Friday, August 18, 2017

QUICK AND EASY AGING BOOK TEXT THROUGH COFFEE STAINING

Hi again everyone!

I'm working on a project that I will be sharing with you in the near future.  But for now, I wanted to share with you one of the steps I am doing in preparation for this project ... 
aging paper.

There are several Youtube videos about this topic but I figured why not just post a couple of pictures and some brief descriptions so you don't have to look it up.

A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO "AGE" PAPER BY COFFEE STAINING IT

Supplies You Will Need For This Technique
  • Some sort of paper
  • Trays with a deeper side to allow you to pour coffee into the tray
  • Instant or brewed coffee
  • Wax paper, freezer paper or some protective covering for your counter top to lay drying paper
  • 200 degree oven - use oven mitts to work with trays in oven



Begin with your book text ... or any paper for that matter. I needed 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" pages so I used a kraft knife to cut them from a hard back book. I will save the book cover and use it to make some sort of junk journal or altered book in the future.  Next ...


Use instant or brewed coffee for this step.  I used brewed coffee (made a bit strong) and poured it into a tray with at least a 1" side.  Put enough coffee into the tray to cover your paper.  I also like to add some coffee grounds that help make the coffee mix stronger as you are using it.  Place papers in the tray and be sure they are covered with coffee.  I usually put up to six pages at a time.  Let soak for 8-10 minutes.  (You might want to turn the papers over about half way through but that is optional).


Hold the papers up over the coffee and let the excess drain off of them.  Lay them on a different cookie sheet or tray.  Do not overlap them.


Place them in a preheated oven of 200 degrees.  Let them "dry"in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  My papers on the lower rack dried first.  Repeat this process until all of your papers have been stained and dried.

*Watch the papers to see how quickly they dry.  Everyone's oven heats differently.

  
Once the papers are dry from the oven, place them on a piece of wax paper or a counter to totally dry.  If you have any coffee grounds remaining on them, they will easily just brush right off.  Once the papers are completely dry, you can stack them for later use.


And here is my stack of papers; ready for my project!  Fun and easy to do!

Have fun with this technique.  It's easy and really not a big mess at all!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

ALTERED CHILDREN'S BOOK PAGE INTO A MIXED MEDIA JOURNAL PAGE

Greetings Everyone!  As the day hot days of summer linger on, I've been trying to find more time to play in my air conditioned craft studio.

I've been doing some really fun projects for Andy Skinner's Creative TeamDecoArt's International Design Team and Mixed Up Media Magazine.



Here is a peek at my latest art journal page created for DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog.  

I began with a childrens' paper book.  I am transforming it from a childrens' book into an art journal. A great way to explore your creativity and breathe new life into an old, tired children's book that otherwise might find the trash. 



Here is what I started with.  You can go to DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog HERE to see my new and improved art journal creation.  Done with DecoArt's Media products, a magazine girl, some Andy Skinner stencils and other basic tools, this page came together like magic!

Enjoy your summer and take time to explore your creativity!  Have some fun experimenting on new techniques or trying to use the products you already have in interesting new ways!

Thanks for stopping by and if you care to leave a comment here or at DecoArt, I thank you in advance! I always love reading your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX ALTERED JOURNAL

Hello everyone!

Would you join me in wishing ANDY SKINNER a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY?

Ever have some left over pieces that you want to use but they just sit in a little box and keep accumulating?  Well, get out that box, and start looking at those pieces in a different way!

I had so much fun using some leftover Tando Creative steampunk pieces to alter a plain journal cover into something fun and kind of "funky". Definitely NOT steampunk!



Check out the entire book cover and the tutorial for Andy Skinner HERE.  It's fun to think outside the box and see where your imagination takes you!

Monday, June 12, 2017

STEAMPUNK GOGGLES ~ WHAT FUN!!

Hello everyone!

I had such a BLAST creating these 3D chipboard Steampunk Goggles from Tando Creative.  

I am amazed at how easy they were to put together and how sturdy they are; especially with all of the products I used on them.  Very cool!



These goggles are my second piece for Andy Skinner's Creative Team.  You can see a pictorial tutorial for them HERE.  I am so proud to be a part of his team as I am always dumbfounded by his techniques.  He can take DecoArt products and create illusions of stone, rust, metal...whatever...with ease.  Just fascinating!



So hop on over to Andy's blog for the lastest from the Creative Team and maybe get a jump start on your creativity or inspiration!  All it takes is an idea and a little bit of "know how".

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A VINTAGE POSTCARD CANVAS FOR DECOART MEDIA BLOG

Summer is almost here!  
This time of year always takes me back to my childhood.  My mom would take my brother and I to the park where we would play and swing in the warm sunshine. I remember running in my backyard; pretending I could fly like the butterflies.  My mom had a lovely rose garden in the center of the back yard and beautiful peony bushes lining the back fence.  I loved to walk among all of that fragrant floral display of color.
Ahhh.....summertime and childhood memories!


I guess that is what inspired the sweet little vintage canvas I am sharing on DecoArt's Media Blog right now.  I'd love for you to hop on over and take a look.  I have a complete pictorial tutorial to show you some new techniques and possibly answer some questions you might have about a DecoArt Media product and how it can be used.

Enjoy the sunshine and take some time to PLAY with your creativity!



Friday, May 26, 2017

MIXED UP MINISTRY OF MIXOLOGY BOOK COVER

Oh happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a fantastic AND CREATIVE weekend.

I am over the moon excited to be part of Andy Skinner's Creative Team. 
I am sharing my first piece on his blog.  You can check it out HERE.


I am sharing two different techniques using DecoArt, Tando Creative and Stampendous products.  You can  see a step by step rusting technique on the plain chipboard gears and cogs.  I am also sharing one of Andy's very fun image transfer and coloring technique that has stunning results.

DecoArt has a vast array of wonderful mixed media products: paints, gessos, modeling pastes, brushes...you name it, they've got it!

Tando Creative has an amazing collection of cut MDF board and chipboard.  You have GOT to check them out!

Stampendous has too many beautifully cut stamps to count! I love so many of them!  

I hope you'll check out the tutorial over on Andy's blog and then maybe try some of the techniques on your own creative piece this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

HALLOWEEN FUN WITH ANDY SKINNER AND DECOART

I know it's not even Summer yet and I'm already thinking about Halloween!  
I guess since I'm already seeing all of the big box craft stores putting out FALL things already, I think I better get with it!

I bet Christmas items will start appearing in the stores next week!  It's ridiculous!  But THAT is another blog post subject!  (smile)

Anyway.... I wanted to share with you a Halloween frame I just completed.  Here it is ...


I absolutely LOVE Andy Skinner's Ministry of Mixology Frames from Tando Creative.  The are dimensional, large enough to really have some fun playing and experimenting on the surface and they are sturdy!

A few months back, I got together with some of my friends and we experimented with some different techniques in creating the background for the frame.  I didn't take pictures of this process so I can't share the step by step with you.  But, I basically I created a lot of texture with old pieces of netting, my fingers and a palette knife and a little Crackle Paste particularly around the edges of the frame.  Then I covered the background; working in small sections with modeling paste and stamped into it using various Halloween themed rubber stamps.  

After all of that dried, I added my DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic colors, sticking with the traditional black and orange.  The center piece of the frame was done with a little Crackle Paint followed by shades of black and grey.  The bolts were all done by using one of several rust techniques and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.  I have to admit when the frame was finished, I was less than enamored with it.  So, I put it down and figured I'd come back to it sometime and try to rescue it.  That day came this week!  And now I LOVE the end results!

I rubbed some DecoArt Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre in strategic locations all over the frame and WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE!!  It gave "life" to a rather dull background and really popped the stamped images. 

So now I can pick up on the step by step as I finished out the frame...


I began by taking some Halloween pieces purchased from a box store: a small plastic-ish skeleton, some little skulls and some creepy hands.  I gave them a basecoat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff (a great soft beige color).  


Next I made a "dirty wash" of Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey mixed with water-about equal parts of each of the paints and more water.  I painted that all over the pieces and wiped away the excess.  Repeat this step until you have achieved the appearance of a natural bone color.  


Here is the end result.  LOVE IT!


Next I created an eye socket using Paper Clay that would fit into the center section of my frame.  That has to dry thoroughly; like overnight.


Next I chained up my skeleton with some old chain I had in my craft room and some jump rings.  


I began working on the interior recessed portion of the frame.  The sides were covered in DecoArt Media White Gesso using my finger.  I love using my fingers much more than a palette knife because you can really get a "feel" for the project.  


After that was finished, I scraped DecoArt Media Crackle Paste through a stencil made to look like bricks.  Let it dry thoroughly.  You do not heat set any of DecoArt's Crackle products.  Let them crackle naturally with a normal drying time.


Next I painted over the gesso with Titan Buff then Yellow Oxide followed by Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and finally a bit of Quinacridone Gold to give a bit more of a rich  "brickish" appearance.


To weather the bricks and give them a lot of contrast, I added a layer of DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber.  Simply brush it on and let it dry.  Then using a damp cloth, wipe away all of the cream you want to remove.  You can also brush on the antiquing cream and immediately wipe away the excess; giving a lighter antiqued look.


Next, using my finger, I added some depth to the brick interior of the frame.  I added a little DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber primarily around the outside edges of the center; feathering it in toward the center.


I temporarily assembled the frame to placement of my eye socket.



Then I painted the socket using various colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to give it a more natural look.  I found an eyeball on the internet, sized it to fit my eye socket, printed it, cut it out and mounted it on a piece of chipboard.  I brushed over the eyeball with DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish.  



I took an old craft brush and sprayed the bristles with DecoArt Media Black Shimmering Spray.  After it dried, I cut bristles out of the brush and stuck them in place using a 1/8" piece of double sided adhesive tape that was added to the eye socket.  After that dried, I painted over the tape to blend the eyelashes into the eye socket.



Then I simply assembled the center section of the frame in place using double sided adhesive tape and hot glued the hands, skulls and skeleton in place.  I also added a bit more chain running across the frame; from the boney hands to the chained skeleton.  I love dangling chains and things that move freely on a piece.

I hope you are all taking some time out to play and experiment with your artsy adventures!  It's so fun and freeing.  








Friday, May 5, 2017

...AND THE WINNER IS ....

Hey everyone!  It's Friday, May 5th and I've randomly chosen the WINNER for the spectacular DecoArt Prize Package of goodies from their Media Line and also from Andy Skinner's amazing line of stencils.  

Just as a reminder, here is the prize package:


  • Andy Skinner Stencils:  Distress Digits, Time Warp, Typeface
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Texture Mediums:  White Gesso, Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Paste
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:  Cobalt Teal Hue, Yellow Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams:  Raw Umber, Patina Green, Carbon Black

And the winner is: Sandi Moore!  Congratulations!

Sandy, if you could email me with your contact information, I will forward it to DecoArt and your prize package will be winging it's way to you as soon as possible!  

Thank you to everyone who left your wonderful comments on my blog and on DecoArt's Mixed Media blog.  They were really appreciated!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I LOVE DECOART!!!

Hi Everyone!

There is nothing better on a nasty dreary day than to receive some "happy mail".  I received a big box from DecoArt full of supplies I'd recently requested for some future projects. 

Guys, I sincerely mean this ... I have NEVER been so blown away by the generosity of the wonderful people at DecoArt.  They are such a wonderful company to design for and be associated with.  Mackenzie and Angela ... THANK YOU SO MUCH for always being so helpful and bending over backwards to make sure your design team people are taken care of.  I love you guys!!

Just take a look at some of the "goodies" that were in my box ...


Chalky Finish Paint and Vintage Effect Wash!  I recently worked with the Chalky Finish Paint and LOVE it!  I did a complete overhaul on a faux concrete angel.  You can see the blog post on it HERE. I cannot stress enough how SIMPLE this paint it so use and the fabulous results you get!  The soft, matte finish is amazing!

I have yet to work with the Vintage Effect Washes and I am dying to do so!  The colors are so rich and yummy!  I can't wait to work with these! 


Do you have some clear glass bottles, dishes or jars, buttons or whatever just sitting around because you don't know what to do with them?  These Frost Gloss Enamels caught my eye! You paint them on and they create a colored faux frosted glass look that I am seeing everywhere in the stores right now!  


Metallics anyone?  I LOVE metallic paint in my work!  Check out the CHOCOLATE and CHAMPAGNE colors!  Yep...I'm going to giving those a go real soon!


I adore these new brushes that DecoArt sent me to work with the Vintage Effect Wash and the Chalky Finish paints!  LOVE THEM!!


And finally ... look at these fabulous Decoupage papers! I'm in heaven!  

You can find these and all of the other amazing products available at DecoArt HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a happy and creative weekend!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY OF DECOART MEDIA PRODUCTS!!

Hi Everybody!  Ready for some exciting news??

I'm offering a FREE GIVEAWAY of the DECOART MEDIA PRODUCTS graciously donated by the fabulous people at DecoArt. These are the products I used in creating my Industrial style frame now being shared on DecoArt Media's Mixed Media Blog



Here's the project.  For a complete pictorial on how to create this, hop on over to DecoArt Media's Mixed Media Blog for all of the details.  There are lots and lots of amazing DecoArt Media products used on this piece. 

Want to see the prize package??? .... You're not going to believe THIS incredible array of products!  


  • Andy Skinner Stencils:  Distress Digits, Time Warp, Typeface
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Texture Mediums:  White Gesso, Modeling Paste, Texture Sand Paste, Crackle Paste
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:  Cobalt Teal Hue, Yellow Oxide, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, Titan Buff, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams:  Raw Umber, Patina Green, Carbon Black
How's THAT For a fantastic prize package???

All you need to do is leave a comment on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog and on my blog.  Share it on Facebook and Twitter, if you like!  Spread the word about these amazing products.
  
Unfortunately, you have to live in the USA to be eligible for this giveaway, but I would still really appreciate your comments if your are outside of the USA!

The random drawing will be held on May 5th and the winner will be posted on my blog.  I will notify the winner and we will get your prize package shipped to you.

What better way to acquaint yourself with DecoArt Media products if you don't already have them in your craft room? If you do have them, then you KNOW what a wonderful group of products are being represented here. 

GOOD LUCK and thank you in advance for all of your nice comments!


DECOART MIXED MEDIA BLOG ~ TANDO INDUSTRIAL FRAME KIT

HAPPY APRIL, HAPPY SPRING!

I am so excited to share my latest creation with you over at the 

Last month, I took part in a really fun blog hop using our choice of Stampendous Stamps and DecoArt Media products.  

You can see my "Unexplained Toxic Skuldoggery" canvas HERE.  I chose to concentrate on Andy Skinner's amazing stamps from Stampendous and the canvas was named for the three sets I used.  

This month, I decided to concentrate on some of Andy's newer DecoArt Stencils that I dearly LOVE.  The sets are:  Time Warp, Distressed Digits and Typeface.  You can find out more about them HERE.  

 

This is just a  sneak peek of my very dimensional  industrial frame.  I hope you'll hop on over to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog for a complete pictorial tutorial.  

Stay tuned!!!  I have a special announcement coming shortly ...


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WORKING WITH DECOART CHALKY FINISH PAINT AND CREME WAX

Hi everyone!

It's Spring and I was in the mood to redecorate my half bathroom off of my kitchen.  I wanted to give it a more romantic, shabby feeling.  Before it was done in blacks and tans and was decorated with African animals.  So, quite a big change!


As I was shopping for items to put in the new bathroom, I came across the sweetest little angel.  She is supposed to be a yard ornament but I loved her and knew she would be perfect in my bathroom.  She looks like she's made out of concrete but she is actually quite lightweight.


Her original coloring was that dark grey concrete color. But that did not scare me away because I knew that I had some new DECOART AMERICANA CHALKY FINISH PAINT and she could be easily transformed!  Check out the link above to see all of the beautiful available colors of chalky paint.

I chose "Lace" which is a light ivory color.  I wanted my angel to be light and I would add a darker wax to bring out all of the details later.

This paint is SO EASY to work with and I totally LOVE my new and improved angel!  Let me take you through the very quick and very easy steps to completely transform ANYTHING!


As I said, I chose "Lace" to paint over my angel.  There is no prep work at all other than maybe wiping off any dust before starting.  I used a regular acrylic brush about 1" wide.  I shook up the paint really well and stirred it a little bit with the wooden stick end of my brush.  Then I started to paint over the entire surface.  Be sure to dab the brush into all of the cracks and crevasses (and smooth the paint out) so that all of the original grey color is covered up.  Let it dry and be sure to clean your brushes thoroughly after using.


Here is my angel ... already taking on such a lovely new appearance!  There were little areas that I had missed on my original layer of paint so I simply went back over those areas and touched them up and let it dry again.  

Now for the really dramatic part ....


I used a medium brown DecoArt Americana Golden Brown Cream Wax to create all of my detail.  Again, just shake up the wax and begin painting it all over the piece.  I worked in sections so that the wax would not begin to dry too fast before I had a chance to move it and work with it.  But, the wax is water soluble so it is easily manipulated with a damp lint free cloth.

I used the damp cloth to remove all of the excess wax that I did not want on my angel.  I was also able to blend traces of the golden brown wax color over the lace paint where I wanted to add some shadowing effects.  You can add more color or wipe away excess color with the damp cloth.  SO easy and fun!!!


There were areas where I wiped off too much of the brown wax.  So, I simply reapplied more wax on top of the areas I wanted to create more depth and gently wiped away the excess with the damp cloth.  Repeat this process until you get your desired results.  Once the cloth has some excess wax on it, it's fun to use that wax to add some shadowing effects as well.


Here is my beautiful new and improved angel...perfect for my bathroom decor!  From here, I could had added more hints of different Chalky Finish Paint colors to the leaves and flowers but I really wanted her to be super simple: just the Lace and Golden Brown Cream Wax combination.


These next two pictures show you the detail that is able to be pulled out of the statue by brushing on the brown wax and wiping away the excess with a damp cloth.  


Just amazing!  She's so much prettier as a light angel than the grey concrete one!  And I think she looks a lot more expensive, too!  Like something that could have been picked up at an antique market or something.  

You could add a patina effect to her.  You could add some metallic gilding, you could add color to her face, cheeks, hair and flowers, etc.  It's all up to you and your imagination!

If you've never experimented with DecoArt American Chalky Paints, I highly recommend that you do it!  They are so fun, so easy and the results are amazing!  You can paint pretty much transform anything: statues, cabinets, frames, furniture: you name it!  

   

Here are a few pictures of my new bathroom.  It's hard to photograph a small area in full.  I love the corner cabinet full of teal accents and a few of my own art pieces mixed in!

 

And finally, a beautiful metal piece that I found and dearly love to the left and my sweet little angel to the right.

Thanks for stopping by!