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

Managed to squeeze in some art.

Along with sorting and cleaning to get ready to move I did finally manage to squeeze in a little time to work on a couple of pages in my Inspiration Wednesday journal. I also have a third page in progress.

In the spirit of a new home and place to explore I came up with “Begin Anew” as my words for this page. Here you can see the left half of my inclusion. I had to tape it in because I dont have inclusions since I am using a Moleskine sketchbook

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Here is the right side

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The circular areas come from cutting circles from some textured wallpaper I received in a swap. I arranged them in a way I liked and adhered them down in the same manner that Donna did in her video. Yummy texture on this one.

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This next one encouraged us to use up some paper we have been hoarding. Again no inclusions and I didn’t want to tape another one in so I came up with the little booklet on the right page. Donna had done some glazing in her video and I didn’t feel like doing that so I just used distress ink and some gold coloring on my molding paste on the left side. I might come back in with a gold pen and do some journaling around the curved line.

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Really hard to capture how the gold and the distress ink look like a patina on these lines

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Gotta have a brown hole, what better place to add some of that yummy gold coloring. My two little dictionary pages were chosen based on the words they have. Home and Peace, which is what I will have in about 60 days 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by

Documented Life 2015 First Prompt

As I said in my previous post, my word for the year is going to be “completion”. I’ve picked this word because I have many project started and have not completed. So this year is about getting those done and also completing goals I have for my self.

On to the Prompt for this week which was released yesterday Jan 1 2015. They said to use book text, your word, and some goals. So this is what I have come up with (NOTE: Clicking on the individual picture will bring up a full resolution image where you can see more details and zoom in even more)

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First I put down some acrylic paint. I chose Ocean green and Parchment as my main colors and added a little Bright aqua green here and there and around the edge.

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Since I have about a gazillion letter stickers of every type imaginable I chose to use some of those to show my word for the year. I conveniently had some with book text on them. I laid them out on the page where I thought I would like them but not attaching them yet.

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Trying to use more of my stash items I found these frame cut out stickers from who knows where lol and they also had some book text on them. I thought it would look nice to make them into a type of pocket so I could insert the shipping tags. Being they were a frame the tags fell out through the hole so I solved that problem by added a piece of polka-dot velum.

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And here is the finished layout. Since the tags and pockets needed a little extra something I added some washi tape to the tag. Additionally I used some glitter number stickers to label the pockets. Tied the strings on the tags like a pair of shoes and Voila! On the back of the tags I wrote some things I need to complete this year. I also went over the edge of the pages with some Tim Holtz black soot Distress ink.

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Here you can see the book text on the letters and the frames, along with the bit of shadow around the frames I created using a Big brush Pitt pen and smudging it. A tip I learned from Vicky Papaioannou on Youtube.

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Have a great weekend!

KIF Halloween ATC swap

Last month I participated in the Halloween ATC swap through Krazy Island Family (KIF). This is a facebook group started by Claudia Rossi for fans of her youtube videos. It is a great group and I have learned so much from people there. I have also made several art friends through it.

Anyway on to the ATC’s. The swap has been finished for a couple weeks so my partners should have received their atc’s by now and I wont be ruining the surprise for them.

I started off by laying down some background color. After I got an effect that I liked I went in with a stencil and black distress ink. I used it with less ink on the applicator to get the background “ghosted” trees.

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Next I used walnut stain distress ink to darken and bring in the edges. I’m going for a late sunset appearance.

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Next I used some pearl color modeling cream by Viva through a star stencil to create the night sky. I also used some embossing ink and powder with a CTMH stamp I have for the ghost. Additionally I decided I wanted the middle tree part to be more black so I used some black gesso over it.

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From the same CTMH stamp set as the ghost, I choose the spooky word and stamped it on some white cardstock using stazon ink in black.

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I filled in the words using an orange glitter gel pen.

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I found these adorable mummy 3d stickers at Michaels, they were my inspiration for the ATC’s. I needed a “surface” for the little guy to stand on at the bottom of the ATC so I used some liquid pearls in avacado color to create some grass.

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I didn’t want to just glue on or use dimensional foam to attach my little word so I chose one of the Tim Holtz tiny paperclips. You can also see where I have added just a tiny amount of green to the ghost eyes.

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And there we have it all completed.

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Here is all of them together. I included a couple of Halloween themed napkins in with my ATC as a little treat for the recipients. Napkins make great background layers on projects.

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Lastly we have all of the ones I received along with mine. I love each person’s ideas and how they incorporated them in. From sewing to using a hot glue gun to make webs. And even an unusual wood backing (center one) that I have never seen before. They look great added to my collection.

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I really enjoy doing these ATC swaps and cannot wait for the next one.

My First ATCs – KIF Spring Groove

In my last post I showed the ATC book I made to hold the ATC’s I make and will receive in assorted swaps. Today I am showing the ATCs I made. Once I receive all five from my swap partners I will post pictures of them.

Here is my process for making mine.

I started by mod podging patterned tissue paper to some ATC mixed media cards. Looking back I would have chosen a thicker type of paper or add more layers since it seemed a bit thin at the end. The bit of curling you see here was gone by the final step.

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Next I stamped a butterfly from 7Gypsies onto white cardstock using stayz-on. I colored it in using my Spectrum Noir pens and then covered it with liquid glass (glossy accents) from CTMH. While it was still wet I added some glitter. After it was dry I cut it out, chopping off the legs and antenna. I did this because it would be impossible to cut around those lines and have no white left. You’ll see what I did to fix that in the next picture.

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Here you can see where I stamped the image on to the ATC. This allows me to add the one I cut out over it so the legs and antenna are on the butterfly again. I also stamped a bit of a ruler and some lacy border using grey stayz on. Additionally I used black soot distress ink around the edge of the card.

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My next part on the card was to add some molding paste through a Dylusions stencil. I tinted it green sing some craft paint. When It dried I felt it needed to be darker so I went back in using a green Stabilo chalk pencil. Once I completed those I went over the whole card with mod podge to seal it all in.

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My last step on the front was to add a flat backed pearl accent to a flower on each card. Here you can see all the cards ready to be put into envelopes to send out.

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Here is a close-up of the completed card:

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Here they all are in envelopes waiting for addresses of my swap group. I stamped the envelope and added a bit of washi tape to make it extra fun for whoever receives one.

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One thing I forgot to take a picture of was the back. On ATC’s you are supposed to include specific information about the swap name, your name, etc. I found a stamp on Ebay so I didn’t have to write every little thing out. It was like this one:

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I had a lot of fun making them and I hope those who get one of mine like it. Not bad for my first ever ATC’s I think 🙂

Hope you have a wonderfully arty/crafty day!
Lady Blue

Mixed Media Moleskine & Cardmaking for a Good Cause

Last post I mentioned our new Facebook group for Mixed media Moleskine lovers (search Facebook for “Mixed Media Moleskine” if you would like to join). Today I have a page from my first Moleskine for art journaling. I purchased three of these 5″ x 8 1/4″ off Amazon for my birthday. I had a lot of fun with this.

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I used Modeling paste through a sequin waste stencil for the larger circles. The black ones were done with black soot distress ink using a smaller one. The white circles were made using an Inkadinkado stamp and embossing ink then Ultra think embossing enamel on them. Next I went in with the background using a mixture of Inka gold Steel Blue and some old purple colorbox cat eye ink pads I have. There is some grid stamping from a rubber stamp for a bit of extra texture. I wiped the color away from the embossed area with a baby wipe. The vines are some ribbon I have been hoarding and decided to finally use. I think I might have gotten them from Oriental Trading or Paperwishes, I’ll have to check. The moth is a print out onto regular copy paper and colored with big brush Pitt pens (dark chrome yellow, deep scarlet red, magenta, orange glaze, cold grey III). It is attached with matte medium which I also used all over the page before writing the blurb which says “Each person’s sanctuary is special and the art that comes out of it is extra special”

Next I would like to share a link to a worthy project by Jim Hankins AKA The Gentleman Crafter. I love following his blog and looking at all the amazing things he makes with chipboard. He is also on the design team for Graphic 45, I LOVE their products. Jim is collecting handmade thank you cards to be distributed to those who purchase something from the Breast Care Cancer Center Boutique where he works. I think it is an amazing idea and I will be making some cards to send along. If you would like to read the full story and get the instructions and mailing address to send cards to Jim, please click the link here:
http://www.thegentlemancrafter.com/2014/03/project-i-care-help-needed.html

Hope you have had an amazing week of being creative, have a great weekend.

Lady Blue

The HM Altered Book Project & Mixed Media Moleskine Group

What does that mean? Allow me to explain. A couple weeks ago one of the ladies I enjoy viewing on You Tube had run across another You tuber who had started an altered book project using an old Hannah Montana book. Now there are several of us taking on this project and sharing about it all over the place. Here is the link to Claudia’s video about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-A1i89NcmE if you don’t want to listen to the other parts you can skip to 13:40. Additionally in her info on the video she gives links back to the person who gave her the idea.

Well, I am not a fan of Miley in any way and I really didn’t want to buy anything of hers even if just to change it lol so I went with an Ology book. There are several versions of Ology books and I am sure you have seen one of them somewhere or another at some point. Some of them are Dragonology, Oceanology, Egyptology, and the one I will be using for my project, Pirateology. Another reason I went with an ology book is because they offer more interactive options on the pages. I was able to find this on ebay for just a couple of dollars plus shipping. Maybe $5.00 total.

Here is a picture of my first spread before I started:

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The scratchy bits on the pages are from using a sanding block to rough it up a bit so the gesso would attach better. Since the pages are glossy I’m concerned the gesso will eventually peel/flake away or something. We shall see. So on the left side of the spread is a pretend note tied together. On the right side are a mini newspaper flap and an advertisement flap. I went over everything with the gesso to hide the images and words on the page. It takes a lot of gesso to do this as Claudia discovered, so she found its best to do one coat of gesso then use some cheap craft paint to do the next coat. After that, other colors and media will be added so it should be enough coverage.

Here is where I am at so far with that spread:

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As you can see I have covered the whole page with gesso and paint. I then went in with parchment colored acrylic paint around the border to give it more of the paper look it had. I also used a waterproof pen to add back in some of the lines and swirls from the original. After that I used Tim holtz distress ink in a couple of colors to do the edges. Since my handwriting is horrible I used some rub on letters to put a title on the page. Next I used a tiny grid stamp around the page. I used a dylusions stencil for the vine. This pages in not done, I want to add more to it.

I’m going to try to do a different color theme to each page spread in the book.

Next I would like to get the word out about a brand new Facebook group. A couple of ladies in the 48 weeks class had tried to find a group for people who like to do mixed media in Moleskine journals. All that could be found was ones about “general” Moleskine lovers and flat media such as drawing, watercolor. So the new group was born. “Mixed Media Moleskine”. If you do mixed media in your Moleskine and would like to join the group and share your work, please search for the group name on Facebook and request to be added. They would really like this to be a place for only mixed media Moleskine work since there is already many places out there for everything else. The chunkier the Moleskine the better. Understand this is a very new group so there are only a few members added to it right now.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Lady Blue