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Pocket Letter Love

Hello all. I trust that you’re having a wonderful week and have been able to carve out some “me” time to spend doing something that fills you with Happy.

Me? I’m still enjoying the art high from last Saturday’s Dina Wakley class and all the fun I’ve been having playing in my planners. Yes, I’ve officially embraced the planner craze. Like I need another obsession, right?! 🙂 I haven’t blogged about them yet, but something is definitely in the works, promise!

Yesterday, as I was editing some images, I realized that there were a few Pocket Letters that I’ve created but not yet shared here on the blog. So. I thought I’d do that today. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already.

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I’ve really enjoyed being able to incorporate my love for mixed media into Pocket Letters. Using my gelli plate, favorite stamps, stencils and die cuts makes creating them all the more fun for me. As you can probably see, with the exception of the cat themed PL, my latest swaps have all been mixed media style. I really only accepted the themed swap because… CATS!

Thanks for looking & I wish you a Happy week!

xoxo,

Belen

 

 

 

In Class With Dina Wakley

This past Saturday I spent a wonderful day with Dina Wakley in her Random By Design class at Studio CRESCENDOh. We made several different backgrounds, some I managed to complete as art journal pages. We threw string, painted with our eyes closed, painted with our non-dominant hand, learned about grounding, and composition, did some collaging and even worked on large 18×24 substrates. Oh, and I also learned that the illegible scribbly writing that so many of us do in our journals is called asemic writing!

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It was a fantastic day of learning to just Let Go, make a mess and create pages that are very free and open, with lots of yummy white space.

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A couple of journal pages that I completed in class.

The premise of the class was to create pages, through a series of techniques, that looked random. To help achieve this, we worked on multiple backgrounds simultaneously.

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Not all of my backgrounds resulted in completed pages, and that’s ok. It’s nice to have backgrounds to work from when I don’t have a lot of time to play. I’m really liking the way this second background turned out and will likely take Dina’s suggestion, to just add a quote or some journaling and call it done.

2015-07-25 16.00.49If you’ve ever had the pleasure of attending a Dina Wakley class, then you know what a joy it is to what her work. Her style is organic, open and carefree because that truly is how she creates. Her catchphrase “oops, oh well” really is something she lives by and preaches in her classes. She shares some good techniques on grounding your layers from edge to edge, choosing a color pallet that will pop off your page, how to add depth and texture, then she encourages you to make a mess, have fun, and just go with it.

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I’ve never worked on a substrate larger than my art journal, so working on 18 x 24 sheets of watercolor paper was a bit scary at first. I found that venturing outside of my comfort zone is exactly what I needed to shake things up a bit and get that creative energy flowing.

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As focal points for these larger pieces, Dina encouraged us to scribble sketch some faces. Working to this scale, the scribbly hair was a bit of a challenge for me, but it was a fun. During our show and tell time, the class decided that this sketch resembled Nicole Kidman… giggle.

2015-07-26 10.02.22Once home, in my own studio, Loki decided to cover up his and my least favorite. #EveryonesaCritic

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Dina had some of her products available for purchase, and I couldn’t resist because… ART SUPPLIES!!

I couldn’t finish this blog post without a great big thank you to Jenny Doh for having the class at her studio. Attending a Dina Wakley class was at the top of my bucket list, and Jenny’s art filled studio space, warm nature and positive energy only served to make this experience all the more memorable.

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While I was at Studio Crescendoh, I picked up this wonderful book that I have not been able to put down since. It’s pages are filled with beautiful images and bite-sized inspiration, from many of our favorite artists, and is sure to feed your creative spirit. You can find it on her site HERE or on Amazon, in kindle and paperback versions HERE.

If you get the opportunity to take an art class, I highly recommend checking out her studio in Santa Ana. Her calendar can be found HERE. There’s already a couple of more classes that I have my eye on.

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Dina was sweet enough to add her own words of inspiration to my book.

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A little selfie fun with Dina Wakley??… Heck YES, thank you very much!

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Thanks for reading and I wish you all a beautiful, art filled week!

xoxo,

Belen

Birds of a Feather

Hi all! Just a quick post today, to share my latest Pocket Letter with you. This was a special one because I had the opportunity to swap it with a new friend, Kathy Chang, in person.

2015-07-12 14.46.13I LOVE mixed media style Pocket letters, so I used a gelli print as the base. The fun swirly design was achieved using a Joggles stencil. I added some stamping with Dina Wakley and Dylusions stamps, and got to play around with my new Feathers stamp set by Hot Off The Press.

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo

 

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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Arte, Musica e Vino

In a nod to my love of all things Italian, I created this latest art journal page. I call it, “La Trinità … Arte, Musica e Vino”, which translates into “The Trinity… Art, Music and Wine”.
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I started with a base of gelatos, from the Steampunk set, and gesso in my Strathmore Journal to soften them a bit. Using a crackle stamp by Darkroom Door and Staz-On ink, I added some visual texture for added depth.
Walnut Ink and Dina Wakley media acrylic, in Gilt, helped give the page an aged look.
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I stamped some Staz-On Ink, in Ganache, over this fabulous stencil by Fabscraps, that I just got from Blitsy.
I LOVE this stencil and see myself using it a lot!
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I added a chipboard embellishment and a few gold stars to finish off the page.
Thanks for looking.
Ciao Bella!

March 2015 #30Lists, Day 1

Today was Day 1 of my 30 Days of Lists challenge and our prompt was “Why I make Lists”.

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I made this tag using various paints, Derwent watercolor pencils, Ohto Fude Ball pen, a white Uni-ball Signo pen, grungy circle stamps by Dina Wakley and a diamond pattern stencil from my monthly StencilGirl stencil subscription.

Documented Life 2015 – Week 3

This week’s DLP art challenge was “The Color Wheel”. I decided to challenge myself to keep it simple and embrace the negative space. Being one who tends to fill up every bit of the page with color, this was a bit of a stretch for me.

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I started by using a bit of gel medium to add a strip of music sheet to my page. On top of that I stenciled on a design using modeling paste and a Prima Stencil.

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Once that was completely set, I sprayed on some Dylusions in Postbox Red, London Blue and Lemon Zest and let it drip down the page. I heat set that and did the same thing with a bit of Acrylic Ink, for an extra punch of color.

2015-01-20 20.19.12I gave my page a few splatters of Dylusions, in Black Marble and stamped a bee, from the Scribbly Insects as well as my sentiment, onto a scrap of music sheet, cut both out and adhered them onto my page.

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Overall, I’m pleased with the results. I’m glad that I challenged myself to embrace the negative space and welcome all that white into my journal.

Thanks for looking, wishing you a wonderful week!

Making Whimsical Shrink Plastic Jewelry

I hope that every one of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, observed in whichever manner which made you happy. Ours was quite enjoyable. We were able to spend time with some of my family, as well as some of my Beloved’s family, who visited us for a few days. We enjoyed some wonderful meals together, walked on the beach, did a little shopping and just enjoyed each others company; it was a really nice few days.

With our Christmas festivities having drawn to a close, I couldn’t wait to get back to my art studio and create something to share with you, my lovely followers.

Last week I shared with you how to create shrink plastic gift embellishments, which can be found HERE. Well today I’m going to share with you how to create some easy and fun shrink plastic necklaces. I gave a few as Christmas gifts and they were very well received.

2014-12-13 17.22.57This is a set that I gave to a friend, it’s a whimsical butterfly ring and necklace, created using a stamp from Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Insects stamp set.

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These are the supplies that I used to create my necklaces. I also used organza cord necklaces, which is what you see in the example above.

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Today I’ll show you how to create your own and also share a few others that I made using Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamp set.

2014-12-27 01.19.07The first thing you’ll want to do is stamp your design onto the rough side of your shrink plastic, using StazOn ink. As I’ve shared before, you can buy different types of shrink plastic, both in the stores and online, so find whichever works best for you. I purchased mine at my local craft store.

If you are using shrink plastic that isn’t pre-roughened, you’ll want to lightly sand one side of the plastic with fine sandpaper then rinse and pat dry. I find it much easier to just buy shrink plastic that has already been pre-roughened. Some people prefer not to rough it up, and if that works for you, that’s totally ok. Find what works best with the mediums that you’re using.

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2014-12-27 01.05.19I recommend trimming your stamped images down to a more manageable size before you start coloring them in. For this step you can use sharpies, acrylics, various inks, even colored pencils, but one word of advice is don’t feel you have to overdo the color. Once you bake your plastic the shrinking process intensifies the color significantly.

For the butterfly necklaces I used a fine brush and Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Pearlescent Inks. Oooh how I LOVE these inks! The colors are wonderfully luscious with a gorgeous pearlescent sheen to them.

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Once your image is painted and dry enough to handle, trim around the edges with scissors but be sure to leave room to punch a hole to thread your chain or ribbon. You MUST punch your hole before you bake!

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Be sure to follow the instructions for the shrink plastic that you buy, mine said to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for approx 1 minute, but I found that I only needed to bake them for about 35 seconds.

You’ll see them curl up as they shrink, then flatten out. When they flatten is when you want to pull them out with a non-stick spatula and if they need it, give them a light pressing, using a smooth book or the back of a notepad, to flatten then out.

Once that part is all done just add a small jump ring and then thread a chain, ribbon or cord through the hole and you’re all done, your whimsical jewelry is ready to wear!

You can make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, even rings, as you see here on the right.

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These fun little scribbly bird necklaces were created with Dina Wakley’s Scribbly Birds stamps, as mentioned above, painted with regular acrylic paints and hung from a black ball chain.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you enjoyed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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