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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Gel resist on music paper

A fun Gelli plate technique.  Roll gel matte medium on the plate.  Place a stencil on top.  Place sheet music on top and rub.   Remove and let it dry.  Once dry spray with spray inks and use a paper towel to revoe from areas with dried matte medium gel.  

Here is a card that I made with the decorated paper.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Color Burst

Have you seen any of the cool video's featuring Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders.  

They are popping up all over Youtube.  So of course, I needed to try it out.  I spent about an hour making a bunch of cool backgrounds...a few with just the powders with water on water color paper and then some on watercolor paper that had a clear embossed stamped image.  The backgrounds were so intense that I decided to punch circles out of them...Here are some cards I made with the circles...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fun with Butterflies


Just playing with paint and modeling paste.


This month my friend taught us how to decorate much fun!

Kandinsky flowers ... Take two

I had fun on Labor Day making art with my favorite twins.

Here they are with their masterpieces.

here is the piece I made.

Finished Pages from DR class

I finally added the finishing touches and journaling to three of the background layout that I created in the Fyan Reaveley class.

Here's the cover to my journal.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dyan Reaveley

I took a class today from Dyan Reaveley the founder and creative master mind behind Dylusion stamps, inks and paint!   What a wonderful delightful gem...she is!  So inspirational, talented and fun. We made a bunch of backgrounds in a mini journal.  Here are a few...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Gather inspiration

Jennifer brought a new crafting friend to my house last weekend.  She threw away some tags that she was working on.  I decided to recycle them into my art journal.

Take a peek...

Here is a close up...


I was brave and attempted to draw a color some faces.  Dina Wakeley's book made it less scary.  Here is the one I did on a canvas ...the second one was in my journal

Doilie dress card

I made this card for a wedding shower.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fun fold card

I am challenging myself to use my Silhouette cutter to create cards.  Here is the first one...

Here is the back side...

Here it is standing up...

Flip flop card

I was so glad to spend some time this summer with my twin nieces from Florida.  We made some cards when they were here.  For Christmas I promised to make some card kits for them.  The card below is the first card that I will kit for them.  Sean and I also created an instructional video for them.  I hope they like it.

This is the card front...

This is the card inside...

Dina Wakely tutorial

I recently took a class from Dina.  I loved her approach to art...carefree, no judgement, adoration, and pure joy!  I bought her book recently since I have been in a bit of a funk.  Following one of her tutorials in the book I did the following art journal page and a canvas.  Thanks Dina for getting me out of my funk!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

May 23rd and May 30th Challenge -- Cheesecloth and Textured paper

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 23
Art Challenge:  Cheesecloth
Journal Prompt:  Say Cheese

May 30
Art Challenge:  Textured Paper
Journal Prompt:  I'm So Not Feeling It!

I got behind in the challenges so I decided to combine two...cheesecloth and textured paper

Step 1.  Get Cheesecloth.  :-) Spray Ranger ink sprays in blue and greens on the cheese cloth.  Set aside to dry
Step 2.  Raid my old textured paper stash.  Cut out the tree trunk with branches
Step 3.  Gesso the pages.  When dry, ese Shiva Oil Paint Artist's Paintsticks to create a blended background.  Cover with Matte Mod Podge.  Let dry
Step 4. Mod Podge the trunk down on page and then the dyed cheese cloth.

Step 5:  Put grass down (these are from the Asian market...they come in a box to use for Sushi plates.

Step 6: Write sentiment.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

May 16 Challenge -- Modeling paste

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 16
Art Challenge:  Modeling Paste*
Journal Prompt:  Rising to the Occasion

Used a Stencil Girl stencil that reminded me of a skeleton with modeling paste.  Then added color and texture with background stamps.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fun with scraps

I had some scraps of paper left over from my Bargello class so I decided to use it up. I punched out circles and scallop circles and made some layered flowers.  I added some crystal lacquer the the middle.   I set them aside so I could make my background. I stamped newsprint randomly over a piece of watercolor paper using Ranger Archival black ink and a background stamp from Memory Box.  Next I spritzed the paper with water and blended some watercolor in blues and green to make a background.  Once they where dry I used some thin washi tape as the flower stem and stamped the leaves with green Archival ink.  I glued some fake grass on the bottom.  This grass is the stuff they use as sushi bars for decoration.  You can get about 500 sheets of it at Asian market stores for about $5.  Put a pop dot where I wanted the flower to go and stuck the flower on.  Stamped the sentiment and then rounded the corners and adhered to a coordinating card.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bargello cards

Today swap club was cancelled because the hostess woke up with a stomach bug.  So i decided to have the ladies over and do some bargello cards.  I think they turned out cool...

I used washi tape for this one.  

Here is a link for a bargello tutorial...CLICK HERE.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 9th Challenge - stitching

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 9
Art Challenge:  Stitching
Journal Prompt:  "All that I'm after is life full of laughter."

I cut up some scraps of gelli'ed deli paper and sewed them together on my sewing machine.  Next I cut out three hearts.  I painted  a blue background with Distress paints and some blue Inka Gold rub.  I painted a black frame with black gesso...(thanks Michael for the idea)... and then doodled with silver, purple and blue metallic sharpies.  I wrote the sentiment ... created a shadow around the hearts and doodled some too.

Here is a close-up of the one of the stitched hearts.

I like to take the challenge one bit further and apply it to my card art.  So I sewed some of the gelli print onto card stock, stamped a bike and sentiment.  Crystal laquer was added to the flowers.  Done.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Fun with alcohol inks and glitter

I love alcohol inks on glossy paper.  So I made some fun backgrounds with some purple and blue inks on white glossy.  I then used a stencil with some blending solution to remove some ink in an argyle pattern.  Had a bunch of decorative images printed on acetate so I put some double sided adhesive on the back and pressed some glitter on the back.  Had fun assembling in different formations.