Monday, June 30, 2014

Feeding my Addiction for Art Supplies

I swear it's a conspiracy!!  I'm telling you it is.  Why won't you believe me?  You need proof?  Ok then...

There's your proof!  LOL  Yep, a great big whopping awesome coupon!  To put it bluntly - I was in big trouble.  I mean BIG trouble.  The kind of trouble that sends you off to rehab.  Do they even make rehab for an art supply addiction?  My twelve step program was not going to be able fend off this coupon.  It was too tempting. 

I live, literally 5 minutes from my local Michaels.  Been there and done that.  I decided to drive the 30 minutes to another Michaels to see what they had.  Because no 2 stores carry the exact same thing.  And I was happily surprised.  While the set up was TOTALLY different (and a little exciting) they carried many of the same items (hello!  Can I please get a store that carries the Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Kit #1??? - Nope, both stores only have kit's 2 & 3 in stock!  ARGH!), they did have a much better stencil selection.

Shopping online is fantastic - you can get EVERYTHING online.  But it doesn't give you that whole "rush" of searching through shelves and bins looking for that one perfect item (on sale).  Thank goodness Hobby Lobby (which was across the street!) isn't open on Sundays.  I would've been in even BIGGER trouble!

I managed to get a ton of stencils and stamps and other goodies...

The really cool thing about the Heidi Swapp stencils ( the 3 that say 3 pieces) is that they not only contain 2 cool stencils, but you also get the mask from the green cut out stencil.  Which is just awesome.  And yes, I really do have an obsession with polka dots.  I can't help it!  Just love them! 

I can't wait to get into these fun new supplies.

I furiously worked on ATCs this weekend while at work.  I can't show you any of them just yet because they're for a couple of swaps I'm doing.  I will say this much though - the first swap is Summer themed and the second is ABC themed.  In my mind, summer means one major thing - the BEACH!  And that of course means the ocean.  Can you see that in my new stamps?  Yep - ocean critters.  And they're so cute!  And of course... I'm going to have to make a whole bunch more ATCs using these new stamps.  Because I just gotta!

Oh, before I forget... I got the next color prompt for Summer of Color - Pink, Apple Green, and Dark Green.

My head is going to explode with ideas for using my new supplies.  And I picked up the green inks yesterday before knowing what the prompt was.  Fate?  I like to think so. 

I'm going to have to make time for extra meetings.  Anyone want to join me for an ASAA (art supply addicts anonymous) meeting?  I need help!  LOL  (so say I, as I'm already planning my next trip to the art store)

Laters y'all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Birds of a Feather - Painting on Canvas

Happy Thursday y'all!  I'm very pleased to post today as I've just finished a new painting.  I don't have a video of it (I would be editing until the middle of December!), but I do have lots of pictures.

This painting was inspired by Summer of Color Week 3's palette of Lavender, Grey, with a smudge, splash, or pop of Plum!

Personally, I love these colors.  I love them separately and I love them together.  I originally began this week with an art journal page, but it went all wonky and I put it to the side.  Maybe another day I'll come back to it.  Or just gesso over the whole thing!

A few months ago, I acquired some very large canvas.  It's large to me anyway.  Winsor & Newton Artist's Quality 24"x48", to be exact.  I got a pack of 6 (because it was way cheaper).  And let me just tell you, I have had the most difficult time storing these canvases!  They're too large to fit under the bed, in the closet, or anywhere else in my space!  So I've just kept them in the box against the closet door.  This box has been taunting me for months!  I usually work on 16x20" canvas and have considered that to be working "large" [for me] for years.  Honestly, it was the price of the larger canvases that held me back.  But I got a really good deal on this pack.

So, since I was scrapping my art journal page for this week, I decided to stop letting that box of canvas taunt me.  I would pull one out and get to work.  (The box you can see in the progress pictures to the right is the sarcastic box!)

Birds of a Feather     Mixed Media Canvas

Created with flickr slideshow.

Materials used for this project:

*  24"x48" Winsor & Newton Artist's Canvas
*  Liquitex Basics - Prism Violet
*  Artist's Loft Acrylic - Light Violet
*  Apple Barrel Acrylic Craft Paint - Granite Gray
*  Anita's All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint - Antique Nickel
*  Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint Metallic - Gunmetal Gray
*  Artist's Loft Acrylic Slow Dry Blending Gel Medium
*  Golden Soft Gel Medium (Matte)
*  Golden Heavy Gel Medium (Matte) [because I ran out of the soft gel]
*  Faber-Castell Gelatos - Grape, Earl Grey, Metallic Grape, & Silver Ice
*  Dylusions Ink Spray - Crushed Grape & After Midnight
*  Distress Ink - Seedless Preserve
*  Tim Holtz Stencil - Bubbles
*  Folk Art Background Stencil - Pebble Background
*  Tim Holtz Clear Stamp - Urban Grunge Set
*  Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen Fine Point - Silver & Purple
*  Colorbok Designer Paper - Vintage Treasures
*  Local Newspaper

Thanks Kristin for this week's colors.  They were beautiful and tons of fun to work with!

Now I just have to find a space large enough to hang this thing!

I have got to get my creative butt in high gear and knock out some ATCs this weekend.  Hopefully work will be slow and I'll be able to get some done!

Laters y'all!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cross the Sea - an Art Journal Page

"You can't cross the sea by standing and staring at the water."

How true those words.  They're the theme of this art journal page.  I'm still playing with my gelatos and experimenting with other media. 

As always, the materials used for this page are found at the bottom of this post.

Created with flickr slideshow.

The best part about this page was doing the wax resist.  Do y'all remember doing wax resists in elementary art classes?  I do!  I just couldn't resist trying it again after all these years.  I love how it really gives depth and the illusion of all those little particle things (I think they're plankton) floating in the ocean.

I hope y'all enjoy the page!  Be back soon.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Imagined - an Art Journal Page

Ok, y'all.  I'm very nearly late, but my computer has been a giant pain this week.

But here's this week's art journal page.

It was inspired by Kristin's Summer of Color Four.  Search my blog for the label "Summer of Color" to see last week's journal page and/or visit Kristin over at Twinkle Twinkle to learn all about Summer of Color.

This week's color prompts were:  Coral, Teal, with a pop of White.  And I'm not going to lie - coral is one of my least favorite colors.  And I so so so wasn't feeling the page this week.  Materials List at the bottom.

Created with flickr slideshow.

So that was the art journal page for this week.

But I didn't stop there.  Being so uninspired by my journaling efforts, I took those same color prompts and whipped up this delightful ATC.  I much happier with these results.

Well that's what I've got for this week!

I'll be back Monday with a fabulous new journal page and video.  This weekend, I'm putting my nose to the grindstone as I have a TON of ATCs to do for upcoming swaps.

Y'all have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Colorful Bookmark

While at work, I made this funky little bookmark for my eldest daughter.  She loves collecting bookmarks and it's all I can do to keep her out of my patterned paper!

I use mixed media paper out of my sketchbooks to make my own ATCs.  I just cut down the paper to size and the strips that are left over, I'm using to make bookmarks.

I made this bookmark with NeoColor II Water Soluble Wax Pastels (i.e. water color crayons), StazOn Ink in Jet Black, two different alphabet stamp sets, and a fun little bird stamp.  I then added a couple of different washi tapes to finish it off.

I brought it home and she was ecstatic!  It went straight into her collection box!

Don't go throwing away strips and scraps of paper (of any kind) because you never know what you can use them for.  This bookmark took almost no time to make and was a huge hit!

Go out and make some bookmarks yourselves.  Give them away to friends, family, and even strangers!  With all the gadgets that are making books old-fashioned and obsolete, it's hard to believe that the good ol' bookmark will be going away too.  Keep reading alive (and old-fashioned books too) and encourage folks to keep reading!

I'm honestly thinking of making up a whole bunch of them and passing them out at my local Barnes and Noble.  If I can keep my daughter's hands off them!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Not Quite Idle

Hey y'all!   I know Monday's are supposed to be Art Journal Monday's, but I never got around to filming another video (or even journaling any more) last week!  My 15 month old daughter was definitely having a "Mommy I want to be RIGHTHEREWITHYOU" kind of week.

Even though I haven't managed a video of any sorts, it totally doesn't mean I've been idle!  In fact, while at work this weekend, I was extremely busy being creative...

Project One: 

Sending out 2 ATCs I'm trading with a couple of wonderful folks:

Two out of these five ATCs I made at work the weekend before last are traded.
I had to make the envelopes pretty!

That was Project 1.  I can't wait to make and trade some more ATCs!

Project Two:

Making lots and lots of ATCs for a Summer-themed ATC swap I've been invited to join!

Being Artsy and Creative while at work is one of my favorite things!

I have lots and lots of ATCs to make!  I've also joined another Swap!  That one will be ABC themed!

I see ATC videos in the future!

Project Three:

The altering of a chipboard mustache picked up from Hobby Lobby for Hubby's Father's Day present.  It will be altered still further because he wants to use it as a hat rack!

I gesso'd the snot out of this mustache before painting on it.  Then used Dylusions Ink Sprays, Distress Inks, Stamps, Ranger Archival Ink, Molding Paste, stencils, more gesso, and acrylic paint.

It was a whole lot of fun to make and I love how it turned out.  So did he!

And on another exciting note...
I received the first of my 2 ATC trades in the mail today!!

Thank you so much Sarah for trading with me.  I absolutely love, adore, and am thrilled with all the goodies, plus the beautiful ATC!

The ATC she made is that beautiful Orange Bird in the middle!  I just LOVE IT!

See y'all - even though I've been quiet, I haven't been twiddling my thumbs!  I'll be back again very soon with new videos and posts. 

I also really need to work on posting more often.  Sorry about that!  I promise to do better!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Live Loud! - an Art Journal Page

Hey y'all!  It's Thursday and time for another Art Journal Page!

This one is extra special though because it is the very first of six weeks of color inspired creations for the Summer of Color 4 put on by Kristin over at Twinkle Twinkle.  Don't know what Summer of Color is?  Head over to Kristin's blog to check it out.

This week's color prompts were:    Aqua Blue
  With a Smudge, Splash or Pop of Hot Pink

As always, you can find a list of the supplies used at the bottom of this post!

Created with flickr slideshow.

I hope y'all enjoyed watching the video and checking out this page as much as I did making it!  I can't wait until Monday for the next color prompt!

Y'all have a great day!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Take Me Home to Mississippi - an Art Journal Page

It's Monday y'all!  And today I thought I'd give y'all a little taste of those Monday Blues.  No, not the doldrums, but those down home delta blues that I grew up with.  I'm from Mississippi and I grew up with the sounds of Johhny Winter, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and of course, the KING, Elvis Presley himself.

This journal page is very special to me.  It's close to my heart and a part of me.

I took my girls to the Petrified Forest (out in Flora) not too long ago and I picked up a couple of Mississippi State Highway Maps to use in my art journals.  I knew they would come in handy!

I hope y'all enjoy today's page.  And as always, the materials list is at the bottom of this post.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Unfortunately my pages stuck together before I could take pictures and some bits tore.  It works in a whole "grungy tatty" way so I'm leaving it as is.

I hope y'all enjoyed today's art journal page.  I'm off to create some more.  Have a great day and happy creating!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Time and Luck: an Art Journal Page

"Time and Luck wait for no man.  Make your own"

I've really been enjoying the Golden Fiber Paste.  Really, I think I'm in love.  I adore the texture you get from it - and not just peaks and such, but the feel of running your fingers over it.  Rough and yet not - just like handmade paper.  I don't know why I took so long to try it.

Since this medium is my current "go-to" medium, I had to find another way to use it.  Light bulb!  It would make great playing cards.  So today's art journal page is all about Time and Luck!

I also picked up some of Tim Holtz's Remnant Rubs locally with some fantastic numbers on them.  Of course, they had to go in the journal!

I hope you enjoy.  As always, the material list can be found at the bottom of this post.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Little hint about getting the playing cards to be white:

It took many many many layers of white gesso, titanium white acrylic, and fiber paste.  I mixed both the gesso and acrylic with the fiber paste each time I applied it.  I think I ended up with 10 or so coats to make the cards opaque and not show the colors underneath.  It was a labor of love!

Also, the fiber paste (and so many coats) make the page very very heavy.  There's no degredation of the page underneath, but it definitely has some weight to it.

Thanks for watching and reading y'all!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Summer of Color 4

I'm so excited to even know about the fabulous Summer of Color challenge this year.  It's brought to you by the lovely Kristin over at Twinkle, Twinkle.  Six weeks of fantastic color prompts, sharing, give-a-ways and so much more!  I can't wait for next week when it actually starts.

Here's a little video Kristin put together...

Of course, I'll be sharing all my little creations here.  Hope you'll join in the fun!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new Art Journal Page and video!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Art Journal Page: More Please...

It's time to share my latest Art Journal page with y'all!  And this morning, it is so relevant!

Materials listed at the bottom.

Created with flickr slideshow.

I had so much fun with this layout!  I love how the packing paper (from an amazon box) gives it all those wrinkles!

I hope you enjoyed today's Art Journal.  I've gotta go get some more coffee!

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