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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 …

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, May 23rd, 2017
How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal

There is a misconception that art journal pages should be busy, with lots of colors and packed with techniques. But I want to show you How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal. An art journal page can be simple and clean with a lot of white space as long as you like it. Here is how you can create such a page in your art journal:     How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal The best material to use in my opinion is water colors. Water colors have a transparent soft look that is perfect for a clean look yet colorful. I didn’t have anything in mind when I started the page. I just took my water brush and started adding color to the page.   Usually at this point I get an idea of how I want to continue. But if I don’t I simply add more color or shapes. Sooner or …

Friday, May 19th, 2017
Imagine Mixed Media Canvas

Hi crafty friends! I’m in the mixed media mood recently and today I want to share a new creation: Imagine Mixed Media Canvas. This canvas was created in the same technique as the last two canvases I shared with you. This technique is one of my favorite because it can transform anything to anything and basically it’s easy to do but its effect is amazing! Imagine Mixed Media Canvas I started with adding texture with modeling paste and a stencil. You can see I also added chipboard corners for extra dimension.     Then I arranged my elements on the canvas. I went for the shabby chic look again with adorned frame and lots of flowers.     You probably guess what’s the next step is… cover everything with gesso. This gives everything the same color more or less and primes all the materials for the next step. When you create a mixed media canvas you use metal, plastic, paper, …

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Vintage Lady Mixed media Canvas

Hi crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a Vintage Lady Mixed media Canvas tutorial. If you know me you’ll probably have the same surprised face my friend made when I created it. I had a wonderful creative day with one of my friends and when she saw what I was doing she had a look of surprise on her face. Why? because this vintage romantic style is completely out of character for me. I usually don’t create projects in this style, at least not recently but I believe that as artists we should always challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zone. This project is exactly that, a step outside my comfort zone! I decided to create something new and use elements that I don’t normally use.        Vintage Lady Mixed media Canvas I started with a blank canvas and added texture with stencil and modeling paste. Then I added pieces of lace and …

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas

Today I want to share with you how to create a Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas. I get asked a lot about how I create these canvases and how I get that crisp rusty look. Well, today I want to share with you some of the products I use to achieve this look and how exactly to create it.     Butterfly Mixed Media Canvas One of the most important steps in creating a canvas like this is to layer the embellishments and create a 3D look. So I started with a layer of chipboard empty squares and added the butterfly on top. The butterfly is the focal point of the canvas so I made sure to create a raised surface from little chipboard squares so The butterfly would be raised above all the other embellishments.     The next step was to add all the embellishments around the canvas. When I create a canvas like this I use all kinds …

Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Art Journal Page: Eyes

Today I’m sharing a photo tutorial on the last page spread in my art journal. This Art Journal Page: Eyes came out really colorful and it was a lot of fun creating it. If you think I drew these eyes well you would be wrong… I printed them.     Art Journal Page: Eyes First I started like I always do. For this page I used a lot of acrylic paints and different patterns of stencils to create a colorful pattern on the page. I try to use small and large patterns with contrasting colors. This way it comes out looking like a big mess but this is how it’s supposed to look. To add even more images that are too small for stencils I use stamps with different colors of ink. Make sure to use permanent ink so it will not react with the paint later.     Next I glued the eyes with gel medium. After that I …

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