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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

she had a lot on her mind--an altered book cover

Okay, I use old book covers for canvases--that's still altered, right?

Ink spritzed cheesecloth, glass beads and microbeads, and the Steampunk Cameo and Gears chipboard from Leaky Shed Studio.  She's all crackled up with Crackle Glaze and Antiquing Cream from the DecoArt media line.

Okay okay okay, want to know my new favorite sparkle trick?  Mix any color of the DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint with the Champagne Gold Metallic paint.  Depending on how much Champagne Gold is used, you can get one of those beautiful shabby chic colors, but with amazing shine.
By the way, if you have some Leaky Shed chip, Laura Gilhuly is hosting a challenge with a fun prize--you'll find the details HERE.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful Tuesday! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

a glorious muse . . .

(First, thank you so much to everyone who left a comment on that batch of atcs--I'll have some happy mail envies out for everyone eventually, but the atcs will go to the 4 randomly drawn peeps.  I'll be around to visit everyone soon, please be patient!  Jackie, I can't figure out how to contact you.) 

On to the muse.  Okay, I made a refrigerator magnet.

Yes, seriously, it's going on my fridge.  AND I'm still all in on the "tea" theme.  I feel like this theme is going to hang on for a while, so please bear with me.

A little modeling paste, a little color, a stencil . . .
love that DecoArt Modeling Paste!
A super cute Leaky Shed Studio chipboard teacup--it can hold up to anything, including the glitter!  It comes with a saucer, too, but I saved that for something else.

 And here we go--her banner it ridiculously large, it looks awful when I try to photograph the whole thing:

Each cup of tea holds a glorious muse.

And I really shouldn't show the whole thing, since it's my share today at Altered Pages Artsociates, but that's a good peek.  Happy Thursday, everyone!

P.S.  Here are TWO little tidbits of info for you:  if you share the Altered Pages blog posts, any post this month, on facebook, you're entered into the draw for a nice package of goodies.  Details at the Altered Pages blog!

AND Laura Gilhuly is hostessing a challenge at Leaky Shed Studio, so if you happen to have any LS chip lying about, you may be interested in THIS POST

Saturday, April 18, 2015

a cup of tea to go . . .

 I drink a lot of tea.

Seriously, a LOT of tea.  I won't bore you with details.  Let's just say that pretty little teacup in the background photo is WAY too small . . .

Anyway, here is a simple tea caddy for my bag, using the cutest Leaky Shed Studio teapot, all crackled up with DecoArt Media paints, Crackle Glaze, and Antiquing Creme.
Yes, I'm a little addicted to the crackle finish--but c'mon, it's perfect for a teapot, right?

Nice deep pockets inside to hold my portable stash . . . and lots of bright spring colors for a quick non-caffeinated pick-me-up! 

Plus, inked up this new butterfly from Lost Coast Designs--love it!

It's shaping up to be a lovely spring here, everything is blooming like crazy--have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!  :)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gelli print reclaimed. And a little blog candy. Make that four little blog candies..

Have you ever made about a million monotype prints, and really only liked about half of them?

That happens to me every time . . . but I don't mind, because those less-than-satisfactory prints always end up as something.  Eventually.

Here is one of those prints that got a spritzing with spray inks and cut up into atc backgrounds--you can see more of the process in my share today at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.  Thank you to Stencil1 for the variety of perfectly sized backgrounds:

So.  I've also been tidying up the art room.  If you live in the US, and would like one of these atcs and some of the art room findings--not a ton, just some fun flat goodies that fit in an envelope--just leave me a comment here.  I'll wait a couple weeks, and if needed, do a random draw thing.  So that's four little sweeties.


Friday, April 03, 2015

monotype printing on fabric at Unruly Paper Arts

Do you ever monoprint on fabric?  At Unruly Paper Arts, my new column is about just that, along with some use-what-you-have tips. 
Love those DecoArt SoSoft fabric paints--great colors, and they stay soft!!
Here is the wall hanging I pieced together, using those aforementioned fabric prints--this isn't finished yet, and you can see the pins in it here and there:
Thank you for stopping by, and a Happy Easter to you!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

another peeky Easter egg!

First, wow, I miss blog visiting you all--we've been awfully busy around here, and I've been having to do lots of NOT art things.

Anyway, here we go with Peeky Egg #2:
As with my first Peeky Egg of the season--you can see that one, with instructions, HERE--this egg today has lots of shimmer and shine, thanks to DecoArt Glamour Dust and Metallics paints.  To be specific, the Peacock Pearl and Champagne Gold are my favorite paints du jour.  
Collage image from Altered Pages
You know how it goes, right?  In real life, the shine and glitter and gold is fantastic.  In photos, not so much!  (A little Metallic and some Champagne Gold = that shabby ballet pink on the big rose, by the way.)

 Lots of spring flowers, and a German Scrap butterfly or two . . .

It sits atop a glass candlestick, which makes a nice display  Once again, if you'd like to see how to make your own peeky egg, check out THIS POST.  If you'd like a few more details on this particular egg, you may want to check out my share today at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Thank you for stopping by, and have  wonderful weekend! 

Joining in the fun this week at:
Word Art Wednesday--As always, Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Inspiration--Flowers
Crafter's Cafe--Spring Flowers
PINspirational Challenges--photo/color challenge

Friday, March 13, 2015

Easter eggs, of the mixed media, collage type persuasion

Mmmmm Easter eggs . . .
Plain plastic eggs collaged with papers from a Vintage Text pack from Altered Pages . . .

 And ready to add a shimmery coat or two of Dazzling Metallic paints from DecoArt.
Added some vintage laces and German Scrap trims (more on those at my post at Altered Pages Artsociates)--and I love that Peacock paint so much, I painted a basket, too!
Mmmmm, shiny . . . and really, how can you expect me to resist names like Champagne Gold, Mink Pearl, Royal Ruby, and Peacock Pearl???  Again, I say to you, mmmmmmmm!!!  
 This one may be my favorite so far.  :)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

a peeky Easter egg (like a sugar egg?) and a quick how-to

So you know it's almost spring.  Which means it's almost Easter.  Which leads me to this--just finished off a Peeky Egg.  In my mind I call them Peeky Eggs, because really I have no other name for them.  They're like the sugar Easter eggs, the kind with the little scenes in them.  Those always fascinated me, they're like little magical things.  (Okay, you're right, I still love them!)

Anyway, here's my paper person version:
They're simple enough to make;  here's a little how-to for you:
1.  Get a larger sized plastic egg--it doesn't need a hinge like mine--and a pair of kitchen scissors.

2.  Snip a little chunk out of one side of the egg--it will probably crack a bit, but that's no problem.
3.  Now cut the peeky hole the size you want it to be.  It's easier to make a jagged, cracked egg look, rather than the traditional round peeky hole that are in most sugar eggs.

Americana Decou-page
4.  Adhere torn bits of text papers from books, or like here, torn sheet music, all over the inside and outside of the egg.  (Yes, I was out of regular decoupage stuff, and used the kind made for fabric, which worked just fine!)

5.  While letting the egg dry, I painted up some Leaky Shed Studio butterflies with Peacock Pearl Metallic paint (DecoArt).  I also painted up some handmade flowers, you can find that diy HERE.

6.  Next, a nice shiny wash with the Berry Metallic on the outside, and a wash of Dark Patina Metallic on the inside of the egg . . .

7.  And then a layer of Champagne Gold, on the egg and butterflies and flowers:
(I was trying to photograph the gorgeous glowing shine-- but you can't quite see it on the butterfly?  Check out my thumb!)

You can almost see the glow here.

8.  I also added a ruffle of silky seam binding around the outside of the egg.
9.  Finally, fill the egg with flowers (or whatever you like), and add a thread spool pedestal.

I really, really like shiny paint, and these metallics have a great shimmer, almost luminescent. 
(Wanna see a bird themed Peeky Egg?  You'll find it HERE.)   

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Not much--What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 300

(Clicky the linky for more info about What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday)

Late to the party, as usual--not a whole lot going on here at the moment, but here's the beginnings before of a little 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch Irish Blessings book:
The background paper is a sheet from a basketball score keeping book . . . the husband coaches, and the youngest son plays.  I watch, and eat nachos.

Here is a page from the finished book, each line of the blessing has a layout:
collage images from Altered Pages
(By the Way:  If you're working on anything green at the moment, you might want to check out the Reader's Art Challenge at Unruly Paper Arts--there's a nice randomly drawn gifty from Rubber Dance Art Stamps as a prize, so why not, right?)

Next week I hope to show you befores and afters of my actual art room.  It's gotten pretty deep in there, and it's time for a full blown excavation.  Seriously, even the Spot To Work is covered.  Anyway,  Happy WOYWW to you!  And thank you, Julia!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Reader's Art Quest at Unruly Paper Arts

Believe it or not, it's March already--the new issue of Unruly Paper Arts is beginning, and it's time for another Reader's Art Quest.  This month's theme:
You can choose either the colors or the prompt (or both!) as inspiration, and this month the randomly drawn winner receives a $30 gift voucher to Rubber Dance Art Stamps.  Here is the little atc sized book--it's only 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches--I created for this RAQ, it's filled with an Irish blessing:
I won't bore you with all the layouts!  All the collage images are from Altered Pages.  In fact, if you'd like to make an Irish Blessings Book or two of your own, the materials are all available in a kit HERE.

The best of luck to you in the Reader's Art Quest! :)