Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Fairy House

I got a little whimsical with this project!!  I dug into my collection of wood blocks and drew a little fairy house!  Then I took out my new Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets collection and started cutting!!

I glued down all the paper pieces using gel medium!

I used a Rhonda Palazzari stencil by Crafter's Workshop and stenciled in some little branches.
 And as always, I am totally inspired by Junelle Jacobsen's style, which is totally reflected here on my block! In fact, I am headed to her class in Charlotte next weekend at Donna Downey's studio!! I can't wait! I went in the spring too, so I am feeling a little spoiled!

And I wondered what to do with back of the block, so I painted chalkboard paint on the back so that I could write messages on it!! However, I ended up using white paint through the stencil and leaving just a small spot at the top for chalk messages!  I just loved the way the white paint jumped off the black chalk paint!!

Doodles and paint finished off the front of the block!

I am just in love with this little house!!  I love this Fancy Pants paper - it is definitely a new favorite! I hope you find something that inspires you this weekend and you have some time to create a little piece of art!! Be sure to stop by the Eclectic Paperie and shop - Kim has such an amazing selection!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trend Watch - Paper Crafter's Library!

Hi Everyone!!! Just a quick hello and note to say how excited I am to be included in the Trend Watch in Paper Crafter's Library!!  I do absolutely love creating with fabric - the Linnie Blooms Canvas Pieces make it SO easy!!   
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I am working on some new projects and getting my art room in order so that I can actually spend the day in there.   I miss my inky, paint covered fingers!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Well, I didn't realized was how CrAzY things were going to get around the house and how MY art time was going to be slashed when we moved into our new house!  I did find away around losing art time ... making new decorations for the house!!  Our new entrance way needed some personalization, and while I was at the store I found a pack of home decor paper that came with design ideas.  So, as tired as I was, I decided to use one of the ideas from the paper pack.  But of course, I needed to put my own spin on things!!  Luckily, with all my supplies from Eclectic Paperie - I made this finishing piece!!

Here is the Before picture of our entrance way!

Then, I had one last blank spot in the bottom left ...

So for the final piece, I started with a plain wood plaque piece.  I coated it with gesso.

I used Dina Wakley gel medium to 'glue' down some dictionary paper.

And some fun Tissue paper for some visual interest.

Then I realized that the black and white keys and text were just a little too bold.  I mixed a little bit of plain white gesso with water to create a 'wash' over the paper.  The effect was perfect!!

Then I grabbed a chevron stencil and used my Dina Wakley Lemon Heavy Body Paint to stencil onto the black and white paper.

I LOVE this color!!

I added some black letters and used Dina Wakley's black gesso to go around the edge of the wood. 

I added some  picture hanging strips and put her up on the wall!!

And then I stuck the Happy piece on the wall!!  I love it!! It finished off the wall collection!! Now, I just need to figure out if I should paint the table yellow, gray or white?

So keep creating and using your pieces to decorate your house!! Putting up something I made makes us feel more at home in our new space!! - Karen