Monthly Archives: November 2013

Creative Lettering

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Creative Lettering

I’ve been MIA for the last week or so while I was helping our oldest son hang the drywall on his ceiling of his new house he’s building so he could get the insulation blown into the attic and get the heat turned on.  I have to say I’ve become quite handy with the tools and can handle myself quite well with any of the power tools needed to construct a house and can hammer next to most men.  I have fallen off a ladder in the past and split my thumb open with a hammer…..but we won’t dwell on that…..lol.

I’ve been dying to follow Sandee on her Sunday’s with Sandee video’s and tutorials for the last two weeks here and here on the Frosted Designs Blog.  I finally had a chance this evening to grab my paints and just play.  Actually, I grabbed my Gelato’s and my water-color crayons to be exact.  I made my background following her video tutorial called ‘Going Dotty’ and then grabbed my black Faber Castell Pitt Pens for my lettering following her written tutorial called ‘Typography & Lettering’.  I love to play around with different fonts and this was a particular fun double page spread to do.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I did the background base with some random Gelato’s and dried it.  Then I took my medium-sized dot stencil I made for myself using my Cricut and grabbed some more random Gelato’s and put the circles on.  Then I took another home-made stencil with various sized of larger dots and colored them in with some water-color crayons and blended them in.  I then took my black acrylic paint, my stipple brush and two more home-made stencils being the various sizes and shapes of butterflies and my silhouette lady, all cut out using my Cricut.  I doodled around the larger circles and did my lettering and yup…..calling them both done!  Here’s what each individual page looks like:

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Looking at the pages now I prob should have added some black and/or white small paint splatters and I may still go back in and do that.  We’ll see….lol.

That’s it for now…..I’m off to bed.  Thanks once again for coming by to take a peek.  I appreciate you all very, very much!

Huggss,

Yvonne

I’m not a journaler…..

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I’m not a journaler…..

I really wish I was an everyday, write in my journal kinda gal.  I am not and have tried to be so often, only to have the journal just sit there after a few days being ignored and feeling abandoned.   I was reading one of my friends blogs the other day and she just uses a page in a little art journal every once in a while and journals about her week….her day…..whatever!  There’s no pressure to have to have something written everyday and she has no rules about format.  The particular page she showed had a weeks worth of journaling recap on a two page spread and it looked awesome and also chronicled her week.  I decided to do just that.  Just write about my day when the mood hits me and forget about it if it doesn’t.  I had received some stencils from my mom and played with the flower one and also decided to see if I could incorporate some of the rolls of handmade sort of crinkly paper she’d also given me.  She has a friend that goes over to Thailand quite often and she usually brings back some home-made papers and embellishments when she comes home and shares some with Mom.  They’re very pretty.  Here’s what I came up with.  Not a fantastic page, but I like it none the same and it was perfect for journaling on!

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I’d also received a new shipment of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and decided to turn the page and just spray them down and see what happens.  I LOVED the background it was creating.  I have some book paper scraps where I’d used some alcohol inks on top of a leaf stamp to make some fall leaves and ended up not using them.   I randomly tore them up and ModPodged them to the page.  I continued to spray, add some water to blend them together and sprayed some more!  One of the colors I received was the Toto’s Tornado Black Flat Fabio and was trying to figure out a way to try it without covering up the whole page.  I took one of the stencils I cut myself on my Cricut of random letters.  I also decided to write out some positive affirmation words within each of the letters on the left page from the letter stencil I used.  I like how the original background still shows through the letter stencil.  I did the same thing on the right page and then traced around each letter to define it more.  I love the odd spot of red poking through from the leaves I started out with.

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Here’s a close up showing some of the words and a better view of the background poking through the black.

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The Lindy’s sprays I used were the Jack in the Pulpit Teal, Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Toto’s Tornado Black.

Thanks once again.  :o)

Huggss,

Yvonne

I Am An Artist……

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I Am An Artist……

Four simple words……not ones that I feel comfortable with using to define what I do when I create though.  Over on Mixed Media Mondays with Tracy Weinzapfel she’s given us a challenge.  The challenge is for each of us to embrace the title of Artist and to create a page saying we are indeed an Artist.  When I think of the word artist, I picture in my mind someone who creates amazing pieces of art to sell or hang in galleries……that’s it!  I do not picture myself when I think of the word artist.  The dictionary defines artist:   artist – noun.   1.  a person who creates paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby. So I guess that means Tracy: 1  Me: 0.   So, once again I sat down last night after Tracy’s Ustream class and decided to create a page and write on it “I Am An Artist”.  How hard could it be?!  I grabbed my trusted Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays (one of my Limor Webber enabler vices I now have) and set out to create the page I had in my head.  This time it actually pretty much came out as I’d imagined it!  There’s a first for everything!  When Tracy was creating her page one of the girls on the chat mentioned how her page reminded her of looking into a cave and seeing the light shining in with the beautiful blues of water in the background.  So I grabbed my Time Travel Teal, Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Pineapple Paradise and started spraying my page.  I added some sprays of water to get the colors blending and dripping down the page…..yup…..loved it!  I started out trying to draw some vines of leaves onto the page and then had a brain wave to use a couple of my leaf punches and some book pages.  I sprayed the leaves with some Rusty Lantern Lime and Steampunk Sepia and made some hanging vines with them down the page.  I traced around the leaves with one of my Staedtler Pigment Liner pens to make them pop. I added some drips of the Caribbean Blue, Time Travel Teal, Luscious Lime and the Pineapple Paradise and let them each drip pretty much down the whole page.   Added my list of things that I felt defined me as an artist and then wrote it down…..”I Am An Artist”   Added some white bubble wrap patches and called it done!  Kinda not sold on my white, but it’s okay and on the page now.  lol.  Here’s my page:

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Here’s a close up of the sprays all blending together on the page….I really do love this background.

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Remember when I said, ‘How hard could this be?’.  I had no problem posting this page to the groups Facebook page…..it took me till tonight to write-up a blog post on it as I was still feeling like it was a title I wasn’t feeling worthy of proclaiming.  This little challenge may take a bit longer to sink in than most….lol.

Thank you so much again for sticking with me…..I do appreciate it.  🙂 ❤

Huggss,

Yvonne

Wax on……wax off

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I love the title of this week’s video tutorial on Sunday’s With Sandee from Frosted Designs.  This is her third week doing tutorials for them and I think she’s rocking out the tutorials!!  I’ve really enjoyed playing along with her.  This weeks technique is very cool.  Take the piece of waxed paper you put on the bottom of your box you use to spray embellishments and use it in your art journal!!  Who would have thought?!  Sandee…..that’s who.  My mind just doesn’t think like that and I’m always so happy when I can find others who show me all these cool techniques….lol.  And once again, she give you two different ways to use it!  The first was taking a completely dry (and it MUST be completely dry to do this) spritzed piece of waxed paper and a blank art journal page, spray the inked side of the waxed paper with some water and press it into the page and peel it off.   The second way was to use the actual piece of waxed paper and adhere it to your art journal page.  Check out her video for the detailed instructions on how to accomplish this.  So, check out these two pages!  The one on the left has the background created using the piece of waxed paper spritzed with water and applied to the page…..the page on the right is the actual piece of waxed paper I used for the left side!  Such a contrast again!  I didn’t trust the way I’d adhered the piece of waxed paper to my page so I applied strips of washi tape to the edges just to be sure it stayed in place.   (The sprays I used where from Lindy’s Stamp Gang and I used Mad Hatter Mint, Jack in the Pulpit Teal, Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime, Hibiscus Rose and Pineapple Paradise)

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Here’s a close up of the page on the left……

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I love the soft colors and almost water-color effect it gives.  I did learn you don’t need my spray on the piece of waxed paper and the next time I do this I won’t apply as much.  The wonky honeycomb stencil is from Deco Arts and is one of the ones Sandee picked up for me down in the US and mailed up to me. (along with one of the most beautiful prayer journals she makes and sells at the Art Mob where she lives).  

And here’s a close up of the page on the right…..

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I came across my old Calligraphy pens, nibs and ink the other day and decided to dig it out and use it to write out the quote for this page. 

So, go over and check out Sandee’s video and play along.  This is one technique I’ll be playing with again for sure!!  (instead of just tossing out the pieces of waxed paper when I’m done with them).

Thanks for popping in, as always, I love having you!!  🙂

Huggss,

Yvonne

Sunday’s with Sandee…..to size or not to size

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This is week two of playing along with Sandee on her new weekly Sunday segment at Frosted Designs.   This week she was talking about sizing your paper before you paint on it.  What’s the difference to a page if you Gesso first or if you don’t.  I thought I’d give this little experiment a bit of a test on side by side journal pages.  The page on the left was Gesso’d and the page on the right wasn’t.  i used the same colors although the page on the left was done with mostly the negative of  the stencils I used (the top part of the stencil that collects all the paint/sprays)  I used a couple of the sprays from the Industrial Chic set and then a couple other ones.  I used Shabby Turbine Teal and Rusty Lantern Line from that set and then also added in some Mango Mania Flat Fabio and some Cheshire Cat Cherry Starburst from the Mad Hatter set.  I used a few of my own homemade stencils along with a couple my friend Eve from the Netherlands made for me.  The only thing I did different with the sprays as I added them was when I sprayed the Cheshire Cat Cherry on the page on the right I left it as is and dried it.  The page on the right I sprayed it onto a baby wipe first and then added it to the page through the stencil.  The page was already fairly muted so I didn’t want to chance spraying on such a strong red color directly on the page.  As you can see…..quite a contrast between the two pages.  I added a couple of stencil words and designs in White Acrylic paint.

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Here’s some close ups of the two pages and a couple showing the incredible shimmer they each have.

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Here’s a portion of the shimmery butterfly!

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I tried to keep this post a little shorter…..I didn’t want Sandee’s mind to wander again…..LOL.

Thanks once again for popping in.

Huggss,

Yvonne

One Word….

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A one word page……allot harder than I thought I would be!  I’m not a one word kinda gal…….no comments to that fact please….LOL.  This was a page I’ve been working on and adding to for a few days.  I started out by using one of my paint filled clean up paper towels I’d kept to give the page some awesome texture and color.  I also used one of my home-made stencils and home-made texture past to  put a couple of textured patters down on the page.  I’d used the page to clean off some brushes from my previous page….and that added some interested colors.  And then it sat……now what!?  I’d pick up my book and stare at the page…..nothing.  Then Tracy gave us a one work challenge for a  journal page.  No problem I thought!!  Easy peasy I thought!  Uh huh……not so much.  I decided to use one of my new store-bought stencils from Deco Art – the tree branches one.  I laid it down and sprayed some of my brown tone Lindy`s onto it.  I used a combo of Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist and the Incandescent Copper Moon Shadow Mist.  It needed a few layers to give the tree stencil some definition, especially with all the random paints.  Once I was happy with it I decided the tree needed to be outlined in black…..still not enough definition.  So I decided to grab some green acrylic paint and give the tree and it`s branches some color.  Yup….liked it.  Lots of depth against the brass/copper sprays.  But it looked so plain.    I wanted leaves so I took a couple of pages of book paper and my Alcohol Inks and colored them in fall colors and cut out leaves.  They kinda got lost against the background and didn’t pop like I was expecting them too.  I took some yellow, orange and red paint and layered the three colors onto the leaves…..still not popping.  I shaded the edges with a bit of charcoal pencil…..nope!  No matter what I tried with the leaves to make them pop…..they just didn’t.  The background was too dark.  I didn’t want to leave the tree just bare, and as much as I loved the contrast of the dark background against the green tree, it just wasn’t going to work.  So,  I put a coat of blue acrylic paint over the dark sprays.  It actually covered better than I thought it was going to and I kinda liked the odd piece of the brass or copper poking through.  I took my charcoal pencil to the leaves again and gave them lots of definition.  I decided to use my work for the year….. ‘ believe’ as my one word and took a piece of left over designer paper and sprayed the front of it with my two brown sprays and some Mango Mania Flat Fabio as well.  I stamped the word ‘believe’ and then fussy cut out each letter and adhered it to the bottom of the page with my Beacon Zip Dry.  I traced around each letter with my uni-ball Signo white pen to give them some definition and then with a light tracing of my black fine Faber Castell PITT pen. I painted the insides of the loopy letter with the blue acrylic paint and really loved how that looked!  I fussy cut a BUNCH of flowers out and adhered them to the page as well.  I used my Beacon Fabri-Tac for all the leaves and the flowers.  I also decided to color the flowers in as they were a dull off white and just didn’t seem to belong.  I took my Tea Pot Purple Moonshadow and a paint brush and colored in the flowers…..much better!!  I also fussy cut out a Robin and a nest with three eggs in it.  I colored over the eggs with the Shabby Turbine Teal and the nest I spritzed with some Steampunk Sepia and some Mango Mania.  The Robin i painted in lightly with a brush and some of the Steampunk Sepia and the belly of the bird with a combo of my Mango Mania and Rudolph’s Nose Red Starburst spray.  Adhered them to the page as well and I was pretty much done!

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Here are some additional close-ups to show you the shimmer of that Industrial Chic set and also the awesome texture the paper towels and the texture paste left.

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I also played around with my home-made Gelli Plate this evening too…..I’ll take some pictures of those pages tomorrow.

Thanks for popping your head in!  I do appreciate it!

 

Huggss,

Yvonne