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Summer Art Potpourri

Purple Pride

Hard to believe that summer is flying by so quickly!  Completely amazing!  I hope all of you are enjoying summer fun, good times, and lots of the beauty of nature.  So much inspiration can be found all around us if we take the time to notice.  I could probably spend a month of Sundays trying to get that purple shading and flow and nature reproduces it flawlessly time after time.

Here are some of the things I’ve been working on since my last update.

A good friend had his 70th birthday party and was his usual serious self–of course I had to memorialize the moment.

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It took all my restraint to keep the layout masculine and relatively unadorned.  I framed it and gave it as a gift to he and his wife.

IMG_0996 (500x460)Restraint be damned when I got to this layout!  I could not get enough flowery adornment on this page!

Switched gears from scrapbooking to some mixed media work on the canvas cover of a mixed-media album.  I used gesso mixed with modeling paste to do my bricks.  The frame and corner pieces are resin covered with black gesso and Inkagold.  I made this project at the Swirlydoos art camp in June.  The class was taught by Design Team Member extraordinaire Rachel Moses.  I love my framed worry doll!

Worry Doll Mixed Media Mini-Album front cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Mini-Album front cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Min-Album back cover

Worry Doll Mixed Media Min-Album back cover

My goal this summer has been to use up items in my stash because it seems to reproduce exponentially when I’m not looking.  This layout I used some strips of fabric to make my ties along the top.  I used some gelli plate printed doilies, ribbon,and stenciled glass bead gel.

IMG_0972 (483x500)The next layout is one featuring a picture of my crazy little fox terrier mix–Sophie.  Do not be deceived by this precious photo of her slumbering comfortably on my husband’s pillow.

DSCN0707 (490x500)Lots of distressing and flowers and texture but the main thing about this layout is that I used a piece of paper that I had been “hoarding” for about four years.  Yay me!

I have more projects to show next time.  See you soon and thanks for visiting today!

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It’s Mixed Media Madness Baby!

I am away at an art retreat for a few days and having a great time! Here is what I’ve been creating today! TFL!

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Hooray for Hexagons

 

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A few weeks ago I had a fun art date with myself and started playing with a pile of hexagon cut-out shapes I had left over from a die-cut piece.  They were black cardstock when I started on them.  I layered some white gesso on and then began painting some with acrylic paints.  I went on to make designs with StazOn inks and stamps, doodled with Signo markers and then embellished with random brads I had in my stash.  Here is the first batch:

Hexagon Buttons

 

As I progressed I began using clear embossing powder on some and I also began experimenting with texture paint and pastes.

Yummy texture and patina

Yummy texture and patina

Stamped with Versamark, brushed with Perfect Pearls and then clear embossed.

Stamped with Versamark, brushed with Perfect Pearls and then clear embossed.

I was really happy with the way this one came out–love that subtle xray look!

Old china look

Old china look

This one I stenciled with modeling paste, then used blue embossing powder and white embossing powder, clear embossed over that and then went back with some brown ink to highlight the stencilled design.  I am pleased with the aged china look.

Rusty patina

Rusty patina

I began doing more layers with inks, embossing, modeling paste, paints, and trying for the metal look.

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A crackle stencil with homemade decopauge mist, paints, and inks, clear embossing over top.

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Experimenting with different stencils and modeling paste.

Aged copper patina

Aged copper patina

Hooray for Hexagons!

Hooray for Hexagons!

 

It was so fun to play with embossing powders again and to combine them with mists, inks, paints, modeling paste.  I encourage you to revisit the supplies you have in your stash and experiment with new ways of combining them.  If you are like me you have probably learned new skills and have new ideas since the last time you played with some of those old mediums.  Go forth and

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The Best of Both Worlds

I’ve been stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone and striving to learn new things.  My mantra this week has been “where there is fear there is no creativity”.  I first heard this statement years ago on a how-to decorating show on television.  I think it was called “Interior Motives” and it was hosted by a delightfully funny man named Christopher Lowell.  He shared so many skills and in such a non-intimidating and empowering way that I was able to decorate my whole house using his ideas.  For someone with their first home and a limited budget and being paralyzed at the thought of making a bad decorating decision this was huge.   It is not a stretch to say that by following his Seven Layers of Design and creating all sorts of home projects I was opening the door to my art creativity.  I realized what a joy it was to use my hands to create things.  From making cornice boxes and curtains and painting baseboards and draping fabric and becoming intimately familiar with my staple gun (that does not sound quite right does it?) I started to think creatively.

Fast forward a few years and I discovered scrapbooking.  I always made photo albums of our family vacations and tucked in all the ephemera and room keys and little comments about our adventures.  I never knew there was a whole UNIVERSE out there of people decorating these scrapbooks and creating layouts around all this stuff.  I went into an Archivers store that I passed by dozens of times and it was GAME ON.  I could not get enough of it–the paper, the stickers, the stamping–all of it.  I would spend days working on a single layout.  Agonize over every decision.

Fast forward another couple years and I had stopped scrapbooking and had moved on to a small and sporadic papercrafting business.  I was using my scrapbooking skills on cardmaking, giftbags, bookmarks, and journals.  I had small-scale success at holiday gift fairs and word-of-mouth sales.  I took a stab at an etsy site but my heart wasn’t in it.  It felt like I was forgetting how to create things with my own voice and I was becoming paralyzed by worrying about what other people would like.  I was second guessing every idea.  My happy creative mojo was nowhere to be found.  During this time I started taking classes and attending art retreats that featured lots of mixed media art.  I had my cool little art shack and every art supply I wanted but wasn’t feeling it.  I was creating a whole lot of nothing…nada…zip.

Fast forward to October, 2012, and I saw an ad in the paper for a paper crafting fair on the weekend.  I decided to go and see what was new in the paper crafting world.  Well the answer was ALOT.  The scrapbooking world has finally started incorporating more mixed media techniques and embracing more imperfection and less cookie-cutter-ness (new word!).  It seems there is room at the table for both scrapbooking and mixed-media to co-exist comfortably.  I’ve noticed mixed-media artists using some of the tools of scrapbooking and they aren’t even holding their noses!  I’ve noticed scrapbookers embracing the drippage and splatters and textures of mixed media without frantically diving for paper towels!  It is thrilling!  There are throngs of artists who like me enjoy having a paintbrush and an inkpad in both worlds.  Yippy skippy!

All that said–here are my creations from the past week.

Created from ribbon, lace, string pearls

Created from ribbon, lace, string pearls

Mixed media and photo

Mixed media and photo

Glass bead gel, Dylusions, handcut leaves

Glass bead gel, Dylusions, handcut leaves

 

Small Wall Hanging

All of these were created using both scrapbooking and mixed-media tools and techniques and were loads of fun to make.  TFL!

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It’s All About The Mojo

Embossed metal tape with patina and bling

Embossed metal tape with patina and bling

I am in the midst of a bout of mojo mania.  Oh how I love that state of mind!  When you feel like you really ARE the master of your art and when you have an abundance of creativity.   Everything seems to work together and comes out looking exactly the way you planned it in your head.  Every little “what if?” turns into a happy accident.  When mojo is in the house it is fun from start to finish.  When mojo is in the house the sun shines a little brighter, the paint is creamier and more vibrant, the mists are mistier (is that even a word?), the ink is richer, the texture is so cool it makes you want to reach out and touch it.  When mojo is in the house the color combinations walk hand in hand without effort.  When mojo is in the house the decisions are seemingly preordained and everything FLOWS.

I’ve learned that mojo is a capricious commodity.  Here today and gone tomorrow (or if you’re lucky in a few months).  Mojo does not care if you are in the middle of a project.  Mojo does not care if you have a deadline or a goal.  Mojo does not give one shit.  Mojo has its way with you and then heads on down the road. When mojo decides it’s over you have to hand over it’s suitcase, give it a peck on the cheek and walk away.  Try to have some dignity about it.  It’s not anything you did or didn’t do.  It’s not about you–it’s about mojo.  Don’t worry–mojo will come back to you.  You keep doing what you do and Art Out With Your HeArt Out.

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Spring Has Sprung

Well at least in MY art shack!  I am loving that there are warmer and sunnier days popping up more often.  It has put me in the mood for vibrant colors and fresh new starts.  I am so energized by sunshine.  After the shorter and darker days of winter I love the renewal spring brings in nature and in my spirit as well.

Recently I created a mixed media canvas.  The first one I’ve ever done completely on my own.  I created one other mixed media canvas a couple of years ago at an art retreat class I attended, but that one was under the guidance and supervision of a wonderful and talented instructor (Kim Geiser of Persimmons Studio).  This time I was under the influence of only myself and my sunshine energized spirit…. and, well,  some chocolate.  Rich, creamy dark chocolate….but I digress–back to the story of my canvas.  A few months ago I was introduced to the Faber-Castell Gelatos by the Swirlydoos Kit Club (swirlydoos.com).  I’d heard of gelatos and actually even had one in my possession from a gift bag I’d received at an art retreat, but I’d never actually tried it out.  I received several gelatos in the kit from Swirlydoos and I’d had a chance to experiment with them and had fallen in love with them.  Gelatos are water-soluble creamy crayon-type yummy goodness that come in many colors–many rich, vibrant, and very tempting colors.  I knew I wanted to use gelatos to make a background for whatever I was going to do on my small (half-off clearance bin) canvas and I knew I wanted to use a particular flower stem that I had in my stash–again from Swirlydoos–so I set about working on my canvas.  I primed my canvas with white gesso and used a combination of coloring and spritzing with water and blended with a brush.

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I had no firm plan so I kept experimenting with the water and combining the different gelato colors and was finally satisfied with my background.

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I wanted to add some texture so I got out my Golden Crackle Paste and a couple of Crafters Workshop stencils and some Luminarte Silks acrylic glazes.  Here is the result:

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I liked that the elements of the stencils I chose were of similar size and had a similar pattern.

Once I finished my background setup I wanted to incorporate my flower stem inspiration piece, some textured packing material, and some delicate butterflies I had previously misted.  Over the next few days I worked on my canvas off and on in between other projects.  I arranged, I rearranged.  I added, I subtracted.  I adhered my flower inspiration but I just couldn’t decide WHAT NEXT???  So I did what I often do when I’m troubled by anything a major dilemma—retail therapy.  Art supply retail therapy.  During the course of my “therapy” I found some really gorgeous and so so so beautiful trims in the color palette I was using on this project.  It was the inspiration I needed and my project FLOWED!

I added my packing material.

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I added butterflies.

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I added the trim.

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I coated the background with a layer of spray matte finish and then topped it off with a coat of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam (in Chandelier)…

 

and it was finished.  TFL!

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