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Just the way I am…

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Just the way I am…

Day #12. I’ve had my niece and Great Nephew here for a couple of days already and I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying them being here.  And to be able to come down to my studio and play with supplies and have her ‘shop’ in my room of stuff I’m going to purge has been such fun.  She’s a special girl (as all my nieces are) and I’m not taking this visit for granted at all.  I’m so very blessed.  Ethan’s little personality is so stoic. He honestly cracks me up.  He has one look and it’s the cutest look ever.  Even when he cries he really doesn’t cry.  He’s such a content little man and I only wish I had some extra time to take off to be able to spend an entire day with them.

While she was drooling over supplies, I was creating an art journal page in my little recipe book I tore out of a magazine and made into a miniature art journal.  It only has 4 pages in it and I’ve had fun just playing in it.  I found some new napkins at either our Dollar Store or The Bargain Store…and because I don’t have many napkins yet, I thought I better pick them up…..bahahahahaha.

My napkin collection…..

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The new ones I just had to have…..

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See!!!!  You totally would have bought them too…..right?!!!

I decided to use the one with the flower on it this evening and then grabbed my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Color Shots and used some of the colors from both sets Limor Webber designed called Tres Chic and Under The Board Walk. I used the c’est la vie cerise, tilt-a-wheel teal and cafe au lait.  Love these and I think tied in with the brown tones in the napkin quite well.  I sprayed some water color paper with some of the Color Shot color and added some water so the color would just start to tun together.  Then I dried it and drew out a few hearts.  I cut them out, distressed the edges and then colored them with one of my Faber Castell PITT artist pen big brush in Nougat 178.  I adhered them to the page using my Golden Regular Gel (Matte), added some cotton embroidery thread and my little quote.  I added more splatters in the three colors and I was done!

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I love the color combo of browns and blue tones.

Thank you for sticking with me on this ride.  I appreciate your comments and suggestions.  Until tomorrow…..

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Please check out my friends blogs who are also joining me on this #90daysofblogging challenge.  :o)

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Donna Leuders

Sandy Beach

Sharon Estes

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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

Paint swatches?

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Paint swatches?

Soooo, what do you do when you have a BIG box full of a hardware store entire line of old paint swatches??!!  You offer some of them up on a FB Happy Mail group, and then you start looking for ways to incorporate them into your own art work of course!!  I have a homemade art journal I put together using brown paper bags and big legal sized envelopes.  I’ve been using this journal for those wild and crazy ideas you come up with and have absolutely no idea how they’ll turn out or what they’ll look like.  So far, the entries into it have been pretty hideous….lol, but this evening I don’t even really mind this one!  It’s not fantastic, but it’s still pretty cool!

I started with a page I’d been using to slap down any extra paint I had left over on my palette after other mixed media projects, so it really was a mod podge of all colors that didn’t necessarily compliment each other.  The plan was to use it as a base for a background so I wasn’t too concerned with colors or placement when I did it.  I grabbed a couple of stacks of swatches and picked out a few I thought would go with the page.

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I adhered each one to the page using Gel Medium……

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Now this is the part I always forget to take pictures of as I go along!!!  I start creating on the page and just zone out the rest of the world and what I was planning on doing.  So, what I did was i took my big 12×12 Prima Bamboo stencil, some Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and covered the whole page with the stencil.  I then grabbed 4 of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and started adding them randomly to the page over the stencil to tie all the colors together that were poking through beneath the stencil.  Once that was done and dried, I took a flower stencil by Plaid Folkart and sprayed it with my black LIndy’s spray.  I used my Craftsmart white paint pen and outlined the edges of the stencil image to make the flowers ‘pop’ off the page.  Here’s the finished page…..

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I keep looking at it thinking it needs more but can’t think of what to put on it without it looking like a hot mess and overly crowded.  Here are some close-ups of the texture and colors underneath!

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That’s it!!  Easy peasy…..quick and really no thought going into it…..just doing.

Let me know what you think……can I add anything else to it without going overboard?

Hugs,

Yvonne

If the young only knew…..

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If the young only knew…..

On a roll!!  We decided to stay home this weekend instead of going to the cabin.  Our oldest grandson had a hockey tournament today so we decided we’d go watch him play.  He’s 5 and it’s so cute watching them play and try their hardest to skate, handle the puck, pass and shoot while trying to stay upright on their skates.  He sure enjoys it.

After being in a creative slump for a few weeks it just felt so good to sit and create last evening and today.  I had started a double page in my up-cycled encyclopedia I’d picked up at our local Thrift Store and am having so much fun with it.  I had covered the background with a couple of colors of water color and did not like it at all.  I had a few bottle of Tim Holtz Distress Paint and thought, why not?!  Give it a try….there’s always Gesso.  ;o)

I used two colors, Fired Brick and Tarnished Brass.  Added them both fairly liberally to the pages, spritzed it with some water and let the two run together and create these awesome drippage marks.  I adhered my two images I’d fussy cut from some Designer paper, used one of my favorite Prima Stencils (#575946) with my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle to both pages and spritzed it with two colors of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, Steampunk Sepia and Dark Chocolate Truffle.  Once it was dried, I added some Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Glass Bead Glitter Gel in just a few places to add yet more texture and shimmer.  Stamped my quote from the Dylusions set called Quintessential Quote by Ranger using my Nougat FAber Castell PITT artist big brush pen as the stamping ink.  I quite like how this turned out after all.

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This page took a few turns in the making, but am happy with the final result.

Comments are always appreciated.

Huggss,

Yvonne

PRODUCTS USED:

Faber Castell Gesso

Tim Holtz Distress Paint – from my stash

Prima Stone Wall 2 Stencil 6×6

Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays – from Limor’s store and my stash

Dylusions Quintessential Quotes by Ranger

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft PITT artist pen big brush – Nougat

 

 

Through the eyes of a child

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Through the eyes of a child

Do you sometimes wish you still had the innocence of a child when you looked out at the beauty of the world?  At the things around you and to be able to express pure joy without the fear of being judged or laughed at?  It would be nice some days to be able to just let go and be childlike again.  I found this quote and built a page around it.  I decided to work in my Strathmore softcover Mixed Media 5.5″ x 8″ journal that I got from Limor Webber’s store Limor Webber Designs.  I’m really loving this journal.  It only has 90 lb paper in it but the pages are awesome to work on the and the cover is sooo soft!

I pulled out my trusty Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial Chic set….I haven’t used that set in a while and I love the look of these colors.  I also used my clear Gesso for this page and love how it allowed the true colors of them sprays come through and not be muted by a white Gesso.  A few layers…..some stamped images for some background texture and of course, some stencil and modeling paste had to find it’s way onto the page.

I started with the Steampunk Sepia and laid down a layer to start building up my background.  Then I took my Faber Castell PITT artist pen in Cold Grey III and one of my background stamps from my Stampers Anonymous Graph & Croc set and randomly stamped little portions of the stamp.  I really love the absolute subtle look the grey ink gives to the background.  I then took my Black PITT big brush pen and a small script stamp I have and again stamped it randomly onto the pages. I took the Rusty Lantern Lime spray and the Shabby Turbine Teal and sprayed then in just a few spots on the page.

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I had some burlap and tried to make a little banner with them.  They were pretty good before I tried to adhere them to the page with my Gel Medium, but they kind of kept fraying and I kept losing pieces and by the time they were down I sort of had blob triangles….lol.  I fussy cut and tore a few images from some scrapbook paper I had from a grab box I’d received from Limor, too my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and a palette knife and randomly applied some on the areas i wanted my images on the page.  I took my brick stencil and also did some light random brick areas as well.  I colored the burlap, traced around them with my Stabilo All pencil and wet it down with a small amount of water on my brush.

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Took my charcoal pencil and did some shading around the bricks and my Grey PITT pen and did some shading with it around the three images and around the outside edges of the pages.

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I wrote out the quote, added  some black splatters and I was done!

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Off to go and see what else I can get some inspiration from.  I kinda feel like maybe playing with some water color or something….

Thanks again for checking in…..until next time.

Huggsss,

Yvonne

List of products used:

Strathmore Softcover Mixed Media art journal

Liquitex Clear Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Industrial Chic

Stampers Anonymous Graphic & Croc background stamp – my stash

Script stamp – my stash

Burlap – my stash

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen – Cold Grey III

Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen – Black

Stabilo All pencil

Brick stencil – homemade on my Cricut

Liquitex Professional fluid Acrylic – Carbon Black (splatters)

Pilot Perma Ball journalling pen

Catalyst Shaper Tool “01”

A little Paris?

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A little Paris?

This is now the second time I’m doing this post from the start……ugh.  I had it all completed and closed it down and it didn’t save…..:::insert sad emoticon here:::  lol.  So, here we go again!!

I’ve been really enjoying working in my recycled encyclopedia art journal lately.  I don’t know if it’s the size of the pages or the fact that I LOVE the book, but it’s my go to journal lately.  I’d received my new set of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays yesterday and mixed them up at noon so I could come home and just start playing with them.  I received the Under The Boardwalk Flat Fabios that Limor Webber created…..and I have to say they’ve been added to my favorite sets….right along with her Tres Chic and Industrial Chic sets.  That woman knows how to create a pretty amazing color palette.

I started out on these pages by putting a light layer of Gesso over both pages.  Once that was dry I took my Orange Creamsicle, Merry-Go-Round Green and Tilt-A-Wheel Teal and sprayed them randomly on both pages and heat set them.  I then took a sort of ruler Stampin’ Up! background stamp I’ve had in my stash for a while and stamped it randomly on both pages using my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush Pen in Cold Grey III.  This is my new favorite big brush pen…..LOVE the oh so subtle image it leaves.

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I decided to cut out the two main images from my paper napkin and adhered the Eiffel Tower and the stone building to the pages using my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium and heat set it as well.  I then took my new Prima “Bubbles” Stencil  and my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle and applied it to random areas using my favorite tool, the Catalyst Shaper Tool “01 Mini”.  I gave that a heat set and then did some shading with my Stabillo All charcoal pencil around some of the bubbles.

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I also took the charcoal pencil to my two napkin images as I thought they were a little too subtle on the page and I really like the result I achieved!

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I took my Dina Wakley Media “Handwritten Quotes” stamp set and chose two quotes to stamp, one on each page.  I used my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush pen in black as my ink for the stamps.  I love the vivid black this India Ink pen gives you.  I then used the Cold Grey one again to distress the edges of both pages and I’m done!!  I’m really happy with the finished product and really like this double page spread.IMG_3795

I love the the soft colors and the depth the charcoal pencil adds to the page.  I’m thinking I’m going to take the page on the right a re-create it on a canvas.

A list of the products I used and links back to Limor’s store are at the end of this blog post.  Thanks for staying with me!

Huggsss,

Yvonne

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk Flat Fabio spray set

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Prima “Bubbles” Stencil Elements

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush Pen – Cold Greay III

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Stampers PITT Big Brush Pen – Black

Stabillo All charcoal pencil

Dina Wakley Media “Handwritten Quote” stamp set

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

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

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