Thursday, January 26, 2012

On My Desk.....

Currently working on a mixed media canvas.  I collaged the background.  Added some acrylic ink.  Stenciled hearts using modeling paste to add texture. 

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge

My sister-in-law, Lydia, is a designer for Frosted Designs. http://www.kiwimumscraps.blogspot.com/    I was visiting their site and came across their challenge for the week using vellum, acrylic, or transparency on a card, layout or project.  I was inspired.
www.frosteddesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/winter-wonderland-blog-hop-fabulous.html  I was sitting at work today and had this idea pop in my head.  I couldn't wait to get supper, errands and my workout done and get creating.   I needed to send a few cards, so I decided to make a couple.  Here is what I came up with:


I had a few left over inky file folders from a previous project.  I used them as my background for each card.  I stenciled a few hearts on the background of one.  I then outlined each heart using my Permaball permanent pen.  I used a Bic White Out Pen to write "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." I then cut a transparency to size and sewed it onto the background.  I used a scrap of ledger paper to make the main focal heart pop.  I added some circles with a stamp using StazOn Jet Black Ink, and colored them in on top of the transparency.  I then sewed an inky tag on it.  I cut out a heart and collaged some scrap pieces onto it.  I then inked the heart and sewed it on the front.  I stamped a greeting "Thinking of You", and glued it on the top with my favorite glue stick UHU. Voila!  Greeting card! 




 On the second card I used another inky file folder as the background.  I used a sink drainer mat I found at the dollar store as a stencil.  I like the squares!  I colored in random squares with my Pitt Pen onto the background.  With my Bic White Out Pen I wrote random words:  love, joy, peace, patience.  I collaged random scrap papers, a paint chip and an inky tag.  I sewed a transparency to the background.  I then stamped a heart onto a piece of the inky file folder and sewed it onto the background. I added the greeting "Get Well Soon!"


Use what you have laying around your art studio or on your desk!  Make a card to send to someone!  It will make their day! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Doodle Watercolor Journal and Embellished Planner

I am in the process of a couple projects right now.  First, I thought my planner for the year was just a little too plain for me.


 I am working on jazzing it up. 

I have this crazy obsession with different Type fonts.  I used the DCWV "The Timeless Type Stack".  I sewed around the edge.  My husband bought a pair of jeans the other day.  It had this cool Roebuck & Co. tag.  Of course, I had to keep them to use!  I sewed it on the front. 



I also cut out squares of random papers to glue on the inside of each month.  I will be adding tabs on the outside to indicate each month as well.  I still have lots to do, but it's coming along.

I'm also in the process of making a journal out of my watercolor doodle I created in Traci Bautista's class last week.  See previous post.  Here is what I have done so far.  I love the vibrant green, blue, purple and pink combination.  I just need to do the pages and sew them in.  In this new year my word focus is "Faith" and "Grow".   It's time to get rid of the old yucky baggage that is holding me back and trust the Lord...try something new and grow!  That is the theme for this journal.



Front Cover says "What you sow does not come to life unless it dies." 1 Cor. 15:36


Flower close up-  I used my free motion sewing foot. I also have had sewn french knots in the center.

Back Cover says "Faith of a mustard seed"


Close up of free motion doodle flowers on back.
I hope this inspires you to try something new.  Do something creative today!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Doodle Unleased-Session 2 with Traci Bautista

I am having fun taking the Strathmore workshop with Traci Bautista.  http://www.strathmoreartist.com/workshop-reg.html

Just playing around with some watercolors this morning.  I will probably use it to make other things out of it. 



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Doodle Unleashed Painting Finished

I finally finished my painting.  What a fun process!  Be sure to check out Traci Bautista's Doodle Unleashed Workshop.  It's FREE!  http://www.strathmoreartist.com/workshop-reg.html


Doodle Unleashed with Traci Bautista Painting in Progress

I was super excited when I found out that Traci Bautista was having a free workshop at http://www.strathmoreartist.com/workshop-reg.html.  Seriously people!  Free!  What a gift!  Last night I started my first doodle with paint.  I am using a canvas pad from Dick Blick, various acrylic paints, and Portfolio Oil Pastels.  Here is my doodle painting so far.  I hope to finish it this afternoon.  Hope this inspires you to get some paper out and doodle with paint. 
Have fun!

Michelle