Sunday, November 24, 2013

Blog My Journey in Mixed Media and Journaling in 2013

Setting here on a Sunday afternoon with coffee and a bowl of Chili on this cold November day I didn't know what to write about since all by work in the studio is Surprises for Christmas I though I would share some of my work I learned this year. I joined two groups in Mixed Media and I found I really like freedom of this style.  I am a painter and love my colored pencils which I will share later. I have to find pictures that have not been posted on Facebook yet.  I hope you enjoy seeing some of my work I know I enjoyed doing it.

Mixed Media  journal page called Tea Time.

This is a paper collage called

This a Mixed Medium called
A French name it is  a grunge
Monochromic  piece

Inside my Butterfly Box Steampunk

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Home Sunday in Missouri

I know its been along time since I have been on line.  I have really been busy with homelife errands.
I am also really busy working on my Christmas Challenges. I have made some committements that are a real challenge for me as I have never done them before..I am in Christmas Card Swap with my MMM group and I am not a card maker never really tried to do this I have a lot of stash I purchased from my friends shop when she went out of the business.  I dont know how to use a lot of what I have so today at My Favorite Place Grannys Korner Studio, is You Tube Day...I really want to learn how to emboss my stamps, but not having luck, I am not sure if the stamp pads if they are old, or I am  just not doing it right.???

I really don't have any new pictures or tutorial yet as they will be ready for the December Blog.
I am waiting to hear from Bobbie Percy from Genesis Heat Set Oils, I hope to get my certification pin and she is sending me a surprise package this week, so this will be a new Blog Page for Genesis I have used them for many years and love them...I also am blogging for DecoArt.

We just a horrible rain storm and electric was out about time I went to plug in my crockpot for supper.
The strom has passed supper is cooking and all is well in Bloomsdale.

I am off to You Tube...surffing.  Hope to make some friends happy Christmas cards.

Sunday Blessings... Sharon Estes (Shadee66 nickname on line).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Challenges: November Challenge Gratitude

This is my November Challenge 
We were to choose 4 colors and work with them and I choose American Multi-Satin 
Buff Beige, Dark Scarlet
Turquoise Waters
Limeade (americana acrylic)
Americana Gesso
Black Pitt Pen
My Verse is  The path I choose through the maze makes me what I am I am not only a ting, but also a way of being. One of many ways and knowing the paths I have followed and ones left. to take will help me understand what I am becoming. There are so many Doors to open I am impatient to begin.....

Blog: Monday Challenge Clouds

Hello from Grannys Korner Studio, Sharons favorite place today.  It is Sunday and normally I am not in the studio working but the week was busy and I didnt get much studio time, only oneday.
I am haveing problems with my Laptop and Windows 8, and it is in the shop so I am back on the trusty old desktop computer and my favorite Windows 7, so here I go with my challenge from a group I belong to, we were challenged with a word CLOUD,  we had to come up with a creative design well my is about to be posted.  

 I love to play with my Gelli Plate and make backgrounds for my journals and challenges. you can make a lot of different ones and then you can keep adding anything you want to them as you do your mixed media design. I keep it simple.this was the second pull and I used three colors from Americana DecoArt from ther oringianl line of acrylic paints, sky blue, french vanilla, soft white.   I then added my design using stamps and a stencil. The stamp was a precious moments of 2 angels on a cloud I stamped the cloud and just parts of the figures. I filled in the clouds with Decoart Molding Paste to give it Textue, to do this I use a very small palette knife and added the paste lke I was frosting a cake, the thicker you put it on the longer it takes to dry it should set overnight to be completly dry if you plan on paint on top of it. I also used the mollding paste on the stencil, and to apply the paste to the stencil use your platette knife and rub gently over the area of the stencil you want filled and scrape off the remaining excess.  Make sure to  was the stencil shortly after you use it as the paste dries on it and become hard to remove.  just a little tip.
The angels and bird were outlined in a sepia pitt pen and colored in with my prisma colored pencils. I used a sepia  pitt pen on the tree branch and a Creative Memories scrapbooking pen in green for the pine needles.
 The quote was taken from the internet. If you know the author please leave the name in my comments.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blog: DecoArt Blog Autumn Placemat

I used a canvas placemat and Gesso it with Decoart Gesso and let it dry overnight.  You need to weight down the mat to keep it from curling as it dries this is important to keep it flat when working on it so it lays flat when in use.    The second step was using this product called American Satin enamels, I used Dark Ecru, and applied it on with a baby wipe sometimes you may need to use several depending on the color you are trying achieve. I applied a light coat it gives it a transparent look where some of the white shows through, and some places are light and some are darker.
I let this dry for several hours if not completely dry for the next step you may use a heat gun to dry completely.  It is Important do not over put Heat Gun to close to canvas it can burn.


Step Three: I used a stencil that looks like a wire fence, do not know the name of stencil as I have had it in my supplies for years and the name is worn off.  To achieve the color I wanted I mixed these new American Multi surface acrylics, and I mixed three colors and mixed them together to get the proper color I wanted since I did not have the color on hand.  You can always mix your colors if you have the basics on hand to achieve the color you need.  Colors used were:  Buff Beige, Brown Sugar, Black.  I used a stencil brush to apply the stencil using a very dry brush I load my brush with paint and then wipe off on a scrap of denim from my hubbys old pants legs and this will dry your paint to a powder consistence.  When you are working with stencils use a circle motion so the paint does not go under you stencil and you will have a crisp edge when finished.  To clean you brush use Decoart Stencil and Brush Cleaner, apply a small drop on your palette paper or Tim Holtz work sheet and rub in a circlural motion and it will foam up and clean the brush and rub on a paper towel to dry. NEVER PUT YOUR STENCIL BRUSH IN WATER. 

Step Four: cut out your design from the Napkin of choice I was given this napkin in my napkin swap . The paper will be very thin and you must be very careful when handling the pieces. On the back side apply the Decoupage medium to glue to the surface and continue laying out your pattern an gluing down.  Let this air dry until hard to touch and not sticky at all.  You may have wrinkles or bubbles as you glue down gently smooth down with you finger or a small metal palette knife and use light pressure as it will tear very easy.   DO NO USE A HEAT GUN TO DRY IT WILL MELT THE NAPKIN. I have melted many napkins...OOps  you just add more of the same napkin piece on top of mistake you can add layers and layers of the napkins to your project.  All fixed.
When completely dry take the Decoupage and brush over the entire mat let dry completely and you can add more layers of Decoupage until you get the finish you want. It will be easy to wipe off messes with a damp rag.  It can be used over years if stored flat in dry space.

I left this mat very simple you could add as much decoration you want on your background there is no limits when it come to your creativity. 

This is the last of my Autumn Post  I will be doing Christmas projects the next few weeks...Everyone loves Christmas Decorations...And I have some great new products to share with you for those projects.  

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Happy Crafting <3

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Post: Mixed Media with Napkins.

I belong to a art group on face book and we have challenges each week and we decided it would be fun to have a napkin swap and see what  creative ideas developed.  It took me along time to decide to see what napkins I wanted to use as I received so many beautiful ones. It is hard to take one and tear it apart cut it up and glue it down.  After a lot of thought I decided Paris was what I wanted to do in a mixed media design.
I used a Gelli print in blue and yellow background it was a pastel print and matched the napkins. I then went through my Paris stamps and stamped on the background and took the napkin in my hands and started tearing and distressing it to be added to the piece. This was just a leap of faith that it would work.  I uses my Decoart deco page to glue the napkins down in the proper places and let it dry.  This is very important to just put the deco page on the backside of the napkin and lay on surface then  use your finger or a palette knife and smooth out the wrinkles unless you want the wrinkles for texture, I smoothed mine as much as possible and I had some tears and bubbles but that gave it character  You can add layer on top of layer to fix bad spots. It was really a challenge, but a successful one.
Now that the napkins had be put on a dried, I new it needed more and my 89yr old mother was setting at the painting table painting  a Santa gift bag for her Senior Apartment gift exchange in December, she looked at it and said "that looks like a fan", and a light blub went off in my head, and a friend Von popped in their also, yes it needs ""Foofy"" so I took out the white Deco art Gesso and a brush and made a lace edge around the fan.  I had to laugh because my mom can't  make much sense out of this type of art, she calls it "Funky Art".    The piece was finally finished with some detail around the edges now it is ready to be framed.
I am now posting the Finished project.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Home Hello November


November has arrived with all its beautiful colors reds, yellows, greens, burgundy's, plums and greys.
The past two day we were on the highway and country roads of Missouri and this has been the most beautiful drive looking at our beautiful country sided in a long time.  So take time and enjoy the beauty.
November is the month to remember what we are to think about what we are Thankful For, and this is a great time to make our daily journal to use a word each day what are you thankful for, and put in on a canvas or a card, a tag, we have a great challenge this month. I am sending this Challenge to my artist friends see what we come up with and post it in your blog or on face book  or send to me and I will add to my blog.
My first day in November Work is Thank You....Kyrs...for this great new Blog page design she is one talented lady and did a wonderful job on creating me a beautiful page.  She has a link and a new blog page look under links and click on her link and say Hi, and enjoy her great work. Fey Art Faeries is her link name.
What is new for me in November it is a busy month, I have projects to do send into Decoart for the helping artist projects and hope they are picked to be published. I will be posting projects on Decoart face book when they are finished and added to my blog with full instructions and products used. I just received my surprise box for Decoart yesterday so I am excited to get to the studio and play.
I have also joined a new group called Stamp Tv. I will be talking more about this in December updates will be shared on my face book until I have become familiar with this group.
Time to get into the studio and start creating.  
come back and see what is new in my Blog pages..
Sharon Estes