Friday, August 17, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 5


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the fifth page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 4


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the fourth page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 3


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the third page right here. 

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 2


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the second page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 1


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-

  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the first page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Tutorial: Desk Top Organizers


I love organization products. I have such a wide variety of baskets, boxes, carts and shelves! I am also inspired by my supplies, so I like to have them on display on my desk. So, I put my stash away in boxes on shelves and leave smaller quantities of certain things out in smaller organizers within my reach when I work at my desk. These items get used up and replenished or rotated. I even make my own organizers or alter existing ones using my crafting supplies. Here are a mini magazine holder style organizer and a washi tape box I created using Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Courtney Chilson. 

Supplies:
Now, let me walk you through the steps.


To die-cut the Card Box, Planner Storage & Organizer, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -

To assemble the Planner Storage & Organizer, fold the tabs of the die-cut Planner Storage & Organizer along the crease lines. Apply adhesive on the tabs and press to the facing surface.
TIP: Because the mat boards are thick, you may need rubber bands to hold the shape while the adhesive sets.



Use gel medium to add a layer of tissue to the Planner Storage & Organizer. Seal with a top coat of gel medium. Once the medium dries, add some colors to the Planner Storage & Organizer with Gelatos colors or you favorite paints.


Embellish the spine of the Planner Storage & Organizer.


To die-cut the Washi Tape Box, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -

NOTE: You will need to die-cut two of the short side pieces and three of the long side pieces (two for the sides and one for the bottom) to complete one Washi Tape Box.


Cut along the crease line of one of the long side pieces with scissors to create the bottom piece.


Assemble the Washi Tape Box by applying adhesive to the tabs and pressing them to the facing surface. 
The long strip with a crease line down the middle will act as a hinge for your box lid.


Cut a dowel slightly longer than the width of the Washi Tape Box. 
Attach a die-cut circle to one end of the dowel to keep the tape rolls from sliding out. I pushed a mini wood finial at the other end of the dowel so I can take the rolls out when I needed. Do not use adhesive with the finial or your dowel can not be taken out of the Washi Tape Box.


I wanted to add a flower to decorate my Washi Tape Box. To die-cut the leaves, you'll need to create the following Sizzix Sandwich:
  • Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your SizzixBig Shot Machine Only (White and Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.

Decorate the Washi Tape Box with tapes, paints, flower and leaves.


Slide your washi tape rolls into the dowel and place the dowel inside the Washi Tape Box and push the finial to hold the dowel in place. Close the box lid.

You can create as many of these as you want to keep your studio and art desk organized and create a personalized handcrafted look for your home that will inspire you every time you step in to create art!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!   

Monday, August 06, 2018

Tutorial: "Amazing" Trinket Box


My mom had this powder mauve crushed velvet pillow-top trinket box with a golden latch which I loved to explore as a kid. In it were semi-precious stones, some of them family heirlooms, that I held up against the sunlight with my tiny fingers and watched them sparkle. They looked so magical as the light revealed streaks of colors hidden in their hearts. My imagination traveled to far-off places with these translucent enchanting gems.


Even as a grown-up, I still find trinket boxes to be fascinating! Lately, Jia, my youngest, is starting to enjoy Tinkerbell and other fairy stories. This made it the perfect time to make her a fairy trinket box of her own.  

Here's a list of supplies, I used to make the Trinket Box:



To die-cut the Trinket Box, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -
NOTE: You will need to die-cut two of the arching pieces (the part from which you cut the window for the front) to complete one box. You don't need to cut the window for the second piece because it will go at the base or back.



To assemble the box part of the Trinket Box, fold along the creased lines, match up the flaps and apply adhesive to hold the two side pieces together. Attach the base piece with adhesive. 

TIP: Because the mat boards are thick, you may need rubber bands to hold the shape while the adhesive sets.


Cut a piece of clear acetate with scissors to fit behind the die-cut window. Attach it with adhesive.


Attach the front and back pieces of the Trinket Box to the two long edges of the spine with adhesive.

Attach the assembled box to the inside of the back cover.


Paint the box with Gelatos colors and blend them with Gesso using a paint brush.


Once the base layer of colors dries, start adding embellishments to your Trinket Box.


Be sure to paint the insides of the Trinket Box as well.


I wanted to add a fairy to my Trinket Box and some flowers and leaves. To die-cut the Fairy and leaves, you'll need to create the following Sizzix Sandwich:

  • Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your SizzixBig Shot Machine Only (White and Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.
Paint the fairy and leaves as you like and set them aside while you decorate the base of the Trinket Box. I attached a piece of patterned paper to cover up the adhesive joints. 

Use the cut-out oval shape from the window as a template to mark the spot where you'll add your fairy. Apply Gel Medium around the marked spot and sprinkle in silver glitter. Let the glitter sit for some time and seal it with a top coat of gel medium. Some of the loose glitter will fall off and that's okay. The glitter, of course, is totally optional. I added it to mimic 'pixie dust'.


Mount the fairy to the painted oval shape and mount the oval to the center of the box. I added some leaves and flower to the fairy to finish. 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I had so much fun making this Trinket Box and I believe you'll too!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tutorial: Birds of Paradise In Geometric Holder


Recently, I took my three-year-old to a Moana theme party. There were Tiki posters, fruit punches and other tropical touches and of course, music, to make the luau come alive. The girls danced in grass skirts and the boys ran around in their leis. Everyone was having a good time and it reminded me of the time we were in Hawaii at a real luau complete with PiƱa coladas with tiny umbrellas, the time long before the aforementioned three-year-old was even born! I remembered our secluded resort bungalow that had a pool edged by bushes of birds of paradise and fresh floral arrangements that adorned the lacquered bamboo side tables. There's no way I could match that kind of pro floral arrangement skills, but I could make something simple to remind me of the magical time we had there. So, I pulled out my Bird of Paradise and Geometric Holder dies and set out to create my own little floral centerpiece!

Let's start by looking at the supplies. 
Supplies:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Bird of Paradise, 2-D and 3-D

Sizzix Bigz L Die - Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D  
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White and Gray)

Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)

Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies 
Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard (optional)
Other: Watercolor paper, Gelatos colors, Paint brush, Bone Folder, Adhesive, clips, glass pebbles, water cup with water

Now, let me walk you through the steps.



I am using watercolor paper for die-cutting because I plan on using paints to color my pieces. But you can get stunning results with your favorite patterned papers too.

To die-cut the pieces for the Geometric holder, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: 
On the Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pad, Standard, place the Sizzix Bigz L Die - Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D  blade-side up. Lay watercolor paper cut to fit through the Sizzix Big Shot Machine on the die and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Start turning the handle of your Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White and Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready. 

You'll need four of the biggest pieces for the side panels, one square piece for the bottom and the triangular pieces are for decorative layering which I skipped. 

NOTE: Now, as tempting as it is to cut all four of the side panel pieces together and you CAN do that with the Sizzix Bigz dies, I suggest that you cut one side panel piece at a time. Why so? Well, there are not only cut lines in these pieces, there are scores lines for folding as well. And in my experience, when you stack your papers for quick die-cutting, the extra pressure that it puts to cut through the layers, might cut through some of those score lines, thus detaching the scored foldable tabs, making it difficult, even impossible, to attach the pieces together. So, take your time with this and the rest of the process will go much smoother. 


To die-cut the parts for the Bird of Paradise flowers, create the following Sizzix Sandwich:
  • Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.
You'll notice that there are some bigger and smaller stems and petals in the mix. The smaller die-cuts are designed for the two-dimensional flowers and the larger pieces for the three-dimensional flowers. But I ended up creating three-dimensional flowers using all the pieces, big and small.


Fold the pieces of the Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D following the score lines.
 

Start attaching the side panel pieces to the base square with adhesive as shown. Remember, the small tabs go at the bottom and the bigger ones will go at the top.


Apply adhesive to the side tabs of one panel and attach it to the next panel and continue to do so till the entire Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D is assembled. Fold back the top tabs in and secure with adhesive. Set it aside for now.

I have to say I was a little worried that my Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D may not look right, but it was so easy the way it came together almost magically!


Follow the score lines on the large stems and fold them.  
Fold the leaves and petals in halves vertically as shown. I used a bone folder to create clean edges for the leaves and petals. 

Color the stems and the biggest leaves green. I used Gelatos colors and blended them with water using a paint brush. Use your favorite coloring medium for this step.


Rub Gelatos colors generously on craft mat and spritz water to dilute the pigments. Paint the Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D with clean water to moisten the surface and then drop in diluted Gelatos colors for a watercolored effect. Color some of the petals with the same colors.
  

Color the remaining petals with Gelatos colors.
 

Apply adhesive to the base of the petals (the pointed tip is the top and the flat end is the base) and stagger them as shown. Hold the petals and stem together with a clip while the adhesive sets. 

Now, if you recall that I cut the smaller stems for the 2D flowers, I colored those too with the same shade of green. I wanted my Birds of Paradise to have slightly different heights when I put them in the
Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D. I attached the smaller stems to the bigger stems at different height points with adhesive to create the height difference. 

Place the Geometric Holder, Tall 3-D where you want to display it and fill with some light weight pebbles or other kind of filler and stick the floral stems in. The pebbles or fillers will hold the stems in place and not let them flop around in the vase. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Try out these dies, they are very well-designed making it very easy to put together a decor piece in no time at all!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 5


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 5.

Today, I present to you the fifth and final tag art I created with ephemera, die-cuts and found bits. I hope they have brought you inspiration to make a few tags or just take them as starting points to create whatever you may fancy!

I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash. You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Funky Floral #1
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #2

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils
Embellishments –
Photobooth
Tissue Wrap - Postale
Metallic Stickers – Quotations

Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 4


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 4.

I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash.
You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Supplies*:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Mixed Media #6

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Funky Floral #1
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #2
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #3 Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Set – Brights
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Jaipur
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Embellishments –
Metallic Stickers – Quotations
Paper Dolls

Nailheads
Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 3


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 3.

Here's tag # 3 that I created with ephemera, die-cuts and found bits.
I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash. You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10 pk - Shadow Script # 3

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Funky Floral #1
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #2
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK – Funky Floral #3
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft
Gelatos Mix and Match Collection - 34-piece Gift Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils
Embellishments –
Photobooth
Tissue Wrap - Postale
Metallic Stickers – Quotations

Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits
*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 2


Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 2.

Here's my second mixed media tag inspired by the photographic ephemera which I used as my starting point and then built up in layers with die-cuts and some found bits.


I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash.
You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely.


If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Supplies*:
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection
Sizzix Bigz Die - Stacked Stars
Sizzix Thinlits Die - Doily
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10 pk - Shadow Script # 3
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mix and Match Collection - 34-piece Gift Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils
Embellishments –
Photobooth
Tissue Wrap - Postale
Metallic Stickers – Quotations
Nailheads
Buckles
Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 1

Welcome to my Blog Series – Summer Tag Art July Inspiration Day 1.

Over the next five days, I hope to share with you five mixed media tags created with ephemera, die-cuts and found bits.

Each tag is inspired by the photographic ephemera which I used as my starting point.

I’m listing the supplies I used. Feel free to choose from your stash.

You don’t have to make the tags to look like mine if you decide to play. I want to give you some starting points and not directions, so you can explore freely. 

If you do create some tags along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Supplies*:

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK - Funky Floral #1

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Funky Floral #2

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 15PK - Funky Floral #3

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Set - Brights

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Tea Stain Dye - Agra

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gel Medium

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Goldfaber Aqua pencils

Embellishments -

Other: Cardstock, twine, paint brush, water cup, paper towel, sewing machine, thread, found bits

*Some are affiliate links. All contents, words and images are copyright of Mou Saha.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nature-Inspired Intuitive Watercolor


In the midst of a SUPER BUSY week, here’s an intuitive painting inspired by my backyard, based on the 21 Secrets Just Add Water workshop by Tanyalee Kahler.
 

My class goes live tomorrow. You can still sign up through this link. See you there :)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tide Pool Mandalas


A bit much?
 
Well, this was all done with Jia’s art supplies (she's three) while watching the FIFA finals... that’s over 90 minutes of doodling!!! So, no subtle colors in these tide pools or control on the doodling because I was too busy having fun... talk about letting loose.
 
Class by Faith Evans Sills from 21 Secrets Just Add Water. Has been such a great variety of approaches (not just techniques) to water-coloring so far. My class is coming up on July 19th. You too can sign up through this link to access the classes.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2018