Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31!!

Hello!!  Happy December!!  So glad December is here ... oh, it is the prettiest month to me!! I am always so inspired by the images that we see around Christmas ...  trees, snow, little cabins in the woods, Santas, Stockings hung by the fireplace. They all just all give me goosebumps!! And another event that gives me goosebumps, is The Monthly Mixed Media Challenge!!! So much fun and a great way to try each month to be inspired to create!! Come play with us!!


Our Awesome sponsor this month is Eileen Hull!!  I love her tagline, three dimensional art ... with heart!! Seriously, love that!! And she has an awesome looking new book out, Die Cutting Magic!! The book has more than 100 projects to create with her die cuts!! Amazing!! Plus she has provided our challenge with our prize this month, one lucky, random winner will be chosen to win her Loaf Pan Die, which in my opinion is AWESOME!! 




And here is my project!! I honestly, have never have created real 3-D art before. So to be honest, I was a little daunted at the task, but sometimes stretching ourselves can produce the most fun results!!

I made a little Christmas tree scene, that now resides on my favorite Christmas shelf in my kitchen!!  





I started out with Eileen Hull's loaf pan die cut.  It was super easy to glue together, and was very thick and able to stand up to inks, glues, and my not so very gentle hands!! I started off with a wood grain roller stamp and ink to give the loaf pan the look of a piece of wood.  Then I wrapped some American Crafts ribbon along the bottom.  


Then I filled the loaf pan with crumpled paper.  I really had to work at this step and I know that seems silly, but I wanted to have the right height and amount of 'snowy' ground in the pan.  



Once I had the right amount of snow, I added in the trees and a little Christmas color banner between them!  I also used part of another Eileen Hull Die Cut, for her box and made it into my Merry Christmas sign.  I used a Tim Holtz rub-on for the wording!! (wish I could write like that though!)

Of  course, as usual I forget to take pictures of the last few steps but I coated the tissue paper with white crackle paste.  I was looking for snow texture and had tried a couple of different things, but the crackle glaze was by far my favorite!! A star for the tree, a rub-on with a special wish and an awesome button from the Funkie Junkie and I was done!! LOVED playing with 3-D!!




Saturday, November 19, 2016

A few more blocks ...

I am becoming addicted to wood blocks!!  I made three new ones this week!  One, is a redo of my favorite church that I recently made on pallet wood! I used tissue paper, crackle paste, inks, scrapbook paper, ribbon, buttons, paper, canvas, burlap and paint ... just so much fun to make!!



And here are their 'flipsides!'  

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

And A Little More Christmas in November!!

I have been having so much fun in my art room getting ready for Christmas! I am not really sure where the inspiration has come from because it has been so unseasonably warm here in Atlanta.  But I love this little tree that I made this week! My kids called it the Charlie Brown Tree, and I think they might be right.  Who doesn't love the little Charlie Brown though?!




I started with a plain cut piece of wood from one of our house projects.  I washed it with gray paint and water to age the wood. 



After the wash dried, I sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Distress Ink to add sparkle and extra aging to the wood panel.


Corrugated brown paper and some painted green leftover paper from another project created the tree. I used Christmas scrapbook paper to cut the ornaments out of a Christmas pattern. 


Some string, doodling and stickers to finish up! I also, added a leather strap to hang the block up with on the wall, but of course I forgot to take a picture of that!




I also made a little elf to go with last week's Santa.  I just recently started selling some of my projects at an amazing local store called American Redemption. So this little elf is going to be there next to his matching Santa!  I just love the store and I am honored to be there as one of their local Artists! 



And then a Pinterest-made-me-do-it project!!  I saw a project like this one using all different colors.  When I saw this paper (at Target of all places!) I thought this gold and brown paper would be awesome on a black board.  And it turned out pretty well, I just forgot to take a really well-lit picture of it!! But it was fun! 


Whew!! What have you been working on?  Are you working on your Mixed Media Monthly Challenge?? I hope so!! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Halloween, check. Christmas begins!!

Poor Thanksgiving ... poor holiday gets so left out now.  (And it is one of my favorites!!) Here are a few new projects I made for this year's Christmas season!!  

Christmas Partridge Canvas!!



And a Santa gnome wood block! 


Do you have any projects in the works for this Christmas holiday season??  I have a couple more but they have a few minor details to finish up!!!  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #30!

Happy November!!  I am so excited for cooler weather  ... I know it will come soon to the south ... right!!  But until we can turn off the air conditioning it is the perfect time for a Mixed Media Challenge!! So welcome Mixed Media Fans - come and join us in our Monthly Challenge!!  This month we have a color inspiration and an amazing prize for one lucky randomly drawn winner from the Funkie Junkie Boutique!! The Funkie Junkie has an amazing selection of papers, pens, paints ... everything you could need or want for your mixed media and scrapbooking!!  





And now my project for the challenge ....







This all started with a simple sketch.  I used a wood base for the canvas, lots of paint, paper, burlap and twine!!


I painted the wood with white, titan buff golden paints and a crackle medium for Viva. 


And then the dog jumped into my lap and then proceeded to climb out of my lap on the desk ... he really didn't want me to work!! 


So, come play!! We have such a good time and learn so much from other mixed media artists ... The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!  


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #29



Happy October .... and I say that from a perfectly beautiful 'almost' fall day here in Atlanta Georgia!!  After a blazing hot summer with temperatures in the 90's almost everyday since May - today's high of 78 held the promise that cooler temps are on the way!!  And we went apple picking and stopped by the pumpkin patch today which makes me feel like it is officially time to bring out the fall decorations!!  AND play with this month's Mixed Media Challenge #29!!!

SO here it is ... our mood board for your inspiration and our amazing sponsor Stampoutique!!  LOVE, love, love their stamps!! SO many to choose from and pretty hard to choose which ones I love the most!!  Let this mood board guide you as you create your mixed media work this month!


And this month, Stampotique is offering a $30 gift certificate to our random winner!! Each month we draw one random winner from our list of entrants ... so, what are you waiting for .... create and play with us!!  

And here is my candy inspired October mixed media project!!



So I started with cookbook pages, tore them out of my favorite sized cookbook and glued them down to a canvas board.  I covered the paper with Titan Buff mixed with acrylic glazing to give the paint some transpar



I grabbed out my stampotique stamps ... SO stinkin' cute!!  I used my favorite watercolors and had a blast coloring a whole group of them!!


I made a ton of little squares of my favorite candy color inspired watercolors for the flowers and candycorn trees!





After the watercolors were dry, I cut out the shapes I wanted and started creating my candyland!


I sorted them out ... but realized that I needed some more of a background!! I used stencils, archival ink for the sky and green watercolors for the grass!  





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Rustic with Canvas Corp!





The Canvas Corp was such a generous sponsor this month! We each received an amazing box of goodies ... and I am so excited to bring you a second rustic piece!!  Be sure to visit The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog to see the other mid-month projects!! We love Canvas Corp!


I am IN LOVE with the faux finish kit from Tattered Angels ... so much so I bought another kit because the original one was finished! I started again, just like I did with the Church project, with crazy unfinished pallet wood boards.  I glued them together and added a support board across the back.



Then I used the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged White Wash Pine Kit on the pallet wood!! LOVE!! I just love the different colors that come in this kit because they are just perfect for the aged wood look I want! I did add some of the white wash this time and seriously, just perfect!



Canvas Corp has great black and white paper.  I love the orange and shimmery gold paint on the paper because I can just see the images poking through the colors for the pumpkin. 

Then I also put the paint on light brown burlap.   (I actually attached the burlap to paper with matte medium and then painted the burlap.) I wanted to add pieces of the burlap in between the paper for some extra texture!




I pieced the pumpkin together, made a stem and some green curly paper!  


After the pumpkin was dry, I added some paint around the wood, doodles, and text!! Done!

SO.... now what .... now you should come and play with us! Make a fun rustic project and then share it with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!!