Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dreamcatcher Mixed Media

So my friends at Treasured Memories in Edmonton asked me to ask come up some projects using this month's mixed media kit- Dreamcatcher here are the products included you get $50 retail worth of product for $35




















I started with a 12"x 12" canvas covered it with white gesso then added some texture with modeling paste and cell theory stencil.  Once dry I sprayed on a shitload of water then with a palette knife threw on paint splatters of Alchemy plum preserves and soft stain just in the center. Spray with more water, kind of smeared paint with fingertips then rotate canvas to move paint around, use a heat gun to dry.

Along outside edges I used color burst powder teal, sprinkle on then spray with water to activate.  Rotate canvas to move color around and dry with a heat gun.  Love the color variations.

Ink around canvas with ground espresso distress ink.  Next paint around cell texture with gold acrylic paint.  At this point I kind of wanted to stop and hang it on my wall, but not the name of the game.

So here is the final project.

I made a dream catcher with the embroidery hoop and wire.


I made the dollie into a flower, first I pulled up the center of dollie then tied with an elastic band to hold then cut off excess.  I colored the dollie flower with teal color burst and hung on my clothes line to dry. I made the center flower with metallic cardstock cut four flower shapes getting smaller, shape them then glue all together.  In the center add curled paper stripes and micro beads.


I added a cluster of feather, actual feathers, painted paper feathers, and clear acrylic with pattern feathers. Underneath hoop is a bundle of natural sisal.

Added some pebbles and done!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Mixed Media- Altered Embellishment

Here it is my first project as a design team member at Mixed Media Monthly for challenge #38 Altered Embellishment
This month's sponsor is
"UmWowStudio is an innovative on trend chipboard, flair & stencil manufacturer located in Las Vegas, NV. Partnering with other companies & now amazing designers our line is always expanding. Our chipboard is extra thick with a beautiful rich kraft finish ready for any medium. Our stencils come in a convenient 4x6 size & our flair is flat backed for easy application to any art."
The owner is offering a $30 gift certificate + free shipping to their site as the prize

And my creation
An under the water scene

The best part the jellyfish created using chipboard, liquid applique and alchemy paint.

I started by covering the jellyfish body with liquid applique.  I was digging around in my tool caddy and found this little gem- an oldie but goodie. Allow to dry overnight for the best result.

First thing the next morning (my eyes were barely open) zap with a heat gun and sit back to watch the magic.  The heat makes it bubble/ foam and puff up.  Looks so cool exactly the effect I was looking for.

Next I painted the jellyfish with alchemy paint- rusty red, orange, and gold.  I painted him darker around the outside edges, its looks more realistic to blend colors then one solid color.

Create a background, Lindy's spray, white gel pen, and crop a dile.  I used the crop-a-dile to punch a large cluster of holes- like bubbles under the sea.  I used blues and green and highlighted color variations with a white gel pen.

Add cluster of chipboard, painted and embossed for more sparkle and a net of natural sisal.  Now you notice most of those holes i punched are covered... or are they

I built a shadow box frame and added lights now all those "bubbles" are visible and glowing.  Makes me think of The Little Mermaid loved that movie.

Here I used alchemy purple metallic paint my friend Wendy challenged me with purple paint- she knows I do not like purple.  I embossed with Lindy's angel wings- gives it that iridescent coloring.

Added some melange clear bubbles as a final touch.  
Now what to do with it my friend Jen said it would look good in a bathroom.

Happy Mid Month.

Whoo hoo follower count- 78  I just may make it to 100 by the end of year.











Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog

So exciting news I am now a design team member at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge  I am super excited this is my first design team and I just got my first sample product.  This month the challenge is
so head on over to the blog to see what the design team has come up with.  I will be revealing my first design team creative (ever) mid month.... stay tune














More exciting news...

this creation WON over at 7 dots studio blog check out the details

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Handmade Background Letters

I finished a layout for Mixed Media & Art mid June Thematic Challenge here is the mood board
This is right up my alley, the challenge includes making the background and must include letters.
I love creating backgrounds!!!


I started with a blank vanilla cardstock and painted with clear gesso.  Next splatter spots of Lindy's Violaceous Violet, next spray with water.


Here is how it looks once sprayed with water and dry.  The gesso prevents the Lindy's from soaking right into cardstock so you can move the color around and get blotches.


I repeated steps with Treasure Island Aqua, and Buccaneer Bay Blue.


Next sponge Alchemy Paint (my new colors whoo hoo) Plum Preserves, Emerald Green, Midnight Sky, and Soft Satin through a checker stencil. Next outline checker pattern with white gel pen.


Next I painted some old chipboard letters white then beige with Alchemy soft satin paint.  Sprinkle on Primary Elements Mediterranean Blue, and Chestnut Brown spray with water then dab off excess.


I laid on layout then drew around chipboard letters, lift off page and drew around charcoal pencil smear with fingertip glue letter onto page.

The final step of background whew... sponge on bubble through die cut circle stencil, draw around outside with black pencil crayon. Stamp with texture stamp and black archival ink around bubbles, finally use glossy accents and fill in bubble. You will need to let glossy accent dry completely- takes a few hours.

Add paper layers, and paper die cut elements, I used Hazy Days paper pack from 7 dots studio.  I love how this one all came together I need to find a picture to add.

I used Soapy Waves chipboard available on my etsy store BoozyBear.  I have been designing new pieces lately make sure to check the etsy store out, I also included added stencils to the etsy store.

The picture doesn't do the glossy accent bubbles justice, they look just like epoxy stickers.  The key is the glossy accents needs to be super thick BUT the page needs to be flat otherwise the glossy accents will start to bleed.


I also used Number Grid chipboard from my etsy store BoozyBear, this I painted in an ombre effect with Alchemy Paint.


Here is a better pic of grid numbers.


Close up of the checker pattern.  It took forever to draw around the checkers, but I am listening to the best book right now so i didn't mind.  It is called Natchez Burning by Greg Iles if you have an interest in civil rights/ Jim Crow era I highly recommend.


Photo cluster, I kept it smaller so I wouldn't cover up all the wonderful background.

Happy Sunday.  I haven't give a follower update in awhile but I am up to 75 whoo hoo!!! This is super exciting for me.  I will have more exciting news next month- tune in.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

With all my Heart

Finished a layout for Lindy's June Challenge- summer pastel colors



I started with a doily stencil (its hard to see) then i splatter with Lindy's Cape Cod Coral, South Shore Sand, and Merci Beaucoup Mint.

Next I spray with water, the color spreads out and the three colors blend together.

Next very carefully lift off the doily stencil, heat set.


Once dry here is how it looks, you can definitely see the doily pattern and all the color variations.  Very grungy final look.

I created a decorative frame by layering together 3 chipboard designs available at my etsy store Boozybear.
Leafy Frame
Alexandra Flourish
Flight Frame

Alexandra Flourish


Flight Frame


Leafy Frame


Add paper layers, and die cuts from 7 Dots studio Dreamscrapes paper line.  I also sewed around circles, note to self do not glue on all paper layers before sewing the page is not very flexible makes sewing difficult as you see with my stitching is oval not circle.

I painted the layered chipboard frame white then embossed with four embossing powders Lindy's Geranium Coral Blush, Golden Angel Wings, Copper Pine and on the butterflies only Merci Beaucoup Mint.  I embossed yellow to pink in an ombre effect.  Finish with some random stamping and splatter with white and black acrylic paint around photo and frame.

Pink embossing along the bottom and yellow at the top.

Really like the subtle effect of background pattern doilies and clocks.  Love the color variations in doilies.


I also used a clock stencil and inked around with hickory smoke distress ink, then highlighted by drawing around clock with glossy accents.


This sewing circle is actually a circle!


Whenever I think a layout is missing something I splatter paint around photo cluster, don't know why but it seems to finish the layout.

Now back to chores...