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No Sew Cat Bed

Hello Everyone!

I have a cat that thinks she is a princess, and since she is a princess she needed a pink velour bed with gold trim. And since I don’t sew, I had to create a no sew version.

Our cat rules the house, lol. And since she does this pretty pink pillow is perfect for her. 

Starlight
Starlight

This pillow is easy to create. Take 2 pieces of fabric and glue them together with fabric glue. If you want trim add it now. Make sure you leave a hole so you can stuff the pillow with ploy fill. 

Stuff your pillow and then glue the hole shut. That is it. Such a fun, easy way to create a new space for your pet.

No sew cat bed

I placed the bed on the trunk that Starlight sleeps on. The trunk is super hard and I thought she would appreciate the soft pillow. In true cat form she refused to pose for a picture, lol

But at least she has a new bed when she is ready to sleep on it. What other no sew projects do you work on?

Affiliate links:
Fabric Fusion https://amzn.to/2tvf0eF
Poly Fill https://amzn.to/2TJUNgt
Pink Velour (I found mine at a creative reuse center, but this is similar) https://amzn.to/2N6CFe5
Gold Cord trim (I found mine at a creative reuse center, but this is similar) https://amzn.to/2TPcdbE

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Resin Frame and Flowers Mixed Media

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Today I have my first project of 2019! and it is a low buy project. So far I am off to a good start, lol (I am starting strong, let’s keep it up).

For this project I had all of the elements and flowers in my stash. It was fun to find so things I forgot I had to actually us them.

I started with a resin frame that I had in my stash. I bought it on impulse from a creative reuse center and didn’t know what I was going to do with it. So it was stored away. Until I decided to do my low buy. So I went digging for something new to play with, and I found this frame. 

frame and flowers
Frames and flowers

I thought the frame looked like a fancy window so I stenciled a swing and created a little scene with flowers and sprays and just about any other mixed media element I could find. 

frames and flowers
Frames and flowers

I loved adding all the flowers, I just kept piling on until I thought the canvas would break, lol. For this project I thought “the more the merrier” and kept on adding. I love how it all turned out and the splashes I added at the end was the perfect way to finish the piece. 

I am looking forward to the new projects I can create using what I own. I am sure there are some hidden jems in my art studio waiting to be found.

Affiliate links to products used or similar ones:
5×7 canvas boards https://amzn.to/2VD6Tt2
prima Marketing resin frames- https://amzn.to/2VD6WoI
Swing Stencil https://amzn.to/2VEZWaR
Matte medium- https://amzn.to/2sj47M1
Folk art metallic- https://amzn.to/2sh8t6I
Lindy’s Spray Time Travel teal https://amzn.to/2AvblBl
Distress Ink Weathered Wood https://amzn.to/2SHhCRl
prima Marketing Flowers https://amzn.to/2RA8l0e
Clear rhinestone stickers https://amzn.to/2RBuRFV

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Paint Piping- Christmas Tree

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to show you this new technique that I learned! I have seen paint piping online and I knew I had to try it. 

 

I loved seeing the texture and interest that the paint piping creates. 

painted tree
Paint piped Mixed Media Christmas Tree

Of course I had to add glitter! I think that added interest and details that the tree needed. I added the glitter and rhinestones while the paint was wet so it all stuck together. 

To finish the tree I added some poinsettias and other details to the base of the tree. 

piped christmas tree
Up close paint piped Christmas Tree

Now it is ready to put on display and enjoy for years to come. 

I really enjoyed this technique and I am looking forward to exploring it more in the upcoming year!

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Sunrise Fabric Mixed Media Mask

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My local art museum has an annual charity auction and this year I got to participate! The auction is actually in April, but I had to turn my mask in earlier than that, lol.

I really love the challenge of working on a mask, rather than a flat canvas. It was fun to see if my technique for creating landscapes could be translated to a mask, and I think it was a success!

sunrise mask

I used a photo that I took of a sunrise over my local city as a reference photo. Here the photo I took, it is a few years old but I really love it and I thought it would be perfect for this project

Linda Sampson Sunrise photo

The colors really spoke to me and I want to recreate it.

sunrise mask

I found that the biggest challenge was to make sure everything stayed adhered to the mask while it dried. Since it is not a flat surface things had a tendency to slide, lol. But I was patient and everything worked out in the end.

 

sunrise mask

This project has encouraged me to look at other object to apply fabric to. Nothing is safe from my fabric, lol

 

 

Affiliate Links

  • Finnabair Red paint- https://amzn.to/2Po7omm
  • Finnabair Brushes- https://amzn.to/2UlwBlj
  • Finnabair Dabbing Brushes- https://amzn.to/2SuWWLS
  • Finnabair Wax-https://amzn.to/2SzgiQ9
  • Fabric Jelly Roll (similar)- https://amzn.to/2KZTG8W
  • Liquietex Gloss gel- https://amzn.to/2Efu9rR
  • Liquitex Heavy gel- https://amzn.to/2EkUTai
  • Liquitex Super Heavy gel- https://amzn.to/2SwHC1n
  • Black gesso- https://amzn.to/2SB1HDX
  • Wood trees- https://amzn.to/2PiL0el
  • Cork Shapes- https://amzn.to/2PnYqFY
  • metal flowers (similar)- https://amzn.to/2Upd3wa

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Christmas Tree Fabric Mixed Media

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Christmas is fast approaching and now is the perfect time to make some new Christmas decor!

I found this chipboard tree at my local creative reuse center and I knew it would be perfect for a fabric mixed media project. It is a Paper Studio brand, I think you can find similar items at your local craft stores.

The first layer is paint. I wanted to make sure the tree was green just in case the fabric didn’t cover it all. Then  I added the fabric layer. This added a lot of texture and interest.

christmas tree

Once the fabric was dry it was time to start painting. I have found that these fabric mixed media projects work best if you let the fabric dry overnight rather than using a heat tool.

Once the fabric is dry it is time to add paint. I dry brushed on a few of the Finnabair Metallique and Sparks paint. Then I added the decorations. I used items I found at the Dollar Store and adhered them with hot glue.

christmas tree

Once that was all dry I flicked paint on with a toothbrush. I love how it turned out! This was a lot of fun to create and it will look great in my home. What decor projects are you working on?

christmas tree

 

 

 

 

Affiliate links:
Liquitex super heavy gel- https://amzn.to/2Px3flj
Liquitex Heavy Gel-https://amzn.to/2RXTQ2O
Gloss Mod Modge-https://amzn.to/2PZxr7R
Corks-https://amzn.to/2zfepkg
Finnabair sparks-https://amzn.to/2DHSq9F
Finnabair Metallique-https://amzn.to/2DHqjXX
Finnabair Paint brushes-https://amzn.to/2TjbgrZ

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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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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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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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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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