Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful Faces Album

Good day everyone!!!!  I am very happy that I finally completed my "Beautiful Faces" album.  Below are the remaining 3 pages.  I decided not to add quotes to the pages.  I decided that down the road I may want to use this album using personal pictures so I adhered the pictures so that they can be easily removed.  That way I can even give it as a gift to someone.  Anyway, here are the remaining pages.

For each page I did paper layering and added embellishments as shown.  I decided to keep them simple but pretty.   A couple of them I textured the background with modeling paste and a stencil.

Below is showing the inside front cover and a partial view of the album when it is partially opened.

And also today I am sharing with you a layout that I created using vine and flower stamps to create my background.  I first traced the size of my picture onto white cardstock lightly with a pencil.  I then stamped outwards from each side of the traced box.

Below is how I started.  My acrylic stamp set had several different vines and different sized flowers.  So I started at the top of the box, in the middle, and stamped a vine, then worked around that first vine.  I just kept going, fanning my images out and around the picture box.

When I was finished the stamping I did add some colour to the leaves with an ink pad and wet paint brush.  I made a paper collage for behind my picture, popped the picture up onto the layout with pop dots.  I added strips of paper coming out from both sides of the picture.  I added some very tiny flowers in and around the stamped vines along with small pearls, then added the other flowers as shown around the picture.
Below is a closeup of the stamped area at the top of the picture.

This was actually easier then I thought it would be.  Try it - great way to get creative and create your own background.  I hope you will give it a try.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a great day.
"Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

Monday, June 19, 2017

6x12 Altered Canvas

What a beautiful Monday morning - sun is shining and the rabbits are again playing tag in my back yard.  They are annoying critters but it is very laughable when you watch them chasing each other around in circles.  Anyway, just another sign that summer is here.
So today I would like to share with you a 6x12 canvas that I did (back in the winter) using scrap paper, modeling paste and a stencil as well as some embellishments.  I kept the papers in pastel colours.  Here is the canvas.

I first applied a very thick coat of modeling paste over the entire surface of the canvas.  I also applied a coat of crackle medium mainly along the top and bottom edges of the canvas. When dry I painted the canvas with white gesso - not too heavy - I didn't want to fill in the cracks.
Next I cut my paper into several different sizes, adhered them to the canvas, across the centre, and overlapping them as I went.  I just kept layering and tucking the pieces.

I have a set of the Prima wax crayons - amazing - and decided to use them as an outline around some of the paper pieces.  I used various colours - pink, yellow, green and blue.  I then took a soft paint brush, moistened it and blended the colours with water.  I kept adding the colours here and there.

I then took a stencil and applied modeling paste over the entire surface.  I only used a stencil that had very fine lines on it as I didn't want to cover the papers.

I then very lightly dry-brushed white gesso over the entire surface.  Not too heavy.

Next were the embellishments.  I painted chipboard gates with white gesso and some chipboard leaves.  I added the gates first for the base and the other items next as you can see below.

For the final touch, I adhered some soft blue glass beads around the embellishments and then across the canvas to the right side.

And there you have it.  I do hope you like this project and will give it a try.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you happiness and plenty of sunshine.
"May your pathway be full of sunshine, joy and safety, as you travel life's journey."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3 Easy Layouts

Hello everyone!!!
Today I am going to share with you 3 layouts that I completed on the weekend at an all day crop that I attended.  These are very easy layouts .  Feel free to use their designs.
  I die cut the flowers and inked them with a complimentary blue ink.  A large doilie along with pieces of patterned paper for behind the picture.  That is pretty much it for this one.

For the next one I copied a layout that I had done several years ago.  Just changed the papers.  I drew some broken lines around the two inner papers for accent.  I layered different sized strips of various papers below the picture.   One large flower with a few smaller flowers for embellishments.

For this one, I used a scalloped ruler and traced around the outer edge of the yellow paper.  I cut it out then added dots around the outside edges with a black journaling pen.  I traced out the centre piece from an old stencil that I have.  Again I drew broken lines on the outside edges of the striped piece and dots on the outside edges of the centre scalloped piece.  The flower sections were from an ephemera packet.  I glued them down to black cardstock, cut them out leaving a ridge of the cardstock for accent.  Adhered them down using pop dots.  I didn't put a title on it as the plaque she is holding in the picture tells what the picture  is about.

And there you have it.  All of them are very versatile and you can use the design over and over again.
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a relaxing evening and a great week.
"The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Page 4 and 5 of "Beautiful Faces" album

Hello everyone!!!!
I have another 2  pages completed for the "Beautiful Faces" album.
 A few more to go and I should be finished.
For page 4 I covered the page background with patterned paper then cut and added other papers in different sizes using pop dots for each.  I centered the picture in the middle.  Tucked a die cut doilie at the bottom, added a small resin frame with flowers and a loopy bow from cording.  Glass beads were also added around the flowers.  I fell in love with this picture and knew I had to use it.

Below is a closeup.

For page 5 below I covered the page with patterned paper then cut other papers and off set them.  I added lace down the sides of the picture.  I kept it simple by adding 3 flowers on a vine with some small yellow roses and greenery that I cut from an artificial vine I found at the dollar store.  Whenever I find a vine like this, I cut off all the leaves and keep them for future use.  I added a embroidered flower with a yellow rose at the bottom right corner.

Below is a closeup.

And there you have it.  
Until next time this is Donna wishing you a safe and fun-filled long weekend.
"The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them"

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful FacesAlbum Pages

I hope everyone is enjoying this absolutely beautiful day.  Where I live it is currently about 75 degrees and I can see all my perennials popping up.
As promised, today I am posting 3 of the pages that I have completed for my Beautiful Faces album.  I will mention that I haven't decided on my quotes for each page.  That will be done at a later date.
Page #1

For the background I tore pieces off of pages from a very old book and randomly adhered them down onto patterned paper.  I also cut strips of another patterned paper and added them.  When done I painted a very light coat of gesso to blend the papers together.  Next I took a piece of cheesecloth and adhered it down from the upper left corner of the page down to the lower right corner.  Some Prima tea stain spray here and there was next.
I cut thin strips of papers and made a basket weave piece to go behind the picture and coming out from the left side of the picture.  I added lace across the bottom of the picture, flowers with a piece of cheesecloth under the larger ones,  and metal embellishments to finish it off.  I selected metal pieces that complimented the jewellery.
 I also added some tiny glass beads around the picture and embellishments and some pearls.
Below is a closeup.

Page 2

For this page I did some stenciling with a stencil that has very tiny holes.  I then whitewashed gesso very lightly onto the left side of the page then sprayed with a very light pink spray.
I added my picture to a piece of paper and had the paper just come out from the upper left corner of the picture.  I added a doilie then placed my picture using pop dots.
I embossed a decorative flourish and added this to the left side of the picture.  A couple of metal embellishments were next with some flowers added as shown.
A closeup is below.

Third Page

I tore off the right edge of the background paper, inked the edges then adhered a strip of lace down the torn edge.  I  adhered the strip that I tore off next beside the lace then added another strip of the paper at the outside edge.
I cut strips of patterned paper as I did on page 1 and made a basket weave piece to go behind the picture.  I used pop dots to adhere the picture down.  The white strip you see at the left side of the picture is actually the base used for needle point work.  Lastly, I added the ornate circle frame with a few flowers and paper leaves as well as a small metal key.  Around the picture I added some mica flakes for accent and put more on and around the flowers.

And there you have it for now.  More will be coming.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and properous week.
"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty, never grows old."
"Happy Scrapping"

Friday, April 07, 2017

"A Garden" Wall Hanging

Hello everyone!!!!  Today I want to share with you a spring filled wall hanging that I created.  I used lots of flowers and my favourite colours of blue and pink.  

I found these wood shadow boxes in various sizes at my local craft store.  They were unpainted so I decided to paint the outside of the boxes in a cream kraft paint.  A couple of coats did the trick.  For the inside of the boxes I chose a turquoise kraft paint that matched the turquoise colour in the papers I selected.  The paper I used was from the "Secret Garden" Graphic 45 collection.  I cut pieces of paper to fit in the inside of each box.  From another piece of paper in the collection, I cut out the girl sitting in the garden and cut out the fence as well.  I added this to the centre larger box using pop dots.  I added some paper flowers from my stash along with a butterfly.  The flower vines you see were added at the very end.

For the left side box, I cut out a rectangle tag from one of the papers and adhered this with pop dots at the left side of the paper underneath.  I cut out another flower piece from another paper and adhered this with pop dots.  Added a resin frame with a resin fairy at the top and flowers.  I decorated the outside upper left corner as shown.  I added some green silk leaves that I have had for some time.

For the right side box I adhered a large resin decorative oval to the centre and then placed cheese cloth with various flowers on top.  Again I decorated the upper right outside corner as shown.

I then glued all the boxes together using matte gel medium which is a very strong glue.   A very strong adhesive is needed to hold the boxes firmly together.  I then added my vines around the outside edges of the centre box and added some more of the green silk leaves and pink flowers.  This is optional - I placed white dots around the outer edges of the boxes using dimensional pearls.
And there you have it.  It is very simple to do - just use what you have.
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a fun-filled, safe weekend.
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Beautiful Faces" Album

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you are having a great day.  
My next project has begun.  Back in 2015 I made an album called "Old Age".  You can find it in the 2015 archives on the right hand side of the blog.  I have decided to make another album called "Beautiful Faces".  It is turning out to be an extensive project and it will be a lot of mixed media techniques with pictures of beautiful faces from around the world.  
Today I will be showing you the front cover of the album.
 I haven't decided how to complete the back and spine.  I may cover it with canvas just to keep it simple.  As I finish a couple of pages, I will show you how I completed them.  So this will be a section by section posting until I have finished the complete album.

Next are the basic steps to completing the cover.
I first painted the entire surface with white gesso for protection.  I then did some mixed media techniques to give the background lots of texture.
First I took a product called "string gel" and mixed some fine ground shiny material that I found at Micheal's called Decorative Filler.  The string gel is thick and dries very hard and firm.  I let this dry.

I then added some netting that I have had for some time just in a few places.  And lastly, I used a stencil with dots and applied some modeling paste here and there.   I also put modeling paste in several places using a spatula only.   Let all of this dry completely.

I then painted the whole surface with black gesso.

I then dry brushed various colours of Finnibair's Art Alchemy paints onto the surface.  I didn't completely cover the surface with any of the colours.  I dry brushed them on here and there, even slightly going over the first one.  I mainly used rich turquoise, and light patena.  When the paints were dry I sprayed first with Prima tea stain spray, let it dry, then came back with a shimmerz turquoise spray.  You have to judge for yourself how you want this to look.  It is all a matter of layering your colours.  You can always go back and add colours, which is exactly what I did when I had completed the cover.

The next step is my favourite.  Selecting and adhering the embellishments.  I pulled out lots of items from my metal collection.  I did keep adding other pieces as I went.

Below is how it looked before I painted everything in black gesso.

As you can see above that I layered everything and made sure that every item was touching another one.  I started at the upper right corner with the metal corner piece and went out from there.  Its okay to put some things on top of others.  I did add some paper flowers here and there but mostly I used metal items.  To adhere them down I used Art Basics (Finnibair)  Heavy Matte Gel.  This is amazing as a glue.  Nothing will fall off when you use this.  A lot of the items you see are used for making jewelry.  Just go for it.  You can't make too many mistakes.
When all my embellishments were added I then painted them with black gesso.  From there I used several colours of the Art Alchemy paint - the blues, pinks, brass, even red.  I just dry-brushed them on here and there.  I also dusted on some mica powder in a few sections.  You get a better result if you let each colour dry first and just keep adding more.  Below is a couple of closeups to show you the final result.

There you have it.  The start of a new album which will be on my table in my family room along with my old age book.  This is something I have been planning for some time.  I will keep you posted on its completion.
Until next time, this is Donna again wishing you a safe and prosperous week.


"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."