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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
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Butterfly Stickers-https://tinyurl.com/y79av9qn

 

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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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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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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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Ebay Mystery Box Unboxing

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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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Harry Potter Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone!

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

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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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