Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My She Art projects

I have been wanting to explore mixed media more and try to over come my fears of using a canvas.  I think it stems from worrying about the cost of a canvas, which isn't very much, but thinking I might ruin it.  Well, I jumped in with two feet and I was so excited, I actually started three canvases. This was all due to Christy Tomlinson's She Art Workshop.  Here are the first three canvases from two different stages.  The first stage was bacground papers, ink or molding paste and the second stage was adding additional paint and rubber stamping.
Left: papers and a little paint. Right: additional white paint and red dots. 

Left: tissue paper and Tim Holtz tissue tape, plus two double sided swirl stickers. Right lots of added paint and textures.

Left: spray ink and stencils (some by Tim Holtz). Right: added paint scraped over molding paste dots and some added stamping.

I just couldn't get enough of making these backgrounds, so I found a chipboard book and began adding papers and paint to these shapes.  I really like how a different shape changes the whole look of the "canvas".
I should have some finished items to show soon.  Check back soon!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Matthew's Baby Shower

Over the Christmas holidays I saw my dear friends Mark and Sonya who were expecting their first child in March.  I wanted to make them a keepsake for the baby and offer to make their shower invitations since my family was co-hosting the event.  They were very excited and showed me a picture of their bedding. I wanted to keep the design of the invitations and the frame as similar as possible, but change them enough to avoid copying exactly.  We were all very happy with the results.  After making the invitations and the keepsake frame, I also designed and created a "Welcome Baby" banner and table decorations. (Thanks mom for your help!)  I was REALLY excited when I was able to get the Silhouette to cut out the designs I had created.  Here are a few pictures of my project.  Enjoy! 

Background created with chalk and torn paper.  Dragonflies by Stampendous. All other images drawn by Julie Mogford.

Silhouette Die Cutting Machine used to cut all parts of the banner and strung with orange grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up!

Same elements from the banner glued to skewers and placed in sand to keep upright.  Green tulle ribbon final touch.