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."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

8x8 Album

Hello everyone!!!!
Today I decided to show you an 8x8 mini album that I created.  I love making these types of albums.  They are great for a gift for a close friend or even for a bride and groom.  I have just completed another one which I am giving to my nephew and his fiance to use as a personal album to put some of their very favourite pictures in it.  
I cut the actual album cover from heavy chipboard and covered it first with quilting batting and then with a fabric which I picked up from a local quilt store.  I cut the inside pages 8" x 8" . Below is the front cover.  

I like to use lots of chipboard items to decorate, layering of papers, and of course lots of flowers.
I am going to show you all the pages inside.  It will be difficult to describe each page, so I hope you can see from the pictures.  Some pages have flip out sections and I will indicate these as we go.
Inside front cover and first page

The inside front cover has a wood frame which I embossed white.  Kept it in the centre and then added my flowers up the left side.  Added some chipboard items.
The first page I used a piece of needlepoint grid as an accent  on the left side.  Added my flowers at the top.  I like to group flowers and usually use odd numbers.
Back of page 1 and front of page 2
Again lots of embellishments and paper layering on both pages.

Both these pages are to be opened up by untying the string bows.  Below shows the back of the first page opened.

Back of page 2 and front of page 3

Back of page 3 and front of page 4

Back of page 4 and the inside back cover

The paper I used for this album is the Prima  "Garden Fable" collection.  The flowers and chipboard items, frames, metal pieces and greenery were all from my stash.  Some I painted to get the right colour.  I cut the inside pages slightly smaller than the cover piece because I knew I was going to be using a lot of raised embellishments on the inside pages.  This allows the pages to lay even and not cause the cover to pop up when closed.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and prosperous week.
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."
                            Frances Bacon

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Delight" Layout

Good day everyone!!
I hope you have had a wonderful week and are up for another layout that I recently did.

For this layout I chose a background paper that has a lot of texture to it.  I chose to keep this layout simple.  I normally choose very colourful  papers for my granchildren's layouts which also depends on their age in the photo.  But this one I chose a paper that I have had for a very long time and decided to try it with this picture of my granddaughter.
I chose a stencil that I have that has stitched lines on it that will create a frame around the picture as you see above.  I used black gesso to create the frame.  I did find that I had to go very gently with the gesso so that it would not seep under the stencil.  Black gesso is very dense in colour and is very difficut to correct mistakes with.  I always make sure that I put a coat of matte medium onto the paper first which helps a lot to protect the paper.  A lot of mistakes can wipe off easily when you use the medium on your paper.
I added a piece of patterned paper that had a flower design on it and a second paper to make a collage
 behind the picture.  It is hard to see but you can see the flower at the left side of the picture.  I added my picture next as shown, just off to the right, inked a circle chipboard accent piece and placed this around the face of the charming little one in the picture.  The rest is easy.  Added my flowers, white metal decorative pieces and some chipboard branches which I painted in green.  I added some raw chipboard at the top right corner with a flower and a white metal accent piece.  It is hard to see but at the right side edge and upper left corner I added some strips of washi tape for more accent.  I was pleased with the way it turned out and this layout could be used for any age.  By keeping the flowers in a neutral soft tone, everything blended nicely with the background paper.

I hope you have a safe and happy week and keep on smiling,.
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Cherished" Layout

Good Day everyone!!!!\
My New Year's resolution is to get my albums updated and caught up.  I have 9 grandchildren (updated 4 of them) and must continue on with the rest.  So today I am going to share with you a layout that I did for grandchild #5, who is now 9 years old.  Unfortunately, I keep finding more adorable pictures that I cannot resist adding to the albums.
For this layout I did some very basic background mixed media techniques to accent the background paper I selected.
Here is the completed layout.

To start with, using a spouncer, I applied white gesso in the area that the picture is and coming out to the outside edges.  I then applied white gesso with a spatula and a decorative stencil, again around the area where my picture will be placed.

Next, I sprayed the above gesso'd area with a light pink spray and then here and there with a darker pink spray.  I adhered my picture to a piece of thick chipboard then adhered it to the page just at the centre.  The chipboard raised the picture up so I can tuck things under the edge.

I placed two doilies under the picture at the upper left corner and bottom right corner.  After this I cut out some flower sections from another piece of patterned paper and added these to the left and right side of the picture, slightly tucking them under the edge.
From the same paper that I cut out the flower sections, I cut 6 strips, different widths and lengths and adhered them down so that they look like they are coming out from the bottom edge of the fussy cut flower section on the left of the picture.  I spounced white gesso onto these pieces to help blend them in and then added the same sprays that I did on the background paper.
I added a strip of lace at the bottom of the picture then the rest of the embellishments.
I embossed the Cherish title with white powder and then added some pink mica powder for accent.
At the very end I added my favourite micro beads here and there around the picture and flowers and lightly brushed on white gesso onto the flowers, just on the tips.  A closeup below.

And there you have it.  I have to keep going, so I will be showing you some more layouts soon.
Have a great day and remember
"Happiness" is
Three grand essentials - something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
"Happy scrapping"

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Winter Scene

Hello everyone!!
Just before Christmas I saw a beautiful wood house made into a wintery theme by Finnibair on her website.  I instantly fell in love with it.  After Christmas I found a heavy cardboard church and house along with some trees, bushes, etc. (were on sale for 80% off) that I really liked, so I decided to make a winter scene of my own.   A lot of people would think that this would be great for a Christmas decor, but since it is still winter, I decided to complete it anyway. The main items I used to complete my scene were lots of heavy gesso, modeling paste, a 12 x 18 white canvas board for the base, white tissue, finely ground gravel, chipboard pieces, glass tiles and a few miscellaneous embellishments.  Here is the completed scene.

Using mod podge, I applied white very wrinkled tissue to the surface of the canvas board to give it texture.  I added modeling paste here and there to look like snow, painted the complete surface with white gesso then sprinkled this with some very glittery glitter while the gesso was still wet.
I have some very finely chopped gravel that I found at Micheal's called Tiny Treasures decorative filler.  I used a generous amount to cover the entire roof of the church.  I mixed the gravel into soft matte gel and applied it using a spatula.  Matte gel medium is an excellent adhesive for things like this.  When dry I painted the entire gravel surface with white gesso.  I also used this for the sidewalk at the front of the church.  I then added modeling paste around the outside edges to act as snow, then sprinkled this with the glitter.  I applied heavy gesso using a spatula to the rest of the church as well as the house.  I used lots as I wanted to have a lot of texture.  I added pieces of decorative chipboard to the front of the church just under the roof line on all sides then I added decorative chipboard pieces to the front windows of the house.  Again for the house, I applied modeling paste and glitter to the edges of the roof as well.  Using a brick stencil I applied heavy gesso the sides of the house.
I accented here and there with different colours of mists using a thin paint brush, not too much, just enough for accenting.  I did use lots and lost of glitter.  Unfortunately it does not show that good in the picture.  The rest is my trees, bushes, fences, sidewalk.   Under the bushes and trees I added green moss to look like grass. I wanted a lot of snow so I applied modeling paste to all the decorative pieces at the fronts of the two buildings.  And there you have it.  Below is a couple of pictures from a different angle.

I currently have it sitting in my living room.  I will put it away when the Easter bunny arrives.
Thank you for viewing my winter scene.  Comments are welcome.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a "Happy Scrapping" day.
And remember
"Yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of  hope."

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Altered Picture Frame

Happy New Year!!!!!
Now that Christmas is over it is time to settle into the new year and create.
I was working on an altered picture frame before Christmas and I have finally completed it and will now share it with you.
I started with a very inexpensive ornate picture frame that I picked up at Ikea some time ago.  Since I never used the frame for its purpose, I decided to alter it in my favourite style - mixed media.
I started out by adhering a decorative wood frame to the centre of the frame and topped this off with a decorative oval resin frame in the centre.  I then painted the entire surface of the frame and wood pieces with black gesso.  

I began adding different embellishments, metal, flowers, glass circles, wood flowers anything I could get my hands on - starting at the centre of the oval frame and adding and tucking here and there.  To adhere everything down I used a product from Prima called "soft matte gel".  This is an amazing product - I guarantee that nothing will fall off when you use this.  I then went to the upper left corner of the actual main frame and the bottom right corner as well and added different items.  When I decided that I had added enough (you can always add more later)  I adhered micro beads here and there, even onto the centre items to give more texture.  Again I painted all the embellishments with black gesso.
I then added sprays - gold, green, blue, silver.  And lastly I did my painting here and there onto the embellishments using various colours - pink, purple, green, blue, etc.  I just kept adding here and there in areas where it needed accenting.  The main paint that I used was from Finnibair (Prima) "art alchemy" acrylic paints.  Without sounding like an advertisement - another amazing product.   Below is the final result with a couple of close-ups.

I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial.  Lots of new items will be coming your way.
Have a great week and a safe and happy new year.
"Sing and dance and make good cheer, let's make it last throughout the year."