Less is more?

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Less is more?

Limor had some great techniques she shared with us this evening on her free Ustream class.  I’ve always struggled with leaving white space and Limor did this one double page where she only used ink, did no shading and there were lovely ink splatters made with a can of Dust Destroyer….lol.  I decided to use my Liquitex Extra Fluid acrylic’s for this. I used Yellow Medium AZO and Vivid Lime Green  I put drops of ink down, took my canned air and blew the ink around…..right off the page and all over my desk at one point….ooppsss.  It’s a pretty easy technique and looks very cool.  At one point I thought it would be cool to use some of my Izink’s in Citronella and found out very quickly it doesn’t ‘splatter’ out like the fluid acrylics.  It’s very thick and although has a beautiful shimmer, it just turned into a big ‘blog’ of ink that doesn’t move anywhere….lol.  I should have stopped adding ink dots and spraying them out before I did, but it was still fun!!  I also used one of my Dina Wakley stamp sets for the first time too called Scribbly Birds.  I love this set!

Here’s a close up of the ink splatters…

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Here’s what the finished page looks like.  I honestly had such a hard time resisting the urge to grab my background stamps, my Stabillo All pencil and add a bunch of shading and depth!.I took my bright yellow Gelato and went around the edges of the pages just to tie the whole thing together.IMG_3776

I really do love the vibrancy of these fluid acrylics.  They dry quite quickly and are water resistant once dry.

Thanks for coming by!

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Challenge entry

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Challenge entry

You know, every month I look at the Lindy’s color challenges and every month I say to myself I’m going to enter it…..and then never do.  Here’s a link to the color challenge here.  And here is what the challenge colors look like:

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Last night I sat down and created a double page in my art journal.  I picked up this little Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal when I was visiting at Limor’s and I love the pages in it.  Here’s a link to her store so you can check it out too! Limor Webber Designs  They’re a nice weight and it’s small enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed and can slap down a completed page in no time!  I really have to start remembering to take process pictures as I go along to show you how I created it…..maybe next time I’ll remember.  ;o)  I started out with a layer of Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso.  I then took my brick stencil (I made this one myself on my Cricut) and my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle (one of my FAVE products from the store) and randomly applied it to the page using my Catalyst Shaper Tool ’01 Mini’.  The colors of spray I chose to use were the Brushed Nickel Glitz Spritz around the entire frame of the double page.  I then took my Chateau Rose Flat Fabio and Mango Mania Flat Fabio and sprayed them both in the same places in order to mix them together to get a more salmon color.

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I had a napkin with these beautiful pink roses on it, so I fussy cut some of them out along with some of the extra leaves and the butterflies and adhered them to the page using my Golden Matte Medium.

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I’d also fussy cut out the vintage woman in the frame from the Prima Romantique Collection from the “Ha ‘Penny” sheet.

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I took a stamp from the Dina Wakley set called Collaged Hearts and stamped it onto some water color paper and cut it apart to adhere to the page as well.  I finished the page off with some drips of color from the Mango Mania spray bottle and the Merci Beaucoup Mint spray bottle and also took my Stabillo All pencil and did some shading around all the roses, leaves and bricks on the page to add some depth to it.

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Here’s my competed pages!  I love how they turned out.  :o)

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My inspiration for this page came from Marta Lapkowska.  She has amazing talent and you have to go check out her YouTube channel.  Maremi SmallArt

I’ll detail the list of products I used and link them back to Limor’s store or Lindy’s Stamo Gang store.

Thanks so much for staying with me!  Till next time…..

Huggss,

Yvonne

Products used:

Strathmore Softcover Mixed Media Art Journal

Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso White

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Catalyst Shaper Tool ’01 Mini’

Dina Wakley Media Stamps

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Brushed Nickel Glitz Spritz

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Chateau Rose (from the Tres Chic collection)

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Merci Beaucoup Mint (from the Tres Chic collection)

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mango Mania

Stabillo All Pencil

A new Art Journal journey….

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A new Art Journal journey….

Well, I’ve finally completed my first full art journal and have started a new one.  I’ll post the final pictures of the first one another day.  This new journal is being done in a beautiful old encyclopedia I picked up at our local Good Will store.  I absolutely LOVE the from cover and spine of this book……the texture and ‘sculpting’ on the front cover is amazing!!  The pages inside are relatively thick so I only need to glue two pages together to give me a good solid base to do my mixed media on.  This is what the front cover and spine look like….

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Isn’t it gorgeous??!!!!

When I was at Limor’s place a few weekends ago, I picked up some Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso in black.  I’ve always wanted to play with and try black, and decided to make this the first page I completed in this new journal.  I started out with one idea while I was in Edmonton, but it just wasn’t working out the way I had it in my head and ended up coming home and just Gessoing over it….hence why I love Gesso!  Then I decided I wanted to try a sort of water color effect and put down a very light layer of white Gesso so I’d have an area to stamp my poppies onto.  I used two of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals and used them as water colors.  I used the a Flat Magical in Aloha Avacado and a shimmer Magical in Time Travel Teal.  I used a couple of my background stamps that I’d picked up from Limor’s store as well just to add a bit more depth to the pages.  All of the supplies I used on this double page can be purchased from Limor’s store, except for the poppy stamp which I’ve had for a while from Stampin’ Up! The link for her store is found here.  Other supplies I used were my Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brush in black, my Faber Castell PITT artist pen in white, and my Stabilo All pencil for some shading around the flowers, stems and quote.  Here’s what the finished product looks like:

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I really like how these pages turned out.  Will probably use this technique again!

Thanks for popping your head in…..until next time!  I’d love to hear what you think.  :)

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Supplies used:

Prima Art Basics Heavy Gesso Black

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Industrial Chic” Magicals by Limor Webber Designs – Time Travel Teal

Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Hawaiian Islands” Flat Magicals – Aloha Avacado  (Not available in Limor’s store at this time)

Deep Red Cling Stamp Water Droplets

Kaisercraft “Arty” Background Stamp

Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush PITT pen – Black

Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush PITT pen – White

Stabilo All charcoal pencil  (Not available in Limor’s store at this time)

Pleasabt Poppies stamp from Stampin’ Up!

52 playing card ATC workout!

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52 playing card ATC workout!

I AM DONE!!!!!  I finished up the last of the cards for my deck of 52 playing card ATC swap I’m in.  They don’t have to be done until November 30th, but they were burning a hole in my brain as I looked at the last of the stack and decided to just dig in and finish them and get them off my desk.  I’m so looking forward to the swap and can’t wait to get my completed deck of everyone else’s art returned.  Such fun!  I’m not going to go into details of how each card was completed….far too many words to type and wayyyy too long of a post….lol.  For these ones I used a few different mediums for the backgrounds like, Gelato’s, Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and acrylic inks.  I finished the tops of the cards with everything from book paper, stickers, Signo White Gel pen, my Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brush in black and white, more Gelato’s, stamps, images cut from Designer paper, some new Izinks I received in a “Pay It Forward” swap from Debbie D (LOVE them by the way ;)  ), irRESSISTible textured sprays in black and white and some Liquitex Acrylic fluid ink in Carbon Black.  There was probably more supplies, but don’t remember right now.  All of the supplies I purchased or are available at Limor Webber’s store which you can link to here.

Here’s a picture of all the cards spread out:

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And here’s some close ups of them:

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There you have them!!!  Had fun making them but can honestly say I don’t think I was to look at another deck of cards again for a while…..lol.

Thanks so much for dropping in.  I love reading comments, so please take some time to say hello and if you don’t already follow me, I’d love to add you to the family!  :)

Hugs,

Yvonne

You are BEAUTIFUL!!!

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You are BEAUTIFUL!!!

One of the girls I work with has this black leather wrap bracelet and it has this amazing quote on it.  I borrowed it from her the other day at work and copied it out as I really wanted to put it on an Art Journal page.  I also have the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Shots in the Tres Chic that have been calling my name for a while now.  I decided to add water to them and use them as a water color.  (more because I don’t have any acrylic medium or glaze) lol.  You can find these in Limor Webber’s wonderful store and I’ve linked up any of the products I used that were purchased from her store –  here’s a link to the Color Shots.  I love the Flat Shots and the white undertones of this Tres Chic set are so fun to play with!  I colored my background in with three of the colors and allowed them to blend and bleed together just a bit.  I used Chateau Rose, Bonjour Butter and Merci Beaucoup Mint.  I did some stamping with one of the heart stamps from Dina Wakely’s Media stamp set called Collaged Hearts, and I used my Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen as the ink to stamp with.  Love that pen and use it ALL the time!!  I used a rub-on from one of my Tim Holtz sets called Remnant Rubs “Elements”.  There are sooo many rub-ons in his sets, it’s awesome!  I layered some cheese cloth, Prima flowers from my stash and some Prima metal (Ingvild Bolme ShabbyChic *Door Signs* and one of the clocks cut in half from the Junkyard Findings Clock Faces set).  A couple of my flowers were a bit too white for me as were the Prima metal embellishments so I took two of my Prima Resist Chalk Edgers in the Old Rose and Lime Pie and applied them to my craft mat, added some water and ‘painted’ them.  Added my quote and some splatters and distressed the edges of the stamped hearts and the page with my Stabilo All pencil (my favorite charcoal pencil ever!!)

Here’s what my page ended up looking like:

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Here are some close-ups:

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So, that’s it!  This little journal only has a couple pages left to do and it’ll be full!

Thanks for popping in once again.  I love hearing from you…..did you make it through all the writing Sandee??  ;)

Huggss,

Yvonne

Skype play date with some Tres Chic!

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Skype play date with some Tres Chic!

I had a Skype date with my good friend Limor.  The intent was to work on cleaning up our studio’s……ya, that kinda didn’t happen…..lol.  She played with some of her new supplies and I played with my Lindy’s…..lol.  I played with my Tres Chic set and I mixed up the color shots too.  Mmmmm……mmmmm…..yumminess!!!  I ripped up some Prima Cartographer paper for my base and then started to spray and paint.  I grabbed two of my favorite stamps from Limor’s store….the Stamping Bella Love Notes and my Indigo Blue Bubbles Background to add some more texture and depth to the page.  i cut out some hot air balloons from the same Prima paper collection and just started to put stuff down. Added some Prima metal hardware, a few Tim Holtz rub-ons, did some shading with my Stabilo All pencil. (BEST pencil EVER!!!) Kinda happy with this page.  All the supplies I used were once again purchased from Limor’s amazing store, Limor Webber Designs.

I think I’m safe with the amount of words I used so far to keep Sandee reading to this point……right Sandee?!!  Now, here’s the page:

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Here’s a few close up’s to show you the yummy colors and some of the texture I was able to achieve with the stamps and shading:  (still with me Sandee??)

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So, there you have it.  Until next time….. <3

Huggss,

Yvonne

9/11….

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Over on Sandee Setliffs FB group, Mixing It Up Everyday, her challenge for this month was to ask ourselves where we were that day and then do a journal page about it.  I will never forget that day.  I had just got home the night before.  I had just buried my Dad who had passed away.  I was still trying to process that and come to terms with it.  I woke up to the radio alarm with the news reports already flooding every media form.  A plane had just flown into the World Trade Centre.  Even though I’m a Canadian, our border disappeared that day and the days that followed.  What?!!  WHY?!!!  My heart sank even lower.  How do you even begin to process such an event.  How do you even begin to make sense of it.  My Dad passing away had a reason.  There were events leading up to it……it made sense.  It didn’t make it easy to process and my heart was aching.

This page wasn’t about the products used for me.  It wasn’t about who’s store I’d purchased them at. It wasn’t about tags, comments or how many hits I get.  It wasn’t about ability.  I KNOW this isn’t my best page…..I’m just not a painter and that is PERFECTLY fine.  This page is about the emotion of that day and the days that followed.  It’s about what came out of both events for me.  As nations coping….. and as a family coping……

We prayed.

We rose above.

We came together.

We reached out.

We loved.

We prayed…….

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Yvonne

The next 10……well, plus one

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The next 10……well, plus one

As you may or may not know, I’m in a 52 card deck swap and we have a schedule where we do 10 cards every so often and send them onto the host.  I worked on my next set this weekend…..couldn’t count apparently as I have 11 cards done, which is no biggy as they all have to get to her sooner or later anyway…lol.  For this set I took some advice from one of the other members and did something different on each card with varied ephemera I had on hand.  The one thing that was constant on each card was the use of a paper napkin for the background to add some color and texture to the card right off the bat.  Here’s my take on this set of cards.  Not much to explain…..here they are!

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20 or so more cards to go and I’ll be done!!

Thanks for stopping in!!  Off to do some relaxing at the cabin.  ;)

Huggss,

Yvonne

Bubbles…….circles……

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Bubbles…….circles……

Hello my lovely peeps…..lol.  I spent some time playing with my deck of playing cards and making another set of 10 ATC’s from them for a 52 card deck swap I’m in.  I’d used a bunch of napkins for backgrounds on this set and had all these pieces of napkin sitting on my desk when I was done.  Could I just throw them out…..NOOOO!!!!!  I grabbed my small art journal and just started adhering them all over the page using my Golden Matte Medium to cover it and give it some yummy texture and color. Once I had it all covered I took my favorite modeling paste from Faber Castell called Whipped Spackle and my Crafter’s Workshop stencil called Mini Ledger and added more texture to the page.  I have this little tool I use when I use my stencils and this thing is the bomb!!!  It’s called the Catalyst Shaper Tool and that thing rocks!  Here’s what it looked like when I was done.

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Now what…..lol.  I decided I wanted to isolate just certain areas of the page and took my Unibal Signo white pen and drew out some circles.  I then took my Faber Castell Gelato in Black Licorice and colored in the entire background, blending it into all the background texture with my fingers and leaving the circles uncovered.  I took my Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint in Titanium White and #2 Liquitex round paint brush and outlined each of the circles.  I added a few extra all white circles in some of the black areas and ta daaa!!!  Finito!

Here’s what it looks like now…..along with some close ups of that great texture.

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There’s my version of ‘use what’s on your desk’…..lol.  All of the supplies I used I purchased at Limor Webber’s store.  She’s just added a BUNCH of new product and you honestly have to get on over to that link and check it out.  She carries some pretty amazing products.

Thanks for spending some time with me.  Until next time!

Huggss,

Yvonne

Dream……

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Dream……

Dreaming of what I’d like to do one day……there are allot of things on my list.  One of my biggest dreams is to get to a point where I could apply and be accepted to join a Design Team.  I was on a Design Team for a local on-line scrapbooking supply store a few years ago and had a blast.  To get onto some of the big name DT’s you have to have a blog following, an active YouTube channel with followers…..all things I dream of making happen again one day.  I haven’t recorded a YouTube tutorial for a while now and need to get a tripod in order to produce them on a more professional basis…..another thing I dream of having happen.  :)

Here’s a page I did this afternoon that I really love!!  There are a few of my pages and projects I create that I really love, and this is one of them.  I’m very happy with how it turned out.  I used a bunch of supplies from Limor Webber’s online store called Limor Webber Designs.  I LOVE her store and she carries the absolute coolest and versatile products!!  If you’ve never paid her a visit, you really need to. For this page, the background was created by first of all adhering random torn pieces from my old dictionary using my Matte Gel medium.  I then put on a layer of Gesso over it and wiped it back off the book pages for the most part.  I tool two of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals called Tiffanylou’s Blue and Cotton Candy Pink. I used the blue first and I took a small amount and put it on my craft mat and spritzed it with water to make a water color.  I added more water and then allowed it to drip off my craft mat onto my page before the Gesso was dry.  I tipped it page up and added more spritz’s of water to make the color drip down the page. I added a bit more powder to my craft mat, more water and added brush strokes here and there to have more of the page covered in the color.  The rest of the mixture I again allowed to pour over the page and I added a bit more water to make it a bit more concentrated at the top of the page.  I heat set the page and then added the pink onto the page only using a brush to apply the color.  Once that was dry I took one of my new 6×6 Prima stencils (item #575946) called Stone Wall, my Faber Castell Gelato in Squid Ink, a stencil brush and applied the stencil to the page.  Loved the subtle pattern I obtained with this stencil.  I then took my new Indigo Blu Bubbles Background stamp and my Faber Castell PITT Big Brush pen in black and used that to ink a portion of the stamp and used it randomly around the page.  I took a piece of corrugated cardboard and dry brushed on some Gesso, heat set it….some of the blue and pink magicals that I once again mixed into a water color paint and dried it once again with the heat gun.  I had fussy cut three butterflies from a piece of designer paper I had from BoBunny and adhered the cardboard and the butterflies to the page. I added one of the Prima Junkyard Findings clock faces to the cardboard.  I took my Stabilo All pencil and traced around some of the bubbles, applied a small amount of water and created some depth and emphasis to some of the bubbles I’d stamped onto the page.  LOVE that pencil!!  I used the “dream’ sticker from my Heidi Swapp sticker package and outlined it with my Pilot PermaBall pen.  I distressed the edges of the page with my black Faber Castell Gelato and it was done!

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Here are a few close ups:

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I linked all the products I used from Limor’s store.  Check them out!!

Thanks so much for reading this post…..I do so appreciate your comments.  Have a fantastic day!!

Huggsss,

Yvonne