Just a quick Summer card!

Howdy! I spent the day at the beach today, it was looking pretty sketchy this morning but it turned out to be a glorious 85 degree sunny day! I have to stock up on enough vitamin D to get me through the long Maine winter dont’cha know. I made this card yesterday for the #lovesummerart YouTube collab and it was easy and fun using some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp:

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Supplies:

Stitched Flourish Ribbon Die
My Sunshine Stamps
Happy Block Greetings Stamps
Inks: High Dive, Sunkist, Sunflower
Envelope board
White cardstock
Glue
Pattern paper for envelope and card liner
Spray ink
Blending tool: Color duster

I hope this inspires you to make a quick, fun summery card or at least spend a day at the beach Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

Avast! Arrrrre You Ready for Some Summer Arrrrt?

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you have to make this mixed media parrot painting. I thought he looked like he belonged with a pirate!

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This is part of the YouTube wide collaboration #lovesummerart. You can search the hashtag and find lots of wonderful summery tutorials. New videos are being uploaded through tomorrow! Watch my video to learn how to make this mixed media parrot:

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Supplies:

  • 140# Cold Pressed watercolor paper
  • Caran D’ache Neo 2 watercolor crayons
  • Bombay India ink
  • Stamps
  • Versafine black ink
  • small paintbrushes

Follow along with the video to create this colorful bird! If you wanted to see how it looked before I added ink here is a pic:

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I think the ink and stamping improved the piece. What do you think, should I have left it alone? Let me know in the comments and please feel free to share this project on any of your social media, there are even handy sharing button at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Let’s Paint Cherries in Oils!

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to paint this:

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I am using Geneva Oil Colors for the first time. They are rich and creamy and loaded with color. Best of all their line of colors is only 6 colors and really you only need 5 (you know how I feel about black.) I often would get in trouble painting with oils because some paints were stiffer and I would end up with too much paint on my brush or canvas and I would have to keep removing paint and wasting time. Watch the tutorial to see how I uses a small amout of paint to sculpt and blend this scene. Afterwards I hope you try it too!

Supplies:
8″x10″ canvas
A variety of bristle and nylon brushes
Geneva oil colors: Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine, Titanium White, Rosso Corsa
Palette for putting paint on
Reference Photo by Lee Pierce at Paint My Photo

Tip! Use a plate or template to trace a perfect circle for the plate!

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I can’t wait to use these paints again. I feel like I need to do less reworking because I don’t have to deal with inconsistent viscosity between colors and since they all dry at the same rate I can create a painting over a couple of days rather than all at once. If you are looking to invest in superb oil paints give Geneva a try! I will tell you I think it is a better deal to get the colors individually rather than the set and to skip the black (get an extra white instead) unless you really like to use a lot of black. To clean my brushes I wiped them off on a paper towel and washed them in soap and water, you can avoid solvents completely this way but honestly, next time I’d swish them in my thinner jar before washing to save my self a few minutes LOL! Just make sure to let them dry out before using them again. If you will be working on the painting the next day you can just load them with paint and leave them (for up to a week actually) and they will be fine. If you enjoyed this tutorial please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Geneva.

Make a pocket journal/notebook!

Hi friends! Today I have a bookmaking project for you!

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I enjoyed this project so much and I think you will too! These can be made with any paper you like, I used the gelli prints I made the other day.  Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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Supplies:
Kraft Paper
Washi Tape
Ribbon (for bookmark)
Glue (choose a thick slow dry glue like YES! paste or Aleenes Thick and Tacky)
Elastic cord (look for it with jewelry supplies or cut a long rubber band.)
Hole punch and eyelet
button
acrylic paint
waxed paper
palette knife and flat paintbrush
Thin cardboard (cereal or cracker box)
paper (I used the Gelli Prints on cardstock I made in this tutorial)

Feel free to substitute items to suit your taste!

Directions:
1. Cut paper to the book size. I used standard cardstock cut in quarters.
2. Attach pages to each other one at a time with washi tape. Trim tape ends hanging past the pages.
3. Cut the cardboard box to make a cover.
4. Protect your work are with wax paper and place the cover with the outside facing up. Spread on a layer of paste or slow dry glue, then crumple up a sheet of craft paper and press it into the glue.
5. Paint the kraft paper with acrylic paint and let dry.
6. Trim the paper flush with the cover.
7. Trim the edges of the cover with washi tape.
8. Punch a hole and add an eyelet 1″ from the edge on the center of the front cover.
9. Cut a piece of elastic cord a little longer than you need to wrap around the book. Thread both ends in the hole and then through a button (so the cord does not pull through) and secure with a knot.
10. Add glue to the spine and place in a ribbon bookmark. Press the paper signature into the wet glue then secure the first and last page to the cover with washi tape.

I hope you enjoyed this easy bookmaking and tutorial. These make wonderful gifts for your family, friends or yourself! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

 

Stamp School #4: No-Line Watercoloring with Markers, Masking & More!

Hi friends! I love the look of watercolors and you can achieve the look really easily with stamps using the technique I am going to show you today!

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All you need are watercolor markers (I am using Spectrum Aquas but you can use whatever you want), white cardstock, water and a paintbrush as well as a tile or laminated card (or plastic packaging) to use as a palette. I am also going to show you how to make a mask so that you can build your own arrangements and make images appear to overlap each other. If you are using a stamp with a prearranged (complete) scene, or you are stamping images that are not touching each other you do not need to mask. It is a really great trick to know though so I encourage you to try it!

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I kinda wish I chose bolder colors for the flowers but when you are beginning with this technique to softer, lighter shades are more forgiving. I used the colors Blossom, Aquamarine, Moss, Desert from Spectrum Aqua (affiliate link to Hallmark Scrapbook, they have the markers on sales!) The stamps are all from the Bouquet For You stamp set from Stampendous. Feel free to try this technique with any open line work stamp you want to use. By that I mean a stamp made up of outlines and not a lot of solid area. So, what did you think of this weeks lesson? Was it too much info for a beginner or could you follow it OK? If you feel a bit overwhelmed just pause the video and go at your pace. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. Take it one step at a time and you will do fine! And, no I do not advise eating an elephant, it’s just a figure of speech…and I’m a vegetarian. :D Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you tomorrow with an easy bookmaking tutorial! Til then Happy Crafting!

Travel Art! What I brought & What I Made!

Hi friends! It’s a two-fer tonight as I share what I packed, art supply wise, and what I made on vacation. I re-purposed a broken Case-It zippered binder (and I have to give props to Case-IT, they offer a full school-year-long warranty on their binders and when my son broke one of the rings on his last spring they replaced it no questions asked!) into a great travel art kit. Have a look!

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And now that I am back home I wanted to share what I made AND tell you about a super fun YouTube wide craft collaboration going on July 17th-20th called #ovesummerart All kinds of artists and crafter and going to create summer themed project tutorials and upload them during those 3 days and if you type #lovesummerart in the search box on YouTube you will see them all! I can’t wait because some of my favorite creators will be joining in and I am sure to find some new faves too. The rising tide lifts all boats, am I right?

Another Video!!!

This collaboration is open to ALL YouTubers big and small so if you make video and want to get involved head over to TheArtSherpa’s channel and learn more. This is going to be fun!

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I’ll have another Stamp School Lesson for you tomorrow sharing some of my top tips and favorite stamping techniques so I hope you stop back for that. Til then, happy crafting!

Yeah man, I’m Gellin’…

Hi friends! Do you remember those old Dr Scholls ads for the gel insoles, that came into my mind as I created a batch of gelatin prints because the process is so fun, carefree and relaxing. I used my new circle Gelli Arts(R) printing plates to make these 13 prints:

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Watch the video to see the process, it is easy. Just pick a few colors, grab a few stencils and tools and have a ball. If you like my stencils and you have a die cut machine that take SVG files you can purchase my Stencil Bonanza kit to make your own. I just let the paint build up on them and they get more durable with every use. I got the idea for making texture tools from UK Maryanne, she has awesome ideas for the gelli plate so check her out!

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I will be using the prints in a project later this week. If you have ever done gelatin printing before you know how quick the prints pile up so I wanted to use them up! Oh and if you have no desire to make print but you like the papers I have a set digital papers featuring some of my favorite prints and you can print as many as you like! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gelatin Print Art Papers

You can print these at home! Click to visit my shop at MyGrafico to purchase.

Stencil Bonanza! SVG

Cut these stencils with your electronic die cutting machine (SVG format) Available in my shop at MyGrafico!

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