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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! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

using leftover Gellis to finish a UFO

Do you ever abandon projects, leaving them as UFOs?  You know, UnFinished Objects.  Must confess to you that I do, occasionally . . . today in the art room, under a pile of partially used Gelli prints, I discovered an origami wallet fold book.  It lacked a cover, and its pockets were pitifully empty, so this happened--that pile of leftover Gelli print pieces?  Definitely enough for a little book cover and some ATC backgrounds.
Leftover Gelli print pieces
Here's the cover . . . it's a little over 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, because inside is the orgami wallet fold book pages, the pockets being the perfect size to hold ATCs . . .
Inside cover, first pocket, and atc
Oh good grief.  Do you see what I see?
Make sure the image is glued down before putting it in the pocket!!
This one is my favorite.   :)
This, along with a brief organization tip, is my share today at Altered Pages Artsociates.  The theme this month is LET'S GET ORGANIZED, and there have been some really helpful hints.
Happy Thursday, everyone!  :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

A use-what-you-have, step by step introduction to book binding.

That's my new column at Unruly Paper Arts.  If you have time to peruse it, let me know if there's anything confusing--it made sense when I was writing it up, but does it read well?????  We'll see . . .

Here is the link:  A Use-What-You-Have, Step by Step Introduction to Book Binding.

 The finished book has a cloth covered cover, it's some random tie-dyed cotton from years ago, and

 I really like stamping over ephemera--this paper was someone's school notes at one time.

This page is old notebook paper--such a pretty image, our daughter plays violin, so I'm a little partial to this one.  Thank you to Rubber Dance Art Stamps for the beautiful stamps, love that Thoreau quote, too!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!  (And seriously, if you see something hinky in that tutorial, let me know.)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

time--a 4x4 inch canvas

Today at the Leaky Shed Studio blog, I'm sharing this 4x4 inch gallery wrapped canvas:
DecoArt Traditions Acrylic paints, Leaky Shed chipboard
It features "Clock #2 Small," a finely cut chipboard who, once again, proved Leaky Shed quality by withstanding some substantial mistreatment on my part . . .
Isn't that a pretty cut?  If you'd like more details, please see THIS POST.
Thank you for stopping by, and a Happy Thursday to you!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine peeky party

Today at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog, I'm sharing peeks at a buncha Valentines--here are couple for you:
straight up collage--you could make these today!

leftover cut out images = stick them on the envelope!!!
Some of them fit into these super cute glassine envelopes, and they all fit into business sized envelopes.  What?  You say those glassine envies look like something you got your last hotdog in?  Don't be so observant ridiculous!  For the month of February, we're also sharing tips for organizing your art space, and I'm really enjoying the helpful hints.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

palette paper Valentines

Today at the Leaky Shed Studio blog, I'm sharing some Valentines I made using paper leftover from monoprinting with a Gelli plate.  This paper isn't the actual prints, it's paper that was used as a palette to brayer out the paints, plus some LSS chipboard I was using as masks in the printing process.
Butterfly wings from Altered Pages

The palette paper is adhered to cardstock, cut to fit inside these glassine envelopes, which then fit inside a business size envelope

Have a great week, everyone--I hope to see you tomorrow with What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday, and again Thursday with some more Valentines!  :)