Sunday, August 17, 2014

UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES DESIGN TEAM

I made the cut. And couldn't be happier. Check out their website for weekly Project Life inspiration!!! Www.unscriptedsketches.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RUBBERMOON: Watercolor Marker Magic

What's a quick and easy and almost mess-free way to use The Ultimate Red Rubber Palette?
Watercolor Markers and RubberMoon stamps, of course.
(the stamps arrived in great condition, but once I started playing, the ink got on the wood)
The RubberMoon stamps  include:

Before I began, I had no clue what I was doing, but just wanted to play.  
I simply used Artist Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers directly on the palette.
Used any wet brush and applied water on the palette, not too much but enough to move the colors and blend together.

Then simply took pieces of paper and smashed down on the palette to create these beauties.
I used thick cardstock, but watercolor paper would have probably worked better.
I used those two pieces to create a few Project Life cards.
And then I was obsessed with this process and created more. 
I repeated the first few steps and then placed a stencil on top before making a print.
And the start of a card was created.
Taking the watercolor markers and applying directly onto a stamp created the cover image.  I also added some doodling with a simple mechanical pencil.
Then stamped words in the inside.
Next I tested out a striped pattern.  LOVE!!
(another Project Life card)
Used Lucy and stamped directly onto wet palette with some color left from a previous print.
A little foggy, but it feels serene to me. A good image to add a quote or poem onto. 
I played some more with Lucy.... 
Lesson learned: applying a stamp using markers onto a wet surface will bleed the image.
Waiting for things to dry + me = don't get along.
More stenciling and stamping fun:

For the smaller art set stamped card, I used the markers on the stamp, then on a wet brush to create the splatter.

Take a chance and try something different today. Art is all about the adventure.
 I didn't know how this would turn out...and now I have a new love, a new watercolor tool, and a new obsession.

Hope you enjoyed my adventures with RubberMoon as much as I have.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

creativeGIRL: And It Goes On & On & On

My love for the "Anatomy Of" aspect of Danielle Donaldson class continues. 











Saturday, July 26, 2014

WHAT A DAY: July 26, 2014

The tattoo obsession continues. I love my ambigram one but wanted to "girly" it up a bit. And what better than flowers. So I chose one of my parents' flowers from their wedding. A yellow daisy. 
The look I was going for was watercolor or rather with not so many hard lines. So we chose one and began. 
Paris Tattoos is so neat (and below one of my fav restaurants Tupelo Honey Cafe). Cody is an amazing artist. He has his watercolor works displayed in his corner. 
Cody took the design and did an amazing job. It went from this...

To this...
And this...
To this...
The coloring and lines will fade a bit in some areas so I'm excited to see the healed result. And who knows what is yet to come. I'd love to add an orange rose as well. I love it!

It reminds me of life coming and growing from the words. Very symbolic to me. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

aKa: Summer 2014

It started at A Beautiful Mess with "Sister Stuff" and then Elise Blaha added her spin to it with her daughter.

So I thought I would venture out creating a comparison with my sister (Angie), my mom (Kathy), and me (Ali). Ideally, I would like to complete one per season, but not sure the other assets to the post are as willing to cooperate. :)

We all live in different states, plus we are all at different stages in life.

So here goes...mine is on left, mom in top right corner, and Angie on bottom right. 

Outside My Doorstep...

Working On...

Drinking...

Reading...

Just For Fun...

What's For Lunch...

Shoes On My Feet...

DIY: Embossed Foam

I am a follower of several art blogs, one being Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

In one post, she did a tutorial on how to emboss foam.  It looked so creative and fun, I thought I would give it a try. Click here to go to her tutorial and examples she made.  My favorite is the creation of layered foam:
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Gorgeous Right?!?!

Now on to my attempt...

Supplies:

Prep Work:



 

Insert DRYING TIME. 

Embossing:
 
 
 

Sanded....and Result:
 
 
 
I think my favorite is the stars. The words didn't turn out the greatest but I still found happy moments in each piece. I will probably use them as embellishments or cards for my Project Life.
 
Now if I could only find my textured plates with the bowties and a comb design. :(  My guess is it ran away with the missing bamboo brush into stencil heaven.  So if you were a textured plate, where would you be? And for that matter, a bamboo brush as well?