Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hoppin down the Bunny Trail

It is cold and snowy here today. It is hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. I decided to make a page celebrating this time of the year. 

I started out with some blue, pink, and green acrylic paint. I added in some stenciling through a Tim Holtz Stone Die cut to add some dimension to my path. 

I sketched out the rabbits, chicks, and egg balloons. I then colored them in with distress markers.

The butterflies are a Tim Holtz stamp that I colored with more Distress Markers. 

I used a few different flower stamps and some paint markers to add flowers into the grassy area. I hand drew in the stems with a green paint marker. 

Lastly I added in the tags. The tags are colored with Distress Paint and Distress Ink. I used another paint marker to add in the saying and then went around it with a white pen. 

I am going to submit this to 2 challenges: Effy Wild Easter and use a tag Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Winged Things (my butterflies). Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your Easter. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Playing Bingo with my supplies

Over at the S.W.A.T. blog the current challenge is Bingo. I chose the horizontal line #4, which is Blue, Modeling Paste, Stitching, Doily, and Tag.

I started off with light blue and teal acrylic paint. I used an old credit card to swipe the 2 colors across the page. I then sketched out my design.

Next I used a red and brown gelato to draw in my design. I also colored up some doilies with the gelatos. I added in some modeling paste through a stencil. I then pulled out a journaling tag to add my saying to.

 My original idea was to add in pictures and journaling from the past week in the red areas. However, since I colored them with a gelato it is very hard to draw over the waxy surface. So I pulled out another journaling tag to add my writing to.

I also added in some background stamping and used the same stencil to wipe away some of the red from the heart. I used a black pen to add in some faux stitches around the tags and heart.

This was a fun challenge and I hope you are inspired to play along. As always thank you for stopping by. See you next time.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring is in the Air

Today I am sharing a Spring Themed Tag I made for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group April tag swap. Spring reminds me of birds, new beginnings, Easter dresses, buds on tress, and pastel colors.

I started by digitally collaging together 5 images from the Graphics Fairy. I then digitally cut around it to make a dress shape.

I used Gathered Twigs and Broken China Distress ink along with a Tim Holtz stamp from the Papillon Set for the background of my tag.

Next, I die cut out my wings and inked them with Victorian Velvet Distress ink. For some added interest I used a Tim Holtz background stamp and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain.

Lastly I added my beginnings saying and some fabric flower trim that I colored with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain.

I am submitting this to 2 Challenges: The Simon Says Stamp Easter challenge (for my collaged Easter dress and pastel colors) and the Frilly and Funkie Flight of Fancy challenge (for my bird nest and wings).  As always thank so much for stopping by.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Guilty Pleasure

I am not sure if I should admit this, but I like TV, specifically romantic comedies and reality TV. I know that I should not like it, but I can't help it. When I have a bad day all I want to do is sit in front of the TV with my bag of salty chips and not think about anything. So there you have it - you now know I am a reality TV junkie and I decided to create a page embracing this.

I started out with some blue and teal acrylic paint. I then used a stencil and wiped some of the paint off while it was still wet. I then added another stencil layer using a pink acrylic spray.

After that was dry I decided to add a few more stencil layers using blue and yellow acrylic spray.

I really like how you can see each layer through the stencils. By the way I made my own acrylic spray, mixing 50/50 acrylic paint and airbrush medium in a small spray bottle.

Once this layer was dry I added my saying and collage materials. Before I printed out the TVs I added a caption to each one.

I shaded around the TVs with a black marker to make them pop off a bit more.

I am submitting this to the Designs by Lisa Somerville Stencil It Challenge. Thank you for stopping by and please don't judge me for my guilty pleasure :).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wild Ride

I really have no idea how this idea came into my head. Maybe it is the warmer spring weather that reminds me of bike riding and Easter being right around the corner made me think of animals like a rabbit. At any rate here it is my latest collage page.

I started out with some spray ink, some acrylic paint, and some stencils. I was really happy with this background and was not even sure I wanted to cover it up.

I then came up with the crazy idea of an animal on a human body bike riding. I used 4 images from the Graphics Fairy. I took the 3 animals heads off of their body's and put them onto the man's body riding a bike. I did all of this digitally and then printed out my collage sheet.

Next step was to paint my city scene. I simply free handed the building in and then painted them with black acrylic paint. I cut out my images and adhered them down.

Now to enhance my images even more. I masked off the man's suit jacket and stamped it using Tim Holtz background stamps from the Bitty Grunge set.

I then went in with Distress Markers, Paint markers, and pens to further bring out the collaged images. I also went around the images with a small black pen so that the little white edges blended in to the background.

All of this took some time, but I am really happy with the outcome. I looks as if my characters really belong on the page.

The last step was to add in the saying. I did this with paint markers and a white pen for highlights.

I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Blog Journey Challenge. As always thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the "Wild Ride".

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hydrangeas Peeking out

Over at SEI lifestyle Blog the challenge is Flower power and the image is a picture of hydrangeas. I really wanted to stay true to the hydrangea theme, which was a difficult task. I was digging around though all of my supplies when I came across a stencil that, I think, looks like a hydrangea. So then the ideas started rolling and this is what I came up with - a weekly spread in my art journal.

I wanted to go with the colors in the challenge image so I started with the color of the blue sky.  I dropped several colors of blue acrylic paint onto my pages, spritz it with water, and then let the paint mix together by holding my journal up and turning it in several directions.

After the first layer was dry I used the flower stencil, some purple, pink, and white acrylic paint, and a make-up sponge to apply the paint through the stencil.

Next I added a some yellow and white paint through a sunburst stencil. I really like how you can still see the flowers peeking through.

The final step was adding in my pictures and journaling form the week. I really felt like the saying fitted my week as it was full of ups and downs and lots of arting.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out the SEI blog for more inspiration.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Birthday Cake

I am back today with a just for fun journal page. Simon Says Stamp blog is having a Birthday challenge and since I really don't have anyone having a birthday soon I decided to create an art journal page. I came across a quote by George Harrison and knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I started out by painting the page with yellow and red acrylic paint.

I used various magazine images, a world map, and some packing tape transfers for my collage. The girl's face came from the Graphics Fairy.

My girl's arms are colored with a fluorescent paint marker and then stamped with a Tim Holtz background stamp. I have highlighted her hair, eyes, lips, and the cupcake with various Sukura pens

I then went in with various markers and pens to add more interest to the page. I also added some stamping from a Dylusions stamp.

Last step was the saying which I wrote with a black pen and then colored in some of the open letters with a with white paint pen.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Simon Says Stamp for more inspiration.