Monday, May 4, 2015

Mixed Media - Believe Canvas...

For this week's Mixed Media Monday I'm sharing a 4" x 12" canvas for my craft room that took me a while to get from start to finish. I knew what colors I would be using, and I had a big collection of "findings"  and bits and pieces that I was going to use to embellish the piece, but it just wasn't coming together at first.

Here's the finished canvas...


Here are a couple side views of the beginning of the process. I started with a few techniques I'd used on some of my art journal pages...tissue paper (I used aqua tissue paper, because I knew that would be one of the background colors) crumpled and glued to the canvas front and sides with gel medium, followed up with torn pieces of printed tissue paper glued on, and finally several different stencils used to add modeling paste to the front and sides (I think that doily stencil is going to be my new favorite). I started placing laces and doo-dads here and there to get a feel for where it would end up, but it wasn't working out...so I put all the embellishment pieces in a big baggie and set it aside with the canvas for another day...




And then I saw this canvas by Gabrielle Pollacco, and I copied many of her ideas...the chipboard chain across the top, the use of the wide lace, doubling up on the flourishes (I had started with the deep flourish at the top but was having trouble getting the bottom of the canvas to feel balanced until I looked at Gabrielle's canvas again), and the brown accents around the edges. 

They became the finishing touches to the embellishment layout I had started with, but put to the side when I couldn't arrange the combination to my liking.

  


Here are some detail photos of the embellishments and paint layers. I used both a teal and violet background paint - when the violet mixed with the teal, it made the deeper purple tone that you see. Once I had glued the embellishments to the canvas and gessoed them, along with a coating over the entire canvas area, I covered all the embellishments and the background with those two colors. You can see the unmixed violet on the side in this photo, before it mixed with the teal to make the purple on the front...




The next step was to dry brush a subtle metallic accent over all the pieces using Lumiere Halo Violet Gold paint...it gave a beautiful warm glow to all the purples. The final color was a turquoise craft paint...again dry brushed over some of the pieces to give the look of aged metal. To get just the right warm brown edge color I was looking for, I mixed a couple different LSG Magicals together - equal parts Sandra Dee Sepia and Cowabunga Copper - and the result was a beautiful brown with just a touch of irridescence...





The quote is a mixture of word stickers, outlined with Prismacolor pencils to accent and shade the individual words...




And finally, a couple closeups of the bottom of the canvas...



Supplies:
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Tibetan Poppy Teal,  Sweet Violet Purple Teal,  
Cowabunga Copper,  Sandra Dee Sepia
Lumiere "Halo Violet Gold" paint;   turquoise acrylic craft paint,   Prismacolor pencils
Stencils:   Prima "Flourish";   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Deco Doily" "Art Is" and "Mini Specimens"
Embellishments:   Maya Road chipboard flourishes and flowers;   Blue Fern Studios "Turkish Bits";   Dusty Attic "zippers" and "mini chains";   
Tim Holtz grungeboard letters, numbers, and hearts
Metal floral corners:   TheFunkieJunkie.com             Mini roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Word Stickers:   Paper House Fabric Stickers;   Tim Holtz "Chit Chat Stickers"
Gems:   Creative Imaginations and Kaisercraft          Miscellaneous findings:   buttons, photo turns, spiral clips



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




Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Mini Pair...and a Spare...

Hello, again! With all the "fully loaded" cards I've made lately, I felt it was time to get back to some clean and simple (or my version of it, anyway) cards. I wanted a reasonably "flat" note card to send off, and decided to pull out one of my newer stamps and my watercolors and have a go.

When it was done, I realized the design would be fun on a "mini pair" - the 3-1/2" x 5" size note cards, so I made a pair of those, too!

It all started with this A2 size card...



I added several layers of color to these flowers, and although I wanted the layers to show imperfectly, they did turn out a bit more "splotchy" than I had hoped - because I didn't wait long enough for the layers to dry between applications...ah, well...lesson learned...I still like them!...




I couldn't resist adding a bit of sparkle with Crystal Stickles...




I was determined to find a way to add the gold spiral clip to the center of the twine bows. I ended up simply gluing it using Tombow Mono Aqua clear glue - it's solid as a rock...


Supplies:
Stamps:  Penny Black "demure";   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Color Medium:   Sakura Koi watercolors
Miscellaneous:   colored crystals, "Crystal" Stickles,  twine,  spiral clip



And here's the mini pair inspired by the A2 card. I started first by using the same stamp, but off the side a bit on the smaller size...


 

Once again, I used some of the Crystal Stickles for fun...




And I was a bit more patient this time and let the layers of watercolor dry before adding more  :) ...


Supplies:
Stamps:   Penny Black "demure";   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Color Medium:   Sakura Koi watercolors
Miscellaneous:   colored crystals,  "Crystal" Stickles


And for the second in the pair, a different poppy stamp...



And a much simpler background of just a light shadow effect...


Supplies:
Stamps:   Penny Black "divine";   Simon Says Stamp "Friendship Messages"
Color Medium:   Sakura koi watercolors
Miscellaneous:   colored crystals




Thank you for stopping by for a visit today!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Art Journal - Poppies...

Welcome to another Mixed Media Monday here in the Korner!

This layout began as a "catch-all" page in my small Dylusions art journal. I was playing with a few different stencils and color mediums, but as I went along, I got more ideas, and somehow found a way to blend them all together...




I began by adding my background colors first, using Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, a speckle stencil and modeling paste, and stamping around the outside edges.

The butterflies and corner elements were made with modeling paste through the "Mini Specimens" stencil by The Crafters Workshop. I shadowed and traced the butterflies with Crystal Stickles and added some tiny pearls through the centers...






I used the Penny Black "Sun Catcher" stencil to gesso onto the pages, and copied the details from the matching "Poppy Time" stamp to hand draw in the details, then colored with watercolor pencils and acrylic craft paints. I decided I wanted some dimension to the poppies, so I stamped the matching stamp onto mixed media paper, colored it in, then cut out the center pieces of the stamped flowers and attached them to the center of the poppies on the pages using foam tape...




The final step was adding some of my favorite Unity Stamp quotes here and there...


Supplies:
Color Mediums:   Lindys Stamp Gang - Alpine Ice Rose,  Aloha Avocado,  Cowabunga Copper,  Hydrangea Blue
Stencils:   The Crafters Workshop "Mini Specimens";   Tim Holtz "Speckles";  Penny Black "Sun Catcher"
Stamps:   Penny Black "Poppy Time";   Unity Stamp Co. "empowered words";   
Fiskars/Teresa Collins "Music";   Stampin' Up! "Gorgeous Grunge"
Art Mediums:   Golden white gesso and modeling paste;   Plaid Folk Art acrylic paints
Miscellaneous:   Stabilo All Pencils (black and brown),  "Crystal" Stickles,  Black Archival ink, 
 Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (black),  Kaisercraft mini pearls


Thanks for coming by for a visit...I hope your week is starting with a smile!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Color Challenge All Occasion...

It's been too long since I participated in a blog challenge, and when I saw this month's color challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang I knew it was the perfect one to break me out of the "pastel" streak that I've been on with cards lately.

So put on your sunglasses, 'cause today's card is a fully-loaded explosion of color! :)




Here's the beautiful colorboard that got me inspired and ready to break out of my pastel mood...




I was in the mood to play and create my own background paper, so I began with a piece of mixed media paper, and pulled out my LSG Magicals. I used Pink Ladies Pink and Summer Lovin' Sun from the Beauty School Dropout set, and Tilt-a-Wheel Teal from the Under the Boardwalk set to watercolor the three colors onto the paper (you can see I played with adding sea salt to the paints while they were wet for a fun texture, but it was covered with stenciled modeling paste in the end)...



Then I added some modeling paste through a stencil for a pretty overall pattern...




And that's when I thought it was still too pastel-y (a made-up word, I know, but you know what I mean, right?), so I went back with more of the Magicals and deepened the colors to the intensity I was looking for...




I backed this piece with cream, purple and blue solid papers before adding them to the card base...I wanted to play with shabby-ing up the edges and wanted color there, too. Then it was time to add embellishments, and I decided to keep all the embellishments neutral except for a center flower and a few tiny touches of dyed cheesecloth peeking out here and there.

Here are some detail photos...



This center flower is made using Spellbinders' Rose Creations dies, cut from white cardstock colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays - Sweet Violet Purple Teal and Tea Pot Purple.  I had a couple pretty aqua Prima leaves in my stash, so I dipped the edges in some of the Sweet Violet Purple Teal sprayed onto my craft sheet...you can really see both the teal and purple on these leaf edges!






The frame nestled down under the flowers is made with white air-dry clay and a Martha Stewart silicone mold. Once the clay dried and cured (overnight), it was colored with Hematite and Old Silver Inka Gold metal paints...


Supplies:
Color Mediums:  Lindys Stamp Gang Magicals:  Pink Ladies Pink,  Summer Lovin' Sun,  Tilt-a-Wheel Teal
Lindys Stamp Gang sprays:  Tea Pot Purple,  Sweet Violet Purple Teal
Dies:   Spellbinders "Rose Creations";  Sizzix "Flowers Branches & Leaves";   Cottage Cutz  "Tea Time Doily"
Stencil:   Prima "Flourish"            Frame:   Martha Stewart (silicone mold)            Leaves:   Prima
Small Cream Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy            
Pearls:   Recollections            Lace:   TheFunkieJunkie.com            
Miscellaneous:   air dry clay,   Viva Inka Gold metal paints,   twine,   cheesecloth,   Golden modeling paste


Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Art Journal - Play...

Good day, everyone! I'm getting caught up on my postings with another Mixed Media Monday share of a project in my small (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") Strathmore watercolor journal.

The first week of April, Tracy Scott posted about her limited supplies while on vacation. One of the supplies she did tote with her on vacation was her collection of Neocolor II watercolor crayons...and that got me realizing that I hadn't played with mine since I made this art journal spread and ended up muting and covering the crayons to get the pastel look I wanted that day!

So, out came my Neocolor II crayons, and off I went with a seldom-made freehand layout again inspired by Tracy's style.  I guess I still had Easter eggs on my mind while I drew, and this page ended up being named the "Easter Egg House" when it was all done...LOL...




I did the initial sketching using a medium black Faber Castell Pitt artist pen, then started coloring with my crayons and blending with water using various sizes of brushes, depending on the area and depth of color I was aiming for.(Because I was using watercolor paper this time, I didn't gesso the base page first.) Some of the circles and egg-shaped ovals on the side are freehand cut pieces of patterned papers collaged first, then edged with black pen, and finally painted with the crayons.




The next step was to go over some of the black outlines with a white Uni Posca paint pen. Then little polka dots were added here and there with both the black Pitt pen and a white UniBall Signo pen.

I reached into my tool box and used the end of one of my palette knives to make the larger white circles using some lightly thinned gesso, then scribbled around them with the UniPosca pen.




The words are scribbled here and there with the UniPosca pen...






Supplies:
Color Medium:  Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watercolor pastels - Golden Yellow,  Lemon Yellow,  Orange,  Flame Red, 
Purple Violet,  Ultramarine, Purple,  Cobalt Blue,  Periwinkle Blue,  Malachite Green,  Light Olive, 
Emerald Green, Salmon,  Black
Miscellaneous:   Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen (black medium),  Uni Posca white paint pen, Uniball Signo white gel pen, white gesso, small patterned paper scraps



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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Just a Little Pop of Orchid...

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm closing out this week with a soft and shabby little all-occasion card.

Now and then when I make a softly colored card, I like to add one small touch of complementary color (well, today's is technically "near complementary") as a little "surprise for the eyes."  This card started with soft greens and tans, and with the little pop of orchid, it gave me just the bit of fun contrast I was looking for...




I pulled a couple snippets of lace from my grab bag of partly used pieces, and they were just the right length to use here...little peeks sneaking out behind the flowers. I added some Viva Glass Effects Gel to look like little dew drops on the flowers and leaves...




This orchid colored rose was made up from small flat (2cm) Kaisercraft flowers, and the bunches of pearl stamens are from ChocolateLetters on Etsy...






In addition to the clear gel, there's a light coating of clear coarse glitter on the two-toned Prima leaf...




Supplies:
Patterned papers:  Prima "Princess" collection
Dies:   Spellbinders "Grand Rectangles" & "Labels 23";   Sizzix "Flowers Branches & Leaves"
Flowers:   Wild Orchid Crafts,  Kaisercraft            Stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy
Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:    Laces, twine, embellished stick pin, Viva Glass Effects Gel




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

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