It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches February release with you! FOUR newstamps and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01am, Eastern time...on February 1st. There will be an Anniversary celebration at the Paper Smooches blog on February 1st, so please stop by and celebrate with us! You will find our new releases HERE
To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!
FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
The prize - a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
You have until midnight MT on Sunday, February 2nd to leave a comment.
Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, February 3rd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.
Well, December is not quite a holiday around here as I bury myself in my studio, night and day, playing with some of the newest of the new goodies that most are yet to see. And it's time well spent! These are some of my favorites I did for Tim Holtz this CHA...
6 x 8 Burlap panel, new Idea-o-logy, new Distress paints
4 x 6 Burlap panel, new Idea-o-logy, new Distress paints, new Alterations Sizzix dies
Card, new Stampers Anonymous stamps
Layout, new Idea-o-logy, new and old Distress paints & stains, new Alterations Sizzix dies
New large collection folio, new and old Idea-o-logy, new and old Distress paints & stains, new Alterations Sizzix dies
Card, new Stampers Anonymous stencil and stamps, Distress ink pad, old Idea-o-logy
Small Worn Cover Journal, new and old Idea-o-logy, Stampers Anonymous stencil and stamps, Distress inks, stains, paints, and Sizzix Alterations dies
I didn't go to CHA myself, but had quite the tour of Tim's booths visiting these places and I think you'll like them too
What would you do if you got Gelatos® in double the size? I'd use them on bigger projects I thought. Here's an 18" x 24" canvas created with Double Scoop Gelatos®, some Gesso, Gel Medium, and Glaze.
Let me show you some step photos I took while creating this canvas.
I attached some tissue paper to the canvas using Gel Medium. When dry, I applied a wash of Gesso to mute the tissue patterns a bit and to prime the surface for painting. I did a quick sketch of a bottle with a stem of flower. I used Gelatos® to create layers and layers of colors, blending each layer with Glaze till it looked close enough to what I had envisioned. I used Gel Medium to add pieces of diecuts to the bottle to make it look a bit like a vase. I also typed up my thoughts, printed them, cut them in strips and added them next to the vase. I added water to some parts after coloring with Gelatos® and held the canvas up to let the colors drip down. Here's a closer look.
I think you'll love playing with these longer-lasting-double-the-delight Gelatos® twice as much!
Now that the show is open, I guess it would be okay to post a project I did for the Ranger Challenge using Tim Holtz's newest Distress Paints. Of course, I have also used Tim's newest Idea-o-logy papers, rubs, embellishments, etc., stencil, inks, and Sizzix dies on this 11 x 14 canvas. I'm loving the Found Relatives cards so much. Each one is the beginning of a story you can tell :)
Starts 2/10/2014 $50.00 Create a faux tintype image transfer, make art with Elmer's glue and a plastic bag, create a gesso chalkboard—these are just a few of the amazing techniques featured in this class! Technique Toolbox is your chance to brush up on these (and 22 more) mixed-media techniques with nationally known collage artist and illustrator Claudine Hellmuth as your guide.
Technique Toolbox consists
of 25 instructional videos and 25 professionally designed "recipe
cards" that outline each technique. You'll file these printable recipes
inside an adorable handmade toolbox you'll create in class. And that's not all!
Claudine has invited 20 fellow artists and crafters to create exclusive
projects with her techniques, giving you plenty of ideas for creative,
real-world applications—from scrapbook pages to wall décor. Read rest of descriptionhere. And here's a video peek
Here are the artists who contributed to Technique Toolbox and I'm so happy to be one of them!
And now, the GIVEAWAY!
I can give away one spot to Technique Toolbox. All you have to do is take a look at the class and leave a comment to this post telling me what you think by 1/18. I'll pick one winner on 1/20. Good luck :)
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. The following Monday, we will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that week's challenge.And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
It's a brand new year! New things to try, changes to make, resolutions to stick to, another refreshing beginning in an ongoing journey that's life, a time to do something we haven't done in a long time. I haven't painted for a really long time, almost 11 years and I miss it. To make that revisiting process easier, I picked an inspiration piece by one of my favorite artists, Henri Matisse and decided to paint a face. Not in canvas, not yet, but on a journal page.
And here's your challenge: Pick an art piece and let it inspire you to create.
Here's my inspiration piece by Matisse.
Doing a self portrait based on a selfie I took.
Here's the basic sketch.
Working with Design Memory Craft Gelatos®, a lot of skin tones from the Neutrals, Yellow, and Red sets. And of course, some Blues and Greens as well.
Blending the Gelatos® colors with Gesso and Glaze.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 1/17 and we will pick TWOwinners randomly to win these.
The prizes for this challenge are: Two sets of4 ct Gelatos® in the colors of your choice.
Don't forget to check back on Monday, 1/20 to see if YOU won!