July 5, 2015

Where Is the Freak Show?

Where is the Freak Show you ask? Well, it's over there! I have had these wooden letters forever, so I finally used them and made them into something cool along with some help from that cool and kick ass creator Teri Calia of Catnip Designs. You can see all of her Alpha Stamps collage sheets by clicking here. Visit her blog to see some amazing artwork as well!

June 20, 2015

The Life of A Mermaid Can Be Dangerous

I have seen some gorgeous work from other members of the Alpha Stamps Design Team.  I always do and if you have a chance, be sure to pay them a visit. This months kit, Mermaids, just has a magical quality about it. I decided to alter a cigar box and I really love how it all came into place and the finished piece. 

I wanted it to look as if it was a treasure found on the bottom of the ocean. A vessel with growth all around, shells, plants, and pieces of life.

There is all sorts of beauty and treasure on the ocean floor. But as a mermaid collecting bits of sea glass, one must be careful where they wander. Nasty little sea elves are down there you know, and if you get into one of their piles you might meet a nasty fate. 

So many little treasures, you can understand why I made such an elaborate piece. These tiny shells, beautiful sea glassceramic octopus and these marvelous Iridescent Glass Micro Beads just add so much mystery with the way they capture the light. I want to cover my studio walls with them, lol.

My favorite part of this project was the way I created the texture on not only the cigar box, but also on the chipboard coral.

Working on one side at a time, I added multiple layers of Distress Paints, Metal Patinas, Liquid Pearls, Lindys Sprays and Lumiere Metallic Paint. In between each layer, I would heat with an embossing gun until each layer would crackle, pop and grow. It became a natural looking element of the design that I enjoyed like a child throwing poppers on the ground.


The Lumiere paint and Liquid Pearls created the best effect. Below is the same process on the coral.

I used the same technique on my chipboard coral pieces. The colors would blend together and rise with the heat and I didn't stop until I heard it popping. It looks like a real piece of nature's growth.

I used this same technique inside of the cigar box along with some of the new and beautiful Unearth Patina Scrapbook Paper which was the inspiration piece for my project's colors. 

Do you see the large shell behind the terrified mermaid? It was the main inspiration for my project. You can find it on the top of my box as well as inside on both the top and bottom . It comes from the Spellbinders Embossing Folder called Shell Beauty. I ran it through my Big Shot Cutting Machine on plain card stock, patterned card stock and loved the results on velum. If you have a way to use these Embossing Folders, I strongly encourage you to do so.

Below are some close up photos so that you can see even more details and all of the little treasures in my underwater ocean. But be warned, whatever you do, DO NOT look into the eyes of that evil elf mermaid. He will capture your soul and keep you in his sea dungeon.

Thank you so much for stopping by and wherever this day finds you, may you be blessed and inspired!

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June 10, 2015

Journaling With Character Constructions

I finally, after a couple of years of wanting to but being too intimidated and a perfectionist, FINALLY started journaling! I LOVE getting lost in the pages of a book with paints, dyes, sprays, Gelatos, Aquacolors, Faber-Castell PITT pens and so much more. There is no right or wrong, just go with the flow, add layers here and there, and create. 

I have a few books I work in now and recently began a new one. As many of you know, I LOVE doing the Character Construction tag swaps. I have so many tags and treasure them all, draped all the way across my art studio. When I create a tag, I always have lots of left over stamped images. I could never just toss them out, but instead keep them all together in a file. That way, when I need an image for a project, I can pull one out and use. 

Let's put these two things together now, Journaling and Character Construction stamped images. What do I get? A really cool journal that I can take along with me to create as I like. Also comes in handy when both your husband AND your father have eye surgery and you spend lots of time at their many appointments. 

Some pages in the book are blank, some colored with sprays and paints while others might have some paper layers. Each a little canvas waiting to be filled.

Some images I glue onto the page and sometimes I have the stamp out, so I add the stamp to a page in the book. This can be colored and added to later, or while waiting, many times, in a doctors office, for hours.

Above is a completed page. I had added several layers of vintage ephemera and had one of these lovely Adventures in Tea ladies left over from a tag swap I had done. I just popped her right in and the page was complete!

For both the above and below pages, I had the background, colored in some extra stamped images I had and added them to complete. I can add more details later.

Creating art is my therapy, my me time, and any time I can get a little into my day makes it an awesome one! Thanks to Catherine Moore for all of the inspiration!!