Mini pieces of art…

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Mini pieces of art…

I haven’t had the desire to work on my bigger Art Journal books the past few weeks so I’ve been spending my time doing Artist Trading Cards (ATC’S).  I’ve been trading some of them all over the US and overseas.  I’ve had fun doing them and they provide an avenue to express myself no matter how small.  I had Kyle’s two little one’s here last night and today so I brought out Owen’s ‘crafting stuff’ and while he ‘cwafted’ I worked on a few atc’s.

I played with my new water-color tubes of paint to see how they worked.  I like them much better than the cake ones I have right now.  For one of the atc’s I used the heart printed tissue paper one of the ladies I’d swapped with had my atc’s she’d made for me wrapped up in.  On another, one of the the ladies I received the atc’s from, made her own envelope out of a brown paper grocery bag, so I used a portion of that as my background for a different atc.

Here’s what I came up with:

This is the one I used my new Pentel Arts watercolor tubes and quite like it.  I also took a couple of my Prima small stamps, some rub on’s that I’ve had forever and made a Spring card.  Seeing how we’re not getting our Spring as far as the weather goes (another 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and last evening), I’m going to enjoy it through my art….lol

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These next two are the ones I made using the supplies from other atc’s I’ve received in the mail.  :)

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And then there’s the last one.  I love the look of the corrugated cardboard as a base and decided to finally give it a try.  I applied some bright green and blue acrylic paint in random spots and then took some bright green fiber paper and tore pieces to adhere randomly to the card.  I also have this sheet of quotes, which are awesome, that I received from a blog post I was reading.  I’ve use a few of them already and today I added two more to the list of ones used.  They are some of my favorite quotes!

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So there you have it.  A few more mini canvas pieces completed

I’m off to do some more work on my travel atc making kit I’m putting together.

Huggss,

Yvonne

Found some canvas scrapbooking sheets…..yup, more atc’s!

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I’ve had these three sheets of canvas scrapbook paper for a long time, and while I was watching the recording of Limor Webber on her Live With Prima Ustream class ‘Mixed Media ATC Cards’, I was on a mission to find those sheets so I could try my hand at some beautiful little canvas ATC cards.  Learned one very important lesson while working on the very first canvas atc…..make it bigger than what you need if you’re going to be using a wet medium on it as it shrinks when it dries…..ooppsss.  Nothing adding a narrow strip of canvas didn’t fix….lol.

For this one I spritzed the canvas with some water first, put some Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray onto my glass tray and painted on the colors to create the background.  I placed the canvas butterfly down on the atc and traced around it with one of my charcoal pencils.  I then added a little water to it to blend it out a bit in order to frame the butterfly.  I stamped the sentiment onto it with an alpha set I’ve had forever and then added the tip of the butterfly wing I’d cut off the one side, on the top corner of the atc.

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For this atc, I didn’t want a repeat of the shrunk canvas, so I decided to stamp an image onto it along with a quote.  The quote ended up pretty pale so I took my XS Faber Castell Pitt pen and carefully wrote over top the letters to make them stand out more.  I then lightly spritzed the front with some Lindy’s sprays.

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And for this one, we had a lady post a pic of a water color piece she did in our Limor 1278 Mixed Media Art Group,with what looked like random blotches of watercolor paint that were then traced around to make look like flowers.  As I didn’t want to do a water color on it so it wouldn’t shrink, I decided to try it with my Alcohol Inks.  I think it turned out pretty good!

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That’s it for today!!  Thanks for checking in.  :)

Huggsss,

Yvonne

…..more atc’s

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Hello, my name is Yvonne and I’m an ATC addict.  Holy cow….I’m having a blast making these little pieces of art!!!  I REALLY should be in bed and here I am playing with 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces of cardstock….LOL.  These ones were made using a background I’d created for one of my pages for the Facebook group called Journal 52 and I had an extra one…..sooooo, it ONLY made sense to cut it up into little rectangles…..right?!  These 4 were so quick and easy to put together.  I got my inspiration from one of my pins and a tutorial Nicole had on her blog……check it out here.  I took some dictionary pages and spritzed them with a couple of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and then loosely drew out the 4 hearts.  I cut them out and went to town playing with them.  Nicole also had a sheet of quotes she had available to download, so I did that and picked out 4 I liked and cut them out of the sheet to adhere to my atc’s.  These were fun and quick to put together.

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I love the look of the sort of water color effect of the backgrounds.  The quotes are some of my favorites.  Here’s some individual pictures of each of the cards….

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Okay, now I’m going to bed.  I may sleep till noon tomorrow….lol.

Thanks for sticking with me on this atc marathon I dragged you along on…..have a great day!

Huggss,

Yvonne

Vintage ATC frenzy!!!

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Can you say obsessed with ATC’s??!!!!  I’m having so freakin much fun making these.  I had a set of 5 vintage Chatelaine images on my desk that have been starring at me for a while now.  I was going to try and incorporate them into a card…..but ATC’s they became!!!  I pulled out all my vintagey type ephemera and lace I had and went to town this evening.  5 ATC’s later I have them all used up.

Here they are!

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Maybe I should have started on ATC’s to get me comfortable with these mini pieces of art and then dive into the bigger mixed media….lol.  Here’s some closer pics of each one…

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Well, now you know my new obsession…..perhaps an addiction…..having allot of fun with the anyway.  Thanks for stopping by.  I love to read your comments.

Huggss,

Yvonne

ATC’S

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I think I’ve found a new addiction.  A friend from work and I went to our local Art Gallery this evening where they’re featuring ATC collections from a few different collectors.  What a blast we had!!!  These little 2.5″ x 3.5″ works of art are so much fun.  After the short presentation, we were all given the opportunity to create our own ATC’S if we wanted and then trade them.  As I kinda figured there’d be an opportunity to trade the cards that night, I decided to make a few the night before.  I made 4 and I have to say they were pretty fun to make and took no time at all!

Here are my first 4 ATC’S!!

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This one was made by first collaging on some scraps of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and spritzing it with two of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang spays from the Industrial Chic set in Time Travel Teal and Rusty Lantern Lime.  I added some texture using some of my new Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil.  I also used some black and white Liquitex Basics acrylic paint to stencil on the two step heart from The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called Mini Mixed & Match Hearts.  I distressed the edges of the card with my black Gelato and blended it in.

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This one was also collaged with some Tim Holtz scrap tissue wrap and sprayed with the same Lindy’s sprays.  The butterflies were stamped using my new Faber Castell PITT artist Big Brush pen and were colored in with my Lindy’s Hibiscus Rose Flat Fabio.  I outlined the sentiment with my Uni-bal Signo white gel pen and distressed the border with my black Gelato and blended it in.

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This card was colored using my Faber Castell Gelato’s and blended together.  I used a baby wipe and a Crafter’s Workshop stencil to remove some of the color to add more texture to the card.  I stamped on my Deep Red Bette Davis Eyes stamp with my Big Brush pen along with the sentiment and tiny flowers.  Again the edges were distressed with my black Gelato.

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This last one was also colored using my Gelatos, some color removed through one of my Crafter’s Workshop stencils and a baby wipe.  The dandelion is one of my new Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and the sentiment is from a stamp I bought at Michael’s in the $1.25 bin.  Edges distressed with the black Gelato.

I was able to trade all 4 cards away this evening and have received my very first ATC’S that I already have in my sleeve protector sheet and ready to be put into a binder.

Soooo much fun with these!!  Thanks so much for stopping by…..till next time!!

 

Huggss,

Yvonne

Mail Art

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Mail Art

I had some fun the last couple of evenings following along with Sandee and trying my hand at some mail art.  I’ve been wanting to give it a try for a while now and thought it was about time I did another one of Sandee’s tutorials before she unfriends me!!  Over on the Frosted Designs blog they have a weekly segment called Sunday’s with Sandee, and honestly, if you’ve never checked it out, you need to.  She does amazing work! I’ve been having some fun with layering paints and stamps and tissue paper, etc and thought I’d just keep with that theme for my mail art.  I used my Liquitex Basics acrylic paints, some stamps and my Stazon ink pad.  I also did my doodling with one of my new Pilot Perma Ball pens, which is an amazing and my trusty Unibal Signo white gel pen.  Of course…..how can you do a bunch of layering techniques and not grab the bubble wrap?  I made three envelopes using all the same colors, just different pieces of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap and on one of my envies I used a collage piece as well.

Here’s a peek at mail art #1 – Front

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Envelope #1 – Back

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For envelope #2 I had a scrap of the tissue wrap that had a big butterfly on it….I thought it would look great on the front of the envelope.

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The back of envelope #2

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For envelope #3, I had this collage girl I’ve had sitting on my desk for a while now and I’ve really wanted to use her on something….so this envelope is where she finally found a home.  I tried to mimic the swirls on her dress with the paint…

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And the back of this one…

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So, there you have it.  My little run at mail art…..I think I’m going to have a hard time leaving an envelope plain now!!!  They were a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by….till next time!  :o)

Huggss,

Yvonne

Abstract Art Journal page

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After Limor Webber’s Ustream class of Tuesday evening, I’ve wanted to try my hand at the abstract art technique she taught.  Check out the recording on her YouTube channel here.  I loved the canvas she did and although I didn’t brave it on a canvas, I did do attempt a page in my Art Journal.  I really like how it turned out!   For the background I started out with a couple of pieces from a black/grey and white napkin and then added a bunch of random paint to cover the page.  I used some of my Liquitex Basic’s acrylic paints in Brilliant Yellow Green, Primary Yellow, Canmium Orange Hue and Prism Violet.  I them stamped random images with my StazOn to help fill in the background and add texture.  I also stamped a few random sayings onto the page as well.  I took some Liquitex acrylic Primary Blue and Naphthol Crimson and also randomly applied some smudges with my fingers to the page.  I then took a couple of round containers and some Liquitex Mars Black acrylic paint and outlined certain spots on the page and then doodled around them with my white Unibal Signo pen.  Had a blast with this page and really felt like I was outside my comfort zone.  Here’s the napkin I used on my background.

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And here’s my page…..

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Here’s a couple of close-ups of the colors and textures in the background.

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Had a blast…..may even try this on a canvas one day….lol.

Thanks for popping in…..I’m off to go and find something else to play with in my craft room.  :o)

Huggss,

Yvonne

The cover….

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Well, we got our first ‘lesson’ in the Facebook group for Joanne Sharpe’s “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” book.  We were to take our simple Composition Notebook and design the cover.  We could write and do whatever we wanted on it.  I hadn’t really thought about doing my cover yet, and I was on Facebook last evening talking to Sandee and egging her on to give me an idea of what to just sit and create.  She told me to go and find some supplies to collage with.  I found a BUNCH of things…..ya, I don’t normally do things small.  She told me to spread all my goodies out on the floor, close my eyes and pick three things.  GULP.  I panicked….she thought I’d made great pics and told me to get to  collaging the cover.  I took the main piece and tore it up into pieces and adhered it to the cover.  I took the second sheet which was a collage sheet of different pieces of art a friend of mine had done where she scanned her work in…..and then arranged it all on a collage sheet with different size copies of some of her pages.  I tore each image out and began to try to arrange them onto the collaged cover.  Soooo….exactly how many times and different ways can you arrange and re-arrange 7 pieces of art around on a page.  ALLOT!!!!!  After about the 10th re-arrangement last night, I went to bed.  I started back on it this evening and with a few more suggestions from Sandee, I got it completed.  I’m really looking forward to this class and learning some different lettering styles and shapes.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I like the depth of the background.  I’m very much looking forward to this class!!  I just can’t wait to get my copy of the book!!

Thanks for popping your head in…..I loved having you.  :o)

Huggss,

Yvonne

The Art of Whimsical Lettering

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I always seem to go in spurts with my blog posts….lol.  I recently signed up on another Facebook group by Joanne Sharpe, as I had pre-ordered her book called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” a few months ago and she was offering this page for anyone who’d purchased her book and she’s going to run a series of classes on it based on the book.  Allot of the people on the page haven’t received their books yet as there was problems getting them out from the distributors (mine included), but she started out with a simple challenge for everyone this week to simply create a page with the words “JUST BE” on it and anything else you wanted to incorporate.  I used a napkin I had on my desk and simply ripped it up and adhered it to the page using my Gel medium.  I love this napkin and love how it looks on this page.  The pages in this old notebook I’ve been using for a smaller art journal are actually a golden-yellow color and I usually Gesso over them before I work on them.  This time I was looking for some added color to the page as the napkin was black and with a bit of red on the border.  I love how it turned out and am really looking forward to this group.  I seem to have gotten myself into a few groups again, but I’ve decided I’ll work on what I can and if I don’t keep up to all the challenges and lessons on each page, it’s really no big deal.  What it does give me is some choices as far as a variety of things to work on depending on how the mood is striking me that particular week.  ;-)

Here’s the page I created for this weeks prompt:

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Huggss,

Yvonne

March sketch challenge

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This is completely out of my comfort zone…..and was most definitely a challenge for me.  This month on Limor Webber’s Facebook page, Limor 1278 Mixed Media Art Group, her challenge for us this month was to follow the colors in this months Lindy’s Stamp Gang color challenge found here and we were to sketch something……anything at all.  It’s one thing for me to draw out a simple flower…..but I decided if it was a challenge then I would challenge myself to follow Limor’s lead and sketch a face with one of my Sketch Sticks.  GULP!!!  I don’t hate her…..not sure that I love her……but I have to say I actually enjoyed the process!  I’d like to try more faces and I liked the charcoal pencil sketch on the colored background as I didn’t have to worry about face tones and shadows too much.  It’s a very loose sketch which I found lent itself quite nicely to my newbie skills….lol.  Here’s what I came up with…

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The colors I used from my Lindy’s stash were:  My Mojito Green, Hibiscus Rose, and Caribbean Blue.

That’s it…..off to add this to the challenge album and page.  Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  I do so appreciate it.

Huggss,

Yvonne