Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mixed Media Art Journal

I have recently developed a liking for making mixed media.  I have made a couple of canvas collages and wanted to try my hand at Art Journaling.  I have this crazy idea I can make it portable.  The actual crafting portion of it.  We shall see.

Anyway I thought I would share my very first layout.  The whole layout was inspired by a new stamp release over at Taylored Expressions.  Specifically this stamp set, A Life She Loved.  I thought the saying was a perfect fit for my newest craft.

From start to finish here is my first art journal layout:

My journal is a $3.99 basic art/sketch journal from Michaels.  It was not specific for mixed media/art journaling, so the first thing I did was glue pages together and went from a 40 page art journal to a 20 page journal.From start to finish here is my first art journal layout:

I glued scrapbook paper to my first two pages.  I actually think it is a reprint of some text from Huckleberry Finn repeated many times.  Then I used some Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink in the color Stream.  Using the blending blending solution and a paint brush I painted my pages in yummy blue color.

I then put swirls of Wild Plum Alcohol Ink on the page and did too much too soon because it dried too fast and no amount of blending solution was going to get the ink to spread.  Using white Gesso I toned down the pages and began adding stamped images.  

After getting pages all stamped I decided to use some Light Modeling Paste, over a stencil of raindrops I made using my Silhouette (I cut the stencil out on transparency sheets that are used for overhead projectors).

Next I set out to create my saying using different alphabet stamps I have.

After it was all stamped out I cut out each word and color them either blue or purple depending on the emphasis I wanted on the word.  I edged each of my word pieces with black chalk ink.

All that was left to do was fit my words on the pages.  I outlined/shadowed each of the words using a similar color of Faber Castell Big Brush Pens 

The little girl with the umbrella on the left is Pure Innocence My Umbrella By My Favorite Things Stamps.  I paper pieced her using different pattern papers and ultimately ended up deciding to use Diamond Glaze on her wellies, rain jack and umbrella to give it a wet look.

I am pretty pleased with how it all came together and I am already working on my next layout.  Thank you for visiting!

Til Next Time

Monday, April 14, 2014

Personalized Easter Buckets

  Our little George's attend a Moms Morning Out group once a week at a local Baptist Church.  It is a wonderful program and I am sad that a. our oldest will be too old for it next year and b.  we are moving so it will not even be an option for us.  However, if you live in the local Ft Knox area and have kids between 2-5 Northside Baptist Church has a wonderful Moms Morning Out program and Fall registration is just around the corner.

  With that being said, MMO is having a egg hunt for the kids this coming week and I needed to find buckets for my little people.   I wanted to find something I could put a personal spin on without spending a lot of money for something that may only get used once. After looking for nearly two weeks I finally found some buckets at Wal Mart.

   I could not beat $.97!  My first inclination was to paint on decorated eggs after putting my little George's names on in white vinyl.  That did not turn out so hot.

  Since paint was not working I knew I was going to have to resort to vinyl (nothing against vinyl I just like the feeling of actually making a project that painting gives me)  Unfortunately, colored vinyl is not something I keep on hand.  As luck would have it though a fellow crafty Army wife had just gotten in a huge selection of $1 sheets from  CraftVinyl, and was kind enough to give me 3 4x4 squares in different colors for my eggs.

  I used design #39700 from the Silhouette Online Store for my cut outs.  I cut out the base in the different colors and then the decorative portion in white vinyl and laid it over my eggs.  

  I did not make the eggs the same color and pattern for both buckets but I do not think the boys will mind too much.  Thank you for stopping by.

Til Next Time

Partying over at:
Craft O Maniac ~ Sunday Soiree
C.R.A.F.T. ~ Monday Funday
Pieces by Polly ~ Weekly Block Party
Skip To My Lou ~ Made by you Monday
My Craftily Ever After ~ Awesome Things Tuesday
Funky Polkadot Giraffe ~ Too Cute Tuesday