Archive for Multi-Media Art

Simply Create Too – Challenge #151 – July 5 to July 26 – AG/Opt Twist Use Pattern Paper

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This month at Simply Crete Too, the design team is looking for a project that uses patterned paper. My little grandson just celebrated his 6th birthday. When he was born I made him a lovely picture for his wall using the saying “what are little boys made of.” Fast forward 6 years, and he feels it is a little too “baby” for him. So me, in my wisdom, told him I would make him a new picture, I problem, I asked him what he would like. His immediate response was Black Panther!. OMG, how do I do a 3D picture of BP? Well, I search the web and was able to purchase an SVG file of the Black Panther character, one of Africa and one of the BP script. Hours later I put it all together-never again!

I found fabulous 12 x 12 leafy patterned paper for the background. I cut all my main images using my Cricut Explorer Air. I welded the BP logo on the map of Africa and cut it out approximately 7″ tall from a map patterned cardstock. I backed the logo with black cardstock then added it to the background using one layer of foam tape so start the 3D effect. Because the Cricut will not cut edge to edge on the 12 x 12 mat, I created a grass border frame 11 x 11 and layered it on the background using 2 layers of foam tape. Next, I added Black Panther figure with 3 layers of foam tape. For the final steps, I added various die cut leaves from my collections of die -Memory Box, MFT, Penny Black, SSS.

The Black Panther SVG was my first attempt at a multi-layered image. I think the SVG was designed more for a t-shirt then for my purpose and the details were extremely hard to do. I had problems with glue showing as I had to lift and reposition lines multiple times. To resolve the issue, I sprayed it with semi-matte lacquer. After 3 coats it covered the glue.

I also made Brock’s birthday cards using the same BP character but I printed the image on my colour HP printer and layered it on the Africa cut. He loved it. If you have any questions, please email me for more details.

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Birthday Invitation

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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 508 – 4th of April – Inspired by a Song

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The C.R.A.F.T. Design Team is looking for a project inspired by a song. With St. Patrick’s Day just passed, I was listening to the Irish Rovers. One of my favourite songs is their Unicorn Song. Yesterday was my honorary granddaughter’s Fourth birthday. Her theme was “Unicorn Princess”. I racked my brain for ideas because I wanted to make her something extra special. I ended up with a Unicorn Princess paperscape shadowbox. For the base of the picture I used Dreaming Tree’s, For Mom SVG Bundle and added the Unicorn Princess SVG from Printable Cuttable Creatables. All the papers, gems, pearls, were from my stash. The shadow box was picked up when Hobby Lobby had their buy one get one free sale. Everything was cut with my Cricut Explore Air and Design Space. I did cut 4 sets of eyelashes and doubled them up for more dimension. My granddaughter loved it. She loves her bling! Note: It was hard to photograph as the picture was behind glass.

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Jo-El’s 4th Birthday Party Dress!

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C.R.A.F.T. – Challenge 391 – 24th of November – Not a Card

DTbadgeI recently took a series of weekend classes with Keren Tamir, Prima Instructor & Designer. During the two days of workshops hosted by SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals. London, ON – Keren introduced us to a variety of multi-media products from gel paste to watercolour oil pastels to prima mica sprays. I created a scrapbook page, cards and tags, and finally a wall canvas. The examples below are samples of Keren’s canvases, but she encouraged us to do our own thing.

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I opted to make my canvas using three geckos vs trees. We started with cutting up card stock and glueing it to the canvas using Prima’s Soft Matte Gel. (similar to Modge Podge but much better). This gives the canvas added texture, and it is a great way to use up that ugly card stock in your stash! Once dry, we painting the canvas using Prima’s Heavy White Gesso. It was pretty quick drying. To colour the background wed used the Prima Watercolour Oil Pastels. This product is amazing. I have Tim Holtz’s new Distress Crayons, but this product is amazing to work with, and when you add water…WOW! While the colour dried, I drew up 3 geckos and a spiral sun. I cut them out of book pages, then glued them to the canvas. To add more texture, we added mica powder to Prima modeling paste, and used a couple of different stencils. We also inked various areas. I used a honeycomb patterned stamp. I edged and blending more of the oil pastels around the edges of the geckos and sun to make it pop! The final step was to add a sentiment and highlight it using a Sharpie.gecko

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Multi Media using Gelli Plate Backgrounds

I am currently visiting a friend in London, Ontario. One of my favorite craft suppliers is SGD – Scrappin’ Great Deals, and the owner, Sheila suggested that I come down and take a multi-media class with guest artist – Karen Ellis from The Art House Studio.

We spent the first part of the class learning how to make our own papers using a Gelli Plate. While I was not so sure about this technique, it soon became very additive. Next we tore up shapes (flower petals, leaves, vase, background strips) using the papers we created. The final step was to arrange and glue down the papers to create a multi-media painting.

Here is my final result:

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Poppies with Heather Telford

I had another opportunity to take a class with Heather Telford. The class she had for us this week was a watercolour “square”. We made a tag first to test the technique, then we took on the finally project. Both were both fabulous! I am an absolute “Heather” fan. Check out her blog, and the Penny Black Designer Team blog to see her works!

If you are ever in the Ottawa area, check out taking one of her classes! She is a wonderful teacher.

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Note: I did not discuss the “how to” techniques of the project out of respect for the teacher. This project was based on Heather Telford’s work and taught to us by her in a classroom environment. The stamp is called Poppy Gems by Penny Black.