A little of this & a little of that

Of Angels and Icons

Last month I took an art class with the amazing mixed media artist, designer, and teacher Gewn Lafleur.  She taught a full-day class “Of Angels and Icons” at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. We took inspiration from Mexican folk art and orthodox icons and made our own interpretations into mixed media angels.

We used acrylic paints, texture mediums, collage papers, ephemera, stencils, stamps, heat embossing, and beautiful fabrics that Gwen collected from around the world to accessorize our figures. We put all of those supplies together with various techniques to make our collaged angels on an 12″ x 16″ canvas pane.

I loved taking this class with a teacher who shared so much about how she creates art, her love of travel and culture, and her passion to share it with crafters like me! Take a look at how my angel turned out:

It’s amazing what a Versamark pad, embossing powder, and a heat tool can do!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage papers and ephemera on my 12 x 16 panel background
Canvas panel painted with acrylic paint and matte medium and matte medium
The most challenging part of the class – figuring out what face to use and getting the body dimensions coordinated

 

 

 

#THE100DAYPROJECT

#THE100DAYPROJECT

Ready to get creative? Today is the day! I am joining the global community in participating in the 6th annual #The100DayProject.

The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. Anyone can join and I am excited to participate! The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.

My project will be to make a little “art” every day for the 100 days. I will post each of my paper pieces on my Instagram account @stampjunkie with the hashtag #dks100days. My hope for this project is to feel more accomplished in my craft projects. At the end of the project I’ll have a nice stash of pieces that I can use to add-on to my handmade cards and tags.

I’m nervous and excited about this commitment and I’m hoping you’ll be here for the ride and encourage me along the way! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Here is my first #The100DayProject piece!

 

 

 

A little of this & a little of that

Try Something New!

I took a watercolor class a couple of months ago and have been practicing some of the techniques I learned. As a beginner, it’s more challenging to learn than what I thought it would be! One thing that is cool and complex at the same time is that you are in complete control of opacity in watercolor painting. It’s amazing to see how one color can change depending on the ratio of paint to water that you use on the brush. I obviously still have a lot to learn and need tons of practice, but I think the most difficult part is to start. If you’re thinking of trying something new, don’t hesitate – just GO FOR IT and have fun!

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Tags

Groovy

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I love my hippie stamps! These tags were fun to make – the flower girl is from a set named ” Hippie Dottie” that was made by Totally Stampalicious (that went out of business about 5 years ago) and the dude is in the stamp set “Hippie” from Deep Red Stamps. I made these tags starting with stenciling on Ranger Inkssentials manila craft tags using Tim Holtz’s “Rays” stencil and distress inks.

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I didn’t really have a layout plan on how I was putting the tags together, so I set the tags aside and began stamping and embossing the hippies and the Peace sentiment.  After coloring them (the fun part!) with Copic markers,  I decided to fussy cut them out and I used a punch instead of scissors for the sentiment.  Since I wanted to match the hippies to the tag, I stamped on Ranger Inkssentials Manila Card Stock so it would coordinate perfectly.

 

 

Dimensional foam dots were used to  attach the hippie cut-outs to the tags.  To finish the tags I added some hemp and a metal peace sign to embellish and a little bling.

 

 

Wishing you peace, love, & happiness! 

 

 

 

A little of this & a little of that

Upcycled Notebooks

I love this notebook that I received as part of some swag from a meeting. The covers were made out of thin wood and had a company logo from Instagram® embossed on the front. I collected a few books and gave them a new look by adding a strip of a tightly woven burlap and some pretty leaves to give it an autumn vibe. The leaves I made by using Tim Holtz distress inks, stencils, and some Spellbinders die cuts. Collage medium was used to attach the burlap that covered the embossed logo. Stampin Up dimensionals were used to attach the leaves. I’m happy with the way they turned out!

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