Optimistic Retro Fruit!

Hi friends!  I love bright colors and kitschy designs so when I doodled a little postcard with orange slices on it yesterday:

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I knew I wanted to explore this subject more and thus was born my optimistic fruit from my imagination:

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Fun huh? This took me about an hour to create but through the magic of YouTube you can see it come to life in about 15 minutes. I hope you enjoy! It is not a difficult painting, it is a fun piece you can doodle and get to know your supplies with. Feel free to use any water-soluble pastel or crayon you have and paint along. I’ll also list the exact supplies I used below, they are a bargain and I have been having a ball playing with them:)

Supplies (affiliate links used)

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So, I asked my hubby about creating something like this in a large format for the kitchen (I have like a 3’x4′ canvas burning a hole in my studio) and he seemed OK with the idea but not overjoyed by the thought but I think it would look really cool with maybe some of my other tropical inspired paintings. What do you think. I mean, it’s a kitchen, it can’t make it any worse right? LOL! I just want being in the kitchen to me more pleasant, I want a kitschy kitchen haha! I think it would look good with my black and white checkerboard floor, white cabinets and blue walls, what do you think? Also if I d the large acrylic do you want a tutorial? Oh, on another note I might have a live stream watercolor palette tour this evening, I am thinking after dinner, maybe around 7pm Eastern time just to give you a heads up.  And one more thing, we just updated the shop with new paintings for July so check it out if you want to own a Lindsay original. Phew, that was a lot of info, have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Gelato Blending Tools!

Howdy friends! Today I will show you how to make the best blending tool for your gelatos, gel sticks, water-soluble oil pastels and inkpads. All you need are clothespins, white craft foam, cotton balls and rubber bands. Let’s whip up a batch of these useful tools!

Fun huh? I use these all the time and I hope you like them too. Happy crafting!

Exploring Gelatos & a {late} Stamp Winner!

Happy Saturday friends! First let me apologize, I completely forgot to announce the winner of last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveaway! It’s: Dee Snow! Dee, check your email for instructions;) I get so thrown off schedule when the kids have short school weeks!

I got a request from a  YouTube viewer to show some techniques for use with Faber Castell Gelatos and Gel Sticks.  They hare chapstick like tubes of creamy color. They are pretty strait forward to use but I completely understand the wee bit of creative paralysis one get when faced with a new supply. The best way to learn about a new medium is to use it I think so to break the ice for you I made a card using most of the techniques I could think of. Grab some cream cardstock and let’s play!

In the video I mentioned Nancy Waterman’s excellent e-article on Gelatos and Gelsticks, you can download it for free here. I’m sure by the end of that booklet and my video you will be coming up with even more ways to use these little beauties! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gelato Resist Card!

Hey, I just wanted to clarify that I will still post quick projects and techniques through the summer. Craft Therapy you know 😉 OK folks, one more technique using the shrubbery  stamp from Lost Coast Designs. I love to see how many ways I can use a stamp, don’t you? Here I made a resist image on a page ripped from a book the library was tossing in the dumpster:

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It is easy and only takes a few minutes, see how in today’s video:

If tearing a page out of a book makes you cringe you can always scan a page from a book or use a non glossy magazine page. Experiment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Stamping With Gelatos! (or faux-latos!)

Happy Monday, it looks really nice out today and I am happy about that because I am chaperoning a field trip that includes trekking through a bog…good times! I want to share a nature inspired card that is done rather quickly using gelatos (or gel sticks AKA “Faux-latos”, watercolor crayons or watercolor paint, they will all work!) you can make 2 one layer cards in under 10 minutes, love that!

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Here is a quick video to show you how it’s done using the shrubbery  stamp from Lost Coast Designs I just picked up at the Heirloom stamp show:

hmmm, this is a really large stamp, I might use it to scrapbook any photos I take of my kids on this field trip!

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I hope you liked this quick and easy project! If you have any questions just leave a comment. Till next time happy crafting!

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Stamping with Watercolor Paint {use what you’ve got!}

Howdy friends! Today I have a quick, fun technique project for you that will have you making cards in minutes. Feel free to substitute supplies I used for ones you have on hand. You can use ANY watercolor paint for this. I use Gel Sticks on the card base but if you don’t have them try watercolor crayons, oil pastels or even kid’s crayons. It’s not about having the most resources at your disposal, it’s about being the most resourceful! Here is the video!

Here are a couple close ups of the quick cards from the video.

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You can do this! You don’t need hours to create something worthwhile. Use those little snippets of time and make something wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

USA Birthday Card!

Here is an easy card you can make for an enlisted friend or family member or for Operation Write Home:

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I made this card for my niece’s husband who is leaving for basic training, it was also his birthday. I built it on a kraft cardbase, tore a book page and sprayed it with my homemade shimmer spray and layered an embossed blue panel that I glided a white Gel Stick on top to bring out the design. I stamped a never before inked Statue of Liberty and colored it with Gel Sticks. Added a few eyelets and a Happy Birthday sentiment and that was it! Easy peasy! Have a great Monday everyone and til next time happy crafting!

How T Make a Shadow Box Card! {Video Tutorial}

This technique is so much fun that I have made 4 of these cards this week! These cards are easy, you can use the supplies you already have and they are quick too!

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In today’ video I have lots of tips and tricks: shadow-box card, coloring a scene quickly, making a paper pine cone WITHOUT a fancy die (I’ll show you how to make the tassel too!) and layering background stamps to create wonderful patterned paper. All that an more…well, there had better be more for a 23 minute long video LOL! Check it out:

I hope you try this card, you can use whatever colors you like and whatever stamps you have, make it your own. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Artsy-Fartsy Ooh La La!

Yep, the title says it all right? Today I am going to shave a mixed bag of artsy techniques in two short videos. All the stamps used in this tutorial are by Pink Persimmon. Here’s what we will make:

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On the first video I’ll show you how to use an everyday object as a stencil:

Now learn how to make professional 3-D banners without a fancy die cut machine. Lots of other tips in this video too like making shaped cards and scrapbook papers, stamping on curves, oh it’s a art technique potpourri! I hope you enjoy it:)

Here are close ups of the two cards I showed you in the video:

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW & Gelatoes VS Gel Sticks

Howdy folks! I have no project to share with you today. BUT, since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday here is a shot of my desk:

 

I have a lot of things started. I went to a crop Friday and scrapped 8 layouts! I might need an embellishment or two on some and I want to photograph them before I put them in my album so there they sit. I have some stamped backgrounds I have been making ready for future cards and I have my Gel Sticks AND Gelatos out. After the tutorial I did on Faber Castell Gel Sticks/Gelatos 2 weeks ago Faber Castell sent me some real Gelatos (look at me with “big girl” supplies) and I decided to try them out next to the less expensive Gel Sticks they also manufacture. They say they are formulated differently, well, they are both lovely products but YOU be the judge. Here in this video I will bust these Gelatos out of the package and try them out side by side with the Gel sticks:

Interesting…Please remember that I am not a chemist or scientist and I have no knowledge of the chemical make-up of either product (although they assure me that both the Gel Sticks and Gelatos are non-toxic) I am judging them on their feel, performance, look and working characteristics.

***Edited to add that I spoke with a lady from Faber Castell and she said that they worked with chemists to improve the gelatos (that were inspired by the kids Gel Sticks) so that they would not fade over time. Also they chose the colors in the gelato line to reflect current color trends. I will add lightfast info as it becomes available.***

Pros to the Gelatos are: More colors: 22 regular shades and 6 metallic. The 4 pack ($10) comes with a brush and clear stamp. (I have more brushes than Carter has pills so it is not a biggie for me-I’m even worse in the stamp department LOL!) I also like how they list the color name on the cap. They are sold in packs color families to coordinate with the other products in the Design Memory Craft line marketed to papercrafters to take the guesswork out of matching.

Cons to the Gelatos: Price. The 2 packs are $3.99, 4 packs (with brush and stamp)are $9.99 and the full 28 pack is $59.95

Pros to the Gel Sticks: They seem every bit as good as the Gelatos. The coverage is great, they are smooth and creamy and they blend well. You can’t beat the price at about $1 each! I bought the 12 pack of regular colors on Amazon for $11 and the 6 metallic for $7. You can get them for less if your local Joanns has them and you use a coupon too!

Cons to the Gel Sticks: Color range. There is only 18 colors and they are not labeled on the tube.

Thanks to Faber Castell for sending me the samples to review. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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