Posts Tagged ‘Mixed Media’
Good evening everyone. How was your week? Today, I have another Paperie In Bloom inspired project to share, a set of chrysanthemum memo boards. For those of you who are first time visitor’s to Scrap N Grow, Paperie In Bloom is an ongoing monthly feature where I showcase a different bloom on or about the first of each month. Then throughout the month, I sprinkle in additional projects that highlight the bloom of the particular month. October’s Paperie In Bloom is the chrysanthemum.
Today’s memo boards were inspired by the leftover spoons from making my chrysanthemum mirror. Click here to view that post.
Each chrysanthemum memo board is actually an altered rat trap. Yes, a rat trap. This is not my original idea. I have seen several altered mouse trap projects on several people’s blogs as well as on Pinterest. While, I did purchase a few mouse traps, I used rat traps in today’s featured projects.
To begin, I used a pliers to remove the artificial cheese and the pin used to set the trap. Afterwards, I applied a base coat of Kaisercraft Mocha acrylic paint to the base. This covered up the trap’s rat graphics. Next, I stenciled and applied a few textures to each of the traps. I then perused my stash for potential trinkets. In the end, I decided to make two different memo board styles: one functional, and the other, artful.
Both flowers were made from cheap, white plastic spoons. Petals (spoons) were painted on both sides with Windsor & Newton Acrylic paint, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Sienna. I purposely did not prime the spoons so that the paint color would be translucent. Next, I die cut and painted 2- 2.5 inch circles from Tim Holtz’s Ideaology’s Grunge Paper. I used this circle for the flower’s base. Once my spoon petals were dry, I adhered petals to base using a hot glue gun. Note: I offset each row until it appeared that there was no more room to add additional spoons as the space had become to small. Though there was no room to add another row of spoons, there was still a significant space remaining in the flower’s center. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to make a center bud for each flower out of card stock.
The flower centers are made from Bazzill card stock. I punched out several McGill’s large pear Paper Blossoms shapes. Afterwards, I painted both sides of each flower’s petal’s a coordinating color to match spoon petals. Once dry, I used McGill’s 8mm ball stylus to mold each petal. Once molded, I used Inkessentials Glossy Accents to adhere petals. Again, I offset each layer of petals. I think I used 20 petals for each bud. Once dry, I glued the bud to the center of the flower using E6000 adhesive.
While waiting for the E6000 to dry, I stamped the front piece of 3M Post It paper pad with a sentiment from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. The sentiment was stamped with Jet Black Ranger Archival ink. Next, I applied Vintage Photo around the perimeter of the note pad and then adhered the Post It note pad to the bottom half of one of the traps. As I mentioned earlier, I decided to make the other trap an artful collection of garden themed trinkets. I listed the items I used below. All trinkets were adhered with Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
Butterfly- Memory Box Die
Garden Note Card- Crafty Secrets
Heart Bingo Piece- Maya Road
Hinge Clip, Memo Pins, and Pen Nib- Ideaology
Flower Pot- Michael’s. Pot ‘s patina- Vintaj Patina Paint by Ranger
Floral Foam- Michael’s
GROW letters- Cosmo Cricket
Watering Can- Create For Less online store
I had fun making these altered rat traps and have other inspiring ideas for future projects. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you have altered a rat or mouse trap. Have a great night and see you again soon.
Good Morning everyone. As promised, I am back today to show you a gift I made for my girlfriend who lives and breathes Halloween year round. She coordinates and manages the Halloween parade in Anoka, MN, also known as the Halloween capitol of the world. Recently, I took an online class called Pumkins & Cider with Christy Tomlinson. She is a great instructor and a wealth of information. Her classes are geared for both budding and seasoned artists. One of the projects taught in her class, Pumpkin Santos Cage Doll was taught by guest artist teacher, Chrissy Gardner. I fell in love with her primitive cage doll Pumpkin Santos and knew it would be a perfect gift for my girlfriend. I watched the instructional videos, printed out my supply lists, and went to work on creating my own cage dolls. I made two, one for my girlfriend and one for me.
Out of respect for Chrissy and Christy, I am not going to post instructions or supplies as the class is available for purchase. See Link above. For my girlfriend’s birthday card, I altered my card slightly from yesterday. Her birthday is the 14th, hence the plaquette and the interior sentiment is Happy Birthday.
I am going to deliver her gift today, I am sure she is going to love it. I have displayed my cage doll on my dining room table. Have a great day everyone. I will be back tomorrow with another inspiring project.
Good afternoon everyone. It certainly feels like fall here in Minnesota. It is 65 and sunny. I finished this week’s Compendium of Curiosities II challenge this week late last night. This week’s technique is riveted patchwork. For those unfamiliar with this challenge…Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3 hosts a new technique challenge each week from Tim Holtz’s latest book, Compendium of Curiosities II. This week’s challenge is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique who is offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky challenge participant. This week’s technique is called riveted patchwork. Directions are on page 57 inside Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities II, Volume 2 book. Below is my entry for this week’s challenge, a riveted patchwork bluebird.
This bird was so much fun to make. I used a studio 490 Art Part as my base. To start, I applied a base coat of Mars Black Windsor & Newton acrylic paint to the art part bird, wings, and dowel. Next, I followed along using Tim’s instructions for riveted patchwork technique on page 57 with one variation. In lieu of the technique’s recommended colors to use, I instead chose to use an assortment of blue’s for the body and orange for the belly. I am pleased with how the colors turned out and really like how the alcohol ink color puddled in the texture created from the riveted patchwork technique. For the base, I used three scrap 3″ hickory coasters for the base and adhered the word fly. The letters are left over from a package of Ideology Grunge Blocks. Lastly, I completed final assembly by using a drill to make a hole in the base and then inserted my art bird.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I am in the midst of completing a few remaining Paperie in Bloom projects for September. Have a great afternoon.
Good morning everyone. Whew, it is finally Friday! Today’s featured project is another inspiring creation for this month’s Paperie In Bloom series featuring the sunflower. For those new to my blog. Last month, I started a new feature called Paperie In Bloom. Each month I will feature a flower, this month’s flower is the sunflower. Then throughout each month, I will feature additional projects that incorporate and highlight the month’s featured bloom. Today’s featured project is one of those additional projects, a macro sunflower canvas.
This canvas definitely evolved throughout its creation. My original idea was to use a solid black canvas for the backdrop to feature a macro view of a sunflower’s flower head. After laying it out onto a black canvas, I felt it appeared rather bland and disjointed. I felt that it needed a bit of texture and subtle color to provide contrast between the canvas and the flower head. After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to use various shades of black and brown. I felt these colors would remain subtle, but yet provide a bit of interest to highlight the bright yellow of the sunflower ‘s flower center.
After rummaging through my stash of textures, I began to add various textures and subtle shades of black and brown to a 16X16 Deep Edge Gallery Profile canvas from Dick Blick. To begin, I prepped the canvas using black Gesso. In the picture below, you will see remnants from a previous painting attempt. The macro sunflower petals were die cut using my Provocraft Electronic Die Cutting Machine and the Freshly Picked Cricut Art cartridge. I used 2 shades of Bazzill card stock for the petals and inked the petals edges with Tim Holtz’s Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Afterwards, each petal was molded using a McGill ball stylus and their molding mat. Petals were then adhered to the canvas using Inkessentials Glossy Accents.
After several attempts to re-create/mimic the center of the sunflower, I decided to use actual sunflower seeds. I love the texture and color that the seeds provide. The seeds were poked into a painted piece of Styrofoam. If you look real close, you will notice that a few seeds are missing. These were lost during the final assembly of the canvas. My initial reaction was of course to re insert them. Instead, I decided to leave them missing, because if you look at a real sunflower’s center, there are several open holes where the bird’s have eaten the seed from the flower. In the end, I feel that a few missing seeds adds character to the piece. Below I included several steps of the creative process.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the creative process that went into creating today’s featured Paperie In Bloom canvas. I would love for you to comment and tell me what you think. Thank you again and I hope that you will stop by again soon or subscribe to future posts if you were inspired by today’s canvas. I typically feature 3 projects a week, likely will be more with the upcoming holidays. Have a great day and a great weekend.
Good morning everyone! It is finally Friday and also the start of a long holiday weekend for many including myself. I have a few things planned but no travel, just staying close to home this weekend. In lieu of sharing a new project today, I instead wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the wonderful comments and encouragement regarding my new blog feature called Paperie In Bloom that I launched earlier this month. I started this feature on the first of August and featured the hydrangea bloom. Throughout the month of August, I created several other projects that highlighted or showcased the hydrangea. So I thought that with today being the end of the month, I would compose a recap post featuring each of the Paperie In Bloom projects featured throughout August with their appropriate hyperlinks. I have decided to hold till Monday before showcasing September’s Paperie In Bloom since it is a holiday weekend, otherwise my intention is to showcase each month’s bloom on the first of the month. Thank you again everyone for making my new Paperie In Bloom series a success. Be sure to stop back on Monday for September’s featured Paperie In Bloom bouquet. Until then, enjoy a recap below of each of the projects I featured throughout August showcasing the beautiful hydrangea. See you on Monday. Have a great and safe holiday weekend.
Paperie In Bloom: August 2012
Thank you again for stopping by and have a great Labor Day weekend.
Good afternoon everyone. I am so glad it is finally Friday for it was a very hectic week. Today is my day off and I spent the morning running errands in hopes that I can spend the weekend catching up around the house and to create art. Today’s featured project is a “She Art” canvas.
Awhile back, I took an online class from Christy Tomlinson titled “She Art Workshop”. Click on her name to be redirected as the class is still available. In the class, Christy introduces the student to many ideas, techniques, and products available in order to create Christy’s infamous She Art Girls. Most of the products she uses in her art can be purchased from her online store called Scarlet Lime. On her blog is a link to a complete description of each of her online workshops. I have taken all but her living canvas workshop thus far and have felt that each workshop’s price was great value for the content and lessons learned. I also should note that no experience required for any of her classes, only a willingness to be inspired.
My featured She Art Girl canvas is 6X12. The background papers and color palette was inspired from the 7 Gypsies Lillie collection. I used such a variety of techniques and products that I do not recall each and every one for me to compose a supplies list. I used a variety of stencils, art mediums, rubber stamps, paper and tag ephemera, rub ons, doodle pens, markers, and paint. I love how my canvas turned out. The girl on the canvas is a interpretation of me as this canvas was one of my first “true” mixed media canvases. I have since evolved and really embrace the world of mixed media when I can into a project. Below are a few close ups of the canvas.
And again below is the completed canvas in its entirety.
So my question for you, have you tried mixed media before? Have you taken any mixed media online classes? If so, I would love for you to leave a comment so other readers and myself can check out other amazing artists and available online classes. Have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday with another Paperie In Bloom inspired project.
Good morning everyone! How is your weekend going? I am still battling my summer crud. You would think I would begin to feel better after nearly a week of this. Sick or not, I am determined to carry on as I have looming deadlines to meet this week. But first, I wanted to share a project I recently finished, an ostrich egg bird house.
Earlier this spring, a dental patient of mine had gifted me several ostrich eggs. Back in April, I experimented using various mediums on the outer surface of the shell. Click here to view that post. Today’s project goal was really a personal challenge, to see if I could somehow re purpose an ostrich egg into a bird house. I feel that I was successful and am pleased with the results. See the close ups below. All pictures can be clicked on for larger view.
Roof: Balsa Wood purchased from Michael’s
Utility Knife and Ruler
6X6 Woodgrain Crafter’s Workshop Stencil
Windsor and Newton Acrylic Paint Raw Umber and Vandyke Brown
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Sign: Stampendous Clear Stamp Set- Nest Egg
Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger
Walnut Stain Distress Ink for the edges
Screw Eye and Jump Ring from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Line
Scrap of Brown Card Stock
Nest: Bird Nest with Eggs came from my stash. I added an assortment of Twigs, Excelsior, String, Dried Leaves, and Feathers (Michael’s)
Bird: Purchased from Michael’s
Assembly: Everything was pretty straight forward to create and assemble. I would like to comment about using E6000 adhesive. I used E6000 adhesive to adhere the roof top and the base to the ostrich egg because the product claims that it can bond anything together. I agree, but one should note that E6000 has a profound odor and definitely would recommend to work with this adhesive in a well ventilated area. The one drawback I found with E6000 is its drying time. Until my adhesive initially set, I found that I needed to prop up things around the house to help ensure that the roof top dried in the right place as it seemed to want to slide back wards at an angle. Same thing for the placement of the egg to the base, I surrounded the egg with props to ensure the correct placement of the egg on the base. I think the drying time is dependant upon your climate and for my are, it took a good day to dry.
I intended for this bird house to be purely decorative and am going to give it to the wonderful dental patient who gifted me a nice supply of ostrich eggs. I think she will appreciate seeing her eggs transformed into works of art.
I encourage you leave me a comment and/or questions you may have about my ostrich egg birdhouse. Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will come back again.
Welcome. Today I have another journal to share. The featured cover technique follows along with the faux patina technique featured on page 58 of Tim Holtz’s Volume 2, A Compendium of Curiosities. Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3 is hosting a weekly challenge with a chance to win a cool prize just for participating and my entry is pictured below.
For today’s journal, I again started with a blank notebook from the dollar spot at Michael’s. I rummaged through my stash of scrap metal (Ten Seconds Studio) and found a metal sheet previously embossed that fit would adequately cover my journal. I used a brayer and paper stump to smooth out embossing the best I could. I did not mind the remaining texture and thought that the remaining texture would add additional interest for this week’s technique, faux patina. Next, I followed Tim’s technique found on page 58 using several colors of alcohol inks in order to create my faux patina background and am pleased with the results. It was a lot of fun.
After a bit of brainstorming, I came up with the idea to have an idea notebook. I then remembered a blog post a while back on Wendy Vecchi’s blog using a phrenology stamp. I thought the idea of a head for an idea notebook would be perfect. I referenced the post on Wendy’s blog and totally forgot that Wendy had created an coordinating art part for the stamp. I quickly dug through my stash and was pleased that I found I had the coordinating phrenology art part. I also liked how Wendy had adorned the phrenology head with flowers. So to personalize my art part head, I had the “bright idea” to embellish the flower’s centers with a light bulb from Tim Holtz’s Ideology line.
I first stamped the Stamper’s Anonymous phrenology head stamp onto Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 coordinating art part using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Afterwards, I used Faber Castell Pitt pens to color the eyes and lips. I added glossy accents to her lips for an added touch and applied Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to her cheeks for blush.
The flowers are also from Wendy Vecchi’s art parts collection. I used Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the flowers with Studio 490 background stamps. Next, came the tricky part. I enlisted help from my fiancé to help drill a hole through the art part layers in order to accommodate the light bulb. He was a good sport and did a great job! Afterwards, I continued to assemble and adhere the art parts together.
Prior to adhering the head to the cover, I felt that her neck needed a little something….perhaps a necklace or ribbon?….or both? I decided to use Tim Holtz Type Charms to spell “Ideas”. I then drilled small holes along the edge and used jump rings to attach charms and embellished the charms with Webster’s purple ribbon. I felt this mimicked a necklace of sorts. I then proceeded to apply pop dots to the backside of the head and applied to cover of notebook. This project was a lot of fun and I now have a handy notebook to jot down my future ideas.
Thanks for taking the time to read this very long, detailed post. I hope that you will come back again soon for additional inspiration.
Hello everyone. Today I am back after spending 8 hours spring cleaning my garden beds. It was such a rush to see the plants slowly poking through the soil after clearing away the dead foliage. Ok, back to today’s post. Recently, I had a request to show a “She Art” inspired girl. Christy Tomlinson teaches several online classes which I highly recommend, but today, I am referring to “She Art 1 & 2″. I have taken both classes and Christy is such an awesome, down to earth teacher. In She Art 1, she guides you through the entire process of making your own “She Art” girl and introduces the student to different media and incorporates several techniques. And in “She Art 2″, Christy provides additional instruction on how to further customize your girls including the painting of faces. I find it a bit ironic that earlier this week, Christy posted a behind the scene’s video that highlights the overall construction process of a “She Art” girl. Click here to go to her blog and view the video. Her She Art classes are available for immediate instruction and I believe are accessible for an entire year. Shown below is one of my first “She Art” girls. I should also tell you that she has a mixed media store as well called Scarlet Lime. Nearly every product she uses in her classes can be purchased through her mixed media store. Click here for link to Scarlet Lime.
I hope to be back tomorrow with my Studio L3′s Compendium of Curiousities Challenge 2 technique #1 tomorrow. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by. See you again soon.
Welcome back. Today I have chosen to showcase one of my earliest canvases, “A Cricut Garden” that I chose to also use for my blog’s header. It is aptly named after the Cricut die cutting machine that I used to create much of the landscape. This canvas measures 12X24 and was inspired from our home’s gardens. We have approximate 2 1/2 acres of land with a large pond, a professionally installed and maintained native prairie restoration, as well as several shade and several full sun gardens. In all, I approximate that about 1 acre of our property are gardens which for the most part I consider low maintenance. Click on the image for a larger view.
Cricut Cartridges: 50 States, A Child’s Year, Camp Out, Heritage, Soccer, and Walk In My Garden
Other Supplies: 12×24 Canvas, Martha Stewart Grass Border Punch, Stickles, Photo Real Paper, and Pop Dots
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