Monday, May 2, 2016

Mail Art Monday Goes Rogue


Happy Monday!  Today, I am up on the VLVS blog with Mail Art Monday.  Since I am a true Aquarian, I don't like to do things the 'normal' way, so today's Mail Art Monday is going Rogue.  :)

It's no secret that I love Mini Books.  I love what Mini Books represent.  They can be used to jot down shopping list, secret thoughts, or for doodling.  Today, I will show you how I created 2 mini books from envelopes, paint, and (of course) stamps!

 Step One
Prep your envelopes.  Paint 4 large envelopes with gesso.  (2 envelopes per mini book.  Let dry.

Step Two
'Stamp' Distress Paint onto a craft sheet and spritz with water.  Place envelope on paint and 'smoosh' around. (I know, I'm getting real technical here).
Only 'paint' 1 side of each envelope because you will be gluing 2 envelopes together.  I used the 'non-flap' side. 
Repeat on each envelope. 

 Step Three
Emboss each painted side with your favorite VLVS stamp.  I love how the white embossing powder looks against the distress paint.

 Step Four
Glue 2 envelopes 'back to back' and stitch the outer edge with a contrasting wax thread.  Fold in 1/2.

Step Five
Stamp and emboss cover embellishment.
Adhere to cover.

Step Six
Cut to size several sheets of watercolor paper for inside signatures.  Punch 2 holes through entire book and bind together with ribbon.

VLVS Stamps Used
Doodle Flower Garden  
Handmade with Art
Writing Chevron
Doodle Circle
 Butterfly Specimens
Silhouette Lady Head

And just like that, you have 2 mini books to keep or to give away for presents.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful week! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Artist Weaving Collab!


Happy Wednesday!

A few months (yes, months) back, I posted (on FB) a search for artists who were interested in doing a Weaving Collaboration.  I was happy to see that many of my artist friends were up for the challenge.  Of course, life got in the way and 1 month led to the next month, and so and so forth.  But now, we have all finished our weavings and are ready to share them with you!

The only theme, was that your project had to incorporate weaving.  It could be a traditional weaving or it could be a jewelry piece or anything in between.

I had several ideas for my project, but settled on sharing a weaving that incorporated the 'loom' as part of the overall design.

I used a open frame as for my 'loom', with the idea that the weaving could remain in the frame as a decorative element.  To create the 'loom', I nailed upholstery nails to the top and bottom of the frame for my warp threads.

Then wrapped my warp thread around each nail, tying to the last nail.

The rest of the weaving was just a 'normal' weaving, using threads, ribbons, and yarn.

I really like how my 'framed weaving' turned out.  It adds a different element to a traditional weaving, yet is so simple to do.

Looking for more weaving inspiration??  Be sure to hop on over to these wonderful blogs for more ideas and weaving creativity.

Martha Richardson
Beth Soler
Albion Gould
DeeDee Catron
Laura Mooney
Robyn Crowningshield 
Susan Brown
Mitra Pratt
Melissa Johnson

As a special THANK YOU to all of my amazing creative friends, I am giving away my collab weaving to one lucky reader. Be sure to leave a comment below, letting me know you stopped, and I'll pick a winner in a couple of days.

 As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!  I hope you have a wonderful week!   

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stamped Clay Mixed Media

Today with another VLVS project and I can't wait to share it with you.

Today, I'd like to share with you a new project, a Stamped Clay Wall Hanging piece.  I am always wanting to try new stamping ideas, so why not stamp in clay?  Last September, I attended Art Is You and took a clay class by the talented Laurie Mika.  It was the first time I had stamped into clay and I was instantly intrigued.  I have dabbled a bit since the retreat, but I thought I'd get out my clay and get creating!

For this project, basic Craft store Primo Sculptey will work just fine.

Before I began, I layed out a rough idea of what I wanted to do, using the stamps as a guide.

I conditioned the clay and rolled it out, then stamped my images directly into the clay.  Working with unmounted rubber works great for this step.

Stamps used:

Directional Circle (cut in half)

Stained Glass Mosiac


Before you bake (per manufacturers instructions), paint and embellish your clay pieces, using gently pressure so you don't smudge the stamped design.  You can embed gems and metal pieces directly into the clay before baking.  (special note:  Some pieces may 'melt' in the clay oven, so be cautious on what is used).

Once the piece is baked and is hardened, adhere any remaining embellishments onto the clay surface using your adhesive of choice.  (mine is Weldbond)

Preplanning clay pieces is crucial.  I knew I wanted a 'hanging brad' piece at the bottom of my sculture, so I made sure to embed the brad into the clay before baking. This ensured that the piece would be in place and there would be no need for glue.

You can also touch-up any sections with paints, etc. if desired.  You can attached a hanging wire to the back prior to baking or add an adhesive type hanger after baking.  (the latter option may not work depending on the weight of your project.)

And done.  VLVS stamps work great to create beautiful backgrounds and focal pieces on your stamped project.  

Have you ever stamped into clay?  I'd love to see your VLVS Stamped clay projects!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.