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Scribbly Bird Silhouette

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage, Delightful Tutorials | 1 comment

Scribbly Bird Silhouette

Here is a fun ATC to create. Cover an ATC with vintage sheet music using multi medium as your adhesive. Using Dylusions Ink Spray and a paint brush apply the ink spray over the sheet music blending several colors together. Ink one of Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Bird stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp image onto ATC.  Using black acrylic paint, paint over the entire stamped image to create a silhouette. Using Wendy Vecchi’s Dots & Stripes Borders stencil and green acrylic paint accent the edge of the ATC using the Stripes stencil. Create a hat out of an old book page and apply Dylusions Ink Spray onto the page. Dry the hat with a heat tool then outline the hat and edge of the ATC using black acrylic paint. Add a cut out word from a book and attach it to the hat using multi medium. Outline the bird silhouette using white acrylic paint and accent the hat and birds tummy with dots. I used the end of a stylus to create the tiny dots. Stamp the words “The Beauty of Life” using a mini stamp set and white acrylic paint. Once everything is dry accent areas of the ATC using Diamond...

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Sing Your Own Song

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in An Artist Cannot Fail, Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage | 1 comment

Sing Your Own Song

I wasn’t kidding when I said I LOVED Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set. Here is another piece I made over the weekend. Using Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped the bird image onto a 6″ piece of watercolor paper, then filled it in with acrylic paints. I painted the entire background with teal acrylic paint. I used the Kaleidoscope stencil by Ronda Palazzari and some of Wendy Vecchi’s Crackle Texture Paste to add texture to the piece. Once the paste was dry and did it’s magic I inked it with Archival Inks and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Using Multi Medium I attached some vintage sheet music and an image from a book. Next I covered the stenciled areas and the branch image with bits and pieces of a dress pattern. Once the multi  medium dried I painted a circle around the bird with acrylic paint and painted a scallop border. Using the end of my paint brush I added tiny white dots here and there among the stenciled areas, scallops and bird. I stamped my sentiment onto the blank margin of some sheet music using mini alpha stamps and Jet Black Archival Ink and attached it to the piece using some multi medium. Now I’m trying to decided if I want this to be the cover for an album or attach it to a gallery wrapped canvas to hang in my studio. And to think my finished piece started out looking like this watercolor piece. I didn’t like the contrast of the bold lines in the bird with the thin lines of the tree branch and flowers I drew so instead of throwing it away I went with plan B… an artist cannot fail. You just have to keep plugging along or in my case, cover it with...

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Scribbly Bird Obsession

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delightful Tutorials | 1 comment

Scribbly Bird Obsession

I have a huge obsession with Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set. I’ve collected glass birds since I was in the 2nd grade and have abandoned bird nests sitting in my studio window. So when I saw Dina’s stamps she got me instantly. My favorite way to use them at the moment is to simply stamp the bird images onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink then simply color them in using Twinkling H2O’s and a Tim Holtz Water Brush. Super simple and no messy clean up. Here is what my finished collage of painted birds looks like. I really like how the brown, gold and teal color combination looks together. These are mini 2″ square pieces of watercolor paper that I stamped and painted. I think they look super cute and this size is perfect if you only a a few minutes of creative play. Each one literally took me under 10 min. from start to finish. This one is 2″ x 3″ and still needs to have the background painted. I’m thinking it is going to be teal but I’m not quite sure. One thing I’m sure of is this week is going to be a week of Scribbly Birds. Dina Wakley my friend, you ROCK! I just ordered all of her Media Heavy Body Paints and her All The Gals stamp set. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on these new products....

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Altering Melt Art Embellishments

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In Melt Art | 1 comment

Altering Melt Art Embellishments

I fell in love with this cameo in the center of a vintage tin I found, last week. As soon as I got home I made a mold so I could pour some UTEE into it. I did a random pour, just the cameo and then a little bit around it, wherever the UTEE landed is where I kept it. I wanted the embellishment to look like an old decorative piece that came off a wall taking some of the wall along with it… I hope this makes sense. I also have a vintage photo album with the most amazing embossed image on the front and decided to create a mold of this as well. As you can see, I use several different mold products and with all of them the results are wonderful. I get a beautifully detailed mold every time. Since this was a creative play day I decided to experiment and see how spray painting each embellishment would look and after two sprays of paint I decided this was a great idea. You get a beautiful even coverage super quick. I took my favorite Adirondack Metallic Gold paint and painted the hair and dress of the cameo and some white acrylic paint to paint the skin. I accented the entire piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink but the lighting washed it out. FYI… it looks amazing. For the larger UTEE embellishment I had a few pieces of a dress pattern on my desk and decided  to see how the piece would look if I covered it. I applied some multi-medium onto the UTEE embellishment and placed the dress pattern on top. Using a paint brush and more multi-medium I pressed the dress pattern into place.  Super simple. Once the multi medium was dry I added some alcohol inks to highlight the embossed areas and of course highlighted areas with Diamond Stickles.  This piece will eventually end up on an art journal page. Once it does I’ll share a photo with you. It’s fun experimenting with new...

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Being an Aunt…

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 2 comments

Being an Aunt…

Means you can surprise your nieces before bed for a surprise adventure in their jammies. Means you can load your nieces up on a Sonic Shake sugar high right before bed, take them home and let your sister deal with their sugar high. Means you will crawl out of bed bright and early to take them to school for Muffins with Mom & their Book Fair. Means the only payment you want for getting up super early to attend Muffins with Mom and the Book Fair is a sweet selfie with your nieces plus one best friend. Means you get to throw a surprise mini birthday party for a very special 7 year old when she comes home from school. Being an aunt is the next best thing to being a mom. Amanda, Brittain, Madelyn and Isabella (Bellie) I hope you know I love you...

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Good Junkin Spots

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Delight In Antiques, Delight In Thrift Store Finds | 0 comments

Good Junkin Spots

Last week, while heading down to mom and dad’s place I stopped at one of my favorite junkin spots near New Waverly. This place is filled with all kinds of stuff and the best part is you never know what you’ll find. Every time I’ve gone I’ve found something awesome. One of the places that is a must go to spot every single time I’m home is the Sour Lake Antique Mall. This place is filled with lots of amazing things and I look with an eagle eye in every single booth. If you’re ever in or around Sour Lake this antique mall is worth the stop to shop. I found some awesome things this past visit. This time my finds were all about vintage jewels. I found so many fabulous pieces that I cannot wait to use in my art and jewelry. My sister even found some cool necklaces for super cheap at a garage sale. You can see them in the upper right corner of the photo. These pieces that I cut from a vintage tin found at the Sour Lake Antique Mall are going to make some gorgeous earrings. I love the Tiffany blue and gold foil combination and have lots of ideas for these. I have junkin fever bad right now, it’s all I think...

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Ongoing Art Journal Class at The Crafty Scrapper

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Delight In The Art of Collage | 0 comments

Ongoing Art Journal Class at The Crafty Scrapper

Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of spending 4 hours with this lovely group of creative ladies. They inked, painted, stenciled and created beautiful collage pieces on their altered art journals. I find it so fun to give everyone the same supplies and products and in the end seeing how everyone’s projects turn out so differently. I’m truly blessed to get to teach art classes in some of the most incredible places in the USA and abroad and to some of the most genuine down to earth people. There is not a class that I’ve taught that I haven’t thought of my 4th grade art teacher Mrs. Gibbs. She taught at Amelia Elementary in Beaumont, Texas. Mrs. Gibbs gave me the freedom to just create whatever I wished and I will love her forever for that gift. I think this is one reason I get so happy when people take a project I’m teaching and make it their own because I still remember sitting at my desk as a child creating and feeling how happy it made me. My hope for all who take a class from me is to sit, relax, create and have fun. Since everyone had so much fun creating the outer covers for an altered art journal I have decided to create a new altered art journal page each month. Once Carolyn and I set a date for June I will let everyone know. If you did not take my class and would like a kit to create your outer covers I do have a few kits left over which are listed in my Etsy Shop. Each kit is $45.00 and includes flat rate shipping. Kit Contents: Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art Journal Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas Color Photos of front and back art journal covers Instructions Paper Butterflies Seam Binding Vintage Buttons Ecru Embroidery Floss Florist Wire & Feather Template Book Pages ~ American Literature, Stenographers &  Bird Sheet Music Foreign Language Book Pages Children’s Book Pages Ledger Paper S & H Stamps  ...

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A Call To Art for #BringBackOurGirls Online Auction is LIVE

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

A Call To Art for #BringBackOurGirls Online Auction is LIVE

If you want to purchase some beautiful art please check out the A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. The auction started this morning and will continue until 3PM on May 17th. 3 Wishes is the canvas piece I have up for auction. If you wish to bid just click HERE. Not only will the winning bidder get a beautiful piece of art they will also be helping a wonderful organization, Girl Rising. 3 Wishes is an 8″ x 8″ one of a kind canvas. It includes vintage items such as handmade doilies, handwritten ledger paper, sheet music and book pages. The vintage spoon rests upon a stack of vintage buttons and the Frozen Charlotte Dolls I created from plaster using molds made from dolls in my collection. The papers are covered in layers of bees wax and accented with crystal rhinestones. Happy...

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Recycled Jewelry

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered | 0 comments

Recycled Jewelry

When you combine thrift store finds, broken pieces of jewelry, beads and discarded chandelier pieces you can assemble beautiful and very unique jewelry such as this bracelet and set of earrings. Remember just because items are broken doesn’t mean they can’t be used. Now that the weather is really nice I’m looking forward to heading to flea markets to do some digging. The thrill of the hunt is addicting and so fun and the thrill of what’s around the next corner gets me every single time. I have several assemblage art ideas and all include items that can be found during a good junkin weekend. And you know I’ll have mom and dad on the hunt for things too. These two are the best pickers anyone could ever have. Tomorrow, is the start of A Call To Art #BringBackOurGirls online auction. Have you set up...

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#BringBackOurGirls

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

#BringBackOurGirls

I’ve always told my daughters that THEY are the LUCKIEST women in the world because THEY were born in the USA and have EVERY opportunity to succeed in life with hard work and determination. The story of the abducted Nigerian girls is one that sadly proves my point. The way so many girls and woman are treated in other countries is heartbreaking. Artist Jessica Sporn is putting together an auction to help raise money for a wonderful organization called Girl Rising. I am donating the mixed media canvas shown below to help raise money for this awesome cause. Girl Rising is a global campaign for girl’s education and their mission is to change the way the world values girls. Please take a few minutes to visit the website and learn about Girl Rising. If we all work together I truly believe we can make a difference by breaking barriers such as early marriage, gender-based violence, domestic slavery and sex trafficking. This means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all. I’m asking you all to please help me spread the word by sharing this blog post via your social media accounts. Make sure you include #BringBackOurGirls in all your posts. By working together we can make this auction a huge success. The online auction begins May 15th at 7AM EDT and ends May 17th at 3PM EDT, I hope you will join me the other awesome artists Jessica Sporn, Linda Kittmer, Marjie Kemper, Judy Shea, Glenda Hoagland, Astrid Mclean, my friend Ronda Palazzari and others. There is going to be some amazing art up for...

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