A little look at something on my desk I was playing with....Nothing earth shattering. It started like this...I was playing with my Doodle It Dream Landscape stencil from StencilGirl with some Dylusions spray inks. The piece above was one of my rejects for the day...but nothing better than a little stress relieving circle drawing so I got into a meditative state with circles. Now it isn't a reject and I love it! Here is a close-up for you.
Welcome to my inspiration with using Craft Attitude and StencilGirl stencils. I had never used Craft Attitude before so I was excited to try it and then use it with stencils.
I started by using one of Carolyn Dube's "Spark of Art-spriation" that she gives her newsletter subscribers every month to download. I thought it would give me the perfect base layer of color to play with. A BIG thank you to Carolyn for her Spark AND for giving me some inspiration at the perfect time for this project! I also went into my scrapbooking stash and pulled out some canvas embellishments Carolyn and I had bought on a trip a few years ago and I had been hoarding. I believe they are from Technique Tuesday.
I used the directions that came along with the Craft Attitude which told me to print using the mirror image. This is especially important if you have text. I didn't but still did it this way.
After I was done with the paint I added glue stick to the entire page. This was one of the adhesive suggestions on the instructions. It goes right over the printed/painted design.
After I put the glue stick down I cut apart my canvas pieces, leaving the backing on them. I stuck the correct (top) side of the canvas down on the glue stick.
Then time for some cutting around each of the shapes. I still left the canvas backing in place as it is self-adhesive.
I then took off the paper backing carrier from the Craft Attitude. As you can see in the photo above the cool texture of the canvas came through on the surface giving a great texture.
Here is a look at all the pieces after I was done cutting them out. I still kept the backing on the canvas. This way I can be ready whenever I want to stick them down in a project.
Now came the really fun part for me.....the details. I used a variety of StencilGirl stencils (you can see them all listed below) and started to embellish the pieces. Here is a look at them. At this point, I could have gone on forever. The Craft Attitude took the pens and perfectly!
This is a peek of one of the pieces that I pulled back the backing on the canvas from. As you can see, now I have thin pieces of canvas already embellished and ready to use in my projects.
and another fun thing....I had some scraps of the Craft Attitude on my desk that I had tried some other stencils on and some doodling. I stuck them to a paper towel that was sitting on my desk and VERY COOL! I kept these to use on a future piece too!
Just a quick little post to tell you how excited I am about a NEW artist we have over at StencilGirl. Her name is Cathy Nichols and WOW!!!! does she have some FUN stencils to plan with! Not only that, her Encaustic Art is AMAZING!!!! I played with these the other day and I can see using them over and over and over again! SO many elements to choose from in 7 stencils! I wanted to start my Week #2 DLP Documented Life Project--the challenge Gesso. I had prepped my page with DecoArt Black Gesso a few days prior and it was sitting there ready to work with. I am a huge fan of black Gesso and this was the first time I used the DecoArt Media variety. Let me tell you, it DID NOT disappoint! Totally matt (I love that in black Gesso), smooth and didn't show ANY brush marks! LOVE it! Not much of a process to this one. What could be better on black Gesso...well you guessed it! White Gesso!!!! Stencils, Gesso and call it done...well I may add some of my own touches to the page, but for now I just want to look at it like this! You can find these stencils HERE.
I am happy to say that I completed a whole year of of the DLP (Documented Life Project) in 2014. I LOVED it. It brought me back to my scrapbooking days and incorporated mixed media story telling at the same time.
I am determined to keep it up this year!!! As a matter of fact I'm going to do the "new version" of DLP and keep do another version in a Moleskein to match my one from last year.
Okay...my other news...I have a NEW love!!!
Well it really isn't new, but some of the products are.
Well....now I am in LOVE even more with the new Media line of Fluid Acrylics. I can't tell you how excited I was when I played with them. They are like a fine art paint but don't leave that sticky surface on your page. Not matt, not shiny....but somewhere in between.
Here is a little look at what I did with some of the products.
I think took just a few drops of the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and a very wet brush and made a watercolor type wash over the page. It took so little paint to get a rich color.
Let's try that fluid acrylic with a stencil! I picked two of my two new stencil designs from StencilGirlDoodle It Dream Landscape and Doodle It Geometric Landscape and used a make-up sponge with the Quinacridone Violet to stencil bits and pieces of both stencils over the spread. Yes! I'll take a gallon of that color thank you!!!!!
I then added a few more colors of fluid acrylic on the page.
Let's try that Antiquing Cream! I really love how it gave an aged look to my paper and so easy to use. It even has a really great texture.
Last, but not least, I couldn't wait to play with the Liquid Glass!!!! It did not disappoint! Pictures just can't do it justice. I think it dried quicker than any other product like this that I have ever tried.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these products and am SO in love with the paint. I love the size of the smaller bottles too because it makes it easy to travel with which I'm going to do soon!