Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chalk Board Technique Done Better

Hello! Just wanted to pop in and share my finding... Remember my fish Rolo that did not turn out so hot when I did the Chalk Board technique using pigment ink and heat embossing powder? Well, Dani Rogall, the wonderful owner of the TMTA Challenge blog, urged me to try another way to do it and I did. Check this out:

Dani even has a demonstration video right here using Versamark and Pan Pastels. It's the easiest thing in the world. I couldn't resist adding some sequins and a few wavy lines with my white gel pen, but I kept it pretty simple and monotone as to not distract from the technique.

Here is the back of my Rolo with the Job 12:7-9 Bible verse. I used my Neo 2 crayons and my blender digits (aka fingers), then chose an old marker from my box and went around the edges with it. 

And here it is in its spot on the Dex. I really like how it turned out and at my success at this different technique. I have some of those chalk board greetings phrase stamps but I have always been too intimidated to try them out. Well, no more! And Pan Pastels are quick n easy as well. My only challenge was to fixate and seal them, so I got out my hair spray. Worked like a charm. LOL I even have Pastel Fixative but I was too excited and in a hurry to remember that!

I am entering this Rolo into the same 2 challenges as the others:

Back again tomorrow with an Affirmation Card... Have a great Sunday!

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Year Affirmation Cards

Hello Lovelies!
Today I am sharing my first 2 New Year Affirmation Cards. They are postcard sized (4x6") and I am participating in Sunday Postcard Art's Flourish or Swirl theme with them.

This first card turned out 95% like I'd envisioned. I used stamps to make everything on it. It has a water colored background and I've colored the yoga girl with my Zig markers. So many different stamps it would take me a year to hunt them all down to list so just know that most of them are older than dirt and it doesn't matter anyway if they're no longer for sale, right? Heat embossing only on the top and bottom borders.

Now, this one didn't turn out at ALL like I thought. I did some things wrong, but you know what? I like it just fine the way it did turn out. Live and learn. The main thing I did wrong on this one was that I heat embossed everything, and the butterfly woman in particular was not a good choice for heat embossing. I used products without regard to their permanence and had a few smudges where I didn't want them but I lived. I completely screwed up her eyes but salvaged them ok as long as you don't look at them too closely lol. And yet, I really like the background's sooty look I achieved with Neocolor II crayons on a Chartreuse layer of water color.

A few more detail shots to show the shine of the heat embossing...

And I think I did well and had fun choosing the color combos for each card. Let me explain this project because you will be seeing 4 more cards this size plus some ATC-sized. You know my little art corner? I wanted to make it a shrine to my New Year resolutions for January and possibly the year if I can score another metal tree for my seasonal decorating. So, I decided to capture my goals for the coming year with simple descriptions and make cards to hang and display in my corner. The postcard-sized ones are the big picture resolutions (ie, healthy habits) and I will have smaller ones that convey the details (ie, yoga, protein, walk, sleep, etc.), hanging on my metal tree. I kept visualizing me coming to my corner and touching my cards and reading them, and that gave me energy and motivation, which is why I'm trying this out. May not work at all, but hey, gotta try to know. And so far, I am having fun making them.

I used to be big on resolutions growing up and back in the day but for many years I poo poo'd them. What goes around comes around, I guess, because I am into them again. What's your take on them? Have you ever included them in your art? 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ROLO-ver, Beethoven! ;-)

How is everyone? I hope you are well and not down with this crud virus that's going around. Honey and I both came down with it Christmas night and we still have our coughs. I'm finally getting over my crud and I've been to town working on Altered Rolodex Cards! Sometimes I call them ROLOs and other times ARCs. I wanted to share the 4 I've made recently using various techniques and for online challenges.

The Technique Junkies stamp set I used is shown above. It is called Spiritual Icons and is a very old set from back when TJ bought Stamp Camp's inventory. I am also using TJ's Proverbs stamp set.

Think Monday, Think ATC's theme this week is to do the Chalk Board technique and I wanted to try it. I found instructions in my old Technique Junkies files that used black card stock, but I had to work with my Rolodex cards that came with my wheel. So I inked the cards up with Ranger Archival Jet Black and it worked! I did learn the hard way to very thoroughly powder the surface before stamping and heat embossing. The fish card is my first attempt and I did use my little static bag of powder, but not near enough and I couldn't get all the stray embossing powder off with a paint brush. That's why the one with the dove looks so much better. Anyway, these 2 are for TMTA-Chalk Board Technique.
And the fish Rolo I am entering into Take a Word Challenge - Fish theme.

This sun card is my favorite as the intensity of color is beautiful. See the bands of color background? That's called the Gradient Sponging technique and that is the challenge over at the TJ blog I made this for. I stamped the sun stamp directly on the background and then another time on white card stock which I water colored and cut out and adhered over the stamped image. I had fun coloring this. The Ranger Archival inks are great for water coloring.

This one is also a favorite. I love this little angel-winged girl. I stamped her with Memento Paris Dusk ink and added some Stickle to the stars and some lace edging from my stash. I'm entering this one in Moo Mania's Welcome Somebody Something The New Year challenge.

Here is the back of the Rolo. I used markers from the Old box and just drew lines to make the background.

The stamp I used for this card is a Melanie Sage stamp from Alluring Impressions.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

I'm Here, 2018 !!!

 Hello Lovely Blogging Friends! Can you believe it is a new year already? I can't. But it is. I have a few art pieces to share, but first I wanted to share what our indoor decorations were for Christmas.
This is my little official Art Corner in our family room. I was so lazy this year that I opted for just stringing some red lights on my metal year-round tree and displaying a few pieces of my art.

Not one of my big trees made it out of storage. Aside from our stockings over the fireplace and a few little bowls of round ornaments on our shelves, this was it. And I loved it. Kept it on the whole season and it was so lovely to look at. I've decided I'm keeping these lights up through Valentines Day. And I'm going to buy some green lights, blue lights, white lights and orange lights, and just change them out as the year progresses. If I am lucky, I'll make some new art pieces to go with each holiday.

And, Bonus: Hubby loves it too. Since we are empty-nesters, we are the only ones I have to please. Score! After a lifetime of doing up the holiday decorations every which way imaginable, I am ready for simple.

My prayers were answered by Dani over at her Think Monday, Think ATC challenge. I really need to make Altered Rolodex Cards (ARC) for my ScriptureDex much more than I need to make ATCs. So I asked her if I could make ARCs. And she has very kindly changed the rules of the challenge so that we can! This week it's a Feathers theme (she likes to see us use stamps) and here is the front of my ARC. 

And the back of it, where I've put a verse that references feathers. You might can make out the large stamped feather I added on the verse text as background in a faint ink color. I also have my supplies gathered to make another one later for Psalms 98:4 (also feathers), but slow-poke me can only get one done on challenge time, lol. That's okay. More fun in store for me!

I began by applying some inks from my box of old inkpads that I really should just chuck. There's black, olive green, spring green and bordeaux red bands from bottom to top. The olive green is actually an old Nick Bantock Van Dyke BROWN - ha. Ink changes colors as it ages. ;-) I then rummaged through my rubber stamps and found some doves and a feather, and direct-stamped them.

I then stamped the doves again on white card stock and fussy cut them out and adhered on top of the stamped ones after shining them up with silver and gold gel pens. I also did that to the stamped feather. (TIP: Go back with a permanent black pen and re-draw your outlines on your stamped images after gel-penning. I later did do this, but only after seeing my photos and how sloppy it looks close up.) Finished up by printing out the text, outlining and adhering it, and running a mulberry ProMarker around my card.

I really hate sometimes how I have to mess up in order to learn. I may go back and reprint the verse and adhere to the back the other way, because when I put my card on my Rolodex wheel, I realized the verse will be easier to read that way. Live and Learn, but geez does it have to take up so much of my time?

Anyway, I am beyond excited to have this opportunity and motivation to make progress on my ScriptureDex. Thank you, Dani!!!

Here is my other share for today, an art journal spread with more song lyrics. This is in my Book of Wisdom quotations journal, and was done for Marit's Dutch Top 2000 song blog party between Christmas and New Years Day. Once again, this slow poke only got one spread done, but I improved greatly over last year because this one was on time and live this year. Plus, I have about 8 more started in various stages, so more to come! 

My spread began with stenciling the page with Artist Cellar's Arabian Nights Constellation stencil in silver over a dark blue background.

Then I die cut and laid out and glued down all of the words. The font is a ridiculously ancient QuicKutz called Sophisticate. And yes, I used my old blue Squeeze tool to cut them - HA! Okay, what next? I got a wild hair to draw a girl's face looking up in awe at the sky. LOL, of course, it was on the back of a piece of written on scrap paper, never on a nice clean piece. Sigh! 

No matter. I cut her out and adhered to the corner, then stamped a moon face on a sticky to see how that looked. Good so far.

Colored up the girl and went back over the lines with my awesome Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen, and I don't mind saying, I am super proud of her! Even if she has a crease running down her face due to it being scratch note paper, haha. And I see now, no eyebrows! Ahem, those jumbo lashes are covering them up don'tcha know! ;-) 

For my "heavenly view" moon, I stamped her on a little scrap of shimmer pearl card stock and colored her. I then placed her where all those stars made a crown for her. I attempted a hazy glow around her with some white Wink of Stella, trying to capture it here in this progress shot. 

I finished up by surrounding the text with a coating of Posca Gold paint pen and also coloring as many stars as I had patience for, then outlining the page with a Blue Posca. This spread made me officially begin loving my Poscas and I promptly went to Dick Blick and ordered every color I do not have. The pens are da bomb! 

There were so many beautiful, gorgeous, thought-provoking participating journal pages and spreads this year. Please go look and enjoy! Mine is Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars #263 on Day 6 of the party. 

Here are links to the entire 7 Days: 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Another Santa

Good Christmas Eve Eve! I'm popping in to share another Christmas-themed Artist Post Card (APC) made with my vintage German scrap Santas. This time I painted a starry, snowballed sky background with my acrylic paints. You know stuff in the sky is bigger at the North Pole! haha

I used my Creative Coach Lori Speltz Rain/Snow and Star stencils, and then added little dots with my Posca and Sharpie paint pens.

After my background dried, I painted gesso on the bottom third for the snowy ground. I layered white titanium acrylic on that. I die cut the MFT North Pole sign and fussy cut an elf from Gecko Galz Christmas Joy collage sheet and glued them down along with my Santa. I found the sentiment in the ChristmasTime 2 A.T.C. Collection paper pack. I bordered the top and bottom with German scrap foil lace and then Stickled the snow and the beards.

I am participating with this APC in the following challenges:

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and in the afterglow, shop til you drop or make til you break, whatever floats your boat - both float mine just fine! ;-)