Saturday, October 16, 2010

Finally....Some More Hats

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Trick Or Treat

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Close-up of the front. (The spider webs are rubber stamped and then heat embossed.) 



Close-up of the back. (The letters are all made out of bone punches.) 

I made this Halloween banner for my sister-in-law Carolyn. She saw a similar one in a decorator magazine for about $30.00. The one in the magazine was made of fabric but it was not double sided. I pretty much had all the paper so it was a no brainer. 

Make Me A Witch

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Here are some really good images of women to use for Halloween witches. Wouldn't the group picture in the middle make a good "coven"?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Bonus

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Just in time for your Halloween crafting. Here are a sheet of "spooky" wings made for you to incorporate into your "creepy" art. Notice the skulls in the upper right hand set of wings and wouldn't the "spider web" wings look great printed on a transparency?

Fancy Frames

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The last frame was something that I recreated using Photoshop. The original was beyond repairing and I loved it so much because it says "art studio" that I had to save it somehow. Hope you enjoy it and love it as much as I do. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's In My Drawer's?

No I haven't forgot about posting photos of what's in my drawers. The problem is that I have run out of drawers to photograph for you. SO... I'm gonna have to come up with something else to post in it place. Not sure what yet but I have a few ideas. It will either be photos of past projects that I have done before I started my blog or maybe I will join the WOW circle of blogs. (What's On my Worktable.) You post photos of what you are currently working on to show how big of mess you make when you create.

Of course if anyone has any good ideas about what I should replace it with please email me with suggestions.



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Just to tide you over, here's another set of fairy wings I created that you can use for your own art projects. 

Perfect In Peach

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover

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These are ends papers from old books. (You know the fancy papers that line the inside of the front and back covers.) Too bad they don't make too many of them like this any more. Some are hand printed and even hand marbled.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Nifty In Navy

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Guardian Of The Gate

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This lovely set of pages are for Elena Vigil-Farinas and they will be part of her "I Dream In Colors" circle journal. Her choice of colors was white with a touch of metallic gold. Very hard to work in because there is not much contrast if you truly work in all white. Myself and the other players all used various shades of ivory, cream, taupe and white.

When I started this set of pages my beginning idea was very different from how it ended up. I wanted to make a white fairy that lived in the world of light and air. As I found out that Elena's father-in-law had a major stroke last week she evolved into something more. She became the bringer of light, the guardian of the gates of heaven. I even wrote the poem on the left hand page in honor of Elena's father that passed away last December.

Here are the details on how I did everything.

1. The background is a bunch of die cuts, lace, ripped cardboard and doilies that were glued down to the page. I then took crumpled white and cream tissue paper and Mod Podged it over both pages. To make sure it got into all the nooks and crannies I used a stiff bristle brush to tamp it down without ripping the tissue paper. Once the glue was dry I painted it all with white acrylic paint and then sprayed a mixture of white Tintz Walnut ink (by Fiber Scraps which I think is out of business), gold mica powder and water. I stamped a few images with gold Staz-On ink. (My new favorite metallic ink pads.)

2. The edges of the poem are brushed with clear water first then I took some metallic gold acrylic and let it soak into the wet edges. The gears are die cut from various shades of metallic gold paper. The gears with words on them are cut from a piece of chipboard that has a dictionary page attached to it first. (A wash of thinned gold paint was applied over them after they were cut out.)

3. The image of the woman was found on the internet from a wonderful digital artist, Benita Winkler. (Below is how she appears in the original art.) I manipulated the image to make her colors much less bright and less yellow before I printed it out. (I also took out some of the "feathers" that were covering her shoulder.) I then painted her "costume" with several shades of gold acrylic paint. Her headdress is made from various little pieces of alphabet die-cuts. They were cut from several shades of gold paper that I embossed with various shades of gold powder.  (I think it took me about 6 hours to cut and piece just the headdress.) It also took 3 packages of feathers to create her "hair" which is just glued around the head underneath the gold headdress.

 Original

After Photoshop

4. Her wings are printed from I pattern I created on my computer and printed on a transparency. I then took some Fantasy Fiber and placed a bunch of it on a craft sheet then ironed it into a sheet. I ran the wings through my Xyron and then attached the Fantasy fiber sheet to the back of it. After that I ran it through the Xyron again and attached a piece of gold vellum to the back of the wings. It let a little of the gold show through and helps to protect the Fantasy Fiber. Below is the wing pattern for you to download and use for your own projects. 



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Sunday Digital Download

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Here is the last of the embellishments to match this set of papers.

Art Nouveau Beauties

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