Saturday, May 8, 2010

You're Not Dressed Without A Hat

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Through The Eyes Of An Artist

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This is another installment for a circle journal. This one is for Eileen Bellomo who happens to be one of the ladies I met recently in Florida. I picked this saying because she is a designer for Paper Imagery and does a lot of teaching. Somehow I just thought it was appropriate for her.

Here are some of the details of how I did the pages.

1. The backgrounds were done by creating a wash of medium blue using the Tim Holtz Distress ink called Stormy Sky. Once it was dry I stamped images covering both pages using a Versamark pad and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then took and mixed my own Glimmer Mist using the Tim Holtz recipe to create a navy blue spray. (I used Chipped Sapphire, a couple drops of Black Soot and Perfect Pearls Blue Patina.) I sprayed both pages down and then wiped the ink off the clear embossed images. The effect was to create a batik look but I was unhappy with the high contrast. I wanted a more subtle effect so I then proceeded to iron off all the clear embossing powder onto scrap paper using a hot iron. I tried to color over the light blue ink with some of the dark blue but no matter how much I ironed the embossing powder still protected the light blue images. My solution was to then mix a dark blue acrylic paint and wipe it over the embossing powder. (problem solved.) Of course it's hard to see all this from the photos but it's all there. You can see some of the swirls and diamond pattern on the second page. The first page shows mostly just a bunch of spattered images.

2. The women is an image by Alphonse Mucha and was part of an ad for Biscuits. I liked the image because she has a paintbrush in her hand. Since she was only the image you see pictured she wasn't big enough to cover the page like I wanted so I covered the bottom of the page with a page from an old book and inked it with Distress ink.

3. I glued a piece of trim along the bottom and left the ends all ragged rather then wrap them around the back.

4. I took many sizes of white paper flowers and sprayed them with various colors of Glimmer mist that I mixed myself. I then rubberstamped and embossed over some of them in darker colors. The centers of the flowers are filled with something called Element Earth Textures by Barb Trombley. It's really cool ground up elements that can be used as natural "glitter" for lack of a better term. Things like carrots, coffee, herbs, corn. They smell so good and make really natural textures for things like the center of flowers.

5. Before gluing it all down I stamped and embossed some images on the backgrounds using Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in Midnight Sapphire Obsidian. The leaves are from a EK Success punch out of copper and gold metallic paper.

6. On the second page I rusted some of the new Tim Holtz "Alterations"dies by Sizzix with the fabulous Sophisticated Finishes of iron metallic surfacer and rust patina. (It's real iron particles suspended in an acrylic medium that rust when the patina is applied.) You can buy this paint at Michael's or use the Drunken Scotch technique to create your rusted look.


Still Hanging Around

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I came across these ads while on the web one day and thought it was interesting to see how illustrations have changed over the years for products that are still around.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fashionably Fun

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What's In My Drawers? (It must be Wednesday)

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It's Wednesday already? Seems like the week is going by too fast again! Anyways this is a little cart that I keep all of my trim in. (I really need to get a bigger one or another set of drawers to match this one.) I keep it separate from my stash of antique lace because I am more apt to use these in a project. (It sits under the large expanse of windows along the left side of my work table at the very end of the row.)


Everything is sorted by color in my workshop and this set of drawers is no different. This one holds all of my red and pink trim all neatly rolled up and bagged.


This drawer holds all the orange, yellow and green trim.



Blue and purple trim.



This drawer holds all of my metallic gold and brown trim.



Ivory and white trim.



The last drawer holds all of my black, gray and silver trim.

Be Still My Gypsy Heart

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Little Butterflies Flutter By

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Glad About Gladys

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Here are some more great images of an actress by the name of Gladys Cooper.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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Basic Black Labels

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Here are some more beautiful labels/frames all in basic black and white (or cream.) Enjoy!