Friday, December 26, 2014

Quilts for Comfort Quilters

Finding time to finish some quilts for Comfort Quilters:

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mono Printing with the Gelli Plate

Had another play with the Gelli Plate today. Brayered orange acrylic paint on to the Gelli Plate and removed some of the paint with a flourish stencil.
 Sponged on some Lumiere paints on top of each other.

 Used a cap to add some copper Lumiere paint.
Let all the paint dry, then brayered on red acrylic paint, laid down printer paper and pressed down then lifted off the paper.
I think I brayered on too thick a layer of acrylic paint above.

Variation of above. Brayered on red acrylic paint and lifted off some of the paint with a large flourish stamp.
 Sponged on some metallic russet Lumiere and used a small lid to add copper Lumiere paint.
 Let paint completely dry, then brayer on a thin layer of red orange acrylic paint. Quickly lay down printer paper, burnish and lifted up paper.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monoprinting with Gelliplate

I wanted to use my Gelli Plate today, so I watched this tutorial on the Gelli Arts blog called Printing Dark Over Light. Great demo and shows how to make diy paint dabbers out of cosmetic sponges and masking tape great idea!
For my play, I choose a variety of light colors of acrylic and Lumiere paints

Used the paint dabbers to add circles of color, lightening the purple by adding white over the purple. Used shimmering Lumiere over stencil waste.

Cut a larger circle out of card stock to use as a stencil, and sponged on mixture of blue, purple and gold Lumiere paint.

  Used a qtip to add small dots of gold Lumiere paint.
Then waited until the paint had completely dried………...
 Used a brayer to cover the paint and Gelli plate with purple acrylic paint and quickly covered with printing paper and rubbed thoroughly before lifting off the paper.

Christmas ATCs

Made a few Christmas ATCs. Cut various backgrounds into ATC sized cards. Stamped a word collage image over the backgrounds with black India Ink. Found a variety of green colored background scraps and cut them into various lengths (about 1/4" wide) and one longer to be the tree trunk. Inked the edges with brown ink. Glued the bits to look like a tree and added a sticker star.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Silver ATC

The theme on the 9ATC group is  "Silver".

 Embossed a texture on silver paper with an embossing folder, then covered with black acrylic paint. Waited a minute before wiping off most of the black paint and let it dry.

Made a "moon" mold with air drying clay. When dry, covered with silver metallic rub-ons, then covered with glitter glue.
Adhered the moon mold, a tree branch die cut out of silver paper, a metallic owl charm and 3 small silver stars. Trimmed the silver background and mounted on black card stock.

Monday, December 1, 2014

"Silver" Color Perceptions ATC

 The color is Silver in December for the Color Perceptions ATC Swap on the ArtVentures Group. The ATC is to be predominately silver and be how the color silver makes us feel. Silver makes me think of steel, industrialization and also the dead of winter, brrrrr!

Started with an embossed silver card stock.  Drew lines within the flourishes with a silver metallic Gelly Roll pen. Used silver embossing ink around the edges of the card stock and added silver embossing tinsel and heat set.

 Colored some large metal snowflake embellishments with a silver metal leafing pen.
Used a tree embossing folder to emboss some silver paper, added to the atc. Used a silver colored brad to attach the silver snowflake embellishment to the atc.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chunky Textures ATC

 The theme is Chunky Textures on 9ATC group. I wanted to create a background that looked chunky and heavy and yet was lightweight for mailing. I cut a cardboard box into ATC sized pieces. Tore off the top flat part. Then tore the paper between the ridges.
Inked the raised areas and the outside edges with crushed olive Distress Ink.
 Choose light colored card stock and fibers to contrast with the dark background. Stamped a Mona Lisa image with black India Ink and cut out the face with a circle punch, to look like a face in the moon. Stamped a crane with black India Ink and cut out with scissors. Tied the fibers around the bottom of the ATC.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

"Amber" Color Perceptions ATC

The color is Amber (yellow/orange or orange/yellow) in November for the Color Perceptions ATC Swap on the ArtVentures Group. The ATC is to be predominately amber and be how the color amber makes us feel. I find amber to have the warmth of orange and the hope of yellow; for me it is a joyful color.
I cut out some yellow orange background paper and colored the edges with wild honey Distress Paint. Used a die to cut out a flourish from a different yellow orange paper. Outlined the flourish with a metallic Gelly Roll pen. Used home made color spray to add color to some prism flowers.
 Colored a vintage happy baby image before printing, cut out the head and added it to the center of the prism flower, Used the metallic Gelly Roll pen to add the worn "joyful" to the background with some squiggles. Also added a light orange decorative strip to one edge. Adhered yellow vellum behind the open spaces on the decorative strip and covered with glossy accents.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Intaglio ATCs

The theme on 9ATC group is Intaglio. I wasn't successful in my attempts to make an intaglio plate and create an image. Not sure if it was because I don't have a printing press, or I didn't get the thickness of my plate right. Oh well, decided to make an Intaglio style embellishment for these atcs.
I choose one of the sheets of paper I created when making a Squishy book at an art retreat a few years back. I adhered this paper to a card stock base, stamped tree images on with black India Ink, added some torn foreign newsprint to the side. Inked the edges with black ink.
 To make the embellishments, punched a circle out of black card stock. Inked with VersaMark ink, covered with embossing enamel and heat set. Repeated this step 3 more times.
 On the 4th layer of heated embossing enamel, while it was still liquid, pressed in a star image that had been inked with VersaMark ink, and let the stamp sit in the embossing enamel until it had cooled. After removing the stamp, I rubbed silver metallic rub-ons over embellishment, then rubbed most of it off.
 Placed the embellishment on the atc, and layered it on black card stock, then added 3 tiny black star brads to the bottom left.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Copper" Color Perceptions ATC Swap

The color is Copper in October for the Color Perceptions ATC Swap on the ArtVentures Group. The ATC is to be predominately copper and be how the color copper makes us feel. Copper makes me think of home, hearth & family; it warms my heart. I also have a daughter with beautiful copper colored hair, endearing me even more to this lovely color.
I started with a thin sheet of copper, die cut out heart shape. Used an embossing folder to emboss a design on the heart. Next, rubbed black acrylic paint over the heart, then rubbed most of it off.
 Ran a piece of copper colored metallic paper through a different embossing folder and layered it on black card stock. Adhered a piece of copper tape near the bottom and added a copper flower embellishment with a copper brad and added 2 larger copper brads. Added some copper colored beads and copper fibers to the heart and added it to the ATC.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rainbow Quilt

Used lots of leftover fabric bits to make this rainbow quilt. Lots of fun! Going to Comfort Quilters.

Monday, September 15, 2014

ABC Quilt and Space Quilt

My son and his wife are expecting twin boys. I made these quilts for them.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wild ATC

 The theme for ATCs on ArtVentures group is "Wild". I was thinking of something to do with the wild outdoors, but came across this vintage image. I thought of wild hedonistic Hollywood parties of the 1920s. So I kept the colors black & white. Used a zebra print paper and added black & white striped washi tape over the edges. Stamped faded letters to spell "PARTY" with black India Ink on a film ribbon strip. 

Wings ATC

 The theme for ATCs on ArtVentures group is "Wings". I like fairies, so found a great vintage fairy image where I thought the main image needed wings.  I wrinkled up some iridescent gift wrap and adhered two sheets together, then cut wings with a die and used an embossing folder to add the swirls. Then used gold metallic Rub-ons over the surface.
Then cut the main image to add the wings. Used fast drying metal gloss paint to color the outside edges of the image and the background black glitter card stock.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ethereal ATC

 Ethereal is the theme on 9ATC group. I think of ethereal as delicate, light and transitory.
I tore white mulberry paper into ATC sized pieces and adhered them to a smaller piece of light white card stock so the feathery edges would stand out around the ATC. Stamped dandelion image with Goldrush dye ink. Added drops from the Pearl Pen on the dandelions, I like how the Pearl Pen picked up the color from the dye ink.
I had some very lightweight paper with lacy holes in it. Stamped a butterfly image with the same Goldrush dye ink and cut out the butterfly.  Adhered the butterfly in the center with the Pearl Pen, creating the body of the butterfly. And added some Pearl Pen drops along the top. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Comfort Quilts

I made a couple of quilts for the Comfort Quilt Group.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rainbow square quilt

I used up odd bits of fabric to make the rainbow colored border around a peacock panel. I lot of the fabrics have gold in them to add to the bright cheery feel.
Sorry, I didn't realize that part of this picture was blurry before giving away this quilt.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Chartreuse" Color Perception ATC

 The color is Chartreuse (yellow/green or green/yellow) in September for the Color Perceptions ATC Swap on the ArtVentures Group. The ATC is to be predominately chartreuse and be how the color chartreuse makes us feel. I find this shade to be "Jarring" for some reason it sets me on edge.
Started with a glitter embossed card stock with an off shade of green and used dtp (direct-to-paper) application of a yellow green shade of dye ink over this card stock.

Tore up different yellow green and green yellow background papers and stamped with different shades of green.

Stamped a women's face in a circle image with black India ink over light yellow green paper and adhered to the card stock.
Colored the edges of of the torn & stamped background papers with crushed olive Distress ink and adhered them over the card stock and onto the stamped face.

Colored the outside edge of the ATC with crushed olive Distress ink; added colored sticker letters to spell "stop" and used metallic gel pens to add some jarring circular design.