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Mixed Media Class with Tara Pappas

Hello Everyone!

If you ever get the chance to take a class from a professional artist, you should jump at the chance! You will learn so many new tips, tricks, and techniques.

BTW This is not a paid or sponsored post, all opinions are my own. I paid for the class with my own money.

During my weekend at Mojito Creek (you can see my post about the retreat here: Mojito Creek) I was able to take a class from Tara Pappas! If you don’t know of her work you should check her out on her website: Tara Pappas. She is an amazing mixed media artist that creates these beautiful, whimsical, fun paintings.  I have admired her for a while and when I found out that she was teaching at Mojito Creek I had to jump at the chance to learn from her!

I purchased this print and I love it! Penguins playing with the Narwal, it is fantastic! I think I need a few more prints for all my walls!

The first step is prepping the canvas board. She uses ripped up old books or magazines and Mod Podges them to the canvas.  I love how this creates texture and interest in the first layer.

Mixed media art

For the rocky cliff that my lighthouse is standing on I ripped up old magazines and attached them with Mod Podge.   The ripping of magazines and books is awesome. I love how it enhances the paintings. This is something that I don’t in my paintings.

But before I added the rocks I first painted the sky blue. I didn’t want to cover all the book pages so I lightly swirled on a couple of colors in acrylic paint and wiped off some with a paper towel.  Then I added the rocks.

I drew the lighthouse! I am actually pretty excited about that. It isn’t perfect, but it was my first time drawing one! Tara was very encouraging and supportive when I told her I was going to draw the lighthouse!

Then I painted the lighthouse and then added the light coming from the lighthouse. That is just cut up magazines. The swirls were added with a paint marker. The bear the boat is one of Tara’s characters. She had some fantastic characters that we were able to use in our paintings, I love how generous she is with her work and time. After painted the bear he was the perfect addition.  I really love how this turned out.

Mixed media art

Ahh the ship, let me tell you a little story about this painting, haha. This was actually my first painting. She taught us about the ripping of book pages, then she mentioned that we can make texture and water, then I was off, haha. I just went to town making this ship. This is the only in progress pic I took, sorry about that.

The water is made from the tissue paper in old patterns, and I just painted over it. The sky is painted with acrylic paint and blended. The ship is drawn on old books (my first time drawing a ship!) and painted with metallic paints. In fact the whole drawing is done with metallic paints.

Even though it looks nothing like what Tara was teaching us, she was so supportive and encouraging for me to just keep on doing my thing! 

I added the quote and I am very happy with how it turned out. Such a great class and I love how all the paintings (not just my paintings, but all the students) turned out a little different.

So if you get a chance to take a class from Tara I highly encourage it! I learned a lot and I can’t wait to incorporate some of the new techniques into my art. 

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Tissue Paper Rose

Tissue Paper Rose

Use the tissue paper in old patterns to create a beautiful tissue paper rose. 

Hello Everyone!

Last weekend was my beautiful mother’s birthday! She is such an important part of my life and I wanted to express that with a handmade gift.

I created this tissue paper rose for her and gave it to her last weekend when we went to lunch and shopping to celebrate!

diy tissue paper rose

I created a video to go along with the tutorial, you can see that here:  You Tube Tissue Paper Rose Tutorial

This was so much fun to create, and it was my first time doing something like this and I am happy with how it turned out.

Materials:

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Instructions: 

First prep the canvas board with gesso. I chose black gesso to give me a clean slate.

Get the tissue paper ready by ripping the tissue paper and rolling it into a tight strip.

diy tissue paper rose

Roll the strips into a tight circle and glue it down in a spiral. Try and keep it all tight and keep going until you get the size you like.

Make the stems by using the strips in a swirl motion. The leaves were made from a short strip with one end slightly trimmed in a rounded shape.

diy tissue paper rose

Next I put a layer of black gesso on everything.

No photo here: Then I decided that the black was too dark for the center of my rose so I painted over the black with white gesso

Then I added glass bead texture to the outside of the rose.

diy tissue paper rose

Here is where I got really bad at taking photos, lol. But you can see the process in the video

I painted the rose with 2 colors of pink and the background is a light blue to a dark blue to a purple.

I tried to stamp the background with some images but I didn’t love that so I mostly covered that back up.

Then add mod podge and adhere the mica flakes. The mica flakes add so much dimension and sparkle!

diy tissue paper rose

Dry brush a light shimmery white over everything and spray a sealer on when you are done.

It makes a wonderfully sparkly gift that was tons of fun to make. 


diy tissue paper rose

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You Tube Channel and Yarn Bowl

YouTube Channel and Yarn Bowl

Creating a yarn bowl is a great way to use up all you scraps of yarn. 

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you that I have just started my You Tube Channel! As of today there is only one video, lol, but I will be adding more as the days go by. It is so fun to show you more with my videos and it will help my explain some of my processes better! I will also be videoing some of my art journals and hauls and all kinds of other things.

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Now on to the craft of the week.

Yarn Bowl

This is a pretty easy project that is similar to the leaf bowl that I made a few months ago. You can see that video here: Leaf bowl

Take any bowl with a shape that you like and wrap it with plastic wrap.

Yarn Bowl

Get your yarn ready by cutting it into smaller pieces if you want, I used pieces that were about a foot or more long. This is really up to you how you want your bowl to look. Then I used a lot of Mod Podge to glue it all down. In the future I won’t be using Mod Podge, I don’t think it holds the finished bowl stiff enough.

I think I am going to try Aleene’s Tacky Glue for my next bowl. I have seen on Pinterest where people heat up a glue mixture for their yarn bowl but since I don’t get along with my oven I am trying to stay away from that process, lol.  I will let you know hw my experiments go.

Yarn Bowl

Let it dry completely and carefully remove it from the bowl. Reshape as necessary. So very cute! 
Yarn Bowl

What other ways do you use up your yarn scraps?

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Create Mixed Media Canvas

Create Mixed Media Canvas

Old paint brushes are given a new lift with this Create Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone!

Have you ever been so involved with a project that you forget to take pictures as you care creating? I think that is a good thing, it means that you are enjoying the creating process and not worried about how it will look in a photo.

This happened to me with this canvas. I know this is not perfect when I am trying to teach you how I created something, but it was good for me to spend time with my art.

I used my favorite mixed media techniques. You can view my other Mixed Media projects here:

create mixed media canvas

I painted the blank canvas with black gesso then stenciled the swirls in the background.

For the Doily I sprayed it with different colors of spray ink to create this look.

The paint brushes were old ones that I had in my craft room, to prep them paint them with black gesso and then dry brush metallic colors.

I added flowers, jems and butterflies, (the butterflies are actually plastic bows from the dollar store that I cut off the ends and added beads)

create mixed media canvas

I added the glitter word Create and outlined it in black. Then I dry brushed everything in a few metallic colors.

I love this mixed media, it inspires me in my craft room. What have  you made for your craft room that inspires you?

create mixed media canvas

 

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Vintage Sewing Pattern Collage

Vintage Sewing Pattern Collage

Hello Everyone!

A vintage sewing pattern collage is a wonderful way to display an old sewing pattern. The patterns are fun to look at and alter for any of you crafts. 

I just love looking at old patterns. The pictures are great, with wonderful colors! Recently I found some terrific patterns at my local creative reuse center, Who Gives A Scrap, and I ended up getting about 10 or so, lol.

The pattern covers are perfect for a collage and the tissue paper on the inside work great for textures in mixed media. (I will show you how to do that later)

Materials:

  • Frame ( I found mine at the dollar store)
  • Sewing patterns, dictionary paper, stencils, paint, label maker
  • Mod podge, brushes

Instructions:

Bloom Where  You Are Planted:

This one was a lot of fun! I adhered 2 dictionary pages with Mod Podge to a piece of paper that fit the frame.

Then I stenciled the flowers (I stenciled in 1 color then I went back and added another color on top).

After stenciling add the cut out girl from the pattern.

For the edges I painted some darker colors and then lightened it up afterwards. I wanted it to look like a mat in the frame.

stenciling the Vintage sewing pattern collage

The frame was super easy. I painted the silver frame in a gold color, once that was dry I painted over it in a pearl white color.

When everything was dry I sanded it to create a shabby chic look. I think it turned out super cute.

Before I added everything in the frame I used a hand held label maker to print the quote.

Vintage sewing pattern collage bloom where you are planted

Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly

This frame is essentially the same except I used a different stencil, but I still used 2 colors to give it dimension.

I didn’t add any colors to the edges, I thought with the wings I would look too busy.

I drew on the wings before attaching the girl.

Vintage sewing pattern collage

This frame was easy as well. I just painted the silver frame gold to match a little better.

These are such easy collages to do, I think they would make a great gift!

Vintage sewing pattern collage take these broken wings and learn to fly

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DIY Chess Clock

DIY Chess Clock

A  DIY chess clock is a great gift to give your chess loving kid, or keep it for yourself, it will look great in any room.

Hello Everyone!

My son had his 16th birthday on Sat! Where did that time go? I am sure that all moms ask that same question, but it is so true. Time just goes too fast and when they hit 16 you know that they are almost grown.  *tears* He will always be my baby, even though he is taller than me. lol.

This year I wanted to make him a gift that he would really enjoy.  He loves to play chess! It is one of his favorite hobbies, so I thought a Chess Clock would be right up his alley.

DIY Chess Clock

Materials

  • Chess pieces
  • canvas board, paint
  • clock kit
  • glue

Instructions:

First thing I did was paint the canvase board in a gradient, with it being lighter in the center. I used a few of the cheap acrylic colors from the craft store. My son tends to like things on the simpler side, so I didn’t do my usual bling and mixed media. (he was grateful that I restrained, lol)

Once everything was dried add the clock kit to the center of the canvas.

paint the canvas board on DIY Chess Clock

For the chess pieces I added a circle of paper to the whole in the bottom. The pieces I used were just random ones that I had, no I didn’t steal any from my son, lol.

seal the bottom of the game pieces on DIY Chess Clock

Then you glue the chess pieces to the canvas board. Try and do it in a circle. I did the best I could, but I think next time I will make a template to make it easier. But overall I think it looks great.

glue chess pieces to DIY chess clock

He loved it! I am glad that he enjoyed his gift! This would be cute with other game pieces like dominoes or checkers! Let your imagination go wild.

DIY Chess Clock

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Santa Mixed Media Canvas

Santa Mixed Media Canvas

Christmas is almost here, and this Santa mixed media canvas is perfect for your holiday decor.

Hello Everyone!

Lately I have been inspired to make mixed media canvases, and with Christmas fast approaching I have the perfect subject for my art.

I had this beautiful paper and glittery star that became the focal point, the rest was just details.

Now I will be honest, I didn’t take any pictures of me actually doing the mixed media, but I think I can explain well enough and as always please ask if you have questions.

I really enjoy making mixed media canvases, all inspired by Finnabair.

Materials:

  • 12x 12 canvas (I got mine at Michaels, but you can always get one on Amazon here: Canvas)
  • Paper (I don’t remember where I got this beautiful paper by KaiserCraft, St Nicholas Collection, Papa Noel,  but you can find great paper just about anywhere)
  • Large star (I found mine at the Dollar Store. It was just so beautiful that I couldn’t pass it up. )
  • Large letter, glitter, beads, and other do-dads, stickles, acrylic paint, stencil
  • Mod Podge, modeling paste, Mica Powder, clear gesso, clear spray sealer

Instructions:

Trim your paper to fit your canvas and spread Mod Podge on the canvas.  Place your paper on the canvas, smooth out. I turned my canvas over and let it dry overnight.

santa on canvas

Starting with santa paper on canvas

The next day I covered my paper with clear gesso to give it some tooth. Then I applied modeling paste with a swirl stencil to add some detail (you can’t really see it, but it is there.)

Then I sprinkled on mica powered and spread it around.  (I am in love with these Prima Marketing mica Powders. You can find the colors I used here: Gold, Copper, Pale Silver)

mica Powders

I am in love with these Prima Marketing mica Powders

Once that was all dry I went to town. I added modeling paste to the star and glued it to the center.

I highlighted the stencil with painted and I painted around the edges with a shimmery white color.

Then I added the letters (they were pink, but I painted them and added glitter)

I added the large gems and small beads and micro beads with globs of modeling paste. Then I poured on lots of glitter to stick the the modeling paste (I figured that Christmas decor needs a lot of glitter)

santa mixed media canvis

Our santa mixed media canvis is coming together

I added rows of pearl beads, and key metal elements, and I added stick details to the star. Once everything is dry I sprayed it with a clear sealer, the mica powder is not adhered to anything and it will wipe away, so the sealer is necessary.

Christmas star close-up

a close-up of our Christmas star

I really like how this turned out. I think it is an interesting piece.

Christmas star

Close-up of our Christmas star

santa mixed media canvas

finished santa mixed media canvas

What holiday should I make a mixed media for next? New Years? Easter? Valentine Day?

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Painted Christmas Houses

Painted Christmas Houses

You can find these really cute ceramic houses just about anywhere, with just a little paint and glitter they are ready to be put on display. 

My finished Christmas houses on display

Hello Everyone!

December is rolling along and it is time for me to think about decorating. The tree is up, and if you follow me on Instagram you probably have seen our tree by now. (@taketimetocreate).

With any holiday I always feel the need to create some new items. This year I made some painted Christmas houses.  I found the unfinished ceramic houses at our creative reuse center Who Gives A Scrap (I love that place!) With a little paint and glitter they were ready to go.

Materials:

  • Ceramic House (You can get these at a creative reuse center, craft stores, and sometimes the thrift stores will have some unfortunutally painted ones that need an update)
  • Paint and glitter found at the craft store. I really liked this paint, it was white with a little pearl look to it. Perfect for Christmas.

paint-and-glitter

Instructions:

Take your plain ceramic house and paint on a layer of white paint. You can always spray paint the houses, but I just decided to hand paint instead.  This is what it looks like before the paint.

(btw, The houses did come with detailed instructions to paint the house in all the colors, but I did not want to take the time to do any detailed painting. haha. So white paint here I come. )

Painted Christmas houses before glitter

My Painted Christmas houses before glitter

Add the paint. This is what it looks like with the paint. Go over everything, all the little details. Don’t forget the inside of the windows.  Touch up where ever you forgot.

Painted Christmas houses before glitter

My Painted Christmas houses before glitter

Then I decided to add some glitter detail to the snow and trees. Just pick a clear holographic glitter that goes with your paint. I put a layer of mod podge on then sprinkled it with glitter.

add glitter painted Christmas houses

Adding Glitter to the painted Christmas houses

Once they are dry they are ready to be put on display.

I think they turned out really cute. You can put lights in the bottom, but I didn’t have any. So this weekend I will pick up some and then they will look even better!

painted Christmas houses on the mantle

Close-up of the painted Christmas houses on the mantle

painted Christmas houses

Here are the finished painted Christmas houses


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Organization- Adding Metal Strips for easy organization

Hello Everyone! In any craft room organization is key. It is important to know what you have, and where it is so you can complete your projects easily with minimal headache. These metal strips will help you achieve your craft room organization goals.

Metal Strips for Craft Room Organization

My finished Metal Strips

I don’t know about you, but I have all these little odds and ends that are all over my crafting area. I use them all the time, but I didn’t have a good way to store them I wanted them close by, but out of the way.  I know, that sounds like a contradictions in terms, lol.  My strips are on the wall right above my work table. Perfect reaching distance.

Metal Strips for Craft Room Organization

Another view of my craft room organization

This is such an easy project, just grab some metal strips from the hardware store.

Drill holes so you can attach it to the wall. Secure the strips to the wall.

Add all your little bins!

Different containers for my craft room organization

Different containers on the metal strips

The little clear plastic tubs I found at the dollar store (you can see it online here) Just add a magnet to the lid and you are good to go. Just make sure the glue dries overnight before hanging it full of stuff.

The metal tubs I also found at the dollar store (here) They are great! With a clear lid and lots of space they are perfect for your metal strip. Just make sure the paper sticker of off the magnet, it will attached better without the sticker.

I added magnets to some of my other odds and ends like wire and micro beads.

Round containers for my craft room organization

Round containers for my craft room organization

Now I have everything on hand, but it is out of the way.

I think this is a great solution for all these little bits and pieces. Now it is time to add some more strips for the rest of my do-dads.

What is your favorite organizational technique?

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DIY Ornaments from Magic Towels!

Hello Everyone! With the holidays right around the corner it is time to start thinking about decorating. And since we are on a crafting blog, this post is about DIY Ornaments. This is an easy project that takes magic towels and turns them into ornaments and it is fun to do with the kids. 

DIY Ornaments - Dory

My Finished Dory DIY Ornament

I hope you had a wonderful relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. We had a great time, we went to Florida for the week and it was perfect. Stay tuned, I will do a travel journal about the resort we stayed at.

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would start doing some holiday crafts and today’s is a DIY ornament.

Materials for your DIY Ornaments:

  • Magic Towels (I used a Dory one and an Avengers one, and I got both from the dollar store)
DIY Ornaments - Magic Towel

We start with a simple magic towel.

  • Ribbon
  • Stuffing
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

Cut around the shape that you want to make into an ornament. And cut out that same shape in a plain colored wash cloth.

 

Cut out magic towel

Next, we cut out the parts we want to turn into ornaments.

Then you start gluing. Glue the pom-pom ribbon ) around the edge and then glue the black ribbon to the top.  I used hot glue for all my gluing, but if you are doing this with kids then you might wan to use fabric glue. You can also sew these together, but me and my sewing machine are not getting along right now, so my hot glue gun came to the rescue.

Then glue the plain wash cloth to the back, but make sure you leave a little gap so you can add stuffing. Add a little stuffing and glue the gap closed.

The ornament's backing

Then, add ribbon and glue together.

  

And that is it. These are great for kids and easy to do. Kids will like having their favorite characters on the tree.

Avengers ornaments

Here are the finished ornaments.

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