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Monday, July 31, 2017

Endless Summer Altered Wood Decor

Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a project I made for the July Make it Prima challenge, with only hours to spare. :)

Here's the challenge:

I just love the red and peachy colors mixed with the browns- it inspired me to think of beachy and nautical ideas for making something with this color palette, and here's what I came up with:

I started out with a 12x12 wood piece and dry brushed gesso, followed by a combination of Prima Impasto paints in Azure and Cobalt for a gradient/ombre effect. Then I added some stenciling with light paste and dry brushed the entire wood again with the gesso and paints I used for my first coat. To bring back some of the brown spots, I added some of the Prima Artisan Powder in Umber in random spots.



Next, I painted the large chipboard clock face with Prima Brown Rust paste. I dry brushed the clock face with gesso, then randomly added some Prima Metallique Wax in Bronze. I also added some of the wax to the doily, and the chipboard pieces that were previously treated with with a mixture of embossing powders for a distressed look.


I added Prima Sparks pain in Magical Pond to the Melange pieces, as well as the blue flowers, and Sparks paint in Unicorn's Hair to highlight the rest of the piece.


Here's a close up of the doily, which has the wax, paint, and also ink in Linen from the Prima Color Philosophy inks to give it an aged, stained feel to it.

Thanks for taking a look at my project for the July Make it Prima challenge. Good luck to all of those who have entered!



Rae




Monday, May 29, 2017

Two Projects Made in Classes from Anna Dabrowska

Hi, friends! 

In April, Anna Dabrowska came to my local scrapbook store, The Paper Bunny, here in Las Vegas. And, I was lucky enough to be able to go! It was an amazing experience. Anna is an amazing teacher, and I always learn so much when I take her classes. (I've been to Art Venture twice- class junkie here!)

Class One: Tangled Mixed Media Canvas


I LOVED creating the layers of this canvas, which is 8X10. I could take many closeups, but it could never accurately show the layering of all that was done to this piece! I went for a teal/green/brown color scheme, and I love the results.



 Here's a close up that shows the stenciling, clustering, priming, misting and painting.


I can see myself combining all of these techniques for many future projects!

Class Two: Frozen in Time Journal Cover


So, I chose my focal point in advance for this class- I ADORE the image of that gypsy woman that on paper and ephemera from Prima's Wild and Free collection. I knew that I'd have to use pink because the flowers in the gypsy's hair are pink, and that definitely took me out of my comfort zone, but I love the result!



I chose the Prima Color Bloom 2 Black Tulip for my pink color, and added brown and gold to create a vintage/grungy look.


This class also has many layers to it- I love how the copper and blush microbeads look in the embellishment cluster.

Combining two colors of waxes was a great tip for the finishing touches of the embellishments.

 If you ever get a chance to take classes from Anna, DO IT- you will learn so much and bring some treasured projects home!

Thanks for taking a look!

Rae

Friday, May 26, 2017

"Bliss" Altered Clock


Hi, friends! I've made this altered clock to add to my beach gallery wall table. The clock is from Prima Marketing. 

I used chalk paint and Prima pastels for a faux patina finish on the outside of the clock. 


Here's a closeup of the "shadow box" part of the clock. I used paper from the Prima French Riviera collection for the background.

The chipboard vines are from Dusty Attic. I added some Stampendous Frantage embossing powder to them in "Aged Ivory." I also added a fence from Darice, sisal, a couple of sand dollars, and a piece of driftwood that I picked up from our walk on the beach the day the picture was taken on Coronado Beach last summer.

I matted the photo with a Prima Mechanicals clock and a piece of map paper, also from the French Riviera line.

Here's a closeup of the top of the clock- LOTS of pretty Prima flowers! I added shells and Say it in Crystals around the outside, 


And here's the back:
I know that no one will ever see the back, but I like to decorate the backs of my projects. :)

Thanks for taking a look at my altered clock!


Rae

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