Thursday, April 26, 2012

Painting Embellishments

Usually when painting Wood Flourishes from Kaisercraft I just use a small brush to apply the paint. The problem with this is that I end up covering the darkened sides of the embellishment which takes away some of the interest and depth. So this time I stopped and asked myself "what if I use a different tool?" in an attempt to solve this problem and keep those nice details while painting the top of the wood flourish.

My answer...use a brayer! A brayer is a round rubber roller that can be used to smooth out surfaces and apply inks/paints evenly.  So all I did was squirt out some white acrylic paint on my non-stick craft mat (mine is the Tattered Angels craft mat that is 3 feet by 4 feet) and then I rolled my brayer through the paint until it was covered with a thin even coat. Then I rolled the brayer over my Wood Flourishes Gate to apply the paint. It worked perfectly! The paint went only on the top, leaving the nice dark sides untouched. Once I was happy with the amount of coverage, all I did was pop the roller out of the handle and wash it with warm water to remove the paint.

To finish off the gates I used some Black Soot Distress ink to define the edges. The coat of paint was nice and thin so all the small details showed up well.

I know this is a really simple tip, but for me it made all the difference in the final product. I hope you enjoyed!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tim Holtz April Tag

Even though April will soon be over, I wanted to still post my April Tag for Tim Holtz's 12 tags challenge. I love seeing the new tags every month and finding ways to adapt my version of the tag using the supplies I own. It is really temping to run out and purchase all the great products now being shipped from the CHA releases, so I'm trying really hard to just use what I have!

For this month's tag I didn't have most of what Tim used so I improvised and I must say I'm quite happy with the result! I used a different embossing folder, the branch I cut from my Cricut (Art Philosophy Cartridge) and then embossed the branch with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and the leaves I used Embossing Antiquities powder in Verdigris. Then I cut the bird from chipboard using the Birdcage die, covered it with Distress inks and then applied a layer of Distress Stickles in Rock Candy. For the saying I don't have any of the new Word Sticks yet, so I used a domino that had pre-drilled holes (from Michaels) and covered it with several layers of silver embossing powder. On the last layer I stamped Live into it with a C.C. Designs stamp. Once it was cool I covered the whole piece with black acrylic paint and rubbed off the excess. I then attached it with some brown embroidery floss.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my tag! As always it was a blast to play along with Tim's challenge.


Monday, April 09, 2012

Starting an Art Journal and PanPastels

Well Easter has come and gone and no Easter Bunny visited my house :-( That's okay though since I really don't need all those yummy chocolate and marshmallow treats...I really don't!

Over the past couple of weeks I've started art journaling. It's something I've been thinking about for awhile and I finally decided to give it a go. There are many reasons why people start to art journal, but for me the main reason is that I need somewhere I can test out new mediums (especially since I'm a medium junkie!), somewhere for all those random quotes to go and a jumping off point to get my creativity flowing when I'm just not feeling inspired. I love the idea that you can do no wrong in an art journal since it's really only for myself and I don't have to show it to anyone if I don't want to! Also pages are easily painted over or ripped out if I'm really not feeling it.

When starting this book I really didn't want to put any limits on myself as far as matching, creating 2 page spreads, etc. This book is all about freedom! So as I share a few pages with you (there may be a lot or hardly any depending on how I feel about them), there will be a HUGE variety in the types of pages, mediums, colors and a variety of 1 and 2 page designs.

So despite the bright and creative pages inside I kept the outside super simple and will probably only decorate it once the book is full. The covers are made from chipboard, painted them with Antique White acrylic paint. The pages are watercolor paper cut to size and I bound it with the Cinch.

My First Page:
The background is done with PanPastel and then I used stamps for the trees, deer and flowers with Close to My Heart ink. The PanPastels are amazing! They are soft, almost dust free colors that blend like a dream! You can also layer them by spraying a fixative between each layer so they don't mix. I only bought 5 colors from my local art store because I had seen Donna Downey use them and I wanted to try them for myself. I have to say I'm sold! I will probably do a more in depth look at these another time, but for now that's my initial impression.

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into my art journal and hopefully there will be many more pages for me to show you.

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