Sunday, July 27, 2014

Video tutorial "Don't believe everything you think"

Hi everyone!  I'm slipping on the blogging thing.  I will be sharing several projects with you over the next couple of days to catch up!  

For now I have a journal page to share, including a start to finish process video.
I've been very much into journaling this month, as you will see soon...
This particular journal page is for Tattered Angels and Canvas Corp brands.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Challenged by Riikka...

Today I have a special post to share.  
I was asked a couple of weeks ago by the super talented Riikka to take part in a blog hop of sorts.  The idea behind this blog hop is to answer some questions and then challenge some other creative types to answer those same questions and keep the theme going.   I was so honored to be asked, so a BIG thank you Riikka!

Lets get started...

1) What am I working on?

I've been working on my first art journal spread.  I tend to alter journals all the time but never actually create in them.  I decided it's definitely over-do.  Unlike my super hero friend Riikka, I don't work ahead too much.  Mainly because my assignments and/or product usually come on a monthly basis.  I'm such a procrastinator though, that it wouldn't really matter if I did get them sooner! lol
Something I'm working on as well.... ;)

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is a hard question to answer...   I'm not sure that my work is different for any apparent reason?  As mixed media artists we all use a lot of the same techniques, but most of the time we have our own style when doing it.   I have been told that my style is usually recognizable in a gallery, but I honestly don't know why?  lol   

You can check out some of the techniques I use on my Youtube channel though if you are interested. :)  
This is one of my first video's and has been the most popular so far...
Very humbling to have so many people interested in it.


3) Why do I create what I do?

I know most people scrapbook for the sake of keeping memories and I do some memory keeping (I need to do more), but my main reason for creating is because it's therapeutic!
There is just something about the entire process of painting onto a page and getting a little messy...watching mists drip down the paper...or even watching paint bubble under the hot pressure of a heat gun.  I love the process, even if I don't love the end result every time. :)

4) How does your creative process work?

It is never the same.  Sometimes I'm inspired by a picture, sometimes the product, or sometimes I just create a bunch of different backgrounds at a time and just decide what will happen afterwards.  I feel most comfortable lately with just creating and not really knowing where it will end up.  A project can go through many stages while creating and it can go from awesome to horrible really quick!  The cool thing about mixed media is that we can always turn it around again by adding more layers.  Its never truly a loss...  
The only problem with this way of creating is that sometimes it can be time consuming getting a project to be the way you really want it to.  I am not a fast or productive scrapper at all, although sometimes I do surprise myself.  :)

I can say though, that most always I start with a stencil,  gesso. and modeling paste in hand.

(some blasts from the past below...)

So there you have it!  If there is anything else you are curious about don't hesitate to ask. 

Now to pass this challenge along to a creative master...

Adrienne is amazing and has a style all her own.  Her pages are usually so dramatic and whimsical and I'm usually drooling over each and every one of them.  I so wish I could get into her head at times just to see how she comes up with the designs she does!  

For now though, I will just challenge her to these questions.  

Can't to read all about it next monday Adrienne! ;)

Thanks for stopping by everyone! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canvas and burlap banner

Hope everyone is having a great start to your week!
Today I'm sharing another fun Canvas Corp first attempt at making a banner.

At first, I was a little intimidated because I had no idea what to do but then I decided once again to "just have fun" and not worry about the outcome, and the canvas and burlap banners didn't fail me with that!

I really had no clue where I was going with it, but since I was going to "just have fun" I started with my favorite thing to do and that's making backgrounds!  So I took each individual banner and started creating with the Scrap Fx ripple stencil, modeling paste, gesso...and Tattered angels glimmer glazes. (complete product list at the end of the post)

I kept the embellishing minimal and just topped off the banner with canvas/burlap shapes and then added my 7gypsies letters...

Instead of adding string and clothespins to hang the banners I decided to take the burlap trim and glue it onto the pieces to give it a border.

My second favorite part of this entire process was ripping up the denim and canvas 12x12 sheets!  Maybe I have some hidden anger issues or I just like to destroy things???
Whatever the reason it was very therapeutic ripping up strips of fabric! lol

I decided to make a more simple type of banner using the 7 gypsies scalloped circles and added them with mini clothespins and twine...

Those cute little flowers were sent to me by a dear friend who I love and adore so much...they were perfect for adding just the right amount of pink on the little banner. 
 It tied together the two banners nicely!

Canvas Corp PRODUCTS

7Gypsies products

Tattered Angels

So have you ever made banners?  
I would love to see them if you have....just share a link in the comments section to your blog and I will come check it out! :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week! 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Canvas Art journal

 Hi everyone! 

Today I want to share a project I created for Canvas Corp Brands.

I used the 6x6  canvas stitched book, and had so much fun just creating!

That's what I love about Canvas Corp, the products really promote creative play and they are just so easy and inspiring to work with!

 So here is the front cover of the book...
I chose to go grungy with this it.  
I love all of the frayed string from the outside of the stitching on the album so I didn't worry about trimming it down, but if you like a more clean look you can just trim it and/or even add a little mod lodge or gel medium to the edges to prevent it.

For the "Pocket" I used a canvas Circle shape.  You can find it here.  I misted the circle and then stamped "create" with the 7 Gypsies alpha stamps, then  I cut an end off and glued my paintbrushes inside the pocket.

If you look closely you can see where I also used the alpha stamps in the background...
Here, I used the canvas fringe on the binding of the book and added some eyelets.

I decided that I didn't want any rules with this book.  I was just going to create and have fun! 
So each page is different and doesn't necessarily match the next...

For now I just created the backgrounds on the pages, but will add to them over time...

I love using the high impact paints and then misting them with water to give a water color effect.  That's what I did with the pink circles here. 
As you can see, I didn't prime the pages with gesso...instead I used the gesso to add the details.

What I was amazed with was that the mists didn't leak through to the other pages???
I really thought that since I didn't prime the pages, I would have splotches on each page from the previous ones...but no color bled through!   

Except for the tiniest bit on this page that came through the stitches.  
I really liked the look and thought about going around the stitches a little more to see if I could create a border, but I chickened out! ;)

Not sure I like the splotchy paintwork I did on the top picture, but that's what I love about this worries...I can just paint over it and try something new!!!

This is a close up shot of the back cover page.  The back page is the only page that was fully primed, and you can still see all of the texture from the canvas.

Other Products used:

I should have actually made a list because I'm pretty sure I've forgotten some... :)

Don't forget to stop by the new Canvas Corp Brands website and shop around!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video tutorial (multi-layered background technique)

This is a drive by post! ;)

Just wanting to share a video I made showing a fun layered background technique using the Scrap Fx Number cluster stamp and lots of yummy Tattered Angels paints!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Art journal covers

   Hi!  Just dropping in for a quick post to show you what I've been up to lately for Scrap Fx.

This month has been one of the funnest releases to date!  

It's full of artsy quotes and shapes and an awesome new stencil as well!

These new products screamed journals to me, so that's what I made.  Two journals that were actually auctioned off during a benefit for my sister in law who has been battling colon cancer. 
 (I'm happy to say that right now she is cancer free and has ended her last chemo session! YAY!!!)

So first up is one that was inspired by Finnabair.  To be honest, she is the one who has inspired my own style overall this entire time anyway. She has truly made scrapbooking an art with her style and her work is definitely my biggest influence. :)

The new "mesh panel" chipboard was perfect for adding a nice textured background to this journal. 
Such a good background that I didn't feel the need for modeling paste anywhere on the book...which is a rare occurrence! :)

One of my favorite pieces from an older release is the door handle. I love adding them to journals, but they would also be great card embellishments as well.  The pack comes with two different designs...

Plus, you have to love the many inspiring artsy quotes that came with this release.  Perfect for a random art journal page, but also so versatile that they could be used for cards, layouts, or canvases too!

ScrapFX Products Used:
door handle
Other products:

For my next project I made something a little more masculine...

I just love the circle weave stencil.  It is probably my newest fave and I've already used it quite a bit.  I like how deep the grooves are when I use modeling makes it a lot of fun playing with my paints and mists and blending everything together. 

 Here is a closer shot showing some of the detail like the distress stamping I did with the hash stamps.

I also used the "fancy brackets" to frame the quote a little but I cut off the flourished parts so that it would fit this project a little better. (unfortunately, it looks like I forgot a pic of that detail)

Scrap Fx Products used:

Other products:

That is it for me today!
Stay tuned for a new video tutorial coming up tomorrow and some new projects I've created for Canvas Corp Brands  soon...

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

Have a great week...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"brave" Playing with tattered angels mislabels

Today I'm taking some time to share with you a new layout that I created with Tattered Angels Mistable papers.  I love playing with the different mistables.  Its just so much fun experimenting with them! 

One of my favorite mislabels paper is the "seersucker".

Products used:

Look at the amazing texture that comes with the paper alone.  I love how the raised areas really capture the glitter from the mists too...

I used the 7 gypsies alpha stamps to create the word brave (Its not a clear stamped image on purpose).  Then I  cut this quote from the tattered tangles "quote" line.  There are so many cool quotes with the tattered tangles paper, some perfect for cards as well!

...and then i also used the entire acrylic sheet of the same alpha's as a background stamp.  Notice the yellow and black stamping?

Have you had a chance to play with the Tattered Angels mistable papers?  
If not, you don't know what you're missing.  
So much fun to be had!

For more information don't forget to stop by the following Facebook pages and make sure you "follow" them! 

Don't forget to stop by the Canvas Corp Brands website as well and visit the store!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Hope you have a great weekend!