Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Playing with paint

Hello, friends!  January is almost over and the month-long partnership between Altered Pages and Deco Art is winding down.  My post today is just me playing with some embellishments.  First, a vintage image from one of the Young Lovers Valentine collages.

I wanted to use this plain chipboard frame and white cardstock and I didn't have anything in my collection already the right color.  The frame and back panel were painted with Deco Art Flesh Tone acrylic paint to match the collage art.

I'm no stranger to altering embellishments.  I use painted and inked paper flowers and chipboard all the time.  Today I thought you might like to see some of the other items that I have painted using my Deco Art acrylic paints.

Brads and swords - plain and painted, side by side.
So go out and play with your paint.  It doesn't always have to be a journal or canvas!  Just have fun. 

Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 23, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Romance

Hello again!  The season of romance is upon us.  Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away and I have a canvas today to get us into a romantic mood.  As you all know, the Altered Pages Design Team has been playing with all sorts of Deco Art products this month.  Today I've used crackle paste, antiquing medium, matte varnish and a gorgeous floral stencil.  Combine them with a lovely Altered Pages Young Lovers Valentine collage, some paper flowers and other embellishments and I have a vintage-looking canvas!

If you're interested in seeing the Snapguide tutorial, please pop on over to the Altered Pages Artsociates blog and check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate all of the support and comments everyone shares with me.  Until next time...Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Four Cards from a Single Canvas II

Hi everyone!!  I belong to several art groups on Facebook.  From time to time there are challenges for members to play and the latest one I have done is for Girls, Giggles, Glitter and Glue.  The challenge was to use tools to create a project.  Here is my entry in a Snapguide tutorial.  I hope you like it.

Check out How to Use Canvas on Greeting Cards II by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.

Be sure to check back later this month.  I'm working on another fun project for Altered Pages Artsociates and I can't wait to share it with you!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Four Cards from a Single Canvas

Hello and Happy New Year!!!  Back on December 3rd I was the lucky winner of Tracy Verdugo's book Paint Mojo.  I was thrilled!  And look, Tracy even signed it for me!  What did I have to do to win?  Simple...I just commented on a post over at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog! 

Today I'm sharing four cards I made with the creative prompt in the first exercise in the book.  The first Paint Mojo exercise deals with symbols.  Have you noticed any recurring themes in your art?  For me it's plaid.  My cousin calls me The Plaid Girl because when I first started making cards most of them had plaid scrapbook paper for backgrounds.  I wear plaid, too.  It could be the Irish ancestry!  I decided to make that my symbol for this project.

Artists are pretty lucky these days when it comes to finding different types and sizes of canvas.  There are traditional wood frame canvases, canvas boards, canvas books and you can even get it on a roll and make one of your own.  On a recent trip to a local art store I found some that are stick-on.  Because this canvas is as thin as heavy card stock I knew it would be easy to cut into panels to turn this canvas into greeting cards.  The thought of working with paint used to frighten me, but journaling has let me practice in a very personal way and lately it is my go-to medium.
I have a Snapguide tutorial for this project.  This project posted on the AP blog on 1/9/15.  Click on this photo to visit Altered Pages Artsociates for more details on these cards.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you all have a wonderful 2015 full of health and happiness.  Please come back again to see more projects that I hope will inspire you to go and create!