Saturday, 19 August 2017

Abstract Art Journal

Hello there, its been awhile summer is busy!  We just spent the week at home on a stay-vac and it was fantastic, I have decided away holidays are for the kids but kind of hell for the adults (fighting kids, not enough sleep, driving etc...) now a stay-vac that's for the parents I got stuff done around the house and hung out in the scraproom.  Right now i am working on a art journal album, mixing art journalling with  flip and flaps.  Entering this for Challenge #57 at 13arts- Abstract Art- when i think abstract art I think free flowing, large color blocks, and no strcuture.

I started with a blank sheet of cardstock added some tissue wrap, and ripped up pattern paper. Cover the entire sheet with clear gesso, next around the edges and paper edges smear with sepia acrylic paint, wipe off excess.


Add some sparkle with Lindy's, I like to splatter on color with a paintbrush or spray nozzle then spray with water and move around page with heat gun.


Add some color dots with alchemy paints, add photo and ephemera ink around edges.  Add some rub ons.


Final page, I added some sewing around dots, along bottom and sewed on some fibers.  Around the photo i added some wire, and brads.  In the bottom corner is a flip flap, it has mini folders inside and a pull card on top.



Flip flap open.


I really like how this page ended up looking like an abstract vintage combination journal page.  Really organic looking not at all structured.


My favorite part!!!


Photo cluster, I added alchemy gold wax around picture, again everything is very organic/ hippy like!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Challenge #39

My second project for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #39
here is the mood board


Here is just one stamp from this month's sponsor IndigoBlu, I wasn't smart enough to take a picture of the other stamp before i threw out the packaging.  They have some really cool stuff including steampunk and eyes two of my favorite things.


Here is my creation, a old nancy drew book with a twist. This project came together really quick, I stamped with black archival ink onto water color paper then colored with my water soluble pastels.   I really love how i didn't cut out the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories words and I like how the book cover and the garden colors compliment each other.  Seriously the hardest part was cutting out the center of the book.



I started with my base, a garden house door.


Put the door image as the back then fuzzy cut butterflies and plants from water color paper color and ink edges.  The book pages works great to add dimension, just tuck your embellishment in between the pages and glue.


Using the book pages allows you to have all paper elements on different levels to create foreground and background with everything in between.  As you can see i did a rough fuzzy cut but it works.

Get on your thinking caps and join us at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #39

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dreamcatcher Mixed Media

So my friends at Treasured Memories in Edmonton asked me to ask come up some projects using this month's mixed media kit- Dreamcatcher here are the products included you get $50 retail worth of product for $35




















I started with a 12"x 12" canvas covered it with white gesso then added some texture with modeling paste and cell theory stencil.  Once dry I sprayed on a shitload of water then with a palette knife threw on paint splatters of Alchemy plum preserves and soft stain just in the center. Spray with more water, kind of smeared paint with fingertips then rotate canvas to move paint around, use a heat gun to dry.

Along outside edges I used color burst powder teal, sprinkle on then spray with water to activate.  Rotate canvas to move color around and dry with a heat gun.  Love the color variations.

Ink around canvas with ground espresso distress ink.  Next paint around cell texture with gold acrylic paint.  At this point I kind of wanted to stop and hang it on my wall, but not the name of the game.

So here is the final project.

I made a dream catcher with the embroidery hoop and wire.


I made the dollie into a flower, first I pulled up the center of dollie then tied with an elastic band to hold then cut off excess.  I colored the dollie flower with teal color burst and hung on my clothes line to dry. I made the center flower with metallic cardstock cut four flower shapes getting smaller, shape them then glue all together.  In the center add curled paper stripes and micro beads.


I added a cluster of feather, actual feathers, painted paper feathers, and clear acrylic with pattern feathers. Underneath hoop is a bundle of natural sisal.

Added some pebbles and done!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Mixed Media- Altered Embellishment

Here it is my first project as a design team member at Mixed Media Monthly for challenge #38 Altered Embellishment
This month's sponsor is
"UmWowStudio is an innovative on trend chipboard, flair & stencil manufacturer located in Las Vegas, NV. Partnering with other companies & now amazing designers our line is always expanding. Our chipboard is extra thick with a beautiful rich kraft finish ready for any medium. Our stencils come in a convenient 4x6 size & our flair is flat backed for easy application to any art."
The owner is offering a $30 gift certificate + free shipping to their site as the prize

And my creation
An under the water scene

The best part the jellyfish created using chipboard, liquid applique and alchemy paint.

I started by covering the jellyfish body with liquid applique.  I was digging around in my tool caddy and found this little gem- an oldie but goodie. Allow to dry overnight for the best result.

First thing the next morning (my eyes were barely open) zap with a heat gun and sit back to watch the magic.  The heat makes it bubble/ foam and puff up.  Looks so cool exactly the effect I was looking for.

Next I painted the jellyfish with alchemy paint- rusty red, orange, and gold.  I painted him darker around the outside edges, its looks more realistic to blend colors then one solid color.

Create a background, Lindy's spray, white gel pen, and crop a dile.  I used the crop-a-dile to punch a large cluster of holes- like bubbles under the sea.  I used blues and green and highlighted color variations with a white gel pen.

Add cluster of chipboard, painted and embossed for more sparkle and a net of natural sisal.  Now you notice most of those holes i punched are covered... or are they

I built a shadow box frame and added lights now all those "bubbles" are visible and glowing.  Makes me think of The Little Mermaid loved that movie.

Here I used alchemy purple metallic paint my friend Wendy challenged me with purple paint- she knows I do not like purple.  I embossed with Lindy's angel wings- gives it that iridescent coloring.

Added some melange clear bubbles as a final touch.  
Now what to do with it my friend Jen said it would look good in a bathroom.

Happy Mid Month.

Whoo hoo follower count- 78  I just may make it to 100 by the end of year.











Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog

So exciting news I am now a design team member at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge  I am super excited this is my first design team and I just got my first sample product.  This month the challenge is
so head on over to the blog to see what the design team has come up with.  I will be revealing my first design team creative (ever) mid month.... stay tune














More exciting news...

this creation WON over at 7 dots studio blog check out the details

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Handmade Background Letters

I finished a layout for Mixed Media & Art mid June Thematic Challenge here is the mood board
This is right up my alley, the challenge includes making the background and must include letters.
I love creating backgrounds!!!


I started with a blank vanilla cardstock and painted with clear gesso.  Next splatter spots of Lindy's Violaceous Violet, next spray with water.


Here is how it looks once sprayed with water and dry.  The gesso prevents the Lindy's from soaking right into cardstock so you can move the color around and get blotches.


I repeated steps with Treasure Island Aqua, and Buccaneer Bay Blue.


Next sponge Alchemy Paint (my new colors whoo hoo) Plum Preserves, Emerald Green, Midnight Sky, and Soft Satin through a checker stencil. Next outline checker pattern with white gel pen.


Next I painted some old chipboard letters white then beige with Alchemy soft satin paint.  Sprinkle on Primary Elements Mediterranean Blue, and Chestnut Brown spray with water then dab off excess.


I laid on layout then drew around chipboard letters, lift off page and drew around charcoal pencil smear with fingertip glue letter onto page.

The final step of background whew... sponge on bubble through die cut circle stencil, draw around outside with black pencil crayon. Stamp with texture stamp and black archival ink around bubbles, finally use glossy accents and fill in bubble. You will need to let glossy accent dry completely- takes a few hours.

Add paper layers, and paper die cut elements, I used Hazy Days paper pack from 7 dots studio.  I love how this one all came together I need to find a picture to add.

I used Soapy Waves chipboard available on my etsy store BoozyBear.  I have been designing new pieces lately make sure to check the etsy store out, I also included added stencils to the etsy store.

The picture doesn't do the glossy accent bubbles justice, they look just like epoxy stickers.  The key is the glossy accents needs to be super thick BUT the page needs to be flat otherwise the glossy accents will start to bleed.


I also used Number Grid chipboard from my etsy store BoozyBear, this I painted in an ombre effect with Alchemy Paint.


Here is a better pic of grid numbers.


Close up of the checker pattern.  It took forever to draw around the checkers, but I am listening to the best book right now so i didn't mind.  It is called Natchez Burning by Greg Iles if you have an interest in civil rights/ Jim Crow era I highly recommend.


Photo cluster, I kept it smaller so I wouldn't cover up all the wonderful background.

Happy Sunday.  I haven't give a follower update in awhile but I am up to 75 whoo hoo!!! This is super exciting for me.  I will have more exciting news next month- tune in.