Friday, July 17, 2015

Be an Individual

Over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog the challenge is Raise it Up. I decided to raise it up by using lots of raised textured surfaces.

I started off by running several pieces of scrap paper through a Tim Holtz Embossing folder. I then adhered that down to my page along with some masking tape.

I went over the entire page with white gesso. Once this layer was dry I painted on a coat of Lumiere Metallic Olive Green paint. I then brushed on a glaze of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold paint, let it dry briefly, and then wiped it off with a baby wipe. The glaze settled into the groves, which popped out the raised areas.

I used dyed and painted cheesecloth as another texture. I stamped my saying onto some manila cardstock and then stitched around it for one more added raised element.

I have recently acquired some old textured wall paper books. I thought this was the perfect time to pull them out. I tore raised textured wall paper up, went over it with some white gesso, and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added in more cheesecloth, tacking it down in just a few places with eyelets so some it was loose and popped up.

I stamped, inked, and stitched around a tag.

Lastly I added in some washers for another raised element. The washers are painted with black and Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold paint.

So that is my layered and raised texture page. I hope you liked it. As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fabric Wall Hanging

Lately I have had a fabric obsession! I have been sewing and dying fabric for a few weeks now and decided to share my latest project. It is my first wall hanging for a swap with The Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group

I started out with some of my hand dyed and painted fabric. I used acrylic paint, stencils, and Dylusions inks on my fabric. 

I made mini fabric pillows following Teesha Moore's video tutorial. After I had my pillows done I sewed then all together using my sewing machine and a zigzag stitch. 

Next I did some free motion sketching on the piece. 

It is hard to see in the pictures, but on some of the squares I used some sparkly green tulle under the free motion sketching doodle. 

Here's a look at the back of the finished piece. I chose solid commercial fabric, as it made a nice accent to the hand dyed fabric.

And there you have it. I was quite happy with my first attempt at a fabric wall hanging. I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. Be sure to stop on over to the challenge to see some wonderful creations. As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tea Bags

Over at Simon Says Stamp the challenge is Coffee or Tea. I am a big tea drinker and have been saving tea bags to use in my sewing and mixed media projects. This was the perfect excuse to get them out.

I used various Tim Holtz stamps and Sepia Archival Ink on my background.

I then mixed some Distress Re-inkers with some glazing medium. I wiped them on and off the page several times until I got the color i was looking for. I forgot to take a picture of this process before I stenciled my tree on.

Next I hand used a handmade tree stencil and some brown acrylic paint.

I used some more Tim Holtz stamps on my tea bags.

I also tried image transfers onto the tea bags. I really like how you can still see the background through the tea bags.

So there you have it my little mixed media experiment with tea bags. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Under Construction

Today I am sharing a week in review page spread. Over the long holiday weekend, last week, we decided to start a big project - putting in a large patio. Still lots more to go on the patio but here is the page spread and the pictures so far.

I decided to pull out my gelatos, as I have not used them in awhile. I scribbled them onto the page and then went over them with water to blend them together. I got out a Tim Holtz stencil and used the gelatos to add some more interest to the background.

I used the black gelato and lots of background stamps in the area where my photos would go.

I then added in my photos. To make them pop off a bit more I went around the edges with the black gelato. I used some construction stickers I have had fr quite some time to fill in here and there.

I found some letter stickers, but they were not quite the right color of orange. So once again, the gelatos came out.

I used various colors of green gelatos on my weekly planner page. I added in my text before I colored the planner page with the gelatos. Gelatos are a bit waxy and may ruin a pen if you write over them.

I am submitting this to the Craft Stamper Take a Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Over at The Mixed Media Place the challenge is Architecture. I have always loved architecture and old buildings. This takes me back to school and my drafting and design classes. I had some old drawings that I had done in school and decided to use these in an art journal spread.

I started out by adhering some book text to my pages. I then covered that with a layer of absorbent ground.

I rarely use water colors and for some reason decided this would be a good page to use them on. I was going for a brick color here. My drawings are of a building on the Ohio University campus. The campus is known for it's brick buildings and walkways. I added in some dots with acrylic paint for added interest and texture.

Next I scanned in my drawings and printed them out onto tracing paper. I then painted the background of the tissue paper with blue and white acrylic paint. I adhered this to my page using Matte Medium.After the Matte Medium was almost dry I tore away the edges of the tissue paper leaving some blue and white paint behind.

I used some black India ink so the drawing were not just floating on my page.

Lastly I added in some stamping with a Tim Holtz brick stamp and Fired Brick Distress Ink.

I really had a fun time creating this page and it makes me wish I would have saved more of my drafting projects. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the challenge for more inspirational projects.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I am back today with another week in review page spread. This one is all about Summer. We were able to visit with our nephew last week, as he was on summer break, and had a great time!

I started out with some white gesso and while that was still wet scraped some beige acrylic paint on. After that was dry I added some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

I add some painted and inked corrugated cardboard, burlap, and some inked cheese cloth for some added texture.

I painted and inked some grunge board letters for the word summer.

Next came the pictures and a text sticker.

For my planner page, I decided to try to match the aqua blue in the pool pictures. i used some white gesso and Dylusions Inks.

I am submitting this to 2 Summer Challenges: The Frilly and Funkie It's Summer and Simon Says Stamp Summer. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the Summer wherever you are!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Celebrate Family

I am short on time this week, but wanted to get a bit inky. Here is what I came up with a quick week in review page spread.

I started by scraping some white gesso through a Tim Holtz Striped stencil. I then spritzed on some Dylusions green ink spray.

Next I added in some more stenciling with another Tim Holtz stencil and some Shabby Shutters Distress ink. I added in some orange Distress Ink to the edges of the page and a bit more here and there.

I then laid out my photos on the page and sketched around them with a black pen. I added in Celebrate Family with some paint pens and a black pen.

And here is a quick look at my weekly planner page.

I am submitting this to A Vintage Journey Celebrations Challenge. I hope you enjoyed my quick little page and as always thanks so much for stopping by!