Fear Is A Liar

I drew a face. This is the very first time I actually drew a face. Once I had it drawn I thought it would be fun to go on Facebook and do a live coloring it in. That was the scariest thing I have done in a long time. First, I am not an illustrator. Second, my art is not painting. So why did I do it live? To show that just because you are a novice in an area does not mean you should not try it. It’s art. Art is subjective. Besides, if you mess up who cares? You can either toss it or gesso over it. With all of that being said I surprised myself with how well it turned out.

Everything I used to create this page is Dina Wakley Media except for the Stickles in the hair.

I did not come up with the title for this art page until the end. I did not even have a clue of what kind of words I would use on it. Then I realized that I almost did not do it because of fear, so “Fear is a Liar!” was it!

There are two things that I enjoy creating — landscapes and hair. I know completely opposite of each other, but true. I spent more time creating her hair than I did her face.

Here are the videos I used to learn how to draw this face.

I truly hope that this inspires you to venture out of your comfort zone and maybe face a few of your fears in art. You might just surprise yourself with what you can create!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Left Overs

As I previously stated in another post, I had the pleasure of being a guest educator for the Clique Kits this month. I created a mini album featuring my bout with depression. I taught how to use a gel press plate to create background pages as well as different ways to use gelatos and foam stamps. I was sent a ton of beautiful paper that did not make it’s way into the mini album I created. So I made the following layouts with the paper as well as the odds and ends of what I had left.

To create this page I fussy cut and tore a few of the collage pages I was sent. After I adhered them to the 12 by 12 page, I outlined them and added some dots along the edges. I used a rainbow foam stamp with some gelatos to create the corners of the page and topped it off with a sweet layering butterfly stamp.

A combination of mixed media techniques were used to create the above pages. I love to splat paint in layers. Starting with a blank 12 by 12 paper that will be the base of the layout splat one paint color. Adhere pattern paper on top of the base and splat another color of paint. Finally, add the mats for your images and splat with another paint color. By layering the paint splats you create great texture without a bunch of bulk which can make it challenging to store.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Little Birdie HOP!

I am stoked about today’s hop! Make sure you visit Designer Crafts after you read this post for the hop list. It combines my first love (scrapbooking) with mixed media. This fabulous line truly bridges the gap between paper crafting and mixed media. Here is what Little Birdie sent me for this hop and their Grand Launch in the USA!

It’s All About the Birds!

What could be better than celebrating the Grand Launch of Little Birdie than to create layouts featuring birds? My son has wanted a bird for several years. For his Birthday we finally got him one –Ari. She is a sweet little thing that has captured out hearts.

The Mixed Media paste can be used two ways. You can use it as a modeling paste (which I did in this layout) and/or gesso by adding water. To create this type of background use the paste over a stencil. Once it dries mist it. If the mist is to vibrant add a light layer of water before the mist dries.

I finished off the layout by adding a little water to the paste and flicked it on the page.

For this layout I used the paste as gesso by adding water and then applying it with a paint brush. Once it dried I applied layers of the Color wash making sure each dried between layers.

The paper pack came with a fussy cut sheet. I ran mine through a Scan N Cut. This made it really easy to add to layouts with the hard work done This sweet blue bird is from the fussy cut sheets.

This was my final layout I created with the Woodland Series and it is my favorite. I utilized the images I cut on my Scan N Cut in several spots on this layout. My favorite was tucking the birds into the flowers.

A Little Bitty Art

Have you ever had an art itch? Something that you just had to create because you could not stop thinking about it? When I saw the little journaling cards and twine I had to create a sweet little ATC.

Background Creation

I have created a video showing how to create these backgrounds. I demonstrate how to use the Mixed Media Paste through a stencil, how to use it as gesso, color washing and adding layers.

Time to Hop

Now comes the fun part — hopping! Leave a comment on my blog sharing with me your favorite product from The Little Birdie. Once you leave your comment please hop on through the following designers’ blogs. Little Birdie mailed each of us a different kit, so you are going to see new stuff and ideas at each stop!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

When The Church Prays

It’s ironic how my gift of creativity has such a hard time being used to worship God. As a papercrafter I should be able to create gorgeous pages in my Bible. I struggle with it though. The struggle is worse than any other I have in art. Regardless, I still desire to do it. Even though my pages may not be beautiful or even good, God does use them to speak and teach me through the process and that is what matters.

Gather Together

Joy Clair has the best most extensive stamps for Bibles. You can also use them on cards. The Gather Together set was perfect for my recent prayer.

The key to using wet mediums in Bible is clear Gesso! Apply a layer and let it dry. Once it is dry it not only allows no bleed through it primes the surface to accept the medium. For this page I used a combination of Distress Ink and watercolor along with ink to stamp with.

Revelation

As I am writing this post I am having a conversation with God. Complaining about how I resent the church because of the pain and hurt several leaders and members have inflicted on me dating all the way back to my childhood. Gently, he reminds me that I have spent the majority of my life in church, therefore it is natural that the majority of my hurt and pain have happened there and in my family. It is where I have not only physically been the majority of my life, but it is where I have been emotionally invested. The church is made up of people just like me. People hurt sometimes. I need to extend the forgiveness and understanding that I so easily can give the rest of the world to the church.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical Theater Round Up

Paper dolls and fairies have always been a fascination of mine. I loved playing with them as a child and as an adult I have adapted them into my craft. Some of my favorite pieces have been created with Rita Barakat Maigical Theater book.

This was my very first project I created with it. It still is my favorite!

I also love to use them in floral arrangements and as a portable activity center for little ones on the road or to just keep busy!

There are so may ways you can use paperdolls in your art today!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Frogs, Flamingos and a Pineapple!

For this month’s Joy Clair design team assignments I made five cards (2 sets). The first set is in celebration of Joy Clair’s 5th Birthday.

I made the pattern paper on each of these cards with my gel press. The video on how to make your own is here:

The second set is a Bible art stamp set, but I thought it would be perfect for summer. I made cards with bright yellow and pink.

To see more on how to make any of these cards please visit the Joy Clair blog! I share all the details there 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Aladine and Rita Barakat Have Teamed Up!

Aladine is a wonderful French company that specializes in different mediums. They have mists, ink, pigment, texture paste and glitter paint! I first saw them at Creativation 2019 demoing the glitter paint.

I tried researching more on the products they carry, but came up with nothing. When I was asked to participate in this collaboration between Aladine and Rita Barakat I jumped at it! I spent days playing with everything they sent me and put together an extensive video on it all here:

Plenty of Fish

With all those lovely samples made during the video I created this in my art journal:

For the background I used the pigment ink, water and stencil brush to cover the background. I misted a bubble stencil over the page and finally added some more bubbles with the texture paste. I created a trail of bubbles with the sample sheets created on the video. The mermaid was colored with the liquid pigment and rubbing alcohol. The sentiment has been rolling around in my head for quite some time. I am so happy to finally have it documented.

Make sure you hop through to the other designers to see their projects. Leave comments along the way for more chances to win!

Hop List:

Rita Barakat

Martha Lucia Gomez Hernandez

Betz Golden

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Mermaid Shadow Box (and a HOP!)

Anyone interested in a hop? I am super excited to be part of the collaboration hop between Rita Barakat and Style Tech Craft. After you check out my blog on how to upcycle a Dollar Tree Frame to a Summer Shadow box hop on over to Rita’s blog to see all the details on the hop.

Summer Vibes

I found a pretty bling shadowbox at the Dollar Tree and decided it would make the perfect Mermaid inspired decor piece.

The vinyl I choose are colors associated with water. I mixed in a rather plain one so the glitter is not overwhelming.

Next I used a wave ruler as a stencil.

After the waves were cut out, I laid them on the shadowbox back piece for alignment purposes.

Using a roll of transfer film, I carefully adhered the vinyl together.

Basically you lay the transfer sheet on the vinyl, remove the film protector from the piece you want to layer and lay it on top of the piece you want to cover.

Make sure to smooth it out between layers.

Once the vinyl is layered pop it back into the shadow box and cut your letters! I was so thrilled that it cut beautifully in my Scan-N-Cut! There are a few alphabet options on the machine. I cut two sets of letter in different colors. One was slightly larger than the other to create a shadow effect!

This silver is very cool! I had to use it on this project!

I just could not get over this holographic one either.

To lay out the letters I just eyeballed them and did not use transfer film. They adhered beautifully! I repeated with the silver.

Now for the stars of the show — MERMAIDS!

To achieve a lot of depth and dimension, I placed one mermaid on the backdrop with mixed media glue. I placed another using pop dots.

Once the first two mermaids were adhered, I popped the backdrop into the frame and added a mermaid to the front.

A little Stickles to finish it off.

Isn’t this a perfect piece for summer?

Now make sure to hop on over to Rita’s blog to join in the fun!

Hop List!

Rita
Betz Golden

Yolie Burke

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Vintage Girl DCC Blog Hop

Candy Rosenburg has created a new line that has been a decade in the making — A Vintage Girl. Today, I am participating in a wonderful blog hop featuring this line with the DCC! I got to play with three of the awesome chipboard sets to create this mixed media canvas:

Instead of going to with the traditional steampunk vibe gears and pipes lend themselves well to, I went with a whimsical approach. I used Plaid’s new Color Shift and Dragon Glaze, Rita Barakat die cut and embossing powders and Lisa Kettell pieces.

Directions:

Take a stretched canvas, turn it over to create a shadow box. White gesso it and use a stencil and modeling paste to create texture.

Once the piece dries, paint with Color Shift and top it off with Dragon Glaze.

Using several different thick embossing powders, emboss and heat set the chipboard pieces. Use a clear embossing ink on each piece and cover with powder. Set it with a heat gun.

Adhere the chipboard pieces to the frame. Next, fill in the blanks with metal and button gears and clocks. Add a drop of alcohol ink to each addition and dab with a blender.

Add a few few Lisa Kettell pieces on some of the gears.

Use a little of the Color Shift and Dragon Glaze to make them blend in to the piece.

Finally, add the Rita Barakat Alice in Wonderland die cut to the center on pop dots. Highlight her with some glitter glue.

Final Piece

The piece ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Sometimes (almost all the time on things I create) I have one thing in mind for a project and it ends up somewhere else. That is okay and part of the creative process! This went from whimsical to dark fantasy.

Now it is time to hop through the other designers blog for even more inspiration with A Vintage Girl. Please leave a comment at each stop!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Soar and Dream Big!

The following are two layouts I created for the Canvas Corp website featuring Tattered Angels and 7gypsies. It is so wonderful to combine my work assignments with my passion — scrap booking!

Dream Big

We headed up north to catch my oldest play basketball and made a stop at the lake. This picture of the lake and sunset is gorgeous! The layout needed to add to it. I used a few different sheets of papers that I painted as the base and finished them off with Architexture stickers.

Soar

We found the wings painted on the wall of a local mall. Unfortunately when I took the picture it ended up being tiny. So, I decided to play on it and really build up a pair of wings on the layout!

Additional Material

Here is a list of other material I used in addition to Tattered Angels and 7 gypsies.

Until nex time ~ Happy Crafting!