Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pretty in Pinks...

Hi again, everyone! Today's share is a shabby sweet card in one of my favorite "soft color" combos-rose pink and taupe...

Beautiful patterned papers from Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics collection are still some of my favorites, so much so that I save all the smaller leftover pieces from other projects because I know I'll eventually use them on cards, such as this one! 

In the center of the florals, there are three cherry blossom flowers made with LaLa Land Crafts' die...they're surrounded with premade mulberry paper lilies and sweetheart blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts. Those bunches of beautiful dark stamens peeking out from top and bottom of the cluster are from my go-to source for stamens, ChocolateLetters on Etsy...

The lace is a piece of cream lace dyed with Distress Inks to blend with the dusty pinks in the rest of the embellishments ("Spun Sugar" mixed with a bit of "Victorian Velvet" and just the littlest bit of "Picked Raspberry")...

The little die cut palm fronds branches are made using My Favorite Things' Wild Greenery's another of my newest favorites...

Patterned papers:   Maja Design "Vintage Summer Basics" collection
Dies:   LaLa Land Crafts "Cherry Blossom Flowers";   My Favorite Things "Wild Greenery"
Mulberry paper flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts             Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy
Pearls:   Recollections             Liquid paints:   Lindy's Stamp Gang "Bodacious Blush" & "Toto's Tornado Black"
Miscellaneous:   cheesecloth,   twine

Thanks so much for visiting today...have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mixed Media - Believe in Magic...

Happy Monday, everyone! I had to take a little break from crafting recently to tend to some family business and a sick family pet, but I was able to sneak in some crafty time in small bits and pieces during the past couple weeks, and will have a couple projects to share with you this week. :)

The first is a canvas (of sorts) to get back on track for Mixed Media Mondays. I recently purchased some newly released paints by an artist friend, Cheryl Mezzetti. They're called Perfect Paints, and they're acrylic paints with a beautiful sheen to them...colors that are brilliant with just a bit of reflectivity that makes the colors dance...they're called Shimmering Matte Acrylics, and the hardest decision to make was which colors to start my collection with!

Here's the finished project...

Can you tell what my "canvas" is by this photo?

In my stash, I had the backing chipboard piece from an empty wirebound 9x12 watercolor paper pad, already gessoed for later use. When my paint order arrived, I pulled out that piece, and started laying on colors - just playing to see how they covered, how they blended with each other, and what would happen when I layered one on the other after drying. These colors are so rich!

When I saw how beautifully the colors blended, an idea started to take shape...and that's about the time that other life issues started taking priority over my crafting time. So I started jotting notes on post-its as the ideas came while I was tending to other things, and playing with those ideas when I had a few minutes in the evenings.

Along with the paints, I purchased a few colors of Perfect Paints Polishing Plasters...a sort of molding plaster with color...but a bit of a different texture, and when buffed, a slight sheen...or when burnished, a shabby, vintage look. So, following my "try this" notes, I pulled out a couple stencils, and played with laying down the Plasters...and then I had this...

Here's where you can see how different the colors look when the combo of natural light and Ott lights aimed at the canvas board (in my little homemade photo booth) reflect the sheen of the paints. In real life and to the natural eye under normal room lighting, the colors look more like they do in the first photo above. 

I used "Organic Sugar" Polishing Plaster for the stripes along the left side, and a combo of "Cayenne" and "Sunwashed Clay" Polishing Plasters for the tree and branches. Once they had dried, I burnished each with the metal blade of a palette knife, and it gave them a smooth but vintage appearance.

As a finishing touch, I used Stabilo All pencils in black and brown to add a little bit of shading and dimension before adding embellishments on top of the pastes.

And here's where taking stepout photos ended, as I only devoted short periods of time in the following couple weeks to add bits and pieces to the canvas board. 

Among the little burlap flowers and diecut cardstock leaves decorating the tree branches, I added some dark bronze metal flowers, touched up with pink and yellow Shimmering Matte Acrylics. I also dry-brushed those colors on top of the multicolored micro and seed beads that I added around each of the larger metal flowers...

These chipboard hearts were first painted with the pink paint (Peony), and then a watered-down "wash" of the Peacock Blue paint gave me the violet/purple shade for a little variety...

I had painted this chipboard fairy for another project, and didn't use it, so I covered it up with black heavy gesso, then added some of the Peacock Blue and Peony paints to the wings, and topped them with some Rock Candy Distress Stickles...

The sentiment stamp is by Unity Stamp Company - it already has some of the words "blocked" but I drew in a couple more lines and some white dots around "magic" for fun...pens write beautifully over these paints! The pink and blue Shimmering Matte Acrylics were added inside the crystals of the butterfly to make it stand out a bit more...

Color Mediums:   Perfect Paints Shimmering Matte Acrylics ("Cantaloupe" "Rain Slicker" "Peony" "Peacock Blue" "Moss Green")
Perfect Paints Polishing Plasters ("Organic Sugar" "Cayenne" "Sunwashed Clay")
Stencils:   The Crafters Workshop "Branches Reversed";   Tim Holtz "Stripes"
Dies:   Simon Says Stamp "Fancy Believe";   My Favorite Things "Rose Leaves"
Chipboard:   Dusty Attic "Garden Fairy" and "Heart Attack Panel Small #2"
Stamp:   Unity Stamp Company "The Time is Now"
Burlap flowers:   The Paper Studio             Metal flowers:
Crystal butterfly:   Prima             Gems:   Prima and Creative Imaginations
Mixed media ink supplies:   Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (black);   Stabilo All pencils (black & brown);   
Mangaka black fine and medium pens;   Uniball Signo white gel pen
Beads and glitter:   Rock Candy Distress Stickles;   Martha Stewart clear coarse glitter;  silver and pink German glass glitter;  
 Doodlebug Sugar Coating BonBon glitter;   craft store micro and seed beads

Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Flowery Mixed Media All Occasion Card...

Happy Monday, everyone! Today's share for Mixed Media Monday is a summery all-occasion card.

I did take step-out photos as I went along this time, but then I pulled a total Homer-Simpson-DOH! move and reformatted the card in my camera before I double-checked to be sure I had transferred the photos to my computer. (It was a busy and stressful week around here last week with a very ill family pet, so I prefer to think that was the reason for my distraction....more than likely it was simply lack of good sleep...LOL)

So if you see items on the supply list and wonder "where are they?" they're most likely on the base of the multi-layered background, and now slightly covered with the flowers and embellishments...

I started by coloring a piece of mixed media paper with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, then adding some die cut lattice shapes in two corners, and molding paste through a stencil across most of the front. 

In the lower left corner, I die cut a couple pieces of paper doily, colored them with the same sprays, and layered one on top of the other, with foam tape and a piece of lace between the two. Then both upper right and lower left corners got more stenciled molding paste for texture.

Here are a few closeups around the this photo, you can barely see the edges of the two die cut doilies with the lace between them...

The two fuchsia-colored flowers were made using Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, but forming them into generic flower shapes instead of roses...

One day while we were out shopping together at a fabric store, my friend was searching through the remnant bin for animal prints, and found a beautiful piece of wide, sheer lace...she told me it was destined to go home with it did...and a piece of it was a perfect subtle addition to the lower right corner of this card...

Lately I find I love to add little details up in the corners of my cards...and this one was no exception...

Color mediums:   Lindy's Stamp gang sprays - Screamin' Banshee Black,  Pink Ladies Pink,  Tilt a Wheel Teal
Stencils:   Prima "Flourish";   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Circle Explosion"
Dies:   Cottage Cutz "Tea Time Doily";   My Favorite Things "Wild Greenery";   Spellbinders "Rose Creations" and "Grateful Lattice"
Lace: and local fabric store             Small roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy            Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   Golden molding paste,  cheesecloth

Thank you for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Art Journal - Wildflower...

It's Mixed Media Monday again here in the Korner, and I have a colorful journal page to share today.

Unfortunately, I didn't take stepout photos this time...and this is one of those pages with a lot of steps. But I think once you see it and I explain what I did, you'll get it. I played with Dylusions acrylic paints, and masks and stencils...and this spread is one of the few "flat" journal spreads I've made.

So, once again channeling my "flower child" younger years, here's the finished double-page spread in my small Dylusions art journal...

I started by eyeballing where I wanted my two figures to sit on the pages, and in those two general areas, went to work creating a background of text tissue paper, hand-drawn flowers, circles, pens and inks, Dylusions and bright colors.

Then I placed the masks over the areas I wanted to show through, and used black heavy body acrylic to cover the rest of the background around the figure masks. 

I knew the text I'd be using, and since it was song lyrics, I happily remembered I had an older Tim Holtz music mask in my supply stash...and an older Heidi Swapp loopy flower mask, too. I left the masks over my two figures, laid the music and flower masks down over them, and added more colorful Dylusions paints over the black gesso, covering most of the background with blocks of color.

After that dried, a stenciling of black heavy gesso at the bottom, and more magenta paint through the same stencil around the top and sides, and it was ready for the quote and handwritten lines.

Here are a few closeup shots...

I printed the text onto white cardstock  (the font used is called Janda Truly Madly Deeply) and glued the words down through the center of the spread, then hand wrote another line from the song up the sides of the two figures...

Art Mediums:   Ranger Dylusions acrylic paints-Bubble Gum Pink, Squeezed Orange, Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime, White Linen;   Liquitex black heavy body acrylic paint;   Art Basics black heavy gesso;   Sharpie white poster paint pen;   Uniball Signo white gel pen;   Ranger Fudeball black pen
Masks:   Dylusions "Annie" and "Flossie";   Tim Holtz Idea-ology "concerto";   Heidi Swapp "daisy"
Stencil:   Tim Holtz "dot fade"             Orange gemstones:  Heidi Swapp

Thanks for visiting today...I hope your week is starting with a smile!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mixed Media Shabby Chic Meets LSG Color Challenge...

Hello again, friends! Blog-worthy projects are happening less than usual lately while I play with a few new (to me) mediums and practice some new (to me) techniques, but now and then I like to take time out to go back to what I know and create something from start to finish.

I love combining a bit of the shabby-chic style with mixed media, and this month, Lindy's Stamp Gang has a beautiful palette of colors in their monthly color challenge. So out came my sprays and the fun started. Here's the finished result...

And here's the color board the card is based on. The fun part is that this color palette lends itself to soft pastel colors, as well as bright sassy colors. I chose a little of both - a little softer with the background, and a little sassier with the flower colors. :)

I created the background paper by spraying 4 colors of Lindy's sprays onto a piece of mixed media paper. For this background, I used Bonjour Butter Flat FabioAloha Avocado Flat FabioQueen of Hearts Red Flat Fabio, and Blue Hawaiian Blue Starburst sprays. 

I started randomly spritzing a little of each of the colors around the page, using a small mask to cover part of the page. Then I removed the mask, and filled in the white space left with more of the same colors, but this time, dropping the color in using the wand portion of the sprayer, and spritzing with water to spread them out. Here and there I dabbed excess color off the page with a paper towel, so you can still see some of the original lines from the stencils in parts of the background.

When that was dry, I applied some molding paste through a stencil for some subtle texture...

I added a large floral cluster over some twine and lace strips run vertically down the left side of the front.  I began with the pale yellow flowers, then added the medium blue roses, and finally the bright red lilies - a little potpourri of color intensities ...

The large yellow rose in the center is made using Spellbinders' Rose Creations dies-it was a little too bright, so I toned it down with cream colored craft paint to blend with the soft yellow of the lilies...

Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays
Stencil:   Prima "flourish"          Dies:   My Favorite Things "Wild Greenery";   Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
Lace:   Tim Holtz idea-ology            Small flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy            Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   twine,  Golden molding paste

Thanks so much for visiting today...I hope your week started with a smile!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Watercolor Potpourri...

Hello, again! My crafty mojo is apparently on a small vacation lately, and when that happens, I start to reorganize my work space, and play with making clean and simple watercolor cards (which is a lot more fun, and truthfully, more productive, than the reorganizing chore... ha).

So today I have a small collection of watercolor cards to share with you. A couple pieces were practice pieces that turned out perfect for a card front. I'm thinking I should tell myself that they're all "practice pieces" from now on. I seem to relax more when I view them that way, and when I relax more, they have a tendency to turn out just the way I want them to! You'd think I'd be wise to my own Jedi-mind-tricks at this age, but I admit it...I effectively psyche myself out a lot, even as an adult who should know better. :)

So on to the picture show. This first pair is made using a Unity stamp. For one, I drew a brick wall in the background, and after I painted the second one with no background, I liked it, too. So, both became all occasion cards with the same sentiment...

Stamps:   Unity Stamp Co. "Erica Girl" and "enjoy this day"
Color Mediums:   Grumbacher Transparent Watercolors;   Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
Miscellaneous:   white twine,  small colored gems,  "yellow" Stickles

This next card is a 4"x 6" note card that I painted after seeing a red poppy card painted with a similar treatment. Unfortunately, I didn't note the name of the creator of the card that gave me the idea, I just wrote "shade with brown" next to the words "large poppy stamp" in my little idea notepad. (I sometimes do this rather than pinning the inspiration piece so I don't copy it too closely.) So if you see this and it reminds you of a similar card, please let me know and I'll edit this paragraph to credit my inspiration artist!

It was a little difficult to photograph this purple to look the same as it does IRL, but hopefully you can see the raspberry highlights and deep purple shadows...

On this card, I double cut the "hello" die in black and white, heat embossed the "just saying" stamp with white powder onto black cardstock for contrast, then spot-glued them both to the twine bows using liquid glue...

Stamps:   Penny Black "divine" (poppy);    Altenew "Super Script" ("just saying")
Dies:   Simon Says Stamp "small hello"
Color mediums:   Sakura Koi watercolors;   Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils
Miscellaneous:   twine,  clear sequins,  white embossing powder

This final pair of images were my small "practice pieces." I was playing around with coloring and shadows on penciled-in tables beneath the flower pots. I liked how they turned out, so I cut the pieces from my practice pad, and turned them into note cards...

Patterned papers:   Prima "Nature Garden" collection (purple);   Glitz Design "French Kiss" collection (brown);   My Minds Eye Lost & Found "Heirloom" collection (dot)
Stamps:   Penny Black "A Bunch" (jar);   Hero Arts "Things We Love" (single flower);   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages" (hello);   
Altenew "Super Script" (just saying)
Color medium:   Sakura Koi watercolors          Lace:            Pearls:   Recollections

And last but not least...

Patterned papers:   Glitz Design "Vintage Blue" collection (gold and blue);   Pink Paislee "Cottage Farms" collection (taupe print)
Stamps:   Penny Black "Flower Gallery" (irises);   Penny Black "A Bunch" (jar);   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages" (sentiment)
Color Medium:   Sakura Koi watercolors          Lace:          Pearls:   Kaisercraft and Recollections

Thanks so much for visiting today...I hope your week started with a smile!

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