Monday, November 30, 2015

Mini Wood Pallet Art from Art-C

Every time I see a wood pallet on the side of the road I'm strongly tempted to stop and put it in the back of my truck so I can create some artwork on it.  My husband keeps saying that it wouldn't be a good idea....blah, blah, blah.  So you can imagine my excitement when Momenta/Art-C, you know the ones who created The Groove Tool, asked me if I'd like to create a project for Art-C using their Mini Wood Pallets and Art-C paints.  They very kindly sent me this box full of goodness:

I've been playing around mixing the paints, watering them down, sponging them through stencils, all the usual techniques and must admit I am a fan.  A little bit of the paint goes a long way and it blends beautifully.  The pallets are all different sizes as you can see in the photo.  I chose one that measures 6" by 6" for my first project and used the mini stencils, collage kits and clips to decorate with.  Here's what I created as my first small wall hanging.

Supply List
Art-C Products
  • 6" by 6" Art-C wood Pallet
  • Art-C paints:  Gel Stain: Blue, Chestnut;  Metallic Paint:  Gold;  Ultra Chalk:  White
  • Art-C Adhesive Stencils:  Chevron & Lattice
  • Art-C Clips
  • Art-C Collage Kits:  Word Play, Ephemera, Botanical
  • The Groove Tool
Other supplies used:

Thread, ribbon, adhesive, bottle cap for circles, old credit card for lines, paintbrushes, spray water bottle, craft mat, paper cutter, scissors, Baby Wipes, permanent black ink


1.  Mix paints either on a craft mat or directly on the wooden pallet, blend together with a baby wipe until you have the desired color.  When the paint is dry apply some of the White Ultra Chalk paint and blend it with the baby wipe.  Allow to dry naturally or with a heat gun.  Use the Groove Tool with the Coarse Sanding tip to rough up the surface a tad, just to distress it a bit.

2.  Place the adhesive stencil on the painted pallet, using a sponge and Gold Metallic Paint, sponge the paint onto the board, move the stencil and apply as much as desired.

3.  Rinse off the first stencil, adhere the Chevron stencil and apply White Ultra Chalk Paint with a sponge.

4.  Use a bottle cap and the white paint to make circles on the board, apply some of the Chestnut Gel Stain to a craft mat, mix it with water, load a paint brush and flick droplets onto the board for added interest.  Allow to dry.  The edges were distressed with the Gold Metallic paint and followed up with black ink to tone it down a little.  Just use a blending tool to apply a small amount of black ink to the edges.  Lines were made with an old credit card and the black ink pad.
5.  Choose the ephemera to decorate the prepared surface.  The lace trim was colored using the Blue, Chestnut and Gold paints.  Roll the lace or ribbon in the paints, spray with water until you have the desired color and dry.  Ink the edges of the other items with ink pads or sponge with the paints.  The wooden word "love" was colored with the Gold and Chestnut paints.  When everything is dry just start making the desired arrangement.

6.  Here is my lovely little piece of Wood Art Pallet art!  You could add personal photos, etc. to the mix.  Whatever your heart desires.  These Wood Pallets could also be arranged to make a Pallet Collage, the possibilities are running through my mind even as we speak. 

My thanks to Catherine Scanlon at Momenta/Art-C products for thinking I might like to give this a try.  I will share with you the other projects I create along the way using the Wood Art Pallets.  So nice not to have to pick up giant pallets on the side of the road, these are just my size.  

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits and hope you have time to leave a comment.  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, November 27, 2015

Mail Art Envelope

If you have some time today you can pop on over to the IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko blog and see a piece of mail art that I created using their products and a little Zen Doodling with a Micron pen.  Here's the link and a sneak peek.

I hope you like it.  Warm wishes to you all ~ hugs ~Renee

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Chunky ATC made with Digis

I recently came across some lovely digi designs made by the wonderful artist Julie Lee and sold in her Etsy shop.  (here's the link in case you want to check them out for yourself)  I love to download sheets like this, it is truly instant gratification!  Julie Lee does some adorable faces sized to fit an ATC, I cut out the panels, added some stamping and distressed the edges.  Just glue them to the wood block and enhance.

Thanks for stopping by, if you get a chance check out Julie Lee's work!  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, November 20, 2015

Kodak Moments in Myrtle Beach, SC

As I mentioned before we have recently relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC.  The scenery here is different from Massachusetts but equally beautiful in a different way (read:  no snow).  My daughter, Holly, came last week for a visit and we did a lot of exploration around the area.  Here are a few snapshots of some of the activities that took place over the course of the week.  Fun!  Lots of Starbucks!!

A little mother/daughter time together

The Boardwalk Ferris Wheel

The view from the Ferris Wheel, I didn't know Holly hates ferris wheels!

A helicopter ride was involved

Holly was happy, I was terrified for 3 minutes, she didn't know I hate helicopters.  :-)

The view from the helicopter of the shoreline

Lots of walks on the beaches here

Sunset walk on Pawley's Island just down the coast

Those are just a few of our photos from last week.  Wouldn't this be a great place for an Art Retreat?
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share some great memories with you!
Hugs  ~ Renee

Friday, November 13, 2015

Green with Envy card

Here is a fun card to check out on the IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko blog today.  It is an all occasion card made using Memento Luxe inks and Stampotique stamps.  Here is a peek and the link to the tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your visit as well as each and every comment!
Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stampotique Challenge "Bright Colors" ~SDC220~

This week Carol Fox is the hostess on the Stampotique Designers Challenge and she is challenging us to "Bright Colors"
Here is what Carol says about this challenge:

"Bright eye popping colors to brighten up November"

So let's see your best and brightest projects this week.

Your participation could lead to winning a great prize!

This started as just a warm up sheet of paper using stamps and tangling around them.  I usually practice Zentangle patterns early in the morning while I have my coffee.  When the paper is filled up it goes into the pile to be photocopied or cut up, whatever I need it for.  I used exclusively Stampotique stamps on the paper before adding the Zentangle patterns.

Here it is in black and white.  I wish I had used a heavier paper instead of just card stock.  I started out with Brushos and water which made the paper twist and warp.  I then switched over to Memento markers and colored it in like one of those new-fangled coloring book pages.  Fun.  Later I can cut it up and make whatever out of it.

Stampotique Stamps used for this:

  • Girl with heart purse
  • Portland
  • Girl with Lunchbox
  • Blah, Blah, L'artist & People Person

Other supplies:
  • Micron black pen
  • Memento Markers
  • Brushos w/water

I am also submitting this to Craft Stamper's Take It Make It Challenge for November~ Take a Stamp

Thanks for your visit, I always appreciate it!  Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Just a whisper of color from StazOn Studio Glaze

Check out the tutorial on the IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko blog showing how to make this cute little canvas!  Here is the link.  Sneak peek below.

Just A Whisper Of Color

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