Colorful Fun ATCoins! And New Ways to use Distress Oxide Inks!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how I made these artist trading coins to bring with me to trade at the Heirloom Stamp Show in W. Springfield MA later this month.

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I had so much fun making these and even if you have no desire to make ATCoins you can use these techniques on cards or mixed media projects. They are messy and fun and the perfect way to play with your supplies! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

You can make the coin bases yourself if you don’t want to purchase wooden ones. They just need to be 2 1/2″ in diameter.  I recommend using a couple layers of cereal box chipboard for this. You can cut it with a die and glue them together so the raw sides are out and gesso it to prep it for paint or stamping. I might make some in this manner since I used up my MDF ones. These are fun and addictive and if you don’t want to trade them they would make a beautiful embellishment for a card or scrapbook page. I hope you try some of these techniques and til next time happy crafting!

The Frugal Crafter’s Guide to Acrylic Mediums {Chart included!}

Hi friends! I have been asked by countless readers to create a video explaining acrylics mediums and I finally got it done!

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I know it’s a lot to remember so I made a printable chart for you.

Click here to download the Acrylic Medium Cheat Sheet

And now, the moment you have been waiting for, the acrylic mediums 101 video!

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I hope you found this helpful. Please share this post with your friends via social media, there are handy links for Pintrest, Facebook, Twitter and others below. I enjoyed making the video and printable chart and I want it to help as many people as possible. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Wax, Watercolor, Stencils, Stamping and Sprays!

Howdy friends. Time again to get out the art journal and have a play! I love working in a spectrum of colors, like the color wheel, putting colors next to their neighbors for really vivid results! The other neat thing is that you can get by with only 3 colors of spray ink and just let them overlap! This quote from Marc Chagall was perfect for this page: All colors are friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites:

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That quote means the the colors are pleasant with the surrounding colors on the spectrum but really pop when placed next to their complimentary color, that is the one opposite on the color wheel. Watch the video to learn some techniques with sprays, stencils, markers, stamps, wax and watercolor!

Here is the spread from the beginning of the video, I actually was doing a video of this and ran out of time and I felt that for the amount of techniques I was sharing it should be under 20 minutes…and I am too lazy to edit clips together LOL! Still, more than 20 minutes is a lot to ask you to sit through…in fact 20 is probably bad enough LOL!

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Here are close-ups of the pages:

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Before I forget I want to mention that I will be posting a giveaway for the most adorable stamps tomorrow, I do hope you check back for a chance to win. If you are afraid that you will forget you can subscribe to my blog (look for the subscription area in the upper left hand column, it’s free) and you will get an email when I post something new. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Giveaway Time & Lots of Inky Goodness!

Happy Friday friends! I feel like giving away some stamps today and it’s a good thing too because the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) have some lovelies for me to give away.  You can win the stamps I used on this card, and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko! With Mothers Day right around the corner I thought I’d share a fun technique that lets you get nice and artsy! You will need an old book or magazine page, white gesso (or flat white house paint/primer if you don’t have gesso), some kind of clear embossing powder, a silhouette style stamp and a dye based ink pad and sponge. Ready? Let’s get inky!

I really wanted to feature these Authentic Antique European Silhouettes stamps because they are one of the first sets I got from them  5 years ago AND because that stamp set is on sale for $9.99 (regular price $29.99) for a 8″x10″ sheet of red rubber stamps! I love a bargain. Of course winning stamps for free is even better so leave a comment and you will go into the prize draw! If you buy the set and end up being the winner you can pick other stamps as your prize, yes the owners of Art Neko are that awesome! I’ll pick a winner next Friday. This contest is open to EVERYBODY EVERYWHERE so don’t be shy, leave a comment. Also Art Neko ships worldwide and charges actual fair postage. Good luck & happy crafting!

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!

Have you tried this?

It’s called the gesso technique and I saw a cool tutorial on Split Coast Stampers a few weeks ago. I finally got around to trying it last night. Here are the results:

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Gesso Technique, Stamps: About art Accents, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Die Cut: Cricut
Close up of the gesso and embossed image, love how the text shows though!
Close up of the gesso and embossed image, love how the text shows though!

This works with any silhouette style image, good thing I snagged this awesome silhouette set from About Art Accents, and it is quick to do! you will need old magazines that have a lot of text and some acrylic gesso. Gesso is a flat, semi-porous painting ground used to prime canvasses. Brush a layer of gesso on some torn out magazine pages and let dry. You should still be able to see the text underneath. Hear emboss a silhouette style stamp with clear embossing powder then use a make-up sponge to grab some ink off an inkpad and dab it around the embossed design. You can use ore than one color if you want. pretty cool huh? One more thing I used my hot glue dots dusted with pearl ex to make the “pearls” (Thanks Tracey for the new glue gun, It works like a dream!)

I also want to congratulate my friend Melissa who just opened her very own shop selling her handmade creations. Please check it out, her work is stunning! I wish her all the success in the world! You can visit her shop here.

Well, that is all for now, I am looking forwad to enjoying some nice weather today with family and friends, I hope you have a great day too, until next time happy crafting!