Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all having a pleasant holiday.  I made a card to honor those who have served to protect our country and our freedoms.

This picture of soldiers waiting to board a ship reminded me of a story my father told me when he and his fellow airmen were put on the Queen Mary, being sent to fight in WWII.  The ship had been retrofitted to bunk the thousands of men being sent overseas, and I can only imagine what was going through their minds.  Some never returned, and others wondered why they made it back at all.

Again, this is just a small tribute to our military forces, but I want to express my sincerest gratitude to each and every one of you. Thank you!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Smeared & Smudged May 2015 Member Blog Hop: Anything Goes

Hey there everyone, and thanks for stopping by.  It's been awhile since I have done a blog hop with Smeared and Smudged, so I thought I would give it a go again.  This month's challenge is ANYTHING GOES, my favorite theme.  All that is needed is a bit of imagination and some stamps, either rubber or digital. 

 I chose this cool Fairy Dragon Queen digi stamp by Norma J. Burnell that I purchased on Etsy from Fairy Tangle Art.  Isn't she beautiful?

I sized the image to 4"x6", printed on cream card stock, and colored with my Twinkling H20s.  I have provided a list of the colors used in the supplies below.  I used a tiny amount of white gesso to give some highlights to areas I felt needed it.

Next, adhere image to a piece of thin chipboard for stability.  Die cut frame from grey card stock and trim 3/8" all around the edges.  Adhere frame to 5"x7" black card.  Here is a closeup.  I tried to capture the beautiful shimmer of the Twinkling H20s, but it is so hard to do that if you are an amateur photographer, such as myself.

ColourArte TwinklingH20s: Moss Green, Forest Green, Mustard Green
Sweet Lavender, Blue Ice, Mystic Blue
Dreamsicle, Sunflower, Golden Monarch
Almond Beige, Jasmine, Black Cherry
Black Micron Pen
Water brush
Cream, Grey, Black card stock
Spellbinders die:  Majestic Labels 25

Here is a list of the bloggers to make it easy for you to check out all of the awesome creations by these very talented artists.  I know inspiration awaits from each and every one of them.

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop, and have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Mixed Media: Comfort Zone Wall Plaque

Hello dear stamper friends!  This month, the talented Sin City Stamps design team have been sharing some awesome projects using those luscious products from ColourArte.  I combined their beautiful paints with some of Sin City's rubber stamps and die cut shapes.

Today I am going to share a simple but fun wall plaque.
I traced this design onto a piece of thick chipboard and cut it out.
Spread DecoArt Media Modeling Paste through Circle Collage Stencil by Terri Sproul with a spatula.
I applied the paste in three spots, that magic number.  Allow to dry.
Spread more DecoArt Media Modeling Paste through SCS Brick Wall Stencil in three spots, going off the edge of the board.
Once again, allow the paste to dry before proceeding.   You can speed drying time with a heat tool, but be careful or you could get some bubbling.
Spread more DecoArt Media Modeling Paste through a script stencil and allow to dry.
Paint entire board surface with white gesso and let dry.
Spray ColourArte's Shimmering Mists over background:  Honeydew, Ginger Peach, and Snapdragon.  Let dry.
Spray ColourArte's Shimmering Mist Honeydew over the entire background.  It gives the colors a bit of a vintage feel.
Lay out chipboard pieces onto background in a pleasing manner.  Do not glue them down yet.  This is just to give you an idea where to stamp.
Stamp flourishes and crackle background around the base with black archival ink.  Use several sizes of the flourishes to build your own flourishes and extend them.
It does not matter what color your die cuts are because you can make them your own.  First, paint each die cut with a coat of white gesso and let dry.

The chandelier was painted with ColourArte's Mediterranean Blue, edged with Nutmeg daubers.  Then, dimension was added with Peacock Liquid Pearls.
The table was painted with Nutmeg dauber, dabbing over and over, leaving specks that resemble burl wood.  Dimension was added with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
The spiral staircase was painted with the Nutmeg dauber, then Solar Gold Dauber.  More Nutmeg was added to the stairs.  Dimension was added with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Cover the vase with Mediterranean Blue and edge with Nutmeg daubers.  Add dimension with Royal Blue Liquid Pearls.
Cover the lamp base with Mediterranean Blue and edge with Nutmeg daubers.  Cover lamp shade with Bisque Liquid Pearls, applying two coats with your finger and allowing to dry between coats.  Add dimension with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Dab the solid butterfly with Radiant Rain Rich Cobalt, mist with water and dab excess.  Dab top cut out butterfly with Radiant Rain Mallard and edge with Radiant Rain Solar Gold.  Let dry, adhere pieces together.  Add dimension with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Cover the dress form with Nutmeg dauber.  Use finger to dab a very light coat of the Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls over the wire portion, and sponge Vintage Photo distress ink over the wood legs and top.  A bit of dimension was added with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Give the frame an antique gold look by first dabbing with Vintage Photo distress stain, dry, then Radiant Rain Solar Gold dauber, dry, then Radiant Rain Nutmeg dauber, dry.

Die cut a frame using two dies sizes from the Spellbinders die set onto a piece of chipboard.
When you separate the pieces, you will have a frame and a center piece.  Save the center piece for another project.
Die cut a single piece of chipboard and tan card stock from the largest rectangle to be used as your backing piece.  Stamp sentiment onto another piece of tan card stock, center frame piece over image and trace around it with pencil.  Cut away excess card stock, as well as the letters "C" and "s", as shown.   These are the pieces you should have.  
Dab vintage photo distress stain over the chipboard frame, leaving dots of color to look like burl wood.  If you do not gesso the chipboard first, the stain will sink right into the fibers wherever it hits first, giving you these awesome color varia
Dab ColourArte's Solar Gold dabber over the top.
Lightly dab more Nutmeg dauber over the frame to give it a more vintage look.
Adhere frame over stamped card stock, allowing the letters that extend past the frame opening to be seen.  Adhere the second backing piece of chipboard to the back for stability.  Add some dimensional accents with Platinum Liquid Pearls in each corner.
Adhere all chipboard pieces to the base, as shown.  (Some of the photos show a different framed sentiment, which I ultimately changed to the current one).  Edge base with Chestnut Roan chalk ink.
I used Flower Soft™to make flowers and leaves using floral wire and glue, adhering the little flower particles to the wire.  I then inserted them into the vase in the lower left corner.
I found this little metal bird in my stash and knew I needed it to balance my piece.
Paint bird with white gesso, let dry.  Then paint with Radiant Gels Twilight and Stargazer dimensional paints.  Paint beak with Radiant Gels Emperor's Gold, and dry brush a bit over the bird's wings and tail feathers, as well as the breast.  Dot the eye with a black pen, and an even tinier dot with a white gel pen.
Here are a few more closeups.

Sin City Stamps:
Circle Collage Stencil by Terri Sproul
Brick Wall Stencil
Art Journal 3 rubber stamp plate
Sin City Wings rubber stamp plate
Around the House die cuts
In the Bedroom die cuts
Butterfly and Bee die cuts

DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
Liquitex white gesso
ColourArte Radiant Rains Mists:  Honeydew, Ginger Peach, Snapdragon
ColourArte Radiant Rains Daubers:  Mediterranean Blue, Nutmeg, Solar Gold
ColourArte Radiant Gels Dimensional Paints:  Twilight, Stargazer, Emperor's Gold
Flower Soft™(emerald green, baby pink, lavender)
Liquid Pearls Peacock, Platinum Pearl, Bisque
Vintage Photo distress ink and distress stain
Black archival ink
Chestnut Roan chalk ink
Scrap tan cardstock
Metal bird embellishment

I hope you enjoyed my rather lengthy, but picture-filled project today, and that I may have inspired you to take those die cuts and make them your own.  I think you will love how easy it is to change the look of simple shapes with gorgeous paint products from ColourArte.  With the right products, anything is possible.  Of course, the stencils are fabulous fun for adding texture, and the stamps add that extra bit of flair.

Have a wonderful week, and stay crafty, my friends!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Follow This Way to Create

Hello fellow ColourArte-ists, and welcome back for my second post this month.   As you know, we are featuring ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes and Primary Elements Artist Pigments.  You are going to love both of these products!!!  Let me show you!

Lately, I have really been getting into making things to decorate my studio, as well as inspire me.  When I saw this arrow chipboard, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.
Today's project is a chipboard arrow and "create" word.  I am going to hang it on the door to my studio.  

Paint both chipboard pieces with white gesso on the top and sides.  Use mixed media adhesive to glue down the torn pieces of antique ledger paper.

Paint top of arrow with Teal Zircon and Lime Green Silks.  Let dry.

Add a wash of Olive Vine Primary Elements (PE) mixed with gum arabic.  Gum Arabic is a binder which will make the PE stick to the surface. Next, add some Bolivian Blue Silks to bring more blue color back in.  
Paint sides of arrow with Ocean Wave.  
Then use your finger to rub some Nutmeg Silks across the top and sides.
 Here is a closeup of what my background looks like now, but we are not finished.
 I wanted to bring more blue back into it, so I brushed on some Bolivian Blue Silks.
 Here is another closeup of all the colors mixing together.  Lovely, isn't it?  But we still are not finished.
 Spray the entire background with Radiant Rain Pearl Blue shimmering mist.  
 This made the colors run and pool and "marbleize"  Ahh, now I am in love.  Set this aside to dry while we color some chipboard embellishments from Gina's Designs.
 Paint "create" with Cinnamon Brown Silks.

Paint edges of "create" with a mix of Emperor's Gold Silks and Sunflower PE to give it that gorgeous metal look.  No other binders are needed with the PE because the Silks act as the binder for this technique.

Paint gears with the same combination of Emperor's Gold and Sunflower PE.  
 Look at that awesome texture, and how it really looks like metal bits.
 When dry, paint a few of the gears with Nutmeg Silks to give them a copper look.  
Paint the chipboard hand with Ginger Peach Silks and Sunflower PE.  When dry, edge with Nutmeg Silks to grunge it up a bit.

Paint bird body with Ocean Wave Silks.  Use your finger to dab a thicker coat of Ocean Wave onto the upper part of the bird's body and tail, giving some texture and depth. Color bird beak and feet with Emperor's Gold Silks mixed with Sunflower PE.

Paint light bulb with Yellow Rose Silks.  Mix gum arabic with Copper Penny PE and paint bottom portion of light bulb.  Adhere light bulb wire to large light bulb  and adhere each the base.  When the paint is dry, I gave my little birdie an eye by first dabbing a white paint pen on his head, then added black pen lines around that.  You can see it in the closeup photos below.

Add chipboard pieces to the base, as shown in the finished photo above, using Beacon 3-in-1 glue.  One last thing I did was to add a bit more purple and blue onto the background.  I did this my first dipping my finger into each jar of Ginger Flower PE an Mediterranean Blue PE, and dabbing some of the pigment onto the surface.  Then, I sprayed the entire background with Green Pearl shimmering mist.  This not only allowed the pigment to "move", but also acts as a fixative to prevent it from rubbing off, all the while adding a bit more shimmer to the piece.  

And now, for a few closeups.

ColourArte Supplies used:

Silks Acrylic Glaze:

Teal Zircon
Key Lime
Cinnamon Brown
Emperor's Gold
Ginger Peach
Ocean Wave
Yellow Rose
Bolivian Blue

Primary Elements Artist Pigments:

Copper Penny
Mediterranean Blue
Ginger Flower

Radiant Rains Shimmering Mists:

Blue Pearl
Green Pearl

Other Supplies:

Gina's Designs Lasercut Chipboard
Chipboard arrow (Paper Studio)
Chipboard "create"(Paper Studio)
White gesso (Liquitex)
Mixed Media Adhesive (Derivan)
Antique Ledger Paper (Bazzill)
Gum Arabic (Winsor & Newton)
Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive

Well, what do you think?  I hope you like this project and maybe want to make one of these fun signs for your studio door.  And while you are at it, stop by the shop and check out the rest of these gorgeous paint products.  And don't forget, today's the day for you to have a chance to win some free ColourArte product!!!  

You could win these products, and best of all, you get to pick your three colors of the 10 ml jars of Primary Elements Pigments Inks, and you get the the 6 oz. bottle of clear glaze medium.  

Win Free Product Twice a Month 
How do you win? Go to ColourArte  Arte Blog May 15th and 30th. 
Scroll to the bottom of that days post. The rules for the bi-monthly scavenger hunt will be posted. Winner is announced  in 72 hours.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to try some of these fabulous pigments and paints in your next project!

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!