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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label perfect pearls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label perfect pearls. Show all posts

Friday, May 3, 2013

Journal Journey's ~

oh my goodness friends ~

it's been another full week!  i'm thrilled to say i got one little thing accomplished  in my art studio, and i'm excited to show it to you.

this was my attempt at making a more 'earth-toned' and hopefully, {slightly masculine}, art journal.  it was a special order requested by a girlfriend of mine, as a graduation gift. for a young man who is also an artist.  
 i began with a blank, black canvas covered journal purchased at michaels. i expected alot of the black of the cover to show through... and absorb much of the paint, as i printed the cover with my {wonderful} gelli plate in a direct-to-gelli plate printing process.  man, i am so loving the texture and black depth of the canvas showing through~!  {double bonus}

 i added trim from previous gelli print papers i cut away, and applied as  border, leaving the right-side edge ripped purposely.
 i added a layer of matte medium to the cover, and let it dry.  i stamped it, and added some perfect pearls paints, outlining the sun in copper, and adding what i hope {imaginatively} looks like 'nail head trim' {like you see on furniture, etc}.  it's done in pewter.

 a little slashing in the pewter perfect pearls, to look like textured stitching... {hopefully}
 and of course, some doodling, and writing... messy-style!

 this was a fun project, and fun challenge.  thanks nettie, for asking me.  i had a great time {in case i forgot to tell ya!}

blessings on your weekend!  some serious studio cleaning-up is on my list, for sure!  

soli deo gloria!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Journal #2 ~ Copper Flowers

Hello there ~ oh my goodness... I made it through to Tuesday!  More on that later!

Here is my second {my favorite!} covered journal; I'm calling it "Copper Flowers."
 Recognize this design? 
It was one of the Margaret Applin's new stencil from Joggles, which I debuted awhile ago on fabric... and now on paper:
 {love that coppery perfect pearl paint!} love that stencil!!!

 The outside back side cover below:
 A pretty stack of journals I made, sitting together on the table.  Kind of like food in the pantry, is a couple journals finished!!!  It all represents many hours of happily messing around trying to figure out book covering, and all that mechanical application stuff: 
  The inside back cover:
 And, the back side cover: {i love the orange spots with the purple thermofax screen design}
 Purples... aqua, turquoise... oranges... and copper ~ this was a fun color combo!  These are going to make great gifts!
Here's to a fun week ahead~hope it is for you too!
Many blessings~

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The First of My Gelli Journals ~ l o v e

Hi there ~

A happy Sunday, and St. Patty's Day to you all!  As the spring-like weather continues to tease us with cloudy, wind-blown days... I'm making gelli prints while the sun don't shine!  {bad grammar, i know!}.  This is the first of my experimental journal covers, made with a plethora of gelli prints, and lots of messy finger prints.  The picture below shows the cover page:
 The inside cover page:
 The inside of the back page:
 And, finally, the very back cover:
 I'm sure you will recognize some of the styles incorporated within ~ multiple overlays of Stencil Girl stencils, Margaret Applin's thermofax screens, stamping, and lots of creative play with acrylic paints.  Here's the full cover page:
 I added the colorful twine, and some dotted accents with Perfect Pearls dimensional paint.
And the heart was made with my twinkling h20's, painted on watercolor paper, cut out, glued on with heavy gel medium, and then embellished with the pearl paint. The funky thing I've discovered, is that the H2o's mica-watercolor paints 'crackle' a bit when gelled over with medium.  An interesting effect.  I used the heavier gel medium to apply the paper pages, too, as they adhered much neater, stronger, and faster throughout the process.

Love, indeed ~ that's exactly what it was, a labor of love.  I'm lovin' the results, too.  Alot of time, but a really fun way to use the gelli prints I had such a good time making!  This one was made using an inexpensive, lined journal from the office supply store.  I'm hoping to make some with fabric prints, too! 

And the beat goes on...


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Love Story Collage ~

Hello sweet friends ~

I'm excited to show you {more} of what I did with that beautiful 'ghost print' on "The Dream Team Post" from yesterday

But first, I'd like to answer some questions in the comments I received on the paints I've used.  By the way, I do respond individually, and usually also post a reply in the comments section.  I use anything as far as acrylic paints go.  Typically what I can find on sale.  I've used the inexpensive craft types, to mid-range, and the more expensive, which is the Golden brand, in my limited experience.  I have found that Golden is a great quality paint, with beautiful colors, but high pigment, which gives a wonderful range of playability in mixing, etc.   When I buy it, I usually buy at Michaels {40% off}, but they don't have a great selection. They do have a great selection, with about the same savings online from DickBlick.com {although I then have to pay shipping} I've used Liquitex paints too, and the Michaels brand; all of which are good.  If you should want to put acrylic paint on wearables, like t-shirts or other clothing, it's recommended that you mix fabric medium into your acrylic paint. {I haven't done this}  Although I do want to also say that I plan to incorporate some of Margaret's thermofax screens, using this medium, and playing with some old t-shirts... just for fun!  The medium I will use is Golden's GAC 900.  I originally purchased it for screen printing, as it leaves the paint "open" longer, & it won't dry so quickly while you're working with it.
Helpful info on the label!
I hope that answers your questions. I'm not much of an expert!  If not, please let me know and I'll do my best to respond with what I know.

So on with the design story, which begins with Sunshine!

After heat-setting this print, I decided to add texture with a stamp and the Stazon ink pad; a permanent ink.  Optional: Use a glue stick to lightly apply a dab of glue to the backs of the flower to keep them in place when stitching them down.

I'm also incorporating a second design.  These are {so pretty} fused flowers from the "Layered Flowers Duo" stencil.  I added a little round, piece of batting, centered in the middle of the flower, before fusing the second purple fabric to the back.  A bit of "puff" just for dimension and of course, fun!
I decided not to go with the traditional batting I typically choose. This time I'm using an OeSD stabilizer called "Fuse and Fleece," a cut-away stabilizer I purchase at my local Bernina shop {Bernina Silver Thimble} where I teach.
A second layer of stabilizer is also added.  This product is a heavyweight tear-away type, placed on the back of the fused fleece. Also from OeSD, it's a superb stabilizer, especially for heavier decorative stitching, which will be incorporated into this collaged piece.

Oh such fabulous texture!  I dig this ghost print. You can even see a bit of the stamping and free motion stitching on the fused flower, below:
On the far right {below}, is a third stenciled design; a strip printed from the "Flourish" stencil. Love that periwinkle blue 'pop' of color...
I really, really, love the text that shows off on those {surprisingly} beautiful blobs of turquoise!!
I love that subtle bit of 'poof' in the center of the flowers.  There's more substance, and dimension, keeping them from being totally flat.
And why not add a bird ~ {or three}.
And the title of the piece comes from a stamp "it's all about love."  I stamped it onto a leftover piece of a very thin cotton voile fabric that had lace insets.  You will see that it bled a little bit when stamped, but that's ok. 
And because this piece is backed with the heavyweight  stabilizer, the decorative stitches finish out beautifully.  This is King Tut thread.  It's thicker texture, and subtle, yet vibrant color is a great accent on this piece. And I chose that decorative pattern specifically because it looks like the quilt pattern of "flying geese."

{love the detail of the stamping/text on the blue paint below} Have I said that too much?!
And... what every responsible and {quilted} bird should have in a quilt.. a genuine thread nest! Like many of you, I saved those snipped threads as I worked on this piece.  I simply rolled them up in an oblong-ish little roll in the palm of my hand, and free motion stitched to attach them.  Bakers Twine was applied in a brown and white twist for the branch.  I could have used a real branch, but I wanted to experiment with the twine.  

I wish I had added a bit of batting to the birds too... but I didn't think of it until it was done!!  {sew it goes}
And frankly, I'm not super excited with my decision on the  eggs.  I loved the color of the Perfect Pearls dimensional paint, but the eggy shapes didn't quite hold the way I had hoped.  I  could have made them from fabric or used some beads... but I wanted to be adventurous!  
I thought about quilting the edges of the flowers, but in the end, I left them alone... {I could still change my mind!} And I didn't want to add alot of quilting to this piece, as it will take visual attention away from the gorgeous texture of the print. 

A faux piping finish with soft, curvy edges to finish the piece and I then add a little 1/4" plastic ring to the back for hanging.  {more on that later}  
And little dots of gorgeous color in each flower center with Perfect Pearls dimensional paint.  Love that Color Show!
And to make my birds, I sprayed s.e.i. dye through a bird stencil, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  This was a 'white on white' fabric, and I love how the white flowers act as a little bit of a resist with the sprays, and give that extra shading and textural interest!
 Are you in love with these stencils, yet?
Sew... dang fun!  I love it.  It's my favorite {so far}. 
If you haven't seen the whole shebang of a collection, go check it out at Joggles.com
{You may want to jot down your favorites... hint hint... giveaway coming up soon!}
I've been working on a post to show you my 'faux piping' tutorial, and the finished back, coming soon.
Soli Deo Gloria

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