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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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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

Butterflies!! Love them!

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Okay!!  Day 2 of the 90-day Blog Challenge!  I LOOOOVE creating with napkins.  They give fantastic texture to a page if you want them too…..but the patterns and images on them are just so fun and with this particular napkin…..so vibrant and fun!!  I’d found this quote and just had to try it on a journal page.  I love to play with different lettering and was really pleased with how this page turned out!!  There is really nothing more than a couple of pieces of this napkin, some doodling with a black and white pen and my quote.  The colors in this napkin lent itself beautifully to an art journal page and there was really nothing more I could add to it.  Does that make it cheating and not really an “art” journal page…..I don’t know…..and I really don’t care!!!  LOL.

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I just LOVE the colors and the depth of layers of color on these napkins!  I used my Unibal Signo white gel pen which I think is an amazing pen that writes over anything!!!  There is a trick to using it and you have to be patient and write slow…..but it covers like a dang!  The black pen I used on this page was my go to Pilot Perma-Ball pen, which like it’s counterpart will seriously write over anything!  This lettering style I learned from my friend Sandee Setliff in a series of lettering YouTube videos she did.  Here’s a link to her YouTube channel so you can check her videos out!!

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And here’s the full page…..

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So, there is day 2!! Now we’ll see if the post date thingy works…..LOL.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by and any comments.

Here are the other lovely ladies who are also joining in on the challenge:

Tamiko McCurry

Sandee Setliff

Donna Leuders

Sharon Estes

Sandy Beach

Huggss,

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

Mini pieces of art…

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Mini pieces of art…

I haven’t had the desire to work on my bigger Art Journal books the past few weeks so I’ve been spending my time doing Artist Trading Cards (ATC’S).  I’ve been trading some of them all over the US and overseas.  I’ve had fun doing them and they provide an avenue to express myself no matter how small.  I had Kyle’s two little one’s here last night and today so I brought out Owen’s ‘crafting stuff’ and while he ‘cwafted’ I worked on a few atc’s.

I played with my new water-color tubes of paint to see how they worked.  I like them much better than the cake ones I have right now.  For one of the atc’s I used the heart printed tissue paper one of the ladies I’d swapped with had my atc’s she’d made for me wrapped up in.  On another, one of the the ladies I received the atc’s from, made her own envelope out of a brown paper grocery bag, so I used a portion of that as my background for a different atc.

Here’s what I came up with:

This is the one I used my new Pentel Arts watercolor tubes and quite like it.  I also took a couple of my Prima small stamps, some rub on’s that I’ve had forever and made a Spring card.  Seeing how we’re not getting our Spring as far as the weather goes (another 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and last evening), I’m going to enjoy it through my art….lol

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These next two are the ones I made using the supplies from other atc’s I’ve received in the mail.  🙂

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And then there’s the last one.  I love the look of the corrugated cardboard as a base and decided to finally give it a try.  I applied some bright green and blue acrylic paint in random spots and then took some bright green fiber paper and tore pieces to adhere randomly to the card.  I also have this sheet of quotes, which are awesome, that I received from a blog post I was reading.  I’ve use a few of them already and today I added two more to the list of ones used.  They are some of my favorite quotes!

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So there you have it.  A few more mini canvas pieces completed

I’m off to do some more work on my travel atc making kit I’m putting together.

Huggss,

Yvonne

ATC’S

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I think I’ve found a new addiction.  A friend from work and I went to our local Art Gallery this evening where they’re featuring ATC collections from a few different collectors.  What a blast we had!!!  These little 2.5″ x 3.5″ works of art are so much fun.  After the short presentation, we were all given the opportunity to create our own ATC’S if we wanted and then trade them.  As I kinda figured there’d be an opportunity to trade the cards that night, I decided to make a few the night before.  I made 4 and I have to say they were pretty fun to make and took no time at all!

Here are my first 4 ATC’S!!

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This one was made by first collaging on some scraps of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and spritzing it with two of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang spays from the Industrial Chic set in Time Travel Teal and Rusty Lantern Lime.  I added some texture using some of my new Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil.  I also used some black and white Liquitex Basics acrylic paint to stencil on the two step heart from The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called Mini Mixed & Match Hearts.  I distressed the edges of the card with my black Gelato and blended it in.

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This one was also collaged with some Tim Holtz scrap tissue wrap and sprayed with the same Lindy’s sprays.  The butterflies were stamped using my new Faber Castell PITT artist Big Brush pen and were colored in with my Lindy’s Hibiscus Rose Flat Fabio.  I outlined the sentiment with my Uni-bal Signo white gel pen and distressed the border with my black Gelato and blended it in.

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This card was colored using my Faber Castell Gelato’s and blended together.  I used a baby wipe and a Crafter’s Workshop stencil to remove some of the color to add more texture to the card.  I stamped on my Deep Red Bette Davis Eyes stamp with my Big Brush pen along with the sentiment and tiny flowers.  Again the edges were distressed with my black Gelato.

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This last one was also colored using my Gelatos, some color removed through one of my Crafter’s Workshop stencils and a baby wipe.  The dandelion is one of my new Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and the sentiment is from a stamp I bought at Michael’s in the $1.25 bin.  Edges distressed with the black Gelato.

I was able to trade all 4 cards away this evening and have received my very first ATC’S that I already have in my sleeve protector sheet and ready to be put into a binder.

Soooo much fun with these!!  Thanks so much for stopping by…..till next time!!

 

Huggss,

Yvonne

Mail Art

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Mail Art

I had some fun the last couple of evenings following along with Sandee and trying my hand at some mail art.  I’ve been wanting to give it a try for a while now and thought it was about time I did another one of Sandee’s tutorials before she unfriends me!!  Over on the Frosted Designs blog they have a weekly segment called Sunday’s with Sandee, and honestly, if you’ve never checked it out, you need to.  She does amazing work! I’ve been having some fun with layering paints and stamps and tissue paper, etc and thought I’d just keep with that theme for my mail art.  I used my Liquitex Basics acrylic paints, some stamps and my Stazon ink pad.  I also did my doodling with one of my new Pilot Perma Ball pens, which is an amazing and my trusty Unibal Signo white gel pen.  Of course…..how can you do a bunch of layering techniques and not grab the bubble wrap?  I made three envelopes using all the same colors, just different pieces of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap and on one of my envies I used a collage piece as well.

Here’s a peek at mail art #1 – Front

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Envelope #1 – Back

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For envelope #2 I had a scrap of the tissue wrap that had a big butterfly on it….I thought it would look great on the front of the envelope.

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The back of envelope #2

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For envelope #3, I had this collage girl I’ve had sitting on my desk for a while now and I’ve really wanted to use her on something….so this envelope is where she finally found a home.  I tried to mimic the swirls on her dress with the paint…

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And the back of this one…

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So, there you have it.  My little run at mail art…..I think I’m going to have a hard time leaving an envelope plain now!!!  They were a lot of fun!

Thanks for stopping by….till next time!  :o)

Huggss,

Yvonne