Saturday, April 25, 2020

All the World's a Stage Postcard

     Hello and hope you're staying well! Just want to share my latest postcard made with Lindy's Gang goodies, a couple of stamps, and a stencil. 

     I started by stamping the (Around the World) Stamperia Stamp onto the top right corner with (Jet Black) Archival Ink. 

     The next step was adding Prima Black Gesso to the (Steampunk Man) Stamperia Stencil. Then I smooshed and painted it all in several layers, starting with Lindy's Gang Sprays (Cafe Au Lait and Golden Doubloons), Magical Shakers (Antique Gold, Antique Bronze, and Bratwurst Brown), and Squirts (Beaver Tail Brown and Poutine Gold). Once it all dried, I reapplied the stencil and used my finger to apply Finnabair Metallique Wax (Vintage Gold) over the black gesso, and (Bronze Age) to the edges. 

     The curtain rod was embossed with Lindy's Gang (King Midas Gold) Embossing Powder onto black cardstock, with the main image representing the curtains with all of the folds of her dress, fussy-cut from a magazine. To create a spotlight, I painted the center with (Poutine Gold) Squirts, and embossed over it with LG (Clearly Clear) Embossing Powder.  

     I printed out the quote for the April Mini Challenge at More Than Words to use the word "All", and finished the edges with Finnabair Metallique (Vintage Gold) Wax. 

     Thanks for looking! 
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Trash to Treasure Shaker Tag

     In honor of Earth Day yesterday, I have a shaker tag that was literally made from trash and turned into treasure! 

    It all started with the leftover packaging from some older Prima Flowers for the Finnabair and Prima Trash to Treasure Recycling Challenge.

     I covered the packaging with Prima Heavy White Gesso, leaving the branding alone.

     But once dry it curled up too much and definitely needed a stronger base to adhere to. So I looked in my trash and at the very top was a box of leftover frozen potato skins (thanks to my son), that was clean and just the right weight. I traced the hole from the flower packaging, covered the outer edges with Prima Black Gesso, and painted them with two coats of Art Alchemy Metallique (Crocus Fields) Paint. The photo below shows the first coat.  

     Back to the Prima packaging, which was given two coats of Art Alchemy Sparks (Dragon's Eye) Paint. Then I masked the branding with a circle sticker, and applied Prima Heavy White Gesso through the new Finnabair (Floral Net) Stencil.

     The beautiful flourish on top was made with the Finnabair (Hollybrook Ironwork) Mould, the flowers with the (Art Noveau) Mould, and the key with the (Keys) Mould, all from paper clay. 

     After a coat of Prima Black Gesso, the flourish and key were painted with one coat of Art Alchemy Sparks (Dragon's Eye) Paint, and finished with Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax (Lucky Emerald). 

     The clear packaging used for the shaker didn't come from Prima, but was the perfect fit for the base of my tag. I did some more recycling with the vase of flowers and canisters that were fussy-cut from an old magazine. The smallest canister was glued to the front of the shaker for dimension. Then I filled it with Prima (Frosted) Mica Flakes, to mimic shattered glass, perhaps from one of those canisters. 

     A garland was made around the shaker with some fibers and purple twine. Half of the twine was given a coat of Art Alchemy Metallique (Crocus Fields) Paint, with two coats used on the flowers, and Sparks (Dragon's Eye) Paint added to the centers. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Finnabair ~ April Art Recipe Challenge (I used Moulds, a Stencil, and Mica Flakes)

Monday, April 20, 2020

Everyday Art Journal Spread

     Are you starting to feel caged in? That's what my latest art journal spread conveys with the chicken wire, and the bugs representing the horrible Coronavirus that's been affecting the whole world! 

     My inspiration took off with the main April Challenge at More Than Words, which was nice since lately I've only been playing in the mini challenges.

     The background started with a coat of Prima Black Gesso, and torn strips from an old dictionary. Once dry, I added Prima White Gesso to The Crafter's Workshop 12" (Chicken Wire) Stencil. Then I stamped the fencing with an older clear Prima Stamp using Ranger (Jet Black) Archival Ink. 

     All of the flowers and bugs were fussy cut from some Graphic 45 (Flutter) papers and glued to my pages. Then I sealed everything with a coat of Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. 

     I went over the stencil work with Distress Crayons (Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mustard Seed) and water, as a challenge to myself since I rarely use them. Then I did some shading around the images with (Black Soot). I had so much fun using them again, and will definitely keep them in mind for future projects! 

     The quote was stamped onto strips of white cardstock with (Jet Black) Archival Ink, and embossed onto black cardstock with Lindy's Gang (Purely White) Embossing Powder. 

     I only used one bird, a diecut from the Bo Bunny (Serendipity Collection) to represent those that are in isolation right now, whether from fighting this disease or staying home, and for each one of us, healthy or not, to find your own inner light and strength. One day we WILL break free of these fences! 

Thanks for looking!

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Spring Bonnets Postcard

     No social distancing here, as these ladies step out in their Spring bonnets, stamped on this mixed media postcard! 

     The colors came from the fantastic April Color Challenge at Lindy's Gang.

     I started by adhering torn strips of white tissue paper and napkins onto my postcard with Prima Marketing Soft Matte Gel. Then I embossed the floral border on the left, with Lindy's Gang (Clearly Clear) Embossing Powder, along with the flowers on the bonnets, after stamping the ladies with Ranger Archival (Jet Black) Ink. 

     The clear embossing appears once you add color, like the Lindy's Gang Sprays (Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, Tibetan Poppy Teal, and Urban Amethyst) that I used straight from the bottle with a paintbrush, to reveal the white background. I did about 3 to 4 coats, waiting for each to completely dry, before adding another.  

     The flowers along the bottom were made with white gesso applied to the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil (Bouquet from Set 47), and after painting, reapplied and embossed with Lindy's Gang (Purely White) Embossing Powder. I also used (Purely White) EP on the dimensional flowers that were layered and finished with pearl micro beads.

     White lace was the finishing touch, added to the bottom of the skirt and dresses. 

     Thanks for looking, and stay safe! 

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Stars and Moons Journal Cover

     The mysterious and magical moon was my inspiration for this journal cover! In this time of sorrow and uncertainty, it's nice to know she's still there. 


     I started with a coat of black gesso applied to the front, side, and back of the journal, with more added through a couple of stencils (The Crafter's Workshop ~ Well-Rounded and Prima Marketing ~ Salvage District). Then I painted it with Art Alchemy Metallique Paints (Midnight Sky and Royal Blue), and gave it some splatters of (Silver Spoon) and Sparks (Dragon's Eye). The back shows this process without the stencil work. I'm SO in love with (Midnight Sky) and highly recommend it, if you don't already have it!

      I just used my fingers to apply Finnabair Metallique Waxes (Old Silver and Vintage Gold) to the edges and stenciled front and side. The stars and moons are made from paper clay using the Finnabair Mould (Stars and Moons). The moons were given a coat of white gesso and painted with Art Alchemy Metallique Paints (Silver Spoon and White Pearl). More texture was given to the crescent moon with Prima Texture Paste (Platinum Crackle), and both phases finished off with the same waxes. 

     The stars also got a coat of white gesso, along with a couple of coats of Art Alchemy Sparks (Dragon's Eye) Paints, and some touches of Finnabair Wax (Old Silver). 

     Blue rhinestones gave some sparkle to some of the stars and moon eyes. 

     I finished it up with a strand of gold elastic along the spine. 

Thanks so much for your visit, and please stay safe! 

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