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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Art Journal from Junk Mail

Hello Everyone!

It is that time of year when all the junk mail comes to your house. I recycle what I can, but sometimes it is just too pretty to throw away. So I save it.

And that is were the problem comes in, I have a stack of junk mail that needs to be dealt with, so I turned a few pieces into art journals.

This is just the tutorial on how I created the art journal, if you want to see what I did to the inside let me know in the comments and I will show you the art (when I am finished with it, lol)

Here is the video tutorial:

 

So what you do is start with really great junk mail. I had one from Capital One and Tiffany’s. Side note: I have only been to Tiffany’s once and I bought the cheapest pair of earrings there about 10 years ago and I still get their mailers, lol. And their mailers are beautiful!

art journal from junk mail

Once you decided on what you want to alter grab some gesso. I used white, black and clear. The black is fun so I can use some light colors, it breaks up the book. I also added clear gesso over some of the images, that way I keep the image but the page is prepped to take all sorts of mediums.

art journal from junk mail

The cover of the Tiffany book is so pretty and festive! This will be my holiday 2017 art journal. When looking for junk mail to make into an art journal look for mailers that have slightly thicker paper. If it is too thin then the pages will buckle and it won’t hold up.


art journal from junk mail

The white gesso didn’t cover all the images completely, but that is ok, I will fill the page with other art and it won’t get in the way. But if you want the image to be completely gone, the add a few layers.

I left some words uncovered, I thought they we fun and it will help me start the page.

art journal from junk mail

art journal from junk mail

The Capital One mailer was a great size and it will be fun to do more landscape journal pages. I kept the images and some words, and it makes for a great starting point.

art journal from junk mail

art journal from junk mail

 

It was a lot of fun to prep my new art journals. What piece of junk mail do you have that is too beautiful to recycle? And did you just keep it or did you re purpose it?

 

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Craft Fair Earrings and Jewelry Making Supply Storage

Hello Everyone!

Christmas craft fair season is upon us! Yikes, I am not ready! Anyone else doing craft fairs and are you ready?

One item I like to see are earrings. On a side note I only make and sell things I will use/wear/display in my home. Too often people try to make only what they think will sell and not what they actually like or that they would wear or use. This is my opinion, and I sure it is different from other opinions. Now I want to sell it all, but I know some things won’t sell and that is ok. And since I like it I will be more likely to use in my daily life.

One thing I do like to sell are cute little earrings. But before I get to the earrings I wanted to show you how  I organize my jewelry findings. I found these really great tool organizers at Harbor Freight.  Here is the link: https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage/part-storage/multi-compartment-utility-box-40528.html

They are fantastic, I love how portable they are with the handle and each bin comes out so I take out what I need. There is a lot of room and they fit my needs perfectly.

The organizational bins behind the plastic storage is the metal strip my husband hung along with the magnetic containers from the dollar store. You can read the blog post here: Organizers

The earrings are really cute and fairly simple to make. All you do is add a French hook to a cute charm. I used a zipper pull and some other charms I had in my stash.

I like to use a variety of charms, not just Christmas ones. You never know what people will need or want.


earrings

Once I have a pile made I will package them and get them ready for the craft fair. If you are interested in seeing how I make my packaging and how I display my earrings let me know and I will write a post about it.

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Ebay Mystery Box Unboxing

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Have you seen the latest You Tube trend of creators doing an Ebay Mystery Unboxing? This was too tempting to resist, so of course I had to try it, lol.

But before I get into the unboxing, I want to tell you about a Giveaway I am doing on Instagram.

I will be giving one lucky person a Tropicals Prima Watercolors set. Head over to my Instagram to enter –instragram.com/taketimetocreate. Give away ends on Nov 12.

Anyway… on to the unboxing. You can check out my reaction video here:

I have to say, this was so much fun to do. If you have seen other Ebay mystery boxes you might know that some You Tubers have gotten junk. Absolute junk! I mean trash and other horrible things. I was very apprehensive in opening my boxes.

But I lucked out! I purchased 2 boxes from Ebay one was $25 the other was $40 and they both promised to have craft and art supplies in the box. You can pick a random box or a themed box, I went with crafting/art themed ones. But buyer beware, these are mystery boxes and you never know what you will get.

When I opened my box I was pleasantly surprised! They were both filled with awesome goodies and I can’t wait to try them out. Whew! I am so glad they were worth it.

Check out a sneak peak of some the awesome goodies I got! So many wonderful things to tryout and experiment with.

ebay mystery box

What do  you think of the Ebay Mystery boxes? Are you going to try it out?

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DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Christmas Decoration

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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.

Christmas is just around the corner and I am getting excited! I love to make my own decorations, the glittery the better, lol.

Dollar Tree is the perfect place to get supplies to make your own decorations, like these Snowflakes I made.

These snowflakes are so easy to make and they look so cute hanging on your wall.

Materials Needed (affiliate links):

Bulk 5-Stem Christmas House Glittered Poinsettia Bushes, 13 in. atcom
Bulk 5-Stem Christmas House Glittered Poinsettia Bushes, 13 in. atcom

from: DollarTree

Instructions: 

Start with your glittery snowflake and add some tulle as a base layer. Or you can add glitter mesh, or ribbon, or lace, anything really. You just want to make sure you have an anchor for your focal point. Glue the tulle on with hot glue.

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

Then you want to glue on your focal point to the center of the snowflake

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

Then you glue on accents and decoration all around your focal point. Poinsettias, floral picks, beads, jingle bells, and small ornaments work great for this step. Anything will work, you just want to fill up the empty spaces and make it full and festive.

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

There you go, nice and easy and they looks so festive and glittery.  A grouping of the snowflakes would look really great on a wall, or it could be the perfect gift!

I thought it would be fun to show you some other variations I created. I just love making these, I can’t seem to stop, lol

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

DIY Dollar Tree Snowflake Decor

What Christmas decorations do you make?

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Viviva Colorsheets Watercolor Review

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Have you ever been waiting for a product for so long that you thought it would never show up? That is how I felt with the Viviva Colorsheets watercolors, lol. I contributed to the Indiegogo campaign for these awesome colorsheets and I couldn’t wait to try them out! I was waiting impatiently for them to show up, lol.

Before I get into the review here are the affiliate links to what I used:

 

viviva colorsheet review

I purchased the set with the wooden cover, and it is beautiful! I am so glad that I did.  Then you open it and there are 16 different colors for you to use.

Now here is where I add my disclaimer, lol. I am a casual watercolorist, and I like to just paint in my journals and small projects. My skill level doesn’t require the top of the line, lol.

For this set I was really looking for something that I could travel with that was easy to use. When I travel I just like to take a water brush and some basic supplies, and this seems like it will fit the bill.

viviva colorsheet review

For my first round of testing I decided to try it out on these fantastic Prima Marketing Watercolor cards. I love the designs, so very cute. In hindsight I think I should only use watercolor pencils on the cards because they didn’t hold up to a lot of water like I hoped they would.

viviva colorsheet review

There is a lot of color in each block and a little goes a long way.

viviva colorsheet review

The colors are rich and vibrant and I think they will work perfectly for how I plan to use them.

viviva colorsheet review

viviva colorsheet review

So far I am pleased, and I can’t wait to travel with them and see how they do in other environments, so I guess the wait was worth it, lol.

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DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

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As many of you already know I am headed to Disney World soon to participate in the Crochet Crowd’s Wish Upon A Stitch! I am so excited!  So to prep for the trip I have been making new Mickey Ears like this Black Rose one and I just finished a DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper!

This is the new Magic Band 2- so that means you can pop the middle part out and put it in a Magic Keeper! I love the versatility of the new Magic Bands.

I made a Mulan Inspired Magic Band this time (Last Time I did a Steampunk Beauty and the Beast– here is the link to the Blog Post and Video)

Here is the video tutorial:

 

Materials (Affiliate Links)

  • Glue Syringe: http://amzn.to/2yeV8Q9
  • wax stick for rhinestone: http://amzn.to/2yWy9qh
  • Sally Hansen Wine Not color: http://amzn.to/2yabiZn

I painted a base coat with nail polish then I painted 3 coats of this beautiful red color and I painted the edges with a copper color. Use nail polish, it seems to work the best with magic bands. The last one I had held up really well and so I am doing the same thing this time.

Just like last time I added a watch face because I wear my magic band on my left hand and I didn’t want it to interfere with my watch.

Once the nail polish was dry I glued (I used E6000) on charms and rhinestones and whatever else I could find. I found a Dragons, Chinese Coins, Rhinestones, flower, and a sword for symbolizing Mulan.

Once the glue was dried I painted a final coat of base coat on the magic band. Let it all dry and you are good to go!

Fair warning-It may not work with all the paint on the magic band… I had no problems last time, but you never know with the new version. I will try it out and let you know how it goes.

DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

 

DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

These Magic Keepers are so cute, but plain black. I just have to paint everything, and I think it looks so cute now that it is done!

I painted a layer of clear gesso to prime the plastic to prep it for water marbling. For water marbling I just had a bin of water and then I placed drops of nail polish and swirled them around. Once I was happy with my marbling I dipped my Magic Keeper in the water and it turned out so cute!

Once it was dry I added some holographic nail polish on top to add some sparkle, you can never have too much sparkle.  Once it is all dry I added a layer of base coat on the top to seal it, now it is good to go for my week at Disney!

 

DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

DIY Magic Band and Magic Keeper

Have you ever decorated a Magic Band? How did you decorate it?

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