Thursday, July 21, 2016

Creative Time with a Beautiful Friend!


Happy Thursday!

I have a SUPER FUN post to share with you today!  If you follow me on IG and FB, you know I recently took a trip to Austria to visit my wonderfully talented and super amazing friend, Sanna LippertMy trip was WAYYYY too short, but we managed to get some creative time in.  I think my next trip to Austria will be much longer and we will devote several days to just creating!  :)

We wanted to create a piece that would always make us remember the special days we shared.  So, we raided explored her husbands' "Man Shed" for inspiration and we came across two old bicycle lights!  How perfect for an assemblage project that can incorporate various objects from my trip.

Sanna's husband tweaked and tightened each nut & bolt and graciously modified the lights to our liking.  Now off to our artistic adventure!

Everything on my Artsy Light is from Austria, including Sanna's paint, sprays, and adhesive!  I incorporated ribbon and twine gifted to me by Sanna, and bits and bobs of small metal objects purchase at a Vienna Flea Market.

The woman 'cut-out' is from a vintage playing card deck I purchased in Vienna.  I really love how she completes the piece.  If you peek behind the woman there is also a piece of paper from a German book.  (again gifted by Sanna)

The sentiment 'Sweet Life' is a true representation of how I feel about my life.  I am truly blessed and am so lucky to have gorgeous friends from all over this world!  Sanna is one of those people I feel honored to call a friend!  ♥♥♥

I have pictures and memorabilia of my short trip to Austria, but this will always hold a special place in my heart!  

Thank you Sanna!  Thank you for opening your home to me and sharing a little piece of your life.  Hugs!

Be sure to stop on over to Sanna's blog and check out her Bicycle Art.  ;)  (p.s. - it has eye-lashes)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stenciled Vintage Handkerchief Pillow


Happy Tuesday!

It's been so nice to have some free time during the weekends and evenings.  I, (of course) spend a majority of this free time, creating.  Making things makes my heart very happy, and I find joy and happiness in getting my hands messy with paint and ink.  

 In addition to mixed media type projects, I love DIY.  I've noticed that I love making DIY, hand-made, one-of-a-kind pillows.  I'm not sure why, but they are frequently a go-to project type.

Today, I will show you how to make this Vintage inspired DIY Decor pillow, using just a few supplies.

I started with a vintage handkerchief I picked up at a local antique store.  The size was perfect for a small pillow.

I 'stuck' the large flower stencil from the 'Flowers' Adhesive set from Momenta,  to the center of the handkerchief, and applied Stencil Paint.  

At this point, I realized that the handkerchief was too white for my liking, so I gave it a vintage hue with a dip in tea.  

Next, I adhered a sheet of vintage music paper to the back of the handkerchief, with Matte Medium.  I applied the Matte Medium to both sides of the handkerchief to ensure a good seal.

As this was drying, I started assembling the back and fringe of my pillow.  I machine stitched fringe to the back fabric piece to make it easier for when I stitched the stenciled piece to the back.

Once the handkerchief was thoroughly dried, I pinned the front to back, right sides together.  I machine-stitched around the entire pillow, leaving most of 1 side open for turning.

 Special Note:  The front of the pillow is very fragile, due to the paper backing.  I was able to gently turn the pillow right-side out with little ripping or tearing.  But, this pillow is for decorative purposes only.  

Once the pillow was turned right-side out, I stuffed with polyfill and machine-stitched the open edge.  I normally hand-stitch the open edge closed, but due to the fragile nature, I wanted a more secure closure.

The matte medium made the front somewhat stiff, but I still really enjoy how it turned out.  I really makes me want to try this technique again.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a terrific day!   

Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Words of Wisdom Mini Book


Happy Thursday!

Wha? Wait, it's the third time I've blogged this week.  What's going on?  Ha!  

Today, I have another mini book project to share with you.  I used lots of Art-C paint mediums and stencils and just love how they work so beautifully together. 

To be honest with you, this project took many twists and turns during the creative process.  I'm not sure if it was my original color palette or design, but I just wasn't feeling it.  Have you ever experienced that?

The book started with these wood blanks. (From Hobby Lobby)

Place your favorite Momenta Adhesive Stencil (I used the Flowers & Bugs stencil set) on each wood blank and apply White Stencil Paint over each stencil.

Once the stencil paint is dry, apply various colors of Art-C Metallic Luxe Paint.  It has a gorgeous shimmer built right in!

(yes, this is how the first layer looked)

This is where I got lost in the creative process, adding layers of Luxe paint, Art-C Metallic Paste, and Art-C Ultra Chalk acrylic paint.

(p.s. I used to be addicted to Viva Decor Wax Paste, but the new Art-C Metallic Paste is my new fave!  It is smooth, rich, and covers very well) 

I ended with a monochromatic color palette, with a focus on silver metallic and black.  

In addition to the bugs and flowers design, I added an adhesive number stencil to each blank page.  I really love how the adhesive stencils work on these wood blanks. They stick and don't move when applying the paint.

To finish my book, I added 5 hand-stamped words of encouragement. I can flip the book each day as a reminder.  :)

What have you created this weekLeave me a link below and I'll check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!