Stamp School: Inky Backgrounds & Silhouette Stamps!

Hi friends!Today we are going to play with inks and make some fun cards!

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Don’t be shy, try these fun and inky techniques! Jut make sure to put a craft mat, piece of freezer paper or old plastic place-mat on your table to work on. It is a lot of fun! Watch the video to see how!

There are many supplies you can use to create similar works of art so don’t be shy, experiment with what you have! I am using supplies from Gina K Designs where they have free shipping on USA orders over $50 and reasonable international rates.

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Apply ink to cardstock directly with an inkpad. Apply ink to a craft mat, spray with water and soak up the ink with the cardstock. Flick watered-down ink on the card. Repeat until you like the way it looks and let dry.

2. If desired stencil a design on top with ink.

3. Stamp silhouette images over background panels using black ink. Ink edges of panel in black and adhere to card base.

The cards I made were 4 1/4″x 5 1/2″ (A2) and the small panels were 2 1/2″x3 1/2″ (atc size) and the farm panel was 4″x5 1/4″

*Please note, Affiliate links are used to Gina K Designs and I receive a small commission on the sale without costing you a penny more. It helps keep my videos on YouTube free and I thank you for your support and til next time happy crafting!

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Brush Set Giveaway & Easy Golden Sunset Tutorial!

Howdy friends! The fine folks at Fabart have a giveaway and an awesome coupon code for you today! You can save 20% on any of their products using coupon code: 7L35VMG2 and you can enter to win your choice of a fab art brush set simply by leaving a comment on this blog post specifying what you would like to win in your comment. I will pick a winner in one week (Feb 27th.) Today I have a very simple project for you, a 3 color golden sunset designed for a beginner to paint. It is fun and relaxing and the results are fantastic!

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Sponsored by Fabart! Use coupon code: 7L35VMG2 to save 20% on either (or both) of the brush sets I demonstrated.


Important notice! Fabart updated the contents of the set I used from the demo to add some of the specialty brushes that were before only found in the interchangeable set and remove some of the more redundant brushes so you get a greater variety regardless of which set you choose. Also the brushes I used today now come in a space-saving pouch instead of the hard zip-up case I showcased. (I am using one of the first prototypes of the set was was not aware of the new configuration at taping) Here is a handy reference of the brushes in this kit and what they are used for:

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If you want more brush info check out my “What is this brush used for?” video!

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint: Pthalo Blue (a cool blue), Gamboge (or cad yellow, Indian Yellow or any warm yellow) Scarlet (or Cadmium Red or any warm red) *Stick to the 3 colors you pic for the tutorial, they should be strong bright colors.
  • Brushes (All are in the 12 piece brush set linked above) You will want a small pointed round, a dagger, a large round (#8-#12) and a couple of flats ranging in size from 1/2″-1″ or so.
  • Watercolor paper (I used 140# cold press Fabriano studio)
  • Other: Masking tape or clips and a board to attach your paper to, 2 water buckets, paper towel

Follow the steps in the video to learn how to paint this pretty sunset! Thanks to Fabart for sponsoring this project, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Fabart brush set! If you decide to order use the coupon code: 7L35VMG2 for 20% off! Make sure to tell me what set you want in your comment! I will draw a winner in a week! Good luck and happy crafting!

Start With Stamps Then Draw!

Hi friends! It is easy to get stuck when creating. I find if you get something on your paper right off the bat it frees your mind to create. I love the little flower motifs in these peg stamp sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I though they would be a great jumping off point for these cute girls!

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The neat thing is that you will get a different picture every time you try this. Why not ink up a stamp and try it today? Watch today’s video to see how to use your supplies and create these cute faces!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more.

Supplies:

Directions:
Stamp a spray of flowers, this may be a cluster or a border if you want a crown of flowers on your girl. Sketch a face around the flowers and color as desired.

There are infinite combinations on how you can make your flower girl. Have fun & happy crafting!

 

Please don’t be “crabby” with me…

Hi friends! What a week! Between snow storms (and snow days) it was hard to get my bearings but I was so happy it was Friday so I could do a live painting show. I was really looking forward to it since the last two Fridays I was away. I didn’t have time to blog about the live broadcast this morning which was probably just as well because I had to restart the show due to a computer glitch.  I’ts one of those days LOL! Here is what we painted:

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Here is a replay of the unglitchy show. Big thanks to everyone who found me live today because I certainly did not make it easy.

Supplies can be fund at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/

Turner watercolors *the 18 set I am using is on sale for $19.99! Colors: Perm Scarlet, New Gamboge, Turq Blue, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher

Palette

The Langton Prestige Watercolor Paper

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Reference Photo

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In hindsight I think I liked the crab better without the background so feel free to leave it out if you wish. I am always happy to take one for the team:) Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Fun with Chinese Brush Painting Supplies!

Hi friends! I got a chance to play with some new supplies yesterday!

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Today we will use the supplies in this months Smart Art kit to paint a seagull and a rose. We will experiment with these supplies and have fun! Watch the video to see my first experiments!

Supplies are all found in the February box from our sponsor Smart Art Box:

  • Chinese paint brushes
  • Ink pens
  • Rice paper
  • Walnut ink

Bonus: This kit comes with a reusable “Buddha Board” for practicing your brush lettering, Sumi-e painting or Chinese brush art.

Please note that it take a lot of practice to become good in the art of Chinese brush painting and I am no expert but it was fun using these supplies! I hope you try something new today and if you would like to find the kit I used check out our sponsor Smart Art! Happy crafting!

An Art Book for a Great Cause!

Hi friends! A few months ago I blogged about an art book project called Around the World with 80 Artists. It is a huge collaboration of 80 art instruction projects in a printed book published by The Creative art Academy. The project was crowdfunded on Kickstarter but it did not meet its goal and since Kickstater is an all or nothing platform (people donating do not pay unless a project is fully funded) they had to start from scratch. I know many of you wanted to support this project and buy the book so they have set up an Indigogo page where you can back the project and receive products in return from coloring pages, the book itself, t-shirts and more. It is a lot of work to get a printed art book published nowadays and it is getting harder to find nice art books to buy so if you are interested have a look! Here is a video from the Creative Art Academy explaining the project.As a bonus 20% of the proceeds from this project will go to The Malala Fund to help girls gain an education all over the world. Not only do you benefit from the art education in this book but you are helping girls get an education too!

Below are some of the art projects from the book, images copyright The Creative Art Academy and their respective artists.

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I hope you have a look at this project Around the World With 80 Artists and consider helping make it a reality.Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Hi friends! I am going to keep it short and sweet tonight with this sweet treat valentines day card!

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Honestly I am tuckered out! Today was big storm clean up day, they cancelled school again and try as I might I am not as productive with the kids at home and it looks like we will get another foot of snow tomorrow afternoon! I don’t know where we will put it, we have not had snow like this in a few years and it was spread out, not all at once. We are getting winter all in one week! That is why I love Valentines day, it is a bright spot in the depths of winter halfway through the shortest (yet feels like the longest) month of the year. Yay Valentines day! I realize it is probably a bit late to share this project but you can file it away for next year and be ahead of the game!

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock or premade card bases (mine were from Micheals)
  • Black Waterproof stamping ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Stamps: Yummy in my TummyAny Occasion (SAB freebie)
  • Sweet Treat cups #116802 (*I think these are discontinued but you could put a clear baggie behind the opening for goodies or make this design on a small treat bag. I think the small circle shape shaker from Jillibean soup is close to the same size)
  • Watercolors (I am using Jane Davenport Brights and the yellow from Neutrals but use what you have)
  • Watercolor brushes, stamping block and adhesive

 

I also wanted to wish my best friend Kathy (Remember Ask a Crafter) 🙂 a very happy birthday, 29 is a great year my friend! (I should know, I have celebrated it many times LOL!) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

FYI: Links to products are to my friend Wendy’ Stampin Up store (or you can order from your demonstrator) or to Simon Say Stamp (affiliate links) for non Stampin Up product:)

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