I was finishing up one of the other Stamp-a-thon projects so posting a bit late tonight.
The 4th challenge was anything but a card. Since I have been sorting & organizing, I had just put some ornaments in their new home so pulled one out to create with.
I had to take a picture in different lighting, the cute pink nose & cheeks were washing out. I stamped with permanent ink & heat set on the porcelain, then colored with alcohol ink markers. The color was quite pale so I went back over the coloring with colored pencils, then sprayed with workable fixative. I used a retired SNSS stamp set Cozy Friends.
Enjoy your Thursday & do something nice for someone, the world can use some extra kindness right now.
Challenge 3 for the Stamp-a-thon was one I hadn’t done in quite awhile, teabag stamping. Right about now some may be asking, huh? It’s fun to see what different things you can create with & stamp on and through the years I’ve tried a lot through various art lessons.
If you are a tea drinker, like I am, you can dry out your teabags, gently open them up, brush away the tea leaves & have a thin tissue like tea stained piece of paper to stamp on.
The fun thing about this Stamp-a-thon is it wasn’t just cards. With the teabag stamping lesson also was collage & mixed media. I decided on a page in my Praise & Glory journal and dug into my collage box for my background. I used the teabag to stamp glorify from Sweet ‘n Sassy Words of Life: Actions & Flower Garden for the butterflies. I’ve been gathering verses from the Psalms as I read & chose Psalm 83:19
Let them know that You alone – whose name is ADONAI are El Elyon over all the earth. TLV
El Elyon is translated Most High.
The teabag piece is translucent on the page like vellum would be. If I can get some more of the studio in order, I’ve been toying with doing more mixed media/collage work. I forgot how fun it is to play with “outside of the box” art supplies.
With the chaos in the world at the moment it is good to remember God is above all and still in control. Praying for Afghanistan & our troops.
Last night’s card was actually a teaser for tonight’s post.
Beautiful Spring is the 3rd installment in our 4 seasons 12 x 12 frame project that I have been designing.
Taking the picture was very challenging today, that’s a reflection on the end of the word spring not part of the design.
I pulled out several flower/grass type dies from a variety of companies. Some are cut from handmade papers and hand painted backgrounds. The others were cut from white cardstock & colored in distress inks. I have been seeing several cards with white diecuts on white and decided it was perfect for the clouds to give the flowers center stage.
Now I have some bright cheery spring flowers in the house and the Angels will have lots of fun putting their layout together because I have quite a variety of handpainted papers to work with and they will decide what colors they want their flowers to be. Just makes each one more unique.
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.
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.
Sorry, was planning to post this yesterday & was in the studio creating for today’s class & lost track of time. Technically it’s after midnight so 2 nights ago, but it’s not the next day until I get to bed & get some sleep.
Let’s take a look at the last 4 months of calendar pages.
September’s page was created with another Clarity Stencil I found on Simon Says Stamp. Just love it. Since it doesn’t cover the whole page, I added in one of the greens to the bottom of the page. This one ties a close 2nd to my favorite April page.
October had the Create-A-Palette Swirl Technique on the base & then the leaf stencil in 2 colors over top to create more depth in the background.
November had a liquid color background, which actually came out lighter than I had hope for, but looks great with the woodland stencil over the top in Oatmeal Cookie ink. Reminds you of the fiery changes of fall some trees showcase. One of the drawbacks of many of my stencils is that some manufacturers don’t mark their stencils. So once I open it & start creating with it unless I know the brand well, I can’t tell you where November’s stencil came from.
December’s page is pretty classic Christmas with the poinsettia stencil from Tim Holtz in reds & greens. And, yep, that’s a bit of blue in the center. Sometimes class samples get exposed to other colors during class use. I wasn’t redoing the whole page over a bit of blue. As Bob Ross says “It’s just a happy little accident.”
I hope you have enjoyed this look at my 2019 Calendar designs. Really truly pure fun to create.
Stay tuned for more creative inspiration, I have plenty to share. Rumor is there may be a video on Facebook in the next day or two.
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!
Wow, August flew by fast! I thought I’d get a couple of more blog posts in & poof the month was gone!
I am working harder on my creating & business to continue to move myself ahead of schedule. Start to look for more updates on classes & techniques soon.
I also did my first Facebook live with a quick intro & tour of the studio. You can see my Facebook page here. There’s a marbling video coming soon, maybe even by this Friday. Stay tuned.
So on to September. I did some adjusting to the class schedule. Please check the current class page for details. I am hosting an all day Blessing Events for the Troops on Saturday Sept. 16th to make as many Christmas cards as possible for our service members. They have to be sent in October to reach them in time to send home to their families. Please consider joining us in studio for this event.
I am also adding a Shaker card class to the calendar Monday Sept 18th. Join us for a “shaking” good time. :0)
We have some great specials in September. Mixed media is the current hot trend. Several Fun Stampers Journey products will be 20% off during September including our Gel Press. It’s a great time to stock up on fresh new creative supplies. A great starter kit just got better with more supplies heading your way. If you’d like to join the Sassy AngelS team, this is a great time. After you place your 1st $150 order, you will receive a mixed media kit valued at over $100, sure to spark some great creative projects.
The September Bloom Box is fabulous! Hello Sunflower is expected to sell out. Remember you can now order 2 ways, either a 6 month subscription so you never miss the fun or one box at a time for the ones you really like.
I will be traveling to Waco, Texas in late September to attend RG Hits the Road. The wonderful thing about our FSJ events is the creative inspiration & new ideas shared. I am sure I will be bringing back some fabulous ideas to share for future projects.
Still working on getting regular posts done. I have started to schedule regular work hours for the studio & hope to add in video soon.
Fortunately life is flexible. This canvas class was scheduled for earlier this month & now it’s on the 31st. There is still time to join in some creative fun. You will have the option of the sunset background or a more sky blue type background for this canvas. You will also have a few more options of sentiments to personalize your canvas with.
I had a lot of fun creating this canvas. I started with a general idea of what I wanted to design & just started playing. I wanted this 1st canvas class to be fairly simple but still have lots of texture & visual interest. It came out great!
This canvas features Tiger Bonsai from the new Mystic Romance collection. I am loving the new embroidery look to these stamps.