Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Night Fab Five: Sing-a-Long

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm totally into this week. I'm rarely without my kids in the car, so usually we're "rocking out" to Yo Gabba Gabba, Fresh Beat Band or some other sort of music that makes me nutso. But there ARE times here and there when it's just me and when that happens...I SING. So here are 5 of my favorite songs that, when they come on the radio, HAVE to be belted out at full volume.

1. "It's Too Late" Carole King



2. "Right Here" SWV



3. "Hello It's Me" Todd Rundgren



4. "Fernando" ABBA



5. "If It Isn't Love" New Edition



What can I say? I'm an old soul in the body of a gettin' older woman. HA! There are 1,000s more that I'll belt out when given the chance but I'll spare you my renditions of Monkees music and the Xanadu soundtrack. ;) Do you have some favorite songs that never fail to get you singing?

Have a great weekend! :D

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mixed Media Blythe Style

Hi everyone!

Yes, I know, I know...it's like a glitter filled ghost town around here. Funny enough, I HAVE been making stuff, I HAVE been doing fun "life" stuff but for whatever reason, it just hasn't translated into frequent blog updates like I used to do. *sigh* Actually, I'm just going to come right out and say it: It's Instagram's fault. There, I said it. It's just so easy to take a shot with my phone, type in blah blah blah and get out. lol It's a shame...but the silver lining is that this week I'll be around the blog so yay! lol Anyhoo, look at what I made!


So I had this 8x10 canvas on which I randomly put pieces of masking tape and then covered in gesso, I really globbed it on in places so I'd have a nice raised texture here and there. Then I took off the tape and it was a week (literally) of spraying on Dylusions inks, then water, then inks, then dry, then come by, spray and walk away. lol I added some torn pieces of music paper.


I've found that lately, I only have time to create in bits and pieces. Which on the one hand, helps from being artistically frustrated, but on the other hand, it takes me months to finish anything. LOL Ah well. The longest part was the background, lots of layering and such, including some Gauche Alchemy washi tape, lace and punchinella. I used some heart punchinella as a stencil using chalk inks and then some small pieces of pink punchinella attached as an accent to a Blythe doll picture I took a while back. :)



Of course, my favorite "finishing" move is to add washi tape around the edges of my canvas. Makes it complete to me. :D


Thanks for looking! Here's hoping I'll see you again this week! :D

Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Journaling and Lace Texture

Hi everyone!

So, Mary Brockway did this awesome tutorial on the Gauche Alchemy blog which showed how to add texture to a project using fabric and lace. As soon as I watched the video, I wanted to try it out and I did! Go me, heh heh. Anyhoo, I was inspired to use this technique on the cover of my Dylusions art journal.

See, as I've been doing pages in this here journal, I've been putting any extra brush paint, wet stamps, etc on the cover, thinking that, down the road, it would end up creating this funky layered look and make an awesome cover. Welllllllll....it *might* have worked out okay if I had kept going but I really wasn't digging it. PLUS, I added gesso to the back and it just made it yuck. Like, it felt too gritty or rough or something so, nope...had to change it. See what I mean:

The Front:


And the Back:


So like I said, I could have kept going and just let it ride but I'm not that patient. So thank goodness for Mary's tutorial! (Plus, it didn't hurt that I have a made stash of Gauche Alchemy lace just waiting to be glued on to something, lol.) So first things first, I Mod Podged the crap out of some lace, covering the front, spine and back of my journal:



Then, I quickly depleted my supply of white acrylic paint (much to my mother's dismay, she liked the multi-colored look, lol), covering all of the lace:



This tutorial was SO easy and the finished look is amazing! I love that it looks sort of antique, and with it painted all one color, it really draws out the texture of the lace pieces. I can imagine doing this technique many different ways using different colors, playing with different sorts of lace, etc.


A few of my own tips:

1. In the video, Mary glues her lace onto fabric, here I was using a journal cover which is a slicker surface. This made my lace move around when I was trying to glue it down. It was a little tricky at first and I used a LOT of Mod Podge BUT I finally changed the brush I was using from sponge to a bristle (duh) brush (which is what Mary used) and it worked a lot better with way less slipping.

2. To glue around and under the elastic band on my journal, I just glued one side then slid it around over to the dry side to glue on the other....uh, side. Same thing when painting.

3. Have LOTS of white paint on hand before you start so you don't run out in the middle of working. lol Maybe it was just me, and you'll use way less paint if you start with lighter colored lace but I used a ton of paint in multiple coats.

Also, bristle brush is best for the paint too, you can turn it sideways and sort of "wiggle it" around to get the paint in the holes and grooves of the lace.


And there it is! I'm not finished with the cover yet, I would like to add some color, maybe some ink mists? But I haven't decided yet, think I'll keep working on the inside pages a little more. :D

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blooming

Hi everyone!

So merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours! I hope that...okay fine, totally missed every 2013 holiday on the blog and now it's 2014. Ah well, I'll try harder this year to keep this place updated more often. :D

In other news, here's my first art journal page in the new year!


I've been posting peeks on my Instagram, wow so easy to post stuff there on the fly! lol But here's the whole thing! :D


Almost everything I used on this page was from Gauche Alchemy's Kokeshi Kit. I started out with one of the pre-misted pages in my art journal and then added some paper, napkin and punchinella stenciling.


I did a lot of fussy cutting for this one and let me be totally honest: I do NOT like fussy cutting. I'm just not that patient most of the time. lol But this time I sucked it up and cut out sections of the beautiful fabric that comes with the kit as well as some My Little Shoebox overlays I had in my stash.


Okay, can I just tell you how disappointed I was to discover that those white flowers were OVERLAYS and not RUB ONS?! Ack, so yeah, my vision of these grungy looking flowers went away when I realized I'd have to cut out and then glue down the flowers like they are. lol


That being said, it gave me a chance to add some Stickles to them which popped them out a little more so it all worked out. lol

I hope your new year has started off with a creative BANG! :D

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I'm into this week. You know, I've been working on this post for weeks now. I think I was originally planning to post it on 11/15. *face palm* Anyhoo, let's GO!

1. American Horror Story: Coven

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As a rule, I do NOT like horror movies. Seriously, even the cheesy ones scare me. BUT since the first season I have been fascinated with American Horror Story. Not sure why but I love the "one off" format they do (and I really think American TV needs to start doing all shows this way, let people create one season of a great show and then let it go instead of beating dead horses all over the networks or cancelling shows 2 episodes in before they even get a chance to get started...Wow, where did that soap box come from?)

2. Swiffer Sweeper Vac

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I freaking HATE to clean the house. Add pets with their hair flying all over the place and it just gets worse. lol I used to have to sweep my kitchen floor, then vacuum, then sweep again and THEN mop. It.Sucked. A couple of years ago I discovered this Sweeper Vac thing and omg it is FANTASTIC. I'd make out with it if I could.

3. Dylusions White Linen ink spray

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I've talked about Dylusions ink sprays before...love them! But this White Linen is awesome, it gives the other color sprays a pastel tone which means I now have twice as many ink colors without spending more money. DOUBLE LOVE.

4. Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn


This is a little something I'm hooking up in my spare time (HA!) and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee how this yarn is working up. Gorgeous!

5. Tissue Box Bakery


If you've been around for a while, then you already know how much I stalk...er, love Twinkie Chan. Well now she's started the Tissue Box Bakery where you can crochet tissue box covers and send it in to be sold with proceeds going to charity. Very cool!

And there you have it! Another Friday Night Fab Five that should have been posted weeks ago! LOL

What are your favorites this week?
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