Showing posts with label Wanderlust. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wanderlust. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Acrylic Galaxy Background with Paper Landscapes - Wanderlust

This month the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is working with Crescent Art Products along with Eileen's new Sizzix collection Paper Flower Party
The Inspiration Team will be focusing on two Crescent Art Products, RENDR paper and Photo Mat Art Board.
RENDR Paper is 100% no-show through.  This means you can ink, stamp, spray, paint and color to your heart’s content with absolutely no bleed through.
Photo Mat Art Board is another fantastic Crescent product being showcased this month.  Photo Mat Art Boards make it easy to create professional quality photo projects with your own artistic style. 
I used both products on my project today. My design was created from the latest class over at Wanderlust - Acrylic Galaxy Background with Paper Landscapes by Jennifer Lee. And I am just THRILLED with how it came out!
I started with an 8"x10" Crescent Photo Mat Board and painted it with black acrylic paint. I wasn't worried about making smooth brush strokes as the idea is to create layers with the paints.
When that layer was dry - I added three more dark colors - I can't give all the details since it was from a class but I'll show you photos.  I sort of pounced the colors on - then you pounce over it all with a damp sponge.
When this layer was dry I added some light colors in soft swirls with a rounder brush, adding black again if it got too light.
then came the stars - some dotted on with a paintbrush and then splattered on with a toothbrush. (toothbrush splatter not shown accept on final photo)
To make the paper landscape I sprayed a piece of RENDR paper with Ranger Distress Spray Stains
And tore strips off to look like mountains, tearing it towards me so the white edge shows.
The beauty of RENDR paper is that nothing you put on one side will bleed through the paper.  Here you can see how even the Spray Stain did not come through on the back.
I embossed a few of the landscape layers using Eileen Hull's new Textured Expressions Embossing Folders - Honey Comb, Daisy Wreath and Basket Weave to add some extra dimension to the landscape.
The Planet Earth photo that I mounted inside the frame opening is from an old school book I had torn up for this Wanderlust class project - I saved some of the photo pages when I tore them out of the book - it was the perfect image for this project!  I white embossed the Bible Verse from Scripture Collection 1 by Our Daily Bread.
I added a die cut easel (Tim Holtz Alterations) to the back so this project could be displayed on a shelf or mantel.
I really love this acrylic galaxy background I learned to paint  - I'm sure I'll be trying this again!
I hope I've inspired you with my project using the Crescent Photo Mat Artboard, the RENDR paper as well as Eileen's new embossing folders!  Please check Eileen's Blog for more ideas from her Inspiration Team all month long!

I'm also linking my project to:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - 2nd Anniversary - #18 Texture

Stamps:  Scripture Collection 1 - Our Daily Bread
Paper:  Crescent Photo Mat Board, Crescent RENDR no show thru paper, chipboard easel - Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Textured Expressions Embossing Folders - Honey Comb, Daisy Wreath, Basket Weave - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint White, Blackberry Violet, Magenta and Sky, Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paynes Grey, Manganese Blue Hue, White Embossing Powder, heat tool, glue stick - Ranger, Ranger Distress Spray Stains Fired Brick, Broken China and Rusty Hinge, sponge, Fine Tip Black Sharpie, White Sharpie Paint Pen, planet Earth photo from old science school book.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Brave Intuitive Painting

Today I'm sharing something very different from what I usually do in my creative life here on the blog!  I made these two abstract contemporary canvases for a Wanderlust Class called Brave Intuitive Painting taught by artist Flora Bowley - and I must say I feel very brave in that I actually created them but not sure how intuitive it was!
Flora used really big canvases 36" x 36" and she hung them on her wall to work on them -  I used smaller 9" x 12" canvases that I had on hand and worked flat on my work table. 
First we were to chose just 3 colors for each canvas.  Three warm colors on one and three cool colors on the other.
Then we were to add 2 cool colors to the warm canvas and 2 warm colors to the cool canvas.
For the next layer we were to add some white
and then some black - I think I over did the black (!)
and finally we were to add one color to each that we 'felt' we wanted to see on the canvas. 
I also added a little bit of a golden yellow color  and a little more white to each canvas.
So here they are all done and in the light of day (finally!)
Flora suggested we turn the canvases around as we were working on them as they can look quite different when looking at them one way or another.
So here is the 'cool' blue one, one way and then turned upside down
and here is the (warm) magenta one in both views
I may or may not ever do something like this again - but I'm glad I stretched myself and gave it a try!  I think if I did them again I'd get better at using a greater variety of brush strokes and not cover up the layers beneath quite so much!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wanderlust Class - Inspiration Art Journal

Week 10 of the year long Wanderlust classes I have signed up for (see side bar) was a class by Karen Michel called "Inspiration- Art Journal". And here is the journal I created from the class.
The pages inside - all different sizes and some have tags stapled onto them
Wrinkled seam tape knotted on the binding cord.
I can't tell you exactly how I made it - as it is from a class - but it involves taking apart an old book, using Mod Podge and cloth material to cover - and creating pages to re-bind inside your book.  Here are photos I took along my creative way:
I'm not sure what I'm going to use my Inspiration Journal for yet -  but it's ready for me when I figure it out!

I absolutely love the colors and patterns on this beautiful cloth that I purchased at Joann Fabric.  I really didn't need to add anything to it - but wanted some kind of title on my journal - and so adhered these Tim Holtz Alpha Parts Phrases that I highlighted with some Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint.

I am learning so many creative things from the Wanderlust Classes -  things I wouldn't be doing if left to my own devices - things I thought I wouldn't be interested in are making me stretch!
You can still join in on the classes - enrollment goes through July - all the classes are on video so you can view them and create from them at your own pace.  Check it all out here:

I'm also linking my journal to:
Anything But Cute: Challenge Earth Day
Recycled book, beautiful floral material

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Two Wanderlust Journal Pages

Today I have two journal pages to share that I made for the Wanderlust Book Prompt challenges.  Every two weeks Kasia has a word prompt for us to inspire a journal page.  I have trouble figuring out what I want to do on journal pages so I got a little behind on the challenges!   So this weekend I was determined to sit down and get the latest 2 done!
For this page the prompt was " What I really want is......."
and I decided what I want at this moment is to travel!
To make this page, I first covered the center of the page with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste.  I didn't layer it on smoothly - leaving some lumps to add texture to the page.  Next I dripped some brown Calligraphy Ink onto the page - pressing on the large drops that pooled at the ends with a paper towel to mop them up.  Then I added lines with a pen nib and black India Ink.  I adhered an Idea-ology Pocket card and Flash Card overlapping on the page.  I drew some squiggles with a brown Neo Color Wax Pastel  on the page and brushed over the marks with a water pen.  To finish my page - I stamped the January stamp from Kasia's new Paper Artsy stamp set, since this prompt was a January challenge.

My second page was made for the Feb 6 Wanderlust Book Prompt "Write a lot, write fast, fill the page"  We have had several classes on using all kinds of pens and markers to journal with and also how to 'scribble' write.
For this page - I first brayered Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Snow Flake paint over most of the page.  Then I brayered a little bit of Paper Artsy Claret and Guacamole Translucent paints on the page.  When that was dry, I wrote some thoughts, writing quickly so it's almost drawing rather than writing - using a Big Brush Dark Indigo PITT artist Penn B.  The things that I wrote are from stamps I have:  In Every Ordinary day there are a thousand miracles; Live by Faith one day at a time; Take joy in today; and Counting My blessings.  I stamped February 3 times in the top corner using Kasia's new stamp set.  My page seemed to need a little something more -  so I took a Hi-Lite yellow marker, dipped the round end of it in some Yellow Oxide Golden Acrylic Paint and 'stamped' the circles randomly adding black dots in the centers with my PITT pen.

I am really enjoying the wonderful Wanderlust on line classes I'm taking.  I'm being challenged to try new areas of art that I either have never done before or have only done a little bit so I'm learning a lot!  I'm already feeling more comfortable doing journaling pages!

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Presence of Wonder

Today I'm sharing a journal page I created for a challenge at the Wanderlust year-long classes I've signed up for.  Along with having a new lesson each Friday by one of many featured artists,  once a month there is a challenge based on something we have learned and there is the opportunity to win some crafty supplies from a sponsoring company!
For this challenge Kasia asked us to look around our homes, at our clothing or on-line to find a pattern that inspired us -  we were not to copy the pattern exactly but be inspired by it.
I was inspired by this Suzani Textile pattern
 (Kasia introduced Suzani Textiles to us in her Lesson last week - and I'll be creating a canvas based on this same pattern as soon as I get a minute!!)
Here is the journal page I created for the February Challenge.  Part of Kasia's lesson was teaching us about different kinds of markers and pens and how they interact with various surfaces - so we also had to use some pens and markers on our design.
First I brushed Gesso over my page, then colored over it with blue and green Neocolor Wax Pastels (they look like crayons).  I then used a water pen to blend the pastels. 
I used white embossing paste with a concentric circle stencil for my 'flowers', coloring over the dry paste with Copics.  I used PTT Faber Castel black pens to draw the borders, stems and leaves and some x's on the dots.  I used a White Acrylic Paint marker on some of the dots as well.
I stamped a crackle background stamp from Impression Obsession randomly over the the page .
and a sentiment from Hand Written Thoughts from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous in the top right corner.
I love all of the new creative techniques I'm learning at the wonderful Wanderlust classes - I'm getting a little more comfortable journaling with each page I make -  you can still sign up (through July 2016) as all of the lessons are downloadable - so you won't miss any of them!