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Happy Mail Art Envelopes

Who doesn’t LOVE happy mail, right? Well I’ve been having fun making a few of these Art Envelopes to offer in my Etsy Shop. They’re made from prints of my original artwork and are perfect for happy mail, letters, and greeting cards.

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Add a label and you’re ready to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter!

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Thanks for looking!

Blender Pen Comparison

Hi all! Last week, I posted a short tutorial on how to create image transfers using the Chartpak Ad Blender Marker. Well an art friend in one of the FB groups that I belong to wondered if it would work with a Spectrum Noir Blender. I don’t own one, but I do have a Prismacolor Blender so I set about to do a comparison between the Chartpak & the Prismacolor.

The original images were printed using a laserjet printer. I followed the exact same technique for both pens, the Chartpak and Prismacolor.

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And now, for the results:

The Chartpak AD Blender wins hands down. You’ll see that it even transferred some color from the original image.
The Prismacolor didn’t transfer at all, you just see a wet spot because I went over it again a second time just to be sure that the image was well saturated.

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Hope you found this quick comparison informative.

Thank you for reading and I wish you an art filled week.

Tutorial: Create Your Own Deli Paper Washi Tape

Hello lovelies.

If you’re like me, you love your washi tape, have amassed quite a stash and use it any chance you get. It’s fun to add bits of it to art journal pages, happy mail, gifts, and various other art projects. Well today I’m going to show you two ways to make deli paper washi tape… with AND without a gelli plate.

 

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The first video shows how to create your own unique tape using your gelli plate.

If you don’t have a gelli plate, don’t worry, I got ya covered. The second video shows you how to make hand-painted deli paper washi tape, no gelli plate needed!

Once you’ve made your washi and are ready to use it, just peel off the backing and use it like you would any other washi tape.

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Products used in the Gelli Plate Deli Paper Washi Tape are: gelli plate, acrylic paint, Scor-Tape, Dylusions Bubbles stencil, and my favorite deli paper and Fude Ball pen

 

No Gelli Plate? this next video is for you.

Products used in the Hand-painted Deli Paper Washi Tape video are: acrylic paint, Scor-Tape, Dina Wakley paint brushes, Dylusions cling stamps, my favorite deli paper and StazOn ink pad in Jet Black.

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Thanks so much for watching and I wish you a wonderful week!

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How To Create Fast & Easy Image Transfers

 

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Hi again! Today I’m excited to share a product that has been around some time, but is new to me. It’s called a Chartpak Ad Marker Colorless Blender and with it I was able to create these fast and oh-so-easy image transfer tags.

There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when doing these image transfers:

  • This will only work with photo copier or laser jet printed images. This will not work with ink jet images.
  • Use in a well ventilated area.

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  • If the image you want to transfer has lettering that you want to be able to read, you’ll first need to flip it to create a mirror image in Photoshop or some other photo editing program, such as the best picture editing app for android that you can find on your phone. You can even ask them at your local copy place to flip it before printing.

Ok, so depending on the size of your image, cut it to size and select your substrate. For this demo I’ll be using a tag.

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I decided to first give my tag some color with some Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads.

2015-06-24 20.28.55I also added a strip of my own washi tape that I recently made to give my tag some visual texture.

Side note: I’ll have a video demo up on the blog this weekend showing you how you can create your own “washi” tape as well… Stay Tuned!

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I positioned my image, face down, onto my tag and secured it with a bit of tape.

2015-06-24 20.37.53Using long strokes, rather than a back and forth motion, I colored over the back of the image. You can see that the image will show through the paper, making it easy for you to make sure that you saturated all of it.

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The next step is very important. It’s time to burnish the back of the image, helping the saturated image to transfer onto your substrate. You can use something like the back of a spoon, a piece of slick paper, or a bone folder, which is what I used.

Burnish it a bit and check to see if your image has transferred. If so, remove the tape and image and you’re done, easy as that!

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To finish off my tag I added some stitching along one edge, pen marks along the others, a stamped sentiment, some sari ribbon and called it a success!

2015-06-25 08.36.04This image transfer was made with the gorgeous artwork of Therése Rosier. She is an amazing artist, just check out her Face Book Page. I just added some distressed inks, a stamped sentiment, some embellies and ribbon.

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Because the lettering isn’t the focal point here, It doesn’t bother me that it’s reversed. You can decide for yourself if it’s an issue. If it is, flipping it is really easy and it can even be done on PicMonkey, a free photo editing site.

Thanks for reading!

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Be Brave

Lately, it seems that I’ve been so focused on my Etsy shop, happy mail and swapping pocket letters that I haven’t made time to art just for me, so I sat down with my art journal and allowed myself time to collage and push some paint around.

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I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t art journaled in a while or what, but I really struggled with this spread.

It took me several days of working in short bursts, doubting myself every step of the way, to finally get it to a place that I liked.

But before that happened it went through several awkward stages that only served to fuel my inner critic. I was tempted to scrap the whole thing more than a few times until I decided to trust in the process and Be Brave.

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Through the process of creating this spread, I was reminded of the importance of taking time to art just for me. My art journals are an extension of myself, a form of self-expression. They are a place for me to release ideas, thoughts, experiences and emotions with the intention of gaining self awareness and a better understanding of the world around me.

It’s not always easy, sometimes you just have to Be Brave and allow yourself to go wherever the paint takes you.

Thank you for sharing this experience with me.

xoxo

 

Supplies used in the Spread: Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamps and Spinners stencil. Prima Circular Lattice stencil, Daler-Rowney Acrylic Inks.

Art & Whimsy Etsy Shop… Now Open For Business!

Squeeee… I have Big, BIG News today… I am officially open for business on Etsy!

Be sure to take advantage of my grand opening special of FREE Shipping, on select items.

New items will be added regularly, so please add ArtandWhimsyCreates to your favorite shops and check back often.

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The Groove Tool Review & Demo Video

Hello & happy day! I have something new to share with you all today!

I was browsing the isles of my local craft store and spotted this new little gadget, The Groove Tool by Art-C. 2015-05-30 11.30.50 Being the art tool junkie that I am, and it being on sale… well, I couldn’t resist so Hello, Demo Video!

You can see it in action at the bottom of this video, but first, I’ll say a couple of things about it, since this is a review as well. Here’s what comes included in the box: 2015-05-30 11.32.42

  • 1 Groove Tool
  • 1 Brush Tip
  • 1 Sponge Tip
  • 1 Course Sanding Tip
  • 1 Fine Sanding Tip

*Additional tips are available for purchase. It requires 2 AA batteries (not included) and sells for $19.99. If you can pick it up on sale or with a 40% off coupon, like I did, even better.

Basically this lightweight tool works much like a spinning facial cleansing brush in that the tips spin when you turn it on. It has 2 speeds, low and high, making it suitable for use on various mixed media substrates, like paper, canvas, aluminum, even wood.

The Groove is quiet, super easy to use and rather fun! I think it would be especially useful for someone with carpel tunnel or arthritis since the spinning tip does the work for you with very little pressure needed. It would also come in very handy when mass crafting items like cards and invitations.

Another nice thing about it, is that the spinning tips make for a very smooth application, whether you’re using paint or inks, without any harsh brush lines.

I like brush marks as much as the next gal, but sometimes I want a smooth application and The Groove handles that wonderfully.

I’m pleased with this fun little gadget and think it was a good purchase. Did I need it, no. But now that I have it, do I see myself using it again and again, yes! Over all, my take on The Groove Tool by Art-C is that it’s a keeper and a good addition to my art tools.

If you aren’t able to find it at your local craft store, I found it online at Scrapbook.com, but it looks like they are currently sold out. 2015-05-30 12.59.39 A few tags that I made using The Groove.

And now to see it in action… if you enjoy the video, please show it some love by clicking the thumbs up to “like” it.

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Create Your Own Freeform Stencils

Hello all of you wonderfully artsy people!

I’m excited to share something new (to me) with you today!

I love stencils, all kinds of stencils, they’re a great way to add surface design and depth to my art journal pages and mixed media art. Sometimes, however, I’m looking for something just a little bit different or have the need for a stencil that I don’t have in my collection.

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Because of this, I decided to try my hand at stencil cutting. Today I’ll share with you my very first attempt at cutting my own freeform stencils, using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool and a Simply Stencil sheet, which is just a stencil blank, a clean sheet of plastic for you to cut your design into.

2015-05-24 12.22.52I started by plugging in my 2-n-1 Craft Tool, giving it a few minutes to warm up while I roughly sketched out my stencil design. My goal was a very freeform design. Because I do a lot of mixed media art, I knew that I wanted the printed stencil design to look rough, almost as if it was done by hand.

2015-05-24 12.45.35Working on a protected, heat-resistant surface, I began cutting the various design elements. This will take a few minutes, depending on how intricate your design is, but I encourage you to take your time and use caution; your craft tool will be extremely HOT.

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As you can see, my cuts aren’t pretty and I had a couple of ‘Oops” along the way, but I’m not bothered by that at all, It actually adds to the look that I’m going for.

If you want a crisper design, something a bit more structured, or maybe even a design that is just a bit beyond your current drawing ability, no problem! Simply print a design that you want to use from the internet, place the printed sheet of paper underneath your stencil blank, use a marker to trace the design onto your sheet of plastic, toss the printed paper and cut your design as I’ve explained above.

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Now that my freeform stencil was done it was time to PLAY! Taking a gelli print that I had previously pulled, I stamped on the various elements of my custom stencil, using acrylics, and added some random marks with pens and markers.

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The irregularities and “oops” of my roughly cut stencil only ads to the overall look, really giving it character. I’m pleased with the outcome of my first attempt at cutting freeform stencils and am excited to try my hand at a few more.

I hope that you’ve found this post informative and that you feel inspired to try it yourself. Using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool to create own distinctive stencils is a great way to make art that truly is uniquely your own. Have fun & Happy Arting!

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In My Art Journal

This is a departure from my usual style but it was fun and seemed to help sort out the stresses of the work week.

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I used gesso in black and white, acrylics, modeling paste and a few different stencils, including a Dec 2014 StencilClub stencil from StencilGirl.

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Thanks for looking!

Note To Self

Dear Self,

Just a little reminder to Live Creatively, every. single. day. However grand or small the activity, even if all you have are a few short minutes, just do it… every. single. day.

Why? because you love it and because you’re worth it.

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Love,

Your Inner Artist

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