Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mixed Media: Halloween Home Decor Canvas

Welcome all!  Today I wasnt to share a hauntingly spooky canvas wall hanging for Halloween.  I love mixed media and I seem to always be learning new ways to combine them.  When I saw this 31 Wall Art chipboard piece from Gina's Designs Lasercuts, I knew it would make a fabulous home decor item.  

Paint the 31 Wall Art piece with DecoArt Media Carbon Black.  
Add a layer of Liquitex coarse texture gel to the numbers only.  Add a few details to the cat.
Add a wash of DecoArt Media Interference Gold over the numbers.  Glue a piece of shiny gold card stock behind the cat's eye's and nose openings for a spooky effect.
Use your finger to add DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream, first with Patina Green, then hit the high spots withe the DecoArt Media Carbon Black Antiquing Cream.
And here is a close-up picture of that ghoulish texture.
Now to prepare the canvas background.  Paint an 8x10 canvas with DecoArt Carbon Chalky Finish.
Tear a piece of spiderweb scrapbook paper slightly smaller than the canvas and adhere.
Paint randomly, as shown, with DecoArt Media Carbon Black.  
Combine 80% DecoArt Media Crackle Paste with 20% DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Cadmium Red Hue and spread over painted areas with spatula.  
Brush a light coat of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Cadmium Red Hue over the cracked areas.
Still not quite orange enough, so I sponged over with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Primary Yellow.
Sponge over the cracks with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinachridone Violet, than apply a light coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Umber for depth and dimension.
Cut the hanging spider and witch's hat from the Border: Halloween set and paint black.  Also paint the largest spider web from the Spiderweb Shape Set.
I used my finger to dab a mix of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic  Phthalo Green-Yellow with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Primary Yellow, then applied Stickles Lime Green glitter glue, as shown.  I also added a red dot to the body of the hanging spider and adhered each to the canvas, as shown.
I painted a hat band with a mix of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Umber and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Titanium White.  Details were added to the hat with a dry brushing of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Interference Gold.

Supplies used:

Gina's Designs Lasercuts
Border Halloween
31 Wall Art 
Spiderweb Shape Set

Black Gesso (Liquitex)
Carbon Chalky Finish (DecoArt)
Coarse Texture Gel (Liquitex)
Authentique Spellbound Spiderweb 12x12 paper

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Primary Yellow
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Cadmium Red Hue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Umber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Titanium White
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic  Phthalo Green-Yellow
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinachridone Violet
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Interference Gold
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Patina Green
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Carbon Black
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
DecoArt Decoupage

Stickles Lime Green glitter glue

Check out Gina's Designs newest chipboard shapes, not only for Halloween, but for just about all of your creative needs!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, I hope you have a wonderful, creative weekend.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Monthly Blog Hop: October 2015

Welcome to the October Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop! You should be coming to my blog from the ever-so-talented Teresa's blog.  After visiting me, hop over to the very creative Marisa's blog next! To start at the beginning of the hop, and for the full list of Bloggers, go to Gloria's Blog.  

I found this teapot shaped chipboard mini in the Michael's dollar bin some time ago. I bought several of them to use as mini albums with different themes.  Quite a few years ago, I found this pretty paper from Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) called Linen Closet.  Then I was on this Alice in Wonderland kick and found collage images, stamps, printed fabric, etc., from various sources which shall remain nameless since I cannot remember them any more.  In any case, I hoarded them for awhile, until I came across (unearthed) my stash of chipboard teapots.  Well, as they say, the rest is history.

I present to you my Alice's Adventures in Wonderland mini album. I did a lot of fussy cutting, some appropriate die-cutting, and embellished with a variety of "stuff" I had been hoarding, or perhaps waiting for just the appropriate project.  Well, that sounds like a plausible story, so I think I'll keep it.

Front cover

Inside front cover and Page 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Page 7 and inside back cover

Back cover

Here is the list of the participating Bloggers. Make sure to hop along and say hello! 

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:
Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Vicki Robertson
Debbie Seyer
Ginny Nemchak 
Pam Bray
Jacquie Southas
Glenda Brooks
Amber Milone
Tracey Sabella
Donna Idlet
Bonnie Garby
Nancy Dynes
Wendi Robinson
Teresa Horner
Kathy Clement (on vacation, hop on to Barbara's Blog)
Jan Ennenga (on vacation, hop on to Barbara's Blog)
Barbara Rankin
Karen Zueger-Brownell (on vacation, hop on to Marisa's Blog)
Marisa Job
Christy Houser

I hope we have inspired you to join us every month and de-hoard those supplies! 

Have a wonderful and creative weekend, but most of all, have fun!!!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Mixed Media: Think Pink Art for Breast Cancer Awareness Journal Page

Welcome, my fellow ColourArte-ists!  As most of you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  So, today's blog post is all about thinking pink.  I have made a video tutorial for you to watch my process as I transform a chipboard art journal page using this theme, as well as those awesome shimmering watercolors we've come to know as Twinkling H20s (aka Twinks), and a fabulously fun water droplet texture stamp from Designs by Ryn, our sponsor this month.  These stamps are high quality, deeply etched, and stamped with precision.

So, grab yourself a beverage, sit back, and enjoy the video.  Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my youtube channel if you like the video and want to see more projects!


ColourArte Think  Pink Twinkling H20s set (contains Dreams Bloom, Good News, Hopeful Honeysuckle, Lucky Apple, Courageous, Luv U Pink)
Colourarte Twinkling H20s Sky Blue and Wintermist Gray
The Crafter's Workshop 12x12 Exploration stencil
Design's by Ryn Water Droplets texture stamp
Derivan Mixed Media Adhesive
Golden Light Molding Paste
#2 Round brush
1/2" angle shader brush
Versafine Deep Lagoon Ink Pad
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Colorbox Charcoal Chalk Ink Pad
Prima #555382 Alphabet stickers
Prima Script paper pad

In honor of those we know who have battled with this disease, please be sure to make a generous donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

I hope you enjoyed my video project today, and please visit both ColourArte  and Designs by Ryn for some fabulous products to use in your next art project.

Happy October to you all!!!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

House of Cards October 2015 Monthly Challenge: Add Texture and/or Color

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a new monthly challenge here at House of Cards.  I so enjoy seeing all the creations each month, not only from the design team, but also from you, the challenge participants.

This month's challenge is ...

Add texture &/or Color Challenge
autumn palette

While I certainly love texture, and I love these gorgeous Fall colors, I had no trouble working with this theme.  I was able to combine a bit of both in my Autumn Splendor card.  

I layered the print paper onto a dark green card base, and fussy cut the apples from the Apple Cider Orchard paper, layering with foam tape.  I adhered a ribbon, some burlap paper (for texture), and some acrylic leaves.  I also punched some leaves from olive green card stock, adding a bit of shimmer by touching them to the Delicate gold ink pad before arranging them around my apples.  Pretty simple, eh?
Supplies used:

Dark Green card stock
Olive Green card stock 
Autumn Splendor papers, ribbon, wooden tag (Making Memories)
Apple Cider Orchard 12x12 paper (Bo Bunny)
Burlap paper scraps
Ink Pads:  Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Delicata Gold
Black pen
Acrylic Maple Leaves (Hobby Lobby)
Glossy Accents
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
McGill leaf punch

hope you enjoyed my card this month and that I have been able to inspire and entice you to play along with us in this month's challenge, which can be seen by clicking here..
Thanks for stopping by, and please come back on the 3rd of the month for MORE inspiration from this very talented Design Team!  We hope you join in the fun, too--please check out our House Rules HERE before linking up!  I can't wait to see your creations!

Barbara xo

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mixed Media Tag: Authentic

Hey there, ColourArte-ists!  I have a summery tag to share today.  I suppose it is my one last attempt at hanging on to the the warm weather.  In spite of the fact that I love Fall, I love that period of time just before the chill in the air hits.  I just received this beautiful stamp for my birthday and the amazing water droplets stamp from Designs by Ryn in my design team package, and I could not wait to use them with my beautiful ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes.  A very dear friend and talented artist, Pam Bray, gave me a quick lesson on side-loading a paint brush, so here is my feeble, but not too bad, attempt at shading.    


Stamp Divine flower stamp onto a piece of 4" x 9" acrylic paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, let dry thoroughly.
Using a damp brush, pick up Apricot Nectar Silks and color in both the flowers and buds.  Add shading with a side-loading brush technique, using more water for a lighter color, and less water for a deeper color.   As you can see in the photo below, one color was used on all flowers, but color variations were obtained with the amount of water added.
To obtain depth and dimension, side load a damp brush with Ginger Flower Silks and deepen the edges of the petals where they would be darkest, blending into the flower petals.
Using a small liner brush, color the stems with Moss Green Silks.
Stamp the image onto scrap paper or post it notes, cut out to use as a mask.   Cover each flower petal and bud.
Spread light molding paste through the grungy numbers stencil with a spatula.  Let dry.
Stamp Water Droplets with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and let dry.
To color the background, I used the 1/2" angle shader brush, mixed a dollop of each color with water onto my craft sheet, and spread over the entire background.  Silks Celedon, Carribean Mist, and Wisteria were used.  I kept the blue of the Carribean Mist where the water droplets were stamped.
When I got nearer to the flower petals and buds, I brushed the color away from the masks so that I did not get paint underneath them.
The masks protected my painted flowers and petals, as you can see below when I remove the post-it notes.
To add a bit of sparkle to the stenciled numbers, I re-aligned the stencil over them and brushed on Emperor's Gold Radiant Gels.
As you can see below, the effect is subtle but effective.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to pick up the beautiful shimmer with a camera.  It looks amazing in person.
I used a white gel pen to highlight the water droplets.
A tiny dot at the top and a short line at the bottom of the droplet did the trick.  See close-up below.
Cut a giant sized tag (5-1/2" x 1-1/2") from a piece of print paper from the DCWV paper stack.  

Adhere acrylic paper to 4-1/4" x 9-1/4" black card stock.
Mix Silks Clear Medium with Primary Elements China Black and cover metal word band.  Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I just dipped my finger into the glaze, then into the Primary Elements and rubbed it over the word band.  It mixed beautifully, and all I needed was a small amount.
Let dry and sand off some of the black paint with fine sandpaper.
Insert twine through word band holes and wrap around to back.
Turn layer over, run a thin line of Beacon 3-in-1 glue along right edge and add lace.  When you turn it back over, the lace will actually be on the left.
Adhere layer to tag base, add metal watering can embellishment and black alphabet stickers to spell "Divine".  

Cut two lengths of ribbon approximately 8" long and thread through tag hole.

ColourArte supplies used:
Silks Acrylic Glaze:  Apricot Nectar, Ginger Flower, Moss Green, Celedon, Carribean Mist, Wisteria, Clear Acrylic Glaze Medium
Radiant Gels: Emperor's Gold
Primary Elements: China Black

Other supplies used:
Designs by Ryn Water Droplets rubber stamp 
Divine cling stamp (Penny Black )
Strathmore 236lb Linen Finish Acrylic Paper
DCWV Black Currant paper stack
Black card stock
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Colorbox Charcoal ink
Ranger white gel pen
Paper Artsy PS021 numbers stencil
Golden Light Molding Paste
1/2" Angle Shader paint brush
Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal word band
Ribbon:  Camelia Pink (Martha Stewart);  yellow (Stampin' Up)
1/2" wide lace
Metal watering can (Prima or Recollections)
Alphabet Stickers (Prima #555351)
Beacon 3-in-1 glue
Natural twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and while you are at it, I hope you will visit the ColourArte online store.  There is a fantastic sale on the Radiant Rains daubers and mists, so be sure to check it out.  And please take a moment to visit our sponsor, Designs by Ryn.  She has some of the most amazing stamps, all drawn by Ryn.  I was quite impressed with the deeply etched quality of them.  You will not be disappointed.

One last reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you would like to help, you can make a donation here.

Have a wonderful, creative week!


DecoArt Mixed Media Haunts Challenge: Book of Spells

Greetings my macabre-loving friends, and welcome to the first-ever Decoart Media Challenge.  

The DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team are coming together to bring you some hauntingly bizarre and fun inspirational projects this month.  Best of all, you are invited to play along in the Halloween Haunts Challenge Round Up by making and submitting your own project and linking it up to the Decoart Media blog.  The theme, of course, is  “ H a l l o w e e n   H A U N T S :  Zo m b i e s , G o b l i n s , W i t c h e s ... O H M Y ! ​  The challenge runs from 1 October and ends 28 October.  Voting will begin on 30 October, and two winners will be announced via Facebook and the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog on 31 October.

My project today is one I've been wanting to try for some time.  It is a paper maché book entitled "Book of Spells".   I know many artists have made these and are very popular.  I'm just a little slow at getting around to it.  But to make up for it, I have made a video tutorial for you, and I hope you will enjoy watching the process.

Products Used:

Media Black Gesso
Shimmer Violet Mister
Shimmer Turquoise Mister
Primary Yellow Mister
Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Media Fluid Acrylics Gold Interference
Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue
Media Antiquing Cream Medium Grey
Media Antiquing Cream Raw Umber
Media Crackle Glaze Clear
Media Matte Medium

DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Iced Espresso
DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Black Shimmer
DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Cosmic Blue

Supplies used:
Large Paper Maché Book Box (Paper Studio)
White handmade paper
Ravenhead Manor 12x12 paper pad (Recollections) (green/black flock) (purple print/black flock)
Gina's Designs Lasercuts:  Hinge Straps, Spiderweb Shape Set, Book of Spells (coming soon)
Vintage Ravens & Words Stickers (Jolee's)
Halloween Glitter Embellishments Spiders Stickers (Recollections)

I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today.  I think I will continue this project with a part two so I can share some spooky things I plan to add to the book inside, so stay tuned.  If you would like to keep in touch, you can subscribe to my youtube channel by clicking the link.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to play along in the challenge. Click here for all the details.  We want to see what you make!

Have a wonderful, creative week, and Happy Halloween!!!