January 30, 2014

Painted Truth Cards

Hello again!

I've been busy, busy making Truth Cards and wanted to share another batch with you.  I made these a few months ago but haven't gotten around to sharing them yet.  Here is the group shot...

And some close-ups... used all paints or paint pens for this set.  These are my favorites so far.

I just love the messages that these cards provide, and they will go to people who need to hear those messages more than any of us can imagine.  Feels good.  And it's so easy to do... Your Art + Brave Girl messages = Truth Cards.  I wonder where they will end up.

Take care 'til next time...

~ ellen.

January 29, 2014

Fresco Palette Knife Painting


This past weekend I had some very important projects to work on... for two of my nieces.  One just had a birthday so I had to make a card for her, and the other has been well and truly bitten by the arts & crafts bug, and we have just started an art post-card swap via mail.  

I've been playing around with applying paint for backgrounds using a palette knife and I decided to take it a step further.  Now.... this is my first attempt at painting a beach scene in *any* way, so please be kind... it's not a masterpiece.

I chose some Fresco Finish paints in beachy colors... for the sand I chose cheesecake with a little bit of cinnamon mixed in.  For the ocean I chose beach hut and south pacific, and for the sky I chose snowflake and (wait for it!) sky blue.  

I started with the sky (which got cut out of the finished cards) and worked my way down to the ocean, and then the beach, applying the paint ONLY with a palette knife.  Once I was happy with that I decided to add some beach grasses to each side, using the edge of the palette knife.  When it was done I cut it down the middle to post card size (4" x 6").... outlined the edges with a black paint pen, and added some greetings that I printed out and cut out each word.... 

And here are the results.... be kind.... Here's the first one... the post card...

And here's the birthday card....

I *attempted* to create some wave-like images by adding some snowflake over the blue water, like waves cresting and crashing.  

I'd say the proper fine-artists of the world don't have much to worry about, but I'm pretty happy with them for a first attempt.  Good to try new things!  

For those following along with our little kitten's story... here's a recent pic of our "Thor"... he's now about 3 1/2 months old.... seriously... could he be any cuter???  He's doing really well and learning how far he can push his older brother's limits of patience and self-restraint LOL!  It's a slow process, but they're both learning, and we haven't had any all-out fights yet.  Fingers crossed!

Take care 'til next time.

~ ellen

January 28, 2014

Hand Carved Stamps + Mold 'N' Pour


Hope everyone had a good weekend - I was playing with my hand carved stamps in my studio on Saturday and had the idea to try them with Mold 'N' Pour.... why hadn't I thought of this before?  I could turn my hand carved stamps into 3-D embellishments!

So I broke out the Mold 'N' Pour and mixed up two balls of molding medium, and went for it!  It's super easy to do.  You just mix equal amounts of the white and grey medium together (kneading it) until it's a consistent shade of light grey - no swirls of either color visible.  Then you press your stamp into the mold, set it on your craft sheet, and wait for it to set up.  Takes about 5-10 minutes, but could be longer for a larger mold.  If you press your fingernail into the mold it shouldn't leave any impression or it's not fully set up yet.

I chose two stamps to test... my hand carved swirly circle and small leaf.

And then I got out my Melt Pot and mixed up a batch of clear UTEE with a little bit of black UTEE mixed in.  (If you want to melt a batch of black, just use a *little bit* of black.  You don't have to use *just* black... little tip I picked up at Ranger U...)  Once my UTEE was all melted it was time to pour it into my new molds!  Here's the results...

Here are five little leaves (makes a cute flower, eh?), with some perfect pearls powder - I used three different shades: sour apple, green patina, and copper.  I was hoping for a brighter result - have to work on my perfect pearls skills...

And here's a partial swirly circle... straight out of the mold.  I intentionally filled only a portion of the mold to see how a ragged edge would look.  I like!  No perfect pearls on this one.

And since my perfect pearls attempt didn't give me that bright color I wanted, I decided to just paint them instead!  Here are 3 circles, trimmed to fit on my collage art piece as soon as they came out of the mold.  You can trim them easily with no cracking if you trim when the UTEE is still warm.  I chose the same shades of paint as I had used in my collage and then brayered some black paint over top to hit the swirly highlights.  I'm not sure I *love* it on this particular piece... but it's pretty cool to see my hand carved design popping off the page!

So if you have some stamps that you think would make cool embellishments... remember Mold 'N' Pour - magical stuff!

See you soon!  I've got more painty/collage pieces to share.... 'til next time...

~ ellen.

January 23, 2014

Abstract Collage Truth Cards


Before we get to today's truth cards, I wanted to say a big thank you! to the many people who have left comments here and on the PaperArtsy blog for my first week as a Guest Designer.  The response has been wonderful and I'm so happy to see so many people joining in the challenge and dusting off their brayers to give it a try!  If you missed these posts, you can use these links to head over to Paper Artsy's blog to see the full tutorials.

Day 1 - abstract tag
Day 2 - abstract cards
Day 3 - abstract framed art

And, now... I wanted to share another set of truth cards.  I made this set by doing a large brayered background, adding collage and stamping (some of my hand carved stamps, plus some PaperArtsy stamps), and then cut it down to ATC size (2.5" x 3.5") and added some Brave Girl sentiments. 

To learn more about Truth Cards and the Brave Girls Club, click HERE.

Hope all is well in your part of the world. 

~ ellen.

January 21, 2014

PaperArtsy - Day 3 Peak

Hello again!

Today I'm wrapping up my first week as a Guest Designer on the PaperArtsy blog.  Today we'll be working on another abstract piece for home decor!  Here's a little peak...

Click HERE for the full tutorial!  I'll be back on the PaperArtsy blog again next month with more projects to share... but in the mean time, there are awesome guest designers posting daily on the PA blog - it's chock full of inspiration and ideas!

Back soon!

~ ellen.

January 20, 2014

Paper Artsy - Day 2 Peak


Thank you all SO much for all the kind words on yesterday's project!  I'm having a *blast* playing with the fresco paints!

Today I've got another abstract tutorial over on the Paper Artsy blog ... we'll be using all of this....

... plus some collage, and stamping, and stenciling to make this (well, this is a little peak of what we'll make...)

Click HERE to head over to the PA blog and see the full tutorial... hope you enjoy!

~ ellen.

January 19, 2014

Paper Artsy Sneak Peak!


If you saw my post from yesterday, you'll know that I've been sitting on a little secret and today I can tell!!!!   I got an invitation to join the Paper Artsy Guest Designer group for 2014! Uhhh, gee.... let me think about that for a nano-second before I answer with a resounding .... YES!  I've been a long-time fan of Paper Artsy so this invitation was totally flattering!  Remember this picture of me - from the first time I went to visit Hels and she took me to L.B. Crafts?  I was in Paper Artsy *heaven* with hands full of Hot Picks!!!

I'll be in the first group of guest designers, so for the next 4 months I'll be sharing lots of projects! Today is my first, and here's a little sneak peak.... for the full step-by-step instructions click HERE and you'll be taken over to the Paper Artsy blog!

I'll be back on Monday and Tuesday with more projects to share, so please stop by and follow along!  I'm so excited to have this chance to play with all-things Paper Artsy!  They have some amazing new things coming soon!   Thanks to Leandra and Mark (a.k.a. Mr. & Mrs. PaperArtsy!) for thinking of me!

See you for more tomorrow!

~ ellen

January 18, 2014

I've Got A Little Secret!


Boy, my blog has been quiet... sorry for that, but I've got a little secret!  All will be revealed tomorrow so be sure to keep an eye open!  I'm so excited!

Until then, I'll share some pix of some recent abstract stuff I've been working on... enjoy!

And here's another batch of Truth Cards ready to send off to the Brave Girls... click HERE for more info.  This was a pink background that was just a little *too* pink for me, so I added some brushy criss-crossy lines and some brave girl quotes... now I love them!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow!  My little secret will be revealed!  (tease, tease.... )

~ ellen.