Friday, October 31, 2014

ART – With Art Anthology and Altered Pages

Art Anthology and Altered Pages teamed up during October to offer some fantastic projects using their products.  Below is a mini canvas series I did for the blog swap.

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To get started, I covered three mini canvases with Art Anthology Gesso.

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Next, I lightly misted a coat of Sandcastle Colorations.

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I then gave two canvases a couple of coats of Lemon Tart and one canvas a couple of coats of Limeade Velvet.  It gave me a nice, grungy look which is what I was going for.

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I stamped the A, R, and T stamps from Altered Pages Alphapalooza stamp set, then mixed up a little modeling paste with Desire Velvet and stenciled on some dots using the Dot Matrix Stencil.

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I wanted to embellish the canvases a little, go I gesso'd some Hexagon and Triangle Embedibles then gave them a coat of Evergreen Sorbet.

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Using a small paintbrush, I painted the "A" with Kona Velvet, the "R" with Desire Velvet, and the "T" with Shamrock Velvet.  I then added the hexagons and triangles to my canvases.

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In order for the canvases to hang from each other, I snipped off pieces of an old necklace chain and attached them to my canvases using a mini stapler.  I then added a hanger to the back of the "A" canvas and hung it on my wall over my work table.

Hope you enjoyed this little mini tutorial. 
Until later……………….
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To The Moon – Gauche Alchemy Challenge for October

Hi everyone!  The theme for Gauche Alchemy’s October Challenge  involved the moon.  Well, it being the month of October, I just couldn’t resist. I HAD to create a couple of moon-themed Halloween projects. Being an October birthday girl, it’s in my blood. Bwahahahahaha!

Halloween tag by Marilyn Hughes

For Moon Cat, I started with a black ATC and stamped my images in white ink. I first stamped the stars and the moon (embossing the moon) and then masked over them and stamped the wording. Add a fence from UmWowStudios, a black cat from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, and a pumpkin from Unique Laser Designs and I have a cute little Halloween ATC.

Halloween tag by Marilyn Hughes

For my Spooky Ghost tag, I once again started with a black base. I used a template to draw my big moon and then some white acrylic paint to color it in. The sayings are stenciled in white ink (from Retro Cafe Art Gallery) and I bordered two sides of the tag with some Halloween themed washi tape. Next I took a bat, tree and several ghosts (from Unique Laser Designs), painted them appropriately, then applied them to my tag. A cute little owl charm with red Stickles eyes sits in the branch of the tree. The jack-o-lanterns along the left side of my stash were some buttons I found hanging out in my stash.

While I went the Halloween route with my project, you don’t have to. Let the moon, stars, lovers, and words guide you to the perfect project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Until later………

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