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More Mixed Media

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It’s much, much harder to crap, er, craft these days without access to all my supplies or a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. It’s easy, though, to get lost in all the YouTube lessons, and this particular piece was inspired by mixed media artist Shawn Petite (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luD0FyZV7vs). If you watch her video, you likely won’t see any resemblance between my piece and hers, but she was a great inspiration nonetheless.

I started with a long, skinny canvas that, believe it or not, my BFF and I picked up out of a neighbor’s trash. I applied assorted book pages and sheet music using gel medium. Once that was dry, I randomly stenciled on black numbers.

I used water-based spray paints to add blue and green colors to the canvas. I then applied a spray fixative so the colors wouldn’t run when I added my next layer.

I taped on a few random shapes, using scraps from my stash. The blue dot in the middle needed something, so I added some stenciled numbers. So far, so good. And the bonus was that some words from an old book remained easily readable in the bottom right area. It says, “When nothing is going well, call grandmother.” How perfect is that!

I liked the placement of the shapes, but I thought the piece needed something near the bottom to bring some balance. So I taped another black shape to audition it in the picture. I was happy with both shapes, so I used gel medium to glue it all on.

Almost there. But I needed a little more. So I added some white circles throughout the design, more green and blue to the blob at the top, and a few more stenciled numbers. This is now displayed on the wall in the bedroom we call  “The Grandkids’ Room.” I think I like it!

 

Baby Gift

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Lord, it’s been hard to get motivated to do anything in these days of quarantine. Especially cleaning house and writing on my blog. But I have made time for crapsmanship, and fortunately, I have a lot of random craft supplies and access to Amazon shopping. We have some friends with a baby girl due in May, and this baby gift is my latest attempt at something pretty.

The picture above is my inspiration, so I ordered a BIG bag of buttons from Amazon.

Ella’s nursery is being decorated in shades of eggplant, purple, and yellow, so I began with this background while I waited for the buttons to arrive. The background is made with acrylic paints and stencils on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of mixed media paper.

Once I had the buttons, I did a mock-up with random colors of purple buttons. Not quite crapsmanship, but I wasn’t happy with the colors. The background was too bright, and some of the buttons didn’t really show up. So back to the drawing board — literally. I darkened up the background with some black and purple Distress Inks, and then I selected the lightest lavender buttons for the E. I used painters tape to make temporary lines to follow as I glued the buttons to the background.

Here’s my finished letter, but a problem lingers. I can’t get to the store to select a mat and frame, so the gift remains unfinished. Let’s hope this damned coronavirus is eradicated by May. Ella needs this present!!!

 

 

Big Flower!

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Last week, I shared the oyster ring bowls I made and liked so much (https://crapsmanship.com/2020/02/23/oyster-shell-ring-bowl/). I especially liked the gold modeling paste I used for the perimeter of the shells. So I decided to go big this week, using an 18″x24″ canvas and some Vicki Boutin modeling pastes.

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Oyster Shell Ring Bowl

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Last Wednesday was Dan the Man’s birthday, and we went our for a celebratory meal. When he ordered a half-dozen char-broiled oysters for his appetizer, I had just the craft project in mind using the discarded oyster shells. While the server looked at me a little funny when I asked to bring the shells home, she was happy to put them in a take-home bag for me.

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Kraft-Tex Necklace

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Have you heard of Kraft-Tex? It’s a paper product that functions as fabric. You can paint, cut, sew, emboss, stamp, and draw on the material. I’ve just recently learned about Kraft-Tex, and I bought a starter kit — ten 8.5×11″ sheets with five colors — to give it a go. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1617454710/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

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Paper-Making Fail!

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I had such a good idea! I thought it would be fun to make seeded paper — a chunk of papier-mache-ish wad with seeds inside that can be planted — to go inside my Valentines Day cards. After reading about making seeded paper from the blog Kitchen Counter Chronicle (see https://www.kitchencounterchronicle.com/how-to-make-seed-bombs-for-earth-day/), I thought it would be an easy adaptation to go from layering paper in muffin tins, as described in the blog, to making flatter paper that I could cut into hearts and insert into cards. CRAP ALERT: Boy, was I wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Cork Heart

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This was an easy project that I first read about at https://trishsutton.com/wine-cork-valentine-heart-decor-printable-pattern/. I keep a steady supply of corks on hand (it’s a fun item to collect!), so this quick heart was a no-brainer to try.

I first printed out a heart outline and lined up some corks to make sure I had enough. No problem!

I then dragged the cork tops through a big blob of red acrylic paint. It took a little while for these to dry. Next, I hot-glued cork to cork, following the printed heart outline. After giving it all a little while to completely set, …

I tied some white ribbon through the top and hung it on the door into my garage. Cute!