Saturday, March 10, 2018

First Impressions: Fadeout Ink by InkOn3 No line Watercoloring for Stamp Stash Saturday

Hi guys! Welcome to another Stamp Stash Saturday! This week, I'm testing out a new ink I recently heard of called Fadeout by InkOn3. I have always loved the no line coloring look but it is a pretty intermediate or even advanced technique and I could to all the coloring fine but would always have trouble filling in the facial features. This ink is definitely unique and think it really did take a lot of the guessing work out that I used to do with this technique.

I just adore this stamp called My Boys! Ahhhh, boy stamps are sooooo hard to come by that are cute because if you know me AT all, I gotta have the cute factor. I picked up this stamp set last month from Tiddly Inks specifically to use for my son's birthday this month and I'm so glad I did. My daughter used one of the other images from the stamp set to create a card for her brother which I think is so awesome. At least in my house, there are a lot of little crafters around using up the supplies I justhavetohave. haha 

Check out my video below seeing this ink in use and the coloring come together. Also, be sure to head over to my YouTube channel to subscribe so you don't miss any future Stamp Stash Videos!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Watercolor Wednesday: Flowers and Leaves Practice {Speed Painting Video}

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday! Today I wanted to do something a little different. In my last video, I asked what you wanted to see in future Watercolor videos. There was definitely a request for painting florals and it's something I've been wanting to master for awhile anyway. This month I want to work on different sorts of florals. To start, I'm just doing a practice sheet full of different kinds of flowers and leaves using my brush to create the shapes. It's completely abstract and I'm not thinking about using this for anything but practice which is quite liberating in itself. 

I understand this is quite a different video from my last because I am not talking all the way through but I'm just inviting you to join me in my practice and follow along. Once I am more confident with a particular style or technique, I'll provide voice over tutorials for you. For now, I hope you will enjoy this speed painting. You can watch below or head to my YouTube Channel.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Mixed Media Monday: Working on Kraft paper #ShowusyourMEdia Challenge

Hi everyone! It's Monday so that means Mixed Media time! I definitely wanted to play in the Dina Wakley Show Us Your MEdia Challenge and I have been eyeing the Kraft paper in the DWM journal for sometime. I think the reason I struggle with this surface the most is because I always start with gesso on any other surface and this surface is unique in that it's not white and that's what makes it amazing. I love seeing the colors of paints pop on this surface so I tried really hard not to go overboard with my paint like I normally do! 

That wasn't the only thing taking me out of my comfort zone today. I also decided to play with a warm color palette and picked out Ruby, Magenta and Lemon to start out my background. You can see I did introduce Turquoise for that extra pop of a contrasting color. Once I added that color, I fell in love with this page. I love that feeling and it's the reason I art journal. This quote from the Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers means SO much to me. I so long to be brave. 

The challenge prompt this month talks about creating a piece of art about who you want to be and it's never to late to become that. I long to live free from my anxiety, live in the moment without worrying about the future or dwelling in the past. I saw these words and knew they belonged on this page.

I really enjoyed creating on this surface that used to intimidate me so much. Now I wish the journal had more Kraft pages in it! This shows exactly how the colors pop against that Kraft surface. I found so much joy in this page using colors I normally wouldn't, thinking about who I want to be and just getting lost in the little moments I steal away for myself throughout a day to create art!

I hope you enjoy the process video as well. It's fun to see it come together from a blank page to something so full of color, meaning and beauty. You can watch it here on my blog or head to my YouTube channel to subscribe so you don't miss a video when it comes out. Every Monday I'll be back with a new mixed media video for you!

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Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Paint (Ruby, Magenta, Lemon, Turqouise0
Dina Wakley Media Stamp (Text and Scribbles)
Archival Ink (Black Soot)
Uni Posca White Marker
Stabilo Marks All
Ranger Ink Palette Knife
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Small Talk Stickers

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Stamp Stash Saturday: Two for One Cards with Ink Blended Background + Copic Coloring

Hi guys! I love Stamp Stash Saturdays so much. Card making was my first love when I started crafting and I still love coloring and card making so much. I'm still getting caught up on all those Thank You cards I have to make and I've been dying to use these adorable Stamping Bella Unicorn stamps since I started this series. Once I saw the sentiment from the matching Unicorn Sentiment set, the plan was set in place! I was inspired by the sentiment to use Distress Oxide inks to create a blended background and by using a simple die cut I could stretch my panel to create two cards. I have been comparing a couple different black ink pads so it was also a great opportunity to use Memento Tuxedo Black (my go to for Copic markers) as well as the My Favorite Things Extreme Black which says for use with alcohol markers, ie. Copic markers.

I absolutely adore how these cards turned out and loved created a cloud background as well with Distress Oxide inks using the My Favorite Things Cloud stencils. By cutting out the circle from my panel, I was able to use both the negative and positive spaces to create my two cards today. So simple.

I really loved coloring these adorable little Stamping Bella Unicorns. They are the perfect size for some simple and quick coloring and I couldn't resist having some fun with their hair.

Here is the second card which uses the circle die cut and then I just added another circle die cut off set for the same sentiment. 

I used the Spectrum Noir Glitter marker to add shimmer to the horns and hair but I also used the Sakura White Gelly Roll pen to create the little stars in the hair and sky. I think it just makes it look more sparkly and it's so fun to do.

I hope you'll take a moment to watch the cards come together in my video. I do this every Saturday with a stamp I've never used before so be sure to subscribe to my channel as well if you want to see more card making videos like this one!

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Stamping Bella (set of Unicorns, Unicorn Sentiments)
My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers: BV20, BV23, 0, C2, C4, R20, YG01, YG23, YG25, RV21, RV04, RV06)
Distress Oxides: (Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Faded Jeans) 
My Favorite Things Die-namics (Wonky Stitched Circle)
My Favorite Things Stencils (Clouds and Small Clouds)
Mini Distress Ink Blending Tools
Clear Sequins
Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Glitter Pen
Scotch ATG Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives Dodz Mini

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Watercolor Wednesday: Watercoloring Tiddly Inks Stamps on an Envelope + Brush Lettering A Quote

Hi Guys, welcome back to another Watercolor Wednesday post here on my blog as well as my YouTube channel. Today is the last of my Good Mail Monday envelopes I've been sharing. It has been so much fun creating these bits of art to send through the mail. I'm gonna miss it and hope to do it again sometime.

I couldn't resist picking up this adorable Happy Mail stamp from Tiddly Inks when she had a sale for Valentine's Day. I mean, there was no resisting it and she definitely had to make her way onto an envelope pronto! This stamp would also make some adorable cards though, don't you think? I had a heck of a time with my watercoloring this week as  you'll see in the video. This is actually my second attempt creating the envelope. It might have to do with the fact that I haven't used my Peerless Watercolors in ages but in the end I love how it turned out!

As with all my Good Mail Monday envelopes, I want to include a little handmade letting in the mail. This week's theme was Brunch and I didn't have any good stamps that fit that for the outside of my envelope so I found this quote that made me giggle and knew it would be the one to include! I hand lettered with a Pentel small water brush and my Brea Reese Glitter watercolors. I am so bummed, I went back to Hobby Lobby to get the regular Brea Reese watercolors because I was loving these glitter ones so much and they were all gone already! Ahhhh, that clearance sale was awesome but you really had to be there quick to get the good stuff!

You can check out the process video below or on my YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a video. Each Wednesday I publish a new Watercolor with Me video and I'd love to hear what you want to see me create in March. I want to really push myself and grow with this medium this year so I'm up for anything! 

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Tiddly Inks Clear Stamp (Happy Mail)
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Strathmore Watercolor Envelopes & Cards
Silver Black Velvet Watercolor Brush (Round #6)
Peerless Watercolors 
Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen
Sakura Gelly Roll White Gel Pen (no 8)
Pentel Sign Brush Pen (Black)
Pentel Waterbrush (Small)
Brea Reese Glitter Watercolors

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mixed Media Monday: Part 2 - How To Take those Gel Prints To The Next Level with A Completed Tag

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Hi guys, I'm back with part two of my gel press video. I think the biggest question I get or had about the gel press was what in the world do you do with  all the prints you make? The possibilities are honestly endless but today I'm going to show you how I take one tag to a finished project to put in my art journal.

I love this tag and it's funny because I was never a tag person. I really wasn't. I would see artists making tags and thing why? Why not just do a full journal page if you are going to do that? Now I don't exactly have the answer why but I like it. I like the small scale. I like the quickness of creating something fast. As a busy mom with lots on her to do plate, being able to create something, even a tag brings me great joy and peace.

I love the Small Talk Stickers from Tim Holtz. Easy to find words or quotes to put on a page. As soon as I read this one, I knew it was "the one" to finish my tag. There is so much truth in those three little words. Gel Plates used to intimidate me but I finally got the courage to play with it and allow it to teach me its secrets and I'm so glad I did!

This face is the remnant of one of my favorite tags I created. I'm not happy that I had to cut it out but mistakes happen and I'm pretty confident, it will find it's way onto a journal page at some point!

I hope you'll take a moment to watch the process video for today's Mixed Media Monday! While you can watch it here, I hope you'll take a moment to head over to my YouTube Channel to subscribe so you don't miss the next one. Every Monday, I share a new mixed media tutorial with you!

DWM stamps (Circle Patterns, Oops Oh well, Scribbly Wings, Silhouetted Women)
Stampers Anonymous Stamp (Ledger Script)
JustRite Cling Stamp (Text Background)
Dina Wakley Media Archival Ink Palette
Black Soot Archival Ink
Distress Crayons (Black Soot, Antinque Bronze)
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers
Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares