August 20, 2013

Vintage Finds... Antique Shopping


Jack and I had a lovely day out on Sunday.  We drove about an hour to our favorite antique store in Havre de Grace, MD.  It is an old Canning Company which has been turned into an antique mall with *hundreds* of stalls for browsing. I managed to find some wonderful treasures!

First up, a jar of old keys... I do *love* keys!

Next up, we came across a box full of antique book covers! Nothing but book covers from damaged books.  SCORE!  Some of them are matched pairs, and some are singles, but they are gorgeous one and all!

And, last but not least... remember I said I needed another old soda crate for storing my perfect pearl mists?  I found one!  And this one is a tiny bit bigger than the others, with only 12 compartments, so you can fit more in each one.  I love it!

But the best part is that now all three crates are lined up on my work desk.... everything at my fingertips.

It was a wonderful day out - we always find such interesting things!  If you're ever in the area, here's a link to some more information.

'til next time...

~ ellen.

August 19, 2013

Ledger Journal Page


Worked a bit in my ledger journal this weekend - finished up a page I had started months ago.   It's my busy time of year at work and this is what I've been struggling with.

* Dylusions ink sprays
* Various Stencils
* Found stamp
* Portfolio pastels
* Wendy Vecchi embossing paste-white
* White gel pen
* Alphabet stamps
* Stabilo ALL pencil
* Watercolor paints

Have a great week!

~ ellen.

August 14, 2013

I Challenge Thee... Inspired by Class with Finnabair

Hi everyone,

Hels and I had a LONG skype session on Sunday (can you say SIX hours?).  Guess it's been too long.  We had a wonderful day talking, eating, making art together... all from thousands of miles away.  What did we ever do before Skype?  :)

We came up with an "I Challenge Thee" project which was almost entirely inspired by my recent class with Finnabair (aka Anna Dabrowska) at The Queens Ink.  Here's our list of supplies:

* large rectangular canvas - I used 8 x 10, I think Hels used 9 x 12
* lots of dimensional embellishments, including "Mechanicals" from Finn's Prima line
* Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste
* stencil(s) of choice
* paint of choice
* Stabilo ALL pencil
* Finn's 9th wave paper collection (7 Dots Studio) - this was a bad choice, as it gets painted over and you can't even tell it's there in the end, but it does add some texture, so....

Because this project was completely inspired by Finn's class, I can't get into details about how I went about it.  Just trust me when I say, if you ever get a chance to take a class with her, DO IT. She has a different approach to things which is so freeing... you'll love it!  Here is my finished canvas.

Here are some close ups of the embellishments, so gorgeous!

I took this project into the office to show it to a coworker, who just happened to have an extra frame... and it was a perfect fit!  Love it when that happens!

And here are some pix of my journal project from Finn's class.  We did the journal covers and a few page spreads in class, which lasted ALL day.

Front and back covers.

Journal page from class, with a close up.

I did this page in my journal last weekend, trying to use some of the techniques we learned in class.

Hope you enjoyed the project.  Be sure to pop over to Hels' blog to check out her creation!  I haven't seen the finished result but it was looking *amazing* - check it out!

I'll be back soon with some more abstract creations...

~ ellen.

August 2, 2013

Abstract Brayer Painting

Hi everyone,

Yep, I'm back again with more abstract brayer painting.  This is my latest effort, which started out the same as the others in the 3 posts below.  But this time, I took it just that one step too far and tried something that (in my opinion) ruined a large section of the piece.  So you know what I did?  I just cut it off... so instead of four finished post cards, I have two finished square pieces (5 1/2" square), which would be perfect for a card front or to put in a nice black frame.

First - the supplies.  Distress stains, paint dabbers, distress paints, background stamps, hand carved and found stamps, archival ink, brayer, pearl pen, and journaling pens.

And here are the two finished square pieces:

And a few close ups on different sections:

And just an idea to turn the piece 90 degrees for a different look:

Hope you enjoyed.  I've got (most of) my art girlfriends coming over tomorrow for an all day play and I can't wait!  It's our first play day in the new studio. What could be better than good art, good friends, and of course some good food thrown in for good measure?  I'm IN.

See you next week - hope everyone has a great weekend.

~ ellen.