Monday, March 13, 2017

"Shine" Art Journal Page

Hi everyone, today I would love to share with you my first Art Journal page. This has been something that I tend to struggle with, so I never even attempted it until now. My biggest issue is getting started, focusing on an idea and finding ways to implement it, not to mention my fear of ruining pages of my mixed media art journals, as these books can be quite costly. Stopping by my local library, I found a section of old books that were selling for a dollar, so I bought several and decided to use one of the books for my practice journal.

I started off by covering several pages with gesso and went from there. I'm still trying to figure out what works best together, between watercolor, inks, sprays, paints an so on. Below I used a bit of everything, soon realizing using the Neocolor water soluble crayon for the hair was not my best idea, but it is what it is...practice, practice and more practice!!! :)

Enjoy...




I covered the pages with a light layer of gesso, some stamping and Art Anthology sprays.

I used Steampendous face stamp "The Look", some stencils and  Dylusions paint.

For shading and highlights, I used various Prima chalk inks and Neocolor crayons.

For definition a Sharpie thin black marker.

Quote... Impression Obsession stamp (E17095) - Shine the unique light that is only yours to shine. 




Have a fun and creative day!!!



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mini Art Book

Hi everyone, here today with my first designer post for Mixed Media Warriors challenge, my project is inspired by this month's "Spring" mood board. I created a mini chipboard book that I plan to use for small little works of art. I found this book at Michaels that came with metal rings for the binding, I decided to switch it out with a ball chain instead, it can easily hook and unhook when I need to pull out a page.

Looking forward to playing with it!

Please visit Mixed Media Warriors for more inspiration and hope you feel inspired to join us!


Enjoy...



























 Chipboard pages inside...


Supplies:
Recollections chipboard album
Prima papers "Royal Menagerie" and pink flowers
Sa Crafter's chipboard - bird and green flowers
Petaloo small script flowers
Hobbyshop Sandra - Barok background chipboard
Michaels chipboard sayings
Craft Embellishments -  metal butterfly
Tim Holtz "small talk" stickers and distress tool
Hero Arts small "script" stamp
Wow embossing powder - Earthtone Pepper
Color Box embossing powder - Rootbeer
Lumiere paint - Super Sparkle
Art Anthology Sprays- Siesta Key, Valentine and Timeless
Tattered Angels glimmer mist - Key Lime Pie
brads and misc. teal embellishments
teal ball chain
lace and cheesecloth
gesso
clear gesso
soft gel medium and 3d matte gel



Have a fun and creative day!!!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Beauty of a White Heart

Hi everyone, in lieu of Valentine's Day, I decided to share a meaningful piece of Art, it is in remembrance of my beautiful mom. Although she passed away many years ago, there are many days I feel as if it were yesterday. She was an amazing woman who had such a pure heart...the Beauty of a White Heart! She was honest, kind and good natured, such a gentle soul to be around, who always tried to see the good in people. She inspired me in many ways and continues to inspire me to be the best person I can be. Life is not perfect, all we can do is try our best to be kind and respectful of those around us. 

Every time I look at this piece, I get a warm feeling inside that makes me smile. I feel blessed to have had this woman in my life. She will forever be missed!

Enjoy...



Whenever possible, remember to...

"Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson



I use my phone to record my videos, I was zoomed in and somewhat off camera, I didn't notice until I was finished.
I uploaded it anyway in hopes you will get the gist of it!
If not, sorry! :(





Have a fun and creative day!!!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Mixed Media Warriors DT

Hi everyone, so happy to announce that I am now part of the Design Team for Mixed Media Warriors, so honored and excited to be a part of this talented group. Every month MMW will have a new challenge, although my term starts in March, please stop by for a visit (if you already haven't) where you can find lots of inspiration and join in on February's creative spark with MMW Challenge #13... LOVE!.





Have a fun and creative day!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

B is for Bubbles and C is for Coffee

Hi guys, I'm back with a couple more ATC's from the #52cafecards challenge from Maremi's Creative Café group on Facebook. Here is my take on B is for Bubbles and C is for Coffee, the seahorse die and small talk stickers are from TH and I used my Copic markers on the coffee cup which is the stamp and die set from Heartfelt Creations. Once again I'll have the themes posted below.

Looking forward to making more of these and I hope you are too!!!

Enjoy...




Current list to date:
A - Art
B - Bubbles
C - Coffee
D - Dragonfly
E - Eclipse


Have a fun and creative day!!!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

A is for Art

Hi everyone, glad to be back with a quick and simple project, I made an Artist Trading Card (ATC) from a challenge created by Marta in her Facebook group called Maremi's Creative Café. She set out a challenge to create 52 small cards or ATC's, with each card having its own theme. There you will find so many fun and inspiring ways to create such small pieces of art. The size I'm using is  (2 1/4 x 3 1/2) same as Prima's alphabet cards, but you can use a deck of playing cards which is just a tad bigger or create your own. 

The first challenge is A for Art, you can use the word or just create something inspired by it. This challenge started about a month ago and it's now on E, but there is no rush as you create at your leisure, the point is to have fun with it. Hope can join in on the challenge, if you share your project be sure to add #52cafecards so it can easily be found. Incase you don't use Facebook, below I have posted the current themes.

Enjoy...



Current list to date:
A - Art
B - Bubbles
C - Coffee
D - Dragonfly
E - Eclipse


Have a fun and creative day!!!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Life is a gift...Celebrate

Hi everyone, hope you're all having a great start of the new year. It's been many years since I've created a layout, so what better way to start off my year than to create a "mixed media" layout. I love to follow many challenge blogs, as they can give so much inspiration and many creative ideas on what one can do to start off the next project. I have always worked best when challenged, be it home life, work life or just creating in general, for me challenges are a great way to expand my creativity in many diverse ways.

I absolutely love the freshness of a new snowfall, the scenery is always so beautiful. While going for a nice walk around the neighborhood, I couldn't help but stop to take this lovely photo of my husband and our most adorable pup "Dallas". What better way to celebrate...than to celebrate life with those we love and the wondrous beauty of Mother Nature.

Enjoy...


















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Have a fun, be creative and enjoy the new year!!!