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.    

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Online Class

I just finished a 5 day online class that is chock full of techniques using Distress and Ranger products.  For only $25 there was so much information that I think it might be the best value out there!  Below are some of the technique tags from the first day of the class using the Distress Paints. (yes, this was just the first day!!!)  There were more techniques that day but I forgot to photograph them. I have lots more to share, so come back soon.  Please comment below if you like what you see.

Industrial Technique
Using embossing folder and Black ink
Altered Surfaces (the letters)

 Colored Crackle (LOVE this technique!)

 Stamping Resist