Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunshine and Good Times Layout

Hello friends!

I decided to play along with the May Make it Prima challenge. Take a look at this super summery color palette:






I knew right away that my layout would be beachy, so I used the French Riviera and St, Tropez collection, along with many Prima flowers!





I started out with the wavy paper from the St. Tropez collection- I cut the paper in half and "fussy cut" the waves with one half, distressed, and inked them with Color Philosophy ink in "Summer Vibes", then layered them on top of the other half of the wavy paper, Then, I glued it to the bottom of the paper from the French Riviera collection.

I used more paper scraps from the French Riviera collection to mat the photo , and added some cardboard underneath before gluing it int he middle of the page. I added some twine to the photo, and used a starfish metal trinkets to tie on the twine. The title,  "Sunshine & Good Times" is cut from a piece of the St. Tropez papers.

I added MANY flowers! The light blue ones are from the St. Tropez collection. The rest are older from Bluebell box, Le Mia, and other ones. I gave them all a dry brushing of white gesso.
I tucked in some cheesecloth, and then added some Say it in Crystals and metal trinkets, both from the St. Tropez collection.


I also added a piece of chipboard that I used some light blue embossing powder on, and added more of the Say it in Crystals as accents. I finished of the layout by lightly licking on some spatters of Color Bloom sprays in Soft Teal, and Frost.


Thanks for taking a peek at my layout!


Rae


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Art Venture 2017-Phoenix

Hello, friends!

I'm finally getting around to sharing my projects from Art Venture 2017 (from January)! If you are even on the fence about going, I say, DO IT! It's such an amazing experience, and definitely worth the money- the classes are so filled with great ideas, and you get so much product!

Day One, Class One: Gilded Monogram Plaque with the IOD Sisters


What a fun first class for Art Venture! I love the energy that Sally and Josie have, and they are so encouraging! I loved the painting techniques and it was fantastic to pair the different pieces from the molds together to create one project.

First, I'll just say that I was a horrible student! Not only did I go buy different paint colors during the class, I didn't follow instructions to make sure my clay pieces were dry enough before painting, and I did not think to lay the project flat, so a couple of the pieces slid, and were off-centered, to put it mildly. And to make matters worse, my project was damaged by the time it went through security and baggage handling at the airport. Sadly, my project was not salvageable. So, I remade the project:



I used copper and blue instead of gold and red. And, I used resin in the molds instead of clay because it's what I had on hand, and wanted that top piece to be strong enough to come off of the wood plaque.


We used a layering of paints, including diluted black paint that is wiped off once it starts to set, and it gives the molded pieces great dimension that you can see in this closeup.



Here's a closeup that shows off the paint layering, along with the stamping. I adore this vintage look!


And this is a closeup of the bottom part of the plaque- I mixed some 3D gloss gel with some light patina Metallique paint, and brushed it on to the clear gems. Once dry, I used some of the Color Philosophy ink in Sepia with a foam applicator to give it some dullness/distressing.





Day One, Class Two: When Pigs Fly with Miranda Edney


I was sooooooo excited that Miranda was teaching at Art Venture this time, because it meant that I FINALLY get to meet this gal in person. We have been online friends for years, and were even on the same design team back in the day. :) I love her with all of my heart, she is talented and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet!

I enjoy watching Miranda create projects on her YouTube videos, but this was so much better. I enjoy her process, and it was amazing to take part in that in real life.

Here's my pig, Alexa. She sits on the table in front of the Amazon Alexa that we have. :)

Unlike the first class, I did stick pretty close to following the example from the class- I LOVED that the pig was blue and the rest of the colors give the pig a touch of whimsy, so I wanted her to keep that feel to it.

I learned many techniques in this class, and what I loved was learning the process and tricks and tips for how to alter ANY object!
 I love this project because I think it's the perfect blend of cute and beautiful. I love all of the layering of techniques- I notice something different every time I look at her.

I loved using the alcohol ink and water on the pig and the flowers- it's not something I would think to do on my own, and I love the result!

Here's the other side, that no one sees. :)

Profile view of my gal- you can really see the gold mica on her forehead- I sprayed her with hairspray to seal the mica.


Back side- I love the planner poms for a tail. Not only is it cute, it conceals the fact that before she was sanded and painted "down there" she was a boy. :)

Day One, Class Three: Crown Royale with Cari Fennell


I have to say that I loved all of the classes, but I was really most excited about learning how to make Cari's crown. While I could probably figure out how to make all of the projects from the Art Venture classes, this one really had me stumped as to where to begin. This is not an "altered" project- we didn't start with a crown- we created the crown using fabric! This technique was fabulous and it really gets you thinking about what else you could make using it.


I only took one picture- I should have taken more! I kept my decorating pretty close to the example, but I did add my own centerpiece.

Day Two, Class One: Sparks Altered Denim Album with Anna Dabrowska

When you take a class from Anna, you know you are going to learn so many techniques! We mixed glitter in gloss gel to use in a stencil- AWESOME! And covering everything in clear gesso before painting is a great technique that I never would have done before taking this class. But the one technique I am SOOOOO in love with is using the new waxes!
Here's a closeup to show how much dimension the waxes show, especially when you use more than one color! 



Day Two, Class Two: Bohemian Summer Mixed Media Album with Frank Garcia

This is the second class I've taken from Frank, and I adore the amount of DETAIL that goes into every aspect of his albums. 

I didn't stay too far from the class example- I did wait to finish most of this at home like most of the other projects because I wanted to add different flowers to the cover.

Here's a broad view of the inside of the magnetic album- this is the large dossier album, and it is LARGE!


 This Wild and Free collection that we used is soooo beautiful- I love the image of the gypsy woman.
Here's a closeup of the right side of the album.


I can't wait to fill up the waterfall pages!




Day Two, Class Three: Rustic Romance Framed Layout with Sharon Laakkonen


It's fun to do all sorts of projects, but my favorite kind of project to do is still a 12x12 layout. And Sharon makes the most beautiful pages, so this was a great class to end Art Venture with.

We learned a lot of great techniques, including using glue with the foils- WOW!
And, it was interesting to use the new waxes with the artisan powders on the beautiful oval resin frame.

Here's a collage of closeups (I took these pictures a while ago and may have erased the individual ones.)

Thanks for taking a look at my Art Venture projects. If you are even thinking about going and can, you won't be sorry. It's an amazing experience!


Rae



















Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Free Spirit Layout

Hello, everyone! I'm sharing a layout I made for the March "Make it Prima" challenge.

Here's the mood board/palette:


The soft greens and pinks mixed with the pale brown and grey make a perfect color combo- not one I would normally use, but I adored working with them!

Here's what I came up with:




I used the Salvage District and Wild and Free collections for this layout, as well as some of the newer flowers (Oh my word- the new flower are heavenly!), and some older resin and metal pieces.

Here's a closeup that shows the stenciling- remember that older Prima lovely circle/ leafy stencil? That's what I used with some white crackle paste. I used Soft Teal Color Bloom spray for some splats.



That gate is an older Prima metal piece. And there are the clear Melange pebbles peeking out from the flower clusters, as well as some whispy white vines that I cut from printer paper and added the Bare Color Philosphy ink- t looks splattered, but it's really just that the I pressed the paper onto th ink pad and it leaves the pattern of the ink pad itself, which I love!



I added some alphabet chipboard that I treated with gesso, Mermaid Hair Color Philosophy ink, and some Metalique Wax in Brass.


Thanks for taking a look at my entry for the Prima challenge! Good luck to all who entered! If you haven't had a change to join the new Prima challenge, give it a try!

Rae

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"You Got This" Canvas

Hello everyone!

Prima Marketing has a new monthly challenge this year, "Make it Prima!"and it's pretty cool!


And this is my take on it:

I made a canvas using a bunch of new Prima goodies:



I stated by adding a thick layer of light paste to a canvas, and then I pressed a vine stencil into the paste for an embossed look. I then added Peony and Cotton Candy Color Bloom sprays.

I used some Sparks paint (Butterfly Spells, which is a BEAUTIFUL light rose color) and waxes in Rose Gold, and Aged Brass, as well as some Artisan Powders in black and Mahogany Teakwood on the resin frame. 

Inside of the frame are pieces from the Rose Quartz ephemera pack. I also used a butterfly from the Mechanicals line that I gessoed and sprayed with the Cotton Candy and Peony sprays.

I fussy cut out the feathers form the Rose Quartz 12X12 and journaling card papers, and stuck those under the pretty Rose Verona flowers, also from the Rose Quartz collection. I also snuck in some small roses (Lovelies). 

Next, I added some Say it in Crystals from the Love Clippings collection, and then used Blush micro beads on the flowers, butterfly, and feathers.

I finished off the canvas by adding some splats of white gesso and the pink sprays.

Here's a close up of the how awesome the micro beads look on the flowers. :)


Thanks for checking out my project! I hope you have a lovely day!

Rae

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mixed Media Doll

Hello everyone!

Last year I went to Prima's ArtVenture Seaside in Coronado, and I took the most amazing class- a mixed media doll class by Anna Dabrowska. The doll I made in that class took me weeks to finish at home, and it is one of my most treasured projects! You can see a detailed account of the process HERE. I loved the process so much, that I decided to make another doll.

I started this one this past summer at a retreat, and I have worked on it, bits at a time, and finally finished it up last week.

The color scheme was intended to be green, purple, and gold, Mardi Gras colors, but the tones didn't come out quite how I thought they would. However, that stunning purple-pink color is a Prima Color Bloom 2 mist, Black Tulip. 

I decided to make a mask for her because she is going to sit next to her blue sister who is always wearing a mask, so I thought they should have something in common.  And, after gessoing her face, her poor eyes are kind of a mess! :)

Here in this side view, you can get a sense of how tall that beehive hairdo is- the doll had practically no hair, so I bought additional doll hair to supplement. Of course, the beehive needed a massive crown, so I added several metal pieces- some are Prima mechanicals, some are just random pieces I've had for a while.



Another close up of the crown- you can see I added roses to her hair as well. I found the wings in the doll section of a craft store.


Here's a closeup of the roses- they are the Prima ones that come in the box and have gold edges. They have been gessoed, painted, misted, and painted again to create the marbled effect. (And they are very durable now.)



Here's a close up of her back. 




I used the Prima Color Bloom Empress Gold for the gold coloring, as well as Prima opal magic paints. I achieved the green color by using Tattered Angels Olive Vine, and also Prima opal magic paints. 

Thanks for having a look at my doll!

Rae 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Prima December PPP

Hi everyone! I only had time to do one of the Prima challenges this month, so I did the PPP.

I loved the color scheme of the PPP challenge this month, and it made me wish that I had bought the Sweet Peppermint collection insread of just a couple of the flower packs, but I just have so much Christmas stuff, I really couldn't justify it! So, I had to improvise, digging out some new and old Prima stuff.

Here's what I came up with:




I picked up this circle wood pallet from Michaels a while back. I painted it with some Chalkboard Paint in Eggshell, randomly added some of Finnabair's snowflake paste, then added some of the new fresh mint chalk ink.

Here's a close up of what the surface/texture looks like:


The letters are also Prima, from the wood alphabet hexagon boxes. I lightly pressed both of the new red chalk inks on the letters to give them a distressed and rustic look.


Next, I treated the chipboard frame with white gesso and misted it with the empress gold Color Bloom spray. I cut up some of the ruby Relics and Artifacts rhinestone chain in the three different sizes to adorn the chipboard frame.

Then I added the flowers- I used some of the new Sweet Peppermint leaves and fabric flowers, and also some OLD, OLD Prima flowers- the Baroque red ones, and the gold pearl holiday sprays.

I finished up by adding a resin angel and a Shabby Chic metal lamp post.

Thanks for taking a look at my project.

Happy New Year!

Rae

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prima Challenges for November

Hello, all!  Just wanted to share some projects that I made for the Prima November challenges. It was so great to be able to play along this month! :)

"Fun Guys" Canvas using the Prima Product Pick (PPP)

I love the softness of this color combo. It has somewhat of a feminine look to it, but I really wanted to see if I could make a masculine project with this palette, focusing on the grey and brown, and making the green/teal and purple highlighting colors. I came up wth this canvas:




This picture is one of my all time favorites of my husband and the boys!

I started with a a thick newsprint canvas from Michaels, which was a great background for all of these Prima goodies! I used a Prima stencil and crackle paste, then added soft teal Color Bloom spray, and water and little heaps of the purple mica powder that you can see in the closeup below.

I painted the metal barn starts with gesso, rose gold opal magic paint, and then added a little bit of rose gold Liquid Pearls to give it the brownish rose color from the palette.


I added some grey metals from the Junkyard Findings (the pipe frame and the spark plug) and the Finnabair heart. I added some more brown from the palette with the metal bird and the rusty washer.

And then to round out the colors I added teal, purple, and grey flowers, and brown leaves.

 And that is my masculine take on the PPP. :)


"Lovely" Layout using the BAP







I love this sketch! I had an idea for this layout using this picture of my daughter. I was kind of bummed that she took this selfie in Snapchat with that funky filter!


So, I made it better making a Prima flower headband. :)



I thought this picture would be nice with the Butterfly collection, so I flipped the sketch to make the top paper work.

In the middle of making this layout I bought the new IOD moulds and stamps so I used the script stamp all over, and made some leaves from the moulds with ice resin, which I colored with chalk ink.

 I also made one of the key holes and sprayed it with a gold color broom spray.

And I used color bloom sprays on the chipboard. 

I really love this sketch, and I think I will use it again. 

"Beautiful" Card using the Cards and Tags Sketch

Here's my take on it. I used the Bella Rouge collection, and I even used one of my coveted Prima pistachio branches to create the circle.

The red frame is a Shabby Chic Treasures resin frame that I painted using the royal red metallic paint and brushed it with black artisan powders. I also used green artisan powder on the lace sticker at the bottom right of the page. 



Thanks for stopping by to look at my latest projects! I hope you got a chance to play along this month! :)

Rae