abstract obsession

abstract obsession

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PaperArtsy GD Day #3 - Fresco + Finnabair Large Canvas


I hope you've been enjoying the tutorials over the past two days over on the PA blog.  If you missed them click HERE for an altered manila file folder tutorial, and click HERE for a quick hanging canvas trio tutorial.

Today, I'll be working on a large canvas and using PaperArtsy fresco chalk paints, my new stamps, and LOTS of embellishments done Finnabair style!  Here's a sneak peak...

Click HERE to head over to the PA blog for the full tutorial.  See you there!

~ ellen.

Monday, April 14, 2014

PaperArtsy GD Day #2 - Hanging Canvas Trio


I'm back again today with another tutorial over on the PaperArtsy blog!  Today we'll be working on a hanging canvas trio, using  fresco finish chalk paints and some of my new stamps with PaperArtsy!   Here's a sneak peak of what we'll be working on...

Click HERE to head over to the PA blog to see the full tutorial.  See you there... and I'll be back again tomorrow for my last project.

~ ellen.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PaperArtsy GD Day #1 - Fresco Folder Tutorial


I'm back with my first project on the PaperArtsy blog this month (which, sadly, will be the last month of my Guest Designer semester for PA, but don't worry I'll still be doing projects from time to time).  As you know, I've developed an obsession with altering manila file folders, and thought it would be cool to show a tutorial on how I build up the layers of paint and texture, using some of my new stamps!  

In case you missed my last post (15 minutes ago...) I've got two new stamp sets with PaperArtsy!  Here they are!

Here's a sneak peak of the finished folder - please click HERE to head over to the PA blog for the full tutorial!

See you over there!  And I'll be back tomorrow with another fun project.  

~ ellen.

New Mixed Media Stamps with PaperArtsy

Hi everybody!

I'll be back on the PaperArtsy blog for the next three days, and there's a big surprise waiting there!  But you know I can't keep my big mouth shut for something this good... maybe you've guessed it already... but I've got two new stamp sets available with PaperArtsy!

This time, rather than doing more hand-carved stamps, I mixed it up a bit and did two sets of mixed media markings, using lines and circles.  Here's the first set, EEV05... Lines... there are some painty markings, scribble lines, cross-hatch lines, and some lines with dotty accents.

And here's set EEV06... Circles... we've got jumbo bubble wrap, grungy grid texture, dotty circle texture, circles with jagged edges, rows of washers, and a mystery texture at the bottom... any guesses on what made that shape/texture?  They almost look like weird one-eyed sea creatures to me, but it will make great border or accent texture.

I use these types of markings all the time in my mixed media/abstract work and they add that perfect touch of texture to any project.  I'll be posting my first project on the PaperArtsy blog today, and will be back on Monday and Tuesday with two more projects to share.  Be sure to stop by to check them out.  I'll have sneak peaks here and full tutorials on the PA blog.

Let me know what you think - I love the feedback.  See you real soon!

~ ellen.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ATC's from Manila File Folder


I've been at it again, making ATC's, building up my stash.  Good news on that front - my program proposal at work has gotten preliminary approval!  So He[Art] Cards is looking good!  All these ATC's will eventually get messages of encouragement and be given to people who have seen some bumps on the road of life.  Fingers crossed that it gets the final green light soon.

This set of ATC's started as another altered file folder, but it just got too busy and detailed so I decided to turn it into ATC's instead, and BOY - a whole folder makes a lot of ATC's!  Here's a small group of them...

I started by painting the entire folder with distress paints and then used the "Scales" stencil by Finnabair to create a pattern over the entire background.  Then I added lots of collage papers - dictionary papers as well as painted stamped collage papers - and of course some stamping using my Eclectica stamps with PaperArtsy - see links on the "My Stamps" page.  I used stamps from EEV01, EEV02 and EEV03.

Here are some close ups:

Hope your week is off to a good start.  See you soon!

~ ellen.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Collaborative Art Journal Cover


Last weekend I got together with two of my best art friends, Patti Tolley Parrish and Donna Walsh. We try to get together once a month to just be together and make art.  On Saturday, Patti was super excited because her new line of stencils was just released with iStencils (fabulous designs!) and Donna shared an amazing story of how her latest creations were inspired.  The BEST part of both of those things is that, because we were together, and sharing our art with each other, I was able to create the most amazing cover for a new journal I put together that day!

I was making pages for a new art journal by taking sheets of manila and painting them on both sides with a variety of paints - just scraping the paint on with an old credit card and blending different colors together and over each other - in other words - unadulterated painty messy FUN with no thought involved!  Perfection!

A created backgrounds for all my pages using my stamps... here are a few of the pages...

Once I had all my pages made, I scored each page down the center and gathered them into three signatures of three pages each - so nine pages (front and back) in total. And then did a cover using a manila folder using the same scraped paint technique.

I sewed the signatures into the cover, and then started working on the cover.  I started by stamping the scratchy rectangle shape from my EEV02 stamp set (see the "My Stamps" page for links to retailers in both the U.K. and the U.S.).  I used archival ink for the stamping.

Then I added a strip of old collage paper to the top and the bottom.... here's where the collaboration began.... Donna had been showing us these *amazing* things she had been making using Yupo paper and alcohol inks, with some stamping on top.  Seriously *stunning*!!!  And she gave me one!  Well.... it just so happened that the colors were absolutely perfect for the cover of my journal!

AND... Patti was super duper generous and gave us each a few of her new stencils to play with, and this one - Dangles was also just *perfect* for the cover!  

So... My stamps + Patti's stencils + Donna's art = Gorgeousness!

I'm so thankful to have awesome arty friends close by.  Nothing better than spending the day making art with people who just "get it"... life is good!

See you soon....

~ ellen.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

PaperArtsy Day 3 - Art Journal Page with Video - Part 3


Thank you so much for all your lovely feedback - it means a lot to me!  I'm back again today to wrap up the video series on the creation of an art journal page over on the PaperArtsy blog.  

Here's a look at the finished page... hope you liked following along as I created it.

Today I'll be showing you how I do my lettering, as well as a little bit of work with paint pens.

Thanks again for following along... see you soon!

~ ellen.

Monday, March 17, 2014

PaperArtsy Day 2 - Art Journal Page with Video - Part 2


Welcome back!  Today I'm sharing Part 2 of the creation of an art journal page for the PaperArtsy blog.  Here's another sneak peak...

Today we'll be working on the collage, using some of my new stamps on Fresco painted papers, as well as some vintage maps.  

For Part 3, click HERE.  Thanks for watching!

~ ellen.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

PaperArtsy Day 1 - Art Journal Page with Video


It's that time of the month again.... (haha)... I'm back on the PaperArtsy blog for the next three days, and I'll be sharing the creation of an art journal page using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints, some stamping with my new stamps, collage, and journaling/lettering/paint pen work.

The exciting news (for me) is that I've made this into a 3-part video series!  Today's video will show the creation of the background.  Here's a little sneak peak of the finished page for you...

Today we'll be doing a brayered background using Fresco Finish Chalk paints and my Eclectica stamps.

For Part 2 - click HERE.  Thanks for watching!

~ ellen.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Altered File Folder

Hi everyone,

As promised, I have one more altered file folder to share, and I saved my favorite for last.  I made this a couple weeks ago when I got together with my friend Patti Parrish (who just came out with her own line of stencils with iStencil - click HERE for a 20% off discount code on Patti's blog, and click HERE to see her designs on the iStencil site).  I've already ordered mine!

Today's folder uses Liquitex BASICS paints in a very bright cheery color palette.  It has a painty brayered background, uses stamps from EEV01, EEV02, and EEV03, as well as some tissue paper collage, and gelli print collage (courtesy of Patti!), and of course, I had to add some of my fav dotty texture.   Links to my stamps are on the sidebar --->>>

Here's the front...

... And the back...

And some close-ups...

Hope you enjoyed, and if you've got a day job like me, this is an awesome way to bring your ART into your work!  See you soon...

~ ellen.