Wednesday, March 9, 2011

She Art Girl #3.....

.......who is technically She Art Girl #2. You see, as I mentioned in my last post, She was Girl #2 from the course, but I finished her last, so now she's #3! LOL! Confused yet?

Anyway, she is my favourite - lots of stamping, my fave colour combo, a bit on the dark side, very "me":

The paper I used for her dress pieces is from Basic Grey. I've had it in my stash for years so it was nice to be able to find something to use it for!

Here is a close up:

I'm much happier with the hair on this one too. ;)

The butterfly wings are from a butterfly in this Darkroom Door stamp set. Her belt is made from German Scrap, and the rub ons are from Daisy D's and Kaisercraft.

Lots and lots of stamping this time around - I have used stamps from Darkroom Door, Stampotique, and Tim Holtz.

One of my favourite parts is the gothic book text in the background. I'm kinda sad though, because someone gifted it to me, and now I have none left! LOL!!

Well that's it from me for tonight! Week 2 of the course has already started, so I'll be back sometime in the next week to share my latest projects! :)

If you'd like to join in on the fun of the She Art Workshop, check out the details here. So. Much. Fun.


She Art Girl #2.

Actually, this is technically She Art Girl #3, however I finished her before #2, and I like #2 better, so I'm sharing this one first! LOL!! :)

This time around I went for a more vintage shabby chic look, with muted browns, pinks, whites, and of course some frills.

Here is a close up:

Her hair ended up looking a bit Princess Leia-ish, but I think it's kinda cute. I want to get better at doing hair though - I need to practice more.

Again, I've used a bunch of rub ons from my stash, and stamps from Darkroom Door, and Tim Holtz. The frills on her dress and knickerbockers are German Scrap.

Such fun I'm having!!

If you'd like to join in on Christy's 3 week She Art Workshop, check out the details here. :)

I'll be back soon with my 3rd girl - and she's! LOL!!


She Art Girl #1.

OK - here she is in all her glory - my first official She Art Girl:

 Just remember I'm new at this! :) She's not perfect, but I like her! And I love the quote because it describes my journey on this She Art Girl course. ;)

Here's a close up:

I loved creating all the different layers - something I'd never really done before and it was so freeing to just let go and create without rulers or rules or limitations.

I even got out the Viva Decor Ferro and stamped into it with my Darkroom Door French Script stamp. Once it was dry I added some white paint and some rub-ons over the top:

I've used lots of paint and inks in the background, and  few different stamps from Darkroom Door and Tim Holtz.

Her belt and boots are made from German Scrap. I've had the rub-ons in my stash for years - I think they're from Kaisercraft and Basic Grey.

If you'd like to sign up to the She Art Worksop, check out the details here.

Thanks for looking!


Enjoying The Process!

I'm currently enrolled in a 3 week online course, run by the very talented Christy Tomlinson called The She Art Workshop. I'm having an awesome time creating something different to my normal style, and learning new ways in mixed media art!

I have to thank my new friend and workmate Kim Price for pointing me in the direction of this course - I'm so glad she convinced me to take the leap and sign up! (Go and check out her blog for her She-Art girls - they're awesome!).

So - in Week 1 we learned all about art mediums, techniques to create our backgrounds, and of course, how to create our "She" girls. My favourite part was the backgrounds - it was so free and adventurous, and so far removed from anything I'm used to!

First we added texture with paper, ephemera etc. Here's what my canvases looked like:

Next we applied all sorts of art mediums like paint, inks, etc, and stamping. SO much fun! Here's what they looked like after Stage 2:

The final task was to add your girls, and decorate the canvas with more stamping, rub-ons, etc etc. I struggled creating the girls, and I'm still not sure how I feel about their "no-face" look, but I'm really happy with how they've turned out! Here is the finished product:

Three very different looks using the same techniques and processes! I was so far out of my comfort zone with these canvases, but I had an awesome time creating them and learned so much! It was fun using up some of the rub-ons I've been hoarding for years too! LOL!!

If you are interested in doing Christy's course, you can sign up here. I highly recommend it! Christy's videos are fabulous - so much info and very easy to follow along. Awesome value for money too.

I'll be back soon to share each one individually in their own blog post so you can see more detail. :)


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Card and a Bookmark!

Hello again!

I've been creating a few bits and bobs lately in between samples for classes, so I thought I'd share them with you!

I bought some new Ranger Alcohol Inks colours for a class I'm teaching in March, so while I had them out I created a "polished stone" background for a quick card. Here it is:

The colours I used for the background were Citrus, Sunset Orange, and Purple Twilight - all from the "Brights" range. To create the background I used my ink applicator tool with all three inks plus the blending solution, dabbed onto white gloss cardstock.

Here is a close up:

The stamps I used were from the Darkroom Door "Artist" stamp set. I stamped them onto the gloss cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.

The squares are actually much closer together in the stamp set, however I cut around them individually so I could spread them out a bit, or use them individually if I wanted to. I used only one cut between each square so that if I ever want to stamp them close together again, all I have to do is piece it together like a jigsaw puzzle.

I inked around the edges of the gloss cardstock with black ink, placed a black brad in each corner, and mounted the background onto a black Bazzill cardstock base. Too easy!

I also made another bookmark, and this time I've used a bunch of new Tim Holtz clear stamps that I bought recently. Here's the front:

I started with a plain white piece of cardstock (2x7") which I inked using Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw Distress inks. I then stamped different stamps by Tim Holtz on the background in Barn Door and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks. I stamped other Tim Holtz images and the quotes over the top using Jet black Archival ink, and the inked around the edges using a sponge dauber.

Here is the back:

Both sides were stuck to a piece of black bazzill cardstock. I punched a hole at the top with my Cropadile, and threaded some red satin ribbon through.

Here are some close ups:

Lots of layers of stamps and ink = lots of fun!!

If you love bookmarks, then you should enter my current Bookmarks challenge over at Inkurable Stampers! The deadline is midnight 12th March, so you still have plenty of time to get an entry in! There has been lots of awesome entries so far - and we'd all love to see more! :)


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My March 2011 Classes at Pages 2 Scrap!

I've been busy creating some fun classes to share with you at Pages2Scrap this month!

ATC Wallet + 5 ATC's.

Saturday 5th March 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. $30 (includes kit).


Thursday 10th March 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. $30 (includes kit).

In this class we'll create 5 Artist Trading Cards, plus a gorgeous little expanding wallet to store them in. We'll be using lots of lovely stamps from Darkroom Door, and you'll learn how to use Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders. Don't worry if you're not into ATC's yet! I'll explain all about them in class, and if you're still not hooked, I'll show you how to use them on card fronts! As well as papers etc, your kit price includes 1 full tub of TH Distress Embossing Powder!


Alcohol Inks Cards.

Saturday 26th March 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm. $38 (includes kit).


Tuesday 29th March 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. $38 (includes kit).

In this class we'll create 4 very bright and striking cards, and I'll show you a fun new way to use your alcohol inks! We'll be using lots of gorgeous stamps from Darkroom Door. As well as papers etc, your kit price incudes 2 x bottles of alcohol ink!


Pearlised Resist Cards Class - REPEAT.

Due to popular demand this class is being repeated! So if you missed out on this class in February, be sure to book in!

Saturday 26th March 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm. $28 (includes kit).

In this class we will make 4  eye catching cards using the Pearlised Resist Technique, and stamps from Darkroom Door.


If you'd like to book into any of these classes, please call Pages 2 Scrap on 1300 664 228 to secure your spot!

I hope to see you there!