Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A glimpse inside CHA Anaheim 2016 and Stampington

Hi I'm back!  My stay in California not only included several days at CHA but also a month long visit with my 90 year old mother.  I stayed after CHA to take care of her and allow my siblings a well deserved rest.  So my visit was very busy and I didn't have my computer with me hence my long silence.

I wanted to share some photos of what it's like being inside CHA, a couple of the classes taught there and also a quick side trip to Stampington in Laguna Hills.

First I picked up my friend Marjie Kemper at CHA and we drove south to Stampington to visit editor Devon Warren.  Here is a photo of Devon, on the left, and her sister who also works at Stampington.

It was pouring rain that day and we had trouble locating the offices, which is comical since I used to work almost directly across the street about 30 years ago.  Here's the outside of the office.

We couldn't take many photos inside to share since most of it is top secret and hasn't been published yet.  Over the weekend I had the privilege of meeting many more editors and the CEO of Stampington, Kellene Giloff, which quite frankly blew my mind.  I met up with my friend, the highly published Tenia Nelson, and together we visited the Stampington booth at CHA.  It was a terrific experience to hear some of their ideas for next year.

Marjie taught a class sharing a lot of mixed media ideas, it is obvious by the smiling faces that it was a success.  I was fortunate that she had my daughter and me assist her during the class.  We benefited by hearing the class and getting to hang out with Marjie and other great artists.

The lull before the storm

Students from all around the world

I met Tracy Weinzapfel through Marjie and this resulted in being asked to assist her with her class the next day!  Who would say no to that, not me.  Fun, fun, fun!

More about that in the next blog post.  Here are a few of the other artists that are readily available at CHA and teach techniques throughout the day.

Seth is a lovely person, he was doing a demo for Spellbinders.

It was so fun to capture John's expression when he looked up and saw me in the audience.  Surprise!

For an artist CHA is a complete sensory overload experience!  So much to see and so many things to do at this event.  It goes on for days and yet it seems impossible to see everything.  All the new products are being demonstrated every step of the way.  Ranger had all of their Signature Designers there such as:  Tim Holtz, Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley.  It is amazing to be able to just watch these designers create and discuss their techniques in such a relaxed atmosphere.

I hope you enjoyed the few photos that I had on my camera to post.  There are many more on my iPhone but I'll spare you from having to look at all of those too.

I will share with you more about Tracy's class in a couple of days.  Thanks so much for stopping by, it is so good to be home, back in my studio and online again.  I missed you all more than you know.  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, January 15, 2016

CHA Anaheim new releases from Art-C

Hi there!  I'm sharing a couple of small canvases made with the new releases of acrylic paints and stencils from Art-C.  Here's another shot of the box of goodness they mailed to me to try out.

Here are two cute little canvases I created using the acrylic paints and stencils from the box.

I layered the Walnut Brown Luxe color onto the canvases first using the lattice stencil.  The Metallic Gold paint can be applied straight from the tube to the canvas or through a stencil such as the Bee or Butterfly stencils.  I wrote the words with the tube of Ultra Chalk black matte paint.  The edges can be painted on with the Gold Metallic paint or make a raised design directly from the tube.

The products are very fun and versatile!  Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share these tiny creations.  Take care ~ hugs, Renee

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Friday, January 8, 2016

What's new with Art-C?

Recently a box of goodness was mailed to me from Art-C.  They have lots of new products and I was delighted to get a sneak peek and a chance to try them out!

You can see the wonderful paints and stencils enclosed.  The paints in the circular tubs are the most wonderful colors with a little metallic added to them.  I used the products on a canvas that did not have any gesso as a base so the colors are deeper but I was still able to move them around and lift off color with a baby wipe.

I started with a stencil and the Ultra Chalk black matte paint.  I applied this with a sponge.

The stamp was one that I carved a few months ago, I painted the black paint on that with a brush and stamped the canvas.  Then the turquoise blue paint was applied with a brush and wiped off with a baby wipe.  The Walnut Brown Luxe is my favorite and was easily applied and then watered down to allow it to run down the canvas.  A roll of paper towels came in handy to stop the drippage and lift off color.

A little bit of Gold Metallic paint followed by stenciled flowers in Ultra Chalk Grey, Country Green leaves and more of the Walnut Brown Luxe, all applied through stencils.

It's fun to just play until you get that look that makes you happy.  This small 6" by 6" canvas almost resembles a tile.  I completed a couple of tiny canvases that I'll share with you in a later post.  These are all new products just released by Art-C.  They're easy to use and have lovely colors!

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you can.  Hugs ~ Renee

Monday, January 4, 2016

My word for the year 2016

I can't believe it is 2016 already!  The year has flown by with many changes that have required a lot of adapting.  My word for this year is a simple one:  Happiness.  I also have included a symbol on my canvas, that of an arrow.  An arrow has to be pulled backwards on the bow in order to be launched forward into the unknown.  Isn't life like that?  A few steps backwards and then suddenly a huge leap into the future.

I wish you all happiness for 2016 and beyond.  I'll be heading off to California tomorrow and hope to photograph a few of the highlights at CHA in Anaheim while I'm there visiting family.  I also plan on seeing my dear friend Marjie Kemper while there.  Hopefully there will be lots of pictures.  :-)))))

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and comments.  Take care, hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Make a practical little gift box

 Well, my 2015 term as a DT member with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko is nearing its end.  It has been a fun year creating projects for them 3 times a month but there's a new team in place for 2016 and it's time for me to move on.  I will always love their products, I do believe they are exceptional and I will continue to use them.  This project is a gift box and is great for holding completed Zentangle tiles or even coasters.  Here is how I made it.

Supply list
IC/T supplies
Delicata 4 ink pad
irRESISTible Pico Embellishers:  Bronze, Copper
Memento Markers:  Pistachio, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Love Letter
StazOn:  Jet Black ink pad
Miscellaneous supplies
Old book paper, Stabilo All pencil, Golden Self Leveling Gel Medium, watercolor paper, Idea-o-logy metal feet and pull knob, card board cardstock, Chalkboard Paint, The Groove Tool with sandpaper tip, adhesive

1.       Choose a card board box, new or recycled and paint it inside and out with black Chalkboard paint.  Use the Groove Tool with the sandpaper tip to rough up the edges and apply a small amount of red marker to distressed edges.  When dry attach metal feet to the bottom of box with a strong adhesive and begin working on the lid.

2.        Cut a piece of background paper, this one is from a previous master board.  Cut a flower basket out of old book paper and adhere it to the background panel.

3.        Stamp flowers and cut them out using old book paper.  Glue the flowers to the panel, color in the flowers and leaves with Memento Markers.  Use a stencil and some gesso to make a tablecloth at the bottom of the basket.  Allow to dry.

4.        Use the irRESISTible Pico Embellishers to outline the flowers.  Screw the handle onto the middle of the arrangement.  Add metallic colors from the Delicata 4 ink pad.

5.        Adhere panel to a piece of card board cardstock, glue with a strong adhesive to the box.

6.        Apply dots with Copper irRESISTible Pico Embellisher; when dry apply a coat of Golden Self Leveling Gel to seal.  This can be filled with coasters, photos, candy, etc.  Whatever fits.

Thanks for stopping by!  Leave a comment if you have a moment, I love reading what you think.  Take care, hugs ~ Renee

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Got your coloring book? Now what......

Once you purchase a coloring book you may what do I do with it?  Why, color in the pages, of course!  What can you color it with?  Anything you've got on hand.  I started coloring in some of the pages in my copy of The Coloring Studio, it took longer than I expected.  Each page is unique in its representation of the artist who created it.  It is more like a workbook to me since there are so many instructions and hints throughout the entire book.  I started with one of my favorites, Mou Saha, on page 100.  I used Pan Pastels, Memento Markers, gesso, stencils, Micron pens and an irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.  It was a meditative, fun, relaxing experience.  You are not facing a blank page and have the liberty to do whatever floats your boat.  This is what my first page looks like now.

Next I thought it only fair that I color my own design on page 60.  The beauty of the book is that you can add even more doodling to the pages or add stamps, etc. to the pages.  Remember the quote that says "art is never finished, just abandoned".  Play with the pages until you feel like abandoning them.  Here's my page.

I couldn't seem to stop adding tangles, color, stamps, etc. to the page.  Finally abandoned.

Whatever coloring book you choose I hope you're having some relaxing moments with it!  Later down the road I'm sure I'll be tearing out pages and doing other projects with them but for now I'll leave them in the book.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you're having a good one.  Hugs ~ Renee

Monday, December 14, 2015

Published! The upcoming issue of the Stampers' Sampler

Wow!  I just received my advance copy of the Stampers' Sampler and I was thrilled to see some of my work in print.  It has been a long year with moving and all, that made it difficult for me to submit work to publications on a regular basis.  I felt a bit like a gypsy with my plastic tubs of art supplies, dragging them from one place to another for months on end.  When we finally loaded up my Jeep to drive down from Massachusetts to South Carolina almost the entire truck was full of my art supplies.  It's a good thing we had movers bringing the furniture and close friends driving Joe's car down full of clothes, etc.  Seriously, it was a little ridiculous but, oh well, bygones.  Here is what the next issue looks like and a few of the pages.

Finnabair's new stamps by Prima

Kate Crane's new stamps by Stampotique

The issue is loaded with great ideas.  So many wonderful artists have contributed, there are lots of new techniques to try.  My friend Lynne Moncrieff has some LOVELY cards on 58 & 59 of this issue that are gorgeous. If you're near a Barnes & Noble or any where else the magazine is offered be sure and check it out. 

 Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my joy with you!  Hugs ~  Renee