Thursday, September 15, 2011

A New She Art Canvas

Remember the She Art Workshop I took a few month's ago?  Well I finally got around to making a girl.  (So far I've only made one boy canvas). This one is for a friend who helped us out with our youth conference and girl's camp this summer.  It's a small canvas (6"x6") and a super fun size to work with!  

I basically copied one of Christy's girls from class.  I loved the layered skirt she taught us to make and I wanted to give it a try.  I love all the dimension you can see on the actual canvas.  It makes you want to reach out and touch it!

I started out with the sky (which is Cerulean Blue Hue Liquitex Acrylic Ink) brushed across the canvas.  Can I just say how in love I am with these inks??  A little bit goes a long way and the colors are so vivid!  They do stain your hands (and anything else they touch) very badly so you'll want to be careful with them.  I had blue fingers for a week!

The grass is made from strips of green patterned paper cut with pinking shears that are layered across the bottom.  They are highlighted with Vivid Lime Green acrylic ink.

The sun is one of the funnest parts to create!  I love all the rub-ons and stamps and colors and doodling!  

I cut the flowers from patterned paper, then highlighted them with Pitt Big Brush Pens and a little doodling.
Then the entire canvas is embellished with paint and stamps and rub-ons and more doodling.  So much fun!!!

Christy Tomlinson is offering a She Art Workshop No. 2 this fall.  She will go more into depth on how to create details on your girls as well as using different mediums on canvas as well as other materials.  Both workshops are on sale for $35 each until October 1st.  After that they will be $44.95.  I'm so excited about this new class!  I needed another reason to get artsy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cindy's Fall Scrapbooking Conference

Wow!  I have totally neglected my blog!  I have lots of fun things to share, but today I will concentrate on my new classes for Cindy's Fall Conference.  I'm not sure if she has her full schedule of classes up yet, but keep checking for updates.

My first class is "Beautiful Life."  This summer I have kind of set my scrapbooking aside and played with art journals and mixed media instead.  It has been so much fun to explore new creative play!  I wanted to incorporate as many mixed media techniques as I could on this layout.  

  I used tinsel glitter, embossing powder, paint, mist, tulle, chipboard, and fabric.  Fun, fun!

Here are some close ups:

 Painted and doodled border.

 Glimmer Mist on a paper doily.

 Tinsel glitter on a chipboard bird.

 Handmade muslin flowers.  To see a tutorial, click here.

Heat embossed chipboard bird with tulle wings.

My second class is actually two one-page layouts.  Here's a look at the first one:

 I did not start this layout with the intention of fitting 14 photos on it.  But that's what ended up happening!  I printed each row of photos as one solid piece for a couple of different reasons.  First of all, it was a lot easier to attach 5 photos to the background instead of 14 small ones.  Secondly, it cut down on "clutter" by eliminating the gaps between each picture.

 Because the layout was filled up with photos, I didn't want to clutter it up with lots of embellishments, so I kept it simple and just added basics like die cuts and buttons.  The exposed white edge of the patterned paper also adds a little contrast.

 This star stamp reminded me of fireworks!  It is heat embossed with Zing embossing powder.

I created a little pocket for my journaling tag and added a sub-title to the front.

Now, here's a look at the last layout.  The big #1 was inspired by a layout that was in the September "My Mind's Eye" newsletter.

 There's a first time for everything and this layout is a fun way to document it.  I used a faux stitching technique that is easy and sewing-machine free! (But you will have to come to class to learn how to do it).  :)

Since this layout is flat, I didn't take any closeups of it.  

I'm excited for conference!  Hopefully I will see some of you there!