Monday, April 14, 2014

Painted iPad Cover

I recently had to part with my iPad for a few weeks while it was repaired.  I've wanted to paint the cover and decided this was the time.  It's black leather so I started with a base of black gesso to give the paint something to stick to.  Then.....what color?  Well, of course, my favorite, blue and turquoise.  After I had the background the way I wanted it,  I used The Crafter's Workshop stencil, Corn Flowers (TClW375) and painted a layer of white gesso through the stencil before I painted the red flowers and green stems and leaves.  This made the flower colors really pop against the blue background.    

After I was all finished, I put 3 coats of Golden GAC-100  Multi-Purpose Acrylic Polymer so that it would create a durable finish.  It added a bit of shine too.  Now I just need my iPad back!! 

Click on the links for the stencil and the Golden acrylic polymer and it will take you to where you can purchase them. Hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions or comments, please enter them below!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of this day of love, I wanted to share some festive journal pages and cards. Some of them are oldies but goodies!  Hope everyone has someone to snuggle up with today!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Flowers in Winter

I was inspired by one of Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesdays where she took scrapbook flowers, glued them in her art journal, and painted over them.  I liked the idea so much that I made 3 canvases using the same idea. This is a great way to use your scrapbook supplies in a new way.

Purple Flower Canvas


I glued 9 various sized flowers to an 8x8 canvas, and covered the whole thing with gesso. Since I can't seem to complete any project without using molding paste, I added it to the sides and background of the canvas. After it was dry, (it was so hard to wait!) I added turquoise and magenta paint and it started looking purple. So I let everything dry and added glazing medium to the subsequent paint layers to create depth of color.  I ended by splattering some bright pink all over it.  After everything dried completely, I painted embossing ink randomly on the canvas and sprinkled ultra-thick embossing powder all over, then heated to reveal random shiny areas that look kinda like dew or raindrops. The pictures don't do it justice!  It looks so cool!!

Pink Flower Canvas

Turquoise Flowers

The turquoise is my favorite canvas.  The colors in the detail photos are more true to the real canvas. I couldn't seem to get a good photo of the whole canvas and wasn't willing to go out in the freezing rain for natural light!  I added gold metallic paint to the petals and that really brought out the flowers' details.    

I am entering these canvases in the Scrap Around the World blog challenge for February. Here is the link to their website:

February Mood Board 
I LOVE the bright, springy colors in their mood board this month and that is what inspired me to enter my canvases.  Thanks for visiting and please let me know what you think in comments below.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Art Journaling

I've been working a lot in my art journal lately and wanted to share some finished entries.  I love the idea of an art journal and strongly believe every creative person should have one. This is the place where I play with new techniques and different color combinations, or try a new products, without the pressure of a canvas or scrapbook page. I have at least 2 art journals going at the same time because many times I have extra paint that I don't want to waste, or stencils that I clean off on one journal while working in another journal.  I've worked in Strathmore Mixed Media spiral bound journals but more recently love working in the Ranger Dylusions journal.   Ok, enough jibber jabber!  

Strathmore journal cover that I altered.

My altered Dylusions journal cover.  I highly recommend this journal since the pages lay flat giving me a larger area to work with since it is not spiral. Sometimes I tape the middle to keep the paint from seeping through to the other pages.  You can buy them here:


I used my January Stencil Club peacock stencils to create these pages in my Strathmore journal.  Such beautiful stencils!! Here is a link for more info on Stencil Girl art stencils.

Below I used a The Crafter's Workshop arrow stencil.  


The bicycles are napkins that I glued to the painted background using  matte medium. Then used molding paste with the arrow stencil and glazed over the whole thing with Cobalt Teal Golden paint.

I started with a very colorful background and used a gate stamp and Dylusions vine stamps.  LOVE how this one turned out!

Used the December (I think) Stencil Girl stencils to record our freezing weather we had a few weeks ago.  It was below 10 degrees and our heat stopped working in the middle of the night!!! We had it working by the next day but I froze my tail off!!!   Record lows for South Carolina!

So, what do you think?  Let me know below.........


Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy Girls Canvas

I made a canvas for my daughter, Jordan, for her dorm room and decided to make a bunch of different ones to sell.  Here is the one I made for Jordan:
If you can't read the quote, it's a Dr. Seuss quote:
You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.  
I decided to change the quotes to black on the next ones I made so that it's easier to read.  
So here is another one that I made:
I love this quote, and black lettering really stands out against the background.  
Here is a detail:
I used a stencil and modeling paste and lots of layers of paint on the background.  
I'm entering this canvas in the "Autumn is in the Air" October mood board challenge at 

I've got some more backgrounds that are ready for quotes:
Stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting me today!  Please comment below.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspiration Is Everywhere

It seems I can't make a scrapbook page without modeling paste and stencils these days!!!  I used my favorites on this page:  watercolor paper, modeling paste, The Crafter's Workshop  Subway stencil,  Golden acrylic paints and homemade sprays, stamping, some random painted tags, and black fiber.

When I found this tag in my homemade stash, it was definitely serendipity.   

I wanted the layout to be a bit grungy, like the subway.
I hope you can really see the raised areas I created using the stencil and modeling paste.
I ran my Archival ink pad over them to really highlight them.

I also added the "graffiti" stamping to add more texture to the background.
I used a Cover-A-Card large, square stamp that looked like graffiti with black Archival ink.  

 When I do this technique, I don't have to add much else to the layout. I love the process of creating all those vibrant colors and patterns from a simple white piece of watercolor paper.  It's so much more enjoyable to me than buying matching pattern paper, stickers, and embellishments, then trying to figure out how to put it all together with my photos.  I guess you could say that my "muse" is the photo in this process. I'd love to hear from other scrapbookers and mixed media artists about what inspires you to create a certain layout or project. I love reading your comments, so don't be shy!!!

I entered this layout in the Boy Meets Girl Scrapbook Challenge Blog and here is the link:

 Thanks for visiting my blog!  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

More Creative Chemistry Technique Tags

I've had so much fun playing with all the techniques I've learned in Tim Holtz's online class. I highly recommend it, and it is still available.  Here is the link for more info about it:
Here are more technique tags:
Stencil Stamping
I used the stencil with molding paste
to create the background. 

Stencil Stamping Detail

Paint Monoprint using Distress Paints

Paint Monoprint Detail
The bee is a Tim Holtz rub-on.

Ink Monoprint using Distress Inks and stencils

Monoprint using Alcohol Inks

Rusting with Distress Embossing Powder
I used Tea Stain Distress EP and added some copper EP.

Rusting with Distress Embossing Powder Detail

Mixed Media Layering

Embossing Through Stencils
Embossing Through Stencils Detail

Eroded Metallic
The background is the technique but the
embellishment was a happy experiment of my own.

Eroded Metallic Detail
I used a die cut chipboard piece and randomly applied crackle paint.
After it dried, I applied black Distress Paint and then I sprayed it with copper
Perfect Pearls mist. I was surprised that the mist was so visible
on the black paint. I LOVE the effect. 
Chalkboard Technique

Faded Layers using alcohol inks

Shabby Chic

Tarnished Silver

Faux Patina

There are lots more techniques that I haven't finished yet!  Thanks for visiting my blog and make a comment below if you like what you see.    

Just one more!!!!!

Brayered Distress Stains
Don't know if the photo picked it up but I had to
"bling it out" with metallic stain here and there.