Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Art Journaling Pages

Finally sunshine after a long rainy week here in New England. It felt good to be in my studio with the sunshine coming through the window and slider. Here is a glimpse of some journal pages, some new, and some not so new. 
This image is more from my hand carved stamps, stamped in gouache and accented with colored pencils.
Here is the whole two-page spread.

And this next one was created for the Sketchbook Challenge. This month's theme is resist and it really speaks to me and creating with resist techniques. I did this one with clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder and after embossing I added a layer of dark blue watercolor. I think it turned out lovely and it is ready for my writing. 
Have great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Designing with Stamps

Hi there, I just wanted to share some of my designs. I have been working with my own carved stamp collection making designs and altering them in Photoshop.  I think they are interesting with a lot  of movement.
Ahh, stamping is so dear to my heart.  Let me know what you think.

I think I will put this card in my shop. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

From Art Journaling to Art: Drawing, Watercolor, and More Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist with Jane LaFazio (Download) - Interweave

Welcome back Blogger....we missed you. Wow, many people were very bummed out about the recent Blogger breakdown, myself included. But I must say I am very happy it is back up and running. I am also very thankful that this is a free site,  so I will try to not complain.
I wanted to share this video from the Interweave store the people who bring us Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors.  This was simple technique but Jane LaFazio really inspired me I hope it does the same for you. This link shows the free preview, sign up to their newsletter and receive many freebies.
From Art Journaling to Art: Drawing, Watercolor, and More Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist with Jane LaFazio (Download) - Interweave

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fabric Flower Brooches-DIY

Need a fabulous Mother's Day gift idea to make this weekend?  Well this beautiful fabric flower brooch is just the answer. This DIY gift is easy and economical and will delight any mother as she wears this on her clothing, pinned on a hat or tote. She could even secure it on a contour hair clip and wear it in her hair.  And the great part for you the crafter is this is quick and fun. 
scrap fabric-must be polyester or mostly polyester
needle & thread-matching
beads or pearl beads
pin backing
Quick Grab Tacky Glue
bucket of water
I started with a a white crinkle polyester blouse that I got at the Salvation Army.  After I cut it up I used two pieces and painted one piece to give it a two-tone  yellow orange color and another a soft yellow tint.  I simply did this with my Lumiere Paints and water. I will remember to give a how-to on this process later. But really you could use kind of poly fiber and even printed fabric. Look through you old clothing you might be surprised to find the perfect thing. I'v even used a old pair of pajamas.
Next you cut several random and varying sizes of circles and don't worry about making them perfect, imperfection is better. These will be your petals.
Then light your candle and lightly and very carefully holding one of the circles near the side of the flame to singe the edges of the petal circle.
Turning the circle to singe the whole piece. Work slowly and keep the piece moving. This step takes a bit of experimenting.  Careful not to burn yourself.  You may also try carefully holding the petal above the flame,  again
Also know that different fibers will singe easier than others. You could get a wrinkled egde too this makes for a nice petal.
 If it catches on fire simply dip it or drop it in your bucket of water.
 *** Be careful when doing this and never leave the candle burning unattended 

When you are finished, of course depending on your fabric it will somewhat look like this.
Do all your circle petals at one time and blow your candle out.
Starting with a large petal, stack them one on top of the other, starting with largest petals and stacking to the smallest. Then with your thread start from the underside and come up through the center of the cluster of petals and add beads. Secure each bead by stitching all the way through the stack of petals, finish underneath with a knot.  Next sew a pin clasp to a small circle of felt and finish it by gluing the felt circle to the back of the flower.

And there you have a beautiful fabric flower brooch. How easy was that?
 I hope this inspires you to make something special for you or your mother on
 Mother's Day. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Building Art Journal Pages

A very easy way to create art journal pages is to start with adhering torn text, music paper or graph paper to a blank page. I usually use gel medium but a glue stick works well too as long as you are heavy handed with the application.
 When this is dry you can add washes of color like acrylic paint. I like using the economical craft style acrylic paint versus artist quality acrylic paints on my pages because they are less glossy and therefore the pages don't stick together. When applying color go lightly with the color in some areas with the paint to create different values of the color. And when using two colors that will muddy when mixed, like purple and green place them right next to each other to avoid mixing them and ending up with a lot of brown on your page. This keeps these contrasting bold colors vibrant.
Other than that rule, I really allow myself to be carefee about color placement and just play.  Using different colors along edges of  the page ads a sense of grounding and gives the eye a nice landing place.  This can be top, bottom or sides or any combination of.  Add some random stamped imagery, in this case I used my own hand carved stamps with gouache.  Here again, I think if you work along the edges of the page you give yourself a nice area for a focal point for your writing or if you chose a large image like something from a magazine or both.
And remember it is certainly okay to build page after page in your journal even if you don't write a single word. Because let's face it there is a sense of satisfaction one gets from playing with paper, paint and glue. Oh yea, and of course stamps. ; )  And that process itself, is an artistic expression that you should be proud of.  I hope this inspires someone out there, thanks for stopping by and please share this with your creative friends. 
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