Monday, February 04, 2019

Art Journaling Book

Hello everyone!!!  I hope everyone has survived the extreme cold snap as of late.
Great time for scrapbooking.
Some time ago I posted my creation for the front of a journal book which I planned on creating pages for my "favourite quotes".  Well I finally completed the book and I am going to share it with you today.  I really enjoy doing books like this.  So far I have an "Old Age" book, a "Fairies" book, a "Pretty Faces" book and now my "Favourite Quotes" book.
I keep them in a cabinet in my family room and every once in a while I bring one out and set it on my table for other people to look through.

For the cover I used lots and lots of mixed media products - crackle paste, modeling paste with stencils, wood and metal shapes, and lots of Finnibair alchemy paints and mica powders.

 I have a total of 8 double pages using some scrap papers, Tim Holtz ephemera, metal embellishments, flowers, corrugated paper, modeling paste applied with stencils.  Lots and lots of items randomly selected and applied to the pages.  I simply selected items for each page and applied them.  It was fun and once I got started I couldn't stop.  I still plan on making more pages but will have to get another journal book to hold them.

First page.
The quote:  "When it hurts to look back, and you're afraid to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there."  I felt the dog and the group of children was the best choice of ephemera for this quote.

Second page.  Paper collages were used on both sides.
The quote:  "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

Third page.
The quote:  "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off of your goals."

Fourth page.
The quote:  "Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back 
and realize they were the big things."

Fifth page.
The quote:  "Like branches on a tree, we may grow in different directions, 
yet our roots remain as one."

Sixth page.  Paper collages again for the background.
The quote:  "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us."

Seventh page.
The quote:  "The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts."

Eighth page.
The quotes:  "Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."
"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

And there you have it.  I have lots more favourite quotes to use and I hope to get started soon on the next pages.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and prosperous week.
"Friends are like don't always see them, but you know they're always there."

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hello everyone!!!  It has been a while since my last posting - I am back with a new canvas to start off the New Year.  This canvas is something a little different than what I normally do.

I decided to keep the background white.  I first applied a thick layer of modeling paste.   I first decided where I wanted to put my main embellishments in the centre of the canvas.  Then I  placed  some chipboard shapes from Prima around the centre of the canvas, painted them with white gesso.  Starting with the bird cage (just off to the right of the centre) I began adding the other pieces.  The scroll pieces at the top and bottom of the centre were made with air dry clay and using a Finnibair mold.  The circular pieces (one is in the centre of the bird cage) were also made with clay.  I added a few metal flowers, the wood bird and finally, Prima art stones.  Next was the sprays.  I started with Prima "fir needles" Colour Bloom spray at the top and spritzed with water to get it to flow into all the crevices.  I gradually worked my way down to the bottom.  I let this dry then started with the next colour  Prima's "dragon fly blue".  This one I sprayed around the outer edges and blended it with a brush.  Finally, I decided to add some yellow for accent and I chose Prima "sorbet" spray.  I sprayed this one here and there again using a bit of water and a brush to blend.  When everything was completely dried, I rubbed some gold wax onto the surface of the raised parts of most of the pieces.
Below is a couple of closeups.

Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a very Happy New Year.  I have lots of other things to share with in the near future.
If you hear a voice inside of you say "you cannot paint,"
 then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Van Gogh

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Circular "By The Sea" Mixed Media Plaque

Good day everyone.  Today I want to share with you a 9" wood circle onto which I created a "By The Sea" scene.  I enjoy creating water scenes and using a lot of sea-like items.
I first started by painting white gesso onto the surface of the wood.  I followed with a coat of crackle paste from Golden.  I let the paste dry completely without help.  You get larger cracks when you do this.  You can help it along with a heat gun but expect to get smaller and less cracks.  It really does look like water.  I then applied a turquoise spray with a paint brush to get better control and then added some brown spray here and there for accent.
Below is the completed plaque.

  I applied a coat of matte medium to protect the surface when the sprays had completely dried.  I did not want the crackle paste to flake off.

I then added my other items starting with a piece of cheesecloth on the left side of the resin frame.  I added a large shell to the centre of the frame.  On the frame I painted on some of the turquoise background spray here and there and then some bronze paint here and there for accent.
On the right of the frame I adhered some fish netting and placed another piece of cheesecloth to the upper edge of the netting by tucking it underneath.
The rest is shells, flowers, greenery, broken turquoise tiles, and art stones.  When done I added some more of the spray here and there around all the elements.  Below is some close-ups of sections of the plaque.

And there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and crafty week.
"If you do not change what you are doing today, your tomorrow will be no different than yesterday."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Vertical Album

Good Day everyone!!!
I have become very obsessed with making mini albums lately.   I find that you can make them very unique and can be used for those very special pictures.  They can be time-consuming but I feel that the end product is very satisfying.  So today, I am going to share with you one of my albums.  I decided to do this one so that it opens vertically so that the pages flip from bottom to top.
I have covered the cover (front and back and spine) with a fabric rather than paper.  Here is the album starting with the front cover and a side view.

For each page I used the Prima "You and Me" paper collection.  Lots of embellishments: flowers, decorative chipboard pieces from the You and Me Collection.  Each page has two parts.  The upper part has a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" flip out section.  You can add two 4x4 pictures inside.  The lower part has a second flip up section which is 6 1/4" x 4 1/4".  You can add two 4x6 pictures on the inside.  There is a total of 3 inside pages keeping in mind that the inside of the front and back covers are part of the pages as well as the backs of each page.  There is a total of 8 flip out sections for a total of 16 pictures.  I won't go into too much description as to how I did each page.  That would be a very long posting.  There is a picture of each top and bottom sections so I hope you can see how I did each section.  A lot of paper collages were used on the fronts of each picture flip out.

Page 1 (inside of the front cover and the bottom section)

Page 2 top and bottom

Page 3 Top

Page 3 Bottom

Page 4 Top

Page 4 Bottom (inside of back cover)

A view of open flip outs.

I will be showing several other mini albums that I have been working on.  All covered in fabric and using Prima papers and embellishments.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and fun weekend.
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter
 and those who matter don' t mind"
Dr. Seuss

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Choose Kindness" Pastel 9x12 Canvas

Good morning ladies.  Today is the reveal of my 9x12 canvas that I have created.  I call it "Choose Kindness" which is the beautiful quote block cut from the Rose Quartz paper collection from Prima.  This is gorgeous paper.  I took one of the papers and cut out all the flower bunches.  It was a bit time-consuming but I do enjoy doing that type of thing.  I actually do that to some of my very old papers.  I cut out all the flowers and place them in a plastic bag and keep them with all my other ephemera.  I have been able to use a lot of the cut items on several layouts, etc.
The canvas.

To start (unfortunately my picture did not turn out) I put together a paper collage to fit behind the quote block.  I used pop dots for each paper so that I could tuck things under the edges of each of the three layers.  You can see the papers coming out from each side of the block.   I laid the collage down on the canvas and lightly marked where I wanted it to be placed.  This was for the application of the crackle paste and the sprays.  Not much sense in applying these items if they won't be showing because they are under the paper collage. I set this aside.
For the canvas surface, I applied a generous amount of white gesso over the entire surface.  After drying completely, I applied Golden crackle paste mainly around the outside edges and up to my marks for my paper collage.  It is important to let this paste dry on its own to get maximum cracks.  This could take a couple of hours. I then sprayed with a pretty pink spray from Shimmerz called Pop Art Pink.  Here is a close-up to show the cracks.

I then added my quote block using pop dots to the centre of the collage and added the collage to the canvas, not quite centred, more to the left side.  I did use pop dots to raise the entire piece.
I began tucking and adding all the flower bunches I cut out making sure that they were coming out from the layers of the paper collage.  And then the rest of my embellishments - pink and white flowers, flowers from the Rose Quartz collection,  a cut piece of an old doilie (at the left outside edge of the collage and at the top left corner), die cut white vines, chipboard flourishes and diamond shaped chipboard pieces painted with black paint and then art stones.  I also added a section at the bottom right corner of the canvas using a white resin decorative frame.  Here are a few close-ups of sections of the canvas.

And there you have it.  I was hesitant at first with the black accents, but I am glad I used them as they really pop the whole design.
I hope you have enjoyed my latest creation.  Until next time this is Donna wishing you a safe, prosperous, happy, delightful, creative and memory-filled week.
"My husband said it was him or the stamps.  I'll miss him."

Sunday, July 01, 2018

10x10 Shadow Box

Good day everyone!!!!
I call my next project "Creativity In A Box" - a shadow box.  I love shadow boxes.  There are so many things you can do within a shadow box.  I saw a beautiful shadow box many years ago which was filled with items from a person's past - old keys, old buckles, and other special family  items. It was stunning.  So I created a 10 x 10 white shadow box using many mixed media items - chipboard, 7 x 3 1/2" chipboard tags, flowers, chipboard decorative frames, patterend papers, flowers and a metal "family" door sign as well as resin items, micro beads, modeling paste, and sprays.
Below is the completed box.

To start with I removed the back of the box painted it with white gesso,  a bit of stencilling with modelling paste, then some sprays. I kept the sprays and paste at the outside edges and corners as I knew I was going to be covering the centre with the tags.  I added strips of other papers across the top of the box back for more texture.
I then took two 7" x 3 1/2" heavy chipboard tags covered them with matching patterned paper.  For the tag on the left I added another patterned paper just in the centre.  I inked the edges with brown distress ink for accent.  Then I began adding the embellishments.  I started with the chipboard flourish for the tag on the left and then layered all the other items, one at a time.  The metal door sign on the right is in its natural state.  I did not have to to anything with it except add the embellishments and micro beads below the word family and small amount of the spray around the inside edges.
 Below is close-up of the box with the tags completed.  I used pop dots to raise the tags up.

And a few more close-ups of the tags.

And there you have it.  Until next time, this is Donne wishing you a safe and happy 
1st of July holiday weekend.
"Happy Scrapping"
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing,
 the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
Have a good one!!!!!

Monday, June 04, 2018

Mixed Media Journal Book Cover

Good day everyone!!!!
It is time for another journal book cover using mixed media techniques.
This is obviously one of my favourite things to do.  I  start by deciding on my favourite piece (in this case it is the oval decorative resin heart) which will be the focal point then adding other items under and around it.  I just keep adding items from my stash.  Below is the completed cover.  I wanted to end up with an antique,distressed look.

To start with I covered the entire cover, front and back, with a canvas fabric.  Just a word of caution, if you use a canvas, remember that if you apply sprays, it will soak into the fabric.  Make sure that you spray very lightly and then lightly with water.
I adhered a wide strip of antique lace over the binding and around to the back cover
 then another strip across the centre on the front.

  The ornate trellace was inked with a brown distress ink.  I started by adding the ornate trellace chipboard pieces as shown. Then I adhered the frame in place. I put an antique photo in the frame (not anyone I know) With my finger I applied some gold rub around the frame on the lace.

Below is a close-up of sections of the cover.  I made the white strips below using a Prima mould and their paper clay.  I applied them over the trellace.

The picture below shows the other embellishments that I selected.
I made sure that everything was touching each other.

The next section is just above the frame.
When I was completely happy with my selections, I applied small art stones from Prima and gold mica flakes here and there.  I also sprayed with a light brown spray on the lace and on the corners of the open side.  I applied distress ink around the outside edges for extra accent.  With my finger I applied a gold rub here and there and then I dry-brushed white gesso on the flowers and some areas of the trellace and the metal embellishments.

And there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Until next time, this is Donna reminding you to have a safe and prosperous week.
"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour."           William Blake