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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

Affiliate Links (similar product if actual one can’t be found)

  • Prima Marketing Flowers: https://amzn.to/2pPuO9W
  • Finnabair Sparks: https://amzn.to/2QNzIQb
  • Finnabair Metallique- https://amzn.to/2A7wYb1
  • White Gesso- https://amzn.to/2ITPExV
  • Prima Marketing Say it in Crystals- https://amzn.to/2IRaNbL
  • Finnabair Pebbles- https://amzn.to/2yik091

 

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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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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
Finnabair Yellow Mica Powder-https://amzn.to/2K7WlvV
Heavy White Gesso-https://amzn.to/2McF05B
Butterfly Stickers-https://tinyurl.com/y79av9qn

 

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Investigative Art Journal- Tube Watercolor to pans

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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

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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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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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Christmas Card Using Yupo Paper

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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

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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

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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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