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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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