Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bookworm Bob ~ A Bloobel Stamps image


Hi everyone. I am an avid reader...have been since I was little. I read every morning when I get up, again in the late afternoon, and definitely before I go to sleep. I also love books...not a Kindle person. I like the feel of them, the smell of them, the weight in my hands...and old books, well, don't even get me started on them. When I saw Lisa's Bloobel Stamps image called Bookworm Bob, I knew he was a kindred spirit and I wanted to make him the star of an art journal page.


I coloured Bob with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and filled his glasses with Glossy Accents. He was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted on black cardstock, and trimmed out again leaving a narrow black border so he would stand out against the background.Foam tape was added to the back to add dimension and create a natural shadow.


The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper background was spritzed with Drop Dead Gorgeous Green, Tibetan Poppy Teal, and Delphinium Turquoise Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays. Once dry, Joggles/ Margaret Applin's Vintage Correspondence stamp was loaded with Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink and rolled onto the background in several places. Stampotique's Funky Heart stamp was added to the page using Viridian Green Archival Ink. The same green was sponged through the numbers on Andy Skinner's Made to Measure stencil to create the border on the left side. A library card was printed and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink before being layered behind Bob. To give him a place for his stool to sit, three images of old books were fussy cut and placed below him, the upper two popped up on foam tape.


The sentiment was printed on white cardstock, trimmed out and matted with black before being adhered to the background. A doodled border and outlining were done with a black pen. A scrap of text paper was cut with a notebook edge die and adhered to the right side of the page. A torn piece of corrugated cardboard was layered over that and finger painted with white gesso. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the page before it was adhered to a black cardstock mat to frame it.As I often do, Jet Black Archival Ink was used to add splatter dot stamping.

Thanks so much for joining Bob and me today. Bob said he would be with you right after this chapter...but I've heard that before. LOL To see more of Lisa's amazing and inspiring Bloobel Stamps images, be sure to visit her Etsy shop. She also has a wonderful Facebook group where people share their Bloobel makes and keep up with the latest Bloobel news. Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, April 22, 2016

New Release at The East Wind ~ Aurora Little Baker


Hi everyone. It's Friday already and that means that there is a new release at The East Wind. Actually there are two new releases because Unky created an Aurora image and a background image which can be combined or used separately. The main image is called Aurora Little Baker and she is adorable. The background image is called Love Kitchen and is a fabulous retro style kitchen scene where Aurora can bake her cat cookies.



I chose to work with Aurora alone as I wanted to create a mixed media background for her. She was coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and matted with black cardstock to create contrast with the background. Foam tape was adhered to the back to give her dimension and create a natural shadow.


The background began as a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of coloured cardstock with some distressing near the edges. One of the Kate Crane Circles from the Stampotique cube was inked with Vermillion Archival ink and added to the background. A half doily and a copy of a vintage cookie recipe edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink were layered behind where Aurora would stand. White embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Mini Circles stencil in several places to create texture and blend the recipe into the background. Black speckled dots were added with a TH stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink.


Once Aurora was added to the background, the sentiment was printed on white cardstock, cut apart and matted with black. Each section was popped up on foam tape and added to the journal page. A black pen was used to draw a wobbly border that stops and starts next to the embossing paste. A tiny cat button with the shank removed was adhered to the top right corner and a blue ribbon bow was glued below his chin. To finish the page, black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the background and a black cardstock mat was adhered to the back to frame the piece.

Thanks so much for joining Aurora and me today. We didn't expect it but we sure appreciate it :) To see what my talented teamies from TEW DT have created with this image, be sure to pop by The East Wind Facebook Group where the projects will be posted throughout the day.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Walk in the Rain ~ inspired by a Sandra Caldwell image


Hi everyone. We have been so fortunate this past week with unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies. Today it looks like we are going to get some much needed rain so my mixed media card is especially appropriate. As soon as I saw this adorable image from Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop called April Showers 316, I knew I had to colour her. I love ladybugs and coneflowers...and the expression on the girl's face is too cute!


I coloured April and her friends with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. The three dots on the coneflower center were done with yellow gel pen to give them a bit of dimension. The image was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border including the single raindrops above her head. The pieces were then adhered to black cardstock and a barrow black border was left when they were trimmed out again. This gives the image more visual weight and allows her to stand out against the background. Foam tape was used on April, the flower and ladybug. The raindrops were adhered flat to the background once it was completed.


The background is done on a 4.5 x 6 inch piece of mixed media paper which was spritzed with Hag's Wart Orange and Hi Maintenance Magenta Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays. A little water was added to help them blend and drip in places. Rocket Red Gold Brilliance Ink and Vermillion Archival Ink were sponged through Dylusions Letter Jumble Stencil to create texture here and there. Second generation stamping was done with Jet Black Archival and a dotty background stamp from Hampton Arts. I wanted this light so that's why I stamped off on scrap paper first.. Using the edge of an old gift card tapped into Dylusions Black Marble Paint, intersecting lines were created in a few places. White embossing paste was scraped through Dylusions Bubble stencil to create the raised circles. I love how they vary in colour as they pick up the Starburst Sprays underneath,


The sentiment from Create With TLC seemed to be the ideal message to go with April and her ladybug friend. It was printed on white cardstock and cut with an MFT die before being matted with black cardstock and adhered directly to the background. To add some detail to the open corners, photo corners were punched from black cardstock and tiny raindrops were added with a white paint pen. A border was drawn with a black pen and a black cardstock mat was added to the background to frame it.

Thanks for joining April, her ladybug, and me today. You have definitely brightened up the gloomy gray sky and brought a smile to our faces. To see more of Sandra's fabulous images, be sure to pop by her Etsy shop called BabyCakes DND. You will surely be inspired!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

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Monday, April 18, 2016

It's good to be queen ~ Joggles AJA Prompt 13


Hi there. I am behind with the weekly Joggles Art Journal Adventure prompts so I made some time to play today. Week 13's Prompt is to Illustrate a Quote. The one that I chose was from Mary Engelbreit and I used a Kate Crane stamp as my focal image. I love this stamp!!


I stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink and coloured the Stampotique image called The Queen of Everything using Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. The dots on the image were filled in with tiny rhinestones in two shades of pink. Her royal highness was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock which was trimmed out again. She was then popped up on foam tape to create dimension and a natural shadow.


The background began much as Barb's did...with a gessoed surface and Dina Wakley Media Paint applied with my fingers. I changed the colours somewhat, using Magenta, Blackberry Violet, and just a touch of Tangerine. White gesso was pounced through Joggles Ancient Ruins Stencil in a few places using a scruffy brush. It took two coats to get the coverage I was looking for because the background colours are highly pigmented and vibrant. Joggles/ Margaret Applin's Vintage Correspondence Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp was loaded with Deep Purple Archival Ink and rolled onto the background in places to create texture. Paint rings were created with two sizes of bottle lids and Dylusions Black Marble or White Linen Paint. A length of printed Duck Tape was adhered to white cardstock and then cut into a flag shape before being glued to the background to give HRH a place to stand. The triangle cut to make the flag shape was adhered to the top right corner.


To create the border, a crown stamp was applied around the edge using Jet Black Archival Ink. A black Pitt Artist Pen was used to draw the wavering lines and the circles in some of the openings. A white paint pen dotted the center of each black dot. The lettering for It's good to be was done with Idea-ology Alpha Parts dotted with a white paint pen. The letters for Queen are from a chipboard set and were outlined with a black pen. All of the letters were adhered with Glossy Accents. A crown was die cut from black cardstock, dotted with white paint pen, and given a larger pink rhinestone as an embellie. Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the page as the finishing touch.

Thanks for joining the Queen and me today. We both are happy you did that. To check out all Barb's Art Journal Adventure prompts, be sure to stop by the Joggles blog where every Monday a new prompt and project are presented. You can also join our wonderful Art Journal Adventure group on Facebook. There are a lovely bunch of Adventurers and all kinds of inspiration there as well.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sneaky Peek - DT Post on the Joggles Blog


Taroo! Taroo! That's my Dr. Seuss type trumpet which I am blowing because today is the first Friday post for the Joggles Design Team and I was lucky enough to have the honour :) We have been working towards this for a while now and I am excited. To top it off, I was able to play with 7 of the new Joggles/Margaret Applin Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps and they are gorgeous. I love the designs which can be combined beautifully or used on their own just as well. The Joggles rubber stamps are excellent quality...deeply etched and they stamp the detail so easily and clearly.

As a matter of fact, I couldn't seem to stop at just one art journal page as you will see when you visit the Joggles blog. There is a full tutorial and step out photos for the project above and I've included a photo of the second art journal page just to show you more of these great designs. Love them!

Thanks for stopping by. See you over there at the Joggles blog!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

The East Wind Challenge #53 ~ Make it 3D

Hi there. We have a new challenge at The East Wind Challenge Blog beginning today. The theme for this one is to Make it 3D. That means we want to see either layering of the image itself to make it 3D or to alter a 3D object like a box or tin or somehow make the card 3D. I chose to alter a book box because I had picked one up a while ago and didn't care for the cover.


The image I chose as the focal for my new cover is called Lucy Loo Bobbed. She was a fairly recent new release and I couldn't wait to colour her with my usual mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. She was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock.She was adhered directly to the finished background because I felt that with the box being handled a lot, foam tape would not be the best idea.


I liked the spine of the book which looked like brown leather and silver details. I cut a piece of Yupo paper to fit the front of the book. Lettuce, Meadow, and Stream Alcohol Inks were applied to the Yupo using a felt applicator and a few drops of Blending Solution. several drops of the Stream were also dripped onto the background to make these cool organic shapes. Silver Mixative was also dropped onto the background to tie into the spine. Joggles Nonsense Latin stamp was added to the background using Jet Black Archival Ink. Before the panel was adhered to the front using 1/2 inch Scor tape, washi tape was added to all of the edges to cover the old paper which had been wrapped around the covers. This was also done to the back cover.


To finish the details of the front, a length of rhinestone chain was Glossy Accented beside the new cover. The word Secrets was added with Idea-ology Ransom Alpha Parts which were then dotted with white paint pen.


White chipboard hearts with a resist pattern were inked with both Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks were applied over the resist to make the pattern show. The edges of the hearts were inked with black Big Brush Pen before they were adhered overlapping Lucy Loo. On the inside of the front cover, a piece of designer paper edged and stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink was added to cover the washi tape and match the inside of the box.


Thanks for joining Lucy Loo and me today. To see the projects created by my fantastic teamies, be sure to pop over to The East Wind blog. We would love to have you play along with our 3D Challenge.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Grow a Happy Heart - Inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image


Hi there! This is another image that I have been wanting to colour and add toan art journal page. I love the quirky images at Vera Lane Studio. Janet Klein has such an awesome and distinctive style that suits my mixed media style beautifully. I am always inspired by her sweet images. For this page, I played with the girl and sun from Thinking of You and the flowers from Whimsical Girl With Florals to create this scene.



The four images were coloured with Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. They were then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. Black cardstock was adhered to the back of each and the images were trimmed out leaving a narrow black mat. Foam tape was added to the back of each to add dimension and create a natural shadow. A tiny black half pearl was added to the center of her flower and a dew drop was added to the center of the taller flower.


Colour was added to the 6 x 8 inch mixed media background with Ultramarine, Turquoise, and Leaf Green Brusho Crystals sprinkled onto the background and spritzed with water. By tipping the page in different directions, it allows the colour to blend and run. Once dry. White Linen Dylusions paint was sponged over the colour through Joggles Punchinella Trio 2 Ovals. Jet Black Archival was used to stamp a TH script stamp onto the background in a few places. White embossing paste was scraped through Dina Wakley's Plastic Canvas Stencil to create additional texture. A die cut cloud happened to be sitting on my table so that was added and faux stitched although a cute one comes with the set of stamps. Some of the stencilled ovals were also outlined with black pen.


To ground the flowers and girl, a length of washi tape which had been adhered to white cardstock was glued across the ground level. Two enamel dots accented the left end. A black punched photo corner was added to the top left corner. The sentiment was created from Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers matted with black. To finish up the page, black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the page before a black cardstock mat was added to frame it.

Thanks for visiting today. I hate to rush away but while I was linking these stamps, I saw a few more must-haves at Vera Lane Studio and I'm on my way back to collect them :) Why don't you visit Janet's shop and you'll see what I mean!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie