Friday, July 31, 2009

Canvas Tags

Here are some canvas tags I made for a swap. Three are embellished and I left one blank to be embellished by the recipient.

1) Blank with sewn edge, torn fabric tab, and silver eyelet.
2) Stamped "imagine" with dandelion, stickles, sewn edge, torn fabric tab, and brass eyelet.
3) Stamped "Life" with denim and fabric lollipop flower, stickles, sewn edge, torn denim tab, and silver eyelet.
4) Stamped "fly" with butterfly, sewn edge, torn fabric tab, and brass eyelet.

Whoo Hoo!

I did it! I finally made a scrap "celebrity"s blog!

(ok, not in any way that matters, but if you go to Tim Holtz's blog, you'll see me in the first two photos of today's post: here. In the first photo I am all the way to the right, in the second photo, I'm the only one *gasp!* looking at the camera. I'm wearing a black t-shirt.)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Day with Tim

Just a couple of quick photos from the two classes I took with Tim Holtz today. I'll post pictures of the projects as soon as I have a chance to take final photos.

By the way, Tim is a great guy. He was so patient with the multiple photos we all wanted, not to mention signing things. I have an autographed shirt and he autographed my second project. More photos to come. Donna Downey's class is tomorrow!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Big Weekend, Big Week, Big News

Well. Big things.

Saturday I will be attending two Tim Holtz classes at Ruban Rouge here in the Tampa area. Sunday I will be attending a Donna Downey class in Orlando. They are both in town for CHA next week. Keep an eye on the blog, I'll be back with pictures to share.

Monday is my next 30-something birthday. To celebrate we're going to check out the brand new Aquatica water park in Orlando. Next Friday I will be attending the first ever CHA consumer show in Orlando. Again, I'll be back with pictures.

Finally, I have some big news on the horizon. I'll be posting peeks in the days and weeks ahead and blabbing all about it as soon as my time line is final.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fall, Halloween, and Vintage Halloween Swap

I'm hosting a fall, Halloween, and vintage Halloween themed mixed-media embellishment swap on 2Ps. Here is the link if you are interested in viewing or joining the swap:

Swap Thread

They're not done yet, but here's a peak at what I'm making for the "Fall" themed swap.
I pulled the top layer off of a sheet of cardboard and then Glimmer Misted it in about 7 different fall colors including copper to give it a really pretty sparkle. Then I die cut 6 different leaf shapes from the sheet. I'm still thinking about adding some copper wire to dress them up. Each person will be receiving about 7 leaves of different shapes and sizes.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Chance of a Lifetime

How often do you get the chance to interact with, pet, and play with a tiger cub?

or a Wallaby?
Photos taken by Wild Things, Dade City, Florida.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Serendipity Shrooms - Step-by-Step

My inspiration for this project was this piece of Batik fabric:
Loved the color scheme, but I wanted my mushrooms to be a bit artsier than just covered with fabric. Here's what I did:

Step 1. I doodled some mushroom shapes until I had three I liked. I cut out the mushroom tops and traced the shape as many times as I needed onto one side of a cork sheet. I did this so I would know how much cork I needed to cover. I then cut that portion of cork from the roll.

Note: If I were to do this again I would do all the artsy creating on some heavy duty paper and then adhere the finished product to cork, but I hadn't though the process all the way through yet. I just knew I wanted my shrooms to be made of cork.
Step 2. I loosely applied some gesso to the other side of the cork sheet. I did not try to cover the whole sheet, just portions. I knew that the spray ink used in the next step would look dark when it soaked into the cork so I wanted some white in the background to provide some lighter color tones. I did not let the gesso dry completely before moving on.

Step 3. I added several colors of spray ink, moving it around with a foam brush. The ink combined with the wet gesso and other ink colors for nice color gradation. I didn't let this layer dry before moving on either.
Step 4. I added pieces of torn scraps in the color scheme of the fabric. I glued them down with gel medium. I did not try to cover the whole background.
Step 5. I added torn bits of handmade paper. This paper is thin in places so it becomes translucent when applied with gel medium. Since my previous layers were still wet, the gel medium and handmade paper picked up a little bit of color here and there.
Step 6. I added torn pieces of the Batik fabric, again will gel medium. I layered some of the pieces of handmade paper over the fabric scraps. The frayed edges of the fabric pieces really added a lot of texture.
Step 7. I should've taken more photos. In this step I added glitter (just sprinkled randomly into the wet gel medium), paint (applied randomly with a brush), ink stamping (brown and dark blue), and paint stamping (copper).
Step 8. I sprinkled on watered down white paint and blotted for a not-too-bright look.
Step 9. I added embossed stamping in two colors (metallic blue and opaque aqua) and two motifs (grid and sketched circle) and I added Stickles. Note: embossing has a different look on fabric than on paper.
Here are some closeups:

At this point you could cut any shape out you wanted, or just frame it and call it good. Here's how my mushrooms turned out. For a last touch I mounted my mushrooms caps on another layer of cork:
This project was very therapeutic. It was very artsy without the pressure of a perfect finished piece. Because I was going to cut it into small pieces, the overall design didn't matter so much.
Happy creating!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Serendipity Shrooms

Here's the finished product, made for a mushroom themed swap:
I'll post the step by step tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wanna Guess?

Anybody care to guess where I'm going with this:
I'll give you two hints:

1) it's not done yet, I still have a few layers to add (YES! even MORE layers), and
2) I'm making this for a swap.

Happy guessing!...Once I get the whole thing done I'll post the finished product and the step-by-step.