Friday, July 25, 2014

My Heritage - The Farm Journal Page

I saw a beautiful Journal cover on the Stampington blog. It was gorgeous!
I decided to give the idea a bit of my own twist.
I tried my hand at this concept on a small journal layout first using black gesso and then white gesso in the middle section.
When dry I added various colors of paint. First try with gelatos proved not so good...I wiped it all off.
Second shot was watercolor crayons...and 3rd was water soluble oil pastels...they all were too light and watered out for me.
Last I tried Claudine Hellmuth's acrylic Studio paints and liked the outcome better, and I added some Fresco translucents over that. It is MUCH brighter than the original artist's, but it's alright.
The White Gelly Roll pen whites beautifully on the black gesso...just like a chalkboard.
The "Blue" looks almost black in the jar, but is extremely bright on the White gesso, and the Yellow wasn't bright enough for me.  But.......alas, this is somewhat how I remember sunsets on my Grandparents farm in the middle of God-forsaken Nebraska during my childhood.
My Mother's people were Homesteaders from Sweden and received a parcel of land from the government for free if they stayed, build a home, and farmed the land. One uncle collected all sorts of prairie barbed wire that I'm reminded of with the white pen markings on the right.
Life was very hard in the middle of Nebraska. They saw the Dust Storms and the Depression, crops decimated by hail and insects. But there was the homemade pies, sweet green tea, corn on the cob, and tomatoes with sugar to remember, too.
So this isn't a masterpiece by any means, but the stamps look exactly as I remember the farmhouse, the trees and the windmill on Mockingbird Hill.
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Products Used:
Artistic Outpost - The Outpost Stamp Set
Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen - White
Ranger - Archival Ink - Jet Black

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Little Sunrise Sunset Mixed Media Collage

I LOVE all things Finnabair.
Having said that, I decided to do another project using her Mechanicals, Stamps, and Papers.

I started with a piece of 3 1/2 x 5 3/4 inch black matboard. I glued the Sunrise-Sunset paper on and trimmed. Then I added a bit of color with Distress Inks.
I had already cut and sprayed these really cool Love Gears by Prima a few days ago, hoping for some time to play with them on a project. They're cut from dark brown paper and sprayed with several colors of Perfect Pearls Mists.
They turned out really cool, IMHO! 

Then I took 4 different colors of Archival Inks and applied the colors to different sections of the background stamp.
The result is a new layer of several's all about the layers, people!
Add the Prima Engraver Linen Tape across the bottom as a base.

The Rose from the talented Finnabair is beautiful in and of itself, but I added Teal Zircon and Boysenberry Silks Glaze. The center is a silver 6 sided brad.
This detail shot shows the stamping with Orange Blossom and Jet Black Archival Inks using the Sunrise Sunset stamp collection.

I added several Junkyard Findings and the extra Hearts that get punched out using the Love Gears Die. The center of the flower needed more color, so I changed it out and also added some waxed linen tread to the wooden button.
I absolutely LOVE all the metal embellishments that are glued around the Vintage Clock Face. Add a few Numerals to fill in the spots.
The pen marks are made with a Royal Blue Gelly Roll Glaze pen...I know it looks black, but its really a very dark blue.
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Prima Products Used:
Metal Findings - Finnabair- Mechanicals - Roses, Sunrise Sunset - Mechanicals - Numbers1",
 Mini Numbers .5" to .75",  Mini Roman Numerals, Vintage Clock Face  Small, Mini Brads

Prima - Junkyard Findings - Bolts & Nuts Nail Heads, Screw Heads Special Screws

Stamps - Mixed Media Doll Stamp - Floral Texture Background 4" x 6", Sunrise Sunset - 2.5" x 3" Clear Stamp #2,

Paper - Sunrise Sunset - 6" x 6" Paper Pad 48 sheets.

Dies - Sizzix - Bigz Die - Love Gears by Prima

Also used - Gelly Roll Glaze Pen-Royal Blue,  Silks Acrylic Glaze, Prima-Engraver Linen Tape and Brads, a Wooden Button, and Small Gears.