Monthly Archives: August 2012

August DARE……a page about me……yikes!!!!!

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Alrighty then……so Tracy Weinzapfel over on the Facebook page titled ‘Monday Nights LIVE with Tracy Weinzapfel Studios’, hosts a weekly Ustream mixed media free class I guess you could call it and does the most amazing pieces.  At the beginning of August she decided her monthly DARE challenge would be for us to create a mixed media page about ourselves and where we are right now.  As I listen the collective groan as you’re reading this…..that’s exactly what we all thought when she decided that was to be our ‘challenge’ for this month.  A page about ourselves??!!  No one thought they’d have a picture nice enough to use…..or didn’t like getting their picture taken….or like me, had just never done a page about themselves…..ever!!!  I find it very weird to create a page with just me on it……it somehow seems like I’m being conceited or something.  As the month went along, more and more of us started to dive in and try it and accept her DARE challenge.  One of the reasons I wanted to join both Tracy’s and Limor Weber’s facebook pages was to be able to just create a page and not try for perfection……not worry about whether ‘everyone’ was going to like it…..to be able to just sit in my little therapy room and create without a care about what anyone else though.  Well, I have to say, I’m finding the mixed media art genre to be very soothing and therapeutic like in some ways…..I’ve yet to master the ‘not caring about what others think’ part yet.  Baby steps…..lol

So, first I had to find a picture.  This was a challenge within itself as I’m always the one behind the camera as no one in my family ever thinks to take pictures!!!  As I weeded through the, ‘I look too fat in that picture’, ‘I have a stupid smile in that picture’, ‘My hair isn’t perfect in that picture’, ‘My eyes look like they’re half closed in that picture’……I am most certainly my own worst critic…..one more thing to add to the list of things I should work on…..lol.  I finally came across a picture of me holding my ver first Grandchild for the first time and yup……that was a genuine smile that I liked.  The proud Grandma smile…..lol.  I then decided to try something totally different again and use a color palette that I dont’ normally turn to……yellow, green and orange.  Yup, that’s what I chose…..yikes!!!  As I started to layer the paints to the canvas sheet, it started to grow on me.  That’s when I decided I wanted to do some zentangling on the page to complete it.  Sooooo much fun to do!!  Here are some close-ups of the patterns.  And I really should have written down the names of the patterns as I went along…..but I didn’t, so…..oh well!!

Here is a swirly design.  This one I just made up as I went along…..not sure if there’s an actual zentangle pattern that looks like this…..lol.

I really like the start  contrast between the bright orange and the turquoise in the corner of this pattern…..whatever it’s called.  I’m sure if there are any Zentangle friends reading this they’re probably cringing at the thought I don’t know what the patterns are called.  Ooppsss…..

This pattern is called Sez……the pretty little swirly thingy’s…..lol. 

Not sure about this pattern either…..lol.  Kinda looks like a fish net….maybe…..

Now, I believe this pattern is called Strickles…..it’s pretty cool. 

I like this pattern…..it’s called Bales. 

This sort of weave pattern is called Keeks……also very cool.  So, here is what the whole canvas page looks like…..drum roll please…..hahahaha.

So…..there you have it.  My page about me and some zentangling.  I think it turned out pretty cool…..bright colors and all!!

As always, thanks so much for popping your head in to take a peek……I truly do appreciate it very much!!  I love to hear your feedback as well.

Now, I’m off to see if I can free-hand draw a bird……LOL LOL LOL…..this should be interesting.

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

My new mini Mixed Media altered Art Journal!

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Hello to my blogging family!!  So I’ve been dabbling in some mixed media art lately and have been having a blast with it.  It’s honestly so freeing and fun.  And the best part is really, at the end of the day, what you create is truly just for you!  It’s such a freeing way to create and have fun with paint, texture, layers….whatever you want to put on your page!!  I’m on a Facebook page called Monday Nights LIVE with Tracy Weinzapfel Studios and have met some amazing artists and friends.  It’s a great place to go to share what you create and the ladies there are so incredibly supportive and encouraging.  When I posted a picture of my front cover I had one of the ladies request that I do a tutorial to show how I altered the catalogue in order to use it as an Art Journal.  I suggest you grab a cup of coffee or a nice glass of red wine and sit back cause I think this is going to be a long post…..lol.  I’ve never done a step-by-step tutorial before so…..thank you Maureen for getting me take yet one more step outside of my comfort zone in my creative journey!! 

I recently dug out a Pandora catalogue that I’ve been hanging onto for some time now cause I thought I could use it for something someday……I know!…..you should see the things I keep cause I think they may work for something I’m creating someday….lol.  Anyway, when I started venturing down this whole mixed media adventure, I came across this little catalogue again and because the pages are a thicker page I thought it would make a great mini Art Journal.  So out came my multi-medium matte gel, my Gesso and some acrylic paints!!  Here’s what I did for the front cover…..

 I started out my gluing the front cover and the first three pages together using my multi-medium matte gel to create a thicker more stable page to work with.  (I have step by step pictures to show you what/how I did this in the next segment)  Once that was dry (and because I’m not patient enough to wait for that I use my heat gun to dry it) I put a layer of Gesso on the front cover to create a base for my acrylic paint.  I started to layer on the paint to create the background, free-handed a heart onto a piece of cardstock and painted it red, cut it out, distressed it and glued it to my cover with my multi-medium matte gel.  I continued to add paint layers, added my quote, and used my punchinella, a chevron stamp and an old frayed bristled paint brush to create the last layers and details to the page.  The last thing I did to the cover was to take some watered down white acrylic paint and add the ‘drippage’ from the top of the page by wiping my loaded paint brush along the top edge to create a ‘pool’ of paint that would then drip down the page. 

So, here’s how I did the next double page layout from start to finish!

I didn’t want the Art Journal to get too thick, so I decided I’d probably want to take out some pages as I went along to keep it manageable and able to close as I went along.  I took my knife and cut along the spine and took three pages out.

 

 

 

 

 

I went to the back of the book and found the three corresponding pages to the ones I cut out and removed them as well as they weren’t anchored to the book anymore anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 Here’s where I start to take my multi-medium matte gel (you could also use Mod Podge) and painted on a coat to the next three pages again.  I thought I’d want to have a thicker page to work with as there was going to be layers of paint applied as I created each page.  So, I put a coat on each page and then flipped the page over and glued it together.  When you do this, be sure to get all the air bubbles out as they could cause you trouble as you start to create on the page.  I actually use a brayer after I have all three pages glued together to be sure all the bubbles are out.

 

 

 

So here’s my first two pages in my mini Art Journal.  The page on the left is actually the back of my front cover, and the page on the right is the page I created by gluing the three pages together.  I heat set them to dry and I’m not patient enough to wait for them to dry….lol.  Now I’m ready to Gesso the pages to create my base….

 

 

 

 

I apply a complete coverage of the Gesso which acts like a ‘primer’ for my pages. and again, I heat set it to dry so I don’t have to wait so long……lol

 

 

 

 

 

So, these two pages are from the pages I cut out of the catalogue.  I loved the images and decided I wanted to try to incorporate them onto my pages….

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took my acrylic paints and started to just slap some colors on to create a background.  Once I had the coverage I liked I tore the images of the two ladies out and glued them to my pages using my matte gel.  Now I started to play!!

 

 

 

 

 

I continued to add paint, didn’t really like it, added different paint and….. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…liked it better…lol.  I removed the paint from the wine glasses using a baby wipe and outlined the glasses in black and colored in the ‘wine’ in red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took the “Share the Moments” sentiment from the same page the ladies came from and put it in the corner, added my quote and then took a black pastel and went around the edges of the pages and smeared it in with my finger.  I also put random ‘streaks’ of black on the pages and smeared them as well.

 

So, there you have how I created my new altered Pandora catalogue to use as a mini Art Journal.  I hope it brings you some inspiration to look around at what you may already have and see what else you can use it for…..have fun!!

As always, I so appreciate you stopping by and I love to hear from you.  Take card my blog family!!

Huggs,

Yvonne  😉

Playing with some Plumeria!!!

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Having a blast with the July kit!!!

Hey there blog land friends!!  I’ve been having so much fun with the July Basic Grey kit with the Plumeria line from Scrapn’ With Flair on-line store.   LOVE the colors!!  I’ve been playing and made a few cards I want to show you.

 

 So, one thing you should know about me…..I have a really hard time with Clean & Simple cards.  I like the simplicity of this card…..and each time I look at it I want to just grab it and start adding stuff!!  I’m really loving the lace in this kit……but then again, I am a bit of a lace junkie.  :o   That butterfly is so stinkin’ cute and is one of the stickers in the kit.  I stuck it down onto a piece of cardstock so I could pop dot it up and bend the wings up a little to give it some dimension.  I soooo want to run some Distress Ink over the edges of this card!!!  Hmmmmm…..

 

This card was made using some scraps of the paper I used for my altered box from the same July kit.  I added a half a doily from my stash to the one edge and inked it in the Bundled Sage and Milled Lavendar Distress inks.  And take a look-see at that flower spray!!  Leanne has an amazing assortment of I Am Roses roses in the store and these things are my new favorite embellishment to use!  The scallopped frame and pearls were also from my own stash.  I love that little  sentiment stamp I picked up in the $1.00 bin at Michaels some time ago…..I use that one quite a bit.  I think my flower spray needs a nice seam binding double bow tied onto it with perhaps a button…….lol.  You know ladies, am I the only one that looks at her creations after we’re done them,  upload them on our computers and want to add or fix things???  lol.  I drive myself nuts doing that all the time…..geesh!!!

 

This is my favorite card so far.  I inked the front of the card with some Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Ink and then stamped my new background stamp onto the front of it.  I love anything with birds and this stamp was on sale at Michael’s and is by Hero Arts – Musical Collage.  I stamped it out a second time and cut the bird out, inked it and pop-dotted it up off the page.  The teal and brown border is a strip of paper from the kit’s scraps that had, what looked like a real cool border, on it.  I attached a narrow piece of lace from my stash under it and really like the look.  I took my distressing tool to the edge of the border scrap and then inked the edges in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  And there are more of those awesome little I Am Roses roses I had in my stash that I had to use.  The brighter orange one came that color and the other two I spritzed with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays to get a slightly different color than what they were.  Have I told you just how much I love my Lindy’s products??  lol.  I used Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist on the bigger one ( it was a sort of Taupe brown color before I spritzed it and the other smaller orange one was also orange…..until it met up with the same mister.  The sentiment is stamped on a die cut from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags set and inked with some Vintage Photo and pop-dotted on.  The chocolate brown half back pearls were also from my stash.

So, there you have my cards I put together.  I hope they give you some inspiration to grab some paper and get to creating something yourself!!  I’d love to see what you all make with the kit……we learn soooo much from each other when we share what we create.  If you haven’t purchased the July kit yet, there are still a few left so get on over to the store and buy it…..you truly won’t be dissappointed once you get your hands on it and can touch all the goodies and start playing!!!

Chao till next time!!  I have a couple of other projects in my head I want to work on next week……this weekend is to the lake to relax at the cabin!!

Yvonne  :o