March 28, 2013

Upcycled Box Collage Journals... and Exciting News!


How is everyone!? Sorry it has been a while since my last post. We've been super busy getting our house ready for market.  Realtor is coming tomorrow to take pictures and it will be listed on Saturday!  Fingers crossed it will sell quickly so we can find a new house, move, and I can set up my *new* studio as fast as possible!

I got THE most exciting news this week!  I've been accepted to Ranger U!!! It has been a long-term dream of mine to be able to attend this amazing event, and I couldn't be more thrilled! It's still a little surreal to me that I've been selected from so many talented applicants.  I promise I won't go on and on about "how many sleeps" til Ranger U (pinky swear!).

Now, on to today's project.  I recently had the idea to make my own journals.  So I cut up some cardboard boxes and just went for it!

I started by cutting up a cardboard box, using the flaps from top and bottom as a front and back cover.  Then I started layering different collage elements over the cardboard, using my trusty multi-medium (matte) as adhesive.  I started with a base pattern and then layered some vintage dictionary paper over that.

I outlined the dictionary paper and any other layered collage elements with the Stabilo ALL pencil and blended with a water brush for shading.  And then added a quote in the same way - multi medium and Stabilo pencil.

Then I pulled out my CINCH binding tool, selected the holes I wanted to punch, and added a binding ring and some Canson mixed media paper for the journal pages, and VOILA! Instant journal!    The journal above is 6" tall by about 3" wide.

Here are a few other journals I made... some are not bound yet, but you get the idea....

I wasn't worried about the sizes - but rather used the box sizes as my guide.  Two flaps of the same size = front and back cover for a journal.  Other two flaps = another journal, different size.  Before I knew it I had quite a few journals!

These journals could be used for anything... sketch books, art journals, personal diaries, shopping lists, or anything else you could come up with.  So, with a box, some interesting images, some adhesive, and a CINCH, you can make your own!  Hope you give it a try.

'Til next time... Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer that our house will sell quickly! I miss my studio! Thanks for stopping by.

~ ellen.

March 15, 2013

Paint Dabber Postcards


I've been promising another round of postcards for Jane Davies' Postcard Project, and here they are!

This time, as I was packing up my stash getting ready to move, I came across these watercolor postcards that I think I've had for about a million years.  They're perfect for this and I'm so glad I found them!

I started out by selecting several colors of Ranger's paint dabbers (Sandal, Pebble, Terra Cotta, Stream, and Cloudy Blue) and put a small puddle of each on my craft sheet.

I painted the backgrounds, did a little collage, some stamping with my hand carved stamps, and then stamped out a sentiment on each one.  I'm in a travel / exploration mood lately, and you know how I love my maps...  Here are the finished results.

They'll be going off to Jane in Vermont today!  If you're interested in checking out the Postcard Project... here's a link to Jane's blog post about it, as well a video showing one way she makes her post cards.  Hope you get a chance to check it out and join in!

I'm spending tomorrow with my fav arty friends so hopefully I'll have some things to share next week.  Have a great weekend!

~ ellen.

March 12, 2013

Checking In.... and Preparing to Move Out!


Wanted to check in and let you all know I'm still here... life is taking some exciting twists and turns, in the form of... we're packing up our house and making lots of repairs and preparations to put our house on the market!  Phew! I always knew I had a lot of stash, but when you have to start packing it up, it really hits home!

We're not planning to move far away, just to a bit bigger house, and hopefully closer to my family, depending on what homes are available.

The hardest part of the process is choosing what stash to leave out and what has to be packed up and taken to storage until we move - ACK!  It's like choosing a favorite child! Impossible!  I've chosen to focus on journaling and painting (including Gelli Plate!), so if you see lots of those type of projects and very little stamping, that's why!  I've packed up ALL my stamps except Dylusions and my hand-carved stamps.  I figure it's a great motivator... if I need a stamp that's packed, I'll have to carve my own version or use something else.

So, in between packing and other moving-related work, I'll still be posting as often as I can, which sadly will be less often than I'd like...

Here's a pic of my (former) studio... now made up to look like it could be a bedroom... (pathetic!)

This is what's left on my work table...

Of course all those lovely drawers are still full of supplies, so I'm not completely deprived... LOL!

'Til next time...

~ ellen.

March 1, 2013

Chunky Canvas Collection

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to share a collection of chunky canvases I made while Hels was here.  We had to make the required trip to Michael's while she was here, and I found a 9-pack of 4x4 chunky canvases on sale, so of course I *had* to buy them, right?

I decided to lay 4 of them out together and do one big design that would cover all 4 canvases.  It's a simple design, but each canvas stands on its own, or as part of the grouping.

I started by painting the background and sides of all 4 canvases, using Golden fluid acrylic paints (quinacridone magenta and green gold).

Then I used my Stabilo ALL pencil to draw a large circle across all 4 canvases, blending the pencil lines with a water brush.  I painted in the center of the circle (between the inner and outer borders) with white gesso, and then added some cobalt teal over the gesso.

The middle section needed something, so I used my Dylusions alpha jumble stencil and some cut 'n' dry foam to apply white gesso through the stencil.

Then I stamped out 4 simple words with a mini alphabet set on white card stock, glued one of them to each canvas, and outlined with the Stabilo ALL pencil, blending with a water brush.

The finishing touch was to add three simple dots to each canvas using black enamel accents, to accent the word on each canvas, and to unify the piece as a whole.

Hope you enjoyed the collection.  It's a simple design, but sometimes simple is good. Working on more postcards and really enjoying it.  Will be back to share soon.  Have a great weekend!

~ ellen.