Thursday, August 21, 2014

Flutterby Butterflies

I wanted to create a canvas with a layered tag look to it and incorporate soft colors. This is not my usual art but I think I did a good job. :)

I started with the tag and used the colors from that to design this piece. I found this amazing metallic acrylic paint and just had to have it. Lol! The blue, purple, and green are metallic paint and it is so gorgeous! I used a TH edger tool to roughen up my paper edges (paper is from Scraps of Elegence/Scraps of Darkness store) and then layered the papers behind the tag. I stamped the bottom two layers to give depth and to tie in my chipboard embellies that I also stamped. 
I then started on painting the canvas with the green metallic paint. I added some cheesecloth that I sprayed with Luminarte sprays and glued it to the canvas. 

I painted the chipboard flourishes with gesso and stamped words on both. I then used a butterfly cutout to make the small blue butterflies that are around the canvas. 

One of my favorite pieces on this is the small little container in the bottom left corner. It started as a bronze color and I hand painted the blues, green and purple to make it look like it belonged with this canvas. I thought it looked like I let the small butterflies out of this jar. :p

I then glued everything where I wanted it and added the finishing touches. Carpe Diem!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments, it brightens my day! Carpe Diem!~€

This canvas will be entered into the following, you can enter as well:

SOE/SOD mid month challenge on Facebook (HERE)

Country View Challenges-Word Play (HERE) I used the words Unlock Your Dreams and Explore Your New Reality to express my open mind about all things crafty I will, or may, get in to.

Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog-August Challenge Anything Goes (HERE)

Our Creative Corner-Summertime (HERE) Summer to me means plenty of color and butterflies and exploring!

Craft-szafa-Challenge #42-mood board (HERE) I used the soft colors and texture I took from the welcome sign. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fire Fun

Hello y'all! I was blog hopping (love to see what other creative people are creating and places they are sharing their projects with) and thinking about my next project when I happened upon a couple of challenges that caught my eye. I already knew I was going to use texture/paste and heat but wanted to add to my piece. The challenges that caught my eye were to use a song title and inspo image and another one that inspires you to use what you have. Here is what I came up with.

First I used a damask stencil and added some texture to my canvas using homemade texture paste. 

I then grabbed some LSG sprays and added the heat. I love the shimmer from the Starburst lines! I did use Luminartes Sunflower for the yellow and brushed the stencil with the Sunflower primary elements just to make it pop. Then I added some ribbon to the bottom. 
I knew my song title because I was listening to this song when I happened upon the challenge blog that wanted a song title. My song is FIRE by Krystal Meyers. All these colors remind me of fire or heat. 

I stamped my flower with a flourish design then sprayed it using the same colors as the background and added a red jewel that used to be part of a necklace. For the top left piece I used a wood embellie and painted it with Silks-Spiced Pumpkin and dry brushed the Sunflower pigment onto it. I used the same stamp from the flower to tie the paper and title together with the rest of the design. And added the butterfly. 

Just wanted to add: blog hopping is an amazing way to learn new techniques, get in touch with new blogs, "meet" new artists, and learn more about what you can create as an artist. Many many thanks to all that have inspired me and made me think outside of my box. Hugs!

 Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments, it brightens my day. Carpe Diem! ~€

This art piece will be entered ino the following challenges:

Creative Embellishments-Song Title/Inspiration Board (HERE) I used the orange and yellow colors from the inspo board and my song title is FIRE.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3-Stencils with modeling Paste (HERE)

Craft Hoarders Anonamous Challenge Blog #13-Up-Cycle August challenge (HERE). I love the rules of this challenge blog and up-cycled the ribbon, the red jewel on the flower (it used to be part of a necklace), and the red paper is scrap from another project.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Time Flies!

Carpe Diem right? I felt like I seized today by the horns with my canvas creation!
Oh how I wish you could see the shimmer! Gorgeous!

I started with a flat canvas and a pocket watch that had no glass face! My coworker gave me a box of goodies and the watch was in it! Awesome! Almost everything I used in this piece was from Tim Holtz. 
Distress ink, Distress stain, Distress crackle paint, rub ons, stamps, gears oh my!

First I sprayed my canvas with LSG sprays and edged the canvas with Distress ink. I set that aside to dry naturally (no heat gun) while I worked on the watch. Just because it had no glass in it didn't mean I was going to throw it away! Nope, work with what you have. I cut out a circle that I had embossed with a clock stamp and added it to the background of the watch. I then added some gears, clock hands and copper wire to give it dimension. I added the wings to the watch to depict Time Flies because it really does! I wouldn't ever turn back time but am constantly surprised by how fast life is passing and I am enjoying most of it. Lol!

I used multiple stamps on this piece and love the grunge vibe of the entire piece. I had the moss in my stash from a camping trip and the cheesecloth was colored using Distress Stains. The copper wire was wrapped around a pen I had and then added where I thought it flowed best. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments! It brightens my day! Carpe Diem! ~€

This canvas is entered into the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey #12-Time Flies (HERE)

Inspiration Journal (Inspiration Emporium) Anything Goes August (HERE)

Rhedds Creative Spirit August (HERE)

All Crafts Challenge August/September (HERE)

Love to Scrap-Running in Circles #35 (HERE). I used circles in the watch, the gears, small circles in the eye exam stamp and the copper wire was circled around a pen.  

Altered Ecletics August (HERE)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Moss My Heart

Hello there! I was very happy with this tag and the entire process to make it. I have been in a rut for a couple of weeks but today the flood gate opened! Thank goodness.

First I started with stamping script to my tag. Then I used a flourish stamp with embossing ink to add the resist. The brown is distress ink Vintage Photo. I kept it lighter towards the middle of the tag. 

This past weekend I had spent some time at a family reunion and while at the cabin I saw so much moss just laying on the ground. I knew I could do something with it (UPCYCLE anyone?) so I picked up a plastic ziplock bag full and that is how I made the moss heart. I added the sentiment "embrace imperfections" because for the last week I couldn't finish any art project I started (we've all been there) and I was embracing the fact that I have imperfections. I used hemp that I braided to add some more definition to the heart. 

Next would be the cheese cloth. Using distress stains I was able to color the cheese cloth to look like a vine (inspiration from the SOE/SOD mood board) and used it as a ribbon on the tag. 

For the finishing touches I added the metal piece in the middle of the moss heart and a gorgeous butterfly I purchased from Reneaboquet's Etsy shop (HERE)

I hope you likey! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments, it brightens my day! Carpe Diem~€

This tag will be entered into the following challenges:

Scraps of Elegence/Scraps of Darkness August mood board (HERE

Mixed Media Mojo-mixed media tag (HERE)

Anything But a Card-#38-Repeating Pattern (HERE). My repeating pattern is the stamp I used and the flourish that was used as the resist.

LESSology #39-Fluttering Butterflies (HERE)