Saturday, December 3

A Trio of Canvases

I've been taking this wonderful online class with Roben-Marie Smith, whom I first "met" in Wanderlust 2016. I fell in love with her style, and jumped at the opportunity to take her Paper to Paint class. She is such a wonderful and supportive teacher!

I wanted to share my trio of canvases with you "City of Light", and give you a few peeks of my work in progress.

Notice how I create layers with different colors and shapes in the next 3 photos. Amazing how much the piece can change as it is worked, and sometimes I am not sure when to stop. I've had times when I wish I hadn't added that next layer on - does that ever happen to you?

I toned it all down with a whitewash layer, and painted on some meaningful words. 

Next, I took a photo of the Eiffel Tower I shot while visiting Paris, and put parts into my composition. I also found an old postcard to use as my third focal point.

Using a variety of materials...

I stamped some of my favorite images onto dictionary paper and placed those into my composition.  These stamps are designed by my friend Andrea at Snapping Monsters. I went in and added some more color with pastels.

Then, I painted the canvas edges to finish these off. 

City of Light trio

Another bright and colorful project from me...maybe this is my way of combating the dark and gloomy days we've been having as we move into winter. 

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my class with Roben-Marie. I highly recommend that you look into taking a class with her! Thanks so much Roben-Marie!!


Thursday, December 1

Steampunk Christmas Angel

Welcome, welcome, Steampunk friends! Can you believe it's already December? I wish for you a  season of celebration and blessings as you follow your own seasonal path. I was inspired by the holiday season to create a Steampunk Christmas Angel for our challenge this month. 

She has just delivered some presents and placed them under the tree, and is heading off on her bike with more deliveries. I guess Santa Claus or St. Nick must have needed more help this year getting to the homes of all the good girls and boys! 

I started by adding a layer of gesso to my canvas in a very random and messy manner, and then went in with a stencil and modeling paste. 

While that dried, I cut out 3 images of the woman on the bicycle so I could make her 3D. (she was actually in a Halloween themed paper pack, but I can change the season)

First layer of paint...metallic Festive Green.

Next layer, adding in some Quinacridone Gold.

I used some patterned paper to do some paper piecing to create the Christmas tree and presents. Then I decided to add some old music paper and number tissue paper to create another layer of interest.

Next, it's time for some messy, painty fun - mostly using my fingers...really, who needs a brush? After this layer dried, I doodled around the tree and packages, added the angel and did some spraying. I used a bit of scrap to cover her face so she wouldn't look all spotty.  As you can see at this point, I was having so much fun, I forgot to take any more photos! 

Added detail with the gears, and a bit of highlighting with gold, some thread to the hat and some old watch parts.

Did some doodling around the  Christmas tree and presents...

I like how hints of the paper layer fade through...

I added black, shimmer and gold splatters - it kind of reminds me of gilded falling snow.

My steampunk angel is heading out for deliveries!

I hope you will join us this month in our challenge and create something in the steampunk/industrial mixed media genre! 

Happy Holidays!
 Keep an eye out for the Steampunk Angel, maybe she will deliver packages to you! 


Fluid Acrylics:  Pyrole Red, Quinacridone Gold, Payne's Grey, Green Gold
Dazzling Metallics: Bright Brass, Festive Green
Americana Acrylic: Sea Glass
Mediums: Matte Medium, Modeling Paste
Sprays: Carbon Black, Shimmer White
Metallic Lustre: Gold Rush
Stencil: Andy Skinner Snake's Web

Many thanks to our sponsors here at SASPC who keep our gears turning!

Tuesday, November 29

Wanderlust 2016: A Tag Travel Journal

I'm in the middle of one of my Wanderlust 2016 classes with Joanna Grant, and just finished up my first mini journal using shipping tags. 

I LOVE Wanderlust 2016! I have learned an amazing amount of "stuff" and been inspired by some very talented artists. I know I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone and tried techniques I never thought I would. For example, with this project, I headed totally out of my color comfort  zone to see what would happen...and I really like it! I think I tend to get into color "ruts", and it's a lot of fun to escape that. 

My work space is getting smaller, but I am having fun with my gelli plate and these bright colors, including neons! I used a recycled cup and bottle cap to make my circles. Thank you Carolyn Dube (another Wanderlust teacher) for taking me on a journey into the gelli plate! I bought one a few years ago, and it sat...until this year, when I finally learned to use it.

I decided to try my hand at making some matching washi tape, so I laid out strips of Dina Wakley's Media Tape onto my gelli plate, and added paint.

I found an old number stamp from 1-31 and stamped the tape with this also.

I wanted it to stand out more from the tags, so sprayed and speckled it with white.

I cut out paper rectangles, doodled around the edges, added my washi, and stamped "Journal" onto the cover tag. 

All hooked together, and added some contrasting fibers. Now, this little tag journal is ready to go on a journey. There is space for notes or drawing, and it would be simple to add in some watercolor paper tags to add some sketches, or more journaling sheets - definitely room to expand!

I hope you've enjoyed this project in neon and bright colors! See, I've learned to play with more crayons in the box, so to speak ;)

Monday, November 28

Woodland Christmas Trees

Hello there Monday! Are you ready for a new challenge, my friends? Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge for this week is...O' Christmas Tree! I took a slightly different path with this theme, and was thinking of the woodland trees and creatures who live there, and remembered when we would decorate the trees with cranberries and popcorn and seeds to give them a holiday treat. 
Also, these are my Christmas cards, so I think that fits! 

It has been such a pleasure this month to have Anita Houston, The Artful Maven Haven with us! Anita, I wish you the best and look forward to more wonderful art work from you! 

I don't have process photos this time because I was at a retreat when I made these and got into them and forgot! I think I worked up new arm muscles cranking out all those die cuts! And, I tried my new Fuse tool to make the shaker pockets, and it is amazing - super easy! 

I made several versions of my card, so here they are!

I hope you are having as much fun as I am crafting for the holidays! I hope you will join us in our Christmas Tree challenge this week, and I am looking forward to seeing your projects! 

Our friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 voucher to one lucky participant! 



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Are you wondering what the design team has come up with for this challenge? Me too! Let's head on over and check out all the wonderful creativity over there! 


Monday, November 21

Follow Your Own Path

Hello friends! It's a trio-tastic week, and we challenge you to use three of something on your project this week for the Monday challenge! I chose to use a trio of elephants for my three.

I knew I needed a larger format for three elephants, so I headed to my big Dylusions art journal for this project.

One helpful hint I've learned in several classes lately is, if you have any leftover paint you are working with, slap it onto a blank page in your journal. That's how these pages started - leftover paints from various other things I was working on. 

To pull it together, I went over all with a light layer of Dina Wakley's elephant acrylic paint, did some stenciling by lifting color off with a baby wipe to reveal the under layer. 

Next layer is stenciling right on top. A small sponge with very little paint helps to get the details. 

I went in with more paint around the edges and in the center - Night and White, added more stenciling, and then lots of stamping, including some of Seth Apter's new set - Billboards.

One thing really cool with Nathalie Kahlbach's elephant stamp is you get a detailed rubber stamp, a foam stamp (which I used here for the pink elephants) and a stencil! Now that's a trio!! I doodled around the edge of the elephant to make it stand out more. 

I hand lettered my thoughts here. This came to me as I looked at two elephants going one way, and the third is opposite. It has also been such a challenging time in my country with elections (I am working on this two days away from voting) so I was also thinking of how important it is that we make our own informed decisions. Hence...Follow the beat of your own drum! 

A bit of detail to show the layers of stenciling and stamping.

Almost done...

I stamped the elephant onto a piece of vintage music sheet that I had sprayed some gold onto, then cut it out.

I wanted to test out something new to me - Prima Flowers Memory Hardware Artisan Powders. I chose the Antoinette Pink. It adds a vintage touch, but I think I need more practice with it. is my trio of elephants with one marching to its own drum.

So, are you thinking of a trio of some product or image to use on your project this week? Be sure to share it with us, and you could win a $50 voucher from Simon Says Stamp! 



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I bet you are wondering by now what kinds of trio-tastic projects the DT is up to? I know I am, so let's head on over and take a look!


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