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!


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!


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!


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!