I fought the Oklahoma winds today to get a picture of Monday’s class. Duct tape helps.
I designed the winter themed 12 x 12 collage for our frames. I started with one idea & it turned into another.
I love how it came out.
It’s mainly a variety of die cuts from a variety of companies and some ink blending and lots of Stickles. I know the snowflake corners are hard to see in this picture but the lettering & these are in white glitter paper. There’s definitely sparkle.
Look for posts every few days for the next couple of weeks. I am working hard to get our next batches of charity cards completed. I do plan to squeak in a wee bit of creating but it’s crunch time.
Nothing like finishing up my final calendar page half way through the month. It’s been on my things to do list for about 2 months, but since it’s for me, I push it to the bottom of my project list. Thankfully December was done earlier this year. Now I get to start designing next year’s calendar.
I used Unity Stamp Co. Planner Gal: All Little Things set for this page. The camera didn’t pick it up very well but I have been working on getting better on different skin tones. She’s not as peachy as she looks. It will take lots of practice & maybe a class or two to get better. Stretching your wings & art skills takes practice & determination.
I’ll see what tomorrow brings for posting. Princess Nora will be here and I am sure she will keep Grammy quite busy. Perhaps we can work on an art project together.
I had a lot of fun designing for class this week although having hubby home for an extra week after vacation threw me off my timeline. I was scrambling to finish up the design & teach at the same time.
This class was requested by one of the AngelS and it came out beautifully. We opted to do the four seasons instead of holidays. The winter class is scheduled for just a couple of weeks from now.
The card was a bonus since the Lawn Fawn Stitched Pumpkin Frame cuts out extras that can be swapped between patterns & colors.
I also used the Tim Holtz Impresslits Leaf cut & emboss folder, a variety of dies in my stash and stamps from Brutus Monroe, FSJ & Stampin’ Up!
Okay it’s confession time… for all the designing I do, I have a bit of a problem with 3-D visualization. I did not think the frame was sized right to fit the 12 x 12 layout. Why? Because I was thinking the layout went on the glass like a regular picture not to the back of the shadow box. I really struggle with figuring out anything with depth. So I trimmed the layout to fit to the glass & ended up having to mat it on another 12 x 12 so it did show properly. Bonus, the layout is much sturdier now. You would never know if I hadn’t fessed up. But it’s important to share what we learn & struggle with because it might just help someone else along the creative path.
I hope to get back to my watercolor class soon but I have some Troop business to take care of & birthday & sympathy cards to make.
It’s been a wee bit busy around here & then there’s the allergy issue so a bit more sporadic on posting.
I did spend the past three days creating this wonderful fall artwork.
First I want to thank Leona for sharing info on this free online class by The Social Easel. I have very few fall decorations & this came out perfect. It is entirely freehand, no template was provided. Also the original didn’t have a saying but I wanted one.
Second if you know me well, shabby is not my usual style. As an artist I do feel it’s important to step outside of your usual comfort box & play with something different. It can also be good to do if you are stuck in a rut or your muse has gone walkabout.
Third play with something different I did. This is a pallet board frame. It is rough, has lots of splinters & was entirely a challenge to create on. I just dug in & went with it. It’s done with brushes, palette knife, acrylic paints & Posca Paint pens for the lettering.
Can you believe it’s September already? I’m not ready for fall & usually in Oklahoma it won’t start to show up for about another month. However given as strange a year as it’s been well……
I got my September calendar page colored & displayed. I used Unity Stamp Company’s Go Get It Girl set for this month. As a redhead in long sleeves she looks like she’s ready for fall.
Speaking of calendars, I’d better get prepped to design the 2021 calendar class. The Angels have been making them for I think 6 years now.
Looking forward to a little fun this month. Our spring retreat got cancelled so we are set for our fall retreat in just 2 weeks and will be gone for about 6 days. Yay! But first some troop card processing tomorrow & a class I’d better get designed for next Monday.
I meant to post last week but was busy chilling. Hubby encouraged me to schedule one week a month for me, no appointments, errands or teaching classes & use that week each month for professional development, to work on my business & upcoming classes. So I played with some backgrounds, took a couple of personal classes, checked out some Creativation & technique videos, decided on my February classes, started painting our tiny upstairs bathroom & worked on the canvas class. I think it’s going to be a good addition to my schedule this year.
I saw a pin on Pinterest a few weeks back of a multiple canvas wall collage featuring words & phrases & thought it would make a great class. On Saturday we created our center focal canvas in class. I used my word of the year, Love, for my center canvas.
I am so happy with how it turned out & each participant’s canvas is different based on their color choices & themes for their own displays. Several also used hearts & a couple went a different direction.
This canvas incorporates sponging techniques, stencil work & hand lettering. I worked with acrylics, glaze, molding gel, gilding polish & paint pens.
It is going to be so much fun to design the next set of canvases to compliment this center design.
Take some time to breathe this week. It’s important to rest & take care of you.
I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend! Ours is a bit cold, so there is a stew in the crockpot & I am playing in artwork all day inside snug & warm.
If you got the chance to see my last video on Facebook, I showed the projects we created in the Key to My Heart Class featuring the new FSJ Stamp of the Month. I said I would post a few pictures so you could see the projects better & here they are.
The wings box was showcased on the project sheet that arrived with the stamp set. When I saw it previewed, I knew it was the perfect class project & yes I changed it up some.
How fun it was to get all glittery making the box & the Angels customized their colors in class.
Here is a look at the card I demoed on the video. I have been watching technique videos while I have been walking on the treadmill. I saw this card design on a My Favorite Things Stamps video with stamped trees & switched it to hearts with the Heart Wall Stencil. This makes a great no layer card.
This last card is a Pinterest CASE. I loved the clean white with a pop of color so I redid it for class. The colored background is made with Color Burst colors on the Gel Press. Easy & fun. Maybe I’ll pop in next week with a technique video.
I hope you enjoyed this class close-up. It’s lots of fun to design & create for class & there is so much inspiration available to inspire your creativity. When I see a technique or share online that I like, I start thinking “Oh, that would make a great class!” or “I like the concept but I’d change it up this way.” So thanks to those artists that share their artwork to spark more ideas for other artists.
Nothing like watching the past 2 weeks fly by & miss my new goal of 3 blog posts a week. The 1st week I was unearthing the study & last week was a variety of appointments. Whew! I did get a live video in so a bit of progress is always good.
Today’s share is from the 2019 Calendar Class. I think this is the 5th or 6th year the Angels have enjoyed creating a calendar. Instead of just some stamping & diecuts this year, I designed mixed media style backgrounds with inks, Liquid Color & Color Burst & stencils. So fun & definitely messy.
Let’s take a look at the 1st four months.
For January – I did the zig-zag technique on the Gel Press with my custom Create-a-Palette ink pads in blues & purples. Then I stencil snowflakes over the background.
For February – I used Distress Oxides & a dauber on the background, then overlaid a stencil with hearts & applied more ink daubered on.
For March – I applied a bit of Color Burst to the Gel Press, spritzed & got a great watercolor type background. But it was the 2nd pull that was a bit more blotchy that was the winner for this page. It really popped with the stenciled leaves.
For April – I used my new Clarity Stencil I picked up from Simon Says Stamp with 3 ink colors & applied with a dauber.
The really fun part of working with so many different mediums is no 2 backgrounds are exactly the same. They all vary based on amount of color, amount of medium, how it’s applied, etc.
Backgrounds are a cool way to play when you think your muse took a hike, you feel uninspired, your tired but still want to make a little art or you just flat want to get messy & create something!
Pull out some inks, paints, liquid colors, whatever you have handy & add some color to some cardstock with no plan in mind for the outcome. Pick your favorite colors & have fun!
I thought I’d share a post on the 6 wreaths I created for The Puppy Love craft show all in one spot. I sold 4 & kept the final 2 for me. Well the 1st one was my prototype so I often keep that one. After you’ve made several of any project, you develop a rhythm & some shortcuts to speed up the process.
Again a big thank-you to Chelsea Comer at Inky Stamper for her original design & instructions, plus permission to recreate these wreaths to benefit Puppy Love.
I used a wide variety of dies including Penny Black, Memory Box, Sizzix, Spellbinders, Fun Stampers Journey, Simon Says Stamps & probably a couple of others. Many are current product, a few are retired. Don’t forget to check & see what you already own that might produce the same results.
The rosettes are so much fun to make & so versatile for a variety of projects. You may be seeing more projects in the future with them.