Friday, April 20, 2018

Mixed Media Mania YouTube Hop!


I am so excited to share with you this amazing mixed media hop filled with inspiration from amazing artists and prizes from fantastic sponsors! I am in awe that this is actually happening after months of planning with DeeDee Catron! A hug thanks to all the artists and sponsors for coming together in support of this amazing community. <3 font="" nbsp="">

All the fun is really happening on YouTube so head over to my channel where you can begin watching or you can watch here but only the comments on my video will count toward the prizes (check out the list of our incredible and generous sponsors below!)


Here are some close ups of my canvas today - I felt like this hop deserved something a little extra ordinary from me and I hope creating some artwork on canvas is just the right touch. I really love how this turned out even though the process got a little dicey in the middle. haha 




Here is a list of our amazing sponsors as well as prizes being offered. In order to enter, all you have to do is subscribe and leave a comment at each video on the hop - so be sure to head over to MY CHANNEL to start and you'll also find the full list of YouTube Artists participating in the description box of my video. You have a FULL week to be inspired and leave comments! 
 - Prizes include:
7 Dots Studio : $35 Prize Pack
AALL & Create : $25 Gift Certificate
Amazing Casting Products : Clear Resin & Amazing Mold Putty
Blitsy : $50 Gift Certificate
Canvas Corp Brands : Prize Pack of 7 Gypsies, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels
Carabelle Studio : Prize Pack
DecoArt : DecoArt Media Starter Kit
Gel Press : Pack of Petite Printing Plates style B
Marabu : 2 Prize Packs of $50 Value
Ranger Ink : Prize Pack
Thermoweb : $25 Gift Certificate
UmWowStudio : Winner’s Choice of Digital Downloads EVERY STOP
Viva las VegaStamps! : $10 Grab Bag of UnMounted Rubber Stamps EVERY STOP


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stamp Stash Saturday: Mama Elephant The Bunny's Hop + Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hey guys! Welcome to another Stamp Stash Saturday! Today I'm using a NEW stamp to my stash but I think that counts just as much as I'm using it right away rather than letting it sit around and get dusty, right?! I just couldn't resist these bunnies from Mama Elephant when I saw them. My daughter's lovie used to be a stuffed bunny plus we have two pet bunnies so anytime I see a bunny in a stamp set I have a soft spot. I absolutely loved the snowman set like this one but it was sold out EVERYWHERE at Christmastime so I wasn't able to get it. With Easter just around the corner this would be a great set for Easter cards as well.


I  had a hard time deciding what I wanted to color with today but ultimately my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers won because I haven't used them in a long time. I forgot how awesome they are to watercolor with and I'm so happy with the way this card turned out.


I added a few details with my Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter pen and a white gel pen at then end. Then I die cut the panel with a stitched rounded die by WPlus9 and added a simple sentiment from Lawn Fawn since this stamp doesn't come with any sentiments and I didn't have ANY stamps that said Happy Easter I thought I could use this card as as simple thank you! Almost (finally) caught up on those. 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Watercolor Wednesday: Loose Watercolor Florals with Brea Reese Watercolor Inks


Hi everyone! Welcome back to another Watercolor Wednesday post. I am having so much fun exploring loose florals with watercolors. I have longed to get to a point where I feel comfortable and happy with my paintings and I feel like with this series I am definitely getting more and more practice in which is what is needed to get better in anything!


I really love how this panel turned out and I love the bright vibrant colors of the Brea Reese Watercolor Inks. So pretty! 

Be sure to check out the process video below!

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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Supplies:
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
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