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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