Archive | August 2011


Ok, so I am back again with the next stage of my canvas. I must admit I am loving this project. I would never have done this without the book. I would never have thought to layer and layer and layer

Anyway, as you can see in the previous post I collaged, gel mediumed, tissue papered, more gel medium.
Stenciled with molding paste. Now we are up to the next part (finally some colour!) I got to paint the canvas yellow ( I used sunflower yellow as the base)

This next stage had me puzzled because of the ingredients called for.. Anyway I glazed over the canvas (the book said drizzle, so I drizzled) with diamond glaze, then added the glaze to the acrylic paints and striped them over the page.
At this stage I can tell you I am still loving the molding paste with the stencil. WOW, it really adds texture to a page! Yes, it is kind of bright and stripey right now, but there is more to do.
Here it is so far 🙂


Art Journalling – Art at the Speed of Life

I finally got my book – Art at the Speed of Life and today found some play time!
The first project in the book seems fun, actually the whole book looks fantastic. I am only part way through the first project, so check back later for the end results!

I’ve started working on the AJ page from the first project (I think it is the first project) in Art the speed of life book.
Anyway collage is not my strong point. I can’t just stick papers everywhere. I guess that is the pedantic part of me when it comes to art. I had lots of bits of paper all torn up and was spending way too much time trying to lay them out, so instead I grabbed a piece of different pictures paper and stuck it down, overlapping some, so it looked like I at least tried to collage a little LOL… Anyway, I guess as part of this project the collage doesn’t even get seen at the end.So I figured why was I fussing over paper placement?? Cause I always do fuss…sighs

Anyway laid down some tissue paper over it all and gel medium again. Then got out an old Club Scrap stencil and slathered on the molding paste. I now LOVE molding paste!! It then says to lift it up and place the other side of the stencil (the flipside) down on the rest of the page (hence you can see splats of it on the rest of the page) but I love how the flowers came out. Can’t wait til it dries. No idea how long it takes to dry!! The molding paste adds texture etc to the page before you start painting and glazing and all those things.

art journalling, molding paste, art at the speed of life, journal

Look out. Another Post Today

Hi Again.
See my other post below about my great mail today 🙂

I posted last night on the Outlaw Women Yahoo group a question about what people would like to see in the store. Well one reply that caught my eye was the Crafter’s Workshop Templates 12″X12″. I had not heard of them but I am sure going to be buying some now. Of course, I wanted to see how they worked, what people did with them etc and good old You Tube comes to the rescue. Sally on the Yahoo group had sent me a link, then I clicked on another etc and WOW, the one I found just blew me away. I never knew how versatile these templates could be. I will be uploading them to the store over the weekend. You can also get 6×6 templates too.
In the meantime let me know if you are interested in them! Here’s a great video on different ways/techniques to use with them.

Great Mail Day

Hi there!
Hope everyone is having a great week! I got a huge parcel today from OWSE store and WOW it weighed a ton too, but OMG. When I got home from work today, it was like Christmas. I had gone on a bit of a shopping spree over the past month and had told Robyn to hold it all and send as one parcel. Well it arrived, wonderfully packaged, not a thing out of place and all my Suzi Blu stamps, too! Now I can start doing some art journalling. I really had been waiting for those stamps to use on my AJ Pages.
I also got some Sizzix, Tim Holtz, dies, some gorgeous new papers by Graphic 45 and Hot Off The Press, Graphic 45 doorknob and plate, Spellbinders Impressabilities and a fantastic book Called Art at the Speed of Life. The book I have started reading already. It is FANTASTIC!!! Step by step instructions, great ideas and well, I just cannot say enough about the BOOK! Anyway, I think that is my budget blown for a few months or more LOL, but at least the prices were great. Here’s a pic of my great mail day from OWSE.

Graphic 45, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Art at the speed of life, Suzi Blu, Unity Stamps, Hot Off The Press, Sizzix

Chotski Pin

I made this for a swap on OWSE Yahoo group. I’ve never made one before, but basically you get a chotski pin (they remind me of the pins that are attached to Scottish Kilts) and then add whatever you like to it. There are 5 little eyelets along the under-side of the pin for you to attach things to. I used some stones in teal and green, wired through them, then wired some charms onto the end of the stone wiring. Don’t look too close at the twisting of the wire. I didn’t have any tools for that, so my fingers had to do the work!! Actually even if you don’t look close you will notice that I will never make a beader LOL!

I wanted to attach it to a card or something for when I send it off, so I alcohol inked a tag to match the colours of the stones (stream and lettuce), now I just have to figure out how to attach the pin to the tag as I got a little overzealous and added a bead etc to the top part where the pin opens so I can’t get it undone and through the tag to attach it! OOPS!!

I chose the colours because I read up on the group, my partners likes and dislikes and I hope I got it right with what colours she likes. Handy to have a list of likes/dislikes on a group for when you are doing swaps, then you can’t completely stuff up!!

Chotski, Pin, charms, alcohol inks, beads, tag

Another card with Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Papillon Stamp and Cuttlebug

I got around to making some cards, all the same, so thought I would just post one. I love bright colours. Some people don’t. I get sick of seeing all the browns etc in the distress ink range, so here you have my card. Simple, but I like the brightness 🙂

I used Ranger Fire Red Brick and Wild Honey Distress Inks.

tim holtz papillon stamps, distress inks, cuttlebug folder

Altered Giant Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Swap

I have finally finished my puzzle pieces for a swap with the girls on Paper Artists Online.
They started as kids puzzle pieces (huge size floor jigsaw puzzle pieces). I gessoed them, painted them pink, then gessoed again over that to lighten the pink. Then I stamped all over the pieces with a Stampin Up stamp. Painted the Tim Holtz die cut bird cages and birds, then went over them with Ranger crackle paint.
I then grabbed some Tim Holtz baubles and some wire and hung the baubles on the wire and attached through the small holes at the bottom of the bird cages.
Picked out some nice lace, glued that all down, put the bird in cage and attached the cage with tiny 3d popups, slightly rounding the cage to give a 3d effect so that they sat out from the puzzle.
The flowers were white prima flowers that I sprayed with Glimmer Mist and there you have it 🙂

Excuse the messy desk!!

Altered Puzzle Pieces