Monday, February 12, 2018

Journal Book Cover

I have decided that I am going to try my hand at art journaling.  I'm not sure what I will be doing.  I have been told by many people that you just go for it and put down what you are thinking at the time.  So for now I am going to show you how I did the front cover of my journaling book.  It is mixed media style using a lot of  "stuff" from my stash along with several colours of Finnibair's Alchemy metallic paints.  I will show you some of the steps to achieve the cover.

First I applied heavy white gesso on the entire surface of the cover.  I put it on pretty thick as I wanted to create a lot of texture.  I used my spatula to create the ridges.  This had to dry for several hours because of the thickness.  When the gesso was dry I applied a crackle paste from Golden directly onto the gesso and let this dry again for several hours.  It cracked really nicely and again added more texture.

After the crackle paste dried I stencilled on some modeling paste using a couple of stencils.

When everything was completely dry, I painted the entire surface using black gesso.  I then selected the various items that I wanted to add to the cover.  The picture below will show you the items:  wood decorative pieces, wood flowers, metal large decorative lock, chipboard heart and leaves, resin flowers, metal  key and gear and acrylic buttons for the centre of the wood flowers and squares of chipboard.  I then painted all the items with black gesso.

 The next step is the one that I love the most - layering the various paint colours onto the entire surface.  I first started with steampunk copper.  I dry-brushed the colour onto the surface here and there and then I followed with mermaid teal.  Below is a closeup of the first two colours.

From here I continued dry-brushing more colours.  Next was light patina, then vintage rose, fairy wings, white pearl, and plum preserves.  Lightly applying each colour is very important.  The next picture was after the vintage rose was applied.

After all the colours I wanted were applied using my finger and only on a few of the raised surfaces, I applied a bronze metallic rub from ArtO.  I used a gold rub again very sparingly onto raised surfaces.
Here is a closeup of  the centre section of the cover so that you can see the colours.  It turned out amazing and the metallic in the colours really shines.  I added a yellow glass button that you can see at the top of the lock for extra accent.

And there you have it.  The key - do not try to be too perfect with the colour application. Just brush on here and there and keep going.
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week.
Success lies in the journey - not the destination.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

12 x 16 Mixed Media Canvas Board

Hello everyone!!!  Happy New Year!!!!!
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and the start of your New Year has been wonderful.
Today I want to share with you a 12 x 16 canvas board using many mixed media products.

 The background was created using doilies, mesh, die cut clocks, lots of modeling paste and stencils, cheese cloth, drywall tape, tissue.   It was simply a matter of layering everything onto the board and adhering everything down with mod podge.  I started off with covering the entire surface with a thin wrinkled layer of the tissue. After letting the mod podge dry I painted the entire board with a coat of white gesso to keep everything uniform.  I then sprayed using Prima sprays - blue, green, yellow and pink here and there letting each colour dry first before going to the next one.  I kept adding sprays until I had the look I wanted.
Here are a few closeups of the background to show you the texture created.

When the entire background was complete and dried I added my resin picture frame then I did my flowers around the left side of the frame.  I started in the middle and worked my way around the frame.  I tucked flowers under each other and really tried to layer them.  I dry-brushed some watered-down white gesso onto the flowers, very lightly on the edges.  Added some painted chipboard leaves here and there, a wood key (you can add almost anything you want)  then decorative pearls onto the background as shown.  I completed the bottom right corner with a small resin frame and flowers on top of cheese cloth.  And there you have it.  If you use a canvas board instead of an actual canvas, you can frame the project.

Until next time, this is Donna
wishing you a safe and happy week and keep on crafting.
"Friends fill your life with joy, your soul with sunshine and your heart with love."

Monday, November 27, 2017

"A Christmas Scene"

Good morning everyone!!!
I hope you had an amazing weekend.  Today I am going to show you a Christmas Scene that I created using a paper mache house that I found at Michael's.  It actually was meant to be a gift box and the roof actually came off.  So I glued the roof down to secure it.
Here is the scene which does look like a gingerbread house.

To start I painted the house inside and out with a good coat of white gesso.  To start the roof I applied a very thick coat of heavy white gesso making bumps and ripples as I went.  I wanted lots of texture on the roof.  I then sprinkled a fluffy snow product and lots of sparkly glitter all over the wet gesso.  I let this dry.  I let it dry overnight because of the thickness of the gesso.  After drying, I applied a product that I had for some time which was a snow texture paste.  You could actually make your own as the paste contained a granular product, probably a fine sand.  Mix some fine sand or a granular material into white texture paste and you will have the same product.  I put the snow paste heavy around the edges of the roof and built it up and again sprinkled lots of glitter onto the paste.  I then let this dry which took about half a day.  Here is a picture below and one of the roof in the beginning process.

The completed roof.  You can see the glitter.

For the upper front of the house, under the roof, I cut and applied some grunge board that made it look like aluminum siding.  I painted this red with a metallic kraft paint.  A couple of coats did the trick.  I did this on the sides of the house and the back of the house.
For the house itself I painted the main body of the house using Art Basics (Finnibair) brown rust "rust effect paste" which has a granular feel.  Using my finger, I applied the gold "rust effect" lightly onto the rust colour.  It is difficult to see in the picture but it gives it a nice very light gold glow.  I also sprayed very lightly, and only here and there,  the Colour Bloom spray "tea stain".
For the front of the house I applied a resin door that I found at Michael's along with all the other miniature pieces. For the base I used a 12 x 18 piece of canvas board.  I covered the surface of the board with white very wrinkled tissue paper, painted the tissue with heavy white gesso (again thick but not at the front of the house where the sidewalk is), more of the snow texture paste here and there and then lots of sprinkles while still wet.  I let this dry.  When everything was dry I adhered the house down with matte medium which is an excellent adhesive (lots of it to give a good grip).  I added the fence around the entire outer edge of the canvas board. 
 To begin my scene completion,  for the sidewalk, I used coloured glass blocks that I had in my stash for some time.  I then applied kraft moss onto the base around the front and sides of the house.  And the rest is the miniature pieces that I also found at Michael's.  I made  a scene around the house with the trees first.  I added a lot of heavy gesso to the trees to look like snow.  I added tiny wreaths to the front of the house and at the sides.   I also put some lighter coloured moss along the front of the house and added some white tiny stones and miniature pine cones.  Below is a picture of the front of the house.  When everything was done, I added some more snow texture paste around the edges of the house and fence, as well as across the top of the door.

And a picture of the left side of the house.

And lastly, I added some very tiny mini lights which really made everything come together.  I put the lights around the front of the house and wrapped them around the two larger trees in the front.
Here is a picture with the lights on.

I was thrilled with the way everything turned out.  It took some time but the end result was worth it.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week.
Christmas Cheer Recipe:  Combine loads of good wishes,
heartfuls of love and armfuls of hugs.  Sprinkle with laughter
and garnish with mistletoe.  Top off with presents.  Serves everyone.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

"Cherish" Layout

Good morning everyone!!!!!
I have a very simple layout for you today.  I created this using Blue Fern Studios paper, a chipboard decorative panel and a bit of background stenciling and of course some flowers and pearls.
I first stenciled some white texture paste at the upper right corner and left side edge onto the background paper.  Just enough to accent the paper collage in the centre.  For the collage I took several pieces of matching paper, cut them in different sizes and created what I call a collage.  One of the papers I cut into a strip and cut out the bottom edge to look like a banner.
I tore off a section of the background paper at the outer edges on the right side and left side.  I added a piece of white corrugated paper onto the back of the torn areas.  Added some flowers and small accents to each section.  I embossed the chipboard decorative panel with a sparkly pinkish-purple powder, added decorative pieces and flowers.  Then to finish I added a collage of flowers and decorative pieces to the bottom right side along with an embossed title.  And there you have it.  Very simple and quick.

Here is a second layout, again using Blue Fern Studios paper.
For this layout I created a paper collage for behind the picture, this time I inked the edges lightly for more accent.  I also inked the outer edges of the background paper adding a shadow effect in each corner.  I added a decorative strip with some lace to the right side of the picture.  And again chipboard vines inked with green ink and a flower collage at the left bottom corner of the picture.  Simple and pretty.

Until next time, this is Donna sending you wishes for a safe and happy week.
"Be what you are.  This is the first step toward becoming better than you are."
                                               Julius Charles Hare

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Spooky Hollow" House

Good Morning!!!!!!
It is that time of year when the pumpkins, scarecrows, witches and broomsticks come out of their boxes to decorate the front yard.  I quickly put together a witches house that I am going to share with you.  The house itself is made from very strong cardboard which I found at Micheal's.  I thought it was really cute so I decided to decorate it for Halloween.
I  first painted the entire house with black gesso. I then added various Halloween items that I found in a sale bin - a witch's hat on the chimney, a couple of large green sparkly spiders, pumpkins and a weird-looking bobble tree (I think that is what it is called).  Anyway here is the completed house.

I applied large art stones (Finnibair) onto the front of the house and painted them in rust and browns.  I wanted it to look like a fungus or worts were growing on the house.  I added a bat to the window which is a sticker and  upside down sticker foot on the left side of the door. As you can see I adhered yellow cardstock to the windows on the inside.
I adhered the witches hat onto the roof just on the right side of the chimney.  Some pumpkins here and there and the bobble tree on the left side.
A couple of closeups are below.
Front of the house

 I added a sticker foot and some pumpkins to the hat for colour.

This is the left side of the house.  The spider web I drew on with silver stickles. I also put webs on the fron of the house and right side. I hope you can see the large green spider on the roof and another one at the back side of this section.

And there you have it.  Until next time,
this is Donna wishing you a safe and spooky Halloween night of fun.

Monday, September 25, 2017

By The Sea Canvas

Good Day everyone!!!!!!
One of my most favourite places to see and to view is the ocean.  Even though I don't get to view too many oceans, pictures can inspire me.  Today's project is a canvas to bring the ocean into my home.  I have wanted to do a project like this for a while now and here it is.  I have included a short tutorial on the methods I used to achieve it and the products I used as well.

To start with, I applied heavy white gesso to the entire surface of the canvas (11" x 14") using a spatula and creating ridges as I went.  I wanted lots of texture on the background.

When the gesso was dry, I cut 3 strips of patterned paper, 3" wide by the full length and layered them across the middle of the canvas. I took some white gesso and dry brushed it onto the papers to blend them into the background.  When this was dry, I took two colours of turquoise sprays and sprayed all around and onto the papers.

After the sprays, I took a water effect stencil and applied the turquoise texture paste keeping it around the outside.  With a spatula I took some of the turquoise texture paste and swiped it here and there at the top and bottom areas of the papers.  Let this dry.   And for more texture, I took a stencil with different sized bubbles on it, and applied texture paste here and there around the outside edges.  I did go over some of the turquoise stenciled areas.

And now the fun begins.  Some time ago, I purchased a package of this fish netting at Michael's.  It actually looks like real fish net.  I took a reasonable sized piece of this and spread it out across the canvas starting closer to the left side and spreading it out to the right side.
I took my white oval resin frame and decided to do something to it as I didn't like the way it looked as it was on the canvas.  So I took some burlap string and wrapped it tightly around the frame until I had it completely covered.  I had this piece of chain, (I don't know where it came from) and wrapped this around as well.  I thought it looked like a porthole from a ship.  I also added a picture that I had from a package of Tim Holtz "Found Relative" cards.  You could use a picture of yourself or a friend or anyone else.  I adhered the frame to the canvas as shown.  Now for the rest of the items which is my favourite part.  I like to layer and tuck and layer and tuck until I have the look I want.  I start by adhering my main piece which was my star fish and from there I added the flowers and lots of shells.  I made sure the shells came out from under the flowers.  I had a small glass bottle from my stash which I added as well.  Sometimes you can find these bottles at the dollar store, but I do know that Tim Holtz has them as well.
For the final touch, I added Finnibair's "art stones" here and there (below the star fish, on the frame, above the flowers). These are the perfect accent for almost any project.  At the very end, I tucked in some greenery pieces (again in my stash) and small pieces of cheese cloth to soften the look.  I also dry brushed some of the brass patina paste from Finnibair for accent onto the stones and onto the canvas around the bottom below the star fish and the flowers.

Products used:
Strips of patterned paper for background
Gel medium for adhering the pieces down (very strong holding)
Mega Art Stones from Finnibair
Brass Patina Paste from Finnibair
Heavy white gesso
Metallic texture paste (Heidi Swapp)
2 turquoise blue sprays
Fish net
Resin oval frame
Glass bottle, greenery, and cheese cloth

I hope I wasn't too long-winded with my instructions.  Give it a try.  Just use your imagination and let the creative juices flow.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week of creativity and fun.
"After you tell your husband where you'd like to go on your vacation he asks:
"Why? Is there a scrapbook store there?"

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wood Wall Plaques

Hello everyone!!!
I am back with another easy project that I did for my two younger granddaughters.  I am sorry for the long time in between postings.  I had to have surgery a few weeks ago and I am now able to get back into my craft room and start creating.
Do you ever feel that you lose some of your creative juices and you just can't get your mojo going.  Well I have been that way many, many times.  So I decided to sit down and start playing.  I had these two wood plaques for a very long time - so I decided to finish them and make a plaque that my granddaughters can hang on their bedroom door or set on their dresser.  I found the large letters at my local craft store for about 50 cents each.  They were a bit chunky but once I got them onto the plaque, they seemed to fit nicely.

I started by painting the plaques with heavy white gesso to give them a good protective finish.  I then stencilled using texture paste.  When this was dry I sprayed with 3 colours of sprays.  They both like different colours so I co-ordinated my colours to match their rooms.  Below is the turquoise one.  They like bright colours so I decided to go with the brighter colours as well.

I then painted out wooden frames which I set on top of a doilie at the left side.  Then I added my letters.  And finally I put flowers and leaves in and around the wood letter and the wood frames.  I topped off the letters with glass beads to give a little more sparkle.
Keep in touch.  I will be going like gangbusters to get more projects done.
Until the next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and creative week.
"Find the good in all you can,
and never be a quitter.
If you find a problem,
find a way to make things better."