Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Summertime Blues

     Who says there ain't no cure for the Summertime Blues? For me it's the beach or lake, painting/creating, and music, which inspired this art journal page. 

    I also took inspiration from the July 2020 Time Mood Board at Art Daily Cafe.

     I started by adhering torn strips of old sheet music onto my page, and randomly adding Prima white gesso. Then I embossed some script and clock stamps with Ranger (Clear) Embossing Powder. 

     If you're familiar with my work, you probably know how much I love an ombre effect, and painted one here with Lindy's Gang Sprays starting on the bottom with (Tiffany Lou Blue, Ocean Breeze Blue, and Delphinium Turquoise). 

     The paintbrushes were stamped with the Prima (The Archivist Collection) Stamp Set, using Ranger (Jet Black) Archival Ink, embossed with Emerald Creek (Chunky Rust) Baked Texture onto white tissue paper. After tearing around the edges, I adhered it with Prima 3D Matte Gel. 

     I love the rusty effect I got with the paintbrushes, and did it again, minus the tissue paper, to the Creative Embellishments Steampunk Clock Stamp, and the gears and cogs using the Artistic Stamper (Tick Tock) Stamp! The clock hands are from another older stamp embossed with Emerald Creek (Mirror Platinum) Embossing Powder.

     The tiles were embossed with Ranger (Blue Glass) Embossing Powder onto white cardstock.

      Ranger (Blue Glass) Embossing Powder was also used on the Prima Stitched Circles Stamp. To resemble bubbles, I painted them with Art Alchemy Metallique (White Pearl) Paint, and added splatters onto the background. 

     More stamping and embossing was done for the titlework, again, using Ranger's (Blue Glass) and Emerald Creek's (Mirror Platinum) Embossing Powders.

     The wood strips mimic a window, looking out to the sea, and were made from a recycled cracker box, covered with Prima white gesso. Once dry, I applied the same gesso to the Tim Holtz (Woodgrain) Stencil, and painted it with Art Alchemy Metallique (Royal Blue and Midnight Sky) Paints. Then I added more texture with Prima Patina Effect (Blue) Paste and Rust Effect (Red) Paste.  The brads were embossed with Emerald Creek (Mirror Platinum) and also got touches of (Red) Rust Paste. 

     Thanks for dropping by, and stay safe! 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Four Elements ATC's

     The Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are represented on my latest set of ATC's, made with Finnabair Moulds, Metallique Waxes, Art Alchemy Paints, and beads! 

     They came from a deck of regular playing cards, that I covered with white gesso. Once dry, I embossed some stamping with Emerald Creek Boho Blends (Wrought Iron) Embossing Powder.  Then I added some Finnabair Mould pieces and Mini Art Stones, before painting with Art Alchemy Paints. All of the texture was brought out with Metallique Waxes applied with my fingers. I thought (Bronze Age) was perfect to represent the practical Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, shown with the globe stamped with the Stamperia (Around the World) Stamp! 

     The Air Signs of Gemini, Libra, and like myself, Aquarius, have a curious nature, represented by the moon. I just love the blues and purples against the (Vintage Gold) Metallique Wax!

     The energetic Fire Signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are shown here, using (Rich Copper) Metallique Wax.

     The sensitive Water Signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are represented on the last card using (Old Silver) Metallique Wax. Beads were the last step, along with this broken chain I found awhile back.

     Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week! 

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Country View Challenges ~ Do What Makes You Happy (I love making ATC's, working with rich jewels tones and metallics, and painting!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Now Summer is in Flower Art Journal Spread

     Hello and hope you're doing well! I've been busy with this art journal spread, which took longer to make than I wanted, but was well worth it! 

     The colors come from the July Color Challenge at Lindy's Gang

     I started by stamping some script onto my pages, and applying a light coat of white gesso. Then I used a stencil (TCW) with Lindy's (Clearly Clear) Embossing Powder to get the lattice design, and added water and Lindy's Magicals (Yodeling Yellow and Hi Maintenance Magenta).

     The flower petals were stamped onto white tissue paper with Ranger (Jet Black) Archival Ink, and adhered with Prima 3D Matte Gel. Then I painted them with Lindy's Magicals (Polka Purple, Yodeling Yellow, and Hi Maintenance Magenta). 

     Masking tape was used to make the sun rays with a couple of coats of Lindy's Magical (Yodeling Yellow). 

     Then I embossed the rays with zigzags from the Bo Bunny (Stitches) Stamp using Lindy's (Midnight Violet) Embossing Powder.

     The same EP was also used under the journaling strips through pieces of dry wall tape. 

     Thanks so much for stopping by, and take care!

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Believe in the Impossible Postcard

     I'm still fairly new at postcard art, but really love working with the 6" X 4" size! It's perfect for trying new techniques or products, like the Metallic Distress Crayons I tried out here.

     The first step was stamping the checkers and script with some Clear Finnabair Stamps using (Jet Black) Archival Ink. Then I fussy cut all of the images from a sheet of Bo Bunny (Land of Wonder).

     All of the images, a strip of washi tape, and torn pieces of white cardstock were adhered and coated with Ranger Multi Medium Gloss. Then I colored the background with Distress Crayons (Barn Door, Festive Berries, Antique Linen, Seedless Preserves, and Peacock Feathers). Imagining a broken cup, I colored the torn pieces with Black Soot, and rubbed the edges with (Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass) Metallic Distress Crayons. Wanting to bring those pieces out more, I outlined them with (Brushed Pewter and Antiqued Bronze) Distress Spray Stains and splattered some onto the background. 

     The pearls are from a couple of sets of Bo Bunny Jewels, but can't remember where I got the metal gears.

          All I did to the gears were light touches of (Brushed Pewter) Metallic Distress Crayon, which was SO fast and easy, and looks awesome!

     Thanks for looking!

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