Saturday, February 16, 2019

Week 3 of guest designing for Vera Lane Studio


Hi everyone! This post marks the third one in my 4 week stint as a guest designer for Vera Lane Studio. I have certainly been enjoying myself. This week, I chose to play with two of the images from the Warm and Cozy image & sentiment set. Not only do I love the fact that these two are all dressed up for winter weather (of which we have had more than our share) but their expressions were ideal for the sentiment I had in mind. Besides that, they are just plain cute!


I coloured them with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, highlighted with a white Posca Pen, and used a black Pitt pen to re-trace the linework where the coloured pencils dulled it. They were then fussy cut leaving my usual narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and fussy cut leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was placed on the back of each image to pop them up, creating a natural shadow.


The background began as a gel print from a while ago. Liquitex Basics Light Blue Permanent and Brilliant Yellow Green acrylic paints were applied to the plate and then I used a plastic canvas shape to make marks by removing paint before pulling the print. Prism Violet was used to stencil TCW Tile Mania template in a few places. To add a little more green to the white spaces, Twisted Citron Distress Oxide was applied to a Viva Las Vegas circle text stamp. More texture was added with a numbers stamp from VLV using Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink. Deep Purple Archival Ink was used to add a Crafty Individuals text stamp here and there, and Jet Black Archival Ink to add the stitching from 49 and Market Captured Adventures stamp set.


I had this idea to add a sidewalk to the bottom of the gel print to give the girls a place to stand. I wanted it to have texture so first I printed the word sidewalk over and over on white cardstock and then spritzed the strip with Lindy's Down the Rabbit Hole Starburst Spray to add gray tones. The strip was edged on all sides with Watering Can Archival Ink and matted to black cardstock. Thin pieces of the same cardstock were used at an angle to mark where the sidewalk lines were. Once the sidewalk was adhered, gray Neocolor II was applied along the top edge with a waterbrush to create dimension.


Because I loved this look of the text so much, I did the same thing for the cloud, printing cloud over and over onto white cardstock. I then fed this back through the computer and printed one of the Vera Lane Studio clouds from the Polka Dot Fairy set. It was fussy cut and the bottom was edged with Aquamarine Archival ink.


The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock, cut into sections, and matted with black. Foam tape was used to pop up the words and a doodled border was added to the outside edge of the page to frame it. At that point, there still seemed to be something missing from the design so I applied Deep Purple Archival Ink directly to white cardstock, and punched .25 inch circles. These were then scattered around the sky area and adhered with Scotch Quick Dry glue. The edge of the page was inked with Black Big Brush pen before it was matted with black cardstock, again to frame it and keep the eye from drifting off the page.

Thanks for joining the Warm and Cozy Girls and me today. We are delighted you popped by. To check out the huge selection of Vera Lane studio images, hop over to the VLS Etsy shop where you will find inspiration galore. Speaking of inspiration, remember to stop by the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group where you will see fabulous makes created by the Design Team and the VLS community. It's a great place to hang out and find out about the newest releases.

Life is good; so is art
Bonnie

Monday, February 11, 2019

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ week 6


Hi everyone! It's Week 6 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and this week the theme sparks from one of my favourite sayings. The saying is "Not my circus, not my monkeys. My monkeys fly." Barb is suggesting that we feature monkeys, circuses, or anything else that saying inspires. I chose to go with the circus reference although there are no monkeys, flying or otherwise, on my radar.


The 6x8 background was spritzed with Lindy's Hi Maintenance Magenta and Cotton Candy Pink Starburst Sprays. It's such an easy way to get colour on the page with a pleasing result. Once it was dry, one of the AALL & Create Dot Matrix stamps was applied to the background with Magenta Hue Archival Ink. The number stamp from Studio Light Memories of Summer set was applied with Garden Patina Archival Ink. The chevron was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and a stamp from 49 & Market Captured Adventures set, making sure that one was positioned to serve as a path to the tent. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through My Favourite Things Graduated Star stencil. These stars were then shaded next to the left side with Neocolor II Purple crayon applied with a waterbrush. Once that was dry, black pen was used to outline the lower left side of each star. The same colour Neocolor II was used to shade next to the checked washi tape border once it was adhered.


The tent was sketched from some internet examples and a cardstock pattern was created. This was used to fussy cut the tent shape from a piece of Art by Marlene packaging. Love that design and why waste it? I added a piece of turquoise inked mop-up paper to create the folded back tent flap and a piece of black cardstock was placed behind the opening. Once the lines were added with black pen to define the tent panels, Gray Big Brush Pen was used to shade it. The tent edged with Black Big Brush Pen and popped up on foam tape to create dimension and natural shadow.


The star of this page is an image by Mo Manning (Mo's Digital Pencil) called Cupcake Mouse. I think he's as cute as can be and the closest I'm willing to get to a circus clown. I coloured this wee mouse with Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils using purple gel pen on his neck ruffle. He was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, and matted with black cardstock. He was then trimmed out again leaving a second narrow border of black. This helps him stand out against the busy background and gives strength to those skinny lines holding up the stars. He was popped up on foam tape as well.


The sentiment, my tongue in cheek response to the saying, was printed on white cardstock using a Vera Lane Studio font called Baby Powder. The sentiment was cut into sections, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape. To finish the page, outlining with black pen was done next to the washi tape border before the page was adhered to the black cardstock which serves as a frame.

Thanks so much for visiting with Cupcake Mouse and me today. Be sure to pop by the Joggles AJA Facebook group throughout the next week to see how others in the AJA community respond to this prompt. We would love it if you played along.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Guest Design Projects Week 2 for Vera Lane Studio


Hi everyone! Today I am sharing two Guest Designer projects made with the new Vera Lane Studio digi set called Birthdays. The set contains a boy and a girl as well as a sweet saying, all of which can be used together or separately depending upon your needs.


I created a birthday card with the adorable girl as well as a tag featuring the cute little guy. I love doing two projects at once because you only have to think once...LOL


I coloured both images with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding white Posca paint pen dots to Birthday Girl's dress and their eyes.


Both were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted to black cardstock, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam tape was applied to the backs of the images to add dimension and natural shadow.


Both the tag and card backgrounds were created at the same time using the same colours and mediums. I started with the card background first. Brilliant Yellow Green Liquitex paint was brayered onto my gel plate and then Joggles Teardrops in the Round Foam stamp was applied to the painty plate to remove some of the colour here and there. The card front was then pressed to the gel plate and a print was pulled which had white spaces in the shape of the foam stamp design. As I lifted paint from the plate with the foam stamp, I applied the painty foam stamp to the white cardstock tag to begin the tag background. That way no paint is wasted and you end up with a two-fer...two backgrounds for the price of one :)


The next step was to apply some turquoise pattern over the yellow green. Bright Aqua Green Liquitex Acrylic paint was brayered across the gel plate in a thin even coat. This was then used as a "stamp pad". Joggles Wonky Layered Circle foam stamp was loaded with a thin even coat of Aqua Green paint from the gel plate and then pressed over the previously yellow green printed background. The paint was brayered smooth in between each stamping to get even coverage and a crisper image. The same step was done to the white tag, printing the turquoise circle over the green ones from earlier. Such a simple process and I love how the two backgrounds look different depending upon the background colour.


The card front was then stamped with an Indigo Blu text stamp using Garden Patina Archival Ink. Black gesso was pounced through the harlequin section of Stamperia Steampunk Man stencil. Two pieces of turquoise dotty washi tape were overlapped and matted with black cardstock before being adhered on the left side of the card. Two enamel dots accented the washi flags. The tag had the same dotty washi tape, topped with a thin strip of the card background print adhered above it. This gave Birthday Boy a place to stand. Before he was adhered to the tag, the same Stamperia harlequin stencil design was applied to the background. I love the contrast the black provides and how it makes the other colours pop. A black enamel dot was also used to accent this washi.


The sentiment on the card front was created using the Vera Lane Studio Baby Powder font. I love this font so much! Both sentiments were printed onto white cardstock, cut into sections or individual words, and matted with black. Foam tape was used to op them up. Both projects were then given a doodled border and matted with black cardstock to frame them. The finishing touches of adhering the decorated card front to the white base and adding ribbon as a tag topper were done to complete the two projects.

Thanks so much for joining Birthday Girl, Birthday Boy, and me today. To see more projects using these adorable images, be sure to stop by the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. The talented Design Team has been creating with them all week and there are also inspiring projects created by the VLS community. When you have a minute, pop by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop, too. There is a huge selection of fabulous images and collage sheets that will surely spark your mojo.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, February 04, 2019

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 5


Hi everyone! It's Week 5 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and Barb has a doozy of a prompt for us this week. It's the Number 23. Yep, you read that right...#23. I was stumped because the only things that came to mind were Michael Jordan or 23 pairs of chromosomes, neither of which sparked any joy. I Googled and found that there are a number of mystical and magical things related to the number 23, movie references, etc. but I still wasn't feeling it. Then one night I woke up in the middle of the night and thought 23 Skidoo which means hightailing it out of some place or getting while the getting is good. Ahhh! I could work with that :)


I started with a piece of mop-up paper. I believe I had Heidi Swapp Ocean Color Shine and Lindy's Van Dyke Sepia Moonshadow Mist along with water on my craft sheet and then dipped the paper into that allowing the colours to blend and drip. I also spritzed some of the Sepia onto the card to get some of that spattered look. I sponged Coffee Archival Ink through TH Dot Fade Layering Stencil and then scrubbed Mother of Pearl Nuvo Embellishment Mousse through TH Starry Layering stencil to create a little shimmer. The same mousse was used to stencil the running man series onto black cardstock which was then torn to form a strip.


A Crafty Individuals text stamp coloured with Coffee Archival Ink was rolled onto the background in several places. A number stamp from a Studio Light set was added twice using Jet Black Archival Ink. White gesso was used to push most of the numbers into the background and a black pen was used to circle and emphasize the 23 in each row. Clear Wink of Stella was painted within each circle, again to add shimmer.


An image from a magazine featuring a woman in big boots running across the sand was torn around the edges and glued onto the middle of the page with her foot overlapping the black strip. Black Posca Pen was used to create swirls to indicate her quick motion (the skidooing). White Posca paint dots were added to the swirls.


The 23 to the left of the image was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and dotted with white paint pen. Black Scrubby yarn was wound into a circle and stapled around the 23 with a Tiny Attacher. In the upper left corner of the page, a torn piece of book paper with Chapter Twenty-Three on it was inked with Coffee Archival Ink, outlined with black pen, and adhered to the background.


The Skidoo letters started out as a variety of bright colours. They were painted with black gesso and dotted with white acrylic paint before being adhered vertically down the right side of the page. Coffee Archival Ink was used to darken the page edges before a black border was doodled to help frame the page. Black Big Brush Pen was used to darken the white edges of the paper before it was matted with black cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to pop by the Joggles AJA Facebook group throughout the next week to see the other creative works of (he)art from the rest of the AJA community. We would love it if you played along.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Guest Designing with Vera Lane Studio


Hi everyone! Did you hear my ear-piercing squeal? That was me when Janet Klein asked me if I wanted to guest design with her fabulously talented team using her amazing images from Vera Lane Studio. I am both honoured and excited to have been asked because as I'm sure you have figured out these are my favourite images and I have great admiration for both Janet and for her DT members. This is the first project I completed for the month (4 Saturdays...squee!) and it seemed very fitting because it's all about friends helping us enjoy the journey. That's exactly what the Vera Lane Studio community has done for me. I asked the two sweeties from the Besties set along with one of the 12 hearts from the Have Hearts set to star on this art journal page. I also used the awesome new font from Vera Lane Studio called baby Powder to create the wording for this page. I am smitten with this font!!


I coloured the two best friends using Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. White highlights and dots were added with a Posca Paint Pen and the original lines were retraced with Pitt pens to restore them after the pencils dulled a few areas. The friends were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Their hands were separated from their wrists (there is no nice way to say that!) so they could be glued back on top of the heart, making them look as if they were holding it.


The heart was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and the white spaces were coloured with a turquoise metallic gel pen. The heart was glued to the girls' arms and the hands were adhered over the heart. The girls were popped up on foam tape to add dimension and the heart was only adhered to the background at the point. Once the images were adhered to the background, tiny black stickers were placed inside the heart to spell BFF.


The 6x8 inch mixed media paper was spritzed with Lindy's Bells of Ireland Green  and Sassy Sapphire Starburst Sprays. Garden Patina Archival Ink was sponged through DecoArt Doily stencil to create additional texture and interest. Deep Purple Archival Ink was sponged through both the large and tiny circles from the AALL & Create Lotza Dotz stencil and text was added with Jet Black Archival Ink using a Crafty Individuals stamp. Black pen was used to doodle a heart and line border and to outline the larger stencilled dots. A strip of book text was layered over a torn piece of black cardstock and adhered along the bottom edge of the page to ground the two girls. The text paper was then stencilled with Deep Purple Archival Ink sponged through TH Burlap Layering Stencil. Turquoise and purple Gelatos were spread onto the text strip with a finger.


To brighten the background, white dots were added with a stylus and white acrylic paint. The wording using the Vera Lane Studio Baby Powder font was printed onto white cardstock, cut into sections, and matted with black. Foam tape was used to adhered the sections to the background. To finish the page, Jet Black Archival Ink was sponged on to create a dark edge all around the page and the spread was matted with a rectangle of black cardstock to serve as a frame.

Thanks for popping by today. The BFFs and I appreciate that. To see more wonderful creations using Vera Lane Studio images designed by the awesome VLS Design Team, check out the Vera Lane Studio  Facebook group. Be sure to set aside some time to browse the huge selection of amazing images in the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop. You're sure to be inspired and come away with a list of must-haves! See you next Saturday with my next Guest Designer project.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie


Monday, January 28, 2019

Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week 4 ~ Clothing


Hi everyone! It's week 4 for the 2019 Joggles Art Journal Adventure and the theme this week is " Calories: Tiny creatures who live in your closet and sew your clothes a little tighter each night". We are being challenged to feature  closet gremlins, dieting, clothes...whatever this saying conjures up for you. I opted for clothing and stretched it even further to Style. I love when people buck the trends or fads and stay true to their own style, not worried about what others think. Funky and unique are fun :)


I decided to experiment with texture for this background. I had some watered down acrylic paint from another project and didn't want to waste it so I slapped it on a 6x8 inch piece of mixed media paper. While the three Liquitex paint colours (Cerulean Blue Hue; Light Blue Permanent; Bright Aqua Green) were still wet, I put the textured or patterned side of a paper towel don over it, waited a few seconds and then lifted it up. It left the most delicious diamond pattern which I dried immediately with my heat tool to preserve it. I added a previously decorated Sticky Snippet strip to the bottom edge and a length of black washi with a cross pattern overlapping one end.


To add more texture and pattern to the background, I stamped text (Crafty Individuals script) using Manganese Blue Archival Ink, and a punchinella design (Visible Image Mesh-allaneous) using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through TCW Tiny Circles stencil to brighten the background and add dimension.


The girl is an Art by Marlene die cut. She was beautiful as is but I wanted to make her my own so I used coloured pencils, Posca Paint Pens, and black Pitt Pens to add shading, doodling, and to intensify some of the colours. The crown, another Art by Marlene die cut, was covered in Diamond Stickles to add that sparkle she deserved. The same Stickles was used on her ruby red shoes :) She was matted with black cardstock, fussy cut leaving a narrow black border next to the white one she came with, and popped up on foam tape to create a natural shadow. The flowers from a clip art sheet, were fussy cut, had the colours changed with Posca Pens, received a little doodling, and Stickles over their centers. They were also popped up on foam tape and skinny scraps of striped paper were used for their stems.


I loved this saying I found but wanted it to connect with the clothing theme visually so I drew out a dress shape onto a Lindy's covered mop up piece of cardstock and then drew in the words in the shape of the dress. Black and white Posca paint pens were used to fill in the lettering. A hanger was cut from black cardstock and embroidery floss was used to make the spaghetti straps to hang the dress. White paint pen dots were added to the hanger to make it more whimsical and less stark. There are dots everywhere so it helped it fit in.


A border was doodled around the outside edges of the page (again with the dots!!) and the very edge was inked with Black Big Brush Pen to remove that white edge that is so distracting. A yellow enamel dot was added to the flat end of the washi to tie in with the other yellows in the images and the entire page was matted with black cardstock to serve as a frame, drawing the eye into the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to pop by the Joggles AJA Facebook group throughout the next week to see the other creative works of (he)art from the rest of the AJA community. We would love it if you played along.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Out of Order ~ inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image


Hi everyone! I've been playing with yet another Vera Lane Studio image and a different technique to add colour to an art journal page. The image is called Luz Cannon and she comes with two hats and a bow as well as a sentiment. I think she has this wonderful deer-in-the-headlights look like she has just shut down for the time being. Most of us can relate to that at some point.


I coloured Luz with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils adding black Posca Pen dots to the circles on her dress. As usual, I outlined the black lines after colouring to bring back the contrast because the pencils really dull them. She was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted in black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border.


Colour was added to the 6x6 watercolour background using a 5x7 inch gel plate. Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink was picked up with a brayer and loaded across the gel plate moving from one side to the other and reloading to spread and intensify the colour. While the Distress Oxide ink was still wet on the plate, Orange Brusho which had been spritzed with water on my craft sheet was spattered over the loaded gel plate using a fan brush. Then the gel plate was flipped over and pressed to the page. This makes the coolest random pattern and is totally a surprise when the plate is lifted off the page.


More texture and pattern was added with Magenta Hue Archival Ink applied to an Indigo Blu Tasty Textures script stamp as well as Tiger Lily Archival Ink being applied to AALL & Create Dot Matrix stamp. To repeat the circle pattern in Luz's dress as part of the background, one inch circles were punched from mop up stamped papers covered in Lindy's Starburst sprays. The outer circles were shaded with Neocolor II crayons activated with water. Half inch circles were punched from black cardstock, added off center to the coloured ones and highlighted with white paint pen dots. The outer edges of the coloured circles were blackened with Big Brush Pen. To give Luz a platform to stand on, a length of checked washi was adhered to a black punched border and dotted under the seam where they meet and placed beneath her feet.


Another strip of gel printed paper in the same colour palette as the background and Luz's hair was stamped with stitching (49 and Market) and bordered with black cardstock on the right side and checked washi on the left side. Purple, orange and pink gelatos were used to add a bit more colour on the white spaces as well as to the background of the page. Luz was glued in place and Jet Black Archival Ink was used to add some VLV scattered stars and dots in the blank spaces. The wording was printed on white cardstock, cut into sections, and matted with black. To finish the page, a border was doodled around the page and black Big Brush pen was used to darken the edges.

Thanks for joining Luz and me today. We appreciate that! I am of course speaking for her because she still seems to be out of order. Maybe tomorrow will be better for her :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie