Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stencils and Embossing

I've recently started adding 3D texture to my art journal pages. I really like using embossing paste with stencils. This page was a test page I did using a Julie Fei Fan Balzer stencil.  

I started with a piece of deli paper on the background. I love to used recycled materials and this deli paper was actually on my friend's sandwich.  My friends are use to me collecting odd things from them for my art journal.

Next I stenciled using a mixture of embossing paste and spackling compound.  I let it sit over night so it would be completely dry.  I tried using a stencil brush to color the letters but got more color on the background than I liked so I used paint pen to make the letters pop.

I added washi tape at the top and bottom and didn't really want add anything else to it because I really liked those funky letters.  I finally decided to add Tim Holtz's Bird in a Cage in bright colors and be done with it.

Link to: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Tim Holtz 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Newspaper House

This is my newspaper house for this week's Journal 52 challenge. I began by putting a light coat of gesso on a piece of newspaper. Then I stenciled this Carolyn Dube stencil over it.  I used a small journal so the darling steps to this house don't show. You will see it again in all it's glory I'm sure.

I stenciled a few branches using a Club Scrap stencil and then added fall leaves by using the tip of a small stencil brush and craft paint.  I added a bit of yellow with my finger so it would appear the lights were on in the house.

Link to: Journal 52, Paint Party Friday

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Leaves... Rubber Dance Giveaway

My Friend, Bibi, over at Rubber Dance is giving away a set of her wonderful leaf stamps. I have several Rubber Dance stamps and they are great quality red rubber.

Check out her blog HERE  to see beautiful projects using her stamps.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Swap

If you follow my other blog Art,Journal, Feel  you may have read about the one for one swap where I was a participant. Click the link to see the wonderful balloon I received from my partner, Twinkletoes (Mo) Allan. 

We used a Stampington Tempting Template for our balloon.  I made this balloon I to sent to Mo. it is made from recycled cardboard. I used a Dyan Reaveley stencil and embossing paste to make the diamond design.  I painted the whole thing yellow and then painted the diamonds with paint pens to add the orange and green.  

The basket is also cardboard that I stamped with an old Stampin' Up ticking stamp and archival ink. I added Tim Holtz stickles to give it a bit more texture.  The little characters in the basket are The Angel Company images.

I've done many swaps in the last 15 years and I have to say this was more fun than any of the others.  There are a few reasons for that:  I only had to make one,  I was making it for a friend who I knew would love it, and I got to use several different products.  If you have never been in an art swap, I recommend it. It's lots of fun!!

Link to: Paint Party Friday, Stampington Tempting Templates 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

I love the colors of fall. I love pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, colorful leaves and the return of cool air. I love fall.  I also love spring... but I love fall.  

The trees on this page are a Club Scrap stencil that Robin gave me. The pumpkins were cut with a Sizzix die. The ground cover is two different fibers woven together and glued down with Aileen's Tacky glue.  The Scarecrow's head is a sticker. I made his body out of scraps and used fiber for his straw.  The sign is stamped with a Just For Fun weave stamp and Archival ink.  The background is blue Liquitex paint and green craft paint.

Did I mention that I love the colors of fall in Tennessee???

Friday, September 5, 2014

Texture and Houses

If you follow my blog you know I have a thing for houses. They just make me happy.  I like tall ones, short ones, fat and skinny ones.  I didn't start this page with houses in mind. I was just playing with stenciled backgrounds.  Stencils are another new love for me.  I use to hate them but now they also make me want to smile.  I don't even know how many stencils I used. I do know that one of them is a Crafter's Workshop stencil and that one was sequin waste.  

The houses were hand sketched and then colored with Lycra Watercolor crayons.  I'm not having a ton of success with watercolor crayons.  I sprayed these with a fixative and waited overnight and they were still not waterproof. The place that this is most evident is by the orange high rise.  I tried to fix the dark color around it and finally just accepted that it was what it was.  

I used spacking compound for the chimneys and for other spots of texture.  This is my piece for Journal 52 because this week's theme is texture.

I had fun playing with this piece. I think I could have fiddled around with it for days.  I had to stop myself from adding more stenciling.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fly Free

 I've been on a fall colors binge the last few days so I thought I'd try something with a bit more color.  I started with a gessoed page and the use Liquitex Pigment Crayons that I bought several years ago.

I have no clue how to use them so I did rainbow like stripes across the page. I thought a baby wipe would make them move and I'd blend them.  Nope.. they didn't move. They were waxy like kids crayons with more pigment.  I finally gave up and glue a white napkin over the whole page to tone down the color.

Then I cut grass from a gelli print with my old deckle scissors. I love those scissors.  The flowers are from a stencil my friend, Robin was giving away last year.  I've used that stencil over and over. I have a lot of light purple molding paste/spackling compound left from another project so I used it for the flowers and let them dry over night.  Today I painted the flowers with Artist Loft Glossy acrylic paint and then doodled a bit on them to make them whimsical.

The birds and words are yet more stamps from my A Little Bird  Rubber Dance stamp set.  This set is huge. It has at least 20 stamps in it.

My photos are not so great these days. I don't know if it's not enough light or the camera is sick.  It could just be user error.

Link to:  Paint Party Friday,  Rubber Dance Stamps