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Tuesday, July 22
Friday, July 18
I used the same technique using pinks for the petals and greens for the leaves. In the background I switched over to watercolor pencils. The original intention was to use a water brush to smooth out the pencil lines for a true mixed media look but I liked the way it looked so I decided to leave it.
In the example below, Live Simply -- I did just that. The mix of bright colors from the colored pencils and watery fluid look from the blue in the background creates a truly unique look!
Tuesday, July 15
It's with great sadness that I share my post with you -- we've decided that this will be the last of the Whatevers Two. It's been a super fun 2-Year Project and I really enjoyed cutting loose and writing some really silly stories to go along with my adopted family. I'm so thankful that Nat asked me to play along on this creative and fun project. As with anything, we've all gotten quite busy with other projects and commitments and we've decided it's time to end our creative story telling to do other fun and creative things!
So, check out the other stories here:
- In case you are new to the Whatevers, you may want to read my previous stories from Round 2 here:
After several months of waiting, he finally gave up hope that they would ever return.
He was also thankful that father had worked for a company that had provided him with a large life insurance policy and large settlement after his long months of captivity. At least Newton would be able to stay in the large castle in Germany with the governess to take care of him. . . forever.
- Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
- Every month – if possible always on the 15th – each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
- If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
- There are no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
There are no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
- There are no rules on the art form you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
- Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
- These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission
Monday, July 14
I always have paintbrushes, paint -- distress paints are the perfect size for traveling, markers, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and paper whenever I leave home for a few days. Just in case I need them.
Thanks for stopping by -- have a great day.
Friday, July 11
Last week the classroom assignment was to paint bones -- but we couldn't use a pencil or makes lines of any kind. I chose watercolor crayons and this was my scribble pallet. I scribbled the color on paper and added water -- then I had nice little spots of color. At the end of class I closed up my drawing pad "palette" and left for the day.
Yesterday I decided to use my pen and a paintbrush to make something of the color blobs. It was fun. I see 2 dogs, a horse, a snail, lots of flowers, a face, an upside down heart, turtle, a mitton, oyster and snake head. Do you see anything?
My on-going struggle in this class is saying good-bye to my pencil. Using a pencil is not allowed and I rely heavily on it. I'm getting there, this one and the other flowers following was pencil-free. Are they great?? No, but a gal has got to start somewhere!
So, that's it for my illustration class for today. THANKS for stopping by and have a WONDERFUL day!
Wednesday, July 9
You will want to grab some tissue paper and the pretty Flowers #3 set from Stephanie Barnard.
Fold the tissue paper so you have at least 20 layers and use your Big Shot to cut them out.
The stack of tissue paper flowers will look a lot like this when they come right out of the die.
You really want them to look like this. I re-stacked about 10 of the tissue paper flowers into a random pile like this.
I used some cotton pearl and a needle to sew one single stitch in the center of the stack. You'll want to tie a knot on the backside to keep them together and leave the tail about 3" long.
Next just crunch them up to make your carnation.
To add some color, spritz with your favorite spray ink, I used Cherry Cola Chalkboard from Tattered Angels.
If you want to make your flower look like a bud, wrap some floral tape around the bottom and extend it down the tail a little bit and trim the tail off.
Then you can use hot glue or any type of glue you like to to attach them to your project.
- Sizzix: Flowers #3 657901, Majestic #658693, Baroque #656633
- My Mind's Eye Madison Avenue Lost and Found 6x6 Pad: MAD6x6
- Stampendous Cling Carnation: CRP186
- Tim Holtz Stick Pin
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints - Pink
- Hug Snug Pale Pink Seam Binding, Martha Stewart Pink/Gold Ribbon
- Canvas Corp.: 7 Gypsies Tissue Paper, Cherry Cola Chalkboard Spray
- Other: Vintage Paper Doily, Watercolor Paints, Foam Tape, Hot Glue Gun, Black StazOn
Monday, July 7
Then I ink in the pencil lines and sometimes erase any that show, and sometimes I don't. Depends on how close my eraser is. I'm loving my new Lamy fountain pen. I usually start adding color by painting in the background.
On this page I am using TomBow Dual tip brush markers, but I switch it up a lot. I feel like I need some refresher classes on color lately.
I continue until it's done -- though this photo doesn't show it complete. And then I do it again. And again and again.
Thanks for dropping by, have a great week!
Saturday, July 5
Just trim, trip, staple, paint, scrape, collage and stitch until you have a nice stack of pages (say 25 to 35). Add a decorative front and back cover, punch and bind and you are ready to get creative!
Here are some of the pages from my my favorite smash journal:
This is my favorite -- and the front page of the journal.
Wednesday, July 2
• Sizzix Tag & Bookplate 656938
• Sizzix Styled Labels 656642
• Watercolor Paper, 16 x 20
• VersaMark Ink Pad, Black Embossing Powder, Background Stamp, Heat Tool
• Cream Card stock, Gold Corrugated Card Stock
• Sewing Machine
• 2 Wood or Chipboard Butterflies
• Metal Tag and Metal Pin
• Black Seam Binding Tape
- Cut a strip of watercolor paper 16" x 4"
- Score and fold at approximately 3 ¼” and 8 3/8”. Your folded paper needs to sit just INSIDE the ridges of the die so you get the folds and not cuts.
- Cut with the Sizzix Tag and Bookplate
- Paint both sides of the tag with your choice of Distress Paint, let dry.
- Cut and paint the small Oval Bookplate with the same paint.
- Stamp just the front of the tag with the background stamp and a VersaMark Pad. Sprinkle with black embossing Powder and emboss with a heat tool.
- Cut the Styled Labels from Gold Corrugated Card stock and ink the edges and top with Black StazOn.
- Attach the small Oval Frame and Styled Labels to the bottom half of the tag with brads.
- Paint the butterflies with black distress paint and let dry.
- Attach one butterfly to the center of the Styled Labels with foam tape. Create the sentiment from a thin strip of cream card stock and stamps or rub-ons. Attach the sentiment to the pin and stick in the foam tape behind the butterfly.
- Use a sewing machine to stitch the left and right sides of the inside flap where the gift card will be.
- Secure the second butterfly on the inside flap and use a piece of twine to tie the metal tag over the top.
- Tie a triple bow at the top of the tag and scrunch with your fingers.
- Use a piece of twine to secure it to your gift.