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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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Ebay Mystery Box Unboxing

Hello Everyone!

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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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

Hello Everyone!

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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Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas

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Is there anyone out there still obsessed with Harry Potter? I love all the books and movies, and when I found the lantern that I used in this mixed media I knew what quote would work perfectly for it.

You will want texture, so for the grid stencil I used a dish mat and stenciled it on the background.

The find everything you can get your hands on and glue it down with modeling paste. I found broken toys (there are Hex Bugs and Bakugan and more in there) broken necklaces, bracelets, lace glow sticks, beads, buttons, and more. The lantern was a night light that I disassembled and added a cork for the bottom.

Remember, colors don’t matter because we will cover it all with black gesso.

Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas

 

Once you are happy with the placement cover everything with black gesso. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies and cover it well.

Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas

Now it is time to paint. I used metallic paints and painted near the light with brighter colors and went darker from there. I wanted to make sure the light was coming from the lantern and casting a glow on the rest of the painting.

For the quote I just printed it on  my computer and adhered it to the painting. When everything was dry I sealed with a spray sealer.

And there you have it, a Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas to show off your love of all things Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas

Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas

 

In case you missed my other Harry Potter inspired crafts you can see it here:

 

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Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone!

Fall is in the air and I am just loving it! I especially love seeing all the sunflowers, they are my favorite flowers! They are so pretty, and bright. Seeing all the sunflowers I was inspired to make a Sunflower Mixed Media Canvas.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Let me tell you how I made this canvas!

First I started with a canvas board and covered it with different ribbons (I adhered it with modeling paste), then I covered it all with black gesso.

Sunflower Mixed Media

I painted the canvas with a few different shades of blue acrylic paint.  I loved how it looks like a sky, but it was a little bright,  I did end up toning it down by the time I was finished.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Now it is time to add all the goodies!! I had this pack of rusty nails that I found in my Grandpa’s shop, I couldn’t pass up this great texture. (be careful if you are using rusty nails, I wore gloves and washed my hands often)

I added book pages, burlap, other metal items, flowers, hinges, clear round dots, keys, brads, hot glue, and anything else I could find. Just use what you have in your stash and around the house. I  adhered it all with modeling paste (I tinted the paste with some brown acrylic paint).

Sunflower Mixed Media

Once everything was all dry I primed the elements with clear gesso then I sprinkled mica powder on (yellow in the flowers, green in the grass and stems, and blue in the sky) I added water to activate it and I loved the look. Once that was all dry I dry brushed acrylic paint all over to add more color and details.

I am in love with how it turned out! I used such a random assortment of products, I will list them all below for you. As always, let me know if you have and questions on this project.

Sunflower Mixed Media

Sunflower Mixed Media

Sunflower Mixed Media

 

Materials used: (affiliate links)

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Hot Air Balloon Art Journal Page

Hello Everyone!

Lately I have been getting back to my Art Journal and I have been in love! It is so great to get back to painting and creating without worrying about selling it (I have been doing a lot of craft fairs lately).

If you follow me on You Tube you probably have already seen my time lapse video of my journal page, but in case you didn’t here is the video:

I used a lot of material that I had on hand, which is fun to use what I have.

Materials: (affiliate links)

Instructions:

I started with my Dylusions Creative Journal from Ranger. I love this journal it is big and the paper is thick and doesn’t warp when I add a lot of paint and mediums on it.

I painted light blue all over and while it was still wet I painted dark blue on then layered the champagne color on top. I didn’t blend it all together, but kept the colors a little separate with a little blending.

 

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

Completly dry that layer before going on to the next step. The back ground was nice but it needed more texture, so I stenciled in some circles using the dark blue and a teal color.

Once that was dry I stamped swirls on top with archival in . They don’t have to be perfect, in fact I think it all looks better when things are not exactly perfect.

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

While that is all drying I cut out some hot air balloons I found in a magazine and adhered them down with matt medium.

The journal page was starting to look better but it needed a little bling, so I added some resin dots I found at the dollar store and I added some great quotes from Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers. (I love these stickers!)

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

Then I splashed white acrylic paint on the page and then went around the edges of the balloons with a black gelato.

For the final touch I outlined major elements with a white gel pen.

Hot Air Balloon Art journal page

Art Journal pages are so much fun!

What is  your favorite journal to work in?

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DIY Chalkboard Record

Hello Everyone!

What do you do with all those old records that are just laying around? Well, today I decided to turn some of them into a really cute chalkboard. BTW- I have a ton of records so be prepared for a lot more record tutorials, lol.

You can check out the video on how I did it.

 

This is such an easy tutorial, you can make a few at a time,  perfect for dorms, offices, or even gifts.

Materials:

Record

Primer (I used Kilz 2)

Chalkboard paint (I used the spray paint version)

Tape

Instructions:

Clean the record before you get started. I really liked the center of some of the records so I taped over them to protect them from the paint.

The others I just left and painted over the whole thing. I really like both versions.

DIY Chalkboard record

DIY Chalkboard record

Then I primed the records. Actually, I just primed 2 of them and just painted the other 2. I think it worked out just fine without the primer, so that is up to you what you want to do.

DIY Chalkboard record

Then I applied 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint on the record. Do this outside. Follow the instructions on the can they are all a little different.

DIY Chalkboard record

Once they were fully dry and after 24 hours I conditioned the record by rubbing chalk all over it  and cleaning it off. Then they were good to go! Old records repurposed into a really cool chalkboard!

Now, the question I always get asked, is how do you hang the record once you are done. You can use a plate hanger, or velcro command strips, or nail, or screw it in through the hole. Or you can get a picture display stand and out it on your desk. They are a ton of way to display your new record.

 

DIY Chalkboard record

I am in love with how this turned out.

What have you made with old records? I am needing some ideas for the stack I have acquired!

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Product Review Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paints

Hello Everyone

I have another product review for you today.

This time I am taking a look at the new Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paints from Prima Marketing

 

Ever since I tried the Finnabair Sparks Paint I have been anxious to try the new Metallique Paints.

You can see my Sparks review here: Sparks Review Video, Or you can read my review here: Sparks Review Blog Post

Metallique Paints

These paints are just a great as the Sparks and and really live up to the name Metallic. They are beautiful colors with a great sheen to them.

Like the Sparks, they are a thinner consistency which is nice to highlighting things and it makes it easy to mix with other mediums.

 

Metallique Paints

Paints from the craft store are a thicker consistency, but both kinds have a nice metallic finish to them. I did compare the Finnabair paints to craft store paints and they all worked great. The Finnabair ones might have a little more shine to them, but they are all good choices. I think it comes down to consistency and what you are going to  use them for.

Metallique paints

Overall I am happy with my purchase, I am glad to have even more metallic paints in my stash. I seem to always go for the metallic and these are perfect.

 

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All opinions are my own, I paid for these with my own money and this is not sponsored.

Mixed Media Altered Bottle

Hello Everyone!

I love looking at wine bottles and any other bottle with a great shape.  They are just so beautiful and I have a hard time sending them to recycling, lol.

So with this bottle I decided to alter it using basic mixed media techniques. Now it is ready to be on display instead of heading to recycling.

You can watch the altered bottle process here:

 

Materials:

  • Bottle (cleaned and ready for painting)
  • Gesso, soft gloss gel, glue
  • brushes
  • buttons, raffia, and any other bits and bobs that you want to stick on
  • charm bracelet or necklace
  • tissue paper (or old patterns)

Instructions

Find a really great bottle. I love the shape of this one! Make sure it is clean before you start altering it.

altered bottle

For my base layer of texture I added crinkled up tissue paper from old pattered and adhered them with Soft Gloss gel. I will admit that I am still getting the hang of taking pictures and filming at the same time. I don’t have a pic of this but it is the same technique that I used in in these posts:

Mixed Media Box

Tissue Paper Rose

Once the paper is down and dry give everything a coat of black gesso. Once that first layer is dry, now it is the fun part, start adding buttons, ribbon, raffia to the neck, and anything else you want to add detail and interest.

altered bottle

Once all the glue is dry cover everything is black gesso. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies. altered bottle

Dry the gesso completely and then dry brush on the colors you want. I did a base layer of gun metal gray and highlighted the details with a pretty metallic purple.  I added an old bracelet to the neck for additional interest.

Spray seal it and you are done!

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