If the Shoe Fits

Creative Crafty Friends has kept me plenty busy this month. Hahaha! I finished up four swaps yesterday – here is one! The Letter S. I interpreted that to mean shoes. Hahaha! You can never have too many shoes!

I began with a 2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor ATC base, a couple Tombow Fudenosuke Neon brush pens and some vinyl outline stickers from Krazy Kreations. I really like these vinyl stickers, you just peel and stick. Then fill with color or leave blank. You could even place these on patterned paper and trim around them. Hmmm. I may need to try that.

I began with an orange neon brush pen and filled in one petal. These brushes don’t really flex so you will notice the color is a little sketchy. Not totally filled in. Not to worry, though. Just watch.

Next I added some neon pink to the lower portion of the petal. Still a little sketchy looking.

Then I used a water brush and went over the whole petal, blending the colors together and left it to dry.

And I did the same with each petal. As the piece dried the petals blended a little more, making the colors not so separate but more of a cohesive unit. And apparently a little color seeped out under a couple of the petals. A work in progress here, hahaha!

I needed to make a shoe so I opted for the easy method. I have had this set of stamps for a long time. I purchased it to use in my Bible journaling – I don’t recall what specific scripture I had in mind – and I thought this would be perfect for this particular ATC.

The easiest thing to do was try every shoe or set of shoes and see what fit best. And I decided to go with the pink heel. Just a little note – I don’t wear heels any longer. When we moved to Maine, I kept the heels I wore at my wedding and one other pair. And I haven’t used them at all in the four years we have been here.

I stamped the shoe onto a piece of card stock and colored it using my Tombow Twintone Pastels. A little different type of pen than the earlier brush pens and these worked better for coverage.

Then I used a clear glitter gel pen to add some sparkle to that flower adornment. Cause a girl’s got to sparkle! Hahaha! And ran the whole piece through my sticker machine.

After trimming the shoe, I worked with placement. Deciding where the shoe fit best. You know . . . if the shoe fits. Hahahaha!

I also wanted to use some of those stamped words, so I thought this placement would be perfect.

I used an Archival jet black ink pad from Ranger to add the wording.

And a gothic purple ink pad from StazOn to ink the edges and grunge up the ATC a bit. I like grunge!

There was so much white space. Ugh. What to do. Dr. Ph. Martin to the rescue! I put a few drops of each color onto my trash plate and . . .

. . . made splatters with a fan brush. And I made highlights with a white gelly roll pen from Sakura. Kind of dark in this particular photo, much lighter and brighter in person. Letter S stands for shoe – don’t you know. Hahaha! Want to try some swaps of your own? We start brand new at the beginning of the month, so this is a good time to check it out at Creative Crafty Friends. Just click here. I promise it is fun and will stretch your artistic limbs.

Traveling Journals

I am participating in a traveling journal swap. We began by sending an empty journal on to the next person on the list. The thought being that each time we receive a journal in the mail we complete a couple pages, then forward it on to someone else. In the end we should receive our journals back with loads of wonderful art and fun facts. This past week I had the opportunity to work in a couple books and send them on their way.

I wish these photos were clearer but it is too late now. Collage art on the first page and Lindy’s Magicals and texture paste on the second. I hope Candy enjoys these when she finally gets her journal back. It may be months before that happens.

The lady this journal belongs to is a dragon lover like me, so I thought she might like a couple prints of some dragons I have drawn and tangled before. The first is watercolored and the second was drawn with technical pens from Zebra Pen and colored with Copic markers. I hope she loves them! I was told prints are just fine to include – I checked first.

This was part of a right-now kind of swap. The recipient will take these Dylusions Ink Spray pages that I tangled and adhere them inside her own journal. We are trading pages like this each month for 2020 and we will each make our own journal with the pages we receive. Fun? Absolutely! Want to get involved? Check out Creative Crafty Friends by clicking here.

Zen-untangled! Break Time

Week four of Zen-untangled! has just wrapped up! My FB group Tangle All Around has gained almost 200 new members this month and many are still trying to get a grasp on the project. So, I decided to give everyone a one week break so people can get their feet under them. I did have a request for something to keep people busy this week so I gave them seven strings to play with this upcoming week while others play catch up! Hahaha!

Here is one of the strings I gave them to work with. I even marked the center point in case they wanted to turn this into a mandala.

I took the string and tangled up a quasi-mandala. Actually I don’t know if you would consider this a mandala or a piece of art? Either way this is what I tangled.

And even though it is break week I still wanted to include it in my journal. I used a gelli print I showed you in this post for the background. Tangles I used are flux, snail, tipple and ixorus. All tangles taught during weeks one through four. Friday we get back to week five. Interested in joining us as we work our way through all of the 170 zentangle patterns? Head on over to Tangle All Around by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

Donuts, Anyone?

A Creative Crafty Friends swap saw me combining Hahnemühle paper with Joggles product and having one great time playing with both!

The swap called for us to make one index card size piece of art that included a person, a number and a piece of a book page. Easy peasy! I wanted a paper that would be heavy enough as it was for my index card. I opted to go with Hahnemühle’s hot pressed Harmony watercolour paper. At 140 lbs. I felt sure it was perfect! I began by coating one side with a layer of Dina Wakley’s Clear Gesso.

To that I adhered a section of this fabulous tissue paper from Joggles. When you order anything from Joggles, Barb has your purchase wrapped up in a sheet of fun patterned tissue paper that you can save and use for other projects. It is like getting something free every time you order! I had been saving some of this donut covered paper – not knowing what I would use it for – and this project seemed the right time! Hahaha! Who doesn’t love a good donut? Once I had the paper in place, I added a layer of clear gesso over the top to seal it. Yes, you can see plenty of creases and lines here. I didn’t like the looks of that.

So I used my heat tool to immediately dry the gesso which resulted in a flat attachment. If you have the random place where there is still a crease or bump you may be able to lift the paper and smooth it as you go. Or you may be able to just smooth it out with a fingertip. I had all this paper left over and typically I would trim the excess and toss it in the trash. But it seemed pretty equal all the way around so I tried something I had not ever done before.

I flipped the card over and started adding gesso along the sides where the paper could overlap.

And I attached all four sides of leftover paper to the back of the card. This gave me solid lines along all four edges with no white, and no sections not attached. I had one very well glued together card with lovely donuts all over it!

This would look even better if this photo was in focus. Sorry.

OK, what I needed to add – book page, number and a person. A couple years ago I purchased a Korean dictionary on Amazon. I use it pretty much any time I want to add some text. Do I know what it says? No. I just hope it isn’t obscene. >.< I added this with the same clear gesso – under and over to seal all the edges.

Next I started working with placement. I had my person and my numbers and a few extras. The girl and the cat are trimmed from collage sheets from Joggles. I ran them through my sticker machine, then fussy cut them into stickers with no icky edges. Yay! I knew this stencil of numbers would be perfect and I thought the chipboard sticker sheet may have something that would add a little to my card.

The citronella Dyestress Ink Pad worked great along all the edges and to scruff over my card – to add a little grunge look. Then I peeled the backing off the cat and the photographer and stuck them in place. I had in mind to number some of those donuts, so I tried to leave a good bit of them open. I know the cat doesn’t look anything like the good luck oriental cat but I hoped by placing her over the oriental characters that thought might be implied. A little extra luck can go a long way.

The citronella color just wasn’t enough so I added some fruit punch all around. And here and there. I love the Dyestress ink pads!

I pulled this statement from the chipboard sticker sheet and attached it with some Zots. Just to be sure. I didn’t know if the ‘sticker’ part of the chipboard would hold on the gesso. And these Zots hold on everything. While I had the Zots out, I added a cute little fabric flower. I thought it looked great with the overall color scheme.

Then I added numbers to a couple donuts using the stencil you saw earlier and some Marabu Acryl Mousse which is similar to a texture paste. Think concrete in texture but only as thick as the stencil I scraped it through. And since my mousse was pink – the numbers are pink. And go with my color scheme. Although that may have just been a lucky thing.

Lately I’ve been ‘feeling’ the splatters. So I made them here, too! Black and white! And sat it aside to dry. I didn’t want to run the heat gun and melt those Zots cause that would not be good.

To finish my card I did a couple things. I drew around a few of the donuts with a Stabilo Aquarellable pencil, then went over the lines with a water brush. When the lines dried I added some white highlights. The Dyestress ink pad colors are not permanent. You can reactivate them with water and move them around. So in that upper left corner around the flower – I used a water brush to smooth out the pink into a wash and color that top corner. And called it done. I really love how this turned out! I may end up making one for myself. This card has already arrived at its new home.

How did the Harmony hot pressed watercolour paper work for this project? Great! So well in fact that I have cut a few more sections of 4″ x 6″ cards getting ready for next month! Let me leave you with a couple links. And remember – anywhere you see pink letters . . . pink = link. Just click.

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