Thursday, March 06, 2014

be. brave. you. happy. original. just be.

Good Morning!  
I created a project for the upcoming Mixed Media Madness Retreat and when I was done I had some elements left over and wanted to create a complimentary piece as a second sample for students to get inspiration from.  I wanted to share it with you today. b.r.a.v.e
Texture is such an important element to me whether I am creating it through the use of inks or as I did here with the use of textile fabrics.  I like the organic feel of this piece with the use of burlap, thick raw canvas, and then some sewn elements.  I also threw in some vintage book text and corrugated cardboard as some additional texture.  Many of these items I am sure are laying around your studio and you could easily incorporate them into your project too.  
beautiful how the ink
pools around the stitching.  
I layered some sewing patterns onto the hearts and sprayed them with some Dylusions ink spray, and some perfect pearls, and then topped it off with Distress Crackle Paint.  I chose to paint and spray both the canvas and the burlap also.  
the texture of this section is y.u.m.m.y

For some of the final elements of the piece I grundged (made this word up!) up some buttons so they fit in with the motif. Doodling on a canvas can add such super special element to your work that can bring your artwork to another level.
here are my "grunged" buttons

If you haven't heard about this amazing upcoming retreat click here and read all about it!!
have a brave day.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Simple yet Elegant!

Good Morning Friends!
Last night in the studio I created a quick and easy card that I love the results of.  I have this Queen Anne's Lace stamp from Catherine Scanlon Designs and I have generally always used it as a framework and added watercolor to it.  Today, the card I created used a different approach where I embossed the image with white embossing powder on some really pretty solid paper and the results I think are amazing!

To begin, a trick I like to use when embossing is to run a dryer sheet across my paper to help with any possibility of embossing powder sticking where I don't want it.  It is a household item I always have on hand and it gets the job done!  Next, I simply stamped the full image once with Versamark ink and then stamped only a portion of it a second time.  Sprinkled on the white embossing powder, and used my embossing gun to emboss.  Super simple and very quick.
here are my supplies for that
After that was all set, I wrapped some seam binding around the card and made a sweet bow.  On a simple card like this it allows me to use some embellishments that I have in my stash without the card looking over done.  Finally, I mounted the card front to the base and called it complete! 
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Have a great weekend,