Canvas Corp Brands Crew 4×4 Challenge

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As part of our first order of goodies we were given a 4″ x 4″ canvas to decorate in a way that represented us. I used many things in mine to represent different parts of me; this resulted in many layers, also part of me haha.

To start with I added some Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso around the edge of the canvas using a pallet knife. This is representative of the shell I have around me to protect my feelings. Not all the way around but where it counts. While that sat to dry I gathered some parts to add next.

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I found this canvas M in my stash and used Tattered Angels High Impact Paint in Aqua (one of my favorite colors right now) along the edge. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing in it as I felt it would become the main focal point of the canvas rather than being part of a whole. M for my First name.

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I let those sit over-night and came back the next day to begin my layout. I started by adding a piece of lace I received in my first order and positioned some corrugated card over it to help secure it. Lace for my feminine side.

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On top of that I layered a few pieces of burlap and a bit of book text from my stash. Book text because I love reading and old book text in general (Ephemera). Burlap because it is scratchy and I can be hard to be around at times.

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Then I got so involved in adding all my parts I forgot to take some pictures along the way so here you see a cup that was fussy cut from Canvas Corp “Fill the Cup” on Kraft. A spoon from Beans and Bags “Black and Ivory Spoon” these represent my enjoyment of coffee with things added such as creamer and sugar. A little metal bird from my stash that I am not sure where it came from represents my love of birds and nature in general. The 42 bingo marker was also part of my stash and has a double meaning. I turn 42 this year (March) and also Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (I love sci-fi/fantasy). In that book, 42 is The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. On the left side of the canvas is a clothes clip representing “holding it all together” and a bundle of 7Gypsy seam binding from Notting Hill in one of my favorite colors, blue. This is for Lady Blue Studios, my creative name, Blue Crafty (this blog) and a number of other blue related things for me (mood, Air Force Family). There is 4 parts hanging down in reference to my four family members (husband, two kids and myself). The quote comes from Canvas Corp Artsy Sampler on Kraft and perfectly explains my untidy art room and mind at times lol.

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Here is the finished canvas. After looking at it again I decided I needed a bit of washi tape on there because I LOVE washi tape lol. I used a piece from 7Gypsy Global collection and chose the one that looked like ledger paper. I love ledger paper. Then right above the 42 you will see a little symbol. That is called a geotag. I added that little bit on because I love Geocaching and this was the closest I could find to represent it and the little icons in the geocaching app do resemble a geotag. I covered it with Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Paris Dusk. I also went around the edge of the canvas with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo just to tie all the colors together.

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Here is a close-up of the geotag

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Here you get a better view of my little bird and color added to the canvas M

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And here you can see the detail in the spoon handle as it pokes through the cup handle.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my project and the steps involved in making it as well as the meaning behind many of the pieces. Next time you are looking at a piece of art remember that a lot more can go into it that just slapping some paint down or gluing a few items on. Heart goes into it too. I could have added many more bits to represent myself but then my canvas would have been as cluttered as my work-surface lol.

Looking forward to sharing many more projects I create through the year with Canvas Corp Brands and I hope you stick with me. Don’t forget I also do videos on YouTube that you can watch each week.
https://www.youtube.com/user/AFSpouses
Michelle

Links to products used in project:
4 x 4 canvas http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/4×4-chunky-stretched-natural-canvas
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint in Aqua http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/aqua-high-impact-pigment-1-35oz
Assorted papers from collection: http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/mix-match-pad-beans-and-bags
artsy sampler paper http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/artsy-sampler-kraft
black clothespin http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/small-clothespins-black-12pc
paper tape http://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/papertape-global
super heavy gesso Liquitex Professional Super Heavy Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 8-oz

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End of September

Well it is now the end of September and I haven’t posted anything in a while oops lol. Month sure went by fast! I’ve been doing a bit of this and that but not really taking pictures of it. I have started working on making some different journal covers similar to Midori covers. I got the idea from a couple of different places and then added in a few things of my own. I’ll share that when I get to the picture taking stage. All I have done so far is cut up the faux leather and heat n bond. Along with that I made one for myself from real leather.

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I got both pieces of Leather from Michael’s. They had one that was just the size I wanted so I didn’t have to do much work to it. I added the holes for the elastic string to fit through and I sewed the decorative leather strip to the cover so I would know which side was the front. It also hid the holes caused by the staples used to attach it to its bar-code hang tag. I have three signatures inside. One is a normal notebook style, one is graph paper I cut to fit and the last one is plain white paper. I have been getting into the habit of chucking it into my purse when I go out so that I have it handy for notes or doodles when the time arises. Oh and I bought a bigger purse lol. My old one was feeling a little cramped with the “normal” things I put in it and I could not fit any kind of planner or journal into it so I had to upgrade. Found it at Marshall’s for a great bargain.

Tuesday Morning is still my favorite place to visit with all its fun crafting goodness. My most recent trip I scored some 12 x 12 sheets of washi tape. These are great because you can cut them up into any shape you want. I’ve been using a couple of my punches to have a selection to grab from when the need arises.

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I did one 12 inch strip for each shape and this is what I ended up with. I have one more pattern to do. I still have a large portion of the original paper left over. I did a 1″ square, two styles of heart, and a circle. I have one more punch I might try out, it is a flower.

I have been doing a bunch of Geocaching since the weather has cooled down some. It is a fun activity. Go to http://www.geocaching.com to check it out. My husband and I have found 37 this month. That is pretty good for us.

Off I go to work on some more washi punching. Hope you are having a great week!

Week 1 of “48 Weeks With Donna Downey” Class

My Journey Begins…

The class consists of videos we can watch and replay over and over where she explains the techniques she is using and how to achieve the look on the page. Each week comes with a supply list she used which we can choose to follow or pick other supplies we have on hand. Donna has also set up a special facebook group for those of us in the class to share and discuss issues, products we are using etc. Also a place to ask her questions and get advice on how we are doing. One lady posted her page for the week and she had used something other than the door stencil Donna had used. I was leaning towards using something different too and this other student gave me a great idea of adding bricks on the page around the window I was going to use. I think it turned out pretty good. This was my first time trying image transfer and also my first time using joint compound on a page as the “surface”. My week one is done I think. I might fiddle with it more later or just tell myself leave it alone. Here is Donna’s page she made:

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And here is my page:

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Not showing in the page is the quote I added. “my journey begins” and I put it in the lower left corner of the right hand page.

I am certainly having fun so far but boy was I nervous posting my first pages in the group. Fear of negative feedback or no feedback at all. And don’t forget the feeling of “is mine going to be as good as the others?” So far everyone has liked/loved my little bird and my decision of using the window and adding the bricks. The image transfer was a little dis-concerning because I thought I had done it wrong but Donna told me it looked like I had nailed it.

So the page consists of muslin (I used some lightweight cotton fabric I had in my stash) covered in joint compound. Then you apply the printed image using the transfer technique. Add color around the page, I used neocolors and some acrylic paint. I glued down the painted chipboard window (visit http://www.creativeembellishments.com to buy some of your own) and added the little bird which is a wood veneer by Studio Calico that I colored with neocolors. The bricks are done with modeling paste and a stencil then painted.

On another note, I purchased a throw pillow when I was at Walmart the other day, it caught my eye. I got home and later looked on my blog and noticed the same pillow is in the picture on the header LOL. It is the black square pillow with the red/white stems/leaves and the red bird. Too funny, I said I wanted a room just like that 😉

Happy creating!
Lady Blue

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year with friends and family. I also hope you got something nice for Christmas, whether it be something you can use for crafting, a favorite clothing item, tool etc, or being able to spend time with a special someone. My husband and son were both home this year and I was lucky enough to get a couple of nice things as gifts. One of them was what I have been calling adult crayons lol. My husband bought me the 84 count set of Caran D’Ache Neocolor II. I am sooooooo in love with these colors. I have already used a couple on a page. Love Love LOVE! how they work and cannot wait to use them more and more and learn all the fun techniques they have. For those who don’t know what they are, they are water-soluble (watercolor) crayons. Here is a picture of them,(someone else’s picture, mine are all brand new except two lol) drooooool.

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I also began the first week of the Donna Downey 48 weeks course. It’s really fun learning new techniques such as image transfer and using products differently like joint compound (use on walls). I will show you pictures in the next post.

That’s it for now, just waiting on my image transfer to dry so I can continue with the next step. Happy Creating!

Lady Blue

Black Friday Shopping

Ever since I worked retail in two different major department stores on black Friday, I vowed never to set foot outside the house on that day to do any shopping at all. However I did take advantage of an excellent sale that was happening on a craft/art supply company site I enjoy. They had Faber-Castell big brush pens on sale for $2.63 each. These are normally $5.50 each. So I brought 10 different colors I wanted. Here they are, aren’t they FAB!

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Ya I know, I need more markers/pens like I need another hole in my head so I chose colors I knew would be very useful in my art journaling and other projects. Also will be perfect for my upcoming class and I cannot wait to start using them 🙂

Just had to share, hope you are having a great week!

Lady Blue

New Art Journal Pages & “Deck of Cards”

Just a couple of new pages I have done in my 8 1/2″ x 12″ art journal.

I was watching a youtube video and someone was making circles on their page using a stencil. I thought to myself “I can make that” (the stencil not the page 😉 ) So I drug out my old fiskars circle template and proceeded to make several circles on a piece of cardstock paper I had covered with clear packing tape. After cutting the circles out I used the stencil on this page to make the assorted groups of colored circles using acrylic paint. I got out a 12 x 12 Crafter’s Workshop stencil “solace” and used Heidi Swap Color Shine in peach to create the design behind the circles. I added a piece of that drywall mesh I mentioned in the previous post and then outlined the circles with sharpie pens that matched the paint I chose. After that I decided they needed to be more defined so I added the black. Down the right side I used a stamp (I cannot remember the name and the packaging is hiding from me right now) which I colored in more with a gel pen. I also used a grey Zig clean color pen around the circles.

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This page I used several colors of Faber Castell Gel stick Gelatos and water to make the background. I got a cheetah print stencil I found at Walmart and used molding paste to create dimension/texture. I dug through my misc stuff basket and found the puzzle pieces, scrap paper edge, music paper, and some line grunge-board scrap. I also used a piece of the paint-able wallpaper I mentioned in last post which was colored using Tim Holtz alcohol inks, then tore to fit where I wanted. I added some “dribble” using black india ink. I found some Heidi Swap 3d letters in my stash that you color yourself and used my hot pink bingo dauber on them. I toned them down to match the page better by using Tim Holtz distress ink in “dusty concord”. I then glued all the elements down using mod podge and Beacon 3 in 1 craft glue. I also used the Beacon glue to create the heart shape which I colored in using a Zig marker. I used more gelatos and zig marker around the page to blend everything together. I wrote my message using Sharpie paint pen and added some alpha stickers. Last I wrote a tiny note about what the page means (because my daughter asked) and added it inside a tiny vellum envelope which I glued to the page by the flap only. Kind of resembles a wall of graffiti I think.

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Finally here are the cards I mentioned. They were cut from 8.5 x 11 cardstock to be used as ATC’s but I never got around to making any. So instead I turned them into this little deck of prompts. I got this idea from a lady (Kiera Goodhand I think? I’ll have to google it…Just googled and its Kiala Givehand, I was close lol) who is selling her “mixed media inspiration deck”. I didn’t want the whole 52 cards in her deck and had other ideas I thought would be fun prompts so I made my own. Plus I am a cheap-ass. I wrote on each one using a sharpie (I hate my handwriting by the way). I covered the back using a layer from a napkin and mod podged them down. I was able to get 8 done with each napkin. After that dried I distressed them using walnut stain and then stamped the edge using a Dylusions stamp. These are pretty fun to flip through to get an idea or like the original creator said, “deal yourself out a few or grab one at random to help kick start or give you some help with a page you are stuck on.” So if you don’t want to mess with glue and all that, go check hers out and buy them.

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As a gift to myself I signed up for an online art class by Donna Downey. I thought long about if I wanted to do this and if I felt the cost was worth it. Thankfully it has a payment plan where its broken down quarterly and that sounded better on the purse strings. Here is a link to the youtube trailer video for that class for any of you who may be interested in signing up or just want to look at some cool art. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwMNr8eutvM

Happy Creating to all of you!
Lady Blue