Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Bouquet for her Wedding

Hi Everyone! My sister got married a few weeks ago. For her shower I creating this 14 x 24 wood panel for her.

It took me one full weekend but a couple of hours each night after work to finish it. Although I used stencils for the flowers, I did not use the whole stencil design in one spot. I added flowers with paint and I also added flowers with TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste. 

Each part of the design that I added with modeling paste, I had to wait for it to dry before adding more. That's why it took so long. TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste dries fast if you put it in front of a fan. Don't use a heat gun unless you want the paste to look bubbled. 

TCW Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste is porous so when you add a little water and then add paint it's reactive. The paint will spread through the paste.  I think that's why it's my favorite. Its like magic!

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.

Here is a close up of some of the flowers.

I'm currently working on two more right now. Very different from each other and this one. I'm creating paintings for a Breast Cancer Fundraiser called Scraptoberfest.  Everyone buys as many tickets as they want for all the raffle prizes to get a chance to win something. It's an all day event, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.  I don't scrap but I bring stuff to make cards or work in an art journal.   100% of the proceeds go towards those who need wigs, prosthetics, rent, electricity, etc.

If you want to see step out pictures of this wedding bouquet you can hop over to The Crafters Workshop Blog to see it.  I also listed all the stencils I used for this project.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this far!
I greatly appreciate it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Where to Find Cheap Wood Substrates

Hi Everyone!
I love to paint on wood. It's my favorite substrate but expensive.
Where do I find my wood?
T.J. Max, Marshals, Target, and any other place that sells wooden signs. You know the ones that say Welcome, Be Happy, Family, or have little quotes on them. They go on sale. I've bought them for $1.99 (regular price $6.99) and sometimes less. They come in all shapes and sizes. I bought 25 sized between 10"x10" to 2"x2".  Guess the cost? ........... $12.00!!! YES!!!
Go to the stores after every holiday and you'll find some. Before you paint them make sure all the price tags are off and sand them. I don't try to take all the paint off just the surface layer. Use gesso or gel medium on them before you start.
Here is one I created using when of my finds. This is a Crafter's Workshop Design Team Project. I used TCW Big Wreath 6x6 on this project.
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.

On top of this piece I added gel medium with a sponge and then added Seth Apter's Baked Texture Vintage Bees Wax. Because I didn't use embossing ink, the gel medium bubbles.

You can see how I created this on The Crafters Workshop Shop Blog.
 Head to your nearest shop to buy wood for your paintings!!!!
You won't regret it.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Words, words, words

I'm loving large font words on my art lately.
For this piece I used printed tissue paper I made with paint and stamps and attached it with gel medium. I used my alpha stamps to add the work Listen. I don't know why I used that work. It just came to me so I went with it.
I used a black Uni-Posca Paint pen to darken the word after I stamped it with Archival Ink. Then used Seth Apter's Borderlines stamps set by Impression Obsession on the word plus in a few places here and there on the canvas.  The blue stars were something I found in my stash drawer. I believe they are chipboard painted, wired and beads added.  Once I attached the stars I used some watered down blue paint to the canvas.

I'm definitely going to create more with words. I think I love the idea of one word instead of a quote.
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

You Have To Show Up!

Hi Everyone!
When your muse takes a vacation what do you do?
I find I just have to show up in my art room and keep working.
Even if I'm just scribbling in my art journal, playing with mediums I just show up.
Eventually the creativity keeps flowing. I may find some of the things I created are not my best but I feel good that I showed up.
I showed up with inspiration from the picture I took of a woman's shirt.
I love strips in art but I've never tried it before. To start I used a napkin with stripes and flowers. I used gel medium and add it to the canvas. I just continued to add more flowers. I used stencil by The Crafters Workshop.
TCW824s Growing Wild
TCW823s Rose Bouquet
I'm not fond of the color combination but I showed up and kept working on it. I did learn that I love the stripes in the background and will use stripes more often. I love pink but I'm more fond of brighter pinks. I'm no in search for my favorite shade. 
My muse is always with me even though it seems like its gone forever.
I'm proud of myself for showing up. Sometimes I walk away but I find that just doesn't help.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

on my mind, out of my mind, oh no my mind

Welcome to another episode of My Mind!  I traveled a lot in August and I'm still trying to get my art mojo started.  Do you have that issue?  If I'm out of my art room for an extended period of time I just can't get going again. 

Everything I do I hate and just paint over. In fact, I ripped out an art journal page and threw it away. I started to get a little bit focused this weekend.  OR I tried. Sometimes I feel like I love creating to many projects in many different mediums that I can't decide what to do first.

This little 3x3 piece of wood had a great background.

Then I did this to it. What was I thinking!!!!!  Or maybe I was thinking to much.

I did create this on a piece of 11x14 mixed media paper but I didn't like it.

I did create this which turned out okay.

After a while I just get frustrated and have to walk away and regroup. So I love to play on SnapChat and a in photo app called PhotoLab.


The second mermaid is my daughter.

Lately, I feel like I'm out of my mind. My hands and brain won't work together. I think I'm heading into my art journals again. I think its time to play with Mermaid photos!  Don't you?
Thanks for stopping by!