Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Finding Art - Thanksgiving 2017

Hi Everyone!
Today is another post on Finding Art.
I'm really loving these posts.
My daughter lives in Chicago so we are there for Thanksgiving. So far all my Finding Art posts are in Chicago (another location is coming up soon). It's amazing how much art you see.
Love this bright butterfly mural on this building.

I never checked to see if the other half of the butterfly was around the corner.

I love this next installation. I don't know what it's all about. There was no sign. Each face was decoupage on the rocks.  

This face is a little haunting.




Remember look up, look down, look all around.
Art is everywhere but you have to look!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grafix Shrink Film and TCW Stencils - So Much Fun!!!

Hi Everyone. As a Design Team Member for The Crafters Workshop we get to partner with some great companies and play with their products. We are partnering with Grafix which carries creative plastic films. Today I'm showing you how I used Grafix Shrink Film with TCW stencils. You can check out all their products HERE.  

I used the following:

Four Feathers Stencil 12x12 (TCW716)
Bird Gathering Stencil 6x6 (TCW684s)
TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
Grafix Shrink Film

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.

Using one sheet of shrink film I traced three feathers from the Four Feathers stencil and cut them out. To add color I used color pencil. I also punched a hole in the plastic before shrinking so I can tie them together.

Following the directions on the package, I shrank the feathers. Look how small!!! I love the way they turned out.

I painted the wooden frame and used a piece of bubble wrap for texture. Tip: When I want to add more texture to the paint I wait for the paint to dry just a little bit. Spray it with water and then I use a brayer to roll off the paint.

When I finished painting the frame I added one of the birds from Bird Gathering stencil to the frame with Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste. I let the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste dry overnight.

The wonderful thing about Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste is even when it dries overnight, when you wet it again it will pick up the paint and spread it.  Tip: I use a watercolor brush because it picks up lots of water and only paint the stencil design with water.

Try not to let the water past the stencil design. Using water downed acrylic paints, high flow acrylics or acrylic inks just touch a spot of the design with paint and watch it spread.

You can continue to add paint until you feel it's finished.

Here is another close up of a bird.

I tied the feathers together and glued them to the frames.

Again, here is the finished frame. 

As I was shrinking those feathers I thought of many other stencil designs to use with them. I may have to buy stock in Grafix Shrink Film!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. It was lots of fun to create. I'll have another post use a Grafix product in November on The Crafters Workshop Blog.  Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Altered Picture Frame - Easy Peasy!

You walk into your local craft store and say you are only going to buy one thing BUT you walk out with ten things.

Happen to you? Yup, walked into the store to get a stretched canvas and walked out with four of these frames at 75% off. All the home d├ęcor items have this distressed antiqued look but I'm more of a contemporary person. What I loved about these frames were the metal flowers and that they are attached with screws.

The flowers are painted gray, distressed and dimensional.
So what did I do with them.......

Screwed off the flowers and painted them metallic silver and the wood frame I painted black.  I think I like this much better.

Now to find some photographs!
Thank so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Unfinished Projects: Art Journal --- Wanderlust

Hi Everyone!
I've been working in my art journals lately. Working, going to the gym and getting home around 8PM cuts time away from the art. I have found that I'm reaching for started journal pages, canvas, and collage projects and trying to finish them.
This art journal spread was a page I used for left over paint and modeling paste.  Here the left over modeling paste through the Wanderlust stencil was a great start and with new eye I finished it.
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.

I used Faber-Castell Gelatos to add color to the background by using my fingers. Using the Wild Blooms stencil I added the flowers with white paint first. When it dried, I added TCW Heavy Body Paint to add more color. I used the white paint first so the colors stay true and don't mix with the Gelatos.

I used my alpha stamp set to add the words "Life is an" to complete the journal page.

I think I may be on a roll with using unfinished projects. I actually have a closet full of them. How many unfinished projects do you have?
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, September 8, 2017


Welcome back!
Today I have a few more pictures of art in Chicago. 

We went downtown and found an art show on Michigan Avenue being held on Pioneer Court. In the middle of the art show was Abraham Lincoln handing a young man the Gettysburg Address. You can read all about it HERE.

Here are a few pieces of art including a couch!

I think I would love to throw paint on a couch.

Here are some close ups.

When you're shopping look around the store, you will probably see some art.  

Here is a close up of the circles.

Even cleats can be a work of art.

 I love Chicago's buildings.  

Music is art!

Remember look up, down and all the way around to find art!

Thanks so much for stopping by!