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Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Mixed Media Double Canvas Set

I decided to change my wall art a little, so I created a canvases set. A set is basically one piece of art that spreads on more than one canvas. In my case two 6″ X 6″ canvases. When you create a set you work on the canvases as if they were one. So the theme, color scheme and embellishments will be the same across the board. The divided yet cohesive look to a canvas set gives it a unique look and draws the eyes to move from one section to the other and by doing so capturing the entire piece. I started the set with adding modeling paste texture to the background and pieces of tissue paper for layering effect. Then I added distress stains in different colors and blended them together. My focal point is a leaf ribbon that spreads from top to bottom and is embellished with flowers that were colored with the same distress stains. I …

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
My You Tube Magical Year

I can’t believe a year has already passed since I published my first You Tube video tutorial on June 2013. It has been an amazing ride for me, a journey, a learning process and above all an important lesson in self belief. First video http://youtu.be/HI0SEIGuLRI I have been wanting to start doing video tutorials for a long time, but somehow I never found the time, or to be honest, the courage and resolve to take that first step. But the universe has a funny way of taking care of things and a chance (or not) encounter with a fellow designer opened up something in me and I decided to dive in and start Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA. Most watched video http://youtu.be/mErNe9jiXAY There were a few bumps on the way, to say the least, but I was determined to go on. First, I had to figure out how to put my camera in just the right way and to come up with a weekly project. …

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Mixed Media Art Journal Page: AIM

We all have our own aims or goals in life, the trick is not only to set aims for ourselves but to stay focused and determined enough to keep walking on the road to fulfill them. But sometimes it feels like that famous sentence: “Man makes plans and God laughs”. We set goals that we want to achieve but life takes us to completely different directions or is it? Do we set the right goals for ourselves or there is a hidden hand that points the direction we should go to? I think we want things and we set aims to achieve it but at the end of the day if we do what we love, believe in it and in us the universe will take care of the rest. This week’s video tutorial us all about the aims of our lives. I created a motivational mixed media art journal page with a quote that talks exactly about this. My art journal …

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Destiny's Calling: How & Why I started scrapbooking

It all started when I was a little girl. My grandfather used to create a scrapbook for every trip he and my grandmother took. He used to cut the pages and bind them with an embossed cover in the old fashion way by sewing them together. When it was done he glued all the photos in and embellished the pages with postcards, newspaper clippings and even dried leaves. I used to sit on the carpet with an album on my lap and look through the pages imagining I was there with them. My grandfather and younger son When my first son was born my grandfather said “why not make him a scrapbook, an album full of photos?” I was always a crafty person and it sounded like a great idea. That was my first scrapbook. Little did I know it was about to change my life. First page in my son’s Bar Mitzva album The years went by and that baby grew and at …

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Ice Resin Pendants

I’m not a jewelry maker but every now and then I like to play with a little bit of jewelry making. It’s actually kind of easy if you try it. My favorite material to play with is Ice Resin, which is  a 2-part epoxy resin. Part A is the Resin. It has a slightly blue tint and Part B is the hardener. It has a very slight yellow tint. It comes in a plunger that dispenses equal parts of both parts and is really to use. It’s really fun to play with and the only problem, at least for someone like me who likes immediate satisfaction, is that you have to wait a few hours before it’s dry. I made three pendants and tried a few things and techniques. First I tried different mediums to color the resin. Both Perfect Pearls powder and acrylic paint worked very well and blended completely with the resin. You can create different degrees of transparency …

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
One Sheet of Paper: quick projects when time is short

Sometimes time is short and you need a quick project to make as gift, or you want to have fun with some crafty friends and you want to create something easy and fast. And every now and then you simply want to make something cheap but beautiful. Well…I have an idea, use only one sheet of paper to create a variety of pretty and fast projects! Folded Mini Album Create a beautiful mini album by folding a 12X12 cardstock in different directions. Add a few embellishments and photos. Find the full tutorial here. One Paper – Three Cards We all love celebrations, events and birthdays and us crafters always enjoy giving a special card for the event. But can we make cards and save our supplies at the same time? Yes we can…just use one sheet of paper to create three different cards. By cutting a 12X12 double sided cardstock wisely you can increase your paper “real estate” and diversity. Follow the …

Monday, June 9th, 2014
Mixed Media Art Journal Page: Flowers

Creating an art journal page always makes me happy. It inspires me not only when I create it but also afterwards, when I look at the page I created. That’s why I always try to add a quote or a sentence that speaks to me, a sentence that inspires me and lifts me up. This time I added a paraphrase of a quote made by the famous author Hans Christian Andersen who said that Just living is not enough one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower. Well… I changed it a little. After all this is my art journal right? I created the back ground with stencils and a really fun technique called reverse stenciling. I added gesso, Gelatos and stamping. The more layers of color you add to your page the better it will look that’s what I always say. I added big circles with acrylic paint and sponge and smaller circles I created with Gelatos and a …

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