Friday, August 18, 2017

Life Lesson Number 25 For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today for my Life Lesson Number 25 mixed media plaque.

I love how this turned out, think one of my nieces will be getting this one as a gift in the near future 'cause I think that's a pretty important life lesson to remember!

I used Southern Ridge's Foliage Round Frame, Birds On Branch, a page from their Sprocket Album and their Heart stencil along with Distress Ink, Distress Oxide and Distress Stain from Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink and Rebekah Meier Designs Foil Transfer Sheets and Mixed Media Art Paper from Therm O Web.  I also accidentally discovered a wonderful property of the Distress Oxides and had fun making my faux chippy enamel Index Clip, so make sure you pop by for the how to, see you there!

Deb xo

P.S. Happy to be able to say that we are no longer on Evacuation Alert due to the wildfire threatening our home, we got the all clear earlier this week so no more living out of suitcases at the front door, woo-hoo!  They are still working on hot spots above us, the water trucks are up and down the road still, but the fire is no longer considered a threat to our homes which is a huge relief.

I wanted to share a picture with you too, do you remember the thank you sign that I had put up on our fence to thank the B.C. Wildfire Service?  Well, one of the fire crews working on our fire, Fall Line Hotel, stopped and signed it for us, I was tickled pink when I saw it!

Going to frame this for sure, I've taken it down off of the fence for safe keeping, and I cannot begin to express my thanks and gratitude to everyone involved who helped to save our homes.  You are all very, very special people, thank you, thank you, thank you!! xo

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Welcome Mixed Media Banner For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know I have a step by step tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog for my Summer Welcome mixed media banner.

I used Therm O Web's Deco Foil, Mixed Media Sheets, Rebekah Meier Designs Art Paper and Mixed Media Medium plus dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix, Distress Inks and Stains, DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics, stencils from The Crafters Workshop and incorporated an image transfer technique onto muslin with Rebekah's Mixed Media Medium, it worked perfectly!  Hope you can stop by for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Monday, July 31, 2017

Merry Christmas Ornaments Canvas For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, I'm a few days late sharing this with you but just wanted to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog for my Merry Christmas Ornaments canvas.

I used Southern Ridge's new Swirls Ornament Set along with their Merry Christmas Greeting Pack to make my canvas and Tim Holtz's Bird Branch die, some Distress inks and stains, Deco Foil from Therm O Web and embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies came out to play as well.  Hope you can stop by for my how to!

I was late posting this project as the very day that I was writing it up for Southern Ridge's blog, a forest fire was ignited in our beautiful little valley and we had to evacuate our home on very, very short notice (try and think what you would take if you had only a few minutes notice to get out!).  We stayed the first night in our camper down near the lake at the bottom of the road to our home and watched as the amazingly brave and skilled pilots dropped fire retardant and copious amounts of water between the fire and our homes.

Through the heroic efforts of the air crews and the ground crews, structural protection fire departments who came from all over the province to help, the R.C.M.P., B.C. Conservation officers and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement officers and many, many more who's names I do not know we were able to return home last night.  Very sadly, one home in our valley was lost to the fire but if it were not for the skill and bravery of the B.C. Wildfire Service folks many, many more would have been lost as well.  The words 'thank you' will never, ever be able to encompass the gratitude that we feel towards those who put their lives on the line to save our home xo.

The fire is still active but mostly contained at this time and the fire crews and water trucks are up and down the road in front of our home in a steady stream, working incredibly hard to keep us safe.  We are still on Evacuation Alert so have to be ready to leave at a moments notice if conditions change but it is such a relief to be back to this place that we love so much.  I made up a sign and stapled it to our fence to try and express our gratitude to the B.C. Wildfire Service, it's not much but I do hope that they know how very, very much we appreciate their valour.

And to all of you who have sent emails and comments and messages, thank you for your kindness and caring and compassion.  We appreciate you all more than words can say.  I'll be back when I'm able, take care my friends!

Deb xo

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Choose To Shine Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, I have a post over at A Vintage Journey today for the third stop on our Destination Inspiration journey for July.  This month our travel bags are packed with the following supplies:

Product - Flower Dies
Technique - Any Marbling Technique
Colour - Purple
Substrate - Glossy Card

and here is the Choose To Shine mixed media canvas I created with them.

I used Tim Holtz's Bird Branch, Styled Labels Movers & Shapers, Tiny Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals dies, Deco Foil Foam Adhesive and Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil from Therm O Web and Alcohol inks and Distress Oxide inks from Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz.  Step out photos on A Vintage Journey's blog, hope to see you there!

Deb xo

Friday, July 14, 2017

Scary Bones Halloween Mixed Media Canvas For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a post over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today showcasing some of their brand new Halloween chipboard releases.

I've decided to start a new July tradition, rather than Christmas In July I think we should all start celebrating and creating for Halloween In July!

I used Southern Ridge's Scary Word, Coming To Get You and Corner Web chipboard pieces along with Deco Foil and Rebekah Meier Designs products from Therm O Web, stamps, inks, stains and stencils from Tim Holtz, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints and a great Steampunk Bat charm from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Hope you can pop by Southern Ridge's blog for my how to, see you there (and happy Halloween In July ;O)

Deb xo

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Playing With Paint Techniques Art Journal For DecoArt

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  I have an art journal project to share with you today that I made for the DecoArt Blogger Outreach program.  DecoArt very generously sent me these wonderful products (DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax, DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream, Crackle Paste and Liquid Glass and DecoArt Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze);

and I combined them with the DecoArt Media Acrylic paints and mediums I already had in my stash, along with Eileen Hull's Passport die, to make this Playing With Paint Techniques art journal.

I've lots of step out photos on how I created it so grab a glass of iced tea and a comfy chair and read on for my how to.

Two covers and the journal spine were die cut from Sizzix Mat Board using Eileen Hull's Passport die and three signatures were cut with the same die, each containing two pages of mixed media paper and one page of 140 lb cold press watercolour paper.

The two covers and the spine were given a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso front and back.  I also painted one of the mixed media paper signature pages with gesso at the same time.

Both gesso'ed covers were then painted front and back with washes of diluted DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints in Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue.  The washes and dips into the diluted paint were repeated several times, drying in between each layer of paint.

A dilute wash of Primary Cyan was then brayered onto one side of each of the covers, repeating as necessary until I was happy with the coverage.

A piece of tissue paper was stamped with a script stamp from my stash with Vintage Photo Archival ink and then the word 'paint' was stamped with Black Soot Archival ink with some individual alphabet stamps.

The stamped tissue paper was adhered to the front cover with DecoArt Americana Matte Varnish and diluted washes of Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue were brayered over the whole cover once the varnish had dried to marry the stamped tissue paper into the background.

I wanted to frame the stamped tissue paper on the cover but was afraid that a die cut frame would make joining the journal spine to the front cover difficult.  So I decided instead to use the negative die cut from the Ornate Frame #2 die as a stencil and applied DecoArt Media Crackle Paste through it.

The Crackle Paste was tinted slightly with some Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylic paint before applying it and I then gently wiped back any of the Crackle Paste from the left edge of the cover that infringed on the area where the journal spine was going to be attached.

After the Crackle Paste frame had dried and crackled, I gave the whole cover another diluted brayered wash of Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic paint.

And then DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber was applied over the frame to emphasize all of those lovely cracks.  A Chocolate Zig marker was used to shade around the edges of the crackled frame inside and out.

The inside of the frame was then covered with a coat of DecoArt Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze (this stuff is fabulous!) and once it had dried I realized that my poor frame was looking a bit bare.  So I decided to add some 'paint pots' filled with the three main colours that I had used to colour the cover.

I sketched out some paint cans and resized them on the computer and printed them out on some plain copy paper.  The outside of the pots were painted with Paynes Grey that was mixed with some Media Tinting Base to make a steel grey colour and the pots were then filled with Primary Cyan, Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue Media Fluid Acrylics.

The pots were fussy cut and adhered to the bottom of the frame and another coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze was added over the inside of the frame again.

 I also added some touches of DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax in Champagne Ice to the frame here and there.  You can catch glimpses of the wax on the frame in the picture above as well as see the amazing gloss finish from the Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.

I needed a way to keep my art journal closed so decided to alter an old paint brush and tie a bit of Crinkle Ribbon around it for a closure.  A small paint brush was cut down to size and I used a pencil sharpener and an emory board to taper the cut end.  The brush was coated with gesso and when dry the handle was painted with Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylic paint.  The ferrule of the brush was given a rust paint treatment courtesy of Andy Skinner (click here to see Andy's video for the technique and a complete supply list) and I painted the brush tip with Primary Cyan and then dipped it in Triple Thick Gloss Glaze so it would look wet.  Quite a pile of products for one little brush but it turned out pretty cute!

With the front cover finished, the journal spine was painted and dipped with dilute washes of Primary Cyan and Green Gold Media Fluid Acrylics and then aged with the Media Antiquing Cream.  After the paint had dried, the outside edges were stamped with a Wendy Vecchi Remnants Of Art stamp and Ground Espresso Archival ink.

The back cover was inspired by a beautiful canvas created by Brenda Brown for DecoArt.  I loved the use of the glass cabochons but didn't have any cabochons in my stash small enough for use on my journal.  So I added some dots of DecoArt Media Liquid Glass here and there on the back cover, tapping them slightly while still wet to flatten them out a bit and it worked perfectly to make some faux glass cabochons!  Stenciling with Media Gesso through some sequin waste followed along with random stamping using a Bubbles stamp from Finnabair and Forget-Me-Not Archival ink.

Dilute washes and drips of Cobalt Teal Hue and Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylics were applied after the gesso had dried.

And then a final wash of diluted Titanium White DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint was applied to the back cover along with some spatters.  A hole was punched and a grommet applied so that another piece of Crinkle Ribbon could be added for my journal closure.

Then it was on to the inside of the front cover which had already been painted with Green Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue paint.  I wanted to try Andy Skinner's Mega Crackle technique so started by adding some torn strips of Symphony Tissue Tape here and there and then added a coat of DecoArt Weathered Wood (yes, that is an ANCIENT bottle of Weathered Wood LOL!).

After the Weathered Wood had dried, I tinted Media Crackle Paste with Yellow Green Light and Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylics and applied it over the inside of the front cover with a paint brush.  Immediately the cracks started to appear but I set it aside to dry thoroughly on it's own (a very hard task for me as I am very impatient!).

After the Crackle Paste had dried I had lovely large cracks and you could see some of the text on the tissue tape through them which was exactly what I was hoping would happen!  But more layers are always better in my world so I used the tried and true vaseline resist technique (click here if you are unfamiliar with this technique for a how to) to add a further chippy paint layer overtop of the mega-crackle.

Then it was on to the inside of the back cover (congratulations if you are still with me, this is one long post!).  I wanted to echo what I had done on the inside of the front cover with the Tissue Tape so added some random strips of Symphony and Elements tape to the inside of the back cover.

Diluted washes of Green Gold and Primary Cyan followed but it was looking a bit to bright for me so I added a wash of Titan Buff and Titanium White to tone it down a bit.

Some stamping with Black Soot Archival ink and stamps from Tim Holtz's Noble Gent stamp set were added along with a pocket for storing some manila tags made with a vintage post card image from my stash.

I also added some DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax to the stamped rays with an old paint brush, just coating the brush with the wax and tapping it onto the stamped rays and then burnishing the wax with a soft cloth for that beautiful glow.

I've just created my paint techniques art journal so don't have many pages completed yet but I'll quickly share a couple with you.  I wanted to try some more of Andy Skinner's painted rust techniques so die cut some gears with the Gadget Gears die and embossed more gears with the Steampunk Texture Fades folder onto chipboard.  I used Andy's Easy Rust Painting Technique #2 on the die cut gears and his Easy Rust Painting Technique #3 on the embossed gears.  Click the links to view Andy's videos for the how to's and a complete supply list.

One of the mixed media paper signature pages was painted with Prussian Blue Hue Media Fluid acrylic paint and then was stenciled with Carbon Black through the Mini Gears Layering stencil.  After the black paint had dried, the stencil was replaced and the whole page covered with Media Gesso which was then daubed off while it was still wet with a damp paper towel.

The rusted gears and embossed panel were then glued onto the stenciled background and I wrote a little note to remind myself where I found these techniques for future reference.

I had some of the tinted Crackle Paste left over from the front cover so I painted it onto another page in the mixed media paper signature and left it to crack.  The paste was fairly thin in places so I didn't get too much crackle but it was a good learning experience to find out how thick the paste needs to be applied.

I added more Antiquing Cream to emphasize what crackle I did have and then just did some stamping and stenciling (with Andy Skinner's Old Film and Route 66 stencils and a Forever In Time stamp) for some interest.

Here are a few close up pics of the finished art journal, I am really pleased with how it turned out and had a lot of fun playing with my new DecoArt supplies!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and apologies for the length of this post but I wanted to share with you all the fun that I had making my art journal.  A big thank you again to DecoArt for their generosity and I do hope that you like how I've made use of your wonderful products, I can't wait to do more experimenting!  Have a great week everyone and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo