Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Make a Wish Tag ~ Inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! For my second Vera Lane Studio project today, I decided to make a tag featuring one of the sweet Wish Fairy images. I love the serene expression on her face, her beautiful wings, and wonderful hat. She makes me smile!

I coloured Wish Fairy with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Her wings were done with the same colours of pencils as in the rest of her but I added white over the top to blend the colours into each other for a bit of a magical effect.

The background began with a textured and mottled blue paper from which I cut a #8 size tag. Vintage music paper edged with Coffee Archival Ink was layered vertically over the blue and a piece of white doily was adhered overlapping that. To give Wish Fairy a place to stand and tie in the blues from her hat and dress, a piece of marbled printed paper was torn and adhered horizontally toward the bottom of the page. The Idea-ology Small Talk sticker was layered over the blue strip.

To finish the tag, black pen was used to outline the layers and doodle a border around the outside. The edges were inked with Coffee Archival and edged with black Big Brush Pen. Green and blue twine were combined to make the topper, again pulling the colours from the image to unify the tag.

Thanks for joining Wish Fairy and me today. That was kind of you! When you get a chance, be sure to pop by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop as well as the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group, both great places to hang out and be inspired.

Life is good; so is art.

No worries ~ inspired by Vera Lane Studio images

Hi everyone! I read the saying I used for this art journal page the other day and immediately thought of using one of the Peekaboo images from Vera Lane Studio. I combined her with one of the Bird Houses images as well as a little flower from The Gardener set which I used to balance the design. She looks like she just peeked around the corner to remind us that everything is figure-outable and we needn't worry...like our own little cheerleader reassuring us.

I coloured all three images with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cutting them and  leaving a narrow white border. They were then matted with black cardstock and fussy cut leaving a black border. That's something I do most times because then I know they will stand out from the background no matter how wild and crazy I go.

The 6x6 watercolour background paper was colourized with two Distress Oxide Inks, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade, blended and layered until I was happy. Mowed Lawn Distress Ink was also applied through TCW Plaid Fringe stencil. Additional patterning was added with Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink and a Paper Artsy circle stamp (ETS01), a Studio Light grid stamp, as well as a Crafty Individuals script stamp. As usual, I had to add a pop of black using Jet Black Archival on a border stamp by Inkylicious.

To ground Peekaboo and the bird house, two strips of washi tape were added to white cardstock and layered near the bottom of the page. The white behind the washi helps the pattern show much better because the white shows through the translucent areas. A wiggly border was doodled with black pen and the wording was printed onto white cardstock, matted with black.

Thanks for joining Peekaboo and me today. We are delighted that you did. When you get a chance, be sure to pop by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop as well as the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group, both great places to hang out and be inspired.

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

ATCoins ~ inspired by a Vera Lane Studio collage sheet

Hi everyone! When I have scraps left from backgrounds I have created or patterned paper I have used for other projects, I always check to see if they are big enough to cut an artist trading coin or artist trading card from. I keep a stack of pre-cut backgrounds for both of these so when I want to create something quick and fun, I'm half way there. Today I am sharing two coins featuring images from a Vera Lane Studio collage sheet called Fun Collage.

I fussy cut the three small images from the same sheet leaving my usual white border. These were then matted with black. Foam tape was attached to the bird and the girl to add dimension and shadow. To ground the images, a torn piece of washi tape was added to the pink coin and a die cut arrow was added to the green one.

Stencilled Xs or stamped dots were added to create more interest. Chit Chat Stickers matted with black and popped up on foam tape were added and a doodled border finished them off. So simple...so cute!

Thanks for stopping by! That was awesome of you! Check out the other collage sheets at the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop. They are a fabulous time saver and there's a wonderful selection so the possibilities are endless! We would love to have you visit our Vera Lane Studio Facebook group, too, when you get a minute. It's filled with daily inspiration and wonderful people!

Life is good; so is art.

Well-loved ~ inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! I love the new Rag Dolls images released yesterday by Vera Lane Studio. They make me think of the Velveteen Rabbit when the Skin Horse is explaining what it means to be real. I was inspired to create a tag with one of the three rag dolls. I love the saying that comes with the set but I had another one in mind when I was creating.

I coloured Ragdoll 2 with Prsmacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding a little extra detail with a black Pitt Pen. She was then fussy cut leaving a white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a black border. Foam tape was used to pop her up when she was adhered to the background.

The tag shape was cut from a piece of cardstock from my stash which had been used to catch the over-spray from Distress Oxide sprays while creating another project. I love the randomness and the hard edges this creates within the pattern. The tag is a standard #8 size. An Ellen Hutson Bokeh Circles stamp was added in three places with Coffee Archival Ink and a piece of drywall mesh was layered where Ragdoll's torso would land. A stamped, folded, and stitched strip of plain vintage book paper was matted with brown cardstock and adhered along the bottom edge and this was topped with washi tape to give RD a place to stand.

The sentiment was printed onto white cardstock, matted with black, and popped up on foam tape. A simple border was doodled with brown Sharpie and Walnut Brown Big Brush Pen was added to the edges along with a brown reinforcement for the hole. The topper is a piece of the selvage edge from  woven fabric. I wanted it to be slightly worn looking as well.

Thanks for stopping by today to visit with Ragdoll and me. We are delighted that you did. When you get a chance, pop by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop to check out Ragdoll's sisters and all her other friends available to star in your creations. Check out the inspiration supplied by our DT members as well as our talented members in the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group. It's a lovely place to hang out and we would be delighted to have you visit.

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The New Midnight ~ inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! I'm back again for the second of my art journal pages for today, both featuring Vera Lane Studio images. This one stars the lovely Ester Jean who is all dressed up for New Year's Eve which she and I celebrate a little early :) I'm an early-to-bed, early-to-rise kinda person and apparently Ester Jean, a former night owl, is, too...NOW! LOL

I coloured Ester Jean with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, using Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops for her necklace and earring tops. She was fussy cut leaving a white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again.

The 6x6 watercolour paper background was generously sprized with Lindy's Delphinium Turquoise and Yellow Rose of Texas. The Tim Holtz Spritzer tool was used to move the puddles around resulting in the most gorgeous green shade where they mixed. Love that! Once dry, an Indigo Blu Tasty Textures stamp was added with Manganese Blue Archival Ink. Jet Black Archival was used to apply Ellen Hutson Bokeh Circles stamp in a few clusters. A length of dotty Duck tape, which was doodled around, was used to ground Ester Jean so she didn't get carried away with celebrating.

A doodled border was added around the page using a black pen. The message was printed on white cardstock matted with black. Three enamel dots were added to the top right corner to add balance and a bit of shine, finishing the page.

Thanks for joining Ester Jean and me today. We appreciate your fine company. We wish you a wonderful 2020, filled with good health, laughter, creativity, and special moments. 2020 is going to be an amazing year at Vera Lane Studio...you should see what Janet has in store for us! Pop by our VLS Facebook group for all the latest as well as a lovely dose of inspiration and friendship.

Life is good; so is art.

This magical world ~ inspired by a Vera Lane Studio image

Hi everyone! Wow! This is the last day of 2019 so I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope 2020 is spectacular for you! I am finishing off 2019 with a couple of art journal pages featuring images by Vera Lane Studio because it makes me happy to play with those images and I want to end 2019 on a good note :) The image I used for my first aj page is from the set called The Fairy House. I used the sweet fairy who also comes with a mushroom house, a flower, and two sentiments. Her joy and knowing smile seemed appropriate for the spread I had in mind.

I coloured Fairy with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding Clear Wink of Stella to her star, wings, and eye heart for a bit of magical shimmer. She was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and fussy cut again.

The background is 6x6 watercolour paper which I spritzed with Lindy's Hottie Patottie Hot Pink and Yellow Rose of Texas Starburst Sprays making sure to leave lots of big drips and splats by pushing the pump only half way in. The bigger splats were then moved into finer drips using the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool. I find I can get thinner, finer runs with this tool than with a straw. Brilliance Rocket Red Gold ink was applied through Bad Ass Mini Stencil 1037 to create the spray of stars around Fairy's head. The stars were then outlined with black pen to help them stand out and add that pop of black I love. A larger star was stamped with the same ink where her one foot would be situated.

The saying was printed onto white cardstock and matted with black. A very scribbly border was doodled to frame the page and the edges were darkened with the Rocket Red Gold ink. Four sparkling puffy stars were adhered to the corners.

Thanks for joining Fairy and me today. We are delighted to have you here and hope you will hang around to see my other art journal page. While you are waiting, why not pop by the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop and the Vera Lane Studio Facebook group? We would love to see you there and there's always lots going on :)

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 52 ~ Goodbye 2019

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Well, we made it! This is Week 52 of the Joggles Art Journal Adventure, the last one of the series and the last one of this Adventure. I am stepping down from running it and Barb has decided not to continue for another year. It has been quite a run, and I have met some fabulous people who I now call friends. Thank you all! The prompt for Week 52 is Goodbye 2019 which as you may remember is the Year of the Pig. I began this year with a page featuring a watercolour image of the front view of this fabulous pig, a download from Lola Graphic Images. It seemed fitting to say goodbye to 2019 using an image from the same Etsy shop except this time with a back view.

The background began with spritzing the 6x8 mixed media paper with Lindy's Creme Brulee Cream and Opal Sea Oats Starburst Sprays. Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink was mixed with water and flicked over the Lindy's once it dried to create even more splatter dots. The same Oxide Ink was used to apply the patterns from Carabelle Studio Des Carrés avec des Ronds stencil. Coffee Archival Ink was used to apply Ellen Hutson Bokeh Dots stamp as well as Crafty Individuals text stamp in a few places. Ranger Texture Paste was scraped through AALL & Create Lotza Dotz stencil. Because the Texture Paste picks up the colour from the Lindy's beneath it, I added white Posca paint pen over the stencilling to brighten it up.

A simple border was doodled around the page to frame it and Coffee Archival Ink was applied to the edges. Two strips of washi tape adhered to white cardstock and then matted with black were added to the bottom of the page to ground Mr. Pig who was popped up on foam tape. The wording was printed on white cardstock, matted with black, and also popped up with foam tape. To finish the page, black Big Brush Pen was applied to the edges of the background before it was adhered to the black cardstock which is the background for all the pages in this set of journals. Just for fun, here's a photo of what 52 weeks of art journals look like:

Thank you so much for popping by this week. Thanks to Barb for allowing me the privilege of running this challenge and Facebook group. A very special thanks to all who participated in the weekly prompts and those who followed our adventures. You made it all worthwhile! I will miss you!

Life is good; so is art.