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Blue Fabric Mixed Media Frame

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Have you ever finished a project and thought  you were done only to realize that you weren’t? Well that is exactly what happened to me with this Blue Mixed Media Fabric Frame.

A little while ago I created the fabric frame and I thought it was pretty cute as is. If you missed that blog post you can catch it here: Fabric Frame

And the original frame was really cute and I did love it, but as I thought about it I thought it needed more. And by more, I mean a lot, lol. So I embellished it, and painted it some more. I love how it turned out and it is a personal choice how much or how little you add to your frame.

Fabric Frame

As you can see the original just has fabric and paint, but the embellished one has flowers, pearls, metal elements, and more added to the frame.

Fabric Frame

I clustered 2 groupings on opposite corners of the frame. I added a variety of elements to create interest and texture to the frame. If you know what photo you will be putting in the frame you can tailor the elements to the photo, I think that would look amazing.

 

Fabric Frame

After the gesso was all dry I painted over everything with Finnabari Sparks and Metallique paints. They were the same colors as the original frame and I thought that would help make it all cohesive.

 

Fabric Frame

The last step was adding splashes all over to really blend the original and the new elements together. I wanted it to look like I planned it all at once, lol.

Fabric Frame

I really like how this all came together. I love adding new elements on top of project I thought I had finished.

What project did you think you finished but went back later to add embellishments to? Share in the comments.

Fabric Frame

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Zipper and Buttons Art Journal Page

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal strikes again, lol. New month, new theme! This month’s journal’s theme is sewing and I love it. There is a wonderful quote at the beginning of the books that states “My soul is fed by needle and thread.” and I just love that quote. The previous pages are wonderful and a huge inspiration for me.

I decided to take my page in a little different direction and create a page around buttons bursting out of a zipper.

I have done this technique in the past on a bottle, but not a journal page.  I did a blog post using a Mason Jar and sea shells, I think it turned out really cute, lol. You can see that post  by clicking here — Sea Shell Mason Jar. 

 

Zipper Art Journal Page

This was such a fun page to create! I added texture, paint, stamps, and other interest to the background. I played with my Dylustions paint for the background, I just love the way that paint applies.

Then I added the zipper, buttons, and butterflies to the page.  Then I painted everything with Finnabair waxes to create the aged look I was going for.

Zipper Art Journal Page

The only problem is that techniques like this can make your journal really bulky, lol. But I love when that happens because it just means that I am using my journal even more and doing even more creating! The bigger the better, lol.

Zipper Art Journal Page

I have to say I am still really loving my art journal group! I love working on different pages and trying new things. I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!

Also, don’t forget to check my events page to see when and where I am teaching, I would love to have you join me in my class!

Affiliate Links to products I used (or similar ones)

Ranger Journal: https://amzn.to/2A0ZjQ6
Dylusions Paint https://amzn.to/2IMwQR1
Zipper https://amzn.to/2E9miwt
Finnabair Mechanicals Butterflies https://amzn.to/2Eafuim
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Fun Art Journal Page with an Ostrich in a Suit!

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I am still on an art journal kick, lol. I love that I can finish a page relativity quickly and I can practice new techniques and try out new mediums.  This page was especially fun! I found this old pic of a woman and an ostrich in a suit. I laughed when I saw it. I am not exactly sure what is going on but I knew I had to make a page around this pic.

I got this picture in a pack of papers and random items from Who Gives a Scrap. There was a ton of really cool items in the pack, including this picture. The woman does not look too happy, but the ostrich looks happy enough. I just love it, lol. I figured it might be in Paris, so that is why I added some French elements.

 

ostrich art journal page

I wanted to keep the journal a bit more neutral than I usually do, lol. So I kept with brown and teal and some neutrals. I also like to play with different textures, so I added paper, washi tape, metal, some cork, and a lacy stencil. All the various textures go together to make a fun, interesting page.

ostrich art journal page

And on this page I used Lindy’s Sprays. This is a relatively new product to me, and I am in love. The sprays are perfect for adding the right amount to color and there are a ton of ways to add the color. I love exploring new mediums and adding new elements to my art.

ostrich art journal page

Now I am excited to rummage through the rest of the papers and elements i picked up to see what other goodies are there!

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Cork Shapes https://amzn.to/2N2daJh

 

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Upcycled Mixed Media Tag Using Dollar Tree Cards

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I am excited to tell you that as of today the Dollar Tree will be selling Expression from Hallmark cards! Now, I usually like to make my greeting cards, but sometimes I am in a pinch and so I need a good place to purchase them, and the Dollar Tree really came through with these cards!

There are over 6,500 Dollar Tree stores nationwide and on August 30th every store will carry Expressions from Hallmark, $1 each and Heartline a Hallmark company, 2 for $1. With hundreds of new greeting cards to choose from, you can celebrate every moment with your friends and family without breaking the bank!

I received a pack of cards from the Dollar Tree and I have to say, they are wonderful. Great colors and designs and some glitter (of course I am a fan of glitter, lol) and they are printed on nice heavy card stock.

upcycled tag

They a few different varieties, like the Joyfully Yours line (that is the teal one on the right in the above photo)  Joyfully Yours lets family and friends express their faith in just the right way during holidays, special occasions, and moments big and small.

upcycled tag

I was please with the selection and I am excited to use the cards. You all know I am a big fan of upcycling and repurposing items in my art. Since the cards are on nice paper it is easy to reuse them and make cards and tags from old greeting cards.

upcycled tag

In the video at the beginning of the post I show you how to take the baby card and make this cute mixed media tag. I used some ink, stencils, scrabble tiles, bakers twine, and other elements.

upcycled tag

Such a cute little tag and easy to make and have on hand. You can do this technique for any occasion!

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.

Dollar Tree Affiliate Links:
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Finnabair Modeling paste- https://amzn.to/2wu09D7
Finnabair silicone brush- https://amzn.to/2PlieKn
Bakers twine- https://amzn.to/2N4kwjz
Mini clothes pins- https://amzn.to/2MZ8197
Scrabble Tiles- https://amzn.to/2MCRAzZ

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Sailboat- a Mixed Media Fabric Canvas

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Are you ready for another Fabric Canvas? I am still loving the fabric and the process of creating a canvas with fabric.

This scene was inspired by our recent vacation to Ft Lauderdale. We saw a lot of boats on the water and they looked so peaceful and wonderful that I knew I had to create one on a canvas with fabric.

I did use a smaller canvas than normal, but I really liked how it turned out.  And I used a variety of blues for the water and sky. I wanted to create depths and dimension with just one color. There are so many blues out there it was fun to pick and choose which one to use to get the look I was going for.

sailboat canvas

I used a heavy body paint from Finnabair to paint the boat, and that added additional texture and dimension to the boat. I really enjoyed that paint and I am looking forward to using it even more.

sailboat canvas

The last details were painted on to the sky and water with regular acrylic paint and that is what the painting needed.  I didn’t add any metalic paints or sparks or glitter to this canvas. I kept it all matte and I think that was the right choice for this piece of art.

sailboat canvas

This was such a fun piece to create and it was a great way to commemorate a wonderful vacation.

 

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Art Journal Page- Travel Theme

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It is time for another art journal page! I am part of a group of artists, we call ourselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art Journal, lol. And what we do is everyone creates a page and then mails it to the next person on the list. Then when I get the next journal in the mail I add to it, using the theme they decided on. My journal is a travel theme, I love to travel so I figured this would be the best theme for my journal.

I am excited to see what people come up with and what their themes will be. I think this will take over a year to complete, so it is a long term project. I will share the pages when I get the next journal in and I will do tutorials on the pages I create.

I attached the video where I explain how I created my first page.

I did a generic travel page rather than an individual place or country. I thought this would really show my love of travel, no matter where I go, or who it is with.

art journal travel page

I used a ton of products to create a layered look, all surrounding the focal point.  I really enjoyed going through my stash and finding vintage looking papers, stickers, and embellishments.


art journal travel page

The journal I picked is the Dylusions art journal. It is the perfect size and easy to transport. I added a cover to protect it and a pocket in case someone wants to add goodies to send to the next person.


art journal travel page

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Summer Greeting Cards

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I just love the summer! Bright colors, warm weather, and sunshine! So when I saw the Bo Bunny Summer Mood Collections I knew I had to  make some summer greeting cards!

This post is sponsored by Scrapbookcollections.com, a one stop shop for an entire Scrapbook Collection! Perfect way to get everything you need all in one place.

Recently I have become pen pals with my sisters and I really like to make handmade cards to send them. Writing each other has helped us learn more about each other as adults and I have really been enjoying it!

You can create both of these cards with everything in the kit, you will just need to add a blank card, and adhesive.

This first card I used the bright yellow paper for the background then added the pretty circle cut out in the middle.

I added accents and rhinestones to jazz it up and the flower in the middle is raised just a little bit with foam tape. You don’t want to add too many embellishments if the card is going through the mail, you don’t want it to arrive damaged.

summer greeting card

This second card is not featured in the video, it is a bonus for my blog readers.

I took 2 different paper backgrounds and layered them together, then I added the typewriter from the Noteworthy pack. Then I added the flower to the corner. This is a perfect card to send to friends or family for almost any occasion.

summer greeting card

I think both cards turned out really cute and I am excited to send them to my sisters. And I am excited to create even more creations from this adorable scrapbook kit!

Use the code taketimesummer for a discount at Scrapbookcollections.com!

summer greeting card

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Fabric Watercolor Landscape

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Sometimes an experiment turns out really cool, and this just so happens to be one of those times! I did a class at ArtVenture in January of this year that taught us how to watercolor on fabric. Not quite like this example, but it got my creative juices flowing! I really wanted to explore this method and develop my own technique, and this is what I came up with- A Fabric Watercolor Landscape (actually the ocean, and it is abstract…. lol)

As always the video goes over all the steps, and it is a good companion to the blog post.

To start prep your canvas by painting it a light color, I used a slightly off white and painted the top and sides.

you will need a light gauzy fabric for the base layer. I had some in my stash, so use what you have, as long as it is a very light fabric. Take a Heavy gel and spread that all over the canvas, then coat each strip of fabric with a gloss gel. (this is the same procedure that I use on all my canvases) Once the strip is coated adhere it to the canvas. Add as many wrinkles as you want and create the texture you are going for. (I have to say I really like this stage, in fact I almost stopped here because it is so pretty, an all white fabric canvas. I might have to make one and just leave it as is. Some thing to think about, lol)

watercolor fabric landscape

Once you are done with the fabric, let is step dry. I usually leave it over night just to make sure.

After it is dry it is time to start watercoloring! gently spray the canvas with water (this allows the watercolors to move freely on the canvas) and then start watercoloring! Slowly add colors and see where they go and blend to create new looks. You can dry in between layers if you want and just keep building until you get the look you are going for. I wanted to create a sunset on the water, it is a little abstract, but that is ok, I really like how it turned out.


watercolor fabric landscape

Once the watercolors are dry you can start adding in texture. I added some iridescent micro bead to add some more shimmer and shine to the water. Just apply some gloss gel and pour on some beads. Let it dry over night before removing the excess beads.

watercolor fabric landscape

Once the beads are dry you can add even more shimmer and shine by adding Metallic watercolors. I thought this would be the perfect way to add some more details. It is a little hard to see in the photos, but up close the metallic really added that perfect final touch.

Let everything dry completely and then spray it with a spray protector.


watercolor fabric landscape

I really like how this turned out and I can’t wait to try this technique on another canvas! What should I try to watercolor next? I love experiementing with my supplies and I would love suggestions on what to do next!

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Faux Leather Art Journal Page

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Art journaling is quickly becoming one of my favorite activities! I love creating quick little projects that help me grow and expand my abilities. I have this faux leather art journal page that I wanted to share with you.

I really wanted to start with a faux leather look for the background. So I took the tissue paper inserts from old patterns and Mod Podged that onto the page. Once it was dry I painted it all in browns and yellows to make it look like leather.

You can use different colors to create different looks, and you very the “wrinkly-ness” of the tissue paper to create different looks as well.

Faux leather art journal

Once everything was dry I started to add all the details. I wanted the tiny book to be the focal point. You can see the video tutorial for the book here: Tiny Book

That tiny book was so much fun to make, and the perfect addition to my page.

 

Faux leather art journal

I added string, torn up old book pages, doilies, chip boards, words, and butterflies. I added color with Finnabair’s mica flakes and a little water, that was really fun because it brought out the texture of the tissue paper and brought the page to life.  Once everything was dry I light sprayed everything with some cheap hairspray to help seal the mica powders (otherwise it could all be brushed off)

Faux leather art journal

There you go, a very easy faux leather journal page. I am thinking about doing this same technique on an old trunk. What else can I faux leather?

Affiliate links:

This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Finnabair Black Cherry Mica powder-https://amzn.to/2JZoHfV
Finnabair copper Mica powder-https://amzn.to/2K8qH1e
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Weekend Mixed Media Classes with Finnabair

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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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