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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Documented Life Week 2

Week two of my journal for Documented Life 2015 complete. This was a lot of fun. The item to use was gesso. So I started off by doing a white gesso layer over the whole spread. I have these tiny containers of paint from some old craft or something and I cannot bear to just toss them since they are still good. So I have been finding different uses for them. I used a light and dark orange all over the page. You can also see one of the flowers I am doing. I did not draw these myself. I used a Folk Art rub on pattern kit I found on clearance at one of the craft/hobby stores. It works similar to the rub-ons but it is graphite so you could erase it like a pencil

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After getting all the flowers down I wanted to add I decided it needed a different border so I used black gesso around the edges.

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Next I used some cream and white to paint the petals. I used yellow in the center and then sprinkled some assorted glitter. I covered the glitter with clear gesso which is showing white in the picture as it was not yet dry.

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The flowers didn’t pop off the page so I outlined them with some black pen in a scribbled way and then used two different colors of pitt pen, smudging them together as I went. I decided I didn’t want to use the same quote they had provided in the prompt because many other people were using it and I wanted something unique. The quote they had was “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley. I drug out my quote dictionary and found something about beginning. My quote comes from Alice In Wonderland.

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Along the way of stamping out the quote I made my first mistake. I covered it up using a piece of paper stamped with the correct word and decided I liked that as part of the look so I changed a few of the other words to be on white paper. I edged them with distress ink and attached them with foam squares.

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This was a lot of fun and I managed to get it all done in just a couple of hours. It took me four days to figure out what I wanted to do though haha.

New Page in my Moleskine

I was feeling a bit inspired after creating my newest batch of ATC’s. I cannot show those yet as I have to put them in the mail today and I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the people getting them. They inspired me to create a new journal page.

To start the page I put down a piece of masking tape in the center. This stops color from seeping through to other pages. Next I covered the pages with gesso. I created the background using Faber Castell Gelatos. I rubbed them around the page using a baby wipe. Once I got the colors how I liked I used a cloud stencil and rubbed the page clean of color through it. A really neat way to make clouds. I got out some molding paste and dabbed it here and there in the water to create the appearance of some small waves coming to shore. The added texture is really fun. The seashells are cut from a napkin then attached to some cream card-stock using gel medium. I then fussy cut them and added a little shading using my new Derwent Inktense pencils. The final step was to put some Aleen’s Paper Glaze over them. I got this far on it and felt a little stumped on what to add to it. I posted the picture to the KIF Facebook group for some creative suggestions.

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After reading the suggestions I dug through my sticker stash and found some things that would go perfect on the page. I added a beach chair, sand castle and two birds, along with some shading here and there. I like how well they go with the page and aren’t weird looking because of being stickers. The stickers are from Creative Memories and I have had them for at least ten years. I also found some summer/beach quotes in my stash. This one seemed to fit perfect with the layout. I used some Liquid Pearl around the edge. If you click on the image you can really zoom in to read the quote and see the details.

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week.

Altered Book Project Spread Two

Here is the next set of pages in the book I am altering. My book’s theme is color so this page was for yellow.

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After putting down gesso I used some paint at the bottom of the page and sprayed it with water to get the drippage. Next I used Faber-Castell Gelatos to make the “humps” using the edge of a scalloped paper as my template. The half circle parts on the edge are cut outs from some fun paper bags I found at a store that I thought would make great book covers. These bits came from the sides of the bag where the folds were. I didn’t want to waste any part of the paper. The Bliss word came from a packet of die cut cardstock by K&Company called Flora and Fauna. Only place I was able to find more for a good price was Joanns online. The packet has lots of great pieces that I plan to use a few of in this book. (that’s why I bought more lol) I colored it using paints and some distress ink.

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I painted this chipboard birdcage using assorted acrylic paints. I purchased it from this great little company that hasn’t been out very long. It is a husband and wife team and they have some great things. Check them out here: http://creativeembellishments.com/ When I painted it I forgot to make the birds look like they were inside the cage. Later when I noticed it, I decided I liked it that way. It is a perch rather than a confinement.

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Here you can see my wood mushrooms that I painted with acrylic paint. They are by Prima as is the paper flowers on the page. The other flowers are a faux leather and I do not remember the maker name, I got them at a great discount at Ross or something.

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I added little stickers to the center to make the flowers look complete. They were from a Halloween set by My Minds Eye that I got in the clearance bin at Michaels. The larger leaves were made using a Dylusions stencil and then painted and accented with a marker.

Journal Page for Dec 18th

When I put the gesso on this page I had intended to go a completely different route with it. It was going to be like a rainbow of color on there. Once I added the Tim Holtz tissue paper it veered off to become this and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t sit there staring at it and trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I just reached out and grabbed things that felt like they should go on the page. So in the end I felt the saying fit perfectly.

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I used the gesso to make the tissue paper blend into the page, I also added some watered down teal paint all over. Next I used some gelatos around the edge of the page. I took india ink and created the dribble from the edge of the tissue paper by spraying it with some water and holding the book up. To fill in the gap at the top I used a Dylusions border stamp that I colored in using my new Faber-Castell pens. I also used the purple and grey around the butterfly to give it a bit more interest. I put a matched pair of rub-ons in the bottom corners and used watered down gesso to blend them into the page. I took an alphabet/numbers stencil and used a distressing tool to rub through with distress ink. This gave the letters and numbers a ghostly soft look. I used some of the scalloped ovals book paper that I punched out (when I made the petals on a previous page I posted) to give the sentiment a little more pizzazz. They are distressed using a charcoal pencil. I used peacock feather distress ink on the edges of the sentiment.

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Here is a close-up of the embossing I added on the page here and there. The color matches perfect with the marker. I also random stamped using some aqua ink on a swirly kind of stamp and you can see part of that in the picture.

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Here is a close-up of the fabric flower embellishment I added. It has a flat-backed pearl accent added to the center.

Hope you like and feel free to ask any questions.

Happy creating,
Lady Blue

Girly Pink

I had this page started by adding the diamond shapes of paper and modeling paste all over it. Then I got creative block. Yesterday I finally decided what to do with it. I went all girly on it lol.

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I started off the page by drawing lines to make the diamonds. I then chose a few to outline with black pen. Next I put Gesso over the whole page and while that was drying I made a plastic template so I could get the exact same diamond shape to make some cuts from book paper and also to provide a template for using the modeling paste. I added the paper and paste and then it sat for a few weeks. When I felt inspired again I added several shades of pink and red to the page plus highlighted a few of the diamonds with copper. I added a bit of black shadow using a wax pencil. Stamped some clocks and floral swirly bits which I went over with black glaze pen to make them stand out better. I added a few circular rub-on to the page and then I went around the clocks with a white Sharpie paint pen. I used a bingo dauber to make the small pink circles and drew around those with an orange Souffle pen. The bits of white lace is a long rub-on I cut apart.

I think it looks awesome girly and was fun to finish. I might add some journaling text to it later but other than that I think it is “finished”.

I have also been going through my stuff and re-organizing a few things to be better suited for finding what I want for my art journal and junk journal. I found all my pens and added them to one basket (already had this basket, use to organize son’s stuff) so I can grab it when I need it instead of hunting all over for the different types of pens. Well let me re-phrase that. ALL of the pens I would want to use for my journals, I have a LOT of pens so some are put away elsewhere ie: two different sizes of colored Sharpie permanent markers, regular writing pens, etc. So here is that little basket, it is 11″ long, 6″ wide and 4″ tall. I was able to fit my other pen organizer inside it to create a divider.

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So what pens do I have in there you ask? (or maybe you did not but I’ll tell you anyway). In the far back section underneath the small boxes are my Zig Millenium and Pigma Micron fine point pens. These are for writing or detailing really small stuff. They are waterproof and do not bleed through. On top of those in the boxes are my assortment of Martha Stewart opaque and glitter markers. On the corner standing up are two different size white Sharpie paint pens. In the middle section are my double end markers. There are Zig ones that are waterproof and have a chisel tip and fine tip; and American Crafts which are not waterproof and are great for using on stamps and “painting” with using a water-brush pen. Those are brush tip and medium point. The front section contains all kinds of gel pens. In the little pouch are my Zig Clean Color brush pens and my water brush pens, I use these like watercolors. Also a Ranger pen in white and black.

So there you have it, a little look into part of my pen obsession haha.

Raining here and cold so I hope you have nicer weather where you are or at least snuggly and warm. Happy crafting!

Lady Blue

Normality Page

I’ve never claimed to be normal, in fact I pretty much call myself weird. Some people like it some people don’t and that is fine. I am me and that is all I want to be, not someone else’s version of me.

When I ran across this quote “Normality is a paved road, it’s comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it ~Vincent Van Gogh” I thought it fit perfect for that mentality of being an individual. Here is the page I made for it.

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I started off with a layer of gesso. I then used two different sizes of sequin waste to stencil the circles at the bottom to create the “ground”. There is a funny name for this stuff but it escapes me at the moment. For the upper portion I wanted to use colors I hadn’t picked as a main color yet. I am drawn to the color blue (hence part of the reason for the nickname I use here and the name of the blog) and I use it a lot I notice. So I chose a few shades of yellow. I got these great tubes of paint from Tuesday Morning a couple weeks ago. They are 2.5 fl oz and were only 99 cents. That is the most paint for the cheapest price I think I have seen. I must admit I bought EVERY tube they had except one because it was a duplicate lol. I ended up with a couple dozen I think. Sure its not the highest quality paint like Golden but I’m doing mixed media and experimenting and I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it. Anyway back to the page info. I took the three yellow paints and squirted a bit here and there all over the page. Then I took my brayer (like a small rolling pin) and spread the paint all over the pages. For the clouds I put white and a bit of blue in my palette and crumpled up a piece of paper and dabbed it over the top. I used an opaque marker to outline it in blue and then added a bit of modeling paste to add extra texture to them. (see bottom picture)

For the large flowers I cut the petals from old book pages using a scalloped edge oval punch. I decorated these using assorted medium and formed them into flower shapes by gluing them to the back of a card-stock circle. The stems are made from quilling paper strips. I got a quilling set a long time ago and it’s never really taken off. I find it more annoying to try to make stuff than it is worth so I am re-purposing all the strips I have into my journal pages (hooray for re-purposing). I used two shades of green glued down side by side. The leaves I stenciled onto green patterned scrapbook paper and then colored them with assorted pens. The other flowers on the bottom come from my cheap Tuesday Morning supply stash and are made by Prima. I added a blob of stickles glitter accent in the middle of each.

The quote was printed out and then cut apart. I edged it using some distress inks and glued them down.

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My daughter pointed out that I had already made another flower page almost the same as this one. Well I think it is different and I love gardening and flowers so meh lol. Maybe I’ll fill the whole book with flower pages 😉

Hope you feel inspired this week and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

Lady Blue