It’s September! Fall is in the air! At least, for the northern hemisphere. If you’re anything like me, the US holiday of Labor Day marks the last day of summer, and the day after Labor Day is the first day of Halloween. Halloween is my very favorite holiday… not that I celebrate it very much. I just like the spookiness of the season.
I’ve been on a staycation-vacation for the past 10 days, and while I didn’t do any Halloween crafting (I like to wait until October to really get into the mood), I did decide to get my autumn on by creating an altered pumpkin.
I started by painting a Papier-mâché pumpkin I got from Michael’s with Heavy White Gesso. I then decoupaged some printed tissue paper onto the “humps” of the pumpkin using Mod Podge. After letting that dry, I painted over the whole pumpkin with some watered down Ginger Magic Sparks paint by Prima. It gives the pumpkin a lovely metallic shine. I also painted the stem with Rustic Brown Metallique Paint.
After letting the paint set for a little while, it was time to start laying my elements on the top of the pumpkin. I used flowers from Prima’s Amber Moon collection, along with some silk and plastic flowers from the craft store. I also used some sisal fiber and pinecones for a little more texture. I then capped the whole thing off with a Prima jewel vine.
For finishing touches, I dripped some Glossy Accents into the creases of the pumpkin and sprinkled some Gold Rush Glass Glitter over the top. I also added some crystal gems from the Amber Moon collection.
Upcoming projects will include my September Julie Nutting layout and an altered masquerade mask. Thanks for stopping by!
Prima’s design team call ends today, and I managed to make one more entry before the deadline. Though again, I don’t think I stand a chance, it has been a great motivator to get crafty.
I have several MDF boards of various shapes, and the 12-inch violin I had was the one that called to me the most. I used Prima/Finnabair Metallique paints in various blue and purple, plus a touch of Unicorn Hair Sparks paint for the base. When it was dry, I applied a coat of clear crackle paint on top and let that set overnight.
Next, I prepared my chipboards. I used my new favorite Wow! embossing powder called Perissa, which, when heat set, turns into mottled shades of goldish-copper and silver. It really is a beautiful effect. I also painted some elements with the Unicorn Hair Sparks paint.
I took white flowers from 49 and Market and colored them with Cobalt and Sugar Plum Color Bloom sprays from Prima and rubbed Vintage Gold and Brushed Iron waxes along the edges.
I glued down the chippies and made my own violin strings out of metallic silver thread. I also attached a lovely butterfly pendant and some of the new Prima Art Pebbles. My final touch was the chipboard “Timeless” from 49 and Market.
I’ve got a mixed media swap coming up next, but first, my next project will be cleaning my craft room. I can’t find my desk! Wish me luck!
Hello, again, lovies! I’m back with another mixed media piece. I seem to create things in waves. First mixed media, then art journal layouts, then card making, until I finally come back around to mixed media. But I don’t mind. It’s good to flex the creative muscles every now and again!
Prima Marketing is holding its annual design team call, and this year, I’d thought I’d try out for it. Though I honestly don’t think I have a shot, based on looking at all the other beautiful entries, it has helped get me out of a creative slump I was beginning to feel a few weeks ago. So for that, I’m grateful.
So this project absolutely did not go as planned. In my mind I wanted to do a very rusty project with spots of patina. But when I started applying the rust paste, it was too orange for the picture in my mind and I just wasn’t feeling inspired to keep going. So I ended up painting over it with white gesso and using the pretty, soft pastels of the new Finnabair Opal Magic paints. I then highlighted a few areas with Vintage Gold wax and added a little bit more white gesso to tone down a few areas. And that’s when I fell in love with it.
I just love the juxtaposition of the mechanical clockwork gears and the soft pastels. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this project! I just had to step away for a while to think about it. I think, a year ago, I would have abandoned it completely. But I give my thanks to the many artists I watch on YouTube who keep saying it’s okay to make mistakes. I think I’m slowly gaining a little bit of confidence finally.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll probably have one more little mixed media project before the deadline for the design team call passes. See you soon!
Happy Christmas… In July! I was all set to work on my July Julie Nutting layout this weekend, but it just wasn’t happening. Instead, the Prima Marketing Santa Baby collection was just begging to be played with. Many of my online craft stores and craft companies have started having Christmas in July sales or releasing their holiday lines. And this weekend, I just felt like playing, too.
I also wanted to make something relatively easy so if you’re just starting out into this crazy world of mixed media, this should be something a beginner can do without too much trouble!
I decided to create an altered embroidery hoop so I could showcase the lovely flowers from the collection, which I just fell in love with. I used a 6-inch hoop for my project, which I first painted with a thin coat of gesso. Not enough to coat the entire hoop, as I wanted it to look a little distressed.
I wanted to add a little color, so I took a bush with very stiff bristles and not-very-carefully painted the hoop with a bit of watered-down Pink Blush Metallique paint.
I liked the effect, but I felt the pink was a little too in-your-face so I dry brushed just a little bit more white gesso onto my hoop to tone it down.
I used the hoop to trace a circle from a piece of paper from the Santa Baby 12×12 pad and cut it out. I painted a coat of clear gesso on top first, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the background at that point.
I ended up using Snowflake Paste through a Kaisercraft stencil to add texture. But I felt the white paste looked a little lost against the pale background, so I sprinkled on some Rose Gold embossing powder from WOW and heat set it. So sparkly! I then glued the background to the back of the hoop.
After letting the paper dry for a while, it was time to start layering my elements! For my first layer, I added three green paper straws with the ends cut at angles. They match the colors of the Santa Baby collection perfectly!
Next, I took a piece of swirly chipboard and heat embossed it with WOW Spring Breeze embossing powder. I lay the chipboard in the hoop while I played with arranging the flowers, but as you’ll see, I ended up cutting it in half and changing the position later.
I took a tag from the Santa Baby ephemera collection and tied some pink twine to the top before gluing it on top of the straws. Then I begin layering my flowers.
At this point, I decided too much of the chipboard piece was being covered up, so I cut it in half and rearranged it on the background. More flowers were added.
Finally, it was just a matter of finishing touches. I added the chipboard round candy piece from the chipboard stickers along with the chipboard ribbon to the top of the hoop. A few more ephemera pieces were added, along with some gems from the Santa Baby collection and some smaller ones from my stash. The final touch was the white chipboard shooting stars in the center which I’d gone over with my Spectrum Noir glitter pen first, and my project was complete!
A piece of ribbon will be added so the hoop can hang, but I think it looks good displayed on a little stand, as well.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to do something a little Christmasy before July is over!
The More Than Words Challenge theme this month is something very near and dear to my heart… beaches and seashells! I just love beach-themed layouts, which is a little funny since I live nowhere near the beach! To me, when I think of a beach, I think of the ocean. I’ve never cared for lakes much. But oh, the ocean is still so full of mystery!
As a child, my mother would take my brother and me to visit her side of the family in Australia. We would always go to the beach… Balmoral Beach near Sydney, to be exact. It’s one of my most favorite spots in the world. Unfortunately, when we were small, we could only go visit during our summer vacations, which meant it was always winter in the southern hemisphere when we visited. So no swimming in the ocean for us. But it’s always been a dream of mine. To swim in the ocean and snorkel with tropical fish.
That dream became a reality two years ago when my best friend and I were in Aruba during a cruise. We did a snorkel excursion and I had so been looking forward to it… and then, as we all got into the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, I had an asthma attack. I couldn’t swim and breathe at the same time. So I had to get back into the boat and watch my bestie snorkel with the fishes. Alas!
Being half-Aussie, I’ve always held a fascination for the Great Barrier Reef. And as many times as I’ve visited family, I’ve never been! Someday, I hope to do so… and to visit an Australian beach when the weather is warm enough to actually get into the water.
When I saw the theme for this month’s challenge, I immediately thought of a wooden seahorse I had that I’d been wanting to decorate. I’ve seen seahorses in aquariums, but I would dearly love to see one in the wild someday! So with my little seahorse acting as my canvas, I tried to create something reminiscent of the ocean.
I used a starfish and some seashells I had purchased in Key West for craft projects a couple of years ago to decorate, along with some fishing net and smaller starfish. I heat embossed some chipboard coral and a chipboard spiral seashell to act as a “horn,” turning my seahorse into a sea-unicorn. I added the word “Inspire” as the sea has always been such an inspiration to me. I layered flowers and resin pieces in clusters, and for final touches, some shiny pebbles and a chipboard mermaid. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the mermaid is very sparkly.
I had a lot of fun with this one! And I got to relive so many happy memories in the process of creating it.
My latest project is, I think, the most popular thing I’ve ever created. (Going purely based on the number of ‘likes’ on Facebook, ha ha.) When I was a little girl, I was absolutely crazy for unicorns. But my poor mother had a hard time finding anything unicorn-related in the late ’70s/early ’80s. Nowadays, unicorns are everywhere, but when I was small, you really had to search for them.
I’ve mostly left my unicorn days behind me, but when I saw the Kaisercraft Unicorn Wall Art plaque, I fell in love and bought one immediately. I wanted to decorate it make it sparkly… but that’s as far as my planning went. When I received it, I had zero ideas on how to decorate it. So, I set it aside for a few weeks.
Then last week, I was perusing some of the challenge boards/blogs I frequent to see if I could be inspired for a new project. I wasn’t looking for ideas for the unicorn, per se, but when I click on the Mixed Media Place mood board, the image in the top right corner of the night sky grabbed my attention right away.
I had several pieces of pretty galaxy scrapbooking paper I bought on whim with no idea how to use and the mood board image reminded me of it. But what to do with it? Then my eyes fell on my blank unicorn plaque and I immediately thought, “Space Unicorn!”
And so, she was born…
It took two sheets of the scrapbook paper to cover the entire unicorn, but I managed to hide the place where they meet using embellies and my sentiment sticker. I glued the paper down, then went to town with flowers, ephemera and bling. I used ephemera and wood pieces from the Kaisercraft Stargazer collection. The flowers were mostly Prima, Petaloo and 49 and Market. The horn I heat embossed with Silver Tinsel powder by Ranger.
She turned out much better than I anticipated! I’m actually rather in love with her.
July is a busy month at work for me, with people out on vacation, but I’ll be working on my July Julie Nutting art journal layout next. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Easter …. a couple of weeks late! I swear, I had every intention of getting this up in time for the holiday, but my week of vacation turned into days in bed sick followed by doctors visits, so I didn’t get a lot done! Maybe on my next vacation I can keep myself well enough to work on some projects.
So for today, I have one tutorial and a spring-themed project to share. My tutorial is for decorated Easter eggs. Or, since Easter is over, spring eggs!
I started off with two paper mache eggs from Hobby Lobby. (I got a bag of 5 for less than $2.)
My first step was to cover them both with tissue paper. I used a scripty tissue that I bought off Amazon a couple of years ago. It gets mostly covered up, but you can still see some of the details in the finished egg. I used Multi Matte Medium by Ranger to glue on the paper.
After they dried, I then painted both eggs with a thin coat of white gesso… not enough to cover the script, but just enough to push it into the background. While that was drying, I cut some cheesecloth and sprayed one with Prima Color Bloom Mustard Seed and the other with Lindy’s Maidenhair Fern green to dye the cloth.
I then added just a little bit of Color Bloom Tea Stain and Lindy’s Sea Mint Green just for some deeper tones. When the cloth was dry, I used Multi Matte Medium to glue the cloth onto the eggs.
I dry brushed just a little bit of white gesso onto the cloth before attaching some lace and a string of pearls onto the eggs.
Then came the fun part… decorating! I layered on different small flowers of yellow and green onto my eggs. With the green egg, I also glued on some die cut scraps out of my scrap box.
Next I poured a few Prima Art Stones onto a paper plate and sprayed them with the same sprays as I’d used on the cheesecloth. When they were dry, I dipped by brush into the glue, picked up some stones, and went around both eggs for some more texture. To add a little bit of shine, I also glued on some gold and green seed beads as well.
For final touches, I added a purple butterfly from Reneabouquets onto the green egg and a vellum butterfly from 49&Market onto the yellow.
I had so much fun making the eggs, I decided to do a couple more a few days later. Only, these were simpler.
I first painted the entire egg with white gesso, then I did one in lavender and one in robin’s egg blue chalk paint. I glued ribbon/lace onto both eggs again, this time going up over the top of the eggs instead of around the center. To the purple one I added simply one flower, a twine bow, some bead stems and a couple of gems on the side. To the blue one, all I wanted was one of Reneabouquet’s beautiful butterflies with a couple of extra gems glued onto the wings.
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Unfortunately, as most of us in the U.S. can attest, spring has been slow in arriving this year. I have been so sick of the cold weather, I knew I wanted to do something that just screamed spring, so I made a wreath using pink flowers for cherry blossom season.
Most of the flowers used are from Prima’s Cherry Blossom collection, with a few others thrown in for size variety. The wreath I got at Hobby Lobby as well. I think it was around $4 or so. Nothing fancy to it, I just layered and glued flowers on with a hot glue gun until I was happy with it. I also added some ephemera from Prima’s Lavender collection and another Renea dragonfly. Maybe spring will show up soon so we can enjoy some real blossoms!