Wednesday, February 22

Wanderlust: Inspired by Amanda Grace

I've recently finished a class with Amanda Grace of Pilgrim Soul in my Wanderlust journey, and wanted to share what I created based on her inspiration. 


Let me just say, this particular creative journey took a sharp turn in the road, when the first photo I tried the packing tape transfer method with did not turn out well - I think I was a bit overenthusiastic in my scrubbing. So, I had to find another printed photo and came across this one of my mom and two sisters and had a brand new approach.

I started by writing down some memories of this photo in large letters, vertically on my page, then covered them lightly with paint.


I was trying to create a tropical vibe to my colors, and after I had the base down, I dripped blue and yellow from opposite ends, and left some thick blobs in there for texture, that I went back into and did some inscribing.


Once that dried, time to stamp in some designs with black ink, using Seth Apter's new border stamps, and Birgit Koopsen's Punchanella stamp.


Time for some fluid acrylics over the stamped layer, blending with fingers and baby wipes.


Here is the result of my second packing tape transfer photo. Basically, you apply packing tape onto a photo printed on copy paper, trim it and soak it in warm water for about ten minutes, then start rubbing the paper off of the back. As you can see with this one, I think I still rubbed too much, but it is useable.


I adhered the picture with Ultra Matte Varnish, added in strips of masking tape, a bit more paint, and some stamped borders, as well as the stamped sun from Paper Artsy.


Wrote my thoughts in white, and added some white highlights, and thought I was done.



Final thought was to add in some vertical words, and I like that. Done!


It was great to think back to travel adventures I had with these three while my Mom was alive. Now, these sisters and I travel to a destination each year to get together, and remember our Mom.
  
SUPPLIES:

DecoArt:  
Americana Acrylic Paints - Sunny Day, Snow White, Deep Turquoise, Shrimp, Pink Tropics
Fluid Acrylics -Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Cadmium Orange Hue
Mediums - Ultra Matte Varnish
Stamps:
Seth Apter Spotlights and Border Lines
Carabelle Studio Punchanella
Paper Artsy ETS01
Other:
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, brush, mister Dylusians 8x8 journal, white pen, baby wipes, packing and masking tape




Tuesday, February 21

DecoArt Blog today!!


My "Green Man" canvas and tutorial are on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today!! I would love for you to check it out!

Monday, February 20

How About a Road Trip?



Hello Monday!! Are you ready for this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp? Our theme this week is "Transport It" - trains, planes, automobiles, hot air balloons...however you interpret transport is what we would love to see!

I have a road trip on my bucket list - I want to travel Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. one of these days, and stop and visit all of those iconic places along the way, and take lots of photos!  On previous road adventures, we have stopped in at some of the locations on Route 66, and it is like stepping back in time. 

So, in the meantime, I made this tag. When I came across Tim Holtz's Road Trip stamp set in my stash, it called to me and said, "hey, use me for this challenge!" I wanted to use colors that remind me of the Southwest and have a retro feel.


First steps are to stamp some images onto the huge tag with archival ink, and then start blending in the distress inks, and add some water splats.

 

Here I am in the midst of creative chaos! (looks a bit more organized than usual, lol)


I also stamped several images on the heavystock and inked those up to add later. I am not sure what model the car is, but I am imagining and singing "Pink Cadillac" - after all, why not!


I decided to add some journaling to the tag, both to get my thoughts down and to add another layer.



Next step - stencils and Grit Paste. Since you can't heat the grit paste, I had to be patient and let it dry overnight. (it doesn't take that long, but my patience needed it) My plan was to go in with distress crayons and add color to the stenciled images, but I liked it natural - some areas picked up a bit of the ink color. 


Let's add in some more texture with Black Soot and Picket Fence distress paints and the splatter brush.


Talk about finding the perfect embellies - an old Ford vehicle key, an American Tourister luggage key that looks like it is from that era, and the word travel. I dirtied up the keys a bit more with some black soot paint.



details...




I wonder where your adventures will transport you? I hope you join us this week for our newest challenge, and look forward to seeing what you make! 

Simon Says Stamp offers a $50 voucher to one lucky participant! 


SUPPLIES:

                                       
                                       

Simon is on Instagram! Use hashtag #sssmchallenge


I'm wondering what kind of transports the DT is coming up with, aren't you? Be sure to head over to get some fabulous inspiration! 


A great place to shop!!






Sunday, February 19

Love is in the Air at Creative Carte Blanche!



Love is in the Air, and I am joining the challenge at Creative Carte Blanche!

I am getting ready to teach a class to a group of friends, and designed these felt hearts to embroider with colorful floss and buttons. I chose bright happy colors to bring some sunshine into my winter and finished adding the buttons and embroidery before I stitched around it and stuffed it. 

As I worked on my heart, I thought these could look pretty neat on a stick and put in a plant to bring some color into the house.


I love this bright green, and I know it is not the typical color we think of in the month of love! But, I did photograph it in my beautiful tulip plant I received on Valentine's Day! 


Can you tell I am ready for spring?
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Wednesday, February 15

Steampunk Heart under Pressure!



We have a special theme for February for our steampunk challenge, and that is to use your NEW STASH/FORGOTTEN STASH. I used both!! My new stash included Carabelle Studio and Impression Obsession stamps I'd been saving to use, and the awesome duck tape my son gave me for Christmas. I found some forgotten chipboard from BoozyBear when I was decluttering my "studio."

My original plan was to make a steampunk tag using the heart stamp, but it evolved into using parts of the tag and a canvas board, and lacing it up to hold in that heart under pressure! 


Here is my "triptych" opened up. I challenged myself to work outside of my color palette and go into the pink - maybe I should call this "SteamPink."

I started by using a palette knife and adding a thick gesso layer to the canvas and tag, then I went in and added texture by placing the knife into the wet gesso and lifting. I let this dry overnight. 


Ok, going in with the pinks and interference paints - oh my! Can I really do this?


Ok, toning it down a bit with highlights of silver. 


I knew I needed contrast or I would go into pink overdose, so I used teal on the flaps, and by mistake, some of the pink was still on my worktable and got onto the blue. I liked it, so added more! 


I used the teal and silver to paint the chipboard, and laid it all out, along with some metal gears and such after I did some stenciling. 
Think about everything a heart does from pumping blood through our bodies to holding in all the love we get and give. How could a mechanical heart do all this? Only under a LOT of steam pressure to keep it working!!


I added the images I stamped on deli paper (heart, handle, saying) onto the canvas and tags. Originally, I was going to keep the flaps simple, but then found my Impression Obsession Gears stamp, and of course, had to start stamping those all over. Not to stop there, oh no, I found a date stamp and added Feb 14 all over, and dots. 


Here's a TIP: to lace embroidery floss or twine through small holes, wind a bit of tape around the ends to give a bit of stability (like shoelaces) - so much easier!



Just like corsets lace up and "hold the heart in" I wanted to add this element to my piece, so punched holes up and down the flaps and laced them up. All I can say is, I am so thankful corsets are not fashionable today!!




I was looking for a way to attach the flaps to the canvas, and pulled out this cool duck tape I got for Christmas. It turned out to finish off the back beautifully.


"The heart has its reasons, which reason knows not..."



I had a lot of fun creating my Steampunk Heart with Corset, using up forgotten items from my stash, and new goodies. Now, its time for you to dig into your stash to create something steampunk/industrial and share with us this month at SASPC! 

SUPPLIES:


Also Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements stencil



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