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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 10, 2014

ATC's from Leftovers


Hope you had a nice weekend - I spent a lot of time working on something new, which I'll be sharing next week!  It felt really great to try something new (for me) and I'm really happy with the results, which feels great, too!

In my quest to build up a stash of ATC's for future He[Art] Cards, I wanted to share another collection that were all created from the "leftovers" of other art.  Some are from Gelli prints, some painting, some patchwork... you may recognize some of these from other projects I've shared.


Hope your week is off to a good start!  I'll be back soon to share one more altered file folder - and I saved the best (well, my favorite) for last!

~ ellen.

March 7, 2014

Art Journal Page - Leaves as Wings


Well, here we are on week #2 and I've got another journal page to share from my PaperArtsy journal.

Today we'll be using stamps from EEV02 and EEV04.

I gessoed the page and then crated a background using PaperArtsy fresco paints: zesty zing, tango, and blood orange.  But this time I *didn't* use my brayer!  Get this... I finger painted!  And I loved it!!  There is something very liberating about using your *hands* to paint... and the blending is phenomenally easy... the paint really gets into the grain of the paper, and the oils in your hands create this beautiful sheen.  I think I've stumbled onto something.... LOVE finger painting!

Then I used Venetian Orange archival ink to stamp my scratchy circle stamp from EEV02 (links on side bar --->>>) over the entire page, staggering the stamping to create a pattern of circles.

I added some torn map paper to create a "branch" of sorts, and then added the bird nest and bird image (magazine cut outs).  I wanted to add some extra wings to the bird and used one of the leaves from EEV04, stamped onto painted brayer clean-up paper.  I cut the stamped leaves into different wing shapes and sizes and positioned them in line with the birds natural wings.  It's sort of like the wings are in slow motion... or just like extra wings... either way, I was happy with the result and for finding a new way to use the leaf stamp!

I wanted to find a quote about birds, or flying, and came across this one on  I did all the lettering with a black paint pen and then outlined with white paint pen.

The hat is a piece of map paper with stripes added with paint pens.

Added some dotty texture, collaged some painted paper for a border, and outlined all the collage pieces with a Stabilo ALL pencil... all done!  Week 2 finished - I'll be back next Friday with another journal page!  Have a wonderful weekend!

~ ellen.

March 6, 2014

Altered Cigar Box

Hi all,

I've done a lot of antique store "junk" collecting over the years, and I've had this little beauty for a while and thought it was time to give it some new life... this is a short and sweet little project - only took about an hour!

I used some Liquitex BASICS paints in yellow, orange and magenta to create a brayered background, cut it down to all the right sizes to fit the lid (outside and inside) and all four sides, added some washi tape to all the seams, added some map collage and a travel quote, a stacked button handle, and painted the inside black... voila!

Top of the lid:

Inside of the lid:

Side view (yes... more dotty texture - I can't stop!)

The stacked button handle:

And the inside is now the new home to my two favorite mini alpha stamps:

A quickie, but a goodie!  Enjoy!

Back tomorrow for some art journaling.

~ ellen.