Sorry I've been missing in action lately. Tennis season has started so I'm back teaching until the snow covers up the courts for another year! But anyone who knows me knows I can't stay away from my art supplies! I'm not going anywhere!
So my little one has been asking to make an artsy sign for her door with some of my Hazel & Ruby stencil masks. She knew exactly what she wanted it to say: 'No boys allowed, except dads, brothers, cousins and any nice boys'. We had to condense it a bit for the sake of space...lol...
Here's how it turned out:
We used some PPA (matte) to adhere the pretty paper
to a 12x12 canvas. (let dry completely - we did a whole bunch the night before)
Next, we simply added our letters to the canvas.
She then painted over the entire canvas using acrylic paint.
Since acrylic paint dries pretty fast we didn't have to wait too long to peel off the letters.
(a heat gun also helps ;)
We wanted to add a bit of distress to it so we added some strokes of Tim Holtz distress paint in Picket Fence. We also took the bottom of paint bottle and dabbed it into some orange paint to make some random circles on the canvas. Then I took my beloved india ink pens from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and added a bit of shading around the letters to help them stand out.
Such a fun project to do together with fabulous results!!! The stencil masks fromHazel & Rubymake it super quick and easy even for kids! Love it!!!
I just wanted to give everyone who took a look at the#BringBackOurGirls Art Auction last week a big huge THANK YOU!!! This wonderful group of artist raised almost $4000.00! It was just an amazing turnout!! I want to especially thank the two winners who won their bid on my pieces! Such a wonderful cause and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution! I hope you enjoy your new piece as much as I did creating it!
Which brings me to my next blog post....more canvases! I created these a few month ago for The Scrapping Bug using Hazel and RubyStencil Masks! I had SO-MUCH-FUN making these!!!
This wee little 2x2 canvas was so fun to make!
I wanted it to look old and 'vintage like' so I mixed some white and green acrylic paint together and let some of the designer paper show through. I cut little triangles out of the same paper to create a little mini banner across the top, added some glitter and some natural linen trim around the outside to finish it off! The Stencil Mask Peel away Alphabet letters are a dream to work with. They don't stick at all and leave a really crisp finish once you lift them off (after applying the paint).
This is a nice and simple 12x12 canvas. I used some designer paper from Cosmo Cricket (Alphabet soup) which I've been hoarding for ever and adhered it to the entire surface of the canvas. Little tip - only use a small amount of liquid glue or else the paper will start to buckle. Once completely dry, I added the banners, chevrons and heart from the Everyday Shapes Stencil Mask set and a few letters from the Brooklyn Alpha set. I used some Golden fluid acrylic paint in Teal and covered the entire surface. Once it started to dry I peeled away the masks and added a few sequins and some linen ribbon and it was done in a flash!
This next one was a bit of a labour of love....or pain...well lets say a bit of both...lol. Lots of layers and a few curse words later this is what I ended up with! Some supplies used: Gingham designer paper from Doodle Bug Designs, white acrylic paint, whipped spackle from Faber-Castell and stencils from The Crafters Workshop, sequins and I created the banner using Hazel and Ruby's fat roll washi tape. The flowers were from randoms I had in my stash. Despite the blood sweat and tears, I'm happy with the outcome!
These scream 'Spring' which is taking its sweet time to greet us here in Canada, so its nice just to look at them every now and them as a reminder of the nicer weather to come!
Hi everyone, the Art Auction is underway, already with an amazing amount of support! Thank you to everyone for even just taking a look! Also a big thank you to Jessica Sporn for organizing this...you are amazing!
This is a one of a kind mixed media 'she art' piece of artwork. It is one of my favourite pieces, but couldn't help donate it for this important cause. The saying "She knew she could count on a Friend" has been paper-pieced onto the canvas. The girl was created using acrylic paint, gelatos, india inks, vintage papers, doilies & vintage book paper. The background was created using gouache, acrylic paint, modeling paste, stencils, stamps, india inks, rub-ons, ephemera etc. Sealed with a low-gloss finish. Signed on bottom right.
Quote is a gentle reminder that even in the darkest times you know you can always count on a friend.
This one of a kind, 8.5x11 monoprint ready to be framed. It was created using many many layers of acrylic paint & stencils. I then added some painterly layers with more acrylic paint directly to the gelli plate to create an abstract image by building layers of brushstrokes and textures. The sentiment 'She remained true to herself' is a Unity Stamp and reminds me to be confident and strong and to always do whats right in my heart! You can never go wrong with that! This piece will be signed before shipping.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
Have a wonderful day!
Here is a list of all the amazing artist involved and a link to their websites:
Hi Everyone, please find information below on an important art auction I'm involved in starting tomorrow where I'll be raising some "artsy noise" in support of the rights of girls around the world to have an education without fear of violence. May 15 is the one month anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls who were in school.
Happy Friday everyone! Just wanted to quickly share that there's a brand new release happening over at By Lori Designs Today!A few new artists to share as well so you will definitely want to check out the blog!
Here's a little peek at what Miss Ella has in store for you! Too cute!
Hey there crafty peeps! Today I've got a fun watercolour journal cover project to share from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. I've used Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, some Gelatos® and Glaze to create this fun Journal cover.
The Gelli Plate that is! If you don't already have one you must treat yourself to one of these amazing art printing plates! Using this plate is like instant gratification! Once you pull one print, you'll just want to keep layering and adding etc...Even my 6yo daughter has fun with it! Here are a few of my 'playing around' prints I've made. Seriously, I have no idea how I lived without this before! :)
Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. The weather here was gorgeous, no searching for easter eggs in the snow - yay!
Today at By Lori Designs, we've got a fun Blog Hop for you. There's a brand new release happening today and Lori has outdone herself this time on the cuteness scale!
I'm featuring a new Puddle Jumper - 'Big Bubble Girl (with words)' which can be found HERE! Too cute!
I coloured her up with my copic markers and added some glossy accents to the bubble gum machine.
The hop will run until Saturday 4/26 at Midnight (EST) -You will have a chance to win a prize (3 images of your choice from the new April Release) Just for commenting! Winner will be announced on 4/27! Good Luck! Thanks for stopping by!
Hello Everyone! I'm on deck again over at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog. I've got another little slideshow video tutorial to share on how I created the above tag. I used some of the Textural Accents (Chalkboard Paint and Gesso) to create the chalkboard background and then discovered that drops of gelato; when dry, really 'pop' off the paint creating an amazing contrast of colours!
So I whipped up this card the other day and at first I wasn't crazy about it but the more I look at it, the more I like how it turned out! You know how sometimes you walk away from something and when you come back it looks different? This is one of those times...
So I used 3 rolls of my new Fat Roll Washi Tape from one of my favourite new companies, Hazel and Ruby(thanks to the Bug). I'm in love with their new 'quote' rolls. I'm a quote junkie - if you've ever checked out my Pinterest board you'll know that one of my favourite boards is called 'Quotes to Note'...I love quotes! I add them to my art journal pages, canvases, cards, or just read them for inspiration or a 'pick me up' when I need it! (Please excuse the photo, was taken with my IPhone on the fly...)
I used Fat Roll Washi Tape 'Define It' for the entire background (the black and white). Then I popped up a panel of the 'Colorblock Quotes' across the middle. Then I added a strip of the 'Quote Me' washi tape to a white piece of cards stock and cut out some fun single quotes and staggered them across the panel. It needed a little 'bling' so I added a few strips of that sparkly white ribbon behind the panel and some of those cool green candy dots to the corners. A big thank you to Carola for the dots and the blingy ribbon! She's always got your back when you need that extra something to finish off a project!
Well that's it for today, its different from my usual copic coloured cards. Just a different option if your in a jam for a quick card...pull out your washi tape!
Check out the challenge over at Little Red Wagon too - Bling it Up! (I've got some bling on there, its subtle, but its there...lol)
Hey everyone, just popping on to share a quick little video. This is just for fun, still getting the hang of taking video on a tablet and editing etc....but I just wanted to show you how awesome these Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils are!
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils allow you to add watercolor painting effects to your projects. Simply use a wet paintbrush (included) to brush over your design and the richly pigmented water-soluble leads turn into permanent, waterproof and lightfast watercolor. Apply a wash of color to stamped images or create beautiful backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages.
They are super fun to use and the quality is awesome!
Well, not the actual human version lol (how cool would that be?), but I finally have her amazing new stamps now so I'll settle with that! I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd show you another one of my favourite moments from CHA, meeting Dina Wakley! This amazingly talented and inspirational woman was one of my favourite peeps to meet walking around the floor! Its so much fun meeting the people who's work you admire and inspires you! I asked her if she wouldn't mind signing my art journal...She said 'absolutely', took my journal opened it to a blank page and LOOK WHAT SHE DID! Omg I was thrilled, (and just may have gasped with excitement along with some of the other ladies at the table). It was amazing how effortless she made it look, seriously people, she did this page in only a few minutes! Now I have an original signed piece....wow! Not only was she a doll to talk to she's also very down to earth, she's one cool chick!!! Thanks Dina, you made my day!!!
So the Ranger order from CHA finally came in at The Scrapping Bug and I just couldn't wait to get my hands on them and play! These stamps make me so happy!!! For the giant tag below I used Dina's new Media stamp set 'Face in the Crowd'...and lots of Tim Holtz distress paint and Crafters Workshop stencils etc...
I was really just playing around with a bunch of new paints and stamps, no plan in mind, I just cut loose and had fun! The tag below was made using a Unity Stamp, someTCW Balzer Bitsand the same Face in the Crowd set by Dina and my new Silk Acrylic Glaze paints.....they are so dreamy! I loooove them!
The Scribbly Bird stamp set from Dina is probably one of my favourite sets....because you just have to 'put a bird on it'....lol!
I used some acrylic paints, glossy accents (for the branch) and just played around! So much FUN!
Well there you have it, my Dina post! lol...I'll post some other pics soon where I've coloured up some faces with the 'All the Gals' stamp set using copics! These stamps are very versatile and can be used with any medium!
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!