Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blog: Paris Dream Napkin Collage

I have always wanted to visit Paris, and that was one of dreams so I collect Paris items and do art with them. In a great group artMUSEment group just had a great napkin and art stash swap it was really fun and  I collected all the art napkins I could get my hands on..and even borrowed some great friends Paris stamps.
I also belong to a group call Creative Innovations and we are a group of art discussions and learning so I will be posting this blog for these groups..

This is the finished Picture and
 all the Items  I used will be posted at the end of this tutorial.


The first step to making a collage is as follows.:

  • I chose an Illustration board the size is a rectangle shape not real sure of the size it was just there and I like to use for framing a project it is not heavy in a frame
  • I Gessoed the background and I used my Gelatos in red, yellow and purple and applied them in a scribble manner and then took a baby wipe and blended them together until I got the background color I like to go with napkins I had chosen to use. 
  • In this picture is the background color and I like to add stamps to my backgrounds and I used a collection from my Paris stamps and used the  Tim Holtz distress ink pads and stamped the background in a pattern that would flatter the napkin collage.  Be sure to heat set the design you stamped on the illustration board as this ink will reactive and with you use water or a moist baby wipe.
  • The next step is as follows that is now using the napkins and making your collage layout..please note to take pictures when you finish laying out the collage so when you are ready to decopage it down and lift it off the surface you remember where the pieces go...
  • I do not put the decoupage on the underside of my napkins as it makes the napkins work and not tear as easy. I lay each piece where I want it and then decoupage it very thin starting from the middle of the piece and work to the edge. I repeat this till I get all my pieces where they belong. This is very time consuming and takes patience. 
  • Here is the Picture of the Napkin Collage to this step: 2

Second Step

  • I used my heat gun to make sure all was dry and then I decided to try the Tim Holz crackling medium This was just a last minute thought never tried it before so I took and used a soft large brush and covered the entire project with the medium and let it dry and as it stated to crackle I used my heat gun to make it work faster as my patience are short, and it turn the project a little darker and all the pretty tiny cracks were perfect even the napkin did some cracking and it brought the texture out and aged the piece.
  • I needed something in the upper left hand corner so I went to my flower stash from Pirma flowers and made a floral arrangement in that corner and use my 450 Helmar glue which I really love..
I was still wanting some more texture so I used the Lindys Gang Dauber "Coco Bean" and added splashes and then sprayed with Lindys Gang spray "Clam Bake Beige" and this brought a real shinning glimmer to the background and made the crackle really pop.
  • This needed some white added so I outlined with a Signo White Pen and did a ruffley boarder and dots and doodles around the napkins. Then I added my friends stamps, Paris in Green and Remember Paris, and I added the title Paris Dream.

Floral Corner.....
  • Products I used

Napkins and  Stamps.

Distress inks and Lindys Gang dauber and spray.

Follow your Dreams...2014 
Sharon Estes.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog: Happy Memorial Weekend...Update on Granny.s Korner Studio.

These are pictures of a small Very small ATC card is going in the mail in June to a swap partner the group word was Doodling and color.
I used a .01 Mico Pen from Sakura and filled with colored Gelli pens. and with my bad eye this was a great challenge but I am very happy with it.

Tag for a special Facebook friend and it was a large printed tag and I splattered it with Lindys Ink dauber Love the dobbers so much fun to use if you are frustrated the harder you hit the surface the better the splatter. I then sued a lot of homemade sprays and Lindys sprays and dried and used Black Soot Distress Ink to do my stamping and the long detailed stamp is a new stamp I bought from Frosted Designs, and this was my first time using it, it is very detailed and has a beautiful butterfly and lot of detail along with the number 36, it was a clear cling stamp. Very good detail after it was stamped.  The eyes were some old stamps I had in my drawer from a collection of stamps I bought from a friend who was going out of the stamping and card making business, so I don't have a lot of detail of the maker of them.  This was also used in a Word52 card project each week that I belong to it was the Word Observe...and I the back side has a message to the person the tag was sent. I am so glad to see she posted it on our group Creative Innovations.
These are more tags I made for gifts and ATC Swaps the top tags are RAK cards that went with a napkin swap we did last week in a group belong to What fun we had swapping 
The bottom picture is a ATC card for the Word Birds, I used a tag and added Birds and butterflies and flowers from my empheme stash and I did some had doodling around the edge with my green gelli pen.
The Bird is a watercolor postcard I painted for the receiver and her husband for their anniversary and seen a napkin from my collection. This was our May Swap.
Word52 Card  Dictionary my interpretation of the word in MixedMedia. 
I used a Large Index card and used Decoart Gesso and let it dry. Then I used Gelatos and marked up the backgroug with Yellow, Orange, Red, and took a baby wipe and smoothed the background until I liked it.
I added a pape section of a old dictionary with words on it and then I too a stamp I have with background words on it and stamped with Black Soot Distress Ink, and a small piece of scrapbook paper with words and writing on it all the paper was decopaged down with Modge Podge Antique and when dried I added the Washi tap in three places and then distressed the edges with Distressing Ink Pad. 
Happy Mothers Day  Scrapbook Page for my Mothers Album.
The background is a piece of scrapbook page. The Rose is a stamp on Watercolor paper and I used water colors and colored pencils to paint the rose and distressed the watercolor paper and glued with YES Paste it holds and does not wrinkle I did not decoupage this  page.  I used a Black Gelli Pen and did some Wonky Lettering I learned for a Video "Sunday with Sandee".  and the lower corner I used a scrap of paper with a design I liked and a round circle that said Love. Then I stamped a Thinking of You  on it and signed it with personal message. She put it in the book on a beautiful large 12X12 Scrapbook paper background I did not get that picture yet on my to do list.

This has been a busy Memorial Weekend and I am trying to catch up on a lot of project on my work table. There will be more posting of many of my works in progress as I finish them.
Sharon Estes.