Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stampotique Guest Designer for the month of July! SDC: 202


This has been a hard secret to keep but I can finally share it!  I have been asked to be a Guest Designer on the Stampotique blog for the month of July.  This has been a dream of mine for several years so I am really going to enjoy all five projects that I've created for them this month.  The first challenge for July is hosted by Corrie and it is a ribbon challenge.  Corrie says "I struggle to use ribbon on my projects but I do like it.  So I want you to show me what you do with ribbon."

My finished project is a small art journal page showcasing one of Daniel Torrente's newer characters called SKIDDY.  I used self adhesive ribbon to give Skiddy something to stand on.   I have listed all the stamps I used for this.  I hope you'll join in this challenge, there is always the chance of winning some stamps from Stampotique!








Supply List

Creative Medium Green Iridescent paste
Stamps:  Stampotique:  Skiddy, Hanging Hearts, Beauty Verse and Hare
Inks:         StazOn Jet Black ink, StazOn Studio Glaze and Memento ink pens
Ribbons:  Self adhesive ribbons from Primio
Small Strathmore Mixed Media art journal, Stencil from Artistcellar, lines and circles from household items

Friday, June 26, 2015

A fun BBQ project using StazOn Studio Glaze

Today on the IMAGINE Crafts blog I'm sharing a chair banner I made for a friend of ours, Dave.   He is the BBQ King around here!  He told me this will accompany them on all camping trips to hang on his chair.






If you want to see how to make a banner for your own "King of Anything/Everything" just check out the step by step on the IC/T blog.  Have a great weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Mermaid with Tangled Hair



"I Live in the Mists of Time and Eternity"


I have been drawing faces for quite a while now, for something different I am trying to show emotion in the eyes.

This mermaid was sketched on top of watercolor paper that was previously coated with a thin layer of gesso.  The colors on the paper come from several sources.  First of all I applied StazOn Studio Glaze with a baby wipe in Emerald City, Blue Hawaii, and Cactus Green.  I watered down some of the Studio Glaze in Gold and using a paintbrush, splattered it across the page.  I allowed the colors to dry before I sketched her hair out around her face, dividing it into sections that could hold different tangled patterns.  Using a Micron 08 black pen I began tangling patterns into the sections.  I did use a Stabilo pencil in a couple of the sections and then turned it into a wash with a wet paint brush.  The fish tail is also done with StazOn Studio Glaze in the Cactus Green color applied directly to the paper and allowed to dry, which gives it dimension and texture.  I used a stencil to add more texture all around the image with Creative Medium Turquoise Iridescent paste.  Finally a light smear of Gelatos in Grape and Metallic Mint were blended down with a baby wipe to soften the edges.  In her hair is written "I live in the mists of time and eternity".

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments.  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Masculine Card

There are so many occasions to make and give masculine cards.  A friend of ours recently had a baby and the new Dad would certainly enjoy knowing he was not forgotten in all of the excitement!  You don't have to look far for an reason to use some wonderful masculine colors in card making.



If you would like to see the step by step tutorial just pop on over to the IMAGINE Crafts blog.  I hope you're planning a great weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Mixed Media Bridal Shower Card

This month I created a mixed media card for a bride who prefers things a little out of the ordinary.  If you'd like to see the step by step instructions you can check it out on the IMAGINE Crafts Blog, here's the link.



There are several projects created by different Artists in Residence on the IC/T blog for you to enjoy.  I hope you're having a great weekend!  Take care, Renee xxx

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Stampotique Challenge ~ SDC # 198

There is a challenge going on this week over at Stampotique.  If you want to enter it is simple:  go to their site, read the rules/follow them, show your image off.  The Challenge is from Gez Butterworth and it is a simple one, use your favorite stamp.  My favorite stamp is usually my newest stamp.  This one is by Kate Crane called Angel Squared.

To make this I started with a postcard piece of watercolor paper, 6" by 4", that had a layer of gesso on it.  I do sheets of watercolor paper with an application of gesso on them, let them dry and then set them aside for future creations.  I applied StazOn Studio glaze on the paper with a baby wipe for the background, using Orange Zest and Spiced Chai to tone it down.  When this was dry I stamped off some other stamps randomly and then stamped my angel image with StazOn Jet Black ink and Kate's stamp.  I heat set this with my heat gun and then started coloring in areas with a Memento marker called Angel Pink.



The wings, shoelaces, band on the robe & the heart are edged with Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher and allowed to dry.  For the gold dots, heart and shoes I used Gold StazOn Studio Glaze directly to the image and allowed it to dry.  I love the way the Studio Glaze can be watered down or used for a 3D effect.
When everything had dried completely I used a couple of Artistcellar stencils and some gesso to add more texture on top of everything.  Finally I edged the card with  Jet Black StazOn ink.


This could be used as a postcard or matted on some black cardstock and used for whatever.

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate your visits and comments during this difficult transition period for me.  It looks like it will still be a couple of months before we're actually moved in and settled in our new location.  But it's okay, I travel with all sorts of art supplies!  Take care ~ hugs to you all~ Renee

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tilted Up Stenciled Face

I am still intrigued with making faces.  I go through spurts with my creativity and periodically get "stuck" on certain techniques or making a series of projects that are all similar.  Do you do that too?

I have been making other things but can't share them as yet but I can share the faces I've been drawing in between.  I used the Jane Davenport stencil called Tilted Up  to draw this one.  Her face is colored with PanPastels, Memento Markers and white Signo pen.  The black background is painted with Dyan Reaveley's new black paint.  I must admit Dyan's paints are light, cover well, dry quickly and have a nice feel to them after they dry.


Now I just need to journal on the left side with a white pen or I could do a Zentangle design with that same Signo white pen.  Decisions, decisions!  I hope you're having a great week and doing something creative.  Take care ~ Renee