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Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Mixed Media Canvas layout

Hi crafty friends! I want to share with you a really fun project I created for Basically Bare… a canvas layout. This is not a layout on a framed canvas but a layout on a 12X12 canvas fabric for scrapbooking! This is so much fun to play with… For those of you who never created a page from canvas let me assure you it’s not as scary as it might look. You just need to look at it as working with a 12X12 paper, add all the fun things you can do with it that you can’t do with paper and you get the perfect mix for an amazing project! I started by unpicking slits I made in the canvas. That created a really cool look of unraveled threads that you can’t get when distressing or tearing paper. I did the same thing on all three edges of the canvas. Then I sprayed the canvas with different color sprays. At this point it’s important to remember …

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Window Triple Frame

Hi friends! Sometimes you see a product and it takes you to unexpected places! This is what happened to me when I saw the new window pane by Basically Bare. I came up with a mixed media window frame that was so much fun creating. I created two frames with chipboard strips measuring: 1 1/2″ X 9 5/16″  (inner frame) and 1 1/2″ X 11 5/16″ (outer frame). Each strip is cut at a 45 degrees angle at both ends, which will insure a professional looking frame. Build each frame and secure it on the back with adhesive tape.   Embellish the frame and window with different metal embellishments, flowers, jewelry etc. I have a box full of trinkets and findings that I get from flea markets, garages, scrap yards and hardware stores. After the frames and window are embellished cover everything with a gesso. You will need a bit of patience to cover everything but it’s worth it! Make …

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Dance – Art journal page

Art journaling is a great opportunity not just to experiment with new techniques and materials but it’s also a great opportunity to inspire yourself and create a project for your soul. This art journal page will always remind me to dance not just literally but metaphorically as well, simply let my creativity and my hands dance!   Start by coloring the page with Pan Pastels and baby wipes. It’s a really easy and fun technique to create a colorful background. Add some stamps for more texture and interest. You can also add some patterns with stencils and Pan Pastels using baby wipe like you would use a blending sponge.   Cut images of dancing girls from a patterned paper, I used MME paper. Adhere them to your page.   Then add two large doily stamps and color them with distress ink and a watered brush. Write the title with a black pen and add whimsical and fun patterns to fill …