from the Art Journal Caravan gallery! Enjoy!

Inspiration: Focus on Hybrid

Tam aka tamhanley

These pages were made from a dismantled cookbook/notebook, using gesso, phone book pages, acrylic and watercolor paints, glimmer mist, gel pens, stamps, light modeling paste, embroidery thread and bracelet chain, and printed artwork by Tangie!

AJC 2012 parcel 15
AJC 2012 parcel 07
Cirque Joyeux
AJC 2010 parcel 40


Julie Ann

I used two of Tangie’s Studio Box Workshops to create these two pages in a 12 x 12 journal by Fancy Pants. I added fussy cuts from wallpaper, magazines, and collage pieces by Tangie. I had so much fun with these, and you can tell I just love color!

Left Page

This page was created from Studio Box Workshop #1, and I used water-soluble crayons on the edges. I journaled with an American Crafts Slicker Pen, added wallpaper that I fussy cut, and a few collage pieces by Tangie.


Right Page

I also used water-soluble crayons on the edges of the printables to give an artsy look. I outlined a few items with a black pen, and some of the journaling was done with a Zig Memory Marker. It was raining the day that I made this page so I added the girl with the umbrella from a magazine.



{Studio Box Workshops No. 1} Buildable Art Journals
by Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Starter Kit & Workshop}
by Tangie

2010 Collage Sheet Mania! 92 Collage Sheet Grab Bag!
by Tangie

2011 Collage Sheet Mania! 94 Collage Sheet Grab Bag!
by Tangie

Other: Word Art border by CrowAbout StudioB


Inspiration for the Art Journal Caravan 2012 Gallery: Focus on Hybrid


Aplomb week 8


BG paper is a mixture between Nancie Rowe janitz papers and tangie,
Just jaimee: border, splatter,
Tangie: (up, up away, splatter graffitis, AJC 2012): elements
Nancie Rowe Janitz: sticht,
Marta van ecklette: bird,
maya: snapshot 2012 wordart,
The girl is a painting from Van Dongen

Keywords: art-journal, neo color crayons, hybrid




THE PROMPT: Something I really want to accomplish this year is __________.

Stay the course with my altered book called HAPPY NEW DAY. I want to experiment, explore, and practice new techniques in the hybrid world of art journaling as I document my days. In order to support this dream I have …
• Signed up for workshops & classes (probably way too many LOL) … AND … integrate the inspiration and prompts into my book
• Set up my hybrid art journaling space
• Am re-organizing my digital supplies
*Given myself permission to play in my art journal every day
Supplies used: acrylic paints, pitt pens, gel pens,
NBC Cutie Patootie (face & word art)




Thought I’d share these here at the AJC…I used Tangie’s Tangibles. The templates are awesome; especially if you don’t have lots of time to create (like me at the moment). After creating the pages digitally, I printed them out. I did not save the digital files…as this will force me to use pen and pencil (or maybe even crayon) to finish the page.



junque journal pages 2 Dream Awesome

So I also worked on my junque journal gifts I went all out on a few pages and had some fun – I will post my favs to share with you.

This one uses Polka Dot Chicks and Soto Creations Altered Junk Adornments bundle (wings)
Mix-Up 15 (paper for hearts) & 7(white wings)
as well as some acrylic paint, heart punch, and gel pens




This year, I’ll probably have two art journals, a digital one, and a completely handmade one. I’ve started the handmade one already. The cover is done and my first page is done. Actually, the journal I have is a fabulous handmade journal by Tangie Baxter. You can find them in her Etsy shop. Anyway, I wanted to share my new artwork with you all.

2012 Art Journal Cover Art {collage fodder by Tangie Baxter, a Broadway post card, paint pens by Sharpie, label maker, distress ink by Tim Holtz, acrylic paint, PITT Artist pens by Faber-Castell, gloss gel medium by Liquitex, and Preserve It! Matte finish spray by Krylon.



Week 06 Page

The background for this page is some wonderful fabric with skulls and glitter on it! I glued it down and then glued on the pieces, I printed one of Tangie’s hearts with the word Listographs on it and glued it on, some bubble wrap gesso, stamped letters and journaling and I think the page is done.
Journaling reads: “Proud to of overcome. 1. Not graduating from High school. Got GED went to college. 2. Being molested. 3. Being raped @S 13. 4. Being in a very abusive relationship. (I left) 5. Depression. My past doesn’t control my present or my future!”



I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my painted collaged bits and after digitizing and playing with them for a while realized I’d never celebrated my morning coffee ritual in my art journal. No earth shattering philosophical messages here, just a bit of fun.

Full size version and credits at:…n/photostream/



One Little Word 2012: Embrace

For far too long, I’ve been a collector of art supplies, rather than a user. With this year’s journal, I’d like to change that, so I’ve delved into my stash. My word is embrace, and I was inspired by this short poem.

Supplies: Affliction and 1942 Report fonts, coffee for staining, watercolor pencils, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Bo Bunny papers, letters and stickers (Gabrielle and Et Cetera collections)



Bohemian Rhapsody

I haven’t done a hybrid piece since the summer. But my amazing friend Ruth came by for a sleepover and I couldn’t resist. She is doing amazing work with tea bags but rather than follow her delicate example (she empties the bag and flattens it which provides an amazing background frame texture), I just threw on a filled herbal tea bag. Besides Ruth, I need to give a nod to Rabbit whose self challenge appealed to me immensely and thus my first challenge: to do a zeti type piece.

Materials: Acrylics and lots of modifiers (gels, pearlizers), Neo-Colours, Derwent Inktense watercolours, Tombow, masking tape, Sharpie Poster pen, Uniball Signo, Gel pen
Digital: Crowabout Studios Woot2 (head, arms, wings), Tumblefish Studios Fishy (shoes and stockings)

Lyrics: Queen



a scrapbook/ art journaling hybrid page- I love how this turned out because it is so out of my comfort one

Thanks for looking,



After all the colour of my previous pages I fancied doing something with a little less colour. So here is my mixed media page for My life in 3 sentences. I think its one of my favourites so far.

Images -Tangies Dream Spillers
Font – Tropical script BTN Bamboo
Border – Pitt pen black




Be BOLD and mighty forces will come to your aid.

I have had a block for months now. I haven’t even made a single Caravan page yet I think. I start a lot of pages but never really finish anything. Yesterday I heard that quote on a TV show (don’t remember which show, sorry) and it just kept repeating in my head. This afternoon I once again sat down with my journal and hoped to make something. I added some of the background paint and it was quite bold and 1 hour later the page was done. YAY.

Supplies: The circles are punched from some of the many backgrounds I have painted lately. The butterflies are from a vintage notecard kit by Maryjo Koch. The fonts are from our very own Tangie Baxter. I used cheapy watercolors and Crayola Slick Stix (love those).


and this one, below, I don’t think is hybrid- but since I’m writing this blog post, I guess I can put anything here! I don’t think you’ll complain! Isn’t it gorgeous?


2012 Itinerary #5

Mixed-Media week #5,
I knew my journaling was going somewhere I wasn’t ready to share with everyone so I snapped a picture with my phone before I finished writing!

LOVE LOVE this quote, and it has inspired me to be more BOLD


Now it’s your turn!

I hope this has inspired you to be hands-on and get your hands messy! Be sure to share your hybrid art journal pages with us in the gallery.

Join the conversation! Leave a comment below and tell us what you think about this post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 102: Digi Technique Focus – The Clone Tool with Tutorials

Welcome to our fifth amazing

Technique Feature of 2012:

Creative Uses of  the Clone Tool!

Preview of Finished Page

The Clone Tool in Photoshop is most popularly used for covering over un-wanted portions of an image, such as covering

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

an unwanted telephone wire by “cloning” the sky in the same image.  (See the Ultimate Guide to Cloning in Photoshop)

Today I’d like to introduce several tutorials I’ve found on the internet for digital scrapbooking that may interest you. I’ve used a few of these techniques to create my finished page you see above, and larger at the end of this post.


Creative PS & PSE Clone Tool Tutorials for Scrapbooking and Art Journaling



Here’s how I used some of the tutorials on my page.

Image 1:

First, I started following the tutorial Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial- Creating a Seamless Pattern at  I chose to open a yellow paper by Tangie, I transformed it to a smaller size square, then duplicated it six times to create the tile pattern you see in the above image.


Image 2:

I continued following the same tutorial, cloning the paper to cover the seams. I followed the tutorial through to the end. Then for added interest, I created the result into a pattern. I used the Pattern Stamp Tool set on Impressionist to add more interest to this background.


Image 3:

I added my art doll who had this great bird nest f or a hat. I decided to add birds into my background. I used the Clone Tool to do this. I was inspired by the tutorialAdvanced Digital Scrapbooking Techniques: Custom Brush with Clone Stamp by Pattie Knox

{First, select the layer that the Art Doll is on.  Using the Clone Stamp Tool, select the area of t he bird you wish to clone, hold down the Alt key, and and click with your mouse on that area. Then, create a new layer below the art doll, and above your background layer. On this new layer, position the mouse where you would like to stamp, and click the mouse, which will stamp the area of the bird that you selected to clone.}

Repeat the instructions within the { } for the other birds as many times as desired.


Image 4:

Next, I duplicated that layer and rotated it horizontally for symmetry several times.

In my final image, I did cover most of this with gesso for a collage look.


Image 5:

Finally, I wanted my word art to stand out so I decided to use the Clone Stamp Tool to duplicate the splattergraffiti strokes behind it. This was a matter of trial and error until I got just the look I wanted.


Image 6:

This image shows my result after I finished cloning the splattergraffiti. With a solid color behind it, the word art is easier to read.


Technique Focus: Creative Cloning by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling: Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish that they are after. – Henry David Thoreau

Credits: all by Tangie unless noted

Word Art: Spark-Greatest Curiosity
Graffiti: Studio Mix 19 Glorious Vision Side B
Counter: Studio Box Workshop No. 3
Bingo,Scallop doodle: Studio Box Workshop No. 4
Black splat: AJC12 Parcel 07,
Borders: AJC12 Parcel 11, Wishing Waiting
Gesso: AJC12 Parcel 14
Fish: Red All Over ATC with SherrieJD
Arms: Seaside Art Dolls
Grass: Layla in La La Land with Rebecca McMeen
Stitching: AJC12 Parcel 11
Art Doll: She Journals
Fonts: Tangie AJFDuchess, Tangie AJFelephant, Tangie AJFdowntherabbithole, Tangie AJFchesire, Tangie AJFtweedledee, Tanige AJFRockingHorseFly, Tangie AJFtweedledeeALT, Tangie AJFbill


Now it’s your turn! Take a try at using the Clone Tool creatively.

Upload your page to the gallery and link the url to the comments on this post!!! :)


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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 102 – Digi Technique Feature: Curves

Welcome to our fourth exciting 

Technique Feature of 2012


(Note: This post is image-heavy, so  please be patient in case it takes a while to load. Thanks bunches!!!)

Let’s face it, curves and waves make for excitement and flow in a layout! Why wouldn’t you want to try them out? There are a number of ways to incorporate curves into your pages.

  • Use pre-made shapes
  • Use the pen tool in Photoshop
  • Have text follow a curve on a path
  • Warp your text in Photoshop Elements to make it wavy
  • Use curved layout, paper, and shape templates
  • Draw curves in Artrage (software)
  • Make curved borders
  • Use swirls and spirals

Let’s see inspiration from the Studio Tangie Creative Team, and then I also have found more inspiration from the Scrapbookgraphics Gallery. Plus, as a bonus, there are links to online tutorials for creating curves!

Inspiration for Technique: Curves – Studio Tangie Creative Team

Julie Ann

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.” – Joseph Joubert

I chose this quotation because the theme of our “My Vision for 2012″ prompts in March is creativity, and this quote spoke to me on that subject. I can’t imagine going a week, or even a few days without creating something. My husband is a musician, and he works on his music every day as well.

Technique: I used a curved template, as well as a curved text path in Photoshop Elements. As a finishing touch, I added a border with curves in it, and stars with swirls.

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter unless noted otherwise

Key: Thoughts of Thee
Button: Gee That’s Swell, Mixed Media Cobalt
Splatter: Stacy Jane, Mixed Media Lime
Stars: DODDOS, Collage Fodder Stars, TCOI C16
Metal: TCOI C7
Tape: Wonderland, Mixed Media Lime
Circles: AJC12 Parcel 7
Butterfly: Mixed Media Buttercup
Eye: Unconventional Wisdom
Gear: Steampunk Lab
Eyepiece: Steampunk Band
Papers: QQuickety Split Vol. 5,Quickety Split Vol. 7, Painted Grunge, Art Stomp with Roben-Marie Smith, Asian Abundance with Amanda Sexton
Border: Quickety Split Borders 1

Other – Body: Divas by Tumblefish Studios, Get Funky by Crowabout StudioB; Textpath: Scrapsimple TypePath Curve 2101 by Valerie Randall


Carolyn aka cfalbro

Technique: I simply used a bunch of curved borders and circles.

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter
Papers and Elements from
As If By Magic
AJC 2011 Apprentice Art Box Parcel 48
Quickity Split Snippets 1
Quickity Split Borders 3


Inspiration for Technique: Curves – Scrapbookgraphics Gallery

Please click on the image to give the artist love in the gallery!

Karen Bowers – Technique: love the curve of the repeated photo where she used a rainbow gradient overlay with the style set to “radial”

I love this photo of me little, grinning my head off because I’m on my bike and my dad is watching me. Since my AJC 2012 trick is to make brushes out of favorite things, I turned little me into a brush. I put a rainbow gradient overlay with the style set to “radial”. I put a soft inner glow in the large image of me. I like how “little risk taker” can be read two ways.

AJC 2012 Parcel 3 (rub ons) by Tangie Baxter
Phuong Ton’s August (paper)
Fonts: Jellyka’s Endless Voyage and Suzanne Walker’s Pollyanna



php57 – Technique: love the swirls of opulent feathers on this whimsical page

Credits: Tangie AJC12 Parcel 8; RMcMeen Elle kit



PatsFanGran - Technique: the curved text path is just utter perfection

Wordography #9 Serendipity



Zuzu – Technique: love the curved text path, the text around the sun, and the fun curved border too!

Week #10 – The song in my head

SInce we’ve had a mild winter here in upstate NY, I’ve been humming this song a lot! Thanks to Tangie for the Type on a Path tutorial! (in the AJC Forum)

Tangie – AJC 11 Parcel 42; Bountiful; Dot, Dot, Dot; Quote Borders; AJC 12 Vintage stamps; and Door Opens

Studio Miki – Luna
Tumblefish Studio – Freestyle
Wish Bliss Studio – Some Kind of Wonderful and Mermaids (both retired).



chinaca – Technique: swirls, butterflies and text on a curve! love it!

Itinerary 10 – Dearth




Nevermore – Technique: what cool curved waves! also she posted a video of the curved journaling in the Art Journal Caravan 2012 forum for us…so awesome!

Week 10: A Maid that Sleeps in Love

Went to town on recolouring on this one. Example, the boat was deconstructed, overlaid with Flergs’ papers which were all hue adjusted. Waves were recoloured with Match colour readjustment and then merged with a Doris Castle paper. And so on. I have posted a video in showing how I did the hand journalling of the lyrics (ArtRage 102) if anyone has any interest.

Background: CreateWings “Create”.
Border: Beth Rimmer “Border Insanity”.
Journal: Rosey Posey “Natural Abandon”.
Boat: Tangie Baxter “Keep Moving Forward” with various Flerg papers.
Waves: Ruth Davis “Sea Breeze” and “Wave” with recolouring and a Doris Castle “Sentimental Sophisticates” paper blended in.



rabbitTechnique: what’s not to love? curved photo! curved element of dividing cells swirling through the page, curved title, and curved subtitle!

Week 9: Serendipity


Photo: self
Sun: combination of two from Tangie: Musical Theatre
Dividing cells: It’s All Relative kit by Finecrafted Design @ Deviantscrap
Ovum & DNA from the web
Borders: Jolie Papier by Tumblefish Studio @ Deviantscrap
Backgrounds: own
Fonts: Starburst & Lucida Handwriting



suslynTechnique: I love the curves in the body on the silhouette in this ATC , and also the waves on the bottom border!

On Hope Street

From the Frameworthy Gallery: I was inspired by her Encaustics gallery. While she seems to use a lot of squares, with some curves, I’ve deviated from that considerably using mostly curves and a few squares.

We’re moving in July. We both have some trepidation at the idea, for different reasons. So here’s for hope.

Thx for the challenge.

Credits: Papers and elements from The Body Electric and Tell Your Story (Circle of Life Scraps) and The Livin’ is Easy collab bySugar Moon and Circle of Life Scraps.



RucolaDesigns – Technique: very cool curvy arrow with curved text on it, and various  curved lines…very fun!

I tried to play with the fonts and curves.

Credits: Paula Kesselring – Spring Garden
Font: Mad Hatter by Tangie Baxter – AJC Parcel 04
Fonts: Jump Start, Myriad Pro, Stamp Act



tam65 – Technique: this is a dreamy text path….talk about curvy!!! love!


The journaling says….i believe in dreams. Without dreams I would be lost. I guess that is because I am a planner and person who stores their dreams just waiting for the right moment to transpire so it can become a reality. I know too that dreams are fluid things and that is why this year I am tying to stop and smell the roses.


paper from Moonlight Hallow by Tangie
gessolace from AJC 12 parcel 4 by Tangie
paint from AJC11 parcel 1 by Tangie
swirls, eye, stitches and paint swirl from Art Journaling kit 2 by Holliwood Studios
hearts from AJC 12 parcel 6 by Tangie
sparkles from Dream Spilling by Tangie
water blooms by Rosey Posey
text path by Sahlin Studio


Related Tutorials: Technique – Curves

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Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 102 – Digi Technique Feature: The Burn Tool


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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

Welcome to our third Technique Feature of 2012! Today, we are exploring creative uses of the Burn Tool in Photoshop Elements. You can also do this in Photoshop, however I am using PSE…so for demo purposes I will talk about that program.


Preview of Finished Art Journal Page Featuring Burn Tool

Using the Burn Tool: Part 1

Now I have to admit, I haven’t used the burn tool often, so we are going to be learning together. I found inspiration in several online tutorials. The first one is a tutorial written by Brandy Hackman for Using the Burn Tool to Chalk Around PNG Brush Files. You can see my steps and result below.

Using the Burn Tool to Chalk Around PNG Brush Files

as Inspired by Brandy Hackman

Step 1. So the first thing you need to know is that I don’t always follow directions very well…as I am supposed to be using a PNG Brush file. I had my mind set on finding a flower in Picasa, and I liked this flower…so looking for a Brush file slipped my mind. It’s all good, as it worked out just fine as you’ll see. So Step 1 is to open your PNG file, and to drag it into place on your background paper. Then I made a duplicate of my background paper…because we are going to “chalk” on it, and I’m never comfortable using the original layer, always use a duplicate layer. (Yes, I save my .psd files at the end.)

Step 2. Cotinue to follow Brandy’s Tutorial, starting at “While holding the Ctrl key, click on the image’s layer in your Layers Palette.” You can see above how the chalked image is starting to appear.


Using the Burn Tool: Part 2

Now the second tutorial that I found inspiration from Melissa at Learn to Scrapbook in Photoshop Elements, and her tutorial titled “How can I use the burn and dodge tools?” She shows you how to wrap a ribbon around a frame, add shadow and highlight for a needle to go through a ribbon, and also how to ink edges using the burn tool. The last technique is what I used on this page today.


Using the Burn Tool to Ink Edges

Part 2, Step 1: Open a border or lace (see yellow lace above), and drag into place on your page.


Step 2: Use the burn tool around the edges of the scallop to “ink” it.  I burned the edges at 60 px, Midtones, 37%…you can play around to get the effect that pleases you. As I create my page, I will use this technique on the art doll, and on additional border pieces that I add. You can view this below on the final page.


Julie Ann

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter – AJC 12 Parcel 6, AJC 12 Parcel 7, Gesso Messy 5, Gesso Messy 3, Dream Spilling Alpha, Steampunk Lab, ATC Melodies, AJC 11 Parcel 47 with Flergs, aMUSEing Art Dolls with Rebecca McMeen, She Paperdolls, MUSEical Theatre, Junque Journal, Art Journal Paper Worn Styles, Font: Art Journaling Font Canary by Tangie

Additional Tutorials:


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Art Journaling 102: Technique Feature – {Hybrid} Tutorial

Art Journaling 102: Technique Feature – {Hybrid} Tutorial

Gesso Wash & Borders


What I Know For Sure by Julie Ann Shahin

For our second Technique Feature of 2012, I’ll be sharing with you a Hybrid Tutorial as I create an Art Journal Page where I use a Gesso Wash and show you how I build up my Borders to create this page, shown above.


Tip: There is an awesome Art Journaling Supply and Resource List included in Tangie’s Studio Box Workshop 1: Buildable Art Journals.


1. Start with a blank page in your art journal. I happened to turn to a pre-painted page with paint splatters from previous art journaling. Having a painted layer first is optional.



2. Print backgrounds and elements from Tangie’s Collage Mania 1 & 2 kits, these kits are printables. Cut out elements now or as you need them. Sometimes in the evening, I’ll just sit and cut out elements as I watch television.



3. Take several of the printed backgrounds, and cut one or two vertical strips from them. Adhere to the page with a glue stick.



4. Continue adhering strips across the page. Select a border base for the top of the page and adhere.____________________________________________________


5. Mix a little water in with gesso. Swipe over the strips to give a white water wash. Do not paint over the top horizontal border, just the vertical strips.



6. Adhere a border at the bottom. Cut out and adhere elements such as a heart, flower, and row of paint dots and add at the end of the border.



7. Build up the top border by adding a smaller border along the top, a piece of word art that says “opinions” along the side on the left, and the girl head element.



8. Build up the bottom border by layering elements such as a star and circle behind the border on the right. Also layer word art (from Pinterest), another star, heart, cabuchon, key, time, paint brush, and borders.



9. Next, I adhered an image of a vintage movie star that I cut from an old book. I used mini letter stickers for the title, and then doodled around the letter stickers with my Copic marker, or you can use a black sharpie.



10. Then I wrote my journaling out on pre-cut cardstock strips.



11. Adhere the finished journaling strips to the page. Add dots around selected strips. Draw a line around the arrow. Adhere photo corners to the first and last journaling strip. Create shading with dots under the photo of the mvintage movie star. Outline the star in the bottom border with dots. Add any other finishing touches according to taste! Here is the end result: 


Journaling Prompt:

What do you know for sure?

Technique Prompt:

Try a hybrid page with a gesso wash and/or built-up borders


just print out some of your digi art journal pages and put them in a journal!


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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When I discovered the magical world of Actions in Photoshop, actually those made for Photoshop Elements, I was entranced!  Not only could I transform photos with the click of a button, but also give effects to almost any paper, element, or alpha that I wanted to use in digital art journaling as well. The computer did all the work, and I just sat back and watched!


What is a Photoshop Action?

In Photoshop, (not PSE), one can record a series of steps that you do to an image. This is a time-saving measure so that it can be repeated on many other images with one-click of a button and the recorded series plays by itself, quickly. This Complete Guide to Understanding Actions explains for PS how to load an action, open an action, view an action, run and undo an action. Photoshop Elements Users read this.

Where To Get Actions?

There are actions for photographs, for alphas, for text, for paper, for glitter, for glows, etc. You can find free ones online, or quality ones for purchase. In fact, Tangie has several in her store.

  • These 7 styles will make your elements & text look worn over your background paper, as if they are really interacting with it! No more floating paint or titles!

4 Light Saber glow styles for PS/PSE By Tangie


Art Journal Inspiration Using Actions

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Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Actions used on this page:

1. On the text, I used a different color Light Saber glow styles for PS/PSE By Tangie on each line.

2. I also used the Light Saber glow styles for PS/PSE By Tangie around the silhouette.

3. I used the Paperworn Art Styles & BONUS Action By Tangie on the quote text, and the green heart word art.


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Accomplished by nevermore

I am feeling extremely isolated and cut off. How are you? Everyone asks. “We are all fine,” I say. The art of becoming an accomplished liar.

Background: Sausan Designs Altered Experiment with a Ruth Davis “Seabreeze” border (recoloured);
Woman: A googled adult Pinocchio costume superimposed on Rosey Posey’s Women figure (used some Atomic Cupcake chipboard action and layer blending and effects); Eyes and Lips from Tangie’s “Faces”; Crown from Catherine Designs “Create”
Journalling: Tangie’s “AJC11 Parcel 12″ with Manipulative Lovers font and Tangie’s AJC heart superimposed on font heart.




Live by phlf003

Spray action atomic cupcake
Background Hearts Fiddlette Designs




Fear by Serenity

crowabout studio – rusty and abandanded papers and buildings;
overlays from dsp;
PSE 7 and actions with
Adobe Lightroom
how many children have that fear?
how many people lose their home and it’s
not because they are lazy or irresponsible?
sometimes you have no choice or no way out
and you lose it all….
I have seen poverty and children and pets
in these surroundings and it breaks your heart.
thanks for looking and leaving a comment.



priceless bliss by gonewiththewind

CREDITS: Oh What Rapture! by Studio Tangie, part of The Digi Files for Sept 2011; Urban Rainbow Photo Actions by Faith True; font is Grant’s Ghosts




Move by joannknnrd

I was really struck by the Walt Disney quote Tangie included in this kit (used on the figures back). It was about curiosity being the thing that keeps us moving forward. I’m not sure if that applies to everyone, but I do know that most of us just keep coming back no matter what terrible things we endure. Being human has it’s rewards!

Keep Moving Forward by Tangie @ SBG

Papeworn Art Styles & BONUS Action by Tangie

Figure from Flickr Creative Commons




Scarlet Begonias aka Moon Mother by orachel

This was published July 2010…in Artisan Notebook zine. I’m on the ‘Song Writers’ team there, so my prompts involve lyrics of songs.

The prompt was to make a page about a woman of strength in our lives.

Created with:

* Kits by Tangie Baxter, Studio Tangie @ SBG
Elements drawn from the following kits… Tangerine Dream ATC Collection, Collage Fodder Stars, Haute Soiree, Black Licorice ATC Collection, Audrey Roo with artwork by Rebecca McMeen, iNSD TCOI Gift, Abundance of Asia Collab w Amanda Sexton, Ultimate Art Doll Collab w SherrieJD

*Poirot Clown vintage photo and realistic rose by ItKuPiLLi *Carnivale Mask, and part of Background (recolored) from Once Upon a Time A Girl and Once Upon a Time A Boy by Miss Honey. *Gold glove by SherrieJD from Ultimate Art Doll Collab with Tangie Baxter

*Fonts are Pappo’s Blues Band Official Font (Scarlet Begonias), Tempus Sans ITC (journaling), and Misproject (She wears …Lyrics) by Eduardo Recife at MisprintedType, actions used are Shadow Style #1 by Paula Kesselring @ SA and Atomic Cupcake’s Inked Edges
Here’s journaling and blurb….
When we’re talking about women and strength, I often think of my amazing mother, Heather Moon. On Mother’s Day, I realized that she’s been gone 20 years. All the inner strength I’ve relied on to get thru these past few very difficult years I can attribute to my mom‘s example of strength in the face of adversity, and the joys I’ve recently found in an artistic outlet are her legacy to me. I remember how difficult things were for her, but she never stopped being unique and creative and fabulous. I knew I wanted to focus on Tangie Baxter’s elements as there are so many clever and slightly bizarre pieces of ephemera in her kits. When I found the vintage image from ItKuPiLLi of the woman in the poirot clown costume, and thought about my mom’s incredible talent as a Costumer and her wild and eclectic style, the rest just kind of happened! I can’t explain how my wacky brain works! As for Scarlet Begonias as the song choice, that Jerry Garcia song has always made me think of her…My mother most certainly was not like other girls! lol

Lyrics: Scarlet Begonias She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes. And I knew without asking, she was into the Blues. She wore Scarlet Begonias tucked into her curls. I knew right away she was not like other girls. Not like other girls. {lyrics by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter}
Journaling: Meet the Divine, the Fabulous, and the Utterly Unique Heather Moon…aka Mom. Talented COSTUMER, Best Friend, and Guru of all things Wacky, Eclectic, and Fun! As an adult, I realize how much STRENGTH it must have taken for her to resist being stuffed into that ‘June Cleaver’ Box, but she never stopped making each day Magical, and she had a CREATIVE SPARK that could LIGHT UP the NIGHT SKY. I Miss You, Mom xoxo, rachel 2010





Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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