Wednesday, July 24, 2019

THE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS OF THE SOUL CANVAS

Hello everyone!

I am excited to share my latest creation for Andy Skinner's Creative Design Team.  It's a 5" x 7" burlap canvas.  You can click HERE for all of the details on how this piece was created.


I was gifted with this fabulous mysterious eye by a dear friend in the UK ... Carol Findon.  She makes these eyes in different colors and sizes.  If you are interested in purchasing some, just private message her on her Facebook account for more details.  They are fantastic and this eye was the inspiration for this piece.

This canvas was very introspective for me as I was creating it.  It's funny how art imitates life; even when we're not aware of it at the time we are creating it.  I've always believed that someone's art is their way of really expressing what is going on within when sometimes words just don't come.

"The eyes are the windows of the soul" is such a true statement. Except, instead of looking into someone's eyes; how about trying to see out of someone else's eyes...see the world from their "window"?

This past month or two has really given me lots of opportunities to reacquaint myself with some valuable lessons about what is important and not taking anything for granted. Dealing with some serious family health issues has taught me that things are often not what they may appear to be. There is good and bad in this world.  Learn to differentiate between the two and how to move forward through life.

I hope that you will let your heart and your creative soul speak through your work. It means so much more when you finish and then realize you were actually speaking to yourself through your art.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

FACE YOUR FEARS ART MINI BOOK FOR ANDY SKINNER

Good morning everyone!  It's almost officially summer! How quickly the year is passing!

Today I am excited to tell you about my latest creation for Andy Skinner's Creative Design Team that is now being featured on his blog.  


This is a mini journal made from things you probably have sitting around your craft rooms!  It's inexpensive to make and a lot of fun!  If you have chipboard, a scrap of fabric, some scrap cardstock, blank paper, some buttons or other items to embellish the spine, some waxed thread or strong string or thread, you're in business!

I used DecoArt Media products on the covers.  Andy's stamps and stencils provide all of the fun details of faces and lettering.  

You can click HERE to be taken to Andy's blog for all of the details on how to create your own mini journal.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

GELLI PRINT CANVAS FEATURED ON DECOART'S MIXED MEDIA BLOG

Happy Weekend everyone! I hope your weather is FINALLY as beautiful as ours is today!

Recently, the people at GelliArts were so sweet as to gift all of the Mixed Media Design Team members with some of their fabulous products for us to try and give our honest opinions. 

Well...after playing with a brayer, a GelliArt's 8"x10" plate and some NEW Printing Plates, I can say I had a complete BLAST and I LOVE the new products!

I wanted to do something a little different with my gelli prints so I created a dimensional canvas using all of the elements and then transforming them into flowers and other dimensional objects to be displayed on the gelli print background.



You can check out all of the wonderful details: step by step instructions and also pictures at DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you'd like to leave a comment here and/or at DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog, I'd LOVE to hear from you!



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

MIXOLOGY FRAME FEATURED ON ANDY SKINNER'S BLOG

Hello everyone!  

I am so excited to share a new project on Andy Skinner's Mixed Media Blog today!  It's a project I'm really proud of.  

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This is one of Andy's fabulous creations by Tando Creative Kit called "Retribution". Even the window shutters open and close! Other pieces are from other Andy Kits:  Bike Chains and Industrial Elements.  

All done in DecoArt Media products, I love how it finished out.  For all of the pictorial and tutorial details; click HERE!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

PAINT SAINT PAINT HOLDER FROM TANDO CREATIOINS

Happy Spring and hopefully warmer weather everyone!

With the warmer weather, my creative heart turns to thoughts of butterflies, bees, flowers and bright, happy colors.  

Almost all of those things have been combined in my latest piece for DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog.  


This fun and very useful piece that holds up to 32 1 ounce DecoArt Media Paint Bottles.  It is made of a very heavy greyboard/wood type product.  This kit is called The Paint Saint Holder. 

You can find my complete pictorial tutorial on DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog HERE.  Head on over to the blog and check it out!  And feel free to leave a comment here and there.  I always love hearing from my craft friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

"BEE STILL" VINTAGE SHABBY CHIC SUITCASE

Happy Spring Everyone!  IT FINALLY ARRIVED!

I am so excited to have a new project for you on Andy Skinner's blog as a member of his Creative Design Team.


Here is just a sneak peek for what awaits you..  

See all of the lovely details and the complete pictorial tutorial by clicking HERE. If you feel inclined to leave a comment here or there, I encourage you to do so.  I love hearing from you and responding to your comments.  

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TANTILIZING TANDO TRIPTYCH

Greetings everyone! Cold days outside makes for lots more crafting and creating inside!

Today I am sharing my latest project as a member of Andy Skinner's Creative Design Team.


This triptych is fashioned from Tando Creative's greyboard Arches and Frames Kit.  It was such fun to make.  It's only 6 1/4" x 3" but you can pack LOTS of details into small spaces!

You can see the complete pictorial tutorial on Andy's Blog HERE.  I encourage you to take a peek as there are lots of techniques I'm sharing that you can use on all sorts of art projects.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to play! 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

SHABBY STEAMPUNK BIRDHOUSE

Hello again! 

I am so excited to be back on DecoArt's Media Design Team this year.  I absolutely LOVE DecoArt's Media Line; as well as ALL of their products.  They make mixed media so much fun and you can rely on their quality and results.

Since it's winter and I am not a huge fan of winter, my heart is longing for the warmth of springtime with everything coming back to life.  Outside my window, I hear my little feathered friends asking for food and longing for the cover of leaves back on the trees.

While strolling through a craft store the other day, I spied a very cute little wooden birdhouse.  Only about 6" tall, but so full of potential, I knew I could transform it into something funky and fun.  The little wooden propeller on the front was my inspiration to create something a little bit shabby chic but with a bit of edgy steampunk! 

Don't think those two genres go together?  Well, if you imagine it, then it can happen!


Here is a sneak peek at this little wooden birdhouse; packed with lots of detail and layers.  My complete pictorial tutorial is live on DecoArt's Media Blog.  Click HERE to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment!  I love hearing from you.

Remember to take some time out for yourself to create.  It's good for the soul!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

STEAMPUNK CLOCK TRINKET BOX

Hello everyone!  

I'm so excited to be a part of Andy Skinner's Creative Team again this year!

I'm sharing my first project for the new year on his blog right now.  Here is a sneak peek at my "Steampunk Clock" made with Tando Creative's beautiful Steampunk Clock Kit designed by Andy Skinner.

There is lots of layering of stencils and mediums to give this clock a unique and unusual look.  Check it out HERE on Andy's Blog.

If you'd like to leave a comment here or there or both, I love hearing from you!



Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic week!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ADORABLE WINTER BLOCKS WITH DECOART SNOW-TEX

Hi again all!

With it being so cold outside, I'm spending some quality time crafting in my craft room or with friends.

Yesterday, I got together with a couple of my best crafting buddies and we created some really cute little Winter home decor pieces. Within about 3 1/2 hours, we were finished!  


Beginning with a 3 1/2" square candle holder turned on it's side; we found a background piece using scrap cardstock.  That was cut and glued in place using Fabri-Tac Glue.  Next, we sized and cut a thin piece of corrugated cardboard for the base of our little vignette.


Going through my stash of snowmen, snowflakes, pine cones, deer, trees, little fence pieces, bells, ribbons and tinsel trim; anything related to winter was so much fun!  After deciding on the scene I wanted to create, I used a palette knife or my fingers to apply DecoArt's Snow-Tex onto the surface my little evergreen trees, fence, snowman and pine cones.  Then I immediately added DecoArt Crystal Glamour Dust over the wet Snow-Tex to give that added freshly fallen snow glisten to the fluffs of snow. 


Once dry, I added Snow-Tex to the corrugated cardboard base of my piece and added a little bit of glue to the bottom of the pieces I placed into the snow.  I let the sit on the cardboard and dry while I worked on the outer ribbon and greenery of the glass jar to decorate the sides and top.


I glued three flat glittery snowflakes onto the interior sides of the glass jar using Fabri-Tac.  It dried clear and the snowflakes look as if they are suspended in air.  Then I added double sided tape around the glass jar about 3/4" from the top.  Next I pressed the tinsel ribbon in place on the bottom and the sides going up the glass jar leaving plenty to tie a nice bow at the top.  I added a couple of extra loops of the tinsel ribbon by gluing them in place.  Then I added on the wired snowflakes, snowman bell, the two little snow covered evergreens, pine cones and finally the little silver jingle bells. 


Once dry, I pushed the scene in place inside of the glass jar.  It's not glued in place so I can change out the scenes if I wish to do so. 

This was such a fun and easy project to do!  The Snow-Tex and Glamour Dust add so much to a winter project with absolutely little to no effort.  Just use a palette knife, craft stick or your finger to apply the Snow-Tex and then sprinkle with the Glamour Dust fine glitter while it's still wet.  It dries to a harden sparkly snow-like finish!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

KEEP ON TRUCKIN' WITH DECOART SNOW-TEX AND GLAMOUR DUST GLITTER

Me again back with another story about DecoArt's Snow-Tex.

This time, it's about my daughter's first grade class and their experience with Snow-Tex.

My daughter is a first grade teacher and she wanted to do something a wonderful interactive Christmas project for her students and their parents.  There is a wonderful art teacher at her school and the two of them put their heads together to make it happen!

My daughter drew and then traced the truck you will see in the finiahed canvases below on twenty 11" x 14" canvases.  Each student invited one parent, grandparent, guardian or whoever could come to experience this project with them.  (They could only invite one because of limited space in the art room).  They had a WONDERFUL turnout!

While sipping on lemonade or water and munching Christmas cookies and other baked goodies, the students and their attending adults painted, laughed, talked and shared such a special moment of art together!  It really was a magical moment and one that will be repeated for future Christmases!



Once the students had finished tracing their trucks with Black Sharpies, they painted all of the truck.  We sealed the truck with DecoArt Matte Spray Sealer.  Then each student was shown how to apply Snow-Tex randomly on the truck, the ground, wherever they wanted to add that dimensional look of real snow to their canvas.  While the Snow-Tex was still wet, the students could sprinkle DecoArt's Crystal Glamour Dust over the "snow" to give it a freshly fallen glisten.  


The kids absolutely LOVED adding the Snow-Tex using craft sticks.  You should have seen their faces as their "snow" started to mound up and add so much fun to their projects.  And when they added the crystal fine glitter, they were just amazed at how much that added.


FInally, they painted whatever saying they wanted to on their canvas.  Here you are only seeing four of the finished canvases but EACH one was equally fantastic with their own personal touches. And I can't tell you how wonderful that precious time was for the students and their adults to spend together working on such a prized possession!


These little first graders were beaming and smiling ear to ear; so proud of what they had created!  I feel very confident that these will be cherished canvases and displayed year to year around the holidays at the homes of these wonderful children.

Thanks to DecoArt for creating such fabulous products!  So easy ... even a FIRST GRADER can use it and with tremendous results!

Happy Winter Everyone!!!


Monday, January 14, 2019

LET IT SNOW! LET IS SNOW! LET IS SNOW ... WITH DECOART SNOW-TEX!

It's Winter and time for SNOW!  I love adding snow to Christmas and winter projects but unfortunately, REAL snow melts!  BUT ...  DecoArt has a wonderful product called 
"Snow-Tex" that is fabulous for creating that beautiful freshly fallen snow look.  Add a little DecoArt Crystal Glamour Dust fine glitter sprinkled over the wet Snow-Tex and you get that unmistakable glisten that comes with fluffy and powdery real snow.

I recently did a paint class with my daughter and we had a complete blast.  The wall decor that we did was taken from a really cute piece of art work on DecoArt's Social Art Working site.  

Did you know there was such a thing?  Well, there is and you can get some really cute ideas for your own projects or also for paint parties!  Click HERE to be taken to the main DecoArt Social Artworking page.  Click HERE to be taken to the page that featured the woody that my daughter and I painted in our class.


Here is the original piece.  Really cute!  Our party host, Kenda Baker, of Block Party by Kenda on Facebook, had purchased this pattern and expanded it for us to be able to paint it on a much larger surface area.

You can purchase not only the pattern for the art work but you can also order all of the supplies you need as well as get ideas for your classes or party time with friends.  One stop shopping, for sure!  And ... you can mix it up on the design to be whatever you want it to be!


Here is my finished piece.  Instead of painting on a canvas, we painted on two 26"  wooden pickets.  The finished piece is 26" x 11". I love it!  

After painting the entire piece and brought it home, I added Snow-Tex randomly along the ground and on the raised snowy areas of the woody.  I also added Snow-Tex to the bottle brush tree that is stapled onto the boards.


Here you can better see the dimension that the Snow-Tex adds to the painted areas.  I wish the Glamour Dust glisten would pick up better on the photograph because in person, it is just AWESOME!  The light just captures it and makes that snow look so real!


And look at that bottle brush tree stapled to the top of the car!!  How adorable is that?!?  The original art work has a painted tree on the top of the woody and it is darling.  But...being someone that really loves dimension, the bottle brush tree is just a stroke of genius! Thanks Kenda!

If you're in the process of creating some cute Christmas or Winter projects and you'll be adding snow, check out Snow-Tex!  It's SO EASY to use and you get fantastic results!

Happy Winter Everyone!