Friday, May 25, 2012

June House Mouse Card & Swap Stuff

 Here is the June card. Colored with Copic markers this time. I wanted a bright image for the pattern paper. Of course this is a copy so the markers look different than if it was the original colored piece.
 We made Tinnies at the last Banders meeting. It is a Lisa Kaus project. I still need to add a tulle bow on the wire handle. A friend recommended that. I like the idea!!
 I copied some scallop border from a book by Sally Jean Alexander  for the top of the can. Donna J was the host and she already had the cans base painted for us. Saved time! I added some pom pom trim and painted the white dots and then went around them with a charcoal pencil. I did seal the can before adding the glittered star.
 Our swap for my other art group was using corrugated cardboard. So I used pan pastels for the background. I really liked how these turned out!
 I used a Dyan Reaveley stencil (dots) with the pan pastels also on the background.
 Then I used her house stamp set and cut them out. They were stamped on shipping tags that were sprayed with her bright and colorful dye based sprays. Really fun techniques she has. Go watch her on You Tube. The words are stamps of hers too.
 This was the project we did two meetings ago. I finally finished it. It's a wooden house and I covered it with book paper, painted it then stamped on it and finally applied gesso thru a stencil for dimension. Added the charlotte doll and burlap and the words. Fun project!
close-up of the texture with the gesso and stencil
This is Joyce's swap project I received. I thought it was wonderful. She used cardboard that had been perforated and was just perfect for the crown. She just had to cut the peaks. Painted it black and decorated it. Very cool!

Rosalyn wearing her crown! So regal!!
 These are Rosalyn's and Mary's projects using the corrugated cardboard. Love the angel on Mary's!
Rosalyn had her husband cut up rusty bicycle chain for her "bird on a chain" Very creative.

Sorry I have not posted in a while. It has been crazy around work. After having Tim Holtz in town to teach for the store then a few weeks later we had Dyan Reaveley teaching on Mother's Day weekend. Really fun times though!! My husband has broken his ankle this week and I have been cleaning out the garage and next is the shed. I can't get to my tools or creative stuff! So it's a never ending wild ride at home too!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Canvas For April

Here is the canvas I did for April in Donna Downey's Canvas Create online class. I must say I like the colors I used but not so much the overall turnout of the finished canvas. Applied molding paste to the entire canvas then stamped into it on the left side with the swirl image. Let it dry then painted over everything letting the magenta color seep down into the recesses of the swirls. Keeping all the other colors on the surface so to not mess up the swirls wasn't as hard as I thought it might be. The circles were drawn with permanent ink. I am still thinking the words need something but I am leaving them for now. Have not gotten the video for May yet! Will post the finished canvas when I get it done.