Art Journal Techniques : rub-ons

Art Journal Techniques : rub-ons


Alright, so I wanted to show you what rub ons are, and how they can
enhance your mixed media projects. So here is a sheet of rub ons, this one is from Tim Holtz, and the way you use
this … I just wanna teach you guys what rub ons are for those of you
who don’t know. I got a question about that on my Facebook
page. I don’t know why I assumed everybody knew cause I didn’t used to know what they were. What you have to do is you can’t
just use it on the sheet, because you’ll end up taking off more than just your word, so you pick a word
that you want. I like the word “journey”. It’s actually my
mother’s one little word for the year’s journey, and you’ll see that it comes… there’s like this uh… it’s on acetate, and it’s basically black pigment on this
side. So what you do is you put it down, and you can kind of, you know, try it out in different places in your
mind. I’m gonna just put it right here. Now, how this is
different than running something through your computer and cutting it out is you’re not…this film doesn’t stay here.
You take one of these sticks, and now you’re gonna rub the back a bit. Now, I’m just doing an extra good job. Maybe I didn’t have to rub for so long. And then, what I like to do is carefully peel. For now, you peel it and you make sure… …now you see how this is kinda coming up with my paper? So that part needs to be rubbed down a
little more. There we go. …then peel it… that one needs to be rubbed
a little more …a little stubborn… Here we go. So, rub ons were initially used by the
scrapbooking community to put embellishment in
their scrapbooks, and then the mixed media community picked them up to add additional texture to their projects,
because you can see how nice it is that this just adds a layer of detail different than a sticker, because there’s like a level of transparency to
it. …this does not wanna come off… it’s alright. It’s okay, they don’t have to be perfect, because this is not a scrapbook. It’s my art journal. So, sometimes like a little
piece will stick, and then you just put that on, and you see if you can get it. If you can’t,
you can’t. I think it’s because there was some wet paint there, and I didn’t…wait…yeah, that’s that not
gonna wanna come off. It’s okay. So, what I can also do is take a little black pen …experimenting with a
different black pen… this is a good one. Alright, you see that? So, that is my rub on. Oh, I was gonna show you some
other rub ons. Alright. So, sometimes the rub ons can
have white or color, like this one has white. I
can put that on. Now, rub ons are not cheap. Like, a sheer rub on is
probably like five or six dollars. I have to find out how much this one was. You can pay quite a bit for rub ons. So, that’s why I wanted to figure out how
I can make my own rub on, and that is what my online class is
going to be. I’m gonna be teaching how to make your
own rub on so you don’t have to rely on… First of all, you personally save money, because you don’t
have to buy them, and second of all, you can customize
your rub ons to look the way you want to. Alright. So, the same thing applies with
this. I’m gonna have to cut out the rub on I want, so I don’t end up wasting other ones in this sheet. So, you can see you can layer a rub on
top of a rub on, and again, my paint wasn’t dry, so I think I’m gonna have
a problem over there, but things don’t have to be perfect. Life’s a journey… I wish I understood how to use these rhinestones. You can leave me a comment on the comment section if you know what I’m
supposed to do with this. So, the rub ons… When you have… When you wanna do a custom
saying, you can buy a whole alphabet. Problem is with these, is you’re gonna run
out, and then you can’t spell the word you
want. Like, I’m not even sure I can spell anything with these anymore. There’s like, so few letters left. What do I have left… V, X, and Q. So, if you have these letters… Here we go. So, you see how beautiful it looks, and it’s much better than
stamping, because, you know, stamping gets that weird
edge around the square. I mean, I know some people like the way it looks. So, if I were to stamp a letter, you see how
you get that square? And, you don’t have that problem with the
rub on, but the problem is they’re expensive,
they run out. I never seem to have what I need. So, that is why I wanna teach you guys how to
make your own for your art journals and for your mixed media projects.

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