Delightful Arty Crush ~ Ruth Rae

Feb 28, 2014

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Ruth Rae. Ruth Rae creates some of the most gorgeous textile pieces I’ve ever seen. I fell in love with Ruth when I discovered her book “Layered, Tattered & Stitched” I literally could not put this book down. Each item she...

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Engraving Bees Wax

Feb 27, 2014

Have you wanted to start creating with bees wax? Well do it, it’s fun and engraving bees wax is a great way to give your projects visual interest and texture. It’s a simple technique and the end result is beautiful. Embedding paper ephemera such as vintage papers, photos, doilies and other paper items look gorgeous embedded in bees wax. The step by step instructions showing how I engraved this canvas as well as tips on how I added color to the bees wax can be found in “Delight In The Art of Collage.” An autographed copy can be purchased in my online store or on Amazon. If you already own a copy, I thank you and will appreciate you taking the time to leave a Customer Review on Amazon. Reviews can be left even if you have not...

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The Guest Curator is ME!

Feb 26, 2014

This week, I’m the Guest Curator on Jenny Doh’s blog Crescendoh. There you can read my Art Saves Essay, learn about some of my favorite artists (new artists are featured daily) and read Jenny’s review of my book “Delight in The Art of Collage”. Now hop on over and check it...

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Artist Trading Block ~ Night Light

Feb 25, 2014

Have you heard of Eileen Hull’s “Artist Trading Blocks“? Artist trading blocks allow you to create on a multi-dimensional canvas. I decided to turn my ATB into a night light. Before creating my ATB using a pencil I drew a heart shape on one end of the die cut ATB. Please Note: this end will open and close so you can place a battery tea light inside so don’t seal it shut. Using a craft knife cut the traced heart out of mat board. Now you are ready to assemble the ATB per the manufacturers instructions. Attach patterned paper to the ATB then ink the edges using Chestnut Roan ink. Using a craft knife, cut the patterned paper that is now covering the heart to create a heart shaped window. Attach a piece of lace...

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Save The Dates

Feb 24, 2014

I’m so glad to be returning to Rocky Mountain Memories April 25th & 26th. I will be teaching an Altered Art Journal class as well as a Card Class. I will have photos of the card class soon. If you want to take the Altered Art Journal class shown above please call Cheryl at (970) 577.1415 for the date, time and cost for this class. In this class you will create a beautiful altered art journal using one of Wendy Vecchi’s new Studio 490 Art Parts Art Journal Covers. You will alter the front of your art journal cover using Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Embossing Paste and NEW Crackle Texture Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils, Paint and more. The inside front and back covers will be altered using Vintage Sheet Music, Inks and Perfect...

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Stamped Penny Charm

Feb 20, 2014

The other day, I was searching on Pinterest for a charm bracelet I saw months ago made from squished souvenir pennies. I have so many of these from places we took the girls when they were young as well as from my travels. I love charm bracelets so I am absolutely going to make this bracelet. I’m one of these crazy people who cannot pass up one of these penny machines. While searching for the charm bracelet I stumbled upon some charms made from hammered pennies with metal stamped words. After seeing these it got me to thinking about the cute “Coffee Break Ring” I saw on the Resin Crafts EnviroTex blog create by Carmi Cimicata and in no time I made this charm for my daughter, Ansley. She loves the story “Alice in...

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Mini Shadow Box

Feb 19, 2014

Here is another example of creating a faux soldered border using metal foil tape and zig zag decorative scissors. I think this type of edge really completes a project beautifully. The mini shadow box is filled with one of my handmade Frozen Charlotte dolls that I altered with paint, some Maya Road Paper Posies, an Altered Maya Road Wooden Button and a punched butterfly accented with a Maya Road Rhinestone Trim piece. I cut a piece of Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Clearly For Art Modeling Film and covered the shadow box front to keep everything in place, just another awesome use for this fun product. The patterned papers used are by Pink Paislee. Yes I do hoard this paper line. I love everything Rebecca designs. This shadow box hangs by beautiful rosary type beads and has...

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Faux Soldered Scallop Border Accent

Feb 18, 2014

Need a unique border for your canvas art? All you need are Ranger Memory Foil Tape ~ Aluminum, Scallop Scissors and a Stylus to create the decorative edge shown in this photo. Here’s how you do it, it’s super easy. First, measure the top edges of the canvas, then cut a strip of foil tape to fit each edge. Next, trim the right edge of each foil tape strip using scallop scissors. Now, attach each strip to the top inside edge of the canvas as shown in the photo. Using a stylus press the larger tip of the stylus in the middle of each scallop to create an indented dot. That’s it. The step by step instructions showing how I created the silhouette and tips on creating this canvas can be found in “Delight In...

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Textile Bird Nest & Collage

Feb 17, 2014

If I were a bird this is just the kind of nest I would want in a tree. The nest is created with vintage textiles, buttons and tiny trinkets and sits inside a vintage ladle. The nest is the focal point for a collage canvas I created using vintage ephemera and wallpaper mom and I peeled from the walls of the old homestead. If you are a regular blog follower you know how much I love the old homestead. Incorporating items from this special place in any of my work always makes me super happy. The collage canvas is accented with small vintage buttons and additional items like Scrabble tiles, Dresden trim, mulberry leaves, a vintage earring and beads from a broken necklace. The step by step instructions showing how I created the nest and...

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Hi, Valentine!

Feb 14, 2014

This adorable image reminds me of the cards I would see in gift shops, when I was little. These two have such sweet faces and how can you not love all that pink. If you’re in need of creating a last minute valentine right click on the image to enlarge it, now right click on the image again and choose “save image as” to save it to your computer. Now you can print the image in any size you wish. I think printed in 2.5″ x 3.5″ is a sweet size and would be so cute left on your co-workers desk. I think adding Diamond Stickles to the flower centers, headband and the pink on the puppy would be a nice addition to your card and still keep it in the quick and simple...

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JudiKins Mica Gloss ~ Metallic Pigment Inks

Feb 12, 2014

Are you familiar with Mica Gloss Metallic Pigment Inks? If not, Metallic Pigment Inks are rich metallic colors that add awesome color to all forms of artwork. You can apply these inks with a brayer, paint brush, or my favorite, your fingers. You can use Metallic Pigment Inks on paper, jewelry, shrink plastic, and rubber stamps. You can also heat set them on non-porous surfaces. These little bottles pack a big punch too, a little goes a long way with these inks. On the top photo I used a paint brush to apply the Mica Gloss Metallic Pigment Ink to the embellishments. Once I had the inks as I liked them and heat set them using a hand held heat tool I applied a coating of Fluxe Enameling Resin over the Metallic Pigment Inks....

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Becky Shander

Feb 11, 2014

“Delightful Arty Crush” is a feature I have on my blog which showcases artists who’s work I admire and find inspiring. It features a wide range of artists from collage, textile, encaustic and lots of other amazing mediums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspiring as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their feature. The images I share with you are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to their awesomeness. Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” featured artist is, Becky Shander. Becky creates with a wide range of items that I find very appealing when combined. She create beautiful collage pieces using ephemera and found objects. Her textiles pieces of all sorts are simply stunning and her altered and jewelry...

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EnviroTex Jewelry Clay Mini Canvas

Feb 10, 2014

Jewelry clay is a medium that can be used in so many different ways. It’s a wonderful product and one I keep on hand in my studio. It’s super easy to use as it’s a two part putty. All you do is mix equal parts of putty A and putty B together for two minutes then you can get started on your project. You can embed items as I did in this butterfly shaped piece such as microbeads, buttons, pearl beads and resin accents. If you have areas of jewelry clay showing after you’ve added all the baubles you can apply a light coating of perfect pearls in the color of your choice to finish these spots. The step by step instructions to create the butterfly accent can be found in “Delight In The...

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Felted Heart

Feb 7, 2014

Incorporating an assortment of textiles not only adds visual interest to your projects but it can also add unique textures too. The background of this canvas is layered with several different types of textiles and each layer adds beauty and texture. When I started this canvas I knew I wanted to create a somewhat monochromatic background as I wanted the felted heart embellishment to be the main feature. I decided on creating a soft cream background but knew I could not just go with one piece of fabric. I love to add texture and dimension to all my projects so I needed at least three textile layers. Once I had my game plan mostly figured out, using fabric adhesive I attached a piece of cream colored wool felt to the canvas. After the felt was...

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Embedded Objects in Beeswax

Feb 6, 2014

Embedding miscellaneous objects into beeswax is a technique that allows for some pretty amazing results with your mixed media projects. Some of my favorite items to embed are scanned copies of old photos, vintage ephemera, buttons, feathers and dried flowers. The look these items give to your projects are fabulous and as you can see, I embedded all my favorites into this Putz style house. The photo embedded on the front of the house is of my great grandmother on her wedding day and is one of my favorites I have of her. I prefer using natural beeswax pellets over white beeswax pellets and is only because of it’s off white color. The coloring of the natural beeswax goes perfectly with my vintage style. I also don’t have or use any high end encaustic...

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Hearts of Red, White & Pink

Feb 5, 2014

I LOVE tissue paper and creating tissue paper garland is one of my favorite things to do. Tissue paper is cheap and the garland is simple to make. You can make your garland as long as you wish or just a small amount that is perfect to accent a card as I did in the photo above. The center of the tissue paper heart is a calendar card by Jenni Bowlin. I accented the center of the calendar using brown ink and crackle paint. Creating texture and dimension is something else I love doing. Pretty much all my projects have some kind of texture and dimension. This embossed heart is an accent on a tag. The heart is embossed, painted and glittered and surprisingly does not take much time at all to create. The doily...

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Assemblage at Heart

Feb 4, 2014

I am always asked, “What are you going to do with this thing?” when I purchase odd items as I’m out and about junking. Honestly, sometimes I have not one clue but I’ve learned from experience if I see something that really intrigues me or something that I’m on the fence about I make the purchase. My dad has a saying, “You only regret the things you don’t buy.” and he’s right! Today, I thought I would show you what I did with lots of random items that helped me create this assemblage style doll. Now I know this might not be for everyone but I just love her and have her sitting on my shelf in my studio. As you can see she is made from lots of different flea market and non-flea...

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