Saturday, May 2, 2009

Working With Metallic Powders


Here's a video on how to work with metallic mica powders. Hope you like it and learn lots of good stuff to get you inspired to create something wonderful. Here is a link to the site that sells Moon Shadow Mists that I reference in the video. There is lots of great metallic stuff to be had on this site so be sure and check it out. (Be prepared to spend lots of money.)

Send in The Clowns

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Just because I felt like "clowning"around today.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Free The Gypsy in You

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For those of you that are a free spirit or just need one for your art here is a group of lovely Gypsies.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

On The Exotic Side

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Here's a few more Egyptian princesses to add to your collection.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

B Is For Bamboo

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This 4" x 4" card is for the monthly swap called "Alphabetical Order". I originally wanted to do all of the cards of punchart flowers but this month when I was putting together an asian kit I kinda got stuck on "asian".

Although it doesn't really show the background is sprayed with a recipe I found online to make your own "Shimmer mists". (I'll cover how to make it in an upcoming video tutorial on working with metallic powders.) The bamboo is made from polymer clay and then painted with a dark brown glaze that was then wiped off. The leaves are hand cut from a marbled handmade paper and glued to stems made of twisted paper. The frame is made from bamboo skewers that I tied at each corner. The "kanji" is my own name that I had made into a stamp by a company called "Good Characters".

What In My Drawer's? (It Must Be Wednesday!)

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 Door #1

                  Door #2                   

Here is what is behind a couple of the painted cabinet doors you see off to the left behind my desk.

Door #1. has some extra iris carts that hold some more of my punches. There is also both of my Power Punches, some extra border punches, a small craft iron, my extra Sizzix die cutter, a circle punch system, my yarn baller, some extra stuff for my sewing machine and assorted stuff for my cross stitching crammed in the paper bag behind it all.

Door #2 has all my paints and related stuff in it. You can see the large spinner rack that holds all my bottles of acrylic paint. (It has 2 sides that are full.) There is also all my brushes, glass and metal paint, the Sophisticated Finishes paint, fabric paint, Mod Podge, acrylic medium, gesso, pastels, sponge stamps and the blue tackle box holds all of my drawing pencils, erasers, sharpener etc.

Where'd You Get That Hat?

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I guess I have a thing for women in lovely large hats so here are few of my favorites.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another Puzzle Piece For Amanda

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This is the second puzzle piece I agreed to do for Amanda. The theme this time was Green and Purple so I combined my 2 favorite versions of both colors. (Lime Green and Royal Purple.) Here are the details.

The background is mulberry paper that has been Mod Podged to the puzzle piece after I sanded off the glossy finish and painted it white. I then Mod Podged a piece of lime green "maruyama" paper over one corner. (That's the woven fiber mesh looking piece.) The lavender motif in the upper right corner is stencil paste that I spread through a home dec stencil and then blew Pearl Ex powder over it while it was still wet. (I found it is much easier to color a raised motif like that because the powder only sticks to the wet paste.) I then mixed up some of my favorite paint by Luminarte called "Primary Elements" in a color called Royal Orchid and painted the lower corner. I used an embossing stylus to makes all the purple dots and then I glued purple micro beads along the edge. I painted some paper flowers using another color of the "Primary Elements" and used micro beads for the center of those as well. The vine is made of lime green satin and is glued along the piece with the flowers glued over it. The dragonfly was originally silver but I colored it with alcohol inks to match the purple and green theme.

Hope you like your second puzzle piece Amanda. I can't wait to see a photo of the whole puzzle assembled.

Keep Your Pantyhose On

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Yesterday we had some great legs so today we needed some pantyhose to put them in. Be careful not to run those stockings!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Show Me Some Legs

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In Victorian times it was against good taste to show even the smallest amount of leg or even your ankles. These dancers were definitely considered risque for their time. We've come a long way Baby!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Can't Wait To Go To The Beach!

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I am not one to spend much time at the beach because I overheat easily and I burn to a crisp quite quickly, but I do love to be in the water swimming. I know a lot of you can't wait to hit the beach and catch some rays. So here's to those bathing suits we all dread trying on for the new swim season. (UGH!!!!)

Sunday Digital Download

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These papers were designed with the colors you would find on a warm sandy beach. Things like bleached shells with shiny pink interiors and warm beige sand. Enjoy!