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Tutorial: Hand Dyed Ribbon

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I have a quick little tutorial to share with you today. I’m going to show you the process that I’ve been using to dye my own ribbon. For the longest time I’ve been using sari ribbon but thanks to the gals over at Art5Academy I’ve now started using Seam Binding, which is so much more economical.

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To get started you’ll need a few supplies.

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Cut your desired lengths of ribbon.

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Place the ribbon into your plastic bag.

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Spray your choice of ink into the bag. I use Dylusions. They’re wonderfully vibrant and blend beautifully with each other. Just keep in mind that they react to moisture so you don’t want to have your ribbon come into contact with anything wet.

I would suggest to add just a few sprays of color to start, you can always add more as you go along. For the purposes of this tutorial I used Lemon Zest & Bubblegum Pink.

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Introduce other color inks for a cool effect.

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Close the bag up, taking the air out, and scrunch it up with your hands. Don’t be afraid to really manhandle it. Scrunch it, rub it between your hands. You really want to distribute the color.

If you want more color, just open up your bag and add a few more sprays and repeat the scrunching process.

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Once your ribbon has the desired color and coverage that you want, just turn it out onto some parchment paper or a Ranger craft sheet to dry.

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And that’s it, vibrant hand dyed ribbon that you can create in literally a couple of minutes.

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Use it in your art journals, craft projects, mixed media pieces, art tags, or tuck a bit of it into happy mail to really brighten someone’s day.

Thank for reading, I wish you a colorful week filled with art and whimsy.



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


How To Create A Mixed Media Pocket Letter

I’ve been asked numerous time how I create mixed media style Pocket Letters that look like one cohesive image spread across the 9 pockets.

It’s actually quite easy and I recently took some photos to show you how I do it.

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The base for this particular Pocket Letter was a Dyan Reaveley Diamond stencil placed on top of a 9.5 x 11 piece of white card stock and sprayed with various Dylusions Inks.

When it was dry, I brushed on some Media black gesso and let that dry.

Let me take a moment to mention a couple of important things.

Dylusions Inks reactivate with moisture, even looong after they’ve dried. If you’re going to add a wet medium over them, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve properly sealed the Dylusions layer first. I didn’t seal the first layer because I didn’t need to. Had I tried this with white gesso, I very likely would have had the reactivated inks seep through. Since I was working with black gesso, it wasn’t an issue.

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The other thing that I’d like to mention is about borders. If you want your PL to have a border, maybe something stamped or hand drawn, and are concerned about losing some of it when cutting, wait to add it until a bit later in the process.

Ok, so for this Pocket Letter I wanted to have one large main focal point. I used a stamp from Dyan Reaveley’s Survivor stamp set, some book paper and Hero Arts India Ink in black.

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After cutting out the stamped image I gave it some color with Sakura gel pens and Copic Spica glitter pens.

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I also added some additional dots and doodles to the base, then glued down my focal point.

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Next it was time to cut. This seems to be the part that trips people up, but once you get the sizing down, you’ll be able to do it easily.

The typical page protector used for Pocket Letters is a 3-ring, 9 pocket trading card protector. Each of the pockets measure 2.5 x 3.5, which is also the standard size for an ATC, or Artist Trading Card.

I’ve found that, for me, the easiest thing to do is to first trim my mixed media piece to size. Since I created my base with a 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock, I trimmed it down to 7.5 x 10.5. I lose a bit around the edges but I’m ok with that since I took that into consideration when placing my focal point. This is something that you’ll want to keep in mind when placing your own lettering or artwork so as to avoid having to cut through an area you didn’t want split.

Ok, remember how I mentioned earlier about waiting a bit if you wanted to add a border? Well now that your base has been trimmed it’s a great time to add it!

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With it trimmed to size, it was now time to cut it into 9 pockets. I began with cutting it into 3 equal horizontal pieces that measured 3.5 inches high.

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Next I cut it vertically, making each cut 2.5 inches wide. This cut is what produces the individual cards and is especially important because the pockets you’re slipping each piece into have very little give to them. You want to make sure that this measurement is accurate.

Once done, I inserted each card into its respective pocket, basically reassembling the image as a whole.

2015-06-13 12.02.39With the cutting done, it’s time to embellish and add goodies! I personally prefer do this one card at a time, and place each card back into its pocket before moving on to the next. I find that doing it this way works best for me as it helps me remain aware of placement relative to the overall look of the page.

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Once you have these measurements and basic technique down, you can create your own mixed media Pocket Letters in no time, making each one truly unique.

I should add that you can also use this same technique for cutting one large image or photo for your non mixed media Pocket Letters.

Here are a couple more that I recently sent out for swap.

This first one shows how you can achieve an even border by waiting to add it until after it’s been trimmed to size.

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For more info on Pocket Letters, please visit Janette Lane’s site HERE or look for the Pocket Letter Pals group on Facebook.

Thanks for looking and happy swapping!


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!

Life Book Week 2 – Playing Tag

It’s week 2 of Life Book 2015 and we have a bonus project this week, which is nice. It gives people some who might still be working on week 1, a little breathing room. This week we’re Playing Tag with Roben-Marie Smith, who is part of Art to the 5th, the wonderful group of ladies that run the Documented Life Project. We were to create a tag using a word that we’ll be carrying with us through out the year. As you know from my previous posts, my word for the year is Release, so that’s what I used for my tag. 2015-01-06 18.25.49 I’ll show you how you can create your own to hang in your craft space or pin to your inspiration board, any place that you might need a gentle little reminder of your intention for the year. 2015-01-06 17.55.24I started by spraying a tag with Dylusions ink. I used Cherry Pie and Pure Sunshine, then dried it with a heat tool. Don’t worry if it begins to curl up on you, as it dries it will flatten itself out. 2015-01-06 18.01.39 Using one of my own hand carved stamps and StazOn ink, I stamped around one edge. 2015-01-06 18.04.06Using a white Molotow marker and a white Uni-Ball Signo I added a few doodles. 2015-01-06 18.05.28Next, I gave my tag a few splatters of Golden Fluid Acrylic in White Titanium and set it aside to dry. 2015-01-06 17.53.48 Using StazOn again, I stamped a bold flower stamp and an arrow stamp onto old book paper. The stamps are from Paperbag Studios. The two that I used are from Roben-Marie’s Media Essentials #1 set and Rae’s Missigman’s Natural Elements set. 2015-01-06 18.02.17 2015-01-06 18.13.39After cutting them out, I glued them to my tag and used a Stabilo Marks All and a water brush to go around the edges and make them pop. 2015-01-06 18.18.02Next, I took the tag to my sewing machine a gave it a little wonky stitching around the edges. 2015-01-06 18.21.59I added a few more doodles, used a “Scratches” stamp from Darkroom Door to add a bit more texture, looped a bit of Sari silk ribbon through the hole and finished it off by adding my word for the year. 2015-01-06 18.24.572015-01-06 18.25.18 2015-01-06 18.29.26 2015-01-06 18.24.322015-01-06 18.27.35Thank you for looking, I hope you found the post of value. Wishing you a wonderful and art filled week!

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