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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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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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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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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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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Pre-Order Textile Collage Sampler

Jan 28, 2014

I am tak­ing Pre-Orders for this new project kit ~ “Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler” now through Mon­day, Feb. 3rd. This kit includes every­thing need­ed to com­plete the project with the excep­tion of adhe­sive, brown & cream embroi­dery floss and a sewing nee­dle. Once com­plet­ed your Tex­tile Col­lage Sam­pler will mea­sure approx­i­mate­ly 6″ x 7″ and can be proud­ly dis­played in any room in your home. Your sam­pler can hang on the wall or you can eas­i­ly attach it to a flat board can­vas to dis­play on an easel or attach it to the front of a jour­nal or mini album. There tru­ly are so many options for this piece. The cost for this kit is $34.95 plus flat rate ship­ping. I have a lim­it­ed sup­ply so make sure you grab yours now. Click HERE to...

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Decoupage Papier-Mache

Jan 9, 2014

This project is one you will find in Delight In The Art of Col­lage Chap­ter Four ~ Paper on pages 112 — 115. It is a fun tech­nique that cre­ates awe­some results. I was so hap­py to see CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books offer it as a free online tuto­r­i­al. The papi­er-mâché bird on this can­vas is actu­al­ly half of a dec­o­ra­tive box. When I found the pack­age of three bird box­es, I saw six birds that I could alter in all kinds of dif­fer­ent ways. I decid­ed to decoupage, paint and stamp this one, but I have ideas to cov­er the oth­ers with fab­ric, mists, mod­el­ing paste and glit­ter. Just because an item is meant for one thing does­n’t mean that’s how you have to use it. If you want to cre­ate your...

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A Little Peek into Delight In The Art of Collage

Jan 7, 2014

Delight in the Art of Col­lage is a tech­nique and assem­blage style book. It includes 40 step by step tech­niques as well as the extra steps need­ed to com­plete each of the mixed media or col­lage art projects. With the projects in this book, I show you how to use found objects in new and cre­ative ways. For exam­ple, some projects incor­po­rate vin­tage finds from thrift stores, flea mar­kets and antique shops. A vin­tage plat­ter can become the can­vas for a fam­i­ly pho­to. Tart tins and gelatin molds stacked togeth­er make beau­ti­ful flow­ers. In this book you will also cre­ate with cur­rent prod­ucts and work with a wide assort­ment of medi­ums includ­ing tex­tiles, met­al, wax, resin, clay and paper. I share lots of unique ways to use each of these medi­ums. You will learn...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Giveaway

Jan 3, 2014

Last week, I received copies of my lat­est book Delight In The Art of Col­lage. Yes, seri­ous hap­py dance is going on in my house because it means I can help one lucky blog win­ner com­plete their Delight Tril­o­gy. It still blows my mind when I think about hav­ing writ­ten and cre­at­ed three books. We are talk­ing 200 projects and about 70,000 words. This is a lot of cre­at­ing and a lot of cre­ative infor­ma­tion. The crazy thing is I would like to do anoth­er book with plas­ter but this is still just in the “I think I want to do it, not I have to do this or I’m gonna bust stage”. For a chance to win a copy of Delight In The Art of Col­lage read the info at the bot­tom of...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Preview

Nov 18, 2013

Fri­day, was an amaz­ing mail day. I received a copy of my lat­est book “Delight In The Art of Col­lage”. So for the moment please just humor me and take a look at how gor­geous each chap­ter looks. I worked so hard on this book and it does­n’t mat­ter if you’re a begin­ner or an advanced crafter there is a lit­tle bit of every­thing for every­one. And of course it has that vin­tage feel I love so much. I’m so proud of this book I can hard­ly stand the wait for you all to see it for your­selves. It will be released in Jan­u­ary and is cur­rent­ly avail­able through pre-order on Ama­zon. I love how the design­er Aman­da Kleiman cre­at­ed a col­lage of my projects for the Intro­duc­tion and each chap­ter. The pho­tog­ra­phers, Chris­tine...

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Book Edit 2 ~ Complete

Sep 2, 2013

4o Projects Designed & Com­plet­ed 40 Tech­nique Step Outs Writ­ten, Pho­tographed & Checked 310 Pho­tos Viewed 2 “Con­tents” Pages Checked & Page Num­bers Ver­i­fied Intro­duc­tion & Chap­ter Open­ers Checked 40 “Cap­tions” Checked 18 Shared “Tips” Checked 40 Tech­nique Sup­ply Lists Checked 40 “To fin­ish this piece” Instruc­tions Checked 5 Pages of “Com­plete Project Mate­ri­als Lists” Checked 1 Page of “Tem­plates” Checked 1 “Resources” Page Checked About the Author Checked Ded­i­ca­tion Checked Acknowl­edg­ments Checked Total Pages Count­ed, Checked & Edit­ed ~ 128 After all this edit­ing, turn­ing in my 3rd books, “Delight In The Art of Col­lage”, final edit to my edi­tor who will soon be send­ing it to print feels… OH SO AMAZING!!!    ...

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