Monday, February 08, 2016

Joggles' Art Journal Adventure ~ Week Two Grids

Hi everyone. I am still playing catch-up with Barb's Art Journal Adventure over on the Joggles blog. For Week Two, the theme of her project was grids which I love but rarely use. I had bought a couple of fabulous grid stencils by Michelle Ward from Stencil Girl and had yet to use them so this seemed to be an opportune time. The other thing that I wanted to use was all the "table scraps" on my desk from previous projects. These were mop-up cards and book text from sprays, gel print scraps, and some corrugated paper. I also had some die cut or punched leftovers and some embellies which auditioned for projects but didn't make the cut.

I did it in a backwards way and if I did it again I would paint the whole page black with gesso or Dylusions Black Marble Paint and then pencil in the grid. Instead, I traced the grid and then coloured in the dark spaces between sections with a black Sharpie pen. Then I traced each section on the grid onto a scrap which I wanted for that space, both repeating the papers elsewhere and dry fitting as I went along. At this point, I was working with backgrounds only and not the things that were going to be added to them. Once finished, I used Scor Tape or Scotch Quick Dry to adhere each section to the page.

Now came the fun part. I started looking through the pile of leftover punched and die cut pieces and placed them where I thought I wanted them. I raided my sheets of Idea-ology rub-ons and snipped out sections to audition them. Several Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers were applied, choosing words with particular significance to me.

Some drywall mesh and cheesecloth scraps found their way onto some sections as well as a few Idea-ology embellies like the pen nib and the token. A few snaps were in my little box of things to put away so they carried through on the silver shine found in other places. Lastly my black and white doodle pens were put to work because the whole thing was looking a little too structured and neat to suit me. Although I could have kept going because I was having fun, I figured I'd better call a halt to my playing before I passed the point from like to not.

Thanks for stopping by today. You will certainly be seeing more grid work from me in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since today is Monday, there's a brand new Art Journal Adventure inspiration project up for week 6 on the Joggles blog today. I'm off to check it out!

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Rocking the Catwalk ~ Inspired by Week 5 Joggles Art Journal Adventure

Hi everyone. I am playing along with Barb who is doing a weekly post at Joggles' blog. It's called Art Journal Adventure and she creates an inspiration project to which we can respond in any way we like. I look at what she has done and what she has used and pick out the elements or things which I want to include in my own art journal spread. This week she did the cutest page featuring these hilarious and quirky little gnomes from Stampotique. I didn't have gnomes but I had some funky cat images from Vera Lane Studio which fit the bill.

I coloured the 4 cat images, three from Les Chats and one from Girl and Cat With Hats, using Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. Then I coloured and added hats from the image Boutique Hats because these cats are glamouristas. Like Barb's spread, Stickles and black rhinestones or pearls were added to their eyes, lashes, and hats for shine and dimension. The cats were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape to create dimension and shadow.

To create the blue background, water was added to the page leaving a border around the page. Watered down Process Cyan FW ink was washed over the water base. Once dry, Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray was spritzed through Dylusions 12 x 12 Diamond of a Border stencil to create interest. Cyan ink and Waterfall Green Pearlescent Ink were used to add splatters with a fan brush. More patterning was added with Ranger Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink and Joggles Background Noise Spark stamp. Ranger Deep Purple Archival Ink was used to apply Joggles Background Noise Dots stamps.

I didn't have any deli paper painted or inked with the colours I needed like she used but I did have mop up papers and gel print scraps that I could use for the catwalk stage.They were adhered in a staggered fashion which the girls covered. Black and white painty rings were created with Dylusions paint and two sizes of bottle lids. White Embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil to add texture and break up some of the spaces. Bits of washi tape adhered to white cardstock, drywall mesh tape, and watercolour  scraps from the top of a page were also layered here and there to bring the pink from the images around the background. The border and some outlining were created with a Black Pitt Pen and black cardstock stars were punched and added to each corner. White paint pen dots tied the border to the embossing paste dots. The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape like the cats.

Thanks so much for popping by today. The Catwalkers and I appreciate your visit. I am having great fun with Joggles' weekly Art Journal Adventure prompts. Check it out...there's a new one every Monday. Hope to see you there! And when you get a minute pop by Vera Lane Studio on Etsy. She has such fun images!

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, February 05, 2016

The East Wind New Release project

Hi everyone. It's Friday and that means a brand new image will be released today at The East Wind Etsy shop. The image is called Aurora Sloquet and it's a beauty. She is so serene and seems to me to be in a place of healing and peace. It's a very different image from the ones I usually colour but it spoke to quiet whispers.

I coloured Aurora, the rocks, and tree stump with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. The background water was coloured with three shades of blue Pan Pastel which I set with fixative once I was satisfied. I wanted a soft barely there effect with some gentle movement. The image was die cut with Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles die and then matted with black cardstock. Foam tape was used to adhere the image to the background once it was completed.

The background began as a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper onto which I had brayered several blue and green Fresco Finish chalk paints. It was quite a heavy background so I decided to break it up withthree separate waves cut from designer paper. One paper is distressed brown with woodgrain patter, one plain greeny-blue, and one a lighter greeny-blue with a white pattern on it. These were adhered to the painted background leaving space around each of them for the original background to show through. It made it far less overwhelming as only strips of the dark peeked through. To tie the painted background and the wavy strips together, white embossing paste was scraped through Colorbox's Swirl Dot stencil. This also added movement to the piece tying it in with the water in the image.

The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape. Memory Box's Lorelai Leaf die was used to cut the leafy branches from black cardstock to accent three corners. The fourth corner had black half pearls adhered in a group of three to finish it. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the background before it was adhered to a black mat.This frames and finishes the page.

Thanks for popping by today. Aurora is being quiet right now but I'm sure she would want me to say how much we appreciate your visit. To see what some of my talented teamies did with this gorgeous image, pop by The East Wind Facebook group where they will be posting their awesome creations today. We would love to see what you create with her, too.

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Don't Go Crazy ~ Art Journal page inspired by Bloobel Stamps

Hi everyone. I took some time to play with this adorable image from Bloobel Stamps called Boingy Rabbit. She wanted to star on her very own mixed media page and how could I turn down a face like that. She's so those teeth and her little bunny suit.

I coloured Boingy with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding brown half pearls for her eyes. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock. Boingy was then popped up on foam tape.

The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper background was sprinkled with Brusho Crystals which were then activated with Dylusions White Linen ink spray. I had never tried that before and it gives a very cool milky effect. I will definitely be doing that again. Stamping was done with Hero Arts Single Starburst stamp and Brilliance Archival Red Gold ink.The same ink was used to apply a Tim Holtz stamp from the I See Paris set. Torn pieces of peach coloured handmade paper and french script book paper. Watering Can Archival ink was stamped in rings using a bottle lid. Bits of drywall mesh were also added to the background in three places.

The fabulous sentiment from Create With TLC (I can relate to it!) was cut apart to fit the space and each segment was matted with black and popped up on foam tape. Two letter in each of three key words were coloured with Prismacolor pencils for emphasis. A little cluster of elements comprised of two threaded buttons and a length of hemp twine was added on top of the mesh beside Boingy. Under that a scrap of watercolour cut from a pad was adhered below the cluster. A border was doodled with a black pen before the edges of the piece were inked with black Big Brush pen. The entire page was matted with black cardstock to frame it as a finishing touch.

Thanks for joining Boingy Rabbit and me today. We are so happy that you stopped by. Be sure to pop by Lisa's Bloobel Stamps shop on Etsy to see more of these inspiring and quirky images. There are so many fun ones there!

Life is good; so is art.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Rick St. Dennis February Facebook Challenge ~ Hearts and /or Arrows

Hi everyone. Along with adding 4 new members to Rick St. Dennis' EDT, we are also trying out a new challenge format. Instead of doing the Progressive Challenge on Sparkle and Glitter, we are doing a monthly challenge on Rick's Fans & Friends Facebook group with a specific theme each time. Our very first challenge started on February 1 and the first theme is Hearts and/or Arrows. We want to see a heart or an arrow or both either in the image or the background. Easy peasy, right?

For my mixed media project, I chose to feature the adorable Euro Girls Happy Hearts image from Rick's Zibbet store. I love these little Euro style people and this collection of buddies is adorable. I coloured the image with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. It was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and matted with black cardstock. It was popped up on foam tape to add dimension and shadow.

The background was brayered using yellow, red, and orange acrylic paints. Black Marble Dylusions paint was pounced through Tim Holtz's Arrows stencil to fill the page. Once dry, the background was cut into thirds, edged with black, and adhered with narrow spaces between each section as well as a border around the outside. Because it was wild and crazy busy, white dotty Japanese paper was torn into strips and adhered to the background with gel medium. White printed chipboard open hearts were edged with black Big Brush Pen and adhered behind the image. To give the girls a place to stand, piano key washi tape adhered to white cardstock was layered onto the background coming from each side.

The word Love was created from Thickers and black flat pearls were added to each letter to jazz them up a little. The other part of the song lyric was printed with a DYMO labeller. The one end was clipped into a fishtail shape. Two black triangles were hand cut and adhered to opposite corners. While still a very busy piece, I did manage to tone down the background with all of the white and black layers and elements...thank goodness!

Thanks for stopping by today. The Euro Girls and I appreciate your fine company. We would love to see how you respond to our Hearts and/or Arrows Challenge on the Rick St. Dennis Fans & Friends Facebook group. be sure to stop by throughout the month to see the other inspiration projects by the EDT. As a matter of fact, stop by every single day because there will be a brand new project featuring one or more of Rick's fabulous images each day of the month.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, February 01, 2016

The East Wind Challenge #48 Inspiration Project

Hi everyone. Happy February! Today marks the beginning of our new challenge at The East Wind. This is the one where all of the blog DT members create using the freebie from the month's newsletter. The adorable image is called Baby Aurora Friendship and the theme of this challenge is Friendship as well. February is a wonderful time to remember and appreciate all of those awesome people who mean so much to us.

I coloured Baby Aurora and Baby Lucy Loo, along with their amazing tree, with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. The tree took a while to colour but I love how it turned out. I also love that unlikely friendship between these two. They are different in so many ways but remain the best of friends. That's just cool! The image was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape to give it dimension.

The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper background was spritzed with Drop Dead Gorgeous Green and Freaky Franklin Lime Lindy's Starburst sprays with an extra spritz through Dylusions Bubbles stencil. Extra splashes were dripped on and skinny runs made with Idea-ology spritzer tool. Joggles' Background Noise Circles stamp was applied to the background with Viridian Archival ink. Forget-Me-Not Archival was used to stamp Joggles' Latin Text stamp to create more texture here and there. The fun little Stampotique Funky heart stamp was inked with Cobalt Archival and applied for more pattern. To ground the image, two lengths of washi tape applied to white cardstock were adhered  beneath the tree and outlined with black ink. White embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tile Texture stencil with a palette knife and once dry, was brushed with White Linen Dylusions paint to emphasize the areas.

The computer generated sentiment was printed on white cardstock, trimmed close, and matted with black. The word friend is an Idea-ology Big Chat sticker layered over the other word printed as part of the sentiment. I like how that emphasizes the word. Foam tape was used to pop up the entire element. A length of cheesecloth was used to reference a cloud and an Idea-ology Typed Token was fastened to the top left corner with a brad. Black punched photo corner were used to accent opposite corners. Black Big Brush pen was used to darken the edges of the background and a black cardstock mat was used to frame the page.

Baby Aurora, Baby Lucy Loo and I appreciate you stopping by today. To check out the other wonderful inspiration projects created by my talented teamies, be sure to pop by The East Wind Challenge blog. We would love to have you join us for our Friendship Challenge!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Oh, Hi ~ tag inspired by Bloobel Stamps

Hi everyone...or should that be Oh, hi...LOL. I have a super quick post today. I know that's shocking for me. I wanted to share this fun tag I created featuring the image Balloon Heart from Bloobel Stamps. He is so cute just floating by. Don't you just love the look on his face?

I coloured Herbie (HB) with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding flat black rhinestones for his eyes. He was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted in black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape. I based the colours I used on the background since it was pre-made.

The background is a Ranger #8 black tag to which a rectangle of packaging was adhered. It was such cool packaging from a pack of Sharpies that I saved it, just waiting for the right projects to use it. I added two clouds die cut from Japanese paper. Before they were glued down, I edged them in Broken China Distress ink and added faux stitching so they would show up better. The smaller cloud is popped up on clear foam tape because they are slightly transparent. Lettering was added to the cloud and the background using stickers. Three little enamel hearts were added to the bottom left corner to balance the design. A pink ribbon was looped into the hole of the tag to finish it. So simple but so fun!

Thanks for joining Herbie and me today. We do appreciate your company. When you get a minute, pop over to Bloobel Stamps and check out the fabulous new images Lisa has added over the past week. They are sure to make you smile!

Life is good; so is art.