Friday, July 14, 2017

1626 Curly Top Old Man ~ 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 decided to create an art journal page with the fabulous 1626 Curly Top Old Man and his amazing bowtie.


I coloured Old Man with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. His glasses were outlined with gold gel pen. He was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam Tape was added to the back to pop him up  and create natural shadow around him.


The background began with a 6 x 8 inch piece of mixed media paper which had been spritzed with Fuzzy Navel Peach, Canna Lily Burnt Orange, and Cajun Carnelian Red Lindy's Starburst Sprays. Once that was dry, stamping was done with ColorBox Chianti Ink and a ruler stamp plus Carabelle Studio Quadrillage Art Stamp. To add a little punch, a VLV star border stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival Ink. Polka dot washi tape in colours similar to his shirt and tie was applied to white cardstock to eliminate the translucency, and then cut into fishtail flag strips. It was adhered under Old Man in order to ground him and also on the opposite side to create flow.


The sentiment was printed on white cardstock and cut into individual words which were matted with black. Foam tape was used to pop up each word. A small white tag was inked with Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks and rub-ons plus faux stitching dressed it up. Black pen was used to create a simple border around the outside edges, as well as outlining the washi tape flags. Black Soot Distress Inks was applied around the edges before a black mat was added to the back to pull the page together.

Thanks for joining Curly Top Old Man and me today. We are happy you did and hope that you'll take a minute to stop by Sandra's Facebook group where the team will display their awesome projects featuring other new releases. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. You are sure to see many images that inspire you to create!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, July 10, 2017

The 2017 Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 28 Sneak Peek



Hi everyone. It's my week again to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 28, I chose the word Wonder. Although my image shows a woman with a look of wonder on her face, and my sentiment reflects that, I actually chose the word wonder because I was satisfying my curiosity about what would happen if I played with inky string.

To see what I'm talking about and see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog where all will be revealed...LOL. I had fun!

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Dreaming of Sleep ~ A LeighSBDesigns image


Hi everyone! I used to be the best sleeper in the world and I must say, I miss those days...and nights :) That's why when I saw this image from LeighSB Designs, I knew I had to feature her in an art journal page about my current sleep pattern. She is called Lil Miss Oddleigh Dreaming of Sleep.


I love the character, Lil Miss Oddleigh. She is quirky and so fun to colour...she has the most expressive face. I coloured her with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. She was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. This gives her a shadow and really helps pop her out from the background. It also gives strength to the skinny bits so they don't tear off. Miss Oddleigh was popped up on foam tape to create a natural shadow and give the page some dimension.


The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper, was spritzed with French Violet Purple Teal and French Lilac Violet Lindy's Starburst Sprays. When this was dry, more pattern was added with Deep Purple Archival Ink and Viva Las Vegas Colour Wheel Lines Stamp. VLV Row of Stars stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival Ink. To give Lil Miss Oddleigh a place to rest her weary feet, two rows of purple and white washi tape were added to white cardstock and adhered to the bottom edge. A moon and stars were punched from yellow clean up papers from my stash. Both the washi and the moon/stars were outlined with black pen to help them stand out.


The sentiment (so true in my case) was printed on white cardstock and cut into individual words with the exception of "fall asleep". These were then matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the moon and stars to make them sparkle and black Big Brush Pen was used to edge the page. A black cardstock mat was adhered to the background to frame it and finish things off.

Thanks for joining Lil Miss Oddleigh and me today. We're glad that you did. When you get a chance, pop by Leigh's Etsy shop to see the other fabulous images she has there. Lil Miss Oddleigh is going for a nap but I have several other friends of hers printed up and calling to me to be coloured. You can stop by LeighSB Designs Fan Group on Facebook, too, to see more of these fabulous images "in action".

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, July 07, 2017

1656 Frog Eyes ~ 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 1656 Frog Eyes. He is a dapper little fellow although his sense of humour is a tad corny...LOL.


I coloured Frog Eyes with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and then filled his glasses with Glossy Accents to make the lenses shine and give them some dimension. Frog Eyes was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted with black, and fussy cut again leaving a narrow black border. Foam Tape was added to the back to pop him up because he likes to be noticed.


The 5.5 x 8 inch background began life as a piece of white cardstock used to clean yellow, green, and pink paint bits off my gel plate. Magenta Hue Archival Ink was applied to a grid stamp and rolled onto the background here and there. Sunflower Archival Ink was applied to a distressed circles stamp and applied in places, although a lot of that was covered up. A zigzag sewing stamp was also added with Jet Black Archival ink. Measuring tape washi adhered to strips of white cardstock so it was opaque was added in 3 spots in order to ground my froggy friend and add flow to the design.


The sentiment which was printed on white cardstock was cut into individual words. These were matted with black and popped up with foam tape. The background needed some contrast and a touch of black so 1.5 inch circles were punched from Carabelle Studio Templates packaging and adhered to the edges. It's amazing how that made the background instantly more pulled together and interesting. A tiny dragonfly button, minus its shank, was adhered in the top right corner and a simple double line border was doodled around the edges of the background. A black mat was added to the page to frame it and add a little more pop.

Thanks for joining Frog Eyes and me today. To see more of Sandra's wonderful new releases which will be in the shop later, and also see what our talented DT members did with them, be sure to drop by Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group, where they will be posted throughout the day. Pop by Sandra's Etsy shop, too, when you get a chance. You are sure to see many images that inspire you to create!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Dylusions Creative Dyary Die Cut Cards ~ Quick Peek


Hi everyone. Today on the Joggles blog, I have posted  a couple of mixed media cards featuring two of the fabulous Dylusions Creative Dyary Die Cuts. I love these images... they are a wonderful size for cards or smaller art journal pages. Both were coloured up with coloured pencils and I even show the way I often finish the insides of my cards. To see the finished cards and learn about my process, please pop over to the Joggles blog where I have step out photos and talk through my process.
Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, June 30, 2017

1648 Mermaid Troll - A Sandra Caldwell New Release


Hi everyone. It's New Release Friday at Sandra Caldwell's Etsy shop, Babycakes Digis and Designs, as well as on her Facebook group. The DT create projects featuring many of these new releases and posting them to the Sandra Caldwell Stamps Fans group as well as to their individual blogs. Then Sandra throws in a few surprise images which we didn't know about...love that! Today, I am playing with a fun image called 1648 Mermaid Troll. Did you ever have any of those so-ugly-they-were cute little trolls when you were a kid? I used to love to pet their hair :)


I coloured MT with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding a little Glossy Accents to the bubbles. She was fussy cut leaving the usual narrow white border and then matted with black. After leaving a narrow black border to help her pop against the background, foam tape was added to the back.


The background began as a 12 x 12 inch piece of marbelized cardstock. To me it looked like water so I cut it down to a 6 x 8 inch rectangle for the page. Aquamarine Archival Ink was applied to Joggles Sparks Background Noise stamp as well as Viva Las Vegas spiral one. Jet Black Archival was used to apply VLV's Star border stamp and black pen was used to fill in the stars. The same black was used to ink and apply the TH dotty stamp. Two lengths of scalloped wave patterned trims were layered at the bottom of the page and were then outlined to help them show up.


The wording was printed on white cardstock and cut into individual words. These were matted with black and then popped up on foam tape. Clear Dew Drops were adhered in a few places with Glossy Accents in order to create the effect of 3D bubbles like you see in the image. A simple border was doodled on 3 sides of the page before the black matting was adde to frame and finish the page.

Thanks for joining Mermaid Troll and me today. We love that you did! To see more of Sandra's Fabulous new releases as well as the wonderful DT makes, be sure to stop by the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans Facebook group throughout the day. It's always fun and inspiring to check those out. If you are looking for even more inspiration and also want to see the surprise images for the week, pop over to Babycakes Digis and Designs. It's a great place to hang out.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

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.
Bonnie