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!



Saturday, December 29, 2018

MIXED MEDIA JOURNAL FOR ANDY SKINNER

Well, I hope everyone had a very very Merry Christmas!  

Creating and sharing art is a passion for me ... as I am sure it is for so many of you!

2019 is just around the corner and let me take this opportunity to thank you so much for your friendship and support of my art over the years.  I am thrilled beyond measure at the friends and art "family" I have met here.  I am truly blessed.

I am also thrilled to have a new post being featured on Andy Skinner's blog right now.  


Click HERE to be wisked away to to Andy's place and see the complete pictorial tutorial.  

Again, thanks to each and every one of you for your thoughts and comments you've left not only on my blog but also on Andy's, DecoArt's and my Facebook connections as well.

Love to all and may you be blessed in 2019!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Ho! Ho! Ho!  

Christmas is almost here!  Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones the most BLESSED Christmas season you have ever had!

I absolutely love this season for creating home decor, ornaments and heirloom pieces that hopefully will be something passed down in our family.  Maybe you do the same?


I am so proud to be a part of the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team.  DecoArt is a fabulous company to work with.  They are so generous with their amazing products and I truly LOVE working with them and their partner companies.

Here I have created a sweet Mini Christmas House ornament.  You can see all of the pictorial tutorial over on the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog HERE

Leave a comment there and/or here if you would like.  I LOVE hearing from you!

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  May your 2019 be filled with joy and laughter.  And may all of your Christmas wishes come true!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

MINI BOOKS FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER

December 1st already?  Does anyone else wonder WHERE this year has gone?

There's a saying that time flies when you're having fun.  That must be the case as I am working with my DecoArt Media, Andy Skinner and Tando Creative products.  They really are so much fun to work with and the time in the craft room seems to fly by when I am in a "creative mode".  That being said ...

I am really excited to share my latest creations for Andy over on his blog.  HERE is the link to see posts by his super talented Creative Team.  New today on his blog:  My MINI BOOKS FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER!


These two mini books were super easy and super fun to make. Using DecoArt Media products and two books from a 5 book Tando Creative Mini Book Kit as well as other miscellaneous Tando Creative elements, these books came together quickly.

From Andy's more signature industrial/grunge style to a retro Santa Clause mini book these little gems are so versatile.  They can be actual little books or in the case of the Santa book, a Christmas tree ornament.

For the entire pictorial tutorial and list of supplies needed, be sure to go 
to Andy's Blog.  

Have a fantastic week and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 29, 2018

SACRED SECRETS SKELETON SHRINE

Happy Almost Halloween Everyone!

I am so proud to be a member of Andy Skinner's Creative Design Team!  

Halloween and Christmas are my favorite times of year to create home decor pieces.  There are so many things to grab your attention and inspire you to just let your creative imagination take over and explore the possibilities!

This month, I am featuring a project using Andy's very inspirational Sacred Secrets Grey Board Kit from Tando Creative, DecoArt Media line of products and some of Andy's Stamps from Stampendous. I hope you'll take a few minutes to check it out as there are lots of fun techniques and tips.



Here is a sneak peek at what awaits you on Andy's Blog. 
Click HERE to be taken to the complete pictorial tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and take time for yourself to PLAY and experiment in the world of Mixed Media.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

CHRISTMAS REMAKE OF OLD DOLL HIGH CHAIR

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I recently visited a flea market and found an adorable little 18" wooden doll high chair for $5. It was in remarkably good shape. When I saw it hanging on a peg, I immediately saw it as a little sparkly Christmas high chair. So, I scooped up my treasure and brought it home with me.  

Yesterday was the day I finally got to spend the time it deserved to bring this little forgotten high chair back to life!


Typically I absolutely LOVE the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. But this little guy was screaming "Retro TEAL!" So I spray painted the chair with a teal paint and let it dry.


(This photo shows the napkin the I used on the chair:  snowflakes and snowman on the chair and peppermint stripes to wrap the little rods on the chair).

I added one of my favorite DecoArt Media products: Vintage Effects in white. There are all sorts of ways you can apply it but I chose to lightly dampen a cloth and wipe it on, adding more as I went until I reached the white wash effect that I wanted.  

I found an adorable Christmas napkin that I wanted to use. I removed the back two layers of white tissue from the napkin; leaving only the top layer. I tore around the snowman image. You tear the napkin edges because they blend into the base much better when not given a nice cut edge. I brushed DecoArt Media Matte Medium (a clear glue and sealer) onto the area of the seat that I was adding the snowman. 


I laid the napkin image in place being sure there were no wrinkles and then brushed the Matte Medium over the image to seal it. I then added more random snowflakes around the snowman using the same method: tearing around them and then applying them with the Matte Medium. I also added snowflakes on a bar across the top of the chair and also on the front of the lifting tray of the chair using the same method. You can gently heat set these to speed up the process. Once dry, I added a bit more of the Vintage Effects over the seat and the other areas to better blend everything together.  

Then I added the stripes to the little rods by painting the bars with Matte Medium, adding the stripes and then painting over them with Matte Medium to seal them in place. You can gently heat set to dry them or let the dry naturally. I did not add more Vintage Effects white wash over them.


Next, I added Holly Green, Light Green and Candy Cane Red Stickles over the snowflakes and the snowman to give this little chair some real Christmas sparkle. Let the Stickles air dry completely. 

Once that was finished, I used a bit of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue and my finger to highlight the edges of the chair.  I think it really adds a lot and pulls everything together.


The little tray lifts and it also needed some Christmas cheer! Using a couple of Tim Holtz stamp sets, I stamped "Merry Christmas" onto a plain piece of white tissue paper using Wendy Vecchi's Carnation Red Archival  permanent Ink.  I stamped the holly onto the plain white tissue paper using Wendy Vecchi's Leaf Green Archival permanent ink. Heat set the ink and then tear around the words and holly.  Glue them in place using the Matte Medium and then brush over them to seal them. Again, you can gently heat set this. I added the Stickles to these images as well and let them air dry. Once dry, I added the red paint along the edges with my finger.


Here are a couple of pictures of the finished chair.  This will be so adorable sitting next to my vintage Christmas tree in my entry way this Christmas. I'll probably have a little vintage Santa doll standing in it.


Thanks for stopping by! Be on the look out at flea markets and garage sales for little vintage things like this that you can completely redo and use as Christmas decorations and so forth. Just looking at this makes me happy and brings back lots of childhood memories of my own Christmases when I was a little girl.