Thursday, February 27, 2014

Master Board Class at Ink About It

I taught my last class at Ink About It a few days ago.  I mentioned a few weeks back that they will be closing their doors in another month.  I'm trying not to be too sad about it.  We are all putting on a brave face and trying to focus on the good times that were had there over the past ten years.  With that being said, here are my students and some of the master boards that they created that night.  Every one has different combinations of their favorite colors.  We used the new irRESISTibles by Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts and Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley to make our master boards and then Sizzix dies to cut portions of the boards into flowers for card making.

This is my demo using Dylusions and a new stencil by Seth Apter.

I'm sorry I didn't get every one's photo and their work.  I always mean to do the group shot and forget every time.  Any way, we had a lovely time and all of us got good and inky.  Thanks for stopping by, take care~ Renee

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snowed in! But that's okay......

Yes, we're snowed in but that's okay.  Yesterday I received a care package in the mail from my BFF John Petersen at IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and boy did I need it!  John sent me the latest releases from IC/T namely the newest colored GooseBumps called "irRESISTibles" and the amazing Radiant NEON Pigment Inks in the following colors:   Electric Blue, Electric Green, Electric Pink, Electric Purple, E. Yellow, E. Coral and E.Orange.  All "Electric" colors in these new ink pads and that is not an exaggeration.  Just the thing for a day that looks like this from my window.

It started snowing around 8am and here it is almost 4pm with no signs of stopping any time soon.  But as I said that's okay since I have Electric Colors in my studio.  I thought I'd make a Master Board using the new NEON inks and the new colored GooseBumps called "irRESISTibles", and they are in a word that, irresistible.  I started with a large sheet of watercolor paper.  I stamped with an old favorite "Carte Postal" large stamp from Stampers Anonymous putting several colors on the stamp at one time and then spraying a light mist on the stamp.  The inks get activated this way and start blending like watercolors.  I stamped multiple times all over the paper, dried it completely, then put a TCW stencil on top.  I used the Julie Balzer stencil with a profile face covered in script.  I used several colors of irRESISTibles then lifted the stencil and allowed it to dry before cutting it up.
For the image on the post cards I used Dina Wakley's grunge girl stamps, my fave.  The heads are from Coffee Break Design, Inc and are pre-cut, which is fabulous.  Here's what I came up with:

Next time your day needs a little brightening try the NEON inks, they're really fun!  Take care, stay warm and as always, thanks for stopping by.  I always appreciate the visit, leave me a comment if you have time.  See you soon ~ Renee

Friday, February 7, 2014

Special requests for artwork

My studio has been full of color this week!  That's a good thing since it has been as white as SNOW outside.  Oh yeah, that is snow and there is more coming our way soon.  We've been nice and warm inside, great weather to do some artwork.  Oddly enough I had three requests this week.  One person wanted a special card, another a purple art journal type page and the third requested something made out of one of my masterboard pages.  I'm still working on the third request but this is what I came up with for the other two.

A special card for a very special friend who has been suffering with illness.  I thought a pretty card would be nice to look at if you're in bed for a week or so.  Marie Antoinette came to mind.

Now to come up with a purple background with an archery theme.  This is what I did for another friend using Dylusions spray inks, stencils and gesso.

Can't miss that target!  I hope you've all had a wonderful week and have great weekend plans.  Take care, stay warm and thanks for stopping by. ~ Renee