Wednesday, June 27, 2012

She Art canvas gift from a proud aunt

So this week I am on holidays, and am taking the time to get around to organizing that needed doing, and I wanted to be able to have some time to just sit, relax, read a book and get around to my art work. I've taken so many courses in the last year, and I've hardly put them into something to hang or decorate my apartment.

But this week I had a piece in mind. You see, my darling niece graduated from elementary school this year, and she won a language arts award. Only two were awarded this year, and she received one of them. She's been taking school in French immersion, and is doing so well. She's a natural born reader, and loves books and writing. I cannot say just how proud I am of my darling niece. 

She's had a hard couple years now, dealing with things that I'm sure would have thrown adults off kilter. But she's weathered it, and she is growing into a beautiful young woman. So when I thought of giving her a gift, I thought that I would make her a canvas that would remind her of that fact, especially in hard times, when self-doubt creeps in. 

I really hope she enjoys this canvas, and keeps it in her room as a reminder that to fly - you only need to find your wings and soar.

8 X 10 inch canvas

A closeup of the textures

She found her wings and soared

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Art Journal: Fly

It's done! My first You Tube fast forward video!

You can watch me create an art journal page, and see my process. Next time I'll have better lighting and a better setup for the camera angle, though.

Be creative and learn to fly!!

Enjoy your weekend!

ETA: some of you would like to see the closeups of the final page. Here are some shots that when clicked will allow you to do that:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Relax, unwind: a new art journal page

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  ~Ovid

Have an amazing weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Don't hide in the shadows... an art journal page

Today I thought I'd show you an art journal page I did using some of the papers found in the June kit I received from Scrap'n with Flair, available here.

This art journal page was created using old book paper pasted into a hardcover book that I repurposed as an art journal. I put a layer of acrylic paint on, and some texture paste. Then I layered on some of the paper I had from the beautiful FabScraps kit. Then I stamped a chevron stamp over some areas, and onto the Prima flowers I had, and layered on some more paper, cardboard, inked up canvas and tags. I finished it up with some dew drops, scribbles and splashes of black ink.
Here's a close up of each of the page's clusters:

You can see some of the beautiful FabScrap papers here that add a vintage look to the page.

I distressed the journal spot, and added some of the beautiful crocheted lace that comes with the kit. Notice the beautiful damask paper at the bottom too.

I just love how these papers have their own distressed texture to them.
Make sure that you pick up the June FabScraps kit before they are sold out. They come with beautiful embellishments, like antique brass butterflies, flat back pearls and gems, lace and bling ribbon, and tons of gorgeous papers that have their own distressed, shabby texture to them. The kit is an a fabulous deal, so don't miss out.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Wallack's Warehouse Sale haul!!

I love a deal as much as the next gal! Really I do, but sometimes I am just not sure whether a morning in bed outweighs a really good deal. Fortunately, today was not a day where I had that kind of thinking. A friend of mine had posted about Wallack's Warehouse Sale, which happens one day a year, and said she was going. I looked at the poster. Hmmm... easels, stretched canvas, paints, books, scrapbook materials. I'm in. All in. 

So I got up this morning with hubby, at 6 a.m. (I hate that he likes long slow mornings to get ready for work) and went downstairs ready to drive him to work and tackle the day.

Boy am I glad I did. I got there before the doors opened and there were only about twenty of us there. But after the doors opened and people started pouring in, there were well over a hundred in the warehouse. Space was cramped but I didn't stay long, so I didn't mind. I knew what I was going for, so it's not like I really was checking every single product out. I ruled out the canvases because I wanted to be able to walk the stuff back to my car. So I went for the art journals, books, and paints, even inks would be a great find.

Here's a picture of what I came back with, minus one item:

Artist Brush Pens, sketchbook similar to Moleskine (80 gsm), book on drawing
palette sheets and a large 8.5 X 11 inch sketchbook (100 gsm paper)

Royal Langnickel acrylic brushes, 2 sharpie pens, 3 packages of scrapbook trim
1 tube of Liquitex Acrylic Basics, 3 bottles Liquitex soft body acrylic,
and various inks, along with two large plastic jars for my craftroom

The kicker was what I picked up right as we came into the warehouse. I got my easel. It's a nice professional desktop easel in wood (not sure what kind). Now that I had my craft room set up, I could use the other table I had in the other room for the easel and painting!

I'm sorry....does that really say $12???
 Here's the easel I got. Gorgeous and no flaws in it. Just discounted!

Now much did I get all this stuff for? That's what you are really asking, right? Less than the original price of the easel. I got all of it, taxes included for less than $55!! The inks, paints were $1 a piece, and the books and brushes, markers were all crazy discounts! I should have stayed to look longer, but now I know what to expect for next year, and I'm not going alone next time!

It's the start of a great weekend!!!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Fab Scraps Mini Album

Hi everyone. It's been a busy weekend in my house. I've been working with my kit from Scrap'n with Flair for the month of June. What a great kit. I'm not hardly done with it yet, but believe me when I say that it will be perfect for those romantic summer projects.

Scrap'n with Flair - June kit
They packed so much into this kit to play with! There are so many papers, a chipboard book, stickers, and lots of bling.

I tackled my very first completed mini album using this kit. How could I not, with the chipboard book begging to be used. It has all these fantastic cutouts! It challenged me for sure, thinking about how to match up the papers, and use those cutouts well.

Here's the completed album. I'll walk you through it, and give you closeups along the way.

The cover - well the whole book actually!
The trick with this book was to figure out how to use the cutouts in the best way, allowing someone to insert wedding photos or family photos and at the same time, show off the detail. The cover has four cutouts and a uniquely cut out side as well.

The kit comes with beautiful flowers from I am Roses. I used these on the cover of the mini album. They are white when they arrive, so I used various sprays, like Lindy Stamp Gang's Golden Lump o'Coal shimmer spray, and Firebrick Red Distress Ink Stamper by Ranger.

I am Roses flowers close up
I sprayed the top one with the Lindy's spray in Gold Lump of Coal I think it's called. Then I dipped the tips of the petals in Firebrick Red distress ink. The bottom flower I used the champaign coloured Magicals to paint the leaves, then dipped in the Lindy's spray.

Beautiful gardenia from I am Roses. You can see the pretty butterfly element that comes with the kit,
as well as a peek of a sticker on the next page through a cutout.

This is page two of the mini album. I kept it fairly simple because there's not a lot that can happen here, but I created a folded journal spot, tied down with a button and some fiber I had in my stash, along with one of the pretty rosettes that comes in the kit. So easy to make. I topped it with a flatback gem, which the kit has plenty of.

Page 3 is fairly simple as well. You can see a peek of the following pages here as well. I used some paper from the cover's cutout sections, and used it for a photo matte. I lined it with Sakura Gelly Roll pen to give it some punch. Then I created a side pocket using some of the paper in the kit (the black polkadot), and I used some of the Prima flowers I had in my stash (painted them and sprayed with inks and sprays), and I lined that paper up to the top of the page with some bling. I then put a sticker where it could be seen through a cutout, and added another flower.

The tag is a simple manilla tag, distressed and stamped with a stamp from my stash. The sewn ric rac I had in my stash.

On page 4 I created a top opening pocket for a photo matte and journal spot. Then I put a journal spot down on the page, and embellished with another rosette and a cut out from the small window. The final touch - some flatback pearls from the kit.

Page 5 was fun to do! More room to play, due to only one cutout. I used a giant rosette in the top right corner, topped with a metal embellishment and flatback gem. Then I created a double pocket. Well actually it's a frame pocket. The damask frame sits on top of a pocket that holds two photo mattes. I edged the pocket with more bling from the kit.

Close up of the photo mattes/tags that fit in the pouch. I used ribbons I had in my stash.

Page 6 was a joy as well. I created a double pocket (one top opening and one side) using some paper from the kit. I used a circle punch to cut out the side pocket part for the tag. I created two tags using the manilla tags from the kit. One I sprayed with Lindy Stamp Gang's Golden Lump o'Coal, and the other I distressed with Rangers' Firebrick Red Distress Ink Dauber. I used a bit of bling and finished the page with some left over lace from the cover (included in the kit) and a rosette from the kit.

Closeup of the tag (using a pretty sticker from the kit)
And last but not least, page 6. This page was fun to make. I used an idea from Jessie's mini album that she showed off on her blog. I lined mine with crochet from the kit, and some fringe ribbon I had in my stash. I made two photo mattes with journaling room on the back (or room for more photos) and another manilla tag, using a sticker from the kit. I used the gorgeous jumbo rosette from the kit in red, and topped it with another flatback gem. Then I sprayed some of my Prima flowers from my stash, and used another little rose from I am Roses. Finished the page off with some bling on the bottom and some flatback pearls on the side.

This kit was a dream to work with, and so worth the money. I didn't have to use anything from my stash. I just wanted to add a few little things.

You definitely should check it out at Scrap'n with Flair, and pick it up to try out your own mini album using the kit. You can also find many of the other products I used at that same store.

Have a great week, and link me up to any projects you'd like to show off!