Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Love for Art!

Hi there, for many, many years I've found art to be relaxing, to be an outlet to express how I feel, or to help me feel better. I love drawing, painting, creating art in one way or another, I love, love getting my fingers dirty with the many colors of paint, with resin, glue, you name it, well except for nail polish, because it always gets destroyed with ink and paints, LOL

Here are some of my art works I've done recently, a FaceBook friend Sandra Strait inspired me to get into Doodle drawing this year, I love her work and well I give her credit for inspiring me to start something new and fun and very addictive.  These are a few of the small Artist Tiles I've done, there's more.  Most of these started in black and white, later on I added color, I have to say my favorite is black ink, really fun to create with black, then see how everything transforms when you begin to add color, you have to know when to stop, sometimes I add a lot, sometimes just a little bit.

I hope you enjoy my works, I love every single one.

A Christmas Wreath!!!

Hi there today I want to share our November Blog Hop using great products from ColoriQue and U-Paint.  You can click here Designer Crafts Connection November Blog Hop to start at the beginning of the hop and see what all the designers have created for you.  I hope this Holiday Decor hop inspires you to create to either decorate your home for the holidays or make some wonderful gifts to share with loved ones and friends. 

I decided I needed a new wreath for my front door. This pretty metal tree was the perfect focal piece.  You can check their website to see all the different metal items you can chose from. U-Paint Metal Holiday Motifs

I chose three colors; Snow Summit, Verdigris and Ruby Slippers, you can check the link ColoriQuehere to get your own colors to play with, this is my first time using this product.

ColoriQue is an ink based product developed by Clearsnap® & jewelry artist Lisa Marie Jimenez. These colors are blendable and can be layered to obtain unique effects.  It's easy to apply to a variety of metals, clay, ceramic, glass, wood and leather.  It dries quick. 

I found the perfect winter wreath to use on this project at JoAnn's Craft store. I like simple and well there's a very small space for me to use between the front door and the screen door, I've created several wreaths before not paying attention to how much space I have, lesson learned.

Step 1 : wash the metal piece with soap and water, dry and it's ready to paint

Step 2:  A little goes a long way, so don't pour too much paint, you will have enough time to brush it on the piece before it dries.

Step 3:  Let it dry on it's own, it won't take long to dry, or you can use a heat gun to speed up the drying time.  I allowed mine to dry on it's own.

Step 4: You can add more colors if you want, I added the Snow Summit  in some areas to lighten up the green just a little bit. I also used it on the star and on the bottom part of the tree

Step 5: I used a paper towel to remove some of the paint, wanted to give it an antiqued look. I used a black sharpie just to add a bit of detail to the bottom of the tree and the doll's shoes and a couple of the ornaments on the tree, I just felt it needed just a little bit.  

I added a bit more color to the ornaments and to the bottom of the tree by using some of the rubby slippers . I really had fun working with these products, it was pretty fast too.

Step 6: Now the final step is to add this to my front door wreath. Below is a photo of the 18" wreath I got from JoAnn's. 

To finish up I used hot glue to attach all my holiday embelishments to my front door wreath.

Here is a close up of the finished piece. It needed to be simple and I think this is perfect. 

All done, I can't wait to hang this on my front door right after Thanksgiving.

I hope you've enjoyed all the projects done by all the designers on this hop and hope we have inspired you to get creative for the holidays.

Materials used:
These materials were sponsored by Lisa Marie Jimenez for ColoriQue and U-Paint

Materials I had on hand:
Black sharpie
Paint brush
White Christmas wreath
Miscelaneous holiday ornaments

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hand Sculpting What I Imagine

Hi there, today I want to share something I love to do. I love working with my hands, and lately I've been sketching out ideas to make into some type of jewelry or to use in mixed media projects.  One of the products I like to use two part epoxy clay.  There are several brands out there and a while back I went to Michael's and found this jewelry clay on clearance so I figured I would give it a try.  It was pretty sticky, maybe it was old product, but at the end it did what I needed it to do. 

This is a self hardening clay, so there's no need to use a kiln or an oven to cure this product.  I got two packages one had black and white parts, the other had white and gray parts to mix.   Just like the two part epoxy clays, you take equal parts and mix them well until you only have one color like in the third photo below. Once the clay is mixed, you have about an hour or so to work with this clay before it begins to harden.  One of the reasons I like using this product is because it hardens on it's own and when it cures completely (24 hours) it will be pretty hard, almost like stone. 

 Here are my two parts, ready to mix/blend together.

Now that the clay is all mixed, you can either place it inside a mold, or begin to sculpt your item by hand. (my favorite part)

Here are a few sketches of items I want to mold.

Well here you go, these are a few of the pieces I made, skulls in different sizes and each one different, made some tiny roses and different types of hearts.

Can you see the dimension added to some of the hearts? Once the base was hardened I went back and added borders and roses to some of the hearts to give them dimension. 

Tiny roses

Over the years I've had a lot of people asked me why I like to craft. At the beginning it was my way to relax, to get rid of stress, to clear my mind.  Soon after I began to challenge myself, to learn something new and to use crafting as a means to bring my ideas to life, I've been doing this for over 20 years, challenging myself to keep on learning.

For me to be able to use my hands to create what my mind sees, it's the best feeling in the world.  I love to create!!! How about you, are you crafty?  If so, why? Share with us the reasons you craft/create.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MAY Blog Hop - Mod Podge® by Plaid

Hi there today we are having a great blog hop with Mod Podge® by Plaid,  please make sure to start over at the DCC Blog to stop and see what all the designers created with these fun and creative products and to enter for thet giveaway to win your own products, you have to comment on the DCC blog and enter using the Rafflecopter widget, so good luck on the giveaway. 

Now for my project I wanted to make something for Father's Day.  I have a small nephew his dad is about to graduate from boot camp and thought it would be nice to make this project for him to give to his dad when we go see him graduate and become a US Marine officer.  

This foam elephant puzzle had two sides, the front had the letters, so I used that as the back, I didn't want the alphabet to show.

Now let's get started with this fun Father's Day photo frame.  I used some jumbo craft sticks to create a fence and instead of painting it I decided to decoupage the sticks with the  Mod Podge ® Puzzle Saver.

Each side was covered with a different color of tissue paper, here you can see I assembled the craft sticks and then covered them with the mod podge . 

Next I placed the blue tissue paper over the sticks and waited for it to dry, it didn't take long.  

I flipped over the sticks, applied more mod podge and then placed the red tissue paper. Once both sides were dried, I cut off all the excess with the scissors and use a nail file to trim off the tissue paper from the ends of the sticks.    

Now time to work on the foam puzzle.  I removed the puzzle pieces from the center, this is where the photo is supposed to go.  

I used a foam brush to apply the puzzle saver to the entire foam puzzle. once it was completely covered I place a piece of Rinea foil paper over the entire foam puzzle, I used the blue and gold foil sheet, I wanted to blue side to be on the front of the puzzle, so below you can see the gold side, I left it alone to dry.

Here is the front side of the foam puzzle, I trimmed all the blue Rinea foil around the elephant. 

Here I was playing around with the placement of all the frame pieces.

The extra puzzle pieces I used to add a father's day message, I printed this on the computer, and then trimmed out the text, used mod podge to glue the text onto the puzzle pieces.

Below you can see how the frame was assembled.  I used the Mod Podge ® Super Gloss to glue the foam puzzle to the fence created with the craft sticks, also used it to add some green tissue paper below the elephant to resemble grass. 

Next I added the puzzle pieces with the #1 Dad text on the frame, to finish it all up, I covered the entire front of the elephant with the super gloss mod podge, I wanted a glossy finish on this frame. 

 Now we just need to wait for the mod podge to dry and it will be ready for the photo.

Here is the picture frame all ready for my nephew's photo.  This was a great project, something you can easily do with a child. I've been using Mod Podge® by Plaid for so many years, great products.

I hope I have inspired you to get crafty with Mod Podge®, don't forget to enter the giveaway and make sure to leave your comments on all the blog posts, we love to hear what you have to say about all the projects we create. 

Products provided by Plaid for this blog hop:

Other products used
Jumbo craft sticks
Bargain's Buys elephant foam puzzle
Tissue Paper - blue, red and green (recycled from a gift)
Rinea foil paper sheet (blue and gold)
Westcott's scissors
Nail file
Silver chord


My Love for Art!

Hi there, for many, many years I've found art to be relaxing, to be an outlet to express how I feel, or to help me feel better. I love d...