Sunday, November 18, 2012

Butterfly Canvas

Hi guys! After playing with the canvas I did Friday I knew I had to create another one, except this time I wanted to make it a little more my style. 
For me that means a painted face, butterflies and flowers. This has that in spades, lol! 
I started again with a recycled box:
Since I was low on matte medium I opted for good ol' Mod Podge. The papers I used for this part are DCWV Latte stack. They are very thick and canvas textured. After that dried it got a coat of gesso, some lace, gauze and antique music papers. 
The metal down the right hand side is one of those old stretchy metal watch bands. 
My very first step before any of this was to sketch and paint her face. I painted her on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper:
She was painted with acrylics, watercolors and prismacolor pencils.
The banners were a lot of fun to make and I decorated some mini clothes pins to "hang" them from the line:
And here's just a few more close ups of other various places:

I am playing along in Artist in Bloglands Show and Tell Saturday

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fin Styled Canvas

Ok, so it's not a REAL canvas but my version of one. It's a recycled box that is covered with text, design and homemade papers. So let me start at the beginning. I've been blown away by the artist Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair. In particular by this canvas
Last night my friend Jen did a gorgeous canvas on Ustream. Watching her work through the process really gave the courage to give it a try. Thanks Jen (and Eileen!!) =0)

This is what it looked like before the spray inks, etc:

I had visions of keeping the colors light and shabby chic. That never works out for me, lol! At this point she got a generous coating of gel medium to make sure all those goodies stayed glued down. Then I covered all but her face with a light coat of gesso. I KNOW!! It was so scary to do. But after that the fun began with spray inks.
I like how she looked before the gesso and sprays too so I might do another one with that look as well.
I didn't take any pics of the spraying, etc. process but I did record it on UStream. You can see that here.
Here are few close ups:

Here's the products I used:
Vintage graphic from Graphics Fairy (I believe, it's where I get most of my collage elements)
Assorted text, Design and homemade papers
Mesh tape
Foil tape
The Paper Studio Typewriter Alpha Embossing Folder
Matte Medium
Both purchased and handmade flowers
Micro Beads
Assorted found items and charms
Homemade spray inks (I use Tulip Fabric Dye making small portions following manufacturers directions and putting into travel size misters.)
Pearl Ex powders
Gilders Paste

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Advent Calender

Hi all! I hope everyone is having a great month.  I've been a little behind on blogging but have been crafting a lot. I was recently inspired to create an advent calender after viewing my friend Mitzi's ustream show where she was creating what she dubbed "The Tower of Terror".  I tried making mine from TP rolls and somehow my drawers ended up being too long. At that point it was easier to create the drawer frames than to remake the drawers. Thank goodness for another friend Jen's mini chest of drawer tutorial!! And a thank you for Diane too for giving me the tip to use white posterboard! Love it!!
I will leave the building tutorials to the experts but here's some pics of my completed Advent Calender for Josh:
I used Festive Treats 6x6 papers by First Edition left over from my icopic (now MarkerPop) DT days. I don't see this particular paper in the store now but lots of other cuties!! I love how small the images are, perfect for these little drawers!!

The knobs are inspired by Felica aka Mouse Potato Designs.  Isn't this brilliant???  It's a brad through an upside down eyelet. Perfect!!!
Because some of my drawers are a little snug I opted to use some seam binding across the back that I've colored with my copics (YG23). That way the ones that need a little coaxing can be pushed out from the back instead of pulling so hard on the knobs. Once I added the frame it has a nice finished look. 
Once again I opted for the crackled paint.
And to finish it off just stacked and glued (glossy accents) buttons for the feet. 
I am so glad I got this done in plenty of time for the first of December. 
Thanks so much for looking and if I am not back before then I hope all my US friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving =0)
If you are interested here are the sizes for my drawers and frames:
Drawers: 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" for drawers
score at 1 1/4" and 3 1/2" (long side) turn, score
1 1/4" and 2 1/2" Then cut little notches as shown here:

Drawer Framers: 5 5/16" x 2 1/4"
Score at 1 3/8", 2 5/8" and 4"
But please, do a test run with the first one before you cut and construct them all. Or, better yet, save some aggravation and get a die, lol!!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grunge Flowers Video

Howdy all! I hope everyone has had a great weekend! I spent this morning making some grunge flowers using my friend Di's tie dyed baby wipes technique. Here's some pics:

I didn't take any other pics of the process but I did film it. Here's the video:

I can't wait to dye some more baby wipes so I can make more!! Such an easy flower making process and I adore the way they turned out. Of course the next step will be to make some itty bitty ones =0)


Friday, November 2, 2012

NaNoJouMo Day 1

Hi guys!! I promise not to bombard you with postings everyday from my journal but I did want to share just a bit. I am playing along in the NaNoJouMo  challenge that started yesterday. There is a journal prompt each day for the entire month of November and the theme is classic rock songs.
Day 1 (which was yesterday) was Eagles "Take it Easy".

I googled the lyrics and this line just jumped out at me:
"Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy". I knew just want I wanted to do.

I think this is the first time I spent more time on other elements than the face! It took me twice as long to do all of those gears. What I wouldn't have done for a die cut.. lol!
There is a Flikr group so I hope you will play along! I would love to see what you create =0)