Friday, June 19, 2015

Black & White Challenge accepted...

Stampington issued a "black & white" challenge and I accepted. My submission made it to the upcoming July/August issue of Somerset Studio.





This little dog did not make the cut, but several of his friends did. 


Pick up your copy July 1st at your favorite craft store, Barnes & Noble or online at www.stampington.com


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stampington Blog Post

Woot, Woot! I am excited to be the guest artist on the Stampington blog this week.

At the time they asked me to come up a project to share I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring so I had flowers on the brain. Just when I thought Spring had finally arrived here in Minnesota, we had a frost warning last night! Not sure what's up with that but I have my flowers anyway, just on my wall instead of in my flower bed.


See the blog post and project instructions here.

Sending out a big thank you to Sarah at Stampington for inviting me to share a blog post with your readers. I am very honored and grateful for this opportunity <3 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Happy Couple on the Sea

One of the monthly challenges that I like to play along with is at Art Journal Journey and the challenge for this month is The Sea. Another challenge I like to join is Mix-It Monthly  and the challenge there this month is A Happy Couple.

I decided to combine the two challenges so while working on this page I was thinking about a happy couple on the sea. My first thought was a happy couple on a cruise ship, but I had no interest in trying to draw a cruise ship. Next I thought about a happy couple of Sea Gulls - much better!


After I had the Sea Gull couple out on the sea waves it still felt like something was missing. I got thinking about our nephew and his beautiful fiance getting married tomorrow - perfect - I turned the Sea Gulls into a bride and groom.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

This Mother's Day weekend I am channeling the talents of my mother who passed away 3 years ago and, luckily, it seems to be working out. This is my journal page for week 19 of Documented Life Project and the May challenge for Mixed Media Monthly.

The challenge for the Documented Life Project is stitching. I am not good at sewing. I have very little patience to sew a nice straight seam and the first time the thread knots up or tears I am usually ready to toss the whole project. My mother, however was a wonderful seamstress which is why I never had to learn to be better at it.

I used my mom's sewing machine (which I'm certain made all the difference) and stitched up a few May flowers (which is the Mixed Media Monthly challenge).




For the center panel I used a piece of muslin which I painted with a coat of gesso. I stitched the flowers with a sewing machine and then used acrylic paint to give them a little color. I tore a strip of batik fabric (no, not batikked by me) and glued that on the side of the page. I made a few circles with 2 colors of acrylic paint and then splattered acrylic paint in a few places.

On a further note, a little something that would make my mom smile. I remember when I would try to sew something she would always check the backside as well saying the back should be as neat as the front. So you can imagine - I was really proud of the back of this one.



Look Mom - no knots!

Hug a Mom this weekend.







Saturday, May 2, 2015

Week 18 of the Documented Life Project

The Documented Life Project theme for the month of May is Touchy Feely (Texture) and the challenge for this week is Fabric. I'm not good at sewing but tacky glue works just about as good as a sewing machine with fabric so this was fun.


The background started out with rubber stamping with acrylic paint. Next I used Adirondack color wash spray and Dylusions spray through the diamonds stencil which turned out darker than I'd wanted so I followed that up with a coat of gesso and then dabbed some butterscotch acrylic paint around with a paper towel.

I painted her face and then added my fabric pieces. The dress started out with muslin that I stamped with acrylic paint and then I added bits of lace, ribbon and a clothing label from my stash. For her wings I took inspiration from a feather I had done on the opposing journal page. I used a bit of the same muslin that I had stamped with acrylic paint and cut the shape of feathers which also tied in with the quote I wanted to use "feathers appear when angels are near".

I added a few spring flowers because it's that time of year and finished with a little pan pastel shading and some flecks of black ink.

Thank you once again ladies from Art to the 5th for all of your work in the Documented Life Project - you are appreciated!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Before the Ink is Dry

I am sneaking in just under the wire with this week's Documented Life Project. The challenge for the week is "Before the Ink is Dry".

I had a very different idea when I started out with this one but it was not to be.

In the beginning I drizzled acrylic ink onto newsprint paper but I got way too carried away. So, while the ink was still wet I inverted the newsprint paper onto a printed background page leftover from last week's play with the gelli plate This is what I ended up using for my background.



Next I used another leftover piece of gelli paper and cut out the shape of a feather. I didn't like the way the feather looked directly on the background so I added a page from a dictionary as a layer in between.

In keeping with the theme I tried to ink up the dictionary page with distress inks in blue and yellow. Pretty much all I did was make a mess so before that ink was dry I hit it again with a Stazon ink (there is a reason I do not make a good rubber stamper). I am not sure why I did not just grab a new dictionary page but I used this slopped up one. 

After the dictionary page I glued the feather down and then the quote. Finally I added a bit of outlining and detailing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day and a Bit of News

I've been having a great time with this year's 21 Secrets. I will share my take on several of the classes starting with the Juliette Crane class. Juliette's class was about painting a whimsical owl as well as giving tips and techniques for other whimsical animal characters.

My niece, Sarah, works on a pig farm and loves all of her little oinkers so I painted this postcard and sent it to her for Earth Day




.After the pig I came up with a cow, a chicken and a sheep (sounds like the start of a bad joke). These pictures make both pieces seem the same size however they are not. The pig postcard is 4 x 6 " and the journal is just oveer 8 x 11". 





Anyway, as you can see I have not painted a whimsical owl yet but I will at some point. I liked Juliette's teaching style very much and I really enjoyed this class. I look forward to many more whimsical animals to come.

In addition to having fun playing 21 Secrets this week I also had a fun mail day. Yesterday I received my copy of the May/June Somerset Studio and am happy to say I am included in this issue.




Pick up your copy when they hit the store shelves May 1st.