Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paper faces on parade

It's a masquerade!

This month's color challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang was another beautiful palette of color.  Purples are hard for me, mainly because I don't really have any.  But that's what I love about Lindy's, I was able to blend colors to make something work perfectly.

I had an old mask that I wanted to re-do since day one and for some reason this color palette sparked an idea that just fell into place.  

After peeling off all the old hot glue and fabric from the original mask I did a base layer of torn book pages and gel medium, this helped cover all the hot glue residue I couldn't get off.  Over that I used a Crafter's Workshop harlequin stencil and light modeling paste.  While the paste was still wet I added Lindy's embossing powder in Midnight Ruby.  I let the paste dry overnight then heat embossed the powder.

 At this stage I wasn't really a fan of where this was going, the mask didn't go on as well as I had imagined, but I kept going.  I gave the entire mask a light coat of Golden Sleigh Bells and a few spots of A Bit o'Bubbly.  Over all that I sprayed, the sadly discontinued, Cranberry Mist Burgundy.

I used the same colors on some prima leaves then inked the edges with an eggplant chalk ink.  I just used the Cranberry mist on a feather spray that I salvaged from the original mask.  The gems were also salvaged from the original mask.  The flower is a Maya Road that matched perfectly.  

This time I am much happier with how my mask turned out and have no intentions of another re-do!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

As Sure as Sun Turns to Moon

I've mentioned before how much inspiration I draw from music.  I have a whole stack of lyrics that I want to use at some point in time, and I finally used one of my favorites.

I love broadway and musicals, they just make me happy and want to sing out loud.  So when I see a new Broadway soundtrack I don't have, and when that soundtrack is on sale for $2 I just have to snatch them up.  Several years ago my darling hubby found me Tarzan the Broadway soundtrack on sale.  It had just come out on stage-and it was a flop.  But I loved the Disney movie and thought I'd give the music a try.  The music made up for the shoddy costumes and scenery I'd heard so much about.

One song in particular really jumped out "As Sure as Sun Turns to Moon", it is such a sweet song.

I had so much fun creating these pages.  I knew I wanted to use lyrics from the song, and I had just spent a day organizing all my colors. I was intrigued by the idea of mixing various brands of mists and inks to see how well they would play together so I pulled out a variety of blues and golds in mists and paints from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Shimmerz, Tattered Angels, October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp and Tim Holtz and started spraying.

The sun was created using paints from Shimmerz and Twinkling H2Os to build up the color.

I loved how the October Afternoon spray left the small white 'stars' as I was spraying.  I'm not sure if it was a reaction to some tattered angels I had used, or if it had something to do with the gesso'd surface of my journal-either way I loved it.  The moon was a combination of Heidi Swapp and tattered angels spritzed with water for a mottled look and the clouds were created with white faber castell gelatos with dry burshed gesso on top

Overall I love how this turned out and the only thing I would add is maybe a black boarder of gelato to frame it in.  Next time...something to help me warm up in this frigid weather!

Monday, December 29, 2014

All is Bright

I have always loved the Lindy's Stamp Gang monthly color challenges, but for whatever reason I found that the month would just slip away from me before I could finish anything for the challenge.  But after seeing this month's colors I knew I had to find time for it.  It is just such a happy combination.  I have been waiting for a sunny day to come around to get the best photos, but unfortunately we haven't seen the sun here in the last 15 days and I'm running out of December to get these up.

I used Rudolph's Nose Red, Hydrangea Blue, Delphinium Turquoise and a moon glow starburst spray, Wild Honeysuckle from ages ago, it has one of the original labels on it.  

I used some of my favorite Christmas wash tapes to create a collage after spritzing my background, and a vellum tag for the title.  I just loved the subtlety of the snowflakes and how they added a little texture to the page.

Keep your fingers crossed we get some sunshine here so I can get a better photo..eww!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Live Life Dancing Through the Rain

Last week we had the most amazing rainstorm here, and I just love being outside in the rain.  Well most rains.  This was the last rain of before temperatures dropped and we got our first 6 inches of snow.  It was so peaceful watching it rain from my studio window.  It also reminded me of a phrase I read on a piece of patterned paper from My Minds Eye, so with all that inspiration I pulled out my art journal and got started.

I realized while I was working on my background that I didn't have any mists that were the right shade of blue for the whole page so I used my gelatos and a baby wipe.  I did spray first using a darker blue but the baby wipe blended a lot of the drops with the gelatos.

The figure is a stenciled image done in black acrylic paint-I don't actually own this stencil, I borrowed it at a friends house and used it a few times on a piece of vellum.  I fussy cut this one out for my journal.  It was adhered down with softgel and then outlined using a white signo pen.  

I used homemade texture paste but before I removed the stencil I spritzed with Mister Huey's in Seafoam.  

I stamped with bubble wrap and gesso before splattering the whole page with watered down silver acrylic paint.  I pulled out my rusty cursive for the title and highlighted that with a glitter pen. 

The perfect rainy day project!     

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Crooked Beauty

Hi friends, can you believe how fast November is going already??  Yes I know it is only the 7th, but I got an email from my boss yesterday, thoughtful as ever...

20 days
Christmas Day
48 days
New Year Day
55 days
Talk about a slight panic attack!  I haven't even started Christmas gifts yet!  So naturally instead of buckling down last night and coming up with some clever gift ideas I had to retreat to my studio for some fun.  I was sick for most of this week so the only crafty thing I did was lounge on the couch and watch youtube videos.  Yesterday was the first day I felt somewhat normal again so I worked on another spread in my art journal.  

I had started the background at crafty day last weekend and didn't like where it was going, but last night it all kind of fell into place and I grew to love it.

This turned out to be a fun page to do, I had a chance to play with mica flakes and watercolors as well as some pigments to mixed with softgel.

I used a flocked Prima rub, just too bad it ended up going on crooked-that's what an art journal is for though.  

I loved these little birds but the chipboard was thicker than what I wanted in my journal, so I used a brush to dampen the back of them and peeled off one layer at a time until they were thin enough.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Oh Pussycat...

I mentioned last week that I wanted to honor one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows.  She's beautiful, charming, witty and a bit odd-and the top on a long list of characters I wanted to be for Halloween.  So this year I whipped out my sewing machine and 12 yards of fabric to pay homage to one Lily Munster...

Le sigh....just gorgeous!  

I just loved making this, long drappy sleeves and flowy fabric, a little scary to work on at first, I couldn't find a pattern I liked so I made one up, which gave me a chance to make myself some great sleeves!

I just love how it floats-so much fun to wear it.  

I just hope I did her justice...and thanks to my sister for the photo shoot!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seasonal fun

Good afternoon my lovelies!  Fall has lasted so long here in Minnesota, and outside the window of my craft studio I'm seeing our beautiful little maple in all its fall splendor.  My husband even brought me a beautiful leaf he found.  What perfect inspiration for a new project!  I happened to find a pack of 5x7 canvas boards sitting on a shelf at the local craft store-that was all I needed to get going!  That and some Halloween fun...

Love these crazy ladies and their antics!

Over the next few hours I had a great time letting these panels evolve.  And there really is nothing like getting your fingers inky!

All four panels, they will eventually be mounted to matting of some sort and framed, either like this or in a square-thoughts on that?

Spring-lots of light greens and yellows with a touch of pink for those fun spring flowers that we love seeing

Summer, the bright rich greens with a dash of yellow for those dandelions that I secretly love!  

Fall, with its beautiful rich colors, it really is my favorite time of year.

And finally winter...while there are no leaves on most trees during the winter this is probably my favorite of the panels, I love the coolness of it and the glimpses of the pattern paper that can be seen through the gesso.

 Here are a few close ups of  a couple to give you an idea of the texture and colors.  I just love the mottled look of the leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by-and happy early Halloween!