"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Art Journaling with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Week 4

Hi everyone, Mou here with the 4th and final week of Art Journaling month!

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In the beginning, we picked an art journal and an inspiration piece. Week 2 was about creating foundations. Week 3, we started drawing, journaling, adding photos, etc. And in this 4th week, it comes all together... and here are all the pages from my art journal.
I have colored, stamped, added texture, illustrated, and added natural objects in my art journal. You could add anything you like, such as, photos, ephemera, fabric... anything you can imagine :)

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Starting with the cover

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Spread 1

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Spread 2

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Spread 3

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Spread 4

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and Spread 5.

I hope you enjoyed the process of our art journaling and that you found it inspiring enough to start your own art journals!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A sketch and a layout

 
Here's a sketch I created for October Afternoon

 
and a layout based on it.
You can find all the details here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Art Journaling with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Week 3

Hi everyone, Mou here today as we continue into week 3 of our art journaling journey.  

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So let's recap here... we have chosen a journal and an inspiration piece and created the foundations in our journals. My journal is about seeing beauty beyond landmarks and exotic vacations. It's about paying attention to the beauty in little insignificant things that are often ignored. I took this challenge so if any of you out there feels like they can't art journal because they didn't take a vacation to an intriguing place, I can show you that you can create on the go as well as right where you are. So, this time I invite you to take a walk with me in my neighborhood and explore my backyard. Here's to beauty in humble things!

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This is my sea glass collection sitting on my window sill. Love how time can polish off the sharp edges of a piece of broken glass. They are no longer clear and bright. But the smoothed out uneven pieces of colored glasses glow in the sunlight. Every morning, I see them when I make breakfast. I sketched the stack with pencil and colored them with various shades of Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. To create an impression of a soft shimmering morning sun through the window, I applied Glass Bead Glitter Gel through a stencil with palette knife. For journaling I used PITT Artist pen BLACK Superfine and the calligraphy pen from Journaling PITT Artist Pens set for the title.

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While my Whipped Spackle was still wet after stamping into it, I wrote on it with a pencil.

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After stenciling and multi-colored stamping, I still felt that my page looked boring. So I colored the backdrop with some Lemon Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and blended it with a Deluxe Waterbrush. Love this Waterbrush as it makes watercoloring so easy on the go, whether on a trip or just local strolling and quick sketching.

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Here are my real leaves. The background is Chalkboard paint and then I painted a frame around it with Gesso and journaled with the Magenta pen from PITT Artist Pens Writing Set: RED/YELLOW. An it wrote beautifully even on a glazed surface! The title is written with the Stamper's Big White pen, another favorite of mine.

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The eggs are colored with Metallic Mint Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color and the shadowing is with PITT Pastel Pencils NEUTRALS. Now, because I'm working on a book where facing pages touch each other when closed, I don't want the pastel pencil to rub off. So I sealed it with Glaze.

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Here the background is Chalkboard paint and the leaves are colored with Stamper's Big Brush pens Chrome Yellow # 109 and Scarlet Red # 118. They are also the Stamper's Big Brush pens I used to stamp the background. Yep, you can stamp on Chalkboard paint with Stamper's Big Brush pens... I just realized that while playing!

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You can use your PITT Pastel Pencils not only for coloring and shadowing, you can use it as chalk! They go on beautifully on a surface painted with Chalkboard paint. Again, seal it off before you close the book.
Be sure to join me next Monday as I share my finished pages with you.

Friday, June 12, 2015

I finally opened an Instagram account

Earlier didn't feel like opening yet another social media account... but changed my mind.
Now you can find me here too: https://instagram.com/mou_s51/
@mou_s51

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Relax on an Adirondack chair

 
Summers in Florida are HOT! So the kids spend a lot of time in the pool and I spend a lot of time by the pool keeping an eye on them. And yes, we have had versions of Adirondack chairs for that purpose. To find the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Chair, 3-D Adirondack in Eileen Hull's Vintage Travel collection that would create a miniature version of that chair was just priceless! Let me show you how I made my 3-D Adirondack Chair
 

 
To diecut the parts of the 3-D Adirondack Chair, you'll need to create the following Sizzix sandwich: Lay mat board (I used white) on the blade side of the Sizzix Bigz XL 3-D Adirondack Chair die. Place the pieces between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Extended Cutting Pads. Pass this Sizzix sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. This will give you the base and back pieces, three of the back slats piece and one of the side pieces. To diecut the other two back slats and the other side piece, repeat the same procedure. I cut out big enough pieces from my mat board and placed and secured them with tape right where the die blades are for a particular shape. That way I saved some mat boards for later use.

 
Here are all the die-cut pieces that you will need to make your 3-D Adirondack Chair.

 
To assemble the pieces, follow the steps described in this PDF file. The assembled Chair looks like this and is now ready for you to embellish as you like. I decided to paint mine.

 
I mixed my paints directly on the Chair to mimic natural variations of color in any outdoor furniture.

 
To create a weathered look, I brushed white gesso on the Chair.

 
Here's what my finished Chair looks like.

 
And here's a little friend sharing the Chair to rest for a bit!
 
Supplies:
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
655267 Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Extended, 1 Pair
656493 Sizzix Little Sizzles - 6" x 13" Mat Board Pack, 6 Assorted Sheets
Others: adhesive, acrylic paints (I used DecoART Media acrylic paints), gesso, paint brushes, 4 brads

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

CardMaker Magazine and Sizzix Blog Hop

 



Hello cardmakers, Mou here welcoming you to my blog on Day 9 of the CardMaker Magazine and Sizzix Blog Hop! The CardMaker Magazine and Sizzix Blog Hop is featuring one new cardmaking project every single day from June 1-13 using cardmaking dies by Stephanie Barnard. If you came here from Patti Gilliam's blog, then you are totally in the right place!


  
Today I have a baby card for you using Framelits and Triplits dies by Stephanie Barnard along with Sizzix machine and accessories. You can use it for baby showers, announcements, to congratulate new parents or even to send thanks for a baby gift! Let me tell you how to make this versatile card.
 
Trim patterned paper to 6" wide x 9" long.
 
Create a Sizzix sandwich in the following order: Lay a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay the patterned paper on the Standard Cutting Pad. Lay the card base die from Friends Forever Step-up card set, blade-side down on the patterned paper and cover with a second Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine to diecut the card base. The strong magnets of the Magnetic Platform will hold the die in place allowing for a neat and precise cut.
 
To diecut the other elements to embellish the card, such as the Spring Bird, the onesie, duckie, and the sentiment from Oh Baby set, the wavy bar from the Friends Forever Step-up card set, follow the same Sizzix sandwich described above. Cut the bases out of cardstock and the stacking layers from coordinating patterned papers. You can use up your scraps here. Using the Magnetic Platform let's you get all of these die-cuts in a single pass as you can arrange your papers and dies on the Magnetic Platform without having to worry about the dies moving during the passage through the Big Shot machine.
 
Next, stack the layering pieces and glue together to create the Spring Bird (1+3), the onesie (1+3+6), and the sentiment (11+12+13+14).
 
Fold the Friends Forever Step-up card base by first folding the card in half and then alternately valley and mountain folding to create the steps.
 
Attach the Spring bird to the bottom left part of the card overlooking the steps in the center.
 
Add the sentiment near the middle of the right half of the card.
  
Attach the wavy bar at the top fold to create a hanging place for the onesie. Hang the onesie with two mini clothespins to finish.
 
 
Here's a close-up of the card.
 
Supplies you'll need to make this card:
660135 Sizzix Triplits Die Set 14PK - Oh, Baby by Stephanie Barnard
660136 Sizzix Triplits Die Set 15PK - Spring Birds by Stephanie Barnard
Others: Cardstock, patterned paper, adhesive, mini clothes pins
 
Now, hop on to the Anita Mulcahey's blog tomorrow for another fun project!
 
But wait! There's more...
"We (Sizzix) and CardMaker Magazine thought it would be a novel idea to do some sort of GIVEAWAY for all you happy hoppers! So, as a 'thank you' for taking the time to follow our little cardmaking thread, here, we're giving ONE LUCKY WINNER a Sizzix Big Shot Machine, their choice of 3 of Stephanie Barnard dies from her very latest cardmaking Sizzix collection as well as a YEAR subscription to CardMaker Magazine!"...WOW!!!
 
To enter, please comment to the hop thread at the Sizzix blog: http://blog.sizzix.com/cardmaker-magazine-and-sizzix-blog-hop/
 
Here's the link to CardMaker: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/?p=11776
 

Thanks for joining us! Feel free to leave a little love here too :)

And GOOD LUCK to all!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Art Journaling with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Week 2

Last Monday, we started an art journaling journey over at the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog and encouraged readers to join the designers every week for a month to create their own art journals.
 
 
And here I am on day 1 of week 2 to share my progress.

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This week's focus is on creating the bases of your journal pages. I touched on this a bit last week when I attached paper scraps to my journal with Gel Medium and unified the colors and patterns with the help of Gesso. Today I'll show you how I have used various Textural Accents to create the other foundations of my art journal using various Textural Accents.
 
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I used Chalkboard Paint and paint brush to color a few pages of my Square Journal Boards.
 
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On these pages, I have rubbed Gelatos® colors (Tangerine, Bubblegum, Guava and Metallic Melon) and blended with Gesso using my fingers. Of course, you can use a brush to blend too!
 
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Here's a page with Whipped Spackle applied through a stencil from the Stencils 10ct 101 Collection using palette knife from the Gelatos Mist Maker set. Remember that if you are going to write on a page, you may want to apply Whipped Spackle around that area as Whipped Spackle is a texture medium and is harder to write on than a plain surface.
 
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This page was a lot of fun! I attached real leaves to the page with Glaze and painted around it with Chalkboard Paint
 
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But art journaling is also about layering. And that's where stamps can come in handy. I used some of the FUN stamps from Stampendous to create interest on my foundation pages. 
 
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I inked up my stamp with Stamper's Big Brush pens and stamped on the pages. When I art journal, I don't always use a stamp as  a whole. Let me explain. I ink up only a section of my stamp and stamp on my page multiple times without re-inking in between.
 
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Here I have used three or four different stamps and quite a few different colors of Stamper's Big Brush pens. 
 
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Layered stamped images can add quite a bit of depth to your pages.
 
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But stamps can also be used to create interesting textures. Apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife and while the paste is still wet, stamp into it. Be sure to clean up the stamp immediately. Let dry before you go to your next step.
So, that's it from me this week. Be sure to check back throughout the week to see what the other designers are doing. I know I will and see you next Monday with my progress.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

We are going on a trip

 
in our favorite rocket ship... I have heard that song countless number of times with my two older kids who used to love the Little Einsteins. Last summer, when I was pregnant with our third baby and restricted from air travel, we went on a RV trip within Florida visiting several state parks for almost a week. Even Brave, our toy poodle came with us. It was a memorable trip for all of us, especially my son, Om who was 8 at the time. When I saw Eileen Hull's Vintage Travel collection, I knew I'd have to have the 3-D Travel Trailer !!! Only one word comes to mind for this entire collection: ADORABLE! And here's my version of our favorite travel trailer. Let me show you how to make it.

 
For this project, you'll need:
660335 Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Travel Trailer, 3-D
657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
655267 Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Extended, 1 Pair
Others: adhesive, acrylic paints (I used Distress Paints by Ranger), paint brushes, pencil

 
To diecut the parts of the 3-D Travel Trailer, you'll need to create the following Sizzix sandwich: Lay mat board (I used white) on the blade side of the Sizzix Bigz XL 3-D Travel Trailer die. Place the pieces between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Extended Cutting Pads. Pass this Sizzix sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. This will give you the top-and-sides piece, one flexible front/back piece, one wheel and the tongue piece. To diecut the second flexible front/back piece and wheel, repeat the same procedure. I cut out big enough pieces from my mat board and placed and secured them with tape right where the die blades are for a particular shape. That way I saved some mat boards for later use.

 
Here are all the die-cut pieces that you will need to make your 3-D Travel Trailer.

 
To assemble the pieces, follow the steps described in this PDF file. The assembled trailer looks like this and is now ready for you to embellish as you like. I decided to paint the details on mine.

 
I sketched the details with pencil. You can use patterned papers.

 
I colored the body -- sides, front, back, part of the wheel, and the tongue of the Travel Trailer with Mowed Lawn Distress Paint.

 
I added details with Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Weathered Wood Distress Paints.

 
Here's my finished Travel Trailer.

 
And here's my son, Om with the trailer as a souvenir of a wonderful childhood summer memory!