Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mixed Media Tutorial: Greeting Plaque

How would you like to create a welcome plaque for your home using Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and your mixed media stash? Pull out your Gelatos, gel medium, washi tapes, and some scrap papers and I will show you how! 

Here's a complete supply list for you to get started: 
Other Materials:
  • Gelatos colors of your choice
  • Gel Medium
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scrap papers
  • Stamping Ink
  • Washi tapes
  • Watercolor paper
  • Wood plaque

Start by stamping the Flower Jar and floral stems on watercolor paper. Cut the individual images into blocks using scissors.

To diecut the stamped images, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -  on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter). On it, lay out the Flower Jar and floral stem stamped images and place the corresponding Sizzix Framelits Die Set 16PK - Flower Jar dies framing the images, blade side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Here are the diecut floral arrangement pieces.

Repeat the exact same sandwich as above to get the largest circle using the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Stitched Circles, 
the tile pattern from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #4 , and the greeting 'Hello' (you'll need to die-cut two 'L's) using the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 121PK - Alphanumeric, Thin (3/8" Tall).

Place the diecut stitched circle on the wood plaque and lightly mark the area with pencil. Attach bits of washi tapes, scrap papers and the die-cut tile pattern from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #4 using gel medium. Seal the pieces in place with a top coat of gel medium.

Add a first coat of color to the plaque with Gelatos or your favorite paint medium. Set aside to dry.

Color the diecut stamped images with Gelatos. Let dry.

Arrange the Flower Jar and the floral stems on the stitched circle and attach to the plaque with gel medium.

Add the greeting to the plaque with the 'Hello' diecut from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #4 to finish. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with these dies! And don't miss out on the HUGE SALE going on at Sizzix right now!

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, July 24, 2017

Book review: Manga Art

The first book by Mark Crilley I read was The Drawing Lesson. I enjoyed the creative approach to his teaching. When I came across his Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator, I knew I had to read it. And I have to say, this book encompasses much more than lessons in Manga drawing - you get a peek into the artist's thoughts behind the drawings and that is invaluable!

The book is divided into five chapters - Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art and Styleplay. Before diving into the details of techniques, the author says something that really rang true with me.

"If by chance these pictures inspire you to pick up a pencil and start creating manga characters of your own, by all means go for it. You will find yourself on a path that I and so many others have followed for years, one that is rich in both challenges and rewards. Keep at it long enough and you'll be the one putting your spin on the manga style, expanding the tradition, and deepening it in a way that only you can."
I think this keeping up your practice till you find your unique spin holds for any style of art making. 

My favorite picture from the book is on p. 67 - Next to the Window, Second Seat from the Back of the Classroom. Such beautiful coloring to make the play of light come alive in a dreamy way!

A wonderful book for not only manga artists but for anyone who enjoys drawing!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Friday, July 07, 2017

Listen to this Podcast

Recently, I spoke with Jamie Riddler of Creative Living with Jamie about all things art – how to make time, how to stay inspired, how to get published and more. I hope you listen to this conversation and find something that speaks directly to your heart!