Friday, June 10, 2016

Mixed Up Paper Tutorial


My Paper Traders Group is hosting a new swap
called Mixing it Up and we are creating new "paper"
with a really neat technique that I learned over at

And with the cost of designer scrapbook paper
 being what it is, this is an inexpensive way to
 create some unique and colorful paper.

I put together a little photo step by step for you.

1. Start by laying down some watercolor
 broad brush strokes.
Cut the paper in half vertically and tape back
  together on the back side with masking tape after
first turning one half of the sheet around .
2. Add more watercolor brush strokes and cut in
half horizontally and tape back together after
first turning one half of the sheet around again.

3. Start adding some marks with your brush and
the watercolor paint. Now cut vertically on both halves
as shown in the photo and tape back together after
first turning one of the pieces around. By flipping the 
pieces around before taping them back together
 you are getting a nice random effect with your brush marks.

4. More paint and marks and cutting, flipping and 
taping back together.

5. Repeat. As you can see the pieces are
getting smaller and smaller.

6. The final mixed up paper.
It really reminds me of the stamped masterboards
that everyone was making a few years ago.

What the back side looks like.

8. I decided to make a rose with my new paper,
so I cut some petals out.
I rimmed the edges with black ink.

9. I layed them out on a background of torn green paper
and glued them down.

10. I did not like the background (too bright) at all so
I decided to whitewash it.

11. Finished with a little quote and some
black ink pen doodles.

"It was June and the world smelled of roses"
~Maud Hart Lovelace

Give this technique a try. It was a lot of fun to do.
I think it would be very pretty on handmade cards.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

An Art Journaling Question

Hey, Friends!

How come you seldom see male figures
in art journal pages unless it's steam punk
or vintage oriented?

I was curious about that myself
when I created this page.

 He just reminded me of a hipster wood nymph
totally pulling off the pink wings.

Easy peasy background created by
rubbing my Ranger distress inks around the page.

For this page, I used Gelli pad printed deli paper,
one of my favorite ways to create backgrounds.
I created a border with one of my handcarved stamps
I feel like it kind of overwhelmed the page but
hey, that's what art journals are for; 
to experiment.

But, I have decided that magazine collage is the
way to go for my art journal pages.
I love the fussy cutting and the mixing and
matching of images.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 23, 2016

#2 from Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10 class

Hey, Friends!

Just finished #2 canvas for the
  online 10x10x10x10, painting in a series,
 class I am taking.  As I said in my last post,
 this is probably going to take me
30-40 days to complete all 10 canvases,
 but that's okay.

Finished canvas

 How it started; gel medium to glue down bits.

Next couple steps: 
 adding turqouise blue and yellow glazes,
 white and grey with the palette knife

 Some of the detail; scribbled circles  into the wet paint.

Peeled off the rectangle in the yellow section,
didn't like it and then added some grey drips.
Some more work with the palette knife
in dark blue and white.

Went back in with some lighter grey palette knife work.
Then grunged it up with some raw umber glaze.

Finished canvas, after going back in with some
more turquoise paint and mark making, as
I wasn't terribly crazy about the lighter grey in
the top corners.

The two pieces side by side.

I have never worked in a series before
 but I've really enjoyed these first two.
Have you ever worked in a series before?

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 13, 2016

#1 of Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10 class

Hey, Friends!

I signed up for Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10
online class a few weeks ago and I 
just finished my first canvas.

The goal is ten  10"x 10" canvases in ten days,
to learn how to work in a series using
the same color palette.

I don't know about you but I can't
get one canvas a day done in 10 straight days.
I also didn't use a 10" square canvas because
I didn't have that size and I'm trying
 to use what I have on hand.
So my goal is 10 x 8 x 10 x 30 (days).

Glued down my collage pieces
with some gel medium:
layaway tag, craft paper tags, paper
torn from a Chipotle bag, circle reinforcements
and the backing paper from them.

The first three of the series will have
a connecting quote.

First layer of yellow mixed with raw umber
and gloss medium to give it some transparency.
Added white in the mix to
get some opaque areas.

Bringing in some blues, white, green/grey;
painting with my fingers and a palette knife.
Getting a few drips with water.

Adding some lighter grey, and more white with the palette knife.

The last step was a raw umber glaze added over the
whole piece, let it set for about 30 seconds and
then wipe off  some areas with a baby wipe,
leaving some in the cracks and crevices.

I love how the three small tags in the center
all ended up being a slightly different color.
Unintentional happiness!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

A whole lotta flowers card

Hey, Friends!

I haven't made a card in a long time
and I usually like to make them for my mom.
She is my biggest fan.

I wanted to do something visually big
this time and I thought bright flowers
fit the bill, especially for Mother's Day.

I started with some scrapbook paper;
one blue sheet for the background cut
along a wavy edge, one lighter green
for the middle ground and a darker green
for the front. I just loosely hand drew
some leaves on these two sections.

Punched a bunch of flowers out and
inked in some definition. I'll do more
of this later.
If you don't have any flower punches,
You can find lots of templates online to
trace or just free-hand it.
The beauty of this is that they don't
have to be perfectly shaped.

Glued down the first green section and
the first group of flowers.
I like to leave the petals floppy so
I only put glue in the center of the flower.

Glued down the second section of green leaves
and then the smaller flowers.

Went back in and made the black lines
darker and added some white paint highlights.

The finished card with the addition
of the sentiment box and some
embroidery thread embellishment on the side.

Loving the bright colors of this.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Art Journal Everday (or Once in a While)

Hey, Friends!

I love looking at art journal pages.

But, I STRUGGLE with creating my own.
I go through phases of working on them,
(I have 4 art journals of different sizes)
then I won't open them up for 2 months.

Part of the problem, is wanting to create
something perfect and part of the problem
is looking at that blank page.

One solution has been to cover up that
blank page with left over paint from other projects. 
Sometimes I will print on deli paper with my
gelli plate and I will glue that down.

The perfection problem, I am still working on.

Some examples of pages that have
been "primed" with left over paint
and ghost prints of stencils I'ved used elsewhere.

Here is my most recent completed page.

I really like using magazine collage on my journal pages.
The flower was a handmade stencil of mine and
the background was gelli printed deli paper.

I don't actually write a lot in mine but I
try to think of or find an appropriate
saying or word that reflects what I am feeling.


Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Gelli Arts Plate and Mixed Media

Hey, Friends!

My Paper Traders online art group is
doing a "Pull a Print" swap this month
and everyone had to use a monoprint(s)
in creating the background.

You could use whatever you wanted
 to create your monoprints;
make your own gelatin pad, print
from a piece of glass but I love the ease
of my Gelli Arts plate and so used that.

Some of the first pulls.
Pulled paint off of the gelli plate using an old
texture plate by Fiskars.
These are great to use if you can find
them. I found mine years ago at Michaels
but I'll bet you can use embossing plates
just the same way. 
I think I'll try that next time.
(Make sure you clean all the paint out
before using them to emboss again.)

Lots of layers and many pulls on this piece.

Using textured paper and a different color combination.

An example of how you can place strips of paper and string
to mask paint on the print.

What was left of the paint after the first pull.
Ready for a ghost print now.
Sadly, I forgot to get a picture,
but it looks yummy.
Next time I'll be better about documenting
 my process.

On to using some of these prints in 
my two mixed media pieces for the swap.

I love the look of the messy fabric strips
and string on this, which actually
was a last minute thought.

Thanks for stopping by!
Leave a comment and a link to your blog .
 I'd love to see what you are creating.


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