Just “messing” around!


So I wanted to work on something for the Mixed Media Monthly challenge (this month is Stencils and Modelling Paste). Some of my favourite supplies to use, but the jury is still out on this one. I can’t tell if I have made art or just made a mess! haha that’s just the way it is sometimes I guess!

Working through some stressors at my job and not feeling the most effective right now and that’s what this page is all about. I have been fascinated with images and quotes from Alice In Wonderland lately, not sure what that is all about but I picked up the Spring Sprung Stampers Anonymous set the other day and the white rabbit stamp spoke to me!

day late dollar short


Also, I was going to print out and fussy cut a clock face and found some random paper in my stash to use. When I printed it, I noticed that the ink was beading on the surface so I flipped it over and use it as a transfer instead (right hand page, pretty much the centre). Kind of a neat accident, huh? Still don’t know what kind of paper it is, I found it in all my “junk” when I was helping my Mom move out of her house. I should really put it in a storage bag with a note about the transfer thing….

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Some closeups of the stenciling. Hmmph, still not sure..what do you think? Suggestions?

Other supplies include: Dylusions spray in fresh lime and vibrant turquoise, Mister Huey in amarillo taxi, Distress Paint in mustard seed and salty ocean, Liquitex modeling paste and gloss gel, Tim Holtz stencils Measured, Burlap, Splatters and Clockwork, some india ink by Daler-Rowney, Stampers Big Brush in black and white,  LSG Moon Shadow Mist in tawny turquoise and a cool little alphabet stamp set I got at Target.


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Valentine’s Day Blog Hop with the Mixed Up Media Chix!!


First time ever participating in a blog hop!! Should be a blast! If you just dropped in to my blog but want to follow the hop in order, just pop over to the Mixed Up Media Chix on Facebook and start at the beginning! If you are following along, you should have just arrived from Mona’s amazing blog, Cupcake’s Creations.

Now, I feel I need to be truthful here…I am not big on the whole hearts and Cupids, smushy Valentine’s day thing. I do enjoy giving my daughters cute little treat bags and special cards but since I am footloose and fancy-free (ie unattached) I don’t go in much for the candlelit dinner and roses stuff.  So my project is more about loving yourself, and more importantly, not relying on others for your sense of self-worth. Sometimes that’s a difficult thing to do with this particular holiday.

so here’s the finished page:

Love yourself

I have been working a lot in my art journal. I let go of the need for everything to be “perfect” and just use it as a place to express whatever creativity comes to mind…try it, it’s very liberating!!

I started with a charcoal pencil sketch, washed over that with gesso and then started roughing in the hair and skin colours. I used gelatos, watercolour pencils, distress markers and more charcoal to build up the depth in the hair.

project 3 rough hair

Then it was on to shading the face and creating the right expression in the eye.

project 5 eye shading

Used more gelatos to fill in a background. (I just love them, really, you can’t do it wrong!) Finally, after letting everything dry thoroughly (so difficult for someone as impatient as I!) I used the Stampers Big Brush in White to add my quote.

project 4 backgroundproject 6 quote

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my creative process – I certainly enjoyed having you here! Next up on the blog hop is the uber-talented Rebecca, so head on over to see what amazingness she has to share!

In case you got lost along the way here is the complete list of hop participants!

1 Maria Levine – http://riacreations.blogspot.com
2 Francine Rossoni – www.thevellumjar.blogspot.com
3 Lisa Hetrick – http://www.lisahetrickdesign.com/in_the_studio/
4 Angeline Choo – http://scrappyscrappy.blogspot.com
5 Mona Pendelton – http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com
6 Laurie Finch – https://lifeandlafter.wordpress.com
7 Rebecca Daniels – http://www.bloomingpink.blogspot.com
8 Julie Odil – http://muddypawsinkyfingers.blogspot.com
9 Tameko Mays – http://www.creatingmypeace.com

Supplies: FaberCastell watercolour pencils, gelatos, Stampers Big Brush in White, charcoal pencils, and of course, gesso.

Take care, my friends and remember to always be a little kinder than necessary!

Unity Colour Challenge – Carrie’s wedding gift

Hello there! It has been a busy September already, with trying to get my older daughter ready for her big adventure in the UK and my younger one moved into her new apartment and into her final year at University.  Not a lot of crafting time, but I did manage to create a canvas for a coworker who is getting married today. Lucky her, it is an absolutely gorgeous early Fall day here in northern Nova Scotia… the sun is shining brilliantly but it is just cool enough to be pleasant.

One thing I particularly wanted to show in this post is a tip I came up with for protecting photos on canvas’. I didn’t want to use modpodge or medium over the surface of the photo so instead I used a page protector to sandwich the photo between the canvas and the chipboard frame. Not sure if this is archival safe or not but it works for this project.

I used the colour palette from the Unity challenge and what stamping I did (there isn’t a whole lot, granted) is Unity stamps. You can find the challenge here – there is a colour challenge along with both card and layout sketch challenges each month – so fun!!

Here are highlights from the steps I took to create this canvas:

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First I used a Workshop on the Go from Close to My Heart as a base canvas and for most of the embellishments. I didn’t really follow their instructions, I just did my own thing (story of my life, ha!) I layered on light modeling paste on the uncoloured zigzags on the canvas and used an unmounted background stamp to texturize them.

step 3

Then I enclosed the photograph between a page protector and used redline tape to adhere it to the chipboard frame.

step 4

I did the same thing with the small accent photo and tied twine around it to dress it up.

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The next step was to start layering my pieces together. It takes me awhile to decide on my design so I don’t stick anything down until I am sure. It can take a couple of days or rearranging before I am satisfied. I stamped Unity sentiments on some of the chipboard components and sanded and inked them to give them a bit of a “weathered” look. I appropriated a paint chip from the hardware store to build up the necessary palette for the challenge. Judicious placement of the smaller embellishments is necessary to cover up the paint names!

step 6

I wanted to tie in the photo so I decided to make the title card look like it was carved in a tree. I cut out the names with my Cricut and using the negative piece, embossed it with a woodgrain folder. It matched the picture in my head, so that made me happy! 🙂

wedding gift

The final piece: I hope they like it!!

Supplies: Close to My Heart Workshop on the Go – Canvas Art, Unity sentiment stamps – assorted, Liquitex light modeling paste, Memento ink – Rich Cocoa, Ranger Archival Ink – Pale Ochre, Darice woodgrain embossing folder, TCI date stamp,

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