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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