Monday, August 31, 2015

Halloween Blasts from the Past and DOTD

It's time for Halloween, All Hallows Eve, and DOTD. 

It took me a while to warm up to this Spooky genre, but after a few years of experimenting and playing around with some of my favorite color combinations, this has become really fun.

I thought I'd jump back on the blogposts and share a few of my favorites. They can all be found going back to about 2010 on the blog.

Definitely up there on my favs....all from 
for the Design Team.

This one comes out every year with Graphic45's amazing papers and a plain wooden birdhouse set on a wooden base. Love it!

This tag using Tim Holtz/Ranger products still gets the most Pins on Pinterest at this time of year...too funny.

I guess this was the beginning of my Halloween adventure. Tutorial on blog here. 

This one was about the same time with die cuts on a Chunky piece.

This printers tray with Graphic45 papers is one of my favorites. The papers always stand alone for their color and detail.  Blog post here. 

Whether you like a canvas wall hanging.....

....or a little Halloween Witch to set on your desk...these are definitely fun to create. Witch is for Retro Cafe Art Swap.

ONE, just ONE scrapbook page created....I was never, and still remain, NOT good at scrapbooking!!!

More RCAG products and a Winged Shrine with Graphic45 papers.


I'll always enjoy this Retro Cafe Art Gallery Kit where I added all the stamping on Graphic45 papers. The Charms, Spiders, Bats and Birds  are RCAG.

My DOTD Shrines from RCAG that blew me away on Pinterest with Pins. It must be the intense color that catches their eye and the Fresco Paints.

A mini Shrine for Retro Cafe Art Gallery DT.

I do like the way this tag was embossed and highlighted with a white pen. The color combo is again one of my favorites. Distress Inks from Tim.

Little Coffins from RCAG made into earrings with Graphic45 papers, Glossy Accents and Inka Gold. 

This is a die-cut from Eileen Hull with embossed Metal and Vintaj Patinas.

Each year Kristin has a Tombstone swap at RCAG. These are a couple of my favs.

Tim Holtz stamps and Fresco Paints.

Love these little Skellies!

This one has a great background....

And last, but not least, the Little Pumpkin Witch with some Graphic45 papers on her torso. The RCAG cut-outs are perfect with her.

So, that's it for me. Working on projects that are keeping me way busy, but should be done soon.

Let me know if you have any questions, and check out the past year's Sept and Oct posts on my blog for more detailed instructions and products. I just didn't have the time to find all the links.....browse with a cup of coffee some time.

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, August 21, 2015

Create Moments - Art Collage

It's my turn on the 

I LOVE the chance to create and play.

So this is a real Mixed Media project that has lots and lots of products and pieces.

I start with a 6 x 12 inch canvas board, Clear Gesso and the Grungy Grid stencil.

When it was dry, I painted on Heavy Black Gesso and removed some of the paint with a baby wipe. Then I sprayed with various mica sprays.

I wanted some distinct contrast so I thinned down the Heavy White Gesso with a bit of water so I could let it splatter and run in areas of the canvas.

I added some Canvas Resist Elementals and paper pieces with 3D Gloss Gel.

 Since I started out as a watercolor Artist, I wanted to use an old paint brush and some tubes of watercolor paint in the piece. I used the wings to say how I've flown to different levels in my Art, the glasses to denote that I keep my vision open to all things, the arrow ever pointing upward for my goals, and the ART and Journey plates that give the work a title.

After gluing a majority of the pieces down, I covered most of it with Clear Gesso using one of the wonderful new brushes from Finnabair. They are perfect and a package has 7 different sizes. 

I mixed several colors of Mica Powders with water in spray bottles and sprayed. I dried it in between and sprayed again.

This is how it begins to get it's colors and layers. Many more colors and sprays are added for depth and color.

Then I bring out the Micro Beads and Glass Glitter!!! Now for some filler and shine.

Sprays and Beads and Glass Glitter all make this come alive. IMHO.

I found that my heat tool kind of melted the bristles of the brush that only made it take color and waxes even better. See all the little beads and glitter added with Soft Gloss Gel?

I used Guilder's Wax and Inka Golds to create more color on the tops of certain elements.

I LOVE the contrast that you get with different paints and pastes here.

I decided the vintage ruler had to have something a couple of Words were added to really make a statement.

That's what it's all about here........Creating Moments on an Artful Journey through life.

I love the learning process of my journey.

It's an honor to be with Finn's Creative Team. You can see other great projects there every week on her check it out and leave them some love.

Your Friend in ART,

Products Used:
Prima Art Basics - Brush Set, Heavy White Gesso, Heavy Black Gesso,
                                Clear Gesso, 3D Gloss Gel, Soft Gloss Gel.
Prima Art Ingredients-Mica Powder - Copper, Blue, Teal, Purple, and Pink.
Prima Art Ingredients-Micro Beads - Black, Silver,  and Gold.
Prima Art Ingredients-Glass Glitter - Midnight Blue and Pitch Black.
Prima Art Ingredients-Glitter Set - Caribbean Sea
Prima Mechanicals - Plated Labels, Washers, Gears, Leaves 2, Vintage Centers,
                                   Washers 1, Numbers, Roman Numerals, Bottle Caps,
                                   Flowers #10.
Prima Elementals - Canvas Resist Borders #3.

Other Products:
Buttons, Left-over Glitter, Lace, Found Objects, Guilder's Paste, Inka Golds, Metal Ephemera.