Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hey, Handsome!

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has a hard time with cards for the guys.  It seemed like a good idea to try my hand at it for Kathi's challenge over at the SDC blog.

'Eric' is one of my go-to stamps.  Love this guy!  I gave him a festive party hat to get him in the mood.  The bottom border is a piece of gelli print I had in my stash and I used a piece of washi tape to ground him a little more.  Sprinkles of Distress stains (in masculine colors, of course) dot the background. 

My bro-in-law's birthday is coming up next month.  I'm all ready to go - woo hoo!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gel Skins

Gel Skins.  The term kind of creeps me out.  For some reason it reminds me of being a kid and getting totally sunburned.  A few days later my oldest sister would delight in peeling away strips of skin from my back.  I know. Gross, right?  Sorry.  Didn't mean to creep anyone out - just a little stream of consciousness blogging...

Back to (gulp) gel skins.  I didn't really get it when I saw people talking about them but when I took a mixed media class and saw how easy they are to make I was hooked.  I really like the translucent effect and how you can fold them on top of each other to get ripples and the like.  Summer is coming...beachy art is on the horizon.

I made these ATCs for a technique swap and used gel skins for a watery effect.

I kind of feel like something is missing on the seahorses but can't decide what.  Words?  I usually add a word or words to my ATCs so that must be it.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

On Gossamer Wings

I went on a wee bit of a spending spree a few weeks ago.  Amongst my other splurges was a batch of butterflyish delights from Rubber Dance stamps.  I used one on this ATC.

I need to work on honing my photography skills.  I tried (I dare say, unsuccessfully) to capture the shine on her wings and 'coat'.  I painted Perfect Pearls on her wings (Biscotti all over and Mint along the edges and lines) and then some Olive Vine Glimmer Mist on her coat.  It looks so pretty in real life.  Sigh...

I'm adding this to the Rubber Dance spring challenge, too.  Yay, Spring!

Freaky Little Thing

Why, yes she is!

I've had some untouched, unmounted red rubber from VLVS sitting on my desk for several weeks.  You see, I had run out of EZ Mount and my local store had as well.  I try to buy local - I like the idea of supporting small business and especially artsy/craftsy brick and mortar small business.  I just couldn't take it anymore though and finally ordered the stuff online.  I was turning into a freaky little thing myself having these staring at me!

I used bright, spring colors to create my little beasty girl.  I'm going to enter her in the Rubber Dance spring challenge for this month.

Oh, beautiful and funky stamps!  I love you!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Is this Grungy?

I hope so.  That's what I was aiming for, but it's been so long since I've done anything artsy that I'm not sure I trust my gut.  I made this to trade in a grunge-themed ATC swap.

Hope she likes it!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

She Was Beautiful Art Journal Page

There is a big stack of gelli prints sitting on my desk waiting to be used.  I grabbed one of them to start this art journal page.

I thought I was going to use the print as the skin for my girlie (and then black out the rest) but it didn't work out that way.  I don't typically 'do' drawing and painting so it was good to stretch the ol' comfort zone and try my hand at it.  I found the quote on my Well Said pinterest board.  I love going there for inspiration.

Happy Arting!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Gettin' Jiggy with my Gelli

Last week I saw some cool post in my blog wanderings that inspired me to get my gelli plate out.  The Muse has been a bit quiet and I haven't been 'feeling it' so it was fun to just get messy.

I don't love all of these. In fact I don't love MOST of these.  They will go into my stash though to be reworked at a later date. 

However some of the papers insisted on being reworked immediately.  Inspired by a recent post on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog, I got out my watercolor crayons, some paint and found objects and got to work further embellishing some gelli'd papers.

And now for some close-ups:

I don't use metallics very often but I thought these needed the oomph.  Bronze and gold paints and markers did the trick.

Back into the stash they go until I figure out what the next step on their adventure is.  Have a fabulously creative day!