Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ranger Ink Guest Artist: Be Brave Art Journal Page

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Hi friends! I'm so excited to be back with another Ranger Ink Guest Artist post! I played with white space in the new Dina Wakley small journal that I am loving right now.

To see the full project including the step by step tutorial,  please visit the Ranger Ink Project Page! I also have a full process tutorial available on my Youtube channel or you can watch below!

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Totally-Tiffany Stash and Store Storage System Review

Hi everyone! I recently joined the Totally-Tiffany Blogging Troop and I finally have my first review ready after weeks of stalling. Organizing is NOT my strong suit which is why I am super excited to be part of this team. My craft room is a hodge podge of different things I currently use for storage and it took me quite awhile to figure out what exactly would work for the things I didn't have the best system for. I finally narrowed it down to the Stash & Store Craft Supply Organizers. I picked 2 of the 7 Drawer Craft Supply Organizers and 1 of the 5 Drawer Craft Supply Organizer. I absolutely LOVE the 7 Drawer for storing all my alcohol inks, smaller watercolor inks as well as sprays and Copic Reinkers. The 5 Drawer system didn't work for me but my daughter took it for her fairy doll supplies and it works beautifully for her! These fit perfectly in many of the cube style shelving units. 

I didn't mention it in the video but these boxes come pre assembled which is awesome. I thought I was going to have to do some assembly but nope! They also have cardboard dividers which you see in the video separating different products and keeping them in place while in store. You can find the direct dimensions using the links I provided above. They are made from a very heavy, sturdy cardboard (for lack of a better description...), it isn't made from plastic or wood making them very lightweight but sturdy.

To see more how I use them in my craft room, check out the video!

Do you currently use Totally-Tiffany for any of your storage needs? 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mixed Media Monday: Watercoloring in the Dina Wakley Media Small Journal

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend spending time with your kiddos or mothers or just feeling loved. My weekend was made up of all the things I love: art, reading, playing Cranium with the kids, laughing and just relaxing. I got a special foot massage from my oldest I didn't even have to cook once yesterday! Creating this page was one of the things I was able to do. If you head over to my Instagram page, you'll even get to see what my oldest created for me! 

My page was inspired by April's Our Mixed Media Moods Challenge. Every month, DeeDee Catron and Jen Engle release a new photo mood board inspiration. I was definitely drawn to the picture in the lower left and it gave me the perfect excuse to try my favorite watercolors in the new Dina Wakley Media small journal. The pages in there are 100% cotton watercolor - crazy thick and textured - and I love the way it looked and reacted with them.

I also wanted to include more of the tile print texture from the bottom right as well as that gorgeous coral color from the upper right. The quote I found in the DWM collage quotes is also inspired by that photo. I love the way the collage paper blends into the background with the gel medium.

I started this entire page with the watercolor florals. In the video below you can see me paint in real time one complete rose. Loose, undefined watercolor is my favorite. I will try other styles but nothing makes me happier than this. I hope you enjoy this week's mixed media video! Until next time!

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Mixed Media Monday: Distress Oxide Sprays + A Video Voice Over Take Over with my Daughter!

Hi Everyone! I recently picked up 3 colors of Distress Oxide sprays and finally used them to create this tag in my art journal. I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Tag It challenge from last week (so obviously, didn't get this entered) but love the page and how it turned out. I used the new Large white tags from Dina Wakley Media Incredibly, all of the colors created on this tag were made by using only 3 Distress Oxide inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber) When I was thinking about trying this new medium (even though I wanted ALL the colors) I decided to pick 3 primary-ish colors knowing they would mix and  blend to give beautiful multiple color blends. Choosing these colors or 2-3 of your favorite colors is a great way to try new things to decide if you're going to use them or not.

I'm obsessed with this purple the Mermaid Lagoon and Picked Raspberry created! I also did some tone on tone stamping with the same colors of Distress Oxide Inks to create a little texture in the background. 

To create the wings I stamped a dragonfly stamp from Red Lead Paperworks on some old book paper and cut them out. Then I collaged them on my tag and in the end added purple shimmery stickles to them - which I LOVE. I also cut out some random words to place over the lips of my DWM collage girl. This pretty much sums up my current mood lately as I've been feeling super down and out with my artistic abilities and whatnot as I feel forgotten or cast off; unkown even! Which is silly but sometimes it feels as though I'm being passed on by but I'm also reminded that I do art for me and sharing it is something I love whether I inspired 1 single person or 100!

So, to counter the feeling of oblivion, I loved this sentiment that comes in the dragonfly stamp set. While I may have this feeling, I am going to continue to open my wings to the world....with my art, with myself, with trying new things and even living an entirely new lifestyle as we gear up to sell our little fixer upper this summer! 

That said, one thing I'm doing to start this opening of my wings is finally hit the trigger on my Patreon Page! I'm calling this little announcement my soft launch. Yes, if you enjoy my art, my YouTube Videos and would love to support me in this way so I can continue to provide free content while also providing more real time tutorials and possibly workshops with kits, I would love to have your support! I'm still adjusting the tiers a bit but nothing will be taken away from what is offered currently. Just rethinking (over thinker here) what to best rewards your patronage with! 

Also, here is the process video I made for this page. My daughter took over my voice over for this one and it's pretty cute to hear her describe what I do! LOL I hope you'll enjoy it as well!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Mixed Media Monday: Let's explore alcohol inks!

Hi everyone! I'm back with a Mixed Media Monday video today on my YouTube channel! I did a little organization and cleaning this weekend and came across a bunch of old alcohol inks I had in my stash. I also added a couple more from Brea Reese and couldn't stop thinking about creating with this medium so I finally made some time to do just that. Here are the results of this experimentation!

I absolutely love the vibrancy of alcohol inks first of all and the texture that it creates using my paintbrush was beautifully unexpected. While I love the stunning abstract paintings using alcohol inks, I really want to experiment further into more floral paintings eventually. For now, I was just introducing myself to this medium and getting familiar. I worked on different surfaces like a bathroom tile I picked up (years ago) at Goodwill plus some Yupo paper which takes alcohol inks beautifully and is considered the "good stuff" when it comes to paper for alcohol ink paintings. 

The best place I've found to start playing and getting to know this medium without fear of messing up or expectations is to use a white (bathroom or kitchen) tile like this one. Alcohol inks work best doing their thing on non porous surfaces. These are great because if you mess up, grab some Isopropyl Alcohol and it will just wipe right off giving you a new clean slate to start practicing again. I couldn't  bring myself to do that though because I fell in love with the way it turned out even though it was nothing like I had set out to do! Happy accidents always!

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Copic Coloring: Stamping Bella Curvy Girl with a Newborn

Hi everyone! I'm back today with a sweet tag featuring Stamping Bella Curvy Girl with a Newborn stamp. I used my Copic markers to color her and stamped her on my tried and true Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100lbs paper. This is the paper I started coloring on 10 years ago but then fell in love with Copic Xpress It Color Cardstock but when my new ream of that paper started gumming up and leaving a residue I have been testing out different papers to color on. What I love about the Hammermill paper is that it is glossy which is what I loved about the Xpress It cardstock and it doesn't feather or bleed when I lay down ink. It's probably what I will end up using from now on but I may still test other papers people have suggested and/or sent to me.

Copic Markers:
Skin - YR000, YR000, E00, E21, BV23, R20 (Baby - YR0000, YR000, YR01, BV31)
Hair - E42, E44, #47, E49
Dress/Shoes - R00, R02, R21, R22
Baby Clothes - BG11, BG34, BG13
Flower - BG34, Y17, Y38, BV23
Shadows - BG70, B91, B60, W0, W2, W4

I have a video for you as well showing how I colored her. I just love these new Curvy Girl stamps by Stamping Bella. They are so fun to color. I created a simple tag since I was placing this on in a gift bag rather than put it on a full card. This stamp is perfect for any new mama's in your life. You can color the baby clothes to match the gender of the baby and I love the sentiments in this set!

I have started including affiliate links for all the supplies used on my projects. Using the links when you see something you like helps me with a teeny tiny kickback without changing the price for you at all. It's an easy way for you to support my art and my channel. Thank you so much!