Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tim Holtz, 12 Tags of 2015 - September


Hello sweet artistic friends!!  

Here is my September Tag creation for:

This is one of my fav tags this year because it was just fun to do. I decided to do mine in fall colors because it's Sept!  

Using the Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink Cardstock I added the Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks as follows: 

First try: gold mixative with peach and lemonade 
 I liked this and will use it another time. 
It's the first one in the picture below.

 Second try: watermelon, butterscotch, and gold mixative.  
As well as the blending solution, of course.

You can see below where I cut out the part used for the tag.

On the tag itself - Ranger Distress Sprays...
squeezed lemonade
ripe persimmon
antique bronze

I used a tag I had gesso on and for some reason my colors didn't want to blend right so I ended up with some unique blends - different on the front and the back. Crazy but fun!

There was no name on the stencil I used - it was a very old one. After the texture paste was dry I lightly went over it with Ranger Archival Ink in Black and Vermillion.  I love, love, love how the archival ink looks on the transparent gloss texture paste.  So much so that I even put it on another sheet that already had paint on it!
I will use it later but here is a sneak peak! 

Here is the "unknown name" stencil! 

The Ranger texture paste after applied is milky but dries clear!

Both of the dragonfly stamps are from Stampendous. I love dragonflies so chose to use those!

The first time around I forgot to stamp the dragonflies on first - under the texture paste.  Thank goodness I realize it before it dried and was able to wipe it off quickly!! 

I used my Misti for the stamping so I could double stamp if needed.  The dragonflies were stamped both on the orange card as well as on the Idea-ology frosted sheet.  

The dragonflies were fussy cut from the frosted sheet and formed with the heat gun to fit on top of the other stamped images.

Here are some close-up pictures. 

Thanks bunches for stopping by. And a big thanks to Tim & Mario for this super fun September Tag.  I enjoyed it!  Hugs. j. 


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Poetic Live Life, Scrap Around The World Layout


Hello to all my sweet artistic friends.  
Hope you had a nice weekend! 

This is my take on the Scrap Around the World

September 2015 Mood Board by Lilibleu. 

Here are some of the products I used in my layout. 

I began with two 12 x 12" papers:
Brown Background - Fancy Pants Designs, Merry Little Christmas
Blue Floral - Craft & You Designs, Spring Garden

I added DecoArt Crackle Paste with an old stencil that has absolutely no markings left on it because I enjoy it so much so I can't tell you who designed it. It's clear plastic - small and narrow. 

After the crackle paste was dry, Ranger Distress Ink in walnut was used to accent the crackle as well as around the exterior of the page.

 Although the beautiful paper had some small writing it just seemed like I needed more!  I used Paper Inspirations, 1st Corinthians Background Script stamp with Versamark Ink. Then embossed it with Angel Wings Mauve by Lindy's Stamp Gang

Working on chipboard pieces - painting with my Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker and then adding DecoArt Crackle Paint was fun!  I believe some of the chipboard is from FabScraps but not marked. 

They turned out perfectly! I added Silks Acrylic Glaze, Azurite and Black Emerald to accent the cracks and then some Ranger Antique Linen Distress Stain lightly over the top so they would match the stenciling better.  I also added some of the Silks Glaze in those two colors to the paper - just here and there. There is also a piece of lace in this picture that I decided might add some pizzazz!!! 

It was interesting finding a way to get my feather - which I found here on the ranch! - to stand up but be flat.  Zots did the trick.

Neat picture of the background - it is so lovely in person.

I included some books tied with twin... they are behind the feather so a bit hard to see! But they do match the mood board! 

The stamp and other ephemera are from:
Idea-ology Thrift Shop Vellum. 

The lovely black cursive rub one is from:
Idea-ology Remnant Rubs Elements.

There is Ranger copper stickles on the rose as well as some faded jeans Distress Ink also by Ranger. 

There are some little filigreed accent balls inside the colored threads here and there too.

I included this picture so you could see the DecoArt crackle glaze I used on the scroll.  I had not used it before. It worked super fine!

I just had to include one of these adorable flowers with lettering I received from a friend! 

My vintage couple looks very prosperous and out for a day of fun together. They seemed to fit the mood board sentiment well!   Looks like they are out on the weekend - taking time to live... but he must work or be prosperous because they are dressed very well!

It was a fun piece to do because I really love the Scrap Around the World September Mood Board. Thanks bunches for the opportunity to submit my take on your lovely challenge. 
Hugs, j.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Peacock Tea Party - 16x20 Intuitive Painting


Hello to all my sweet artistic friends! 

I really enjoy intuitive painting and would love to do more of it - it's just so fun.  

However - you never, ever know what will come of it - or at least I don't!! And sometimes you end up with wild and crazy things like this one.  

I saw the face of the girl with the yellow hair first...and then one face after another popped out!  I pretty much left the background as it was and just outlined and doodled to make the girls come to life. So here is my funky artsy ladies at their tea party!!!  

And here is how it all started!!! 

On the background I used just whatever seemed fun. 
Whipped Spackle - Faber-Castell
Glass Bead Gel - Golden
Pebeo Studio Acrylics (iridescent for shimmer)
DecoArt Americana

After I smeared all that on the background I covered it with plastic wrap and left it to dry. 

To accent the ladies and the peacocks I used:
Big Brush Pens, Faber-Castell
Smaller - Pitt Pens,  Faber-Castell
Silks Acrylics, ColourArte
Ranger Liquid Pearls

There are also several fussy cut butterflies at the party!

It is a 16x20 painting on canvas.

I wanted to share this with a group on face book that I really enjoy called A Pleasant Escape. Everyone is so upbeat and posts lovely art there. This week we had a art prompt for intuitive painting. 

As always, thanks bunches for stopping by.  I haven't posted as much because I was working on a 30x30 canvas for a fundraiser tonight. It's finally done - whew!!!  

Have a great weekend. Hugs. j. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Art Journal, LIVE WITH ART


ART PROMPT:  Live with Art. It's Good For You! 

When I read this sentiment - I got tickled!!  Why?  

Hubby and I both do painting on canvas so we live with art in our home every day.  AND.... heheheheh - hubby has the middle name of Art.  So I literally do live with Art!!!  

When you see these journal pages... it's actually pretty representative of our life!!! ALTHOUGH - we try to stay clean and live in a very nice, clean home too!!  BUT... we both always sit in our recliners. We have 28 windows in our house that look out over the ranch.  We both have our own big easel. Our chocolate lab is always very near. We really do LIVE with Art and for Art!  So... we have turned into paint brushes!!! Dear me - how fun is that??!

(By the way - the yellow scallops on the right side of my art journal is from a postage stamp page done last summer!)

Here are a few picture of the process!

I cut out pieces for the floor and placed with DecoArt Decou-page
I used Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens to fill in between the slats.

The stamps are from Hero Arts using Teal Stazon

I had sooooo much fun splattering and splashing Distress Stain all over the pages!!! 

Then covered the pages with a wash of gesso to tone down a bit. 
Also added some stenciling with The Crafter's Workshop - Balzer Designs - Mini Circles. 

The banner - that forms the "valance" for the windows is a stamp from Little Yellow Bicycle.  The art prompt was placed on the banners and there is black rik-rak ribbon accenting the windows.  The words are from the same Hero Arts stamp set seen above, Ranger Idea-ology Label Letters and Small Talk Stickers.

Of course, somehow paint got on the "valance" too. Shame on us!!!

The flowers and butterflies in the windows are Ranger Idea-ology Botanicals Remnant Rubs. 

My Side of the Room!!

Oh and that is real canvas on the easels! I had some leftover pieces from a project so just cut them to fit!  The easels are cardboard painted with Ranger Distress Stain

Hubby's side of the room!

Together - in art, in love, in friendship - 43+years!!

You notices what side of the room Big Dog was on - didn't you.  Yes, she's in love with hubby. They are inseparable!

Hope you can tell that the dogs body is a tube of paint.

Sooooooooooooooo - this is a wild and crazy journal page for me. 
But it was fun and I tried to let my perfectionism go!!! 

Thanks bunches for stopping in! 
Hugs. j.


Happy to share this with the following challenges: 
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September: Through My Window

When working on art projects inside as pictured on these journal pages... I see the beauty of the ranch THROUGH MY WINDOW and it inspires me every day. 


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Making Magic on Magic Mountain Mixed Media on Canvas


The Story: Skyler often walks along the shoreline pondering her future.  For you see...the King of Magic Mountain made a contract with her Father years ago.  Skyler would soon become the wife of the Prince of Magic Mountain.  What did Prince Spectrum look like? Was he kind and gentle? Or was he a Warrior with little need of a wife.  Would they be friends? Would they fall in love. Or would she just be kept in a gilded cage.  Skyler had every hope that living in the realms of Magic Mountain would be the dream come true she imagines as she gazes toward her future.  

Hello sweet artistic friends! 
Today - I tried making magic!!!

Here is the Making Magic Mood Board that inspired this creation. 

I began by adding different textures to my 20" x 24" canvas. 

This was taken upside down - waiting for it to dry.
And the tape is to mark where Princess Skyler's head will go!

Modelling Paste and Fiber Paste 

Modelling Paste and Glass Bead Gel

DecoArt Media Crackle Paste

I began by painting the rays of light above the castle on Magic Mountain using Silks Acrylics and Neocolor II paints.

This picture is upside down... again.... oh well - you can tell!

After I finished painting... it was time for the Princess. 

I sketched her in with black Stabilo All

This picture is way too dark - but you can see that after painting I added Stampendous Shaved Ice to her hood as well as Ranger Stickles Crystal Ice to her dress. 

I also added glass beads for more texture.  Here are some close up pictures for you too! 

This was a fun challenge for me. I just love exploring textures and color together.  Wish you could see it in person!  It shimmers and shines and sparkles!  It's another world!!! 

Hugs to all... and a safe holiday weekend if you are in the USA!


So happy for the opportunity to enter this in the following: 
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Challenge #4