Monday, February 20, 2017
Hi everyone! It's my turn to host the 2017 Art Journal Adventure on the Joggles blog today. For Week 8, I have made the prompt Include a Reference to Time. I grabbed the opportunity to use my Carabelle Studio Alice in Wonderland stamp set...love them! I'm only giving a sneak peek here...if you want to see the whole page and read about my process, you'll have to pop over to the Joggles blog. Hope you do! I's so excited to see what the AJA Facebook group members come up with for this one. They are an incredibly talented and creative group!
Life is good; so is art.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Hi everyone! It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. Just one more fabulous reason to love Fridays. Today I am playing with the sweetest image which makes me long for spring and gardening. The image is called Bee a Gardening 1313 and will be available in Sandra's shop later today.
I coloured her up with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding a little gray Copic marker around the outsides of the two characters to create a shadow. It's subtle but I like doing that when I am not fussy cutting the image and matting it with black. Diamond Stickles were added to the bee's wings to add a little sparkle.
A rectangle of green card stock was matted with black and added to the white card base. Over that, a piece of yellow and white dotty paper matted in black was layered. The image, also matted in black, was adhered over that yellow layer. In the four corners of the yellow layer, tiny threaded black buttons were adhered to set it off. I had printed the image fairly large for a card so there wasn't much room or need to add a lot of embellies.
The sentiment from Create With TLC was printed on white card stock and die cut. The fancy ends of the die cut were trimmed off to better suit the card and then it was matted with black. Foam tape was used to adhere the sentiment and add dimension. Easy peasy card!
Thanks for joining us today. Bee, her little friend, and I appreciate that. To see the other wonderful new releases by Sandra and also the wonderful DT makes with them, be sure and pop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where they will be posted throughout the day. You can also stop over to Sandra's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, to see not only these newbies but also all of the other wonderful images in her shop. I always come away inspired and with new images with which to play! Can't resist...LOL
Life is good; so is art.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Hi everyone! It's Friday and that means new release day at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs. The one I have chosen to play with is called Fly Away Love 1345. I just love her wonderful hat and those flying pigtails. Her sweet face makes me smile :)
I coloured FAL up with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Metallic gel pen topped with Glossy Accents was added to her hat pin and Icicle Stickles to the heart's wings. Fal was then fussy cut leaving my usual white border and then matted with black and trimmed out again. Foam tape was added to the back to pop her up. The chocolate bar image which she is resting her hand on was clip art from another Etsy shop.
The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper, was printed with my Gel Press plate using two shades of blue Liquitex acrylic paint and then removing some with a plastic canvas circle shape. Forget-Me-Not Archival ink was used to apply Carabelle Studio Checkerboard stamp in a few places. The stitching stmp is from Viva Las Vegas and was applied with Jet Black Archival ink. The border along the top of the page was created with the same ink and Stampotique Originals Hanging Hearts stamp. Parts of the hearts were coloured in with coloured pencils and pens.
To add a little more texture and break up some of the more solid painty areas, Texture Paste was scraped through TCW Tiny Circles stencil in a few areas and allowed to dry thoroughly. The sentiment was printed on white card stock and then cut into individual words which were then matted with black. Each word was adhered to the background using Scor tape. The outside edges of the background were inked with Black Big Brush pen before the page was matted with black card stock to serve as a frame.
Thanks for popping by today. FAL and I appreciate that. To see the other wonderful new releases by Sandra and also the awesome DT makes with them, be sure and pop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where they will be posted throughout the day. You can also stop over to Sandra's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, to see not only these newbies but also all of the other wonderful images in her shop. There's something for everyone and every occasion.
Life is good; so is art.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Hi everyone! It's my turn to host the 2017 Art Journal Adventure on the Joggles blog today. For Week 6, I have made the prompt Use a Subtle Colour Palette which is way out of my usual style...as a matter of fact besides no brights on my page, the only black I used was the matting where I mount the pages into the journal. I'm only giving a sneak peek here...if you want to see the whole page and read about my process, you'll have to pop over to the Joggles blog. Hope you do!
Life is good; so is art.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Hi everyone! Sandra Caldwell's DT is back from our lovely long break and so excited to share some of her wonderful new images. She has switched her new release day from Mondays to Fridays. The new release I chose to play with first is called Rosey Hippo #1331. I love her attitude and sassy outfit...she makes me smile!
I coloured Rosey with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils making sure that her lipstick coordinated with her lovely rose tattoo and flashy toes. Rosey was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted on black card stock, and fussy cut again. She was popped up on foam tape to give her dimension and create a natural shadow.
The background began as a secondary print pulled from my gel plate. I had used a Joggles foam stamp and acrylic paint. Tiger Lily Archival ink was used to add a Bo Bunny text stamp and Magenta Hue Archival Ink was used to apply a VLV number stamp to the background. Jet Black Archival Ink was used to add dots from a Ellen Hutson stamp. To give Rosey a place to stand, hot pink and orange washi tape was adhered to white card stock and then to the lower right area. A thin strip of designer paper was layered over the longer of the two washi pieces before two enamel dots were adhered to the ends of the tape.
A scalloped border was die cut from the same striped dp and then layered over another cut from black. These were adhered to the left side of the page. A simple border was doodled with a black pen and the washi tape was outlined as well. The sentiment was printed onto white card stock, cut into individual words and matted with black. Foam tape was also used to pop the words up. The outside edge of the page was coloured with Black Big Brush Pen before the page was matted with black.
Thanks for popping by today. Rosey and I appreciate that. To see the other wonderful new releases by Sandra and also the awesome DT makes with them, be sure and pop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group where they will be posted throughout the day. You can also stop over to Sandra's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, to see not only these newbies but also all of the other wonderful images in her shop. There's something for everyone and every occasion.
Life is good; so is art...and new releases!
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Hi everyone! Lisa from Bloobel Stamps and Colouring Pages is having a Progressive Challenge in her Facebook group using the fabulous image I Must Protest for the month of January. I managed to finish my art journal page just under the wire which means I get to play again in February. You can check out the other fabulous entries over in the FB group...so many clever protest signs.
I coloured my protester with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, choosing to add a coffee themed message to my sign. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was added to the back of the image to create dimension and a natural shadow.
The background is the reverse side of a mixed media pad cover. It has this awesome texture and I had used it to clean off my brayer while gelli printing. The sketchy circles were stamped using plastic canvas and black paint. White Texture Paste was scraped through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil and allowed to dry. Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp the heartbeat (a VLV stamp) and the dots. A free coffee cup image from the internet was fussy cut, matted with black and then doodled on before being adhered to the background. Cheesecloth "steam" was added to the image. To give my protester and the cup somewhere to stand, coffee phrases were printed in a strip, matted with black card stock, and adhered along the bottom of the background.
A kraft paper border was die cut and the pattern emphasized with a black pen before it was adhered to the left side of the page. Two coffee themed buttons were layered onto the border. Black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the background before it was adhered to a black mat to frame the page and draw the eye in.
Thanks for dropping by. My protesting friend and I are happy you did that. If you haven't already entered Lisa's Bloobel Progressive Challenge, it's not too late. You can still purchase the image at Bloobel.com and you have until January 31 to enter. If that doesn't leave you enough time, make sure you buy the February image so you can play next month. Love these quirky characters!
Life is good; so is art.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hi everyone! I'm playing catch-up because everything came to a screeching halt when I got sick. Now I'm finally starting to feel better so I'm tackling various to-do lists. I skipped Week 3 with Barb's Art Journal Adventure prompt of "Mugshot" so that was first on my list of want-to to-dos. Barb did a very whimsical page with a wonderful hand drawn portrait inside a funky frame. I chose to create a page with a play on the idea of mugshot using a hilarious image from Hidden Vintage Studio's Love Bandits collection.
The background started as a 7x10 inch rectangle of mixed media paper onto which I spritzed Lindy's Cotton Candy Pink and Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Starburst Sprays. Once that was dry, two rows of hearts from Joggles Hearts Delight stencil were applied to the top and bottom of the background using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and a mini applicator tool. Using the same ink, script was stamped inside the area where the frame would go.
The frame itself was created by tracing a shape from a stencil onto a piece of white card stock and then hand sketching the same shape about 1/4 of an inch outside that stencilled line. The frame was then fussy cut inside and out. A checkered pattern was coloured in with a Pitt Brush pen and the edges blackened with a Black Big Brush Pen. The frame was set over the bottom of the fussy cut image and traced along the bottom to allow it to be fussy cut to the correct size and shape. Both the image and the frame were then adhered to the background. Hearts were punched from dottty paper and scattered around the bandit's head.
The sentiments were printed onto white card stock and cut apart, then matted with black card stock. The sections were then popped up with foam tape. Two larger hearts were punched from the same dotty paper and adhered to either side of the bottom message. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through Joggles Punchinella Quintet Minis stencil in several places to add more texture, pattern, and dimension. Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the background before it was adhered to the black base.
Thanks for popping by today. I appreciate that but feel I must warn you....don't let the KAT Bandit fool you...he's a heart-breaker with his very own fashion sense. he's hard to resist...LOL. If you haven't already checked out Joggles 2017 Art Journal Adventure, be sure to do that on the Joggles blog. We also have an amazing group of talented, creative, and supportive group playing along and sharing their own creations on the Art Journal Adventure Facebook group. We'd love to see you join us!
Life is good; so is art.