Friday, January 13, 2017

A Seaside City on Yupo and a Sneak Peak of a New 2017 TCW Winter Release

Happy Friday!

Today I have a mixed media painting on heavyweight Yupo. The heavyweight Yupo was designed to be able to use it for mixed media. I decided to test the heavyweight Yupo by just to playing. No ideas, no thoughts, just play. It's amazing what my hands do when my brain is shut off.

Don't forget to check out a sneak peak of a new stencil from The Crafters Workshop for their 2017 Winter Release at the end of my post!!!

First I used washi tape to add to the background.

On top of the washi tape I added tags, bits of scraps, more washi tape and string.

I added DecoArt's Crackle Paste through the TCW639 Star Quest stencil. I also added it on the string.

The Crafter's Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

As you can see I used parts of the stencil to form the buildings and add some architectural designs.

I let the paste dry on it's own so it cracks nicely. You can use a heat gun but it doesn't always work very well. It's best to let it be. When it was dry I started adding color with Golden High Flow Acrylics.

I also like to spray a little water on it and watch the paint spread in all the nooks and crannies.

I noticed the way the string lays on the Yupo and it looks like a wave so I continued that way.

I decided to paint the cracks in the paste. As I was painting, I noticed it looked like a crest of a large wave.

I didn't like all the blue at the bottom so I add some white and sprayed it with water. I love the way the paint spreads with the water.

I continued painting the cracks on the buildings and added birds to the sky.

Here is the finished piece.

It looks like an old seaside city decaying by the sea. The piece of Yupo is 5x7. I only wished I played on a larger piece.

I hope you enjoyed my project.


This stencil is called TCW639 Rose Garden designed by Hot Off The Press!

Stay tuned for more speak peaks!
Starting January 21st on TCW blog you'll start seeing the new stencils in action!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Crystal Clear TCW Gel Medium Technique

Surprise, it's not Friday but I thought I would repost this technique here if you didn't see it on my blog post for The Crafters Workshop
I'm not a fan of shiny glossy mediums but I do love to use TCW Gel Medium Gloss using this technique. It's so much fun! It can be used on anything, cards, scrapbook pages, art journals, ATCs, etc.
First, I added fluorescent acrylic paints through the stencil on Yupo. When it dried, I put the stencil back on the Yupo and added Gel Medium Gloss through the stencil.
When it dried just like magic is turned crystal clear so you can now see the colors again. Pretty cool, right?
I used a brayer to add more acrylic paints, water and India inks to the Yupo.  I let some of the ink and paints dry in puddles.
Tip: Yupo is plastic so paints and inks move around a lot with a brayer. If you like a portion of your painting and don't want to change it, wait for it to dry before adding more. I will tell you waiting for it to dry also has its problems, but the more you work with Yupo the less frustrating it becomes.
Once it dried I scribbled on it and it was done.
If you want to see more details on this project and all the supplies I used you can click HERE.
The Crafters Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.
I hope you love this technique just as much as I do.
If you create anything with The Crafters Workshop stencils and mediums, share them with hashtag #tcwstencillove.
You can see more of my creations using TCW stencils by clicking on the link below.
I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Welcome 2017! My thoughts, My Art, My Babble

Happy New Year!
My parents always said as you get older the years go by faster. Boy, were they right!

Don't wish your days away!

#2016BestNine - Instagram

For 2017 I want to keep things simple, not think too much, not make myself crazy trying to get things done.   I decided for the most part I will post on my blog on Friday, just one day a week. There will always to times where I will post on another day especially for design team responsibilities, challenges joined, etc.

If you noticed, I updated my blog so it's minimal and clean. It needs a few more tweaks but I loving the way it looks.

I need to keep it simple.

In between blog posts I will be posting on the fly with Facebook and Instagram. You can see the links in the top right-hand corner of this blog.  The blog will have step outs of the art and maybe even videos!

I'm exciting to see where my art will go this year and that includes my photography too.  I'm hoping by keeping it simple that this year will be a fantastic year.

Happy New Year!
I hope you have a happy, healthy and creative one!

Saturday, December 24, 2016