Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Day



Lavender and other shades of purple are very difficult to find in scrapbooking supplies.  So I did my own background for this page with a gelli plate and several paints.  I raided my mixed media supplies for a few embellishments.

The photo array at the top of the page flips up to show the journaling underneath. See the video for more on this page:



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Art Journaling Page


I finally cleaned up my craft room on Sunday and to celebrate, I did a little crafty play that wasn't too messy. This page uses the small square gelli plate which is part of one of the packs of 3 shapes.  I wanted to see what would happen if you put watercolors on the gelli plate.  The answer -  not much.  The watercolor doesn't really spread to the edges.  Next I tried using a coat of gesso on the plate and then adding the watercolor.  This worked but meant a lot of cleaning brushes between layers as to not contaminate my watercolors.  It was a nice experiment but I'm not sure I'm trying it again.


I used a round plate to make the middle of the flower and the rectangular one for the area of the tile.  The rest is doodling.  My doodling palette is very limited.  This was not something I was really given to when I was younger and I never can figure out what to do other than scallops.  I have a Zentangle book somewhere for ideas.  The white markers worked well in the black paint and the rest is colored with the Zig Big Brush markers that I love and need to find more uses for.

The theme here is stolen moments between caregiving duties which have increased quite a bit lately.  Having little things like a good book or my knitting helps tremendously.  Watching something on Netflix takes my mind of things for a bit.   And I'm grateful for friends particularly one who has been there as the only child of an elderly parent.

So that's my page for today.  Hope you are having a good week!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Mantel Decoration





A few weeks ago I got this idea for a decoration for my mantel.  I started the project and did it in bits and pieces.  The large accordion designs went very well and I like how the birdhouse came out.  This weekend I finished it but not before I almost threw the whole thing in the trash.  Do you ever get so frustrated with something you just want to chuck the whole thing?

My issue was connecting the pieces on the left.  I knew this was going to be challenging and I thought I had it all figured out. Hot glue can do wonders but it and my attempts at engineering weren't enough.  Finally I went back to an earlier idea to 'hang' the birdhouse from the top of the design sort of like it were hanging in a tree.  The project is still held together with odds and ends that balance the pieces. It's been on the mantel now for 3 days and it's still there so I think we are good. We have never had a fire in our fireplace and don't have gas logs.  If you create something for the mantel of a working fireplace be sure it is secured fully.

I'm glad I stuck it out as I'd put a few hours in by then and it does look pretty as a little change for summer and early fall.  I love birds.  The Basic Grey papers and embellishments were given to me by my friend Mary and I'm enjoying them thoroughly.  There are also some October Afternoon and other papers from my stash.  The bookpaper is available on my Etsy shop:  Lovely Layers Art. 

Here's a video that shares the project with a few brief instructions on some of the pieces:




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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Recycling for this masculine birthday card



My hubby's birthday is coming up and I wanted to use some bookpapers with sketches and such on them for his card.  I had those pulled out and this morning's Splitcoaststampers challenge is to use duct tape on a card.

I used the duct tape for stamping part of my greeting.  The Enjoy stamp set is an older one from Stampin' Up! The stenciling is done with Distress Oxide inks on various bookpapers.  Find more bookpaper options in my shop:  LovelyLayersArt

Here's the process video for the card:



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