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Try It Tuesday – #10

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Try It Tuesday – #10

I’m sure my blog is having a heart attack right now as it’s been neglected for so long.  Story of my blog life!!  I’m at my cabin for this week on holidays and therefore cannot edit and upload videos, so it’s back to the good old written and picture tutorial!!.  Sandee Setliff……you should probably just quit reading now….this is going to be a long one!  LOL

This will be a picture heavy post as I took progress photos along the way until I can get home and upload the video.

A very good friend of mine who lives in the same small city as I do has a Facebook group called “All Things Mixed Media – CreativeKady”.  Hop on over and join us.  She does a great job and we are a very active group.  She has a challenge she puts out every second Tuesday and it’s centered around 6 prompts.  She draws from the prompt sticks she created (you can find that video here ) and then posts the prompts and the link to her recorded video of pulling the prompts.  Here is the list of this Try It Tuesday:

  1. Use craft paint
  2. Use a napkin
  3. Use a background stamp
  4. Mythological or fairy tale theme
  5. Use salt technique
  6. Use a font you haven’t used before

I decided to do this prompt on my tags I’ve been working on.  I have a box of flash cards Karen gave me when she was sorting through her teacher’s supplies.  I’ve been having so much fun altering them!  I had paper towel I had used to mop up extra paint with and adhered it to the card with Gel Medium. Here is what I started with:

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Next I sprayed down the card with some water and added some Red Purple acrylic paint by Amsterdam and them sprinkled some salt on it.  I allowed it to dry, and because I’m not the most patient person, I sped up the process with my heat gun.  You can sort of see the result….not what I was hoping, but I think it’s because of the paper towel background it was on.

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And because I can’t waste any left over medium, I sprayed the extra paint with some water and spread it on the craft mat and then wiped it up with a paper towel…..another great background in the making!

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Next, I adhered the napkin wings and my fairy girl to the tag using Mod Podge Gloss.  I wanted the wings to have the same gloss as the magazine girl did.

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After tearing away the excess napkin and magazine, I outlined the wings with my Unibal Signo White Gel pen.  I love how it just made the wings pop!

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And because I never do things in the right order or think ahead to determine what I want the finished product to look like…..I tried to add the background stamp in at this point.  It worked fairly good.  I used a makeup sponge and by gold paint and lightly dabbed it onto my script stamp and added it to the background around my fairy.

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Next, I stamped my image onto a piece of tissue paper.  A little stamping trick I learned from Tracy Weinzapfel, always apply ink to your stamp and stamp it off onto a piece of paper.  Ink it up again and repeat onto a scrap piece of paper.  THEN stamp onto whatever you want the finished stamped image to be on.  As she taught me, ink sticks to ink!  So the more times you ink it up and stamp it off (just stamp it off once before re-inking) the better the image will stamp for you.  As you can see from where my pen is pointing, had I stamped that first image onto my tissue paper, I’d of been stamping it again as the one work didn’t stamp out clearly.

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I tore out the sentiment as I find a torn edge will blend into the background better than a clean cut edge and I didn’t want the tissue paper to be all that noticeable.  I took my same gold paint and edged the entire card just to finish it off.  The sentiment stamp I used is one I’ve had for a long time and have never used…..ask Karen about that.  I have a few supplies I’ve purchased and have still never used them.  She is helping me get better at using what I have before I purchase more….sort of…..lol

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Thank you for coming along with my tag creation.  I’m off to finish the other side of this tag and then I can say I have another one complete!!

As always, I love to read your comments.  I’ll come back and add my YouTube video of this process once I get home and can edit it.

Hugs,

Yvonne.  🙂

 

 

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The Sky’s the Limit….

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The Sky’s the Limit….

How true is that…..the sky truly is the limit as we’re often more limited by our own hesitations/beliefs in ourselves than by anything around us.  I’ve been busy creating so far this year and having so much fun in a couple of groups again.  It seemed I really struggled last year finding a balance between creating art and my family.  My word for 2016 is balance……but that’s a whole other post.

I was over at my art friend, Karen Burchill’s studio this evening and decided to work on my week 3 prompt for the Facebook group called, Journal 52.  Week 4’s prompt is “Explore or Celebrate the full moon in your art journal”.  I was looking through Pinterest and found a couple of quotes that resonated with me and finally narrowed it down to this one.  I wanted to create a night scene with soft, fluffy clouds surrounding the moon.  I used my acrylic paints and started with my Metallic Blue by Artist’s Loft mixed with a tiny bit of my Titanium White by Liqutex Basics and applied the paint to the page with my fingers.  I then outlined the page with my Prussian Blue by Grumbacher.

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I then blended it out further with more of the metallic Blue and Titanium White and started to add the ‘moon’ with the white paint.

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I wasn’t very happy with the wispy feel so I came in with more of the three colors mixed and smoothed out the background a bit.  I also added some wispy clouds using my fingers with a mixture of the metallic Blue and the Titanium White.  I just ‘tapped’ my fingers on the page to create the ‘fluffs’ in the clouds using the white to highlight the ‘fluffs’.  (Real technical, huh?  LOL)

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In consultation with Karen, she suggested I add yellow and that’s exactly what it needed! I added a mixture of the Titanium White with Naples Yellow Hue and filled in my white moon with my fingers.  I also took the yellow out very faintly into the clouds to suggest a yellow moonlight highlight to the clouds.  I then decided the moon needed a bit of shimmer, so I added a layer of Iridescent Medium by Artist’s Loft over the yellow.

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Now it was time for the quote, which I handwrote myself using Karen’s Pocha pen (no idea if that’s what it’s called…..cause that doesn’t look right…..lol)?

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I’m so please with this finished product!  Off to post it to a few of the Facebook groups I’m in.  Till next time friends and please feel free to comment (I love reading comments) and subscribe to get notifications when I post a new blog post!

Much love,

Yvonne

“Storms make trees” Art Journal page

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“Storms make trees” Art Journal page

Hello strangers.  I know I say this often….my poor neglected blog.  ;o)  I’ve been playing allot in my journal and have quite a few pages and canvas’s to catch up on.

This particular page started out with a bunch of very yummy texture.  I was at our cabin in the woods (I just love typing that…lol) and used my wall compound and a palette knife to apply the texture.

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I had an initial idea to not cover the entire page with paint….to leave some white space….to have some of the text of the Tim Holtz tissue paper I used show through on the finished page.  Ya, I actually think it’s impossible for me to leave white space….lol.  Check out some of the amazing texture I achieved on this piece!!!

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I truly love this page and hope you do as well!  Please check out this link to my YouTube to follow along on my process to create this page.  My Therapy Room.  Here’s the final result!

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Thank you for taking the time to join me.  As always, I appreciate your comments and do my best to reply to each one.  Mwahhh.

Yvonne

Circle crazy….

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Circle crazy….

Day 13!!!  So, my little man and my niece left this morning to head back home.  I’m sure going to miss that little guy!  It didn’t take long for him to steal my heart.

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I have another page in my little recipe booklet art journal to share.  This one was a fun technique that I learned in one of Limor Webber Mixed Media Creative Club video tutorials a few months ago and I’ve gone back to it a few times since that time.  I won’t go into allot of detail as it was a paid class.   I do love the layers on this piece and the couple of Izink colors I have really pop on this page.  That Yellow is to die for.

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There it is…..short and sweet.  No journaling on it,  I’m hoping to be able to find time to blog this weekend…..that is the plan!  I’m sure with three of my grandbabies up there I should have no shortage of things to blog about.

Till tomorrow.

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Here are my friends 90daysofblogging blogs!!

Donna McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Donna Leuders

Sandy Beach

Sharon Estes

Extraordinary……Strong……

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Extraordinary……Strong……

Day #12.  This was the last evening with my niece and her little guy.  He’s such a sweetheart and I’m going to miss them both!!  He’s such an easy kid to have around.  I snuck some snuggles and  pictures in and even got a bit of a smile….blurry picture of course….but it’s a smile!!

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I’ll get more snuggles with this little man in Sept…..although he’ll probably be walking by then and I’ll have to chase him down to get the snuggles.

The page I’m going to share today is one I did last year and was the first page I created in my little recipe booklet art journal.  It was my first kick at the can at trying to do a collage with magazine images.  I colored the background with acrylic paints and then started to pick out my images and finishing them off with some doodling.  This was a fun page to do and I quite liked it when it was all done.  Added some background stamps and some scribbles.  Did some shading with my Stabilo All pencil….

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Even put a UPC symbol on the page….lol.  Some punched circles from one of my magazine pages.  There’s allot  going on with this page!!

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It’s funny, when I look at this page I remember choosing the words and phrases to go on it and thinking they’d be my mantra.  To be “Extraordinary Everyday”.  That I was an “Inspiring Artist”.  I’d like to think I”m “Strong”.  I put a “piece of myself” in every creation I make.  And often, my page will “set the mood” for whatever I’m going through at that time.  Do I hit the mark everyday…..depends what my inner critic is telling me.  Sometimes I feel Extraordinary….sometimes not so much.  I think I’ll always be an Inspiring Artist….lol.  And I’m probably Stronger than I think.  Pretty fitting cover I think.

Okay, that’s it for today.  We’re headed off to the cabin this weekend with our oldest and his family so I’m thinking I should have lots to blog about this weekend.  Until tomorrow…..peace out!

Huggss,

Yvonne

Please check out what my friends on this blogging journey are up to today.

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Donna Leuders

Sandy Beach

Sharon Estes

Extraordinary……Strong……

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Day #12.  This was the last evening with my niece and her little guy.  He’s such a sweetheart and I’m going to miss them both!!  He’s such an easy kid to have around.  I snuck some snuggles and  pictures in and even got a bit of a smile….blurry picture of course….but it’s a smile!!

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I’ll get more snuggles with this little man in Sept…..although he’ll probably be walking by then and I’ll have to chase him down to get the snuggles.

The page I’m going to share today is one I did last year and was the first page I created in my little recipe booklet art journal.  It was my first kick at the can at trying to do a collage with magazine images.  I colored the background with acrylic paints and then started to pick out my images and finishing them off with some doodling.  This was a fun page to do and I quite liked it when it was all done.  Added some background stamps and some scribbles.  Did some shading with my Stabilo All pencil….

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Even put a UPC symbol on the page….lol.  Some punched circles from one of my magazine pages.  There’s allot  going on with this page!!

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It’s funny, when I look at this page I remember choosing the words and phrases to go on it and thinking they’d be my mantra.  To be “Extraordinary Everyday”.  That I was an “Inspiring Artist”.  I’d like to think I”m “Strong”.  I put a “piece of myself” in every creation I make.  And often, my page will “set the mood” for whatever I’m going through at that time.  Do I hit the mark everyday…..depends what my inner critic is telling me.  Sometimes I feel Extraordinary….sometimes not so much.  I think I’ll always be an Inspiring Artist….lol.  And I’m probably Stronger than I think.  Pretty fitting cover I think.

Okay, that’s it for today.  We’re headed off to the cabin this weekend with our oldest and his family so I’m thinking I should have lots to blog about this weekend.  Until tomorrow…..peace out!

Huggss,

Yvonne

Please check out what my friends on this blogging journey are up to today.

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Donna Leuders

Sandy Beach

Sharon Estes

Choosing to shine

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Choosing to shine

I’m on day number 6 in my #90daysofblogging !!  I’m seriously going to run out of things to blog about!  There may be a few posts where I just ramble…..about nothing…..at all…..hmmmm.

I tried my hand at another magazine collage art journal page.  No prompt cards……just sitting and creating from the heart.  I kind of wanted the background to have a sort of rough textured wall look.  I used my Super Heavy Gesso by Liquitex and applied it with a palette knife to give it the look I was looking for.  I took three of my Liquitex Basics acrylic paints in Burnt Siena, Burnt Umber and Yellow Oxide and used a sponge and applied the paint to cover the background completely.  I adhered the girl onto the page with my Golden Gel Medium.  I wanted to doodle on her and began with just the whispy lines in her hair….one thing lead to another…..and she was covered in dots!!  I quite like it and was okay with the look.  I’m not sure now I should have added the brick stencil….it’s okay, but I’m wondering if I would like it better without the white brick.  I may at some time go back and maybe add some color to them…..or not….lol.  I loved the quote and just felt it really applied to this page, especially with the ray of sunlight beaming across her face.  “If you don’t SHINE you’re just dull.  Choose to SHINE.”  Fitting, don’t you think?!  I’m not one to go out into a room and shine.  I much prefer to ‘observe’.  It’s not that I don’t go and talk to people…..I’m kind of a chatty one when you get me going…..I just don’t like the lime light on me……at all!

Here’s some close ups of the page and the final result….

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I love the look of collaged magazine images and there is one artist on YouTube who I love to watch.  I love what she does with her pages and love her style.  Check out her channel!  She goes by PackerDi.

So, day 6 of blogging is done…..what the heck am I going to do tomorrow?!!  lol

Thank you so much for sticking with me on this journey…..soooo appreciated.  Please feel free to let me know you were here.  😉

Also, take some time to check out my friends blogs who are also on this 90 day challenge with me.

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Donna Leuders

Sharon Estes

Sandy Beach

90-day Blog Challenge!!!

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90-day Blog Challenge!!!

Really?!!  What have I gotten myself into??!!  So I’ve agreed to join 4 or so friends from a Facebook group called Mixing It Up Everyday where one of the members, Tamiko McCurry, challenged herself to 90 days of blog posting.  Not very long after, more and more of us joined in.  I’m off to a good start as I’m already a day late in starting….lol.  So I’m just going to say my start date was May 2nd.  My blog is something I haven’t been paying too much attention to lately and I’d love to grow my followers and that’s pretty hard to do when you’re only posting once a month!!  So, needless to say I have a ‘few’ projects that have never been posted and it’s time to get caught up.

This particular page takes me all the way back to Sept of 2014.  I’d gone to Edmonton to visit Limor Webber of Limor Webber Designs and take a small class by her and the following day we spent creating. This page was done using some Dina Wakely acrylic paints and I’m not even sure of the names of them.  I started out by adhering strips of paper randomly to the page and then started to apply the paint using my fingers.  Fun process!!  I added some whipped spackle through one of Limor’s stencils, some background stamps.  I stamped the quote out on some cardstock, cut it out and added it to the page.  Love the color combo!!

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So…..post #1 done.  I think I’m going to try and figure out how to post date some more…..give me some breathing room!!  LOL

As always, I appreciate any comments and thank you so much for stopping by.

Here are the links to the other blogs who are also participating in this challenge.

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Sandy Beach 

Donna Leuders

Sharon Estes

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Dream Catcher

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Dream Catcher

You know when you get that drive and desire to create so you sit down at your work area and begin to look at your supplies.   Your heart is needing that art fix…..the therapy session…..but your brain just can’t seem to find the motivation to do a thing.  You spend the evening moving supplies around and accomplishing nothing.  That’s been me for the past few weeks…..and I hated it!!!  lol.  Limor released her January Mixed Media Creative Club on the 15th and I finally decided last evening I was just going to grab some paint and slap it down and that’s literally what I did!  My mom gave me the Canson Mix Media 7″ x 10″ art journal for Christmas so I took it completely apart because I wanted this journal to have to entire page painted and not have the white space at the edge where the coils go through the page.  I hope I made the right decision on that as I now have a pile of blank pages on my shelf that all need to find their way back into this journal as they’re completed!!  Fingers crossed!

So luckily for me, the technique Limor taught us this month asked us to do just that…..slap paint down on a canvas or page and once I was done with the original slap down, I sat back and looked at it and thought….ewwwww.  LOL  Then we added layers and layers of stencils and more paint.  I was still kinda looking at it like it was a hot mess….but I trusted Limor and her process.

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After this was done the fun part started where we began to sketch out our Dream Catcher.  I should have taken a picture of this step but I always forget to take progress pics.  😦  Once it was sketched onto the page we began filling in the page to leave our Dream Catcher the focal point.  Very cool…..but I forgot about the inside of my Dream Catcher….

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Of course, I’d already cleaned all my brushes and put my paints away…..ugh.  So out came the brush and paints again and I finished it off.  I quite like it!  Yet another technique I’d love to try on a canvas but just can’t bring myself to trust in my abilities yet to do that.  Here’s my finished page….

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I might go around the edges with some black yet…..can’t quite decide on that yet so I’m going to leave it for a few days and come back to it.  Most of the supplies I used for this came from Limor Webber store…..link found here.I’ll put a list of products used and links to the store below.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.  If you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet I’d appreciate that too!  Until the next post…..

Huggss,

Yvonne

 

Products used:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 Stencil Well Rounded

Crafter’s Workshop Template 6″ x 6″ – Mini Fancy Feathers – used it for the shape of the feathers only.

Crafter’s Workshop Stencils “Mini xoxo” 6″ x 6″

Tim Holtz Stencil “Cargo”

Tim Holtz Stencil “Burlap”

Stabilo All pencil

My own acrylic paints and brushes.

Memories…

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Memories…

I had so much fun playing with the Vaseline technique Limor Webber taught us that I just had to try it one more time, but on a canvas this time. Here’s a link to her Ustream class where she taught us the technique if you’re interested.  Art Journaling With Limor Webber.  I wanted to do a quote type of canvas with this one and am a bit on the fence with it.  Not sure I should have put the faux screws on it….and if so, not sure I should have put paint on each one of them.  Oh well…..one more thing to tuck into the ‘things I’ve learned’ vault.  ;o)

I used my Liquitex Basics Acrylic paints for this and used the colors Burnt Umber, Bright Aqua Green, Unbleached Titanium and Titanium White.  I mixed a batch of the Titanium White with the Unbleached Titanium White to make a lighter shade for the last coat.  I hand-wrote out the quote using my Pilot PermaBall pen.  I attached some Prima Free Spirit Wood Embellishments and Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings screws.

Here are some close ups of the embellishments and the layers of paint:

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And here’s the final canvas.

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There is a local new store in town that is specializing in antiques and vintage looking merchandise.  She’s asked me to bring her some canvas’s and she’ll sell them.  We’ll see how well the last two canvas’s I made sell…..lol.  It would be the first time I’d ever sold anything but a card.  Not going to hold my breath.  ;o)

Thanks for coming by again…..until next time.  Please feel free to leave me comments, as I do appreciate them.  ❤

Huggss,

Yvonne

Products used:

Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso

Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Prima Free Spirit Wood Embellishments (from my stash)

Prima Tiny Junkyard Findings (from my stash)