8.17.2017

Psychedelic man

I had a crazy idea while I was painting in my art journal book and it's probably not new. I really don't think there's anything new under the sun as far as techniques or things to upcycle. Anything goes with mixed media so you've probably already seen or tried this yourself. Or maybe I've stumbled onto something I should be patenting or using as my trademark style. 😜

I have my Anne of Avonlea book that I've been messing in & a bunch of Studio 71 acrylics in bright colors & thought 'How about a psychedelic effect with a stamp instead of plain old ink or embossing?' So I set about adding some colors randomly to a page, dried it completely, then started adding black on top.



I already had my gentleman and top hat stamps ready to go because the key is to stamp while the black is wet. When you stamp, really press down to get the black onto your stamp, leaving the colors underneath the stamp pattern. You might have to do it a couple times, wiping off your stamp in between. 


I think the effect was really cool! 


I took the rounded end of a skewer and also printed 'psychedelic man' while the paint was wet. 




When drying all the colors & the black, get your heat gun close to the paint to get some great texture added with bubbling. I also did all the painting with my fingers so I'd get uneven ridges of paint that was thicker in some spots. 


I was pleased with how it turned out and I was just playing around really, not sure what to expect. I think it'll be an awesome affect on a canvas with a harder surface for the stamp. Don't know that it's a unique technique but it's definitely something I'm going to do again! 





8.15.2017

Butterflies are free

Fashionable Stamping Challenges has a challenge going on -  Use Your Inks Any Way You Like. Since they're all about stamping, the main focus has to be on your stamping.

I have some small, empty tins - about 2.5" x 1.75" - and decided to use one as my base. I covered it with clear gesso & found it dried whitish which was fine.


Then I got my stamps & ink together. I had a cute stamp with a couple of butterfly girls which was perfect because I wanted to use a new set of stamps I got from Sin City Stamps called Love of Butterflies.  


I went over the tin with a couple different Art Alchemy waxes before putting everything together and the result, I think, is whimsical & fabulous! 


I stamped the girls on a scrap piece of patterned scrapbook paper, did some fussy cutting, & colored it in with some oil water colors. Some areas of the tin had some thicker areas of gesso which gave it a little texture inside. And look at the patterns within those butterflies - gorgeous! 


I used various sizes of the butterfly stamps & stamped them on regular cardstock with different ink colors and cut them out, adding some ink around the edges. I then mounted them with foam squares. Also added some word phrases. 


On the back, I used a larger butterfly stamp, using first a shade of blue & then stamped over it with black. I drew on some antennas then lightly went over it with a little Art Alchemy wax for some shine and color contrast.  I also used black ink around the tin edges and various areas to grunge it up a little. 


This stamp is so gorgeous - it has writing within the butterfly. 


This little project packs a punch - dimension, color, texture - and most importantly for the challenge, stamps & inks! 










8.14.2017

Whimsical pin cushions

Cork is the challenge going on at Mixed Up Magazine & I've come up with these whimsical pin cushions!  


I'll show you the process for the steampunk version which is my favorite! 

First, I got 3 corks in varying sizes...lucky for me, I collect & upcycle bottles so I have a big stash! 


I picked one that would fit the embellishments I was going to use & painted it with Art-C gold paint. While drying, I got the nozzle right up to the paint so that it would bubble. 


I then decided I wanted to emboss a little bit of the clock face, just for added texture. 


I ran my finger over various areas with Art Alchemy wax & a touch of black distressing ink & started putting everything together. 


I think the end result for all three came out awesome - each has its own style. 


Here's more of the steampunk version. 


I got some creepy doll wood shapes from Etsy, picked one, and framed it. 


I really liked the combo of the paint, the wax, & the ink. It gave it an oxidized look. And the bubbles! 



This next one I covered in a strip of distressed Toile ribbon I had. 



I added some blue wax to the top which matched the color of the fabric - it's really pretty. 


For the last one, I covered it in a fabric swatch (from J. Wecker Frisch - she has AWESOME fabric!), then twisted rusty wire around the neck to secure it, and cut off the excess giving it a ragged look. 


I added a button for fun.... 


These were so easy to make and took no time at all. They'd make great, personalized gifts for a sewing enthusiast or just as decoration! 








8.11.2017

Anything goes with salt dough

There's a reason it's called salt dough - it takes a ton of salt! And believe me - do not sneak a taste, thinking it's yummy sugar cookie dough or something. I don't know how fish live in the salty ocean. 😝

Anywho - and you'll get the 'who' reference in a second - here's Ollie the Owl, my salt dough friend. Get it? Owl?  Who/hoo?  😀

I created Ollie for the Emerald Creek Anything Goes Challenge - he's my 2nd of two entries.  Let me say this: I am in no wise an artist (another owl reference ~ 'wise' 😉). What I mean is painting. Forgive me, Ollie, for not doing you justice like alot of others would have!

Here's naked Ollie after baking - kind of liked him like that.


And Ollie with a coat of white. I liked that even better & thought about keeping him that way. 


But I had to play around so I got out my arsenal of sprays, inks, & waxes & came up with Oh, My Eyes! Ollie (feel free to grab your shades, especially when viewing closeups):


I think now you're getting my not-an-artist-in-terms-of-painting reference. I didn't want to do the regular brown tones, didn't want to do steampunk.  I was just winging it (again with the owl pun)! 


I used various sprays & inks from Tattered Angels to Lindy's to Tim Holtz, using a water brush to control it.  I then went over everything with various Art Alchemy waxes.


I wanted to keep him mainly white but it needed something more than just the flat paint so I just rubbed more Art Alchemy wax all over the white - still kept it light but had a brilliant shine & iridescence.


I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again: those Art Alchemy waxes have an intoxicating scent to me - Ollie smells so good!


As an added bonus, I had leftover dough which I molded using miscellaneous stuff around the house. 

This first one is a small owl I have & I just used his eyes & nose. Maybe I should add a stick to one side & he could be a masquerade mask for a doll. 😀



This next one was a camel head from a brass letter opener I've had for some 40+ yrs when I lived in Greece as a kid. 


This last one is a partial mold from a trivet my daughter sent me from Germany. 



I guess you could say everything is kind of folk artsy and/or kitschy. Again, I apologize to Ollie for not making him as fabulous as he could be. Hopefully, no harm - no fowl. AGAIN with the owl pun! 😎  Until next time, owl be seeing you - I've really got to stop! 







8.10.2017

It's in her gypsy blood

The Canvas Corp #ccbchallenge is going on so Let's Visit the Cinema!  This is the 2nd of two entries for me!    

When I think of the word 'cinema', I think of the old-time movies before the fancy computer-generated imagery and special effects ~~ I'm even talking before sound, my friends.

The Talkies is where it all started & since we're talking Canvas Corp and the fact that they encompass the 7gypsies brand, I had to do something gypsy.


This is an homage to art and gypsies and, more importantly, the contributions of Pola Negri to her art - the cinema! She was the quintessential gypsy of her time in films, starring in Gypsy Blood in 1918.

I found a couple pics of Pola in B&W & added some color in Photoshop. I also added some canvas, acetate film strip, cheesecloth, stitching, and Sari ribbon.


A sentiment from Architextures Parchment Rub-ons...     


A smattering of Tattered Angels Coffee Shop & Iridescent Silver Glimmer Mist adds some sparkle & shine ~~ and you have to have a pair of Angel Wings because gypsies are free spirits...  



A couple more shots in different cinematic tones for your viewing pleasure... thank you for coming & I hope you enjoyed the show!