Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Heart Art Challenge: Week 2

The basic idea for this weeks’ heart art challenge tag came from the book ‘1000 Artist Trading Cards’, a compilation of the work of hundreds of artists from around the world. Patricia Bolton, Editor-In-Chief of Quilting Arts Magazine and co-founder of the publication ‘Cloth Paper Scissors’, brought it all together in this full colour compendium of innovative and inspired mixed media ATCs.

I often find myself turning the pages of this book for creative inspiration and it never lets me down. No matter how many times I look, I always discover something new and interesting each time.

While my original intention for these tags was to use up bits & pieces left over from other art projects, I could not find enough suitable yellow or orange scraps in my stash! I had to go out and purchase some of patterned scrapbook paper for this one.

The phrase ‘Let your love shine’ is taken from a song written by Lawrence Eugene Williams (1935-1980) in the 1970s called ‘Let Your Love Flow’. It has been recorded by many artists over the years, but you can listen to the most familiar rendition by The Bellamy Brothers here.

The complete song lyrics are on the back of this tag. I had to make the font extremely small to get it all on but I did it!

Here is a link to Bea's Heart Art Challenge: Week 2 video and a photo of her creation for this week.

I already have an idea in my head for next week's Heart Art Challenge tag. I can't wait to get started on it. Hopefully, the ideas for the next 49 weeks come as easily to me.

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Favourite Mixed Media YouTube Channels

There are so many great videographers out there, putting quality content onto YouTube. I thought that I would share a couple of my favourites, and hope that you will share yours with me. There is always more to discover!

One of my all time favourites is ‘Mike Deakin Art: MyCreative Journey’. I watch ALL of his videos from beginning to end. Mike is based in the UK and shares arts, crafts, tutorials, hints, tips and reviews. He creates art journal pages, canvases, ATCs, shadow boxes and more. I also belong to his Facebook group, Mike Deakin Art. I hope to participate in some of his personal ‘Mission Inspiration’ challenges this year.

Another channel that I go to a lot is ‘Mixed Media Jenn’. She explores art journaling and mixed media, sharing her process of creating art journal pages, artist trading cards, postcards and index cards. I go back to those videos again and again for tips and inspiration. She has almost 16,000 subscribers on YouTube!  She is an editor of Cloth Paper Scissor magazine and contributes to other specialty publications also.

My list would not be complete without Cat Hand’s ‘MixedMedia Art: Just for the Fun of it!’ Her Mixed Media Morsels videos have introduced me to lots of new techniques. She uses a variety of mediums on art journal pages, index cards, canvases, etc. Her channel has over 15,000 subscribers! She has a Facebook group too, ‘Mixed Media Morsels’ where the goal is to be positive, share, and encourage each other, while keeping the main focus on Mixed Media Morsels.

Of course, there are so many more wonderful channels out there, far too many to share in one blog post. I’m sure you have some favourites too. Please share them with me in the comment section below. I look forward to checking them out!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Heart Art Challenge

“Let's start a new year with a lot of Hearts. Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for creativity, your mind for truth, and your Heart for Love.”

The challenge is to make one piece of ‘heart art’ each week for the whole year. Bea is using Altered Memory Playing Cards, which are 2.5” X 2.5“. I plan to use #8 shipping tags that are 3.125” X 6.25” giving me a bigger canvas to work on.

Bea Grob, Week One

You can watch the introductory YouTube video here, so you can see her process. She has given herself a limit of no more than 26 minutes per week to make each piece. I think she is planning on making a video each week, and will compile the resulting 52 cards into a small booklet.

Bonnie, Week One
This is the tag that I made for Week One of the challenge. The background was created using the plastic wrap method. It's the first time I ever tried it and I am quite pleased with the results. I will certainly use this technique again.

The hearts were cut or punched out from paper in my scrap box. The sentiment was stamped on with archival ink. I used twine and crochet cotton for the tassel on the top. On the back of this tag, I put Bea's quote seen at the top of this blog post. I plan to put a poem or quote on the back of all my tags.

Follow along with me each week as I create new tags for this challenge.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Not Created Equal

All paints are not created equal. I discovered that fact this week when making some Gelli prints with a different kind of paint than I typically use for my ATC backgrounds.

The DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic craft paint from the dollar store has been the paint of choice up until now. The colour selection is not huge but there's enough variety for my needs and it is easy to blend colours to get a custom palette.

What I don't like about it though is the dull, grainy finish when it's dry. A coat of Mod Podge gives it a sheen and brightens the colours but then it is hard to stamp or use marker on top of it without smudging.

I picked up some Time 4 Crafts acrylic paint in tubes a while back on clearance at a discount store. There was only a few colours to choose from, but I picked up one of each one (about 5 in total).

This paint dries with a glossy finish that I like so I thought they might be good to make Gelli prints with. Which leads me back to my opening statement...All paints are not created equal.

You don't need to use as much of the Time 4 Crafts paint as you do the dollar store craft paint. I put down way too much! It spreads differently with the brayer too. By different, I don't mean good or bad, just different. My first attempts are less than favourable in my eyes. Frankly, the word 'ugly' comes to mind.


I think it is going to take a bit more practice with this paint before I get results that I'm happy with. Now, I have to decide what to do with these (plus three others) to rescue them from the horrible fate of getting thrown into the shredding pile.

Perhaps some stencilling will help, or a coat of white paint on top to mute the colours down a bit. What would you suggest?