Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Put it All on the Page: Sneak Peeks

Hi Friends,

I want to share a page with you that I made for an upcoming class I'm teaching at The Paperie. The class is called Put It All on the Page. As scrapbookers, we often hoard embellishments and parcel them out a few at a time - a sprinkle here, a dash there. In the class, we're going to throw caution to the wind and put as many embellishments as we can and make 2 12x12 pages. Like this...

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Here's a close up...


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There will lots of tips and tricks for creating embellished pages and I hope you'll join me for this class. It will have you looking at your supplies with fresh eyes and excited to take them out and put them on your pages - all of them. 

Stay tuned for sneak peeks of the second page and in the meantime, call The Paperie for more information.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sending Smiles: Mixed Media Cards


Last week, I shared the first of a few mixed media cards I made a little while ago. Today, I want to share another card I made using a combination of old and new supplies.

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Here's how I made it...

1. Cover watercolor paper with a sheet of tissue paper. I started with an abandoned background that I had started on sheet of watercolor paper.  I covered it in tissue paper using Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium. I crumpled the tissue first to get lots of wrinkles and texture. The card front is 4 x 5 1/4".

2. Layers of gesso.  I added a couple of layers of gesso to make sure none of the under layers were peeping through.

3. Stamp. I stamped randomly with the Friend definition background stamp by Hero Arts and Archival Black ink.

4. Add paper layers.  The paper layers are from a sheet of pattern paper from Amy Tangerien's Ready, Set, Go collection.  I have been fussy-cutting up the shapes and using them here and there on projects. I popped some of them up with foam dots for dimension.

5. Stamp your sentiment. The "Sending Smiles" sentiment is from my new Shoot for the Moon set from Hero Arts.

6. Embellish.  The embellishing on this card is pretty simple - airplane paperclip from Studio Calico.

7. Mount on card base. I love how kraft card bases look with my mixed media cards. This one is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

Here's a closeup...

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This was a very easy card to make and it's not too thick or heavy. Definitely a great one to put in the mail.

It has been really fun for me to take my mixed media techniques and supplies and put them on cards. I love how they're turning out and I also like that these cards are one-of-a-kind. I've always liked giving unique gifts and these cards are a great way to personalize any gift.

If you have any questions about products or techniques, please a note in the comments and I'll get right back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 26 September 2014

Art Journal Class Recap

I met with my Art Journal Club at The Paperie last night. We created heavily layered art journal pages. I shared this page the other day and here is the second page.

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It has 22 layers. We didn't get it finished but here are some closeups and information about the page I made for the class.

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This page is on manila paper that I ripped out of my Dylusions Journal and all the paint is from Dina Wakley's mixed media line for Ranger.

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I have always loved embedding things in my art. Right now, I'm all about embedding tags.

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I also love the Turquoise paint by Dina. I'll need another tube before you know it!

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Look at all that grungy texture!

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And a final look ....

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And that's it for this week, friends. I hope you enjoyed my page. If you have any questions about products or techniques, leave them in the comments an I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie











Wednesday, 24 September 2014

What's on my desk

My desk is relatively clean.

I was cropping on Saturday at the Sunshine Foundation Crop. Scrapping and supporting a great cause - the best way to spend a Saturday . On Sunday, while unpacking, I decided to take advantage of the relative clean and change the craft paper on my desk. I make really big messes so I use paper instead of craft mats.

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Can you see...

...some of the new Art Ingredients and a jar of Clear Crackle Paste from the Art Extra_Vagance collections? Both are by Finnabair for Prima. I'm very excited to have these on my desk

.... a half-doily cut from gold foil paper? I think I need this die and lots of gold foil paper.

...a layout I made at the Sunshine crop? It's waiting for the journaling. Then I'll share - promise.

...an embossing folder and embossed gold foil paper? I have to say, that gold foil paper is pretty nice.

...an art journal page? This is a sneak of a page that I'm making with my art journal club on Thursday night. Call The Paperie if you'd like to learn more about art journaling or play along.

So, what's on your desk? Have you bought anything new that you're excited to try. Leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Monday, 22 September 2014

Making Mixed Media Cards

I don't call myself a card maker. Oh sure, I make cards but I don't consistently make really good cards. That doesn't stopping from making cards because I want to give people cards I make and making cards is practice and practicing helps.

Recently, I decided to try my hand at mixed media cards. It was fun and interesting and challenging to use the supplies and techniques I love on other projects to make cards.

Here's one of the cards I made.


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Here's how I made it.

1. Collage book paper onto a sheet of watercolor paper. I like to use Liquitex Fluid Gel Medium when I'm collaging paper. I covered a 12x12 sheet of watercolor paper . When the gel medium was dry, I cut it to size
(4 1/4 x 5 1/2).

2. Add a thin coat of gesso. Set aside to dry or you can use a heat gun.

3. Randomly stamp with your favorite background stamp in a permanent ink - Archival Ink or Staz On work great. I like text stamps and often use  Friend Definition by Hero Arts and an old old old polka dot stamp. If text stamps and dots aren't your thing, you could try something like Number Pattern or Leaf and Floral.

3. Spritz some Studio Calico Hey Diddle Diddle through a stencil. Set aside to dry or dry with a heat gun.

4. Add a layer of modeling paste through a stencil. I used my favorite - 6x6 Blazonry by Balzer Designs. I let the modeling paste dry on its own.

5. Mist with spray ink. Set aside to dry or use heat gun. I used Soft Teal Prima Color Bloom spray. By the way, the Prima sprays are lovely and I promise a post all about them later. Stay tuned!

6. Add embellishments - white doily, scrap of gold doily are from my stash. The wood frame is called Wood Charms - Tiny Text by Cosmo Cricket. The star pins are from Maya Road and the tag from DIY Shop by American Crafts.

And here's a close-up.

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So, what do think? Do you like? Would like to see some more mixed media cards? Let me know in the comments. And if you have any questions about techniques or products used please leave them in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 19 September 2014

Create: Art Journal Everyday

Hi Friends,

Thanks for visiting. Here's my art journal page for this week.

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It started as a page for a class I'm teaching next week at The Paperie that wasn't working out.

I didn't take any pics but I did make notes. Here's how it started out.

Layer 1: Gesso with a palette knife.
Layer 2: Marks in the gesso using cardboard and paper towel tubes.
Layer 3: I made a glaze using Polished Jade Dylusions spray ink and Liquitex Glazing Medium. You can't see that layer but it was gorgeous.
Layer 4: Stamping with stamps and black Archival Ink.
Layer 5: Stamping in paint with found objects. You can see the Golden Fluid Acrylic in Quinacridone Magenta in the top right corner.
Layer 6: Then I added letter stickers to spell "create" and sprayed with more Polished Jade. It was too dark so I misted with White Linen Dylusions ink. I was trying to create and contrast so when I removed the letter stickers you could read the word. It didn't work and that's when I stopped.

When I came back to this page, the letter stickers were good and stuck and I ripped them when I tried to pull them off. It turned out to make a cool texture. So I left it and colored over it with a charcoal pencil.

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Then I journaled what I was feeling. A note to remind myself that being creative everyday is more important than worrying about making perfect or beautiful art. I worry about those kinds of things more than I like.

Then I picked up a Lyra watercolor crayon and made a circle. I didn't think about it too much but I liked how it looked so I did it a bunch of times - lots of different sizes and colors.

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I blended the color with a wet brush and decided to try adding some shading. So, I used the black Lyra crayon and shaded all the circles. It was too dark and heavy so I blended with a wet brush and blotted off some of the color with a paper towel to get that grungy look. Fun and easy to do. 

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Then some splashes of white paint to lighten up the page. It reacted with the Dyluions Polished Jade under there and became teal like.

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And finally, some stamping on the circles using an old Hero Art text stamp. It's discontinued but I love it.

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And here's a closeup of some of the texture. I really love it when my page has lots of texture.

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So, that's it for me. If you have any questions, just leave me a note in the comments.

Wishing you lots of creative time this weekend!

Cathie

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Loads of Layers - A Class at The Paperie


Hi Friends!

Today I'm sharing a look at one of the art journal pages we're making next Thursday, Sept. 25, in my art journal class. Each month, I am teaching an art journal class at The Paperie. This month we're going to play with loads and loads of layers.

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We're going to combine techniques and products like sprays, stamps, book paper, tags, watercolor pencils and crayons to make pages with as many layers as we can heap on a page.

Here are some close ups...

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Is this something you can do? Absolutely. Art journaling is easy and fun.

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Will your page look anything like this? Probably not because art journaling is about expression and finding your own style.

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If you're interested in learning more about this class (and you're local), call The Paperie. It's always a fun class with lots of product information and techniques.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie