Last week, I told you about the underpainting I did that was full of color. Remember this?
Last week, I told you about the underpainting I did that was full of color. Remember this?
My inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite crafting magazines and websites — Cloth Paper Scissors. In this blog post (http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/perfect-mothers-day-art-project/), the author writes about a process called “negative painting.” With this technique, you start with a colorful background and then use a solid color to paint around the objects you want to show rather than by painting the objects itself.
I began with dark colors — blue, purple, and magenta — and worked on two canvases at a time.
I continued adding additional colors,
lightening it up as I went along. I applied paint mainly with a paint brush, but my hands and fingers also got involved!
Once I was happy with the background colors, I began adding other marks. I stamped circles and added lines with paint and the edge of a credit card.
I used stamps and stamp pads to add more details. My final touch was to use my Gelly Roll pens to add lines, squiggles, and writing (any words I could think of) all over the board.
Next week, I’ll show you the crap I ended up with as I completed the negative painting!
I’m back to blogging after a restorative long weekend with girlfriends in Hot Springs, AR. It’s amazing what good friends, a little wine, a few adventures, and lots of laughter can do! Today’s post shares how friends Martha, Kathy, and I started with old road maps, acrylic paints, and Gelli Plates to create crap art, and how we used creativity and other products to turn our crapsmanship into craftsmanship.
This project was inspired by an article in an old issue of Craft, Paper, Scissors about using old road maps to create wrapping paper. The idea was to use the Gelli Plate, paint, and stencils to stamp great designs onto a large map. You can see Kathy’s attempt above. It’s colorful but unimpressive. Kathy’s was the best design on the three of ours, so you can imagine what Martha’s and mine looked like!
Not wanting to give up too soon, we got out assorted stamps and stamp pads. In the photo above, you can see Martha’s crap improving as she adds layers of design. We also tried stamping some more paint on to the map with household items such as corks and bottle tops. The photo below shows my almost-completed work …
…and this last photo shows my end product.
I like it so much, I’m not yet willing to cut it up and wrap it around a gift. So I’m hoarding it in my Finished Projects stash, just waiting for the right use.
For the last week or so, I’ve been experimenting with a few techniques for making Valentine’s Day cards. Coincidentally, I’ve had to send out both a get well card and a condolence card, and I’ve used my newly-created cards for those purposes too.
I began by looking for inspiration on YouTube and Pinterest. I found this “Masked Gelli Plate Hearts” from Balzar Designs on YouTube at https://youtu.be/8VGfRw8L6T4. Since I’d just acquired a Gelli Plate and was anxious to experiment, this seemed like a great starting point. The tutorial showed me how to use all sorts of paints, stencils, and stamps to build color onto plain card stock. Once I was happy with my paper, I cut out hearts (using my kindergarten cutting technique beginning with a paper fold), and then I glued them onto previously-purchased cards. A few pen strokes later, here are a few of my creations.
Next, I tried some bright red acrylic paint, white paint, and a spray bottle of water. I plopped some dabs of paint onto a piece of parchment paper (my favorite crafting underlayment!), sprayed it with a healthy dose of water, and used my finger to swirl the water into the paints. Using more white cardstock, I ran the paper through the paints, getting a somewhat marbled effect. Once dry, I cut out my hearts and added them to cards.
For my final effort, I followed a watercolor tutorial I found on Pinterest from Bedlam answers Butterflies (http://bedlamandbutterflies.co.uk/2016/02/last-minute-valentines-day-cards/). I’m kind of “Meh” about these, and they certainly didn’t turn out as pretty as the original, but whatever!
Now I’m on to decorating the envelopes. More on that next week!
I am extremely fortunate to have a group of eight of us who have known each other at least since high school. (Carol and I just celebrated our 60th year of friendship; we’ve known each other since kindergarten!) We call ourselves the HaHa’s because we laugh so much when we’re together. This weekend, we had our annual holiday cookie exchange. The event has evolved over the years — we now bring frozen dough so we can each bake what we want when we want. In addition to our dough exchange and lots of laughter, we might have stuffed ourselves with good food and wine. I’m not confessing to anything!
My cookies were extremely easy to do, and I was able to fairly quickly make eight batches for sharing. The recipe comes from the Magnolia Days blog, and I followed the recipe almost to a tee. (Find the recipe here: https://magnoliadays.com/lemon-sour-cream-cookies.) The directions called for grating a lemon and rubbing the zest into the sugar with your fingers. What a brilliant technique! The lemon fragrance spread through the kitchen and flavored the sugar perfectly. The recipe is straightforward and the blog post is well-explained, so I won’t give any more comment on it.
But I did do a quick craft project to decorate the slice-and-bake logs and to give written directions for baking. Using a large purchased tag, I sprayed each side with red watercolor spray. I printed the baking directions on one side…
… and used scrapbook paper, a fine-tipped Sharpie pen, and ModPodge to decorate the other side.
CRAP ALERT: I glued the trees too far up onto the tags, and they weren’t centered to my liking. Pieces of green washi tape fixed the problem in a hurry.
To finish the packages, I used red and white bakers twine to tie the tag onto each log. Quick, cute, and fun!
Last week, I wrote about the themed ornaments I made for each of my grandchildren (https://crapsmanship.com/2017/10/15/mixed-media-ornaments/). In an effort to DIY much of my Christmas, I also made each child a box that corresponded to the ornament I made. For example, Kelsey’s angel ornament will go in an angel box. Below each picture, I will list the items I used to make each.
An empty Brie cheese box, gold acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, sheet music, black fine-point pen, heart jewel, red watercolor paint, letter stamps, and ModPodge
An empty checkbook box, brown Distress crayons, white card stock, a black fine-point marker, and ModPodge
A purchased jewelry box, sheet music, red acrylic paint, black card stock, gold scrap paper, white felt, ModPodge, and letter stamps (under Santa’s beard are the words “Be Good”!)
A purchased jewelry box, blue and purple Distress inks, white card stock, scrapbook paper, black and orange sharpies, red Distress marker, buttons, a small pompom, and ModPodge
A purchased jewelry box, green and blue Distress inks, brown craft paper, green scrapbook paper, red Distress marker, white paint pen, and ModPodge
An empty greeting card box, sheet music, white gesso, scrapbook paper, washi tape, gift box stickers, snowflake stickers, string a Christmas lights, diamond gems, and ModPodge.
And here are the same boxes with their ornament they will hold. I can’t wait to see the kids’ reactions!
Do you know about Wikki-Stix? They are small “sticks” created by coating strings of yarn with food-grade wax. When I was teaching little kids, we used Wikki-Stix all the time to mark spelling patterns, shape letters, and find important information in text. They’re bendable, removable, and reuseable. The perfect trifecta!
As I experiment more with mixed media, I have been wanting to add some additional texture to my art. (Note: Using the word “art” is undoubtedly an insult to all artists everywhere!) Yes, I could have purchased some commercial texture paste and a palette knife.
But why go with professional tools when I can get a similar effect with the cheap stuff? After all, I’m a crapsman, right? I first tried to make my own, following this recipe from Such a Pretty Mess: http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/2012/08/making-my-own-texture-paste-fun-with.html. Somehow, it just didn’t work for me.
Then I went to the hardware store and bought some spackling compound and a putty knife. Cheap, cheap! I easily used the putty knife to scrape the spackling over a stencil onto my canvas.
A bonus is that the spackling mixture goes on pink, so it’s easily seen as it’s applied. Over a short time, the mixture turns white. The photos below show three shots of my first efforts at experimentation.
And here it is on my acrylic-painted background.
A potential negative is that the spacking’s edges round off somewhat if you go over them with paint or ModPodge. Here’s a closeup.
I like the muted effect, so having less-than-crisp edges is fine with me. I’ll publish the finished picture someday, but it’s a Christmas present, so no reveal yet!
Once again, I hosted a Crafts and Cocktails party at my house on Monday. Creativity was in the air! This time, we had a Cricut machine to cut out our letters. Two of the ladies at the party left with incomplete projects, but here are the three pictures that were closest to completion. Hope you like ’em! Read the rest of this entry
Several weeks ago, I blogged about a mixed media picture I had made for a 30th birthday celebration (https://crapsmanship.com/2017/06/16/mixed-media-bike-pic/). Subsequently for my girlfriends’ Crafts & Cocktails meeting, we did mixed media art at my house. I gave each lady an 11 x 17 sheet of mixed media paper, and I opened up all my crafts crap for use. We had water colors, acrylics, stamps, washi tape, stencils, scrapbook paper, and more. Read the rest of this entry