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! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I would love it if you would click on the button below to subscribe to my blog to let me know you enjoy what you see and would like to see more! 

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

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Stamp Stash Saturday: Watercolor with me SugarPea Designs Stamps!

Hi guys! I'm so excited to be bringing another Stamp Stash Saturday video and blog post your way. It seems like I'm not the only one really connecting with this concept of reaching in to our stash to use some of those golden olden stamps we just had to have but never got around to putting on a card. Today is this cutie which I've had so long, I can't even find her on the SugarPea Designs store anymore! :( Sad face. I just adore her. I don't normally send out Easter cards but I think I have to now because this image is just the sweetest.

It's been ages since I've played in any challenges and I decided that had to change right now. From now on, I will be looking for challenges to play in with the stamps I use and SugarPea Designs has such a great challenges. You can check out the one I played in HERE. I like that you can follow the sketch or the inspiration photo or like I did BOTH!  

Here is a close up of the watercoloring and if you want to see how I colored this image, please feel free to watch the video below and then head over to my YouTube Channel to subscribe because each Saturday I pull out a stamp I've never used before to share the process of putting it onto a card with you! 

SugarPea Designs Stamps (Easter Blessings)
My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink
(Sandy Beach, Minima, Strawberry Rhubarb, Mustard Seed, Lenten Rose, Moonlit Sky, Love Potion, City Sidewalks, Black Knight, Golden Wheat, Dried Herbs, Green Flannel, Deep Walnut, Pinot Noir)
My Favorite Things Die-namics (Wonky Stitched Circle, Stitched Circle Scallop Frame, Blueprints 20)
Pink Paislee 6x6 Paper Pad (Moonstruck)
Papertrey Ink (Kraft Cardstock)
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (Sunshine Glow)
Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Glitter Pen
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Scotch ATG Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives Dodz Mini

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mixed Media Monday: Ranger Ink Gel Printing Plate First Look Tag Making (Part 1)

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Hi everyone! Ranger Ink kindly sent me their new Gel Printing Plate so I thought it would be perfect for today's Mixed Media Monday to play and create some tags using it! Over on my YouTube channel you can find an unboxing but I don't like JUST an unboxing so I go right into playing with the new gel plate.  

Once I got started, I just didn't want to stop so the video is on the longer side but I think it's worth it. I will also be back next week with a Part 2 sharing how I took one of the tags to a completed project. I think the new gel plate will be awesome in assisting me with any creative block because it's really a no thinking kind of creating. Just adding paints, stencils, textures, etc until you're ready to stop. I even show you how to correct a background that might have gotten too busy.

Here are just a few more close ups of the tags and all that gorgeous texture. I am honestly, as I type this, planning for my next creative sessions with the Gel Plate!

I hope you'll enjoy this video!

Ranger Gel Plate
Ranger Gel Plate Printing Brayer
Ranger Gel Plate Texture Combs
Ranger Gel Plate Texture Tools
Ranger Gel Plate Squeegee
Distress Tags #8 Size
Dylusions Journaling Tags #10 Size 
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic (Night, White, Magenta, Blushing, Turquoise, Elephant, Night, Evergreen, Medieval, Ocean, Cheddar)
Dylusions Paints (White Linen, Squeezed Orange, Funky Fushsia, Lemon Zest)
Golden Fluid Acrylic (Carbon Black)
DWM Stencils (Variegated Stars, Medieval Crosses, Big Leafy, Swirling Dashes)
Dylusions Stencils (Old School Alpha Small, Old School Numbers Small)
Tim Holtz Stencil (Speckles)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stamp Stash Saturday: Tiddly Inks, Copics & Kindness really does matter!

Hi Crafty Friends! Today brings you another installment of Stamp Stash Saturday where I normally go into my stack of never used stamps to put one on a card. However, today is a bit different. I was gifted a couple Tiddly Inks digital stamps recently and I wanted to use those instead. I don't know who sent them as it was secret but I can tell you that the day I received the email with the images was one of those rough, exhausting days as a {new again} mom and it just turned my whole day around. It was the simplest, sweetest gesture and the only way I know how to thank the person was to NOT let them be tucked away into my digital stamp stash. :) It just goes to show, kindness, no matter how big or small, make a huge impact on the person. So, when you feel like you want to do something for someone, don't hesitate. You never know, you could just turn someone's entire day around for the better! 

This cutie is called Wryn's Texting. I just absolutely adore her emoji outfit! My girls wanted me to color her hair pink so of course that's what I had to do. They know I love coloring funky hair colors anyway!

Since I was coloring a digital image and I don't like to put watercolor paper in my printer, I am pulling out the Copics for this one! I hope you'll enjoy it all come together in the video.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mixed Media Monday: Dina Wakley Tribe February Challenge

Hi everyone! Today is another Mixed Media Monday and my page is inspired by the Dina Wakley Media Tribe Facebook Group February challenge. Our challenge this month is to use our favorite stamp. It didn't have to be a DWM stamp but why wouldn't be?! LOL They are definitely some of my all time favorites for mixed media in my art journal. Whether it's some of her fabulous background or texture stamps or some of her gorgeous faces, I really love them all. As I flipped through them, I came across the Positive Women stamp set which is probably one of my first ever DWM purchases and I really love this girl stamp in particular because of her focus on something in the distance. I learned a lot during the creating of this page. You can see the entire page come together in the process video at the end of this post or at my YouTube channel. 

Here are some close ups of the finished page. I really love how it turned out!

Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Archival Ink (Black Soot)
DWM Stamp (Positive Women, Splatter Girl)
DWM Scribble Sticks (Lemon, Magenta, Blackberry, Night)
Christy Tomlinson Coffee Filter Sheets (doodles)
Christy Tominson Stencil (Vintage Doiley)
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
Finnabair Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste
Fude Pen (Black)
Stabilo All Pencils

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stamp Stash Saturday: Watercoloring Stamping Bella Honeybear Stuffies

Hi everyone! Today is Stamp Stash Saturday. I love this new video series on my  YouTube channel. I was getting overwhelmed with the amount of stamps I have and noticed that with each new release that would grace my doorstep there were several older stamp sets sitting there just collecting dust. So, as I thought about what I want to do this year, I wanted to specifically grab for those unsued, older stamps. Normally, if I haven't used them, I will destash but I started realizing, I really like these stamps. I got them for a reason, right? So, Stamp Stash Saturday was born! Doing the videos is just another way to keep myself accountable while I do this each week. 

My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Daniel Smith PrimaTek Watercolors
Silver Black Velvet Watercolor Brush (2, 4, 6 Round)
MFT Wonky Triangles Die-namics
3M Foam Tape

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Watercolor Wednesday: Floral Mail Art

Hi everyone! I have started a new series on my YouTube channel called Watercolor Wednesday. I know, I know, not very original but I love watercolors and it's just an easy way to get me to pull them out every week. This week, I'm doing a little watercoloring on an envelope for some easy mail art.

I have also started practicing my lettering more consistently and am sharing that in this video as well since I got these new Brea Reese Glitter Inks. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Mixed Media Monday: #ShowUsYour Media January Challenge

Hi Everyone! It's been awhile since I've blogged I'm not even sure I remember how to. LOL I do have some updates I want to share with you but I will do that in another post this week. For now, I've started a new Mixed Media Monday series on my YouTube Channel and today I'm working in my Dina Wakley Media journal following the January #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge on the Ranger Inc Blog. 

Below are some close ups of my page. To see it all come together, watch my process video at the end of this post!

Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic (Night, Ocean, Sky, Rosy, Blushing, White)
Archival Ink (Black Soot)
JustRite Stamps (Text Background)
Deli Paper