Mixed Media Fun: Gelli Prints, Gesso & Colored Pencils

It’s Saturday, art journal day, yay!  Here is what we will work on today:

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I have 3 separate videos for these techniques, you can watch what you want. The first video will be making the page:

This video is on Gelatin printmaking, I collaged gelli  prints on the above page so here is how I made them:

This last quick video is a quick tip for keeping your painted and ‘podged journal pages from sticking together:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Pad, Micron Pens and Coloursoft Pencils I used in today’s tutorial. I hope you give mixed media art journaling a go and if you have any questions leave ‘um below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Giveaway! Year of the Horse Stamp Set!

Howdy friends! I had another chance to play with my new Year of the Horse rubber stamps from About Art Accents (you can see another project with them here)  and here are the results:

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2014 might be the year of the horse but I can see myself using this versatile stamp set over and over again in not only my Asian themed cards but in general cards too. Watch this video to see how I used my watercolor pencils to stamp and paint on plain cream cardstock. It is so easy!

Here is a close up of the finished card. If I didn’t use origami paper I think the card would have a Southwestern flair! Totally versatile!

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So, now do you want to win these stamps from About Art Accents? Leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Friday the 24th! That’s all there is to it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Faux Metal Mania! {got cardboard?}

Howdy friends! I spent most of today with sticks and twine and vinyl preparing for a cub scout project this weekend, the boys are earning their craftsman weblo pin and we are making badge and belt loop display boards to commemorate their years of cub scouting before they cross over to boy scouts. My friend Kathy J had the idea so to give the den leader a hand we decided to prepare the craft. I wish I snapped a photo of the prototype since this is a blog after all with photo capability LOL! Oh well, I’ll get a pic this weekend I guess:)  The other day I was playing in my studio with cardboard and hot glue and came up with two ways to make faux metal, first up pewter/silver:

And now grungy gold.

Try these techniques with the metallic paints you have in your stash, remember to use warm colors and browns in your warm metals like gold, bronze, copper or brass and blacks and greys in your silvers and cool metals. Have fun with it! Oh hot glue, is there anything you can not do? thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make Paper Drums!

Hello friends! What a busy week! For those of you expecting an Ask a Crafter episode it will be posted tomorrow or you can catch it shortly on my YouTube channel. Every month I teach a craft class for children at my local library. I really enjoy the January craft as we celebrate Chinese New Year, it is fun to work up a project for each years zodiac sign, 2014 is year of the horse. check out the fun paper drums I made:

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I used supplies from Papermart, stamps from About Art Accents and a few general crafting supplies to make these, watch the video to see how:

As I mentioned in the video I like to choose supplies from Papermart that can be used for many crafts because they come in generous amounts. The rat-tail cord is beautiful in my handmade jewelry, top quality really, but it is cheap enough that I can use it for kids crafts too. The gold paper doilies add glitz and ribbon and raffia can be used for nearly every craft if bought in generic themes and colors. I hope you try this craft with your children or grandchildren. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Vintage Rose!

Grab your watercolor pencils and let’s paint a vintage rose!

I also wanted to wish everyone a safe New Year’s Eve! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Who wants to win some stamps? {and a Copic coloring video tutorial}

***Breaking news! Since we have had so many comments just hours after posting the giveaway Annette and Barry, the owners of About Art Accents/Art Neko, are letting me pick 2 winners! Leave a comment people! Good luck & Merry Christmas!***

Oh my goodness, I have so many Christmas projects yet to blog, what’s a girls to do? Hey, I know, I’ll give away some stamps!

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Since I was a slacker very busy crafter this month I forgot to giveaway some Christmas stamps from About Art Accents so the totally awesome, completely understanding owner said “go ahead Lindsay, post the giveaway and we will give away a surprise bundle of goodies” since my readers will need Christmas stamps in a week like a hole in the head. I like surprises and if you have a look at the About Art Accents website I’m sure you will love whatever the prize is. Just leave a comment and you are entered to win, it’s as easy as that! I’ll pick a winner next weekend!

I had a request for a Copic coloring tutorial and as you know I mix and match supplies so here you have an alcohol marker tutorial using Copics, Promarkers and Prismacolors. Look, they all play nice together, so you can try a marker or two from different brands and see what you like best and you won’t have wasted and money because they can be used together. The angel stamp I used can be found here and it is on sale for $4.90 (regular price $7). The papers I used to make the final card can be found at Oriental Trading Company.

Sometimes I forget how much I love coloring with markers. A tip is to stamp out a bunch of images and keep them in a bag with your markers (clear cosmetic bags are great for this) and you can take them with you to color in front of the TV, on trips, or wherever you might be. It is an easily portable project and the more you color the better you get!  That’s it for me tonight, leave a comment for a chance to win some wonderful non Christmas stamps from About Art Accents and til next time happy crafting!

Big List of Glycerin Uses!

Well, I’m not sure how big of a list it is but watch the video to learn what I use Glycerin for and for my recipes for pigment ink, blender pen juice, ink refresher and more!

Here is the list typed out! (my notes from the video)

Sorry it has taken me so long to compile a list of all of the great uses for glycerin in the craft room. Glycerin is a water-soluble plant based oily liquid that is a main ingredient in many of your art supplies. You can buy Glycerin at a pharmacy or a health food store or in the cake decorating aisle of the craft store (but that is the most expensive way) or if you need a lot of it you can purchase it through a soap making supplier online.

Uses:

  1. Reinking embossing stamp pads. Use as is or with a wee bit of water to reink clear embossing pads or mix with gouache paint and make your own pigment reinker. Here is a video on making your own pigment ink: http://youtu.be/vah1ii4mZYQ
  2. Add a few drops to your acrylic paint rinse water to increase open time and work-ability with acrylic paints. It makes your water wetter!
  3. Refill your blending pens and water-based markers! Video: http://youtu.be/vmOJLBjF5LQ
  4. Add a teaspoon of glycerin to a 4oz spray bottle of water and you have dye based ink refresher, shake before using.
  5. Make a permanent gelli plate, sciency-weincy video: http://youtu.be/h9taUh073vQ Be sure to read the video description for updated recipe!
  6. Add a couple drops of glycerin to student grade watercolor paint in a palette to is does not dry out too much.

There you go, a fairly complete list, If I think of anything else I’ll let you know!

Oh, and here is the pattern for my wrap: http://youtu.be/MEvLAlVi7U4

Uses submitted by YouTube viewers (leave a comment to submit your glycerin uses but please don’t say suppository -hardy har har- craft uses only please) :D

Fareeda Mater says I also found out that you can used glycerin and water (Mixed) to remove squeaky doors.  Worked for me.

LittleWillie1000 and LouAnn Licardo suggest adding it to snowglobes to make the glitter fall slower

madhabitz says you can also use glycerin in recipes for giant bubbles. Google “giant bubble recipes” for a bunch of them. You can also do a search for giant soap bubbles here on YouTube to see them in action. Tons of fun and surprisingly easy.

Any other ideas? I know it is used in taffy and cake frosting making too. One little ingredient, so many uses! Thanks for stopping by and learning about this little celebrated artsy additive and til next time happy crafting!

Quick Painted Christmas Tags!

Hello friends! This is a busy week for many Americans gearing up for Thanksgiving! Why not take a quick painting break and make some gift tags for Christmas?

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Here is a video demonstrating two ways to make the tree tags:

And one to show you how to do a simple pen and ink holly:

Well, I gotta run! Til next time happy crafting!

DIY Punchenella and a Crafty Card {2 Videos!}

Hey there, Lindsay here posting a little later than usual today. That’s because I wanted to get a video, 2 actually, done for you today. I wanted to make a card for Halloween with my Vintage Pumpkin Stamps from Pink Persimmon because they are having a great sale, 30% off  all of their stamps and a free stamp set (the Specail Delivery stamp set ) with a purchase of $25 or more. You have to use the coupon code: SuperSale2013 to get the savings. They are making room for more stamps and I adore their stuff so I thought I would share! If you shop tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya!

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A YouTube viewer asked me if I knew where to buy punchenella and I thought I would do one better and show you how to make it!

It’s easy, all you need is paper drywall tape with holes, Lowes has a 2″x100′ roll for $6, and something to color it with like an inkpad or paint. You can even glitter it like I did here:

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And now for the card. I designed this on the fly with the camera rolling (I feel like it needs a disclaimer LOL!) but you might get a new tip or trick to make it worth your while…

Well, I better get moving, I am running in the parent race for my son’s Cross Country team this afternoon, I don’t know what possessed me to agree to this 1.6 miles of torture, I think when the season started and I was so proud of my son for running every day I thought it would be fun (kinda like how snowshoeing sounds like fun when it is summer and when it is winter you think next summer it will be fun to go camping then when the time comes you come to your senses) so if I am not back tomorrow please send a paramedic into the woods after me to haul my sorry butt out, will ya? :D I did start training for the race about 2 months ago but I realized about 3 weeks in that a hate running, really hate running so my new plan is to save my strength for the race. I;ll let you know how that turns out. But if you don’t hear from me remember to send the paramedic, OK? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy X-mas Gift Card Holder!

Howdy folks! I was in a crafting rut the other day so I decided to play with some Christmas Papers from Oriental Trading Company and make some easy gift card holders. They will hang easily from the Christmas tree so they won’t get lost or they are flat enough to mail without additional postage, Also I’ll show you a birthday version! Watch the video to see how!

The clear stamps I used can be found here and are also by Oriental Trading. The large bag stamp is from TooMuchFun but I could not find it on their website but you can contact them and order it at info@toomuchfunrubberstamps.com . If you don’t have that bag stamp you can just use a plain rectangle because it will look like a bag once you put the handles on. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

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