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Friday, July 21st, 2017
Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a different creation that I call: Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas. The reason it’s different is that it’s weird, unusual and some would say spooky or even ugly.It is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea but I sometimes like creating these strange pieces of art. I would love to know waht you think…      Steampunk Girl Reverse Canvas This piece started with a canvas I reversed and covered with tissue paper and then sprayed with very light colors. That was the frame for the girl, angel or ghost, you decide. BTW this is the fun part of art when every one sees something different! I created the steampunk girl from an old doll I had. I took out her legs, cut off all her hair and painted her with white gesso. Then I made her a wire skirt with a metal top. and added steampunk pieces to her head, …

Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Explore, Adventure, Discover Canvas Tutorial

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you my new creation Explore, Adventure, Discover Canvas Tutorial. This mixed media canvas was inspired by the Explore, Arrows challenge on More Than Words blog. But instead of just creating a canvas I’m also treating you to a tutorial on how I made it.   Explore, Adventure, Discover Canvas Tutorial The words Explore and the arrows motif gave me the idea of creating a landscape with an arrow sign pointing in different directions. But instead of pointing to a destination the arrows point to words. The first step is to find textures to add to your canvas. I used lace, gauze and a drier sheet. I glued them to the canvas and also added different size stones. The texture is supposed to be the ground and the rest of the canvas will be the sky.     The next step was to start adding color.  I used sprays as the …

Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Let Your Heart Set Sail Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you my new creation: Let Your Heart Set Sail Mixed Media Canvas. Is it clear I’m in a summer mood? Personally there isn’t a lot I like about summer because it’s hot and humid, at least here. But One thing I do love…the sea. The colors of the water, the sand, the wind, the seashells…it’s all magical to me.     Let Your Heart Set Sail Mixed Media Canvas This canvas was inspired by the Lindy’s Stamp Gang June Challenge. I used two of the colors in the challenge.       First I sprayed the canvas with colors of sea and sand. I used the South Shore sand and other yellow shades for the beach and Shabby Turbine Teal  along with other teal and blue shades for the sea and skies. Then I added texture with pieces of gauze I sprayed with the sand and water colors. The next step …

Sunday, June 18th, 2017
LOVE Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! I have a new project to share with you. It’s a LOVE Mixed Media Canvas I created with the photos of my husband and boys. I was inspired by More than Words June challenge that seems to be created just for me: Father and Steampunk.   LOVE Mixed Media Canvas It’s clear that this theme is totally me so I just had to create something. I usually create mixed media canvases in a steampunk style without photos, so my problem was how to incorporate photos in this canvas. I decided that close up photos would be the best but I had to cut them from different photos so the colors didn’t match. So I first turned them into black and white photos and after I printed them on regular, not photo paper I want over them with a few colors of distress ink to give them the same color as the metal.      The creation process …

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Steampunk Angel Notebook Cover Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends! I have definitely found a new favorite thing to create: notebook covers. Today I want to share with you my new Steampunk Angel Notebook Cover tutorial. Notebook covers are usually so boring so why not add a little embellishment and color to them. This way you are not only creating something beautiful, you’re creating something useful!     Steampunk Angel Notebook Cover Tutorial Some of you might think that it doesn’t really look like an angel or even as a human, but I love her/him. This is what art is all about… no regular rules apply here. You can create a body that doesn’t look like a body, an image that is male or female or both with no hands but with wings and it’s ok. It’s beautiful, it’s interesting, it’s ART!     When I work with metal parts or other embellishments I ususally cover them with gesso, like I did in previous projects. But this …

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
How to Create an Art Journal Page with Texture

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you How to Create an Art Journal Page with Texture. I get a lot of questions about texture in art journaling. The problem with art journaling is that unlike a canvas you can’t really add very bold texture or you will not be able to close your journal. However, having said that, you absolutely can and should add texture to your pages!     How to Create an Art Journal Page with Texture First I want to explain the term texture. Contrary to what you might think there are TWO types of texture: texture you can feel with your fingers or tactile texture and the other kind is visual texture, the texture you can see with your eyes. Most of the texture we add to art journaling pages is visual: patterns of all kinds, layers of color, images and bold shapes. However, it is possible to add tactile texture too, …

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
Steampunk Altered Box Tutorial

Hi dear crafty friends! How long can I go without creating a steampunk project? Apparently not long! Today I’m sharing my Steampunk Altered Box Tutorial. I’m surprised how versatile steampunk can be because it seems like all steampunk projects are the same but I always find new ways and embellishments to add so each project will look different.     Steampunk Altered Box Tutorial One important principle of creating a steampunk project in the way I do it is to cover the surface you’re working on with black gesso. Since you’re going to have a dark color scheme the best background will be black and not white.     After the box is dry I like to add texture with modeling paste and stencils. Then I arrange all the embellishments on the box. Try to give the elements height by adding pieces of chipboard. If all the elements are at the same height your project will look a little flat …

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