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."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8x8 Mixed Media Wood Box

Hello everyone!!!!!
Today I am going to share with you an 8x8 wood box, mixed media (of course).  This started out as an experiment on the background, so bear with me as I was just playing around at the start.  I love mixed media, especially the Finnibair inspired items.   I try to keep it as simple as possible but with a lot of texture.  I have include a list of the various products that I used.  For the paint I used the Finnibair patina effect pastes.

I am going to try to give you a simple description of how I did each layer.
First I turned the box over to the solid back.
I then cut chipboard into various sizes and shapes and laid them out onto the box as evenly spaced as possible.   I didn't worry if the spacing wasn't perfect.  When I was satisfied, I adhered the pieces down.  I used heavy gel medium for my adhesive but you can also use a hot glue gun.  I painted the entire surface with black gesso.  A good coat making sure that I got the spaces between.

I then applied a product called "glass beads" from Liquitex.   This is a thick gel that has a granular material in it - like very fine glass beads.  I spread this onto the chipboard shapes.

Next I took a product called "string gel" from Liquitex.  Keep in mind that I am just experimenting.  This string gel is a thick substance that you can swirl onto the background - you have to be fearless and don't worry about being perfect.  Both the glass beads and the string gel will take a little bit of time to dry and will dry clear.  It is shown still wet.

When the glass beads and the string gel were dry I began painting the background with the red/rust paste - starting at the upper left corner and working it in a circular motion for maybe 4 of the chipboard shapes.  I then went with the brown rust paste working it to overlap onto the red/rust paste.  I went back to the red/rust colour again then the brown.  I continued in this manner until I had covered the chipboard pieces.  When you have finished you can go back with either colour to add them in here and there if you feel you need more of the colours.  I then took the blue paste and dry brushed this colour here and there over the other two colours.  You can do it as heavy as you would like - I went very lightly with it.  Below you can see the various colours that I used.

I sprinkled teal "mica powder" here and there onto the surface and using a spray bottle with water I sprayed the powder and let it run down the box.  You can use a thin paint brush to get it to flow.

I then took all my metal, resin and chipboard decorative pieces and painted them with black gesso.  I accented the pieces using the pastes and I painted the gears using the brass paste.  I also accented each piece with the various colours of the paste that I used on the background.
I adhered the pieces down starting with the chipboard collage panel - a piece at the upper left and a smaller piece at the bottom right.  In the centre I adhered the large resin medalion.  I added the large metal key down the centre of the medalion.  I added the metal wings and butterfly next onto the metal key.  And lastly I adhered the gears as shown.
For the final touch, using my finger, I applied ArtO gold and bronze rub, here and there, onto the raised surface areas of the background and onto the surface of the various metal pieces at the centre.
For extra texture and accent I took some fine turquoise glass beads and adhered them around the centre pieces along with some turquoise pearls here and there.  The pearls were white but I painted them with turquoise paint.
And there you have it.  Below is a list of the various products that I used.
8 x 8 wood box
Chipboard pieces for base
Resin medalion
Large metal key
Metal wings
Metal butterfly and gears
Chipboard collage panel
Turquoise pearls
Black gesso
String Gel
Glass beads
Fine crushed turqoise glass beads
Patina effect pastes:red/rust, brass, blue, brown
Teal mica powder (Finnibair)
ArtO bronze and gold rub

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I hope you will give it a try.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy week.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you.
"Happy Scrapping"
"If at first you don't succeed, do it like your mother told you."

Saturday, August 05, 2017

"HUGS" Layout

Hello everyone!!!!!
Sorry for the length of time for a posting.  Unfortunately, life's challenges got in the way. So today I am going to share with you a very soft and simple layout that I did called Hugs.

For the background I dry-brushed white gesso onto the paper  from top to bottom first then across the paper over to the right hand side.  I kept the up and down brushing close to the left side and extended the gesso across the middle, stretching it over to the right side.
I then cut several strips of 1/2" wide papers that matched the background paper in different lengths.  I laid out these strips one a time, without adhering, up and down first then slid some in between from side to side. (like a basket weave)  When I was satisfied I adhered them down to the paper.
Here is a close-up.

I then dry-brushed white gesso very lightly over the strips to blend them into the background.  A little bit of very light stamping here and there for accent and I was ready for my picture.
I cut a piece of patterned paper to fit behind the picture as an accent.  I inked my title with black ink then added my embellishments to the bottom right corner of the picture.  I kept it very simple because the picture is my focal point.

And I decided to give you another layout of my granddaughter at the butterfly farm.
I love butterflies so I was happy to find this picture.
Again, very simple.  I cut the diamond paper down to 11" square, distressed and inked the edges, then adhered it to the centre of the yellow background paper.  I cut a second paper down to a 9" square, again distressing and inking the edges then adhered this to the centre of the diamond paper.
My picture is a 5 x 7 which I mounted onto a piece of chipboard and adhered to the centre.

I added various flowers, vines, a die cut circle and heart and butterflies.  A couple at the top right corner of the picture and several others in the flower area.  I tucked a piece of lace just under the bottom edge of the picture.  And there you have it.  Below is a close-up.  You can see a monarch butterfly sitting on her arm.

Until next time, this is Donna wishing you an amazing week.  I have other projects on the go and can't wait to share them with you.
and remember
"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there."

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful Faces Album

Good day everyone!!!!  I am very happy that I finally completed my "Beautiful Faces" album.  Below are the remaining 3 pages.  I decided not to add quotes to the pages.  I decided that down the road I may want to use this album using personal pictures so I adhered the pictures so that they can be easily removed.  That way I can even give it as a gift to someone.  Anyway, here are the remaining pages.

For each page I did paper layering and added embellishments as shown.  I decided to keep them simple but pretty.   A couple of them I textured the background with modeling paste and a stencil.

Below is showing the inside front cover and a partial view of the album when it is partially opened.

And also today I am sharing with you a layout that I created using vine and flower stamps to create my background.  I first traced the size of my picture onto white cardstock lightly with a pencil.  I then stamped outwards from each side of the traced box.

Below is how I started.  My acrylic stamp set had several different vines and different sized flowers.  So I started at the top of the box, in the middle, and stamped a vine, then worked around that first vine.  I just kept going, fanning my images out and around the picture box.

When I was finished the stamping I did add some colour to the leaves with an ink pad and wet paint brush.  I made a paper collage for behind my picture, popped the picture up onto the layout with pop dots.  I added strips of paper coming out from both sides of the picture.  I added some very tiny flowers in and around the stamped vines along with small pearls, then added the other flowers as shown around the picture.
Below is a closeup of the stamped area at the top of the picture.

This was actually easier then I thought it would be.  Try it - great way to get creative and create your own background.  I hope you will give it a try.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a great day.
"Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

Monday, June 19, 2017

6x12 Altered Canvas

What a beautiful Monday morning - sun is shining and the rabbits are again playing tag in my back yard.  They are annoying critters but it is very laughable when you watch them chasing each other around in circles.  Anyway, just another sign that summer is here.
So today I would like to share with you a 6x12 canvas that I did (back in the winter) using scrap paper, modeling paste and a stencil as well as some embellishments.  I kept the papers in pastel colours.  Here is the canvas.

I first applied a very thick coat of modeling paste over the entire surface of the canvas.  I also applied a coat of crackle medium mainly along the top and bottom edges of the canvas. When dry I painted the canvas with white gesso - not too heavy - I didn't want to fill in the cracks.
Next I cut my paper into several different sizes, adhered them to the canvas, across the centre, and overlapping them as I went.  I just kept layering and tucking the pieces.

I have a set of the Prima wax crayons - amazing - and decided to use them as an outline around some of the paper pieces.  I used various colours - pink, yellow, green and blue.  I then took a soft paint brush, moistened it and blended the colours with water.  I kept adding the colours here and there.

I then took a stencil and applied modeling paste over the entire surface.  I only used a stencil that had very fine lines on it as I didn't want to cover the papers.

I then very lightly dry-brushed white gesso over the entire surface.  Not too heavy.

Next were the embellishments.  I painted chipboard gates with white gesso and some chipboard leaves.  I added the gates first for the base and the other items next as you can see below.

For the final touch, I adhered some soft blue glass beads around the embellishments and then across the canvas to the right side.

And there you have it.  I do hope you like this project and will give it a try.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you happiness and plenty of sunshine.
"May your pathway be full of sunshine, joy and safety, as you travel life's journey."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3 Easy Layouts

Hello everyone!!!
Today I am going to share with you 3 layouts that I completed on the weekend at an all day crop that I attended.  These are very easy layouts .  Feel free to use their designs.
  I die cut the flowers and inked them with a complimentary blue ink.  A large doilie along with pieces of patterned paper for behind the picture.  That is pretty much it for this one.

For the next one I copied a layout that I had done several years ago.  Just changed the papers.  I drew some broken lines around the two inner papers for accent.  I layered different sized strips of various papers below the picture.   One large flower with a few smaller flowers for embellishments.

For this one, I used a scalloped ruler and traced around the outer edge of the yellow paper.  I cut it out then added dots around the outside edges with a black journaling pen.  I traced out the centre piece from an old stencil that I have.  Again I drew broken lines on the outside edges of the striped piece and dots on the outside edges of the centre scalloped piece.  The flower sections were from an ephemera packet.  I glued them down to black cardstock, cut them out leaving a ridge of the cardstock for accent.  Adhered them down using pop dots.  I didn't put a title on it as the plaque she is holding in the picture tells what the picture  is about.

And there you have it.  All of them are very versatile and you can use the design over and over again.
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a relaxing evening and a great week.
"The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Page 4 and 5 of "Beautiful Faces" album

Hello everyone!!!!
I have another 2  pages completed for the "Beautiful Faces" album.
 A few more to go and I should be finished.
For page 4 I covered the page background with patterned paper then cut and added other papers in different sizes using pop dots for each.  I centered the picture in the middle.  Tucked a die cut doilie at the bottom, added a small resin frame with flowers and a loopy bow from cording.  Glass beads were also added around the flowers.  I fell in love with this picture and knew I had to use it.

Below is a closeup.

For page 5 below I covered the page with patterned paper then cut other papers and off set them.  I added lace down the sides of the picture.  I kept it simple by adding 3 flowers on a vine with some small yellow roses and greenery that I cut from an artificial vine I found at the dollar store.  Whenever I find a vine like this, I cut off all the leaves and keep them for future use.  I added a embroidered flower with a yellow rose at the bottom right corner.

Below is a closeup.

And there you have it.  
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a safe and fun-filled long weekend.
"The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful FacesAlbum Pages

I hope everyone is enjoying this absolutely beautiful day.  Where I live it is currently about 75 degrees and I can see all my perennials popping up.
As promised, today I am posting 3 of the pages that I have completed for my Beautiful Faces album.  I will mention that I haven't decided on my quotes for each page.  That will be done at a later date.
Page #1

For the background I tore pieces off of pages from a very old book and randomly adhered them down onto patterned paper.  I also cut strips of another patterned paper and added them.  When done I painted a very light coat of gesso to blend the papers together.  Next I took a piece of cheesecloth and adhered it down from the upper left corner of the page down to the lower right corner.  Some Prima tea stain spray here and there was next.
I cut thin strips of papers and made a basket weave piece to go behind the picture and coming out from the left side of the picture.  I added lace across the bottom of the picture, flowers with a piece of cheesecloth under the larger ones,  and metal embellishments to finish it off.  I selected metal pieces that complimented the jewellery.
 I also added some tiny glass beads around the picture and embellishments and some pearls.
Below is a closeup.

Page 2

For this page I did some stenciling with a stencil that has very tiny holes.  I then whitewashed gesso very lightly onto the left side of the page then sprayed with a very light pink spray.
I added my picture to a piece of paper and had the paper just come out from the upper left corner of the picture.  I added a doilie then placed my picture using pop dots.
I embossed a decorative flourish and added this to the left side of the picture.  A couple of metal embellishments were next with some flowers added as shown.
A closeup is below.

Third Page

I tore off the right edge of the background paper, inked the edges then adhered a strip of lace down the torn edge.  I  adhered the strip that I tore off next beside the lace then added another strip of the paper at the outside edge.
I cut strips of patterned paper as I did on page 1 and made a basket weave piece to go behind the picture.  I used pop dots to adhere the picture down.  The white strip you see at the left side of the picture is actually the base used for needle point work.  Lastly, I added the ornate circle frame with a few flowers and paper leaves as well as a small metal key.  Around the picture I added some mica flakes for accent and put more on and around the flowers.

And there you have it for now.  More will be coming.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and properous week.
"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty, never grows old."
"Happy Scrapping"

Friday, April 07, 2017

"A Garden" Wall Hanging

Hello everyone!!!!  Today I want to share with you a spring filled wall hanging that I created.  I used lots of flowers and my favourite colours of blue and pink.  

I found these wood shadow boxes in various sizes at my local craft store.  They were unpainted so I decided to paint the outside of the boxes in a cream kraft paint.  A couple of coats did the trick.  For the inside of the boxes I chose a turquoise kraft paint that matched the turquoise colour in the papers I selected.  The paper I used was from the "Secret Garden" Graphic 45 collection.  I cut pieces of paper to fit in the inside of each box.  From another piece of paper in the collection, I cut out the girl sitting in the garden and cut out the fence as well.  I added this to the centre larger box using pop dots.  I added some paper flowers from my stash along with a butterfly.  The flower vines you see were added at the very end.

For the left side box, I cut out a rectangle tag from one of the papers and adhered this with pop dots at the left side of the paper underneath.  I cut out another flower piece from another paper and adhered this with pop dots.  Added a resin frame with a resin fairy at the top and flowers.  I decorated the outside upper left corner as shown.  I added some green silk leaves that I have had for some time.

For the right side box I adhered a large resin decorative oval to the centre and then placed cheese cloth with various flowers on top.  Again I decorated the upper right outside corner as shown.

I then glued all the boxes together using matte gel medium which is a very strong glue.   A very strong adhesive is needed to hold the boxes firmly together.  I then added my vines around the outside edges of the centre box and added some more of the green silk leaves and pink flowers.  This is optional - I placed white dots around the outer edges of the boxes using dimensional pearls.
And there you have it.  It is very simple to do - just use what you have.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a fun-filled, safe weekend.
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Beautiful Faces" Album

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you are having a great day.  
My next project has begun.  Back in 2015 I made an album called "Old Age".  You can find it in the 2015 archives on the right hand side of the blog.  I have decided to make another album called "Beautiful Faces".  It is turning out to be an extensive project and it will be a lot of mixed media techniques with pictures of beautiful faces from around the world.  
Today I will be showing you the front cover of the album.
 I haven't decided how to complete the back and spine.  I may cover it with canvas just to keep it simple.  As I finish a couple of pages, I will show you how I completed them.  So this will be a section by section posting until I have finished the complete album.

Next are the basic steps to completing the cover.
I first painted the entire surface with white gesso for protection.  I then did some mixed media techniques to give the background lots of texture.
First I took a product called "string gel" and mixed some fine ground shiny material that I found at Micheal's called Decorative Filler.  The string gel is thick and dries very hard and firm.  I let this dry.

I then added some netting that I have had for some time just in a few places.  And lastly, I used a stencil with dots and applied some modeling paste here and there.   I also put modeling paste in several places using a spatula only.   Let all of this dry completely.

I then painted the whole surface with black gesso.

I then dry brushed various colours of Finnibair's Art Alchemy paints onto the surface.  I didn't completely cover the surface with any of the colours.  I dry brushed them on here and there, even slightly going over the first one.  I mainly used rich turquoise, and light patena.  When the paints were dry I sprayed first with Prima tea stain spray, let it dry, then came back with a shimmerz turquoise spray.  You have to judge for yourself how you want this to look.  It is all a matter of layering your colours.  You can always go back and add colours, which is exactly what I did when I had completed the cover.

The next step is my favourite.  Selecting and adhering the embellishments.  I pulled out lots of items from my metal collection.  I did keep adding other pieces as I went.

Below is how it looked before I painted everything in black gesso.

As you can see above that I layered everything and made sure that every item was touching another one.  I started at the upper right corner with the metal corner piece and went out from there.  Its okay to put some things on top of others.  I did add some paper flowers here and there but mostly I used metal items.  To adhere them down I used Art Basics (Finnibair)  Heavy Matte Gel.  This is amazing as a glue.  Nothing will fall off when you use this.  A lot of the items you see are used for making jewelry.  Just go for it.  You can't make too many mistakes.
When all my embellishments were added I then painted them with black gesso.  From there I used several colours of the Art Alchemy paint - the blues, pinks, brass, even red.  I just dry-brushed them on here and there.  I also dusted on some mica powder in a few sections.  You get a better result if you let each colour dry first and just keep adding more.  Below is a couple of closeups to show you the final result.

There you have it.  The start of a new album which will be on my table in my family room along with my old age book.  This is something I have been planning for some time.  I will keep you posted on its completion.
Until next time, this is Donna again wishing you a safe and prosperous week.


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."