Monday, June 26, 2017

The 2017 Art Journal Adventure - Week 26 Sneak Peek

Hi everyone! It's Week 24 of the Joggles 2017 Art Journal Adventure and it's my turn to choose the prompt. This week I chose the word Mystery which happens to be my favourite genre of books to read. The prompt mystery could also refer to the mysteries of nature, or maybe you are using a mysterious technique, mark making tool, or product which we wouldn't guess by looking at your finished piece. Whatever your muse tells you is fine with us :) And as it turned out part of the mystery for me was how to rescue the page as it progressed through the Six Stages of Ugly...LOL

To see the entire process and photos of the steps and finished page, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I'd love it if you did!

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bloobel Stamps Progressive Challenge ~ Fantasy Creatures

Hi everyone! Each month, Lisa at Bloobel Stamps runs a Progressive Challenge on her Facebook page. If you played along the previous month, you get a discount code for the current month's image so you can play along again. This month the challenge was to use one of five Fantasy Creatures which Lisa created. There are dragons, a flying pig, a unicorn and this adorable fairy. She is called Shy Fairy and I couldn't resist her.

I coloured this little sweetie with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils. Her wings were given a sparkly layer of Cotton Candy Stickles on the outside sections and Icicle Stickles on the inside sections. The flower centers were accented with Cinnamon Stickles because as far as fairies are concerned, the more sparkle the better :) She was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape.

The background began as a piece of textured blue cardstock which was cut to a 6 x 8 inch rectangle. Texture Paste was scraped through one of the stars from TCW Layered Stars Stencil in three places to create the magical background. Once dry, the inside openings of the stars were shaded with an Inktense pencil activated with a waterbrush. This was also done to the outside edges to deepen them. Cobalt Archival Ink was used to add Carabelle Studio Letter Background as well as Stampotique Originals Dot Swirl stamps in several places. Black dots were added with Jet Black Archival applied to a TH stamp.

The sentiment, printed on white cardstock, was cut into individual words. These were matted with black and popped up with foam tape. Sparkly silver enamel stars were spread out throughout the background. To complete the page, a simple border was doodled around the edges and the page was matted with black cardstock to frame it.

Thanks for joining Shy Fairy and me today. We are both delighted that you did...although she is more reserved in her delight than me...LOL. You still have a few days left to join Lisa's Fantasy Creatures challenge on the Bloobel Facebook group. Be sure to pop by to see all of the awesome creations in the album. People are so talented and creative. And if you are looking for inspiration, stop by where you are sure to come away with a lengthy list of must-have images. Love 'em all!

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, June 23, 2017

1637 Lobster Louie ~ A Sandra Caldwell New Release

Hi everyone! It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs and she has some dandy images for us again this week. The Design Team has done their usual fabulous job creating projects with some of them but Sandra always has a few surprises for us, too. This week, I chose to play with the new image called 1637 Lobster Louie. Isn't he cute?

I coloured Louie with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils and then used blue PanPastel to colour the water around him. The bubbles were given a coat of Glossy Accents both for the dimension and the shine. In order to include the bubbles which are part of the image, I cut Louie out in a wavy fashion, leaving background all around him. This was matted with black cardstock and a narrow border was left to help Louie pop against the background.

Speaking of backgrounds, this one started as a clean up sheet where I rolled left over paint onto white cardstock when gel printing. I cut it down to a 6 x 8 inch rectangle. Joggles Vintage Correspondence stamp was applied in places with Manganese Blue Archival ink. Using the same ink, Stampotique Originals Dot Swirl stamp and a mesh stamp were also added. Louie likes his bubbles so more were added by scraping Texture Paste through Carabelle Studios Always Circles Template. Once dry, a blue Inktense pencil was used next to the bottom edge and the shadow was activated with a water brush. A ittle yellow and pink Inktense were also added to the bubbles with the water brush.

The sand area was torn from a corrugated coffee sleeve. Coffee and Tree Branch Archival Inks were applied directly to vary the colour of the sand. Brown acrylic paint was mixed with Texture Paste and added here and there with a palette knife. Shell pieces were adhered in both corners. The sentiment, printed on white cardstock, was cut into individual words which were matted with black. Foam tape popped up the words and Louie. A simple doodled border was added with black pen and Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the background. Finally, black cardstock cut slightly bigger than the background, was adhered to the back of the page to frame it.

Thanks for popping by today. Louie and I appreciate that!To see more of Sandra's new releases, be sure and pop by her Etsy shop, babycakesdnd. Stop off at the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group to see the awesome projects featuring these new releases created by the DT members. New release day is always a treat and you won't want to miss a thing :)

Life is good; so is art.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Butterfly Kisses Card ~ A Joggles Sneak Peek

Hi everyone! Today I am posting over on the Joggles blog but I thought I would give a little sneak peek here in case you want to check it out. I have created an easel card using cling mounted rubber stamps from the Laurel Burch line which have recently been added to the Joggles shop. I have long been a fan of Laurel Burch designs...they are gorgeous and give so much opportunity to play with colour. I used a stamp called Flutterbye and three of the small butterflies from the Indigo Cats set.

Pop over to the Joggles blog to see my step by step process and photos. I'd love it if you did! Also, swing by the Joggles shop where these stamps are selling like hotcakes. You can always have them notify you when they are back in stock if the one(s) you want have been snapped up.

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Oh The Places You'll Go ~ Inspired by a Bloobel Image

Hi everyone! Happy Father's Day if you are one :) Today I created an art journal page featuring a Bloobel image who has been waiting on my desk for ages for me to finish colouring. She is called Suitcases and is setting off on an adventure any moment. She has her bucket with her map and list right beside her and her suitcases jammed full of dreams.

I coloured Suitcases with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils using a little gold and silver gel pen for the metallic bits. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black cardstock, and trimmed out leaving a narrow black border.  Foam tape was used to pop her up and create natural shadows.

The background began as an 8.5 x 5.5 inch rectangle of mixed media paper onto which I had pulled a gel print. I used Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint in Light Blue Permanent, Cerulean Blue Hue, and Brilliant Yellow Green, along with Joggles Ancient Ruins and Carabelle Studios Des Carres Avec Des Ronds stencils. Joggles Nonsense Latin Text stamp was applied with Cobalt Blue Archival ink and one of the Stampotique Originals Circles Cubes images was also stamped with Jet Black Archival ink. Texture Paste was scraped through TCW Tiny Circles stencil to add more dimension and texture. A strip of text paper was adhered beneath Suitcases and the bucket to ground them. Both white acrylic paint and blue Zig Clean Colour Brush pen were scuffed over the text to blend it into the background and knock back the printing. The sentiment, printed on white cardstock and matted with black, was popped up on foam tape.

Suitcase's bucket started as a clip art image to which I added coloured pencil to make it my own. The line separating the inside of the bucket from the front was sliced and a rolled map and several destination strips were inserted into that slit. Foam tape was used to pop up part of the bucket. The rolling of the map made the center of the bucket curve which added dimension. Bits of washi tape were adhered below Suitcases and the bucket. A trains sign was added to the top left corner and three punched photo corners to the other three. A simple doodled border plus a black mat framed the page to finish it off.

Thanks for joining Suitcases and me today. We are delighted that you did that. To see more of Lisa's awesome stamps, be sure to pop by She has an amazing selection of fabulous fun images. Love them all! You can see the creative projects people are making with them at Bloobel Stamps Facebook page, too.

Life is good; so is art.

Friday, June 16, 2017

1625 Lovely Bag ~ a Sandra Caldwell New Release

Hi everyone. It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop and Facebook group. Each week she introduces us to the new images in the shop and gives the DT a chance to play with them. It's always a treat to see what everyone has created from these newbies. This week, I created an art journal page featuring the image called 1625 Lovely Bag and a favourite saying of my sister's and mine which we learned from our mom :)

The bag was coloured with Prismacolor pencils except for the inside which was Polychromos pencils. The dots are white paint pen. I just had to do polka dot lining since that's my fave. The bag was fussy cut without my usual white and black borders because I wanted ti to layer on top of the stand I was creating and the borders wouldn't have looked right. The display stand was the bottom of a die cut mannequin with a strip adhered along the top edge to make the shelf.

The background was a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper sprayed with Blush and Salmon Heidi Swapp Color Shine which I allowed to pool and drip. Brilliance Rocket Red Gold ink was used to apply both a woven background stamp and a Carabelle Studio Stars Background stamp. Jet Black Archival Ink was used to apply one of the images from Stampotique Originals Kate's Doodle Cube. To give the purse stand a place to rest (rather than a floating one), gray and white dotty washi tape applied to white card stock was adhered below it. 

The sentiment was printed on white card stock and matted with black. Foam tape was used to adhere the words and the purse to the background. Black pen outlining was done next to the washi and the two heart clips. It was also used to doodle the border around the page. To finish off, black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the background before it was matted on black card stock to frame it.

Thanks for joining me today.  To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases and also to see what our talented DT members did with them, be sure to drop by Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group, where they ere posted yesterday. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. There are so many fabulous images that you are sure to gain lots of inspiration and add to your wish list.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The 2017 Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 24 Sneak Peek

Hi everyone! It's Week 24 of the Joggles 2017 Art Journal Adventure and it's my turn to choose the prompt. This time I chose something a little different, almost like a recipe. because the month of June is known for weddings, I thought I would play with the tradition of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue...only I would apply it to my choices for creating this page. Something Old could be something you've had in your stash for a while, something vintage like ephemera, or an image of someone/something old. Something new might refer to something new in your stash, a new technique you've been wanting to try, or again something within the image. Something borrowed for me became ideas from other people which I had seen and wanted to "borrow" (with credit to the original artist of course). Finally, something blue...well, you get the idea on that one...although a twist would be feeling blue.

I have only included a sneak peek here but would love if you visited the Joggles blog to see the entire page and also read about my process. I thoroughly enjoyed responding to this prompt and pulled out a vintage image from a 1953 Woman's Day those old ads!

Life is good; so is art.