Friday, June 6, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

Hi fellow craftaholics. I did something I shouldn't have done last weekend. I just couldn't help myself, the universe was conspiring against me. First, my parents took all three of my beautiful beasties for an entire 36 hours (I have the best parents ever, really). Second, I found a stamp/scrapbook store within 20 miles of my home, that had somehow gone previously undiscovered. Thirdly, the scrapbook store that I frequent is closing. This makes me extremely sad, however, the 50% - 80% off everything in the store does not. And finally, I got all my 'Absolutely Need to get These Things Done Before Aforementioned Beasties Return' list completed....So what to do, what to do? I went supply shopping, but not the kind where I pick a couple of needed things up to start or complete a specific project. We are talking about the crazy shopping, the kind where afterwards my wallet and husband are both like, what the hell just happened? The kind of supply shopping that makes me reorganize my craft corner when I get home. The kind that creates so many new artistic options I have to pause for a couple days to decide what to make next. Total awesomesauce! So one of the new supplies I bought myself were a set of gelatos. I have wanted these for a couple of years now, but have been somewhat intimidated, since it is a whole new medium for me. However, lately I have been trying to really branch out. I have began using oil pastel and watercolors of different kinds in my art journal, so coupled with the 65% off I had access to, I decided to go for it. So glad I did! I am in love! I have had so much fun exploring these fabulous little pigment sticks! Anyway, one of the first little projects I made was this mixed media canvas. I used the gelatos, some oil pastel, distress ink, distress paint, versamark ink, tattered angels spray, and a three dimensional pearl pen.

As always, thank you for stopping by. And until next time, remember to keep it crafty!
I used a ton of Tim's basic ink layering "Tim-niques" to add texture. I also used some of his texture fades stencils and stamped over those with the versamark ink. There really is nothing that can touch Tim Holtz techniques when it comes to adding texture to your projects, especially when creating your own backgrounds.
So these little tea roses take some tricky folding to get the petals right, to find out how, get Tim's new book.
I think this qualifies as anything!
There is something magical to me about this color palette with the shimmer and the little birds...
The baby birdies following their mommy, could there be anything sweeter?
Again, I used tons of techniques to add texture to this piece. I love me some texture.
 The little birds are made of chipboard.
And last but not least I am entering this in Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge 3 . As I have said before, this is an amazing blog all about Tim Holtz's book Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III. Challenge 3 is all about Tim's faux tea roses and can be found on pg 65 of his book. Linda has some amazing artists working with her, even if you're not playing along I strongly recommend stopping by to check out the art of Linda and her Curiosity Crew. Linda also has some amazing sponsors. Challenge 3 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium, a very cool site with all the products you'll need to create some awesome Tim inspired art. To check it all out just click here!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Texture Tag

Hi friends. So last night I decided to whip up a quick tag for the new Vintage Journey challenge Get Some Texture. I decided to pull out a bunch of staple Tim-niques to rock this out. I first used the Sizzix Alterations tag die to cut the tag and then I used some distress inks to cover the whole thing. I used a couple different stencils (some of the stenciling didn't end up coming thru in the pictures). Then I decided to use some blending solution and distress paint, this made a pretty cool effect that I am definitely going to try again on a blank tag so that it shows up better. I then decided to run it thru my BigShot with the wood grain texture fade, I don't know that I would do that again if I was recreating this tag, but I decided not to start over and to embrace imperfection... I used vintage photo to highlight the raised areas and sprayed it with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Crushed Olive. After that I decided to quit while I was ahead and begin to embellish. I fussy cut the little girl from Tim's found relatives, added some wings and a crown and put her on a bit of frayed burlap. Added a sentiment with Tim's chit chat stickers (I'm completely in love with these) and a word plate with some fiber behind it and ta-da, done. Like I said I'm putting this in over at A Vintage Journey, if you want to play along check it out here. I highly recommend that you do, besides having really fun Tim inspired challenges there is a design team FULL of INCREDIBLE artists and besides being crazy great artists, they are all super duper nice!!! Anyway, let's see some pictures, shall we?

Thanks for stopping by and remember, until next time Keep it Crafty.