Weekend Mixed Media Classes with Finnabair

Hello Everyone!

A couple of weekends ago I had the most magical, special weekend! I was able to take 4 mixed media classes from the amazing Finnabair! She is so wonderful and sweet and patient, and I learned a ton from her!

I did a try to keep my squeals and fan girling to a minimum, but I am not sure I succeeded, lol. It was just so awesome!

See here we are, bffs now, lol.

 

I am only kidding, but just a little bit. It was so nice to spend the time with her at Mojito Creek, a retreat in Colorado. I have been there before, and I love it there! You can read my review on the retreat here: Mojito Creek Review Link

You can check out Finnabair here: Finnabair’s website

And you can check out Mojito Creek here: Mojito Creek’s website

I did a video of the projects we completed and you can see that here:

At the end of this post I will add affiliate links to some of the supplies we used, but there was just too many to list all of them.

The first project we did is the Book of Rust. I loved learning more about the rust paste and how to use it and just to get better with it. I am going to incorporate more rust into my projects because I love the look of rusty old things.

The next project is the long skinny canvas with rust paste and patina. I loved learning about how to use the patina, I have the paint at home but I never use it. Now I know what it can do and I am excited to add this medium to my projects!

That wrapped up the classes for Friday. It was a long day full of learning and exploring and I was ready for bed that night! The next day we got up not too early and started our day learning how to do 2 more projects.

The first one was the journal. This picture is the cover we made, I don’t have a pic of it reassembled. But it did go back together nicely, lol. I love this journal and I have been using it to make art journal pages, which is so nice because I have missed making art journal pages.

 

 

 

The last project is the moonlight one. I have to say this is the one I was most excited to learn! I love the technique and the final canvas is just so pretty.

All of these projects were so much fun to make! And I actually finished all the projects while I was at Mojito Creek, so that was nice to actually come home with finished projects! If she comes to Colorado again I will be sure to sign up for her classes! This a dream come true and I can wait to incorporate what I learned into my projects!

Here is the list of some of the products I used (they are all affiliate links)

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Easy Fabric Frame DIY

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a fun, easy fabric frame project for you. I am still on a fabric kick, I have so many ideas using fabric and I can’t wait to share them with you.

 

For this project I used fabric I got from Annie’s Fabric Club. This is not sponsored, but I really like the fabric I got, and I am looking forward to next month’s fabric.  Here is the link to the club if you are interested in joining: https://www.creativequiltersfabricclub.com/

This is such a fun, easy project that only takes a few materials

Materials (with affiliate links):

 

Instructions:

Gather all your material including the fabric and your frame. The frame should have a wide enough border that gives you plenty of room to add fabric. The color of the frame doesn’t matter a lot because you will be covering it in fabric.

To get started cut your fabric in strips that are a little wider than your frame. Spread heavy gloss gel on the frame. Coat your fabric strip in Gloss gel and add to frame, crinkling it up as you go. While everything is wet take the time to get all the wrinkles and texture you are wanting.

Fabric Frame

Take your time and make sure it looks like what you are going for. Before you let your frame dry clean up the edges and back with a baby wipe. Let the frame dry. Once dry you can leave it at this step if you want, or you can go on to the next step which is adding paint.

Fabric Frame

After the fabric dried (leaving it over night is best) I dry brushed on a Finnabair Metallique and a Finnabair Sparks paint to add some detail and sparkle. I really love her paints and they add that bit of interest that I am looking for. .

And that is it, the frame is done! These are so much fun and easy to make, I think I will be making a lot more as gifts this year.

 

 

 

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Investigative Art Journal- Tube Watercolor to pans

Hello Everyone!

It has been a while since I posted. I have an Investigative Art Journal for you today. Today we are seeing how many half pans can you get from one tube of watercolors.

For this experiment I used Reeves Watercolors that I picked up at Michael’s. The affiliate link is listed here:

Reeves Watercolors: https://amzn.to/2pKk64e

watercolor tube

I found this a very interesting experiment, how much is actually in a watercolor tube? I was pleasantly surprised.

There are four and half, half pans in a tube!

watercolor tube

This is a great if you want to invest in higher quality watercolors, but you don’t think you can go through that many pans, so sharing with a friend or 2 is now a viable option.

There is plenty of product to go around to everyone!

Check out the video to see more on the experiment and there are links to my other Investigative Art Journals.

watercolor tube

What other experiments do you want me to do with watercolors?

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Dollar Tree DIY Easter Decor

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe that Easter is just right around the corner? Where is this year going? Anyway, I have a fun and easy Dollar Tree DIY Easter Decor project for you.

FTC Disclaimer:

I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

So, to do this project you will need a few supplies, most of them can be picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Materials (affiliate links)

Bulk Special Moments Frameless Canvas Art, 8.5 in. atcom
Bulk Special Moments Frameless Canvas Art, 8.5 in. atcom

from: DollarTree

Bulk Iridescent Easter Grass, 1.75-oz. Bags atcom
Bulk Iridescent Easter Grass, 1.75-oz. Bags atcom

from: DollarTree

Bulk Colorful Fillable Metallic Plastic Easter Eggs, 6-ct. Packs atcom
Bulk Colorful Fillable Metallic Plastic Easter Eggs, 6-ct. Packs atcom

from: DollarTree

Instructions:

First you will want to paint your canvas. I used a gold Folk Art paint. You can use any color you want, but it will take a few coats to cover up the canvas.  You might not be able to find the exact canvas I am using, but look around they seem to always have some great choices for canvases, and you might want to experiment with different sizes.

 

Dollar Tree Easter DIY

Once your paint is dry you can add the grass. Take as much as you want and shape it into a nest shape and hot glue it to the canvas.

Dollar Tree Easter DIY

Then you add your eggs, add a single one in the middle, or a grouping of 3. If you can’t find any eggs look around for another spring related item that would fit on your canvas. Be creative and experiment with your center piece.


Dollar Tree Easter DIY

These are just so cute when they are all finished. These would look great in a grouping of 3. Also, this would be a fun project for kids or a church group. There are so many great options for these canvases.

Dollar Tree Easter DIY

 

What Easter project are you working on?

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Easy DIY Thank You Cards

Hello Everyone!

Thank you cards are something we all need to have and these easy DIY cards are perfect for almost any occasion. And since I am obsessed with watercolors, these are right up my alley 🙂

These would be great gifts for new homeowners, newly weds, or graduates.

 

 

Materials (Affiliate Links):

  • Water Color Postcards: http://amzn.to/2EmGb2S
  • Van Gogh Water Colors: http://amzn.to/2GaSfRs
  • Dylusions Ink: http://amzn.to/2suEniH
  • Washi Tape
  • Thank you stamp

Instructions:

This first card is super easy and looks really cute. All you do is spritz the watercolor card with water and then lightly spray 2 different Dylusions ink sprays.  Move the card to blend the colors in the middle, then add some washi tape at the bottom and stamp Thank You in the middle and you are done! Quick and easy and they look great!

Watercolor thank you cards

This next card is also super fun and easy to make. Which is great because you can make a lot of them ahead of time and have them ready! For this one take a wet paint brush and paint with water in a blob type shape. Then add some watercolors into the blob, you can mix the 2 in the middle and blend them together. Add splashes and a stamped Thank You to the middle and some washi tape on the bottom. Now you have another Thank you card for your stash.

Watercolor thank you cards

This last card takes a little longer, but it is worth it. All you do is watercolor the sky, starting with the lightest color and work your way darker.  Blend carefully, you don’t want to create mud.  Once the sky is dry it is time to paint the mountains. I just used black acrylic paint to make the mountains and then I lightly drew in the trees with the same paint. Now you have a cute sunset card that is perfect for all occasions.

Watercolor thank you cards

 

Watercolor thank you cards

There you have it, 3 easy watercolor Thank You cards.

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Beach Landscape with Fabric- Mixed Media Canvas

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Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Recently I went to Hawaii with my family and I went to Quilt and Fabric land and I picked up a pile of fat quarters (with complete honesty, I don’t sew but I do glue things onto canvases, lol) I knew I wanted to make a beach landscape mixed media canvas. I am so thrilled with how it turned out, just how I imagined it!

You can see the video here in case you need more in depth instructions:

 

Materials:

Affiliate links to products I used (or similar)

 

Instructions:

Use any sized canvas you want, I used a 20×20 and painted the edges with black acrylic paint.

 

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

First cut your fabric into strips then plan out what you want you canvas to look like. I wanted a beach landscape with a sun set, so I used a lot of blues for the sky, turquoise for the water, tans for the beach, and yellow, reds, and oranges for the sun. This will give you a rough idea of what it will look like, but things will move and shift and you will change your mind throughout the process, which is perfectly fine.

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

Now, we need to adhere everything down. So I took a heavy gloss gel (modeling paste would work as well) and spread a thin layer on to the canvas. Then I dipped a strip of fabric into the soft gloss gel and soaked the fabric (make sure you ring it out out) then I crinkled it up and put it on the canvas.  I wanted to to stay in place and this seemed to work great.

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

I started with the sun, which was my focal point and then I built the scenery up from there. This does take a while, but be patient and take breaks if needed. Then let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

Once it was all dry I adhered sea shells on to the fabric with the heavy gel. I wanted to add more texture and interest to the canvas.

Then I dry brushed on different paints in metallic and sparks colors to add even more detail.

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

 

Fabric Beach Landscape Mixed Media Canvas

I love how this turned out and I can’t wait to create more landscapes with fabric!

What scene should I create next?

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Investigative Art Journal You Tube Series

Hello everyone!

I you all had a wonderful holiday. I relaxed and had a great time off, but now it is time to get back to work, lol.

As many of  you know I have a You Tube Channel where I feature a lot of the projects that I do right here on the blog, but I do have a series that I haven’t mentioned here. This new series I started is called Investigative Art Journal this is where I take art and craft supplies and I weight them, test them, and destroy them to learn things and to see how much product is there.

Craft supplies can be really expensive and was curious as to how much product is actually in a tube.  I am hoping that these video will help you with your purchasing decisions.

In my first video I checked out Faber-Castell Gelatos:

This was so much fun and eye opening! There was a surprising amount of product in that little Gelato.  It makes me feel a little better about buying all the colors, lol. But now I need to use them all, but that might take a million years, lol.

I have created a few videos, but the one that surprised me the most is the Stickles:

When I thought I was done, when I couldn’t squeeze out another drop I cut it open and I was surprised to see how much was left! You won’t believe it when you see the video. So make sure you cut open the bottle when you think  you are done.

Here is a link to my playlist so you can check out all my videos:

I would love for you to check out my channel and subscribe.

This has been a super fun project and I have a ton of other products I am going to test this year.

Is there anything you would like me to test and check out? Leave me your suggestions below and I will see what I can do.

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Christmas Tree Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone!

Christmas is almost here! In anticipation I created this Christmas Tree Mixed Media Canvas. I just love everything about the Christmas season and this canvas put me in the holiday spirit!

I did a video tutorial that goes over all the steps and I will try and describe what I did in the instructions below (but the video might be easier to follow along with all the steps, lol).

 

 

Materials: (Affiliate links)

  • Canvas: http://amzn.to/2BaGRH
  • Dina Wakley Stencil: http://amzn.to/2ySBrKY
  • Liquitex Glass beads: http://amzn.to/2ySpaWR
  • Artists Loft Paint: http://amzn.to/2zjU3qA
  • Blue Mica Powder: http://amzn.to/2B9JVDc
  • Deep Water Mica Powder: http://amzn.to/2yThMdN
  • Finnabair silver wax: http://amzn.to/2jcRaz7
  • Finnabair bronze wax: http://amzn.to/2yTtqFD
  • Laser cut snowflakes (Similar): http://amzn.to/2jcRVYU
  • Gel Sticks: http://amzn.to/2BtzMyk
  • Gel Pen: http://amzn.to/2oC3Rsy

Instructions:

Start with an 11×14 canvas and cover it with old music. This is a great way to break up the background and start a canvas.

Now it is time to add color and texture. I used the Dina Wakley stencil and added glass beads to the bottom. Then I painted the sky with a few different blues and the snow with white. Don’t forget to paint the edges. for sparkle I added Mica powders and spread them out with water and let it drip to the bottom. Let this all dry before going on to the next step.

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas


Now it is time to prep the tress. Find 3 different Christmas papers that will work for trees and cut them into triangles.

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

Then I used a gel stick to add color to the edges and smeared it in then I added a white line on top with a gel pen. This added dimension to the trees.

For the snowflakes I painted the wood cut out with liquid watercolors and then added some Finnabair wax on top. For the tree trunk I painted them with a Finnabair wax.

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

I glued it all on the canvas with hot glue then I added white splashes with watered down white acrylic paint.  Seal it all with a spray sealer when you are done then hang it up and you decor is now complete!

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

 

 

Christmas Tree Mixed media Canvas

What season or holiday should I do next for my next canvas?

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Christmas Card Using Yupo Paper

Hello Everyone!

I love making handmade cards for the holidays, I think they add the perfect touch and a little something extra special for the recipient. I have a quick tutorial for a Christmas Card using Yupo Paper.

The video might be the easiest way to see the process, but I will do my best to describe the process.

Materials (affilliate links):

  • Yupo Paper: http://amzn.to/2l5MkYt
  • Prismacolor Markers: http://amzn.to/2krq5YX
  • Christmas paper (not the one I used, but it will work): http://amzn.to/2l39qii
  • Snowflake embossing folder (not the same one I used, but it will work): http://amzn.to/2kqPVwj 
  • Christmas tree die cut (not the same one I used, but it will work):  http://amzn.to/2AdU90U
  • Stickles: http://amzn.to/2iT3qVg
  • Rubbing alcohol

Instructions:

Start with Yupo Paper, what is that you ask? It is a wonderful synthetic paper that is perfect for alcohol markers and watercolors.

I am in love with synthetic paper, so be on the the look out for more tutorials using it.

For the blue background scribble blue alcohol markers all over

Christmas Card using Yupo Paper

Then you take a pipet and alcohol and drop it all around. This will blend the colors and create a really wonderful effect. Play around with it and use more or less alcohol and try different colors.

Christmas Card using Yupo Paper

Let this completely dry before using the embossing folder. I let it air dry over night, but you can use a heat gun if you are careful not to melt the paper, lol.

Once the background is dry use the embossing folder to create a snow flake background.

Cut out the trees using a die cut.

Christmas Card using Yupo Paper

To assemble the card layer a coordinating background paper, then add the embossed, blue Yupo Paper, add the trees (I used foam tape for dimension), stamp the sentiment, and then I added stickles to the trees for detail.

That is it, a wonderful, handmade card that is perfect for everyone on your list.

Christmas Card using Yupo Paper

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Altered Bottle for Bath Soaks

Hello Everyone!

With the holidays approaching it is important to take time to relax and a bath is perfect for relaxing! I made these altered bottles for bath soaks which look great in your bathroom!

They are easy to make and they can also make a perfect handmade gift, or you can sell them at a craft fair.

 

For this project find a really great bottle. I found mine at Who Give a Scrap. It is on on the larger size, that worked perfectly for me.  Make sure it has a lid and that you clean it thoroughly.

altered bottle for bath salts

Once the bottle is clean and dry add your embellishments. I added burlap and lace around the bottle to start.

altered bottle for bath salts

Then I added a lot of flowers and beads to create the look I was going for. You can add flowers, buttons, keys, and found objects. Anything would look great on the bottle.

altered bottle for bath salts

Once it was all decorated I added the bath salts and the cork. Now I have a great gift, or even something for me.

altered bottle for bath salts

How do you try and relax during the holidays?

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