Posts Tagged ‘MixedMedia’

Art Bento Box – Unboxing Video

Hi lovelies! I have something fun to share with you today. Yesterday I received a box of goodies from Art Bento Box and decided to film an unboxing video to share with you today. It’s the first that I’ve shared, so please excuse my nervousness 🙂

Side Note: I’m not affiliated with Art Bento Box in any way. I received this box as a promotional offer to test out their kit in exchange for getting creative with the contents.

Art Bento Box has a Kickstarter Campaign that they’re kicking off towards the end of the month, but you can go to their website for more info and to receive updates.

Before we get into the unboxing video, I thought you might like to see what I created with some of the contents.

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You know I love my art tags, so that’s the first thing that I created. Using the paint and stencil included in the kit, I painted my own washi tape, using the orange tape, also included. I used some of the paper to add that gorgeous flower and the white Prisma Pencil for some mark making.

From my own stash I added a bit of ribbon, some Stabilo black pencil to create some depth and a stamped sentiment using a Donna Downey stamp from the Unity Stamp Co.

And now for the Unboxing…

Thanks for watching and exploring the Art Bento Box right along with me.

xo,

Belen

Why Not “Beautiful”?

Hello lovelies. September already, can you believe it? The years just seem to fly by. One minute it’s spring and the next… Pumpkin. Spice. Everything! 🙂

My blog posts generally revolve around art supplies, techniques and my newest faves. I don’t usually delve into anything too personal, but today’s post is going to be a little bit different.

I recently received some wonderful birthday gifts from my dear friend, Angel. Among them was the most amazing stamp set from Felicity Jane, called “I AM…” The set is currently sold out, but if you ever have an opportunity to snag it somewhere, Ebay, Etsy, or even one of the swap groups on Facebook, I encourage you to go for it. She almost bought me a gorgeous personalized necklace from Adina’s Jewels, but she found a jewelry company closer to home instead. I will say though if you want to take a look at Adina’s Jewels and what they have to offer, you can find help here.

As a side note, Simple Stories also has a wonderful collection, by the same name, available HERE.

“I am”… they are two small words that possess a great deal of power. I very much believe that our thoughts help shape our reality, so it stands to reason that the words we put after “I am” will help shape ours.

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As I worked through the creation of this page and looked over the various words in the set I realized that I felt much more comfortable using certain words to describe myself versus others.

  • Kind? Yes.
  • Loveable? Yep.
  • Creative? Sure.
  • Imperfect? Oh, you betcha!
  • Beautiful? No way.

Yet I kept coming back to that same word… “beautiful” and it got me to thinking, “why not?” Why do I cringe at the thought of calling myself beautiful? It’s not because my face is too round, I’m shorter than average or because I’m carrying around some extra weight. I mean, I can see that I don’t resemble the women in the magazines who are considered beauties, but it’s not that. Aside from working on losing some extra weight, I’m generally fine with myself.

So then why? I thought about this as I layered, painted and doodled my page, and then it came to me. Because I was told I wasn’t. Maybe not in those exact words, but for as far back as I can remember, the message was there… it was just disguised as “teasing”. Nick names, jokes, and as I got older, “helpful” suggestions and back-handed compliments. I don’t think it was always meant to be hurtful, but over time it and without me even realizing it, it sure came to be.

I’ve worked hard to unpack some old baggage that I’ve been carrying around and set personal boundaries to determine what I want in my life and what I can do without. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve made a good deal of progress. My Beloved, Patrick, has been my rock through all of this. His support has helped me keep going when things have gotten tough and his strength has helped me overcome initial pangs of guilt when I’ve had to enforce my boundaries.

As I thought about all this and continued to work in my art journal I was reminded that although we may not have a lot of control over the “reality” that is shaped for us as children, we sure as heck have some control over it as adults. We help shape our own reality and it begins with our thoughts, so I decided to reshape mine. I decided to claim the word “beautiful” and feel comfortable describing myself that way. Not based of appearance, I am so much more than what I see in the mirror. But I AM a beautiful person. I AM kind, loveable, creative, imperfect AND Beautiful. I am beautifully unique and so are you.

Today I invite you to give some thought to who you are and who you want to be. Take a few moments to make some “I Am” statements of your own. However we want to feel and whatever we want to achieve, it begins with us. We are each a person of value and have the power to shape our own reality.

Thanks you for reading and for taking a few minutes to share in my personal story.

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I wish you a beautiful week.

xo,

Belen

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

 

Fun With Barcodes

Hi all! Hope you had a fun and safe holiday.

I spent this morning having some fun with my new Barcode stamps and wanted to share them with you. They were designed by France Papillon for Stampotique.

I can already tell that they’re going to be a fun element to add to my art journals, happy mail & pocket letters.

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The stamps are sold separately and there are currently 3 that make up the set.

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Barcode Text

Barcode Text #2

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These are fun and different, and I like the tags that I made with them so far. Here’s one that I made for a pocket letters that’s going postal tomorrow.

IMG_20150705_091025This was a plain white pre-made tag that I used some gellatos on, for color. Then added a bit of Deli Paper Washi

One thing I will say is that I found a stamp positioner to be crucial to my being able to successfully align the text under the barcode. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig Stamp Positioner, which I’d seen around before and never thought I would have a need for. Well let me tell you, wow, it makes things SO much easier.

Here is a short tutorial, by France Papillon, that shows you how to use the Barcode stamps. You’ll see that she too uses a stamp positioner.

 

And here’s quick tutorial, from TheMadStamper, which explains how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig

If you’re not familiar with Stampotique you’re in for a treat. They have a great team of designers and the stamps are fun, fresh, and like nothing I’ve seen in the local stores. They are a home based business, based in Arizona, and their stamps are in high demand. This doesn’t quite make for the speediest of shipping times, but they’re well worth the wait. I already have my eye on a few more!

Thanks for looking and I wish you a wonderful week!

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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Back

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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If you enjoy the videos, please show them some love by clicking on the thumbs up to “like”, in the upper right corner of each video.

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!

xoxo

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