Saturday, May 28, 2016

'Free Your Mind' Amazing Alterable Assemblage


Today I am sharing my latest PaperWhimsy Amazing Alterable project.

I love combining Amazing Alterables with my favorite junk store finds and molded resin castings.  These 3 things make my heart soar with happiness.

 For today's project, I used the 'l'Abbaye Un' alterable.  It is full of little niches for your junk finds and has a great architectural look.

 I gave the raw alterable a quick coat of gesso so that my papers would be extra bright when applied.  I used some of my own vintage papers to fill the back spaces, and the PaperWhimsy 'l'Abbaye un slip' printable for the edges and sides.  I printed this on vellum paper so it had a transparent effect.  The printable is made specifically for this alterable, so no need to measure to size. 

Once my vintage papers and printable were applied, I used adhesive metallic tape on the edges for a different look.  

Everything was aged with alcohol ink and crackle effects.

I filled the niches with some vintage finds and packing material.  (I don't throw anything away)

I had adhered several of my own casted resin pieces (the face, butterfly, body, and legs) with 2 wings from Prima (Relics & Artifacts). 

I colored each resin pieces with water colors, mica powders, and glitter.  Yum!

 I finished her off with some bling and a hand-stamped sentiment.  You can never have enough glimmer and shine!

PaperWhimsy products used:
l'Abbaye Un Alterable
l'Abbaye Un Slip
How do you use your Amazing Alterables?  What is your favorite way to make them unique and one-of-a-kind?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Getting Cheeky with Art Journaling

Hi...Happy Thursday!

Yesterday, I was up on the VLVS blog with a fun, 'cheeky' Art Journal page.

VLVS has the best stamps around.  Some are great for background stamping and some are great for capturing the perfect sentiment.  When I saw this stamp (Large Lady Leaning), I immediately fell in love with it. Perhaps because I can relate to the 'larger profile' that this beautiful woman exhibits.  ;)
Some stamps just beg to be center stage!!

 I used several stamps to enhance the background of my page, but this was one of those projects that was just simply fun and quick to finish.  

I often use song lyrics and titles as inspiration for my art journal pages, and this titles by Queen, was perfect for what I wanted to say.  ;)

  What stamps do you have but aren't sure how to use them?  I would love to see and hear your ideas.  

VLVS Stamps Used
Large Lady Leaning
 Map Background
Wildflowers Silhouette

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Artist Collaboration - Through Their Eyes, Eyeglass Shrine

Happy Wednesday!

Today, we have another fun Artist Collaboration hop to y'all to be inspired by.  :)

 A LONG time ago, I posted a fun collaboration idea on Facebook.  I have accumulated many pairs of eyeglasses through the years, and I thought it would be fun to host an eyeglass challenge, of sorts.

The idea behind the challenge is to use the glasses in any type of project, from mixed media, to assemblage, to paper crafting, with the theme of 'Through Their Eyes'.  

For my project, I chose to go the assemblage route, and deconstruct my glasses to create a 3 dimensional shrine.    

I was inspired by the graphic images of the children of the revolution.  I wanted my project to reflect the pain, suffering, and lost childhood these angels of the revolution experienced.

I used the 'arms' of the eyeglass frame to create my shrine, with the perfect dictionary page. 

No assemblage project isn't complete without random vintage and industrial bits.  

I had SO much fun creating this project.  I love the meaning behind the image and the wonderful blend of old and new.

Want to see what the other artists created??

Hop on by these incredible blogs for more inspiration.

Keri Sallee 
Tifany DeGough
Susan Brown

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!    

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Art Journaling with StencilGirl


Happy Tuesday!  I am up with my first StencilGirl project today!  Yay, Yippee, and Woo Hoo!

Here's a peek at what I created.  You'll have to hop on over to the StencilGirl blog to check out the full project.

Have a great week! 

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!