Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dream No Small Dreams - An Art Journal Page

Dreamy purples, luscious blues, and darkest blacks.  A dreamscape is today's Art Journal Page!

I used Golden Fiber Paste to give the pages some great "handmade paper" texture.  It really adds a great rough texture that soaks up the Dylusions Ink Sprays and yet leaves them vibrant!

Material list at the bottom!

Created with flickr slideshow.

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thanks for reading and watching!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Welcome everyone to my new blog!

Each and every post has been moved over and I've added a few new features.  I'll be adding more things as I get to them as well.

I hope you'll enjoy my new blog!

Don't be shy, leave me comments, send me messages, and be sure to check back often!  I'll be posting more often now that I have a permanent home.

I have 2 art journal's in the wings - videos as well as pictures - that I'll be putting up soon!

Please make yourself at home and I'll see you around!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What Goes Around - an Art Journal Page

What goes around, comes around again.  Doesn't it?  That's been my experience, for sure!  What goes around is the theme for this week's art journal and video!

Created with flickr slideshow.

There are a lot of hidden layers in this layout.  They were all fun to do and I wish some stayed showing.  But that's the fun of Mixed Media.  You get to try all sorts of things.  If you don't like it, cover it up.  If you cover up something you love - you still know it's there.  And hopefully you took a video or pictures!

A few tips about this layout:

Soft (chalk) Pastels make a huge mess!  They're so much fun though!  Blend! Blend! Blend!  A paper towel works to blend them, but it's really too rough - it'll leave little pieces of paper behind.  Use a facial tissue - you get a much softer (and better) blend that way.  Be gentle - it's not brake dust!

After finishing any layer of chalk and/or oil pastels - FIX IT!!!!  Spray it with either a Workable Fixative or Hair Spray.  You'll save yourself a lot of headache later.  Some chalk will still come off, but it won't be anything like it would be if you didn't spray it.  SPRAY OUTSIDE!  And wait at least half an hour before adding your next layer.

Souffle Pens are very transparent when you first put them down - let them dry and see what happens!  I originally used Dylusions Ink Spray in Cut Grass to color in the leaves, but it just wasn't bright enough (i.e. opaque) to really stand out against all that red.  By using a green Souffle Pen, I got the bright green color and level of opaqueness I was happy with.

Materials List:

*Canson Mix Media XL Series 7x10"
*Dylusions Ink Sprays: Cut Grass
                                     Lemon Zest
                                     Pure Sunshine
                                     Cherry Pie
                                     Post Box Red
*Distress Stain: Spiced Marmalade
*Stencils:  Dylusions Chequered Dots
                Tim Holtz Bubbles
                Tim Holtz Splatters
                Artist's Loft Circle Template
*Stamps:   brenda lee - Spiral
                Dylusions - Further Around the Edge
                                   Around the Edge
                Tim Holtz - Mini Worn Text
                                    Seamless Experience
                                    Mixed Media
*Caran d'Ache Watersoluble Wax Pastels (crayons): Yellow
*Souffle Pens: Green
*Artist's Loft Soft Pastel
*Artist's Loft Oil Pastel
*Derwent Inktense Pencil - Chilli Red
*Faber-Castell Gelato - Cherry Pie
*StazOn Ink - Jet Black
*Golden Molding Paste
*Artist's Loft Course Texture Gel
*White Gesso
*Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic - Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
*Liquitex Basics Acrylic - Cadmium Red Medium Hue
*Uni Ball Signo Angelic color White Gel Ink Pen
*Palette Knife
*Paint Brushes
*Water Brush
*Baby Wipes
*Paper Towels
*Facial Tissue
*Spray Bottle of Water
*Stencil Sponge
*Heat Tool

I really enjoyed this layout and I hope you did too!  Happy painting y'all!


Friday, May 16, 2014

Art - an Art Journal Page

I love summer vacation.  It's so nice to be able to have time to fiddle around in my art journal instead of worrying about tests to study for and papers to write.  I've got another art journal page for y'all today.  I must admit, I didn't do so well with taking pictures like I promised, however, I did manage to take a video!  Look at me go!

Created with flickr slideshow.

And here's the Material List like I promised:

  • Canson Mix Media XL Series 7x10"
  • Palette Knife
  • Paint Brushes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Make Up Sponge
  • Paper Towels
  • Spray Bottle of Water
  • Dylusions Sprays: Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape, Funky Fuchsia, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass
  • Dylusions Stencil: Chequered Dots
  • Dylusions Stamps: Around the Edge, Further Around the Edge
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Broken China
  • Tim Holtz Stencils by Stampers Anonymous: Bubbles, Splatters
  • Faber-Castell Gel Sticks: Black, White, Yellow, Orange, Brown
  • Recollections Scrapbook Paper: Script Cream, Watercolor Blue Ditsy
  • Acrylic Paint:  Apple Barrel - Lilac Mist
                                Folk Art - Barn Wood, Maple Syrup
                                Artists Loft - Cerulean Blue
                                Liquitex Basics - Cobalt Blue Hue
                                Grumbacher Academy - Titanium White
  • Golden Heavy Gel (Matte)
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Gloss)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: Tangerine, Bark
  • White Gesso
  • Uni Ball Signo Angelic color White Gel Ink Pen
  • Pentel Water Brush
  • Ranger HEAT IT Craft Tool
  • StazOn Ink - Jet Black
  • Large text stamp from Michaels - no name
  • Stamp of my own design - spiral

A few tips about some of the supplies and techniques...

Faber-Castell Gel Sticks are Gelatos, y'all!  Just without the price and fancy names!  You can get a set of 12 gel sticks for $12.99 on Amazon and they are the exact same things as the more expensive Gelatos.  Get 'em and love 'em!  The Metallic Gel Sticks are the same thing as well.

While I love Distress Inks, I'm not getting paid to advertise for Tim Holtz.  I haven't bought a fancy ink blender because I can pick up a huge pack of makeup sponges at the supermarket for way less.  And they're washable!  They behave just as well as a blender would.  I'm not knocking the fancy blender either, don't get me wrong, I just have learned what to splurge on and what I can pass up.

I used and mixed different levels of acrylics together!  The Apple Barrel and Folk Art are craft paints, the Artists Loft and Liquitex are student level, and the Grumbacher is artist level at a student level price.  But here's the the main thing about the different acrylics - craft paint is already premixed with more medium than the student or artist (which has none) levels.  It's more transparent and "runnier" than the others.  But they're all acrylic paint.  They all have the same base.  Don't be afraid to mix and match your paints.  They all go beautifully together.

I do use Golden gels and mediums.  Honestly, I've never tried the Liquitex ones (though I do love the Liquitex paint).  The Golden's are a little cheaper and they're artist quality.  They hold up well and perform beautifully.

When doing collage, I often reach for a Heavy Gel rather than a Soft Gel if I plan on doing a lot of layers over it.  I've found that the Heavy Gel can take more "abuse" than the Soft Gel can.

When using my spiral stamp - I spritzed it with water and "ghosted" the image.  I let the water sit on the page for a few seconds before blotting dry.  The longer you let it sit, the more ink will be lifted up.

Using a baby wipe is perfect for blending and smearing gelatos (or gel sticks).  Yes, you can use a brush, but I find that your finger works much much better.  But it has to be moist.  By rubbing your finger with a baby wipe, you get that moisture perfectly.  Also, using a baby wipe directly onto the gelatos will "mute" the color just a bit and make it more pastel - but it blends very well.
That's all I've got for today, y'all.  Have a good one and happy painting!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Grow your Garden Daily - an Art Journal Page

I've been mucking about in my art journal again.  This time, I'm growing flowers.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Materials Used:
  • Canson Mix Media XL Series 7x10"
  • Dylusions Ink Spray in :Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue, Funky Fuchsia, After Midnight, Crushed Grape
  • Distress Stain in Chipped Sapphire
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Almost Black
  • StazOn Ink in Jet Black
  • Stamps: Alphabet letters by Studio G from Michael's, Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous - Clear Stamps HC006 Phrases 2, Dylusions - Around the Edge DYR34421
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous - Splatters THS009, Bubbles THS002, & Burlap THS007, TCW 6x6 Chicken Wire
  •  Souffle Pens by Sakura
  • Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC White Gel Ink Pen
  • White Gesso
  • Water in a spay bottle
  • Water Brush
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper towels (lots of them)
  • Paint brush 

 I am trying to make the most out of my summer vacation.  And to be honest, I'm having the best time!  I've also been puttering around with a set up for my camcorder so I can actually record videos again.  Going to give it my best shot.  If it doesn't work, I will try to be much better about at least taking photos of my process.  I know I enjoy seeing those!

Wish me luck with the camcorder, y'all!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Begin - an Art Journal Page

With today being my first full "all mine" day since the end of term, I couldn't think of anything better than to use it to do some pages in my sketchbook.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Materials Used:

  • Canson Mix Media XL Series 7x10"
  • Dylusions Ink Spray in :Vibrant Turquoise, London Blue, Cut Grass, Fresh Lime
  • Distress Stain in Chipped Sapphire
  • Acrylic Paint by Folk Art Metallic in Antique Copper
  • StazOn Ink in Timber Brown
  • Stamps: Feather from Michael's, Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous - Mixed Media CMS125, Dylusions - Further Around the Edge, one of my own hand burned
  • Stencils: Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous - Splatters THS009 & Bubbles THS002, Dylusions - Chequered Dots DYS34216
  •  Souffle Pens by Sakura
  • White Gesso
  • Water in a spay bottle
  • Heat Tool
  • Paper towels (lots of them)
  • Paint brush

I wish I'd done a video, but I've no idea where the charger is for my camera!  Oh well, maybe next time!

My creative juices certainly got flowing and I had a blast making a mess!

By the way - I got my final grades today!  I got in A in all of my classes except Biology, in which I received a C.  But I'm totally ok with that!  I'm an artist, not a biologist!  Ha! Ha! 

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DIY - Hand Made Stamps

I've been working on a little project lately and I wanted to share it with y'all.  I've been making my own stamps...

These are not traditionally carved stamps, but they are burned stamps!  Yes, I did say burned. 

I've used white 6mm thick craft foam found at a local craft store for 99¢ (for a 9x12" sheet) that I drew a design (or just free handed) on with a [red] sharpie.  I then used my wood burning tool to burn my design.  They turned out very well and were much more inexpensive than purchasing stamps.

I love that they're not perfect - that there are bits and holes in them, and they haven't stamped perfectly.  I love the no (or few) straight lines.  I'm still getting used to using the burning tool and let me tell you... it get's HOT!!!!

The tips after a bit will pick up a white residue from the foam which can leave jagged little bumps and make it difficult to get a clean line.  If you like it, leave it.  If you're going for something a bit cleaner though, let your burner cool down and just wipe off the residue.  It comes off easily with a dry tissue.

You can use these stamps any way you want.  You can mount them with an adhesive to another piece of foam (which I'll be doing with some of the smaller ones).  You can use them with plain old stamping ink, acrylic, dylusions, anything you can think of!

I highly recommend the 6mm thick foam sheets because they're thicker than the usual.  They hold up better and you can get varying depths.  I like that I can make a row of circles without having to connect them in any visible way.

I've had tons of fun making these and can't wait to use them in my work.  Go out there yourself and get some craft sheets and a wood burning tool (I picked mine up at Michael's for under $12 with a coupon.  It came with 4 different tips) and go make some of your own stamps!  They're you're own designs and so much fun!

Word of warning:  when burning the foam, a bit of smoke does come from it which is not particularly pleasant.  Have you ever burned plastic?  Same thing.  I recommend doing it outside or in a well ventilated area.  I sit next to my window (with it wide open) while I do this!  Also, a little face mask (like the kind doctor's wear and can be picked up in a drug store) wouldn't be amiss.  I'm not sure what the long term effects could be from inhalation, but I'm sure it's probably not good!

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's a Canvas Extravaganza!

I had intended to post today about my hand carved stamps that I've been experimenting with, but instead I got a wonderful, unexpected, fantastic surprise in the mailbox yesterday!  It was the perfect excuse for a study break and a good enough reason to postpone my stamp post.

Back in March I was super excited to win one of Alisa Burke's birthday week give-a-way packs.  I won her Canvas Giveaway which included the lovely goodies below:

Alisa included a copy of her book, Canvas Remix, a Messy Pouch, and a bunch of fantastic scraps of her painted canvas!  Not to mention a beautiful blank note card featuring her art.

Alisa, I want to thank you so much for this amazing package.  I haven't a clue what I'm going to do with all those wonderful scraps just yet, but I'm sure something will come to me - I'm thinking a pillow - and I'm thinking I need to learn to sew!

If you haven't checked out Alisa Burke yet, you need to.  Head over to her blog and be sure to stop by her store.  She's been a great inspiration to me and I know she'll spark your creativity as well!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Study - it's a Verb

Finals are here!!!

I have finally made it to the end of the semester, y'all!  And oh what a slog it's been.  I have my US History exam Friday, Biology on Monday, and Western Civ on Monday.  And then I'm done! 

But until then, this is what I'm doing...

And watching lots of YouTube documentaries.  You can find anything on YouTube!  Let the studying begin!

I'll catch back up with y'all on Tuesday (after I've had a great big drink [or two]).  I haven't been creatively idle and have been hand carving stamps! 

Wish me luck!

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