Monday, June 27, 2011

Dramatic Canvas Project

Well I have become addicted to altering canvases! There are so many products and techniques that can be used on canvas that I have trouble deciding what to do first! An ever-growing list has evolved as I watch videos on YouTube about Mixed Media techniques, products and projects. I love the fusion of Mixed Media Art and Scrapbooking on a's just so exciting!

Looking at a blank canvas can be really intimidating, so I have found the easiest thing for me is to sketch out an idea, colors, techniques, paper, fabric, trim, etc. that I want to use before I even touch the canvas. After that I at least have an idea of where to start when looking at that big white canvas.
One of my favorite products to use is Modeling Paste which is a thick, white substance that has a  consitency sort of like thick icing. This paste can be sculpted, textured and molded to create dimension and texture on your project. I have found that the heavy Modeling Paste tends to crack on canvas (because its a flexible surface) so I'm going to try Light Modeling Paste and see if that helps. You can also buy Flexible Modeling Paste but I haven't been able to find that yet. 
The next two products that I want to try on canvas are Pouring Medium (which makes your paint look glossy and wet even when its dry and it can be swirled and puddled to make really cool patterns) and String Gel (which has the consistency of honey and makes lots of little strings over your artwork in whatever color you add to it).

So...for my first 16x20 canvas (I have been doing 11x14" only), I have decided to use a photo my husband took as my centerpiece. I want this canvas to be dramatic and really its only for me because I love this photo so much. I want the canvas to be luxurious, with ribbon, lace, flowers and metallics. Below is a picture of my starting materials and then I will show you in a couple days what I've come up with and how it all came together.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Celebrate Your Father

Well it's Father's Day weekend already! If you're rushing around last minute trying to put together a card or gift, check out the cards and picture frame below. I find it difficult sometimes to create masculine cards because I'm so used to using all the wonderful flowers, bling and ribbon that go beautifully on feminine projects. It's a stretch to think outside the box and create something masculine for the special man/father in your life. I always seem to come back to twine/hemp, metal embellishments, Tim Holtz stamps and lots of distressing.  Check out the pictures below to see what I came up with. If you have any questions about what I used just leave me a comment.

I hope you take some time this weekend to celebrate your Dad or your husband and tell them how very special they are!

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review of LaBlanche Stamps

Hello Bloggers! Today I thought I'd bring you some information about LaBlanche Stamps which come from Neunkirchen Germany. My local scrapbooking store, Scrapbooker's Paradise just started carry these stamps and I was curious to see how they worked. The designs are beautifully detailed and very classic. When stamped they look like an ink drawing instead of a stamped design largely due to all the wonderful shading. I don't thing there are any other stamps available on the market quite like these, which of course is one of the reasons I HAD to purchase a few of them!

LaBlanche stamps are silicone and come mounted on lightweight foam. This makes them very heat resistant (the design that's made from silicone) and also easy to get an even image since you can move your fingers over the foam and get pressure in all the right places. These stamps are also VERY light, making them fun and easy to handle. I also find their designs very helpful if you are just learning how to create shading with your Copic markers. The images have shading provided for you so all you have to do is basically follow the lines! If you are like me and you're still trying to figure out how to shade images properly so they don't look strange these stamps are a big help!

I think I'll be purchasing a few more of these stamps...they are just so beautiful!

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Tim Holtz Inspired Tags

Wow it's been a few days since I've posted anything I thought I'd share with you a new class I've been working on. It seems like I've been doing A LOT of class development lately so I'm looking forward to actually TEACHING some of these techniques!
I love almost anything Tim Holtz and I've wanted to teach a class featuring some of his techniques for a long time. Finally, I was able to sit down and design a tag class that involves tons of techniques and wonderful products. Here they are:
In this class I use everything from Distress stains, Perfect Pearl Mists, Color Wash, Gesso, Alcohol Inks to Archival Ink, Tim Holtz stamps and the Melting Pot! There are just so many wonderful ways to use these products that it was really hard to narrow it down to just a few. One of my favorite techniques was apply the Distress Stains onto the Craft Sheet and then dragging the tag through it (I did this on the rainbow colored tag pictured above with the stamped butterflies). The Distress Stains are just another way to use the idea of Distress Inks and I can't wait for more colors! After this class runs I will do some video tutorials on how I created these tags and if you have any questions please leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Scrapping!
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