Saturday, May 30, 2015

Quick and Easy Mini Art Journal Page

Today I have an art journal page in my mini journal.
Once I added color to the background, I added more to the background with only one stencil plus a rubber stamp.

This is the stencil I used  Mini Pebble Art stencil (TCW505s)

Here is my journal page.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Great Quote

This is a background I created on an art journal page.
I took a picture of it with my cell and decided to add a quote to it. Although I think the background would make a great canvas. What do you think?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Playing with Texture Pastes

Hi Everyone.
There are so many texture pastes on the market.
I generally use Liquitex brand for most of my art.
But I've been trying to find a good texture crackle paste.
I wanted one where I just needed a thin layer and it would still crackle.
For quite a while I've been playing with Finnabair's Texture Crackle Paste by Prima in white, gold and platinum.

So far I love to use this for cards and small paper projects.
You don't need a lot of paste for it to crackle.
On this tag I used the white crackle through a stencil (TCW203s, Mini Circle Grid) and added gold here and there too.

Here is the finished tag.
The pastes are on thin and it dries very fast.
The crackle is perfect. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Texture, color and The Masters

Hi Everyone.
I was in New York City in April for some shows and museums with my fellow Design Team Member, Tami Sanders.
We spend a few days before attending Stencil U for The Crafter's Workshop (that's for another post).
I love going to art museums and we saw MoMa and The Met.
The one thing I love is standing in front of these paintings and see all the texture and color.
The first on is a Jackson Pollock titled Number 1A
Look at all the texture.
Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies - Claude Monet
One of my favorites

Look at all the color and texture. Gorgeous.

This one is titled Evening, Honfleur by Georges-Pierre Seurat
Oil on canvas and even painted the frame.
He paints in in tiny dots.

Look at all the tiny dots.
I wonder how long it took to finish.

The next two are more of my favorites
Vincent van Gogh
Look at all the oil paint.
It was amazing to look at.

The Starry Night

Here is a close. Amazing to look at.

We also went to see the 911 Memorial.
I will share pictures of it in another post.
I do wanted to show you the buildings surrounding it.
I love that they are reflective.
That's it for now.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Painting: It's All in the Numbers

Hi Everyone!
This past weekend I decided to take all my number stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and start on a large canvas.
I decided to start by using only Liquitex Spray Paints in black, whites and grays.

It's not finished.
Or at least I don't think so.
I have to let it sit a few days before my next steps.

I do love it right now.
And I'm really loving the white space.
But my gut is still saying more.
Any thoughts?

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Monday, May 18, 2015

It's His Birthday! A Masculine Card

Hi Everyone!
Our nephew's birthday is this week.
You know what I did?
Add "buy a birthday card" to my to do list.
Must have been a brain fart because why would I do that?
I have everything I need to create one.
Here is how I created this card.
To create the background I used the Well Rounded stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.
I only used one design off the stencil (bottom left hand corner-see stencil).
I added the design with gel medium and let it dry.
Then I used watered down acrylics to add a watercolor background.

To me it looks like little clouds.
The hot air balloon stamp is a Tim Holtz set called The Impossible.

I like to make cards that are not full of embellishments and won't cost a fortune to mail.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Easy Layers with One Stencil - Two Sizes

I'm going to show you how to create a beautiful layered background with one stencil design but in two sizes; 12x12 and 6x6. I always buy both sizes and using them together creates more depth.
When creating a background for the first time with a stencil, choose a stencil design with repeating patterns. I'm using this stencil; TCW506 Stepping Stones. I'm also using acrylic paints on mixed media paper.

First step, I using the 12x12 Stepping Stones stencil with black.

Then I used the Mini Stepping Stone stencil but rotated the stencil.

Now for color; light purple. I used both sizes and moved the stencil around the paper.

I love the way the background is looking but I wanted to add a darker shade of purple.

This is the last layer, I'm finished.
Here is a close up.

It's easy.
Just keep moving the stencils around and change the color.
Using a background stencil is the easiest to use.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Bucket of Tags: Its Time to Use them

I have this bucket of tags that I have used for mopping up paints, inks, etc.
Many different mediums, lots of tags.

I decided that I need to start using them. 
I closed my eyes and picked this one.

It has a real cool background.
Not sure how I created it.
I decided to leave the background alone.
Here is another close up of the tag.

All I used is watered down acrylic inks for the bird, black acrylic paint and glass beads to finish the tag. The beads are iridescent so they pick up the colors on the bird.

Here is the finished tag.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day


I made cards for the special day.
Here is how I created them.

To create the background I used this stencil in both 12x12 and 6x6 sizes.

On mixed media paper once the paint was dried, I sprayed the paper with water and drips of different shades of green and blue inks on the paper.  I then sprayed it with more water and watched it spread.
I let it air dry.

To create to the rose focal I used this stencil.

I used light modeling paste though the stencil onto a piece of mixed media paper.
I sprinkled on glass beads and gently pressed them into the paste.
Used acrylic inks and water on the modeling paste. 
I just dripped it on the modeling paste and watch it spread.
Its really fun to do.

When it dries it looks like this.
Depending on the look of the flower I add highlights of glitter or pearl paint to the flowers and leaves. I cut out each flower and the leaves.

With the addition of lace I put the cards together.
Here are a few samples of the cards.
The roses are different on each one.

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There is a new Design Team for The Crafter's Workshop check out what they are creating HERE.

Happy Mother's Day
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Friday, May 8, 2015

My Idea/Inspiration Journal

I try to keep a planner/calendar but I end up never using it.
I do use it eventually but as an art journal.
I love to use just a journal, a lined journal.
This journal I use for to do lists, inspirational pictures, my thoughts, quotes, project ideas, shopping lists, etc. The cover is cloth covered.
I used acrylic paints, a stamp and stencils for the cover (front and back).
The little frame I found in a sale bin in no packaging so I don't know who made it.

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