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Trash Can Treasures

I go through quite a few baby wipes when I’m getting my art on, but I try to minimize some of my wastefulness by recycling them into my art projects and happy mail that I send out. Just a couple of days ago I used some wipes that I had already used to clean up Dylusions spray inks, spritzed them with a bit more color and let them dry.



When my colorful baby wipes dried, I tore off a couple of strips, added a strip of paper that I had stamped some lettering on and stitched the edges using my sewing machine. Voilà: instant tag.

As you can see, I’m a novice sewer, but I like to think that my wonky stitching  adds extra character to my pages. Yeah, lets go with that. 🙂

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And here’s the new tag in action. I added it to my a recent DLP challenge where we had to incorporate a map.

You can recycle used baby wipes for various things such as adding extra texture to your mixed media projects, both over and under paint / gesso, sew them together to make a banner, or spritz them with more color as I did HERE, then tear them into pieces and add to your layouts for extra visual interest.

There are likely many more uses for these little trash can treasures. If you have other crafty uses, please share, we’d love to hear from you!


Jewel Tone Tags With Alcohol Inks and Aluminum Foil

I created this tag using alcohol Inks, aluminum foil, a craft tag, embossing folder and my Texture Boutique. You can achieve gorgeous, vibrant jewel tones with alcohol inks on tags, backgrounds, glass, metal. I created a tag, I think it’ll look great on holiday package.

If you don’t have an embosser, no worries. Towards the end of this post I share a different technique you can try.

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I covered a craft tag with aluminum foil that I had in the kitchen and secured it using a bit of Scor-Tape on the back.

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Next I placed it in an embossing folder and ran it through my Texture Boutique, removed it and dropped alcohol inks straight onto the embossed tag, allowing the colors to pool and blend on their own. I didn’t use any blending solution, but if you find you need some and don’t have any on hand, alcohol can be used in a pinch.

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These are the Ranger Inks that I used for this tag

Next I just let it dry completely and added a ribbon to it!

2014-11-08 12.47.51As promised, if you don’t have an embosser, here’s a different technique that you can use to create a tag, an ATC, or even cover a canvas. I chose to work with an ATC, a small piece of aluminum foil and 3 more Ranger Inks.

2014-11-01 15.40.49 2014-11-01 15.52.26 I wadded up the aluminum foil into a ball, flattened it out a bit and covered my ATC, folding the edges around back.

2014-11-01 15.54.11 2014-11-01 16.12.51 Just as in the technique I shared above, I dropped alcohol ink straight onto the ATC, allowing the colors to pool and blend on their own. Again, I didn’t use blending solution.

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What I ended up with, when dry, was a beautifully vibrant background accentuated by the metallic folds of the foil.


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A Journey of 100 Faces

As I previously shared, I’ll be participating in Life Book 2015, beginning Jan 1st. After exchanging a couple of messages with Tam and confirming that painting faces is a significant portion of Life Book, I decided that I would learn to draw a face.

Enter Dina Wakley. It’s no secret how much I love, love, love her acrylic paints and stamps or that I’m her #1 fan girl, but I’m also really drawn to her scribbly style faces and their vibrant splashes of color. So I contacted her to see if she’d be in San Diego anytime soon. I struck out there, but she did tell me about her online class called “Facing the Facts”.

In it she offers great tips, talks about common mistakes that beginners tend to make and offers ways to correct them. She also says that getting good at faces, or anything really, takes practice and encourages us to commit to 100 faces, beginning with our first face that we’re to sketch before watching the first video.

So I did. I got my reference, just like she suggests and gave myself a couple of minutes to sketch it.

Here she is (OMG, am I seriously sharing this in public?!):


After I sketched her I watched Dina’s first lesson and listened to her talk about those common rookie mistakes like my “joker’s mouth”, “overdrawn hair” and the dreaded “fully visible iris”. In short… YIKES!
But hey, no worries, right? It’s only face #1 out of 100… 99 more opportunities to improve.

This morning I decided to sketch face #2, using the tips offered in Face the Facts and can already see improvement. Ok still lots of room for improvement, but wow, what a difference already!


I’m seriously glad that I decided to take Dina’s class and recommend it to anyone. 98 faces to go and I’m looking forward to seeing my development documented in my sketch book.

My First ATC

I was recently part of a hand-carved stamp swap in the Stamp Carvers/Printmakers group on Facebook and received a fun little background stamp carved by the lovely Theresa Magladry. She named it “Wonky Circles”.

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Part of the swap was to create a piece of art using the stamp that our swap partner sent us and send it to them. I was excited to put it to good use so I decided to make my first ATC.

I created this one, which I call “Metamorphosis”, using Ranger distress inks, a Dyan Reaveley border stamp, some bits that I had in my stash, Authentique text stickers that I talked about in yesterday’s post and of course my awesome new Wonky Circles stamp!

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You can see the cool background pattern created using Wonky Circles. Thank you so much Theresa; I hope you enjoy the ATC. I LOVE the stamp and know that it will be one I use time and time again!

A quick little side note for any ATC artists. I found this stamp, by Donna Salazar the other day, which you might find handy.

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Create Eye Catching Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

20141025_0825333 I love alcohol inks for the vibrancy of color that they yield and Ranger’s Dyan Reaveley’s “Dylusions” are at the very top of my list of favorites. They’re a fast and easy way to create eye-catching backgrounds with concentrated colors that really pop. That being said, you do have to give some thought as to what you’re going to do with your background once it’s done.

Alcohol inks are water based so they react differently to the various wet mediums and while spraying water over them gives them an amazing blendable quality, we don’t always want our colors to run; just something to keep in mind.

You’ll find many videos and methods for sealing Dylusions available on the interweb, so play around, find which gives you the results you’re looking for.

My personal preference, if I’m going to be layering paint or other wet mediums, is to spray my dry background with a couple of coats of a fine mist sealer or fixative, letting it dry then adding a layer of clear gesso over it.

Ok, so let’s get on with making pretty stuff, shall we?

I created this background using Dylusions Ink Sprays and plastic cling wrap from our kitchen. 2014-10-25 08.40.39 I first protected my work surface, which I recommend if you don’t want overspray  everywhere, and liberally sprayed my substrate with ink.

For this particular background I used Tangerine Dream, Vibrant Turquoise and Cherry Pie. 2014-10-25 07.23.50 When the inks were nice and pooled on my page I covered it with a sheet of plastic cling wrap, making sure that I cut it a bit larger than my journal page, and moved it around with my fingers, creating folds. The folds will create the texture, so don’t be afraid to really move that plastic wrap around. 2014-10-25 07.24.53 Next, I let it dry. I’m not the most patient of people, so I sometimes do this part before I go to bed and by the time I wake up it’s ready to go. This morning, however,  I didn’t make my page as wet as I sometimes do so it didn’t take too long to dry.

Once dry, I peeled off the layer of cling wrap and tada, vibrant background with fantastic texture and movement created by the folds in the cling wrap. 2014-10-25 08.23.21 Just look at all the yummy colors created by the 3 colors blending; this is exactly what I love about Dylusions ink sprays! 2014-10-25 08.25.031

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Play around and have fun creating your own backgrounds, just remember to seal your pages if you’re going to be layering other wet mediums over them.

Handcrafted Book

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With my focus being more on art journaling these days, I’m just not putting together as many scrapbook layouts as I used to. There are, however, a couple of monthly kit subscriptions that I just can’t bear to part with, the OhDeerMe kit by Freckled Fawn being one of them, so I decided to put some of those adorable embellishments to good use making a handcrafted mini notebook.

I’d been hanging on to some leftover pieces of cardstock “just in case” so I thought this would be a good opportunity to use those as well. Sometimes it pays off to be a “craft hoarder”!

Using fluid medium, I adhered an old dictionary page to the piece of cardstock that was to be my cover, then scraped on a thin layer of gesso using an old gift card. Once dry, I brushed on some Dina Wakley acrylic paints and used her stiff bristle brush to really work the colors until I got the desired blended look I was going for. Since I used such little paint it was dry enough to bind in a matter of minutes.

To bind the notebook I pulled out my Cinch Book Binding Tool and a scrap piece of cinch wire… yay, another scrap used! If you’ve never used Cinch Book Binding Tool, let me just briefly tell you it’s pretty darn cool and so easy to use! I got the newer version because I wanted the one with the square holes, but Amazon carries both versions at a decent price. Last week Scrapbook Steals had The Cinch as one of their daily steals and it may still be available in their archives.

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Once the notebook was bound, which took just a couple of minutes, I set about to make it pretty using embellishments, washi tape and stamps from various past OhDeerMe kits.


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Credits: Embellishments, star stamp and washi from Freckled Fawn, acrylics are by Dina Wakley, The CInch Book Binding machine is by We R memory Keepers and the paper is from my own stash.  Thanks for looking!

“Be Bright”

The process of art journaling, for me, can be very therapeutic. It’s something I can turn to when I need to explore emotions or experiences that are bigger than me and I find that more often than not, by the time I’m done, I’ve managed to work through the issue, leaving it behind on the pages of my art journal.

This week I’ve been exploring some old baggage that I’ve been lugging around for quite a while now, so after a tough week, a little Friday night art therapy was definitely in order!

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I started by scraping on a layer of Dina Wakley’s media acrylic (I LOVE her paints) in turquoise into my journal with an old gift card and adding some texture by using a pallet knife to spread modeling paste over a stencil.

Once that was dry, I used fluid medium to adhere layers of torn paper and a few embellishments, to give the page movement and create even more texture. I finished it all off with some stamping, strips of my own homemade washi tape, and a few doodles using Posca metallic paint pens, which are awesome, by the way.2014-10-04 08.58.35

This was a fun page for me, I like how it turned out and best of all, I walked out of my art room feeling brighter and just a little bit lighter yesterday.

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Homemade Washi Tape Using Your Gelli Plate

Homemade Washi Tape

Homemade Washi Tape

Homemade Washi Tape is easy and quick to make using your gelli plate, some deli paper, acrylic paints, stayz-on ink and whatever misc stamps you have on hand.

Adhere strips of scor-tape to one side of your deli paper, I used 1/2″. Brayer paint onto your gelli plate & use the other side of the deli paper to pull your print. When your print is dry, use stayz-on ink & stamps to stamp over the dried print. This will help add even more yummy texture and movement to your finished tape.

Using scissors right along the edge of the scor-tape, cut your individual strips of washi.

When ready to use, peel off the paper backing from strip of “washi” & Enjoy your new creation!


No Gelli Plate? You Can Still Make Homemade Washi!

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Homemade Washi Tape is easy to make even if you don’t have a gelli plate. Grab some deli paper, Scor-tape, acrylic paints, stayz-on ink and your favorite stamps and you’ll have washi tape in no time.

Adhere strips of Scor-tape to one side of your deli paper, I used 1/2″. Using a brush, lay some paint onto the other side of your deli paper. When the paint is dry, use stayz-on ink & stamp random designs over the dried print. This will help add even more yummy texture and movement to your finished tape.

Using scissors right along the edge of the Scor-tape, cut your individual strips of washi.

When ready to use, just peel off the paper backing from strip of “washi” & enjoy!

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