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Friday, June 24, 2016

BLOSSOM CANVAS tutorial by Carol

Hello again. Carol here once more...sneaking in a little extra tutorial for this month as I get next month off! Today I'll show how I produced this pretty framed canvas.

I started with a 5x7 canvas board which I'd painted with black gesso. Using the Weaving and Square Links stencils I added detail to the corners with texture paste.

Once dry I dry brushed some hint of mint acrylic paint over the board, adding a second coating over some parts.

Then it was time to add some more texture using various stamps from the Mixed Media Elements set using Archival ink.

Using the same stamp set I did some heat embossing with white detail EP and silver Metal Magic.

My sentiment came from the Blossom like a Butterfly set, stamped onto tissue paper and heat embossed with black detail EP then applied with medium gel.

To finish I stamped and heat embossed two butterflies onto card and fussy cut and after adding additional colour attached them with silicon gel. Using the Flutters and Splatters stencil I added some smaller butterflies with ink and Radiant Gel.

Love all the textures and dimension on this canvas...the frame was a cheap one from the local DIY store.

I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial and hope you'll join me again next time.

Products used:
ARTplorations: Weaving, Square Links and Flutters and Splatters (large) stencils
STAMPlorations: Mixed Media Elements and Blossom like a Butterfly stamps

Gesso, Texture Paste, Acrylic Paint, Archival Ink, Embossing Powder, Metal Magic, Medium Gel, Radiant Gel.

Monday, June 20, 2016

ART FRAME tutorial by Asmah

Hi there! It's me Asmah once again and this is my last tutorial for the term that I would like to share with you today.
I used basic ingredients to start with and wrapped up with butterfly and sentiment as always.
Let's get started, shall we. 
I used wooden frame and took off the glass and backing sheet to replace it with sturdy chipboard cut into the size of the glass and place the backing sheet once again.
Gesso was applied all over the surface and let dry.
 I gathered some paper straws, twine, gauze and kraft paper to adhere on the front to create patterns and texture.
 A layer of gesso was applied all over the top once again and dried with heat gun.
 Next step is to apply modeling paste through crisscrossed ARTplorations stencil randomly around the frame.
 This is how it looks like after it is completely dried.
 My favorite step of all is always coloring process. It takes so much layering of colors, spritzing and color changes until I get true satisfaction towards the end.
 As you can see here, I have added sentiment from STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set and stamped a butterfly from Trendy Butterflies stamp set.
 And here's a little close up. 
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy tutorial today.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your time.

Hugs and smiles,

Friday, June 17, 2016

LEFTOVER TAGS tutorial by Kim

Hi Kim here!

Today I have a quick tag to share with this step by step! Don't know about you but I have lots of gelatin plate prints in my stash. Many for different reasons, some are too pretty and I don't want to cover them up and some I just didn't like the results. But, of course! I could not toss them in the trash haha

Step 1
Gather prints and I used a manila folder to cut a 'tag' from.

Step 2

Without thinking much on it, start to tear up pieces to fit into your tag, canvas or card substrate. Stash bust, not keep :)

Step 3

Small space I settled on 4 main torn 'chunks'. Attach with matte medium or whatever collage medium you prefer, once you have a basic arrangement set. Let dry. When I use a  manila tag, I coat the backside as well with matte medium, I finds it helps so the paper doesn't buckle and warp as much.

Step 4

Embellish the top layer with your favorite stencil. Here I used ARTPlorations Bloom Factory with some white acrylic paint.

Step 5

If you coat the surface with matte medium, you have a bit of time to wipe away any marks you just stenciled. Likewise, if you don't like the stenciling at all, wipe it all away and try something else or another stencil or color.

I wiped away some messy marks at the top.

Step 6 

Stamp some more fun stuff on top. I used Stazon so it would dry easily on top of the matte medium.
The butterfly stamp is from the STAMPlorations TRENDY BUTTERFLY set. The butterfly fits into the shape on the ARTplorations Flutters and Splatters Large stencil. 

Step 7 

More butterfly marks and words from Trendy Butterfly. The words Create and Art are from the ARTplorations Fearless Large stencil.

Edge the tag with a paint dauber. 


Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 13, 2016

WATERCOLOUR TAGS (with brushos) tutorial by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

It's Susanne writing today and I wanna give you step by step instructions for these two watercolor tags. I used one of my Brusho backgrounds. I love to play with these awesome powders.

1. Create a background with Brusho powders. I alternate in adding water with a spray bottle and Brusho pigments until I am happy.

2. I have a homemade tag stencil with which I can choose where to cut my tags from.

3. I ended up with these two backgrounds:

4. To add some texture to them I use the ARTplorations stencils Nestled CirclesSquare Links and
Tribal Swirl. Instead of adding any color through the stencils, I only add water with a spray bottle.

5. Remove the stencil and let the color react with the water. Dab it off with a paper towel. You'll end up with some pretty ghosting textures.

 6. My background is not done yet. I add some splatters for more interesst.

7. Now it's time to stamp the main images and the titles. I use black pigment ink together with the Small Birds and the Large Hummingbird stamp set.

8. The sentiments are from the Font Expressions 2 and Follow Your Arrow sets.

 9. Finally I color the images. I use Pastel Pencils for the first one...

... and colored pencils for the second.

Thank you for stopping by today!!!
xx Susanne.

Products from STAMPlorations:
Small Birds - The Bee's Knees
Large Hummingbird
Font Expressions 2
Follow Your Arrow

Products from ARTplorations:
Nestled Circles
Square Links
Tribal Swirl

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