Artist Trading Coins

Hi y'all,

I'm back!  Did you miss me?  I missed you!  I was neck deep in Art Journal Summer School and then actual school began.  I'm starting to feel things are normal.  I just hope I didn't just jinx myself!  I'm hoping to share my Art Journal Summer School pieces in the next week or two.

But this week it's all about Artist Trading Coins.  I follow Paper Artsy Blog because it's full of whimsical and beautiful art, and we are always invited to play along.  This month's topic is Artist Trading Coins.  Like Artist Trading Cards they are small bits of art to share, just in a round form.  To find out more, click here.
bonus image of my well loved craft sheet :)


I begain my coins, by choosing a mono print. Mono prints are a great way to add instant color and texture.  They are ready made backgrounds. Then using my 2 1/2 circle punch, I popped out six colorful circles.  I went around the outside of the circles with a black Pitt Big Brush Marker.

I have one cherished Paper Artsy stamp set called ETS02.  I used the smaller stamps to add these small circles on my paper circles.  They are so cool! I added details with black and white markers.  Perfect.

Next I chose some Doodle Blossoms from my Doodle Blossoms Stamp set and stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored them with Copic markers.  After fussy cutting them, I arranged the blooms on the circles.  When they were arranged to my liking, I adhered them with matte medium.  When they were dry I added details with black and white markers. A few Nuvo drops finished off the blossom details.



For the finishing details I added some stickers from my Paper Poetry and Paper Faith collections.  I used a Stabilo pencil to outline the stickers.  
Artist Trading Coins
These coins are quick and fun to make.  They are great to trade with crafty buddies or even to add to a project.  You gotta try them!

Warmly,

Carolyn

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Winners!

Hey y'all,
I'm back to school officially today so I know my crafty art lifestyle is going to placed on the back burner.  For many of you school means more crafty time so I wanted to do this giveaway.  If you are not the lucky winner today, worry not because I hae a 30% of storewide sale going on in August and you can still get yourself a prize.

Here are a few favs:
Love letters Stamp set


Vintage Geranium


Blessings Stamp set and Doodle Blossoms Stamp set
Happy New (school) Year!

Carolyn

P.S. Winners share your address and a prize will soon be yours!







A Scrappy Post, a Sale, and Blog Candy!

Hey y'all,

Summer is buzzing by fast for this school teacher and pretty soon I'll will be hip deep in first graders.  Summer is great, but the start of a fresh school year is lovely, too.

 In the summer, I get to make something every day and those scraps pile up.  I committed myself to using some up.  I chose snips and bits of paper that looked great together and started there.
some paper scraps that can be friends

A great way to use up scraps is to make cards and I always need cards.  My first card is made with strips 
of the scrap paper I collected.  I was lining all the scraps up nicely and neatly when it struck me --that's not me.  So I made the next ones wonky.  I splattered on ink from a white acrylic paint pen.  My sentiment is from my Love Letters Stamp Set and says Hugs.  I outlined  hugs with the paint pen.  I felt like the card needed something when I looked at it (You know what I mean!)  So I add a dash line above the last strip with a fine line Sharpie.  This card took maybe 12 minutes and I think it's adorable!

For my next card I dug in my box is punches.  I found that was designed to hold a sentiment, but I wondered what a bunch of them would look like together.  I got to punching and punched and punched.  

The paper I used was double sided so I glued them in rows  of alternating colors.

Rabbit trail:  The gray paper is scrap waste from the print shop.  My sweet Joe knows I like interesting paper and the texture on this is luscious.  Print shops trim paper so there is always waste which they recycle, but I'd imagine they'd like to give cool paper to you.  Just ask.  Tell them Carolyn sent you --ha!

Meanwhile back on the craft desk....
untrimmed


trimmed



I'm not ready at all to think about Christmas, but it was staring me in the face so I cut out jingle out of some gold vintage paper and poster paper.  (The jingle is Tim Holz die set. ) I layered them and my first Christmas card is done.  I'm ahead of the game!

Merry Christmas

For my last card I need to add a few more scraps, but don't worry--I have plenty!

I looked through my punches again and found a little banner punch.  After I punched up little banner I glued them to a split card front (half gray, half patterned)  I didn't hole punch and add string--I cheated!  I drew string and added a dot of Nuvo drops in Bubblegum Blush.   (The sentiment came from the Spellbinders Mystery Box this summer--what a steal.  They look to be sold out now but they do have some serious sales.) A few dash lines in my Sharpie added the final detail and now I have a Birthday Card ready.

I'm curious to see what other punches would make great cards.  I'll share on Instagram.


Love those scraps!

Carolyn

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Art Journal Page for Artful Evidence Facebook group

Hi y'all,

Last week I wrote to you about why challenges are good for us, but I saved one to talk about this week.  I'm part of the Facebook group Artful Evidence founded by the talented Rachel Black.  Each week the group receives a new challenge like flowers, greenery, landscape, and many others.  We post to an album.  It always amazes me how supportive this little group is. If you are just getting your feet wet in art journaling this is the group for you.  Just go to Facebook and search for Artful Evidence.

This last week was week 20 and it was free choice, so I decided to practice making dolls.  I'm taking Art Journal Summer School class led by Marieke Blok and she shared how she makes dolls.  I used some of her techniques and a few others to create a doll for my free choice post.


Here's a process video of the page:



You may have noticed I've stopped sharing materials on my blog.  There are so many luscious materials to choose from that will do a great job.  I use the materials that I'm most comfortable with or that will work best for  a particular project.  If you are curious about a particular product that I use, leave a comment and I'll share with you!

I hope to see you on Artful Evidence or another challenge soon!

Warm wishes,

Carolyn

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Challenge yourself!

Hi y'all,

June went by so fast, but I feel renewed after some rest, change of scenery, and time spent with family and friends.  I also spent time this year immersed in challenges.  Many artists and art companies offer challenges to promote their products, have giveaways, or just for the joy of art.

Why Challenge yourself?  I think because you get shoved right out of your comfort zone and grow.  People who enter the challenges are like us--traveler's on this art journey.  Some are better than us, some not, all are generally kind and helpful.
Show Us Your MEdia

Here are a few of my favorites:


Dina Wakely Mixed Media Tribe is a FaceBook group held together be an appreciation of Dina's luscuious art products.  Each month a new challenge is announced.  Hand in Hand with this is Ranger Ink's Show us your Media challenge.  They both have monthly challenges and offer prizes.  They both require you use Dina Wakely Media products.  She has a wide variety of stamps, stencils, and paints.  If you don't have one of her products, it's worth the investment.
Dina Wakely Media Tribe

Paper Artsy Challenge
Paper Artsy has a gorgeous blog and instead of a challenge they have a topic.  Every week they show stunning examples of the current topic using their products.  They invite us to play along with their topic, and would like us to use their products, but don't require it.  They also offer a prize.  I don't enter every challenge, but I'm amazed by what is possible.  And of course they have lovely products.

The super talented Kathy Racoosin hosts the 30 Day Coloring Challenging.  Her challenge is low stress and warm and welcoming. She encourages all to color a little everyday as she shares a trove of tips. This is a good place to get your feet wet if it's your first time to join a challenge. She just wrapped up a challenge, but she'll probably have another for all of us before too long.

30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hopefully you're inspired to join a challenge and push yourself as an artist.  If you have just the best idea for a challenge that I chould offer in the future, I'd want to hear it!!!

Now get out there!

Warm wishes,

Carolyn

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Watercolor Sky for Card Backgrounds

Hey y'all,

It's so lovely you stopped by because I've been away for a bit.  The end of school with all the paper work, field trips, and making memories doesn't leave much time left for crafting, but it's summer now--beautiful summer with it's gift of time.

I figured out a way to make a simple watercolor sky for card backgrounds.  I'm just learning to watercolor and experts may sigh at my method, but it's easy and works for me every time.  Here's a quick video:






Taping watercolor paper to an old cutting board with plain old painter's tape is the first step.  Then grab a wide, flat watercolor brush and paint water on the front until it is completely wet. 



Load up your brush with blue watercolor.  I used Winsor and Newton Cerulean.  Go back and forth across your watercolor paper keeping your brush full of paint.  I also use gravity to help out by putting something under the top end.  

Take a Kleenax and wad it up.  Press down on the watercolor lifting up paint and move it a bit until it is cloud like.  I used Payne's Gray by Winsor and Newton to add some shadow, but I've had some luck with a darker shade of blue and purple, too.  

For more constrast I watered down some Liquidtex Gesso and dabbed that on the clouds, too.

When all was dry I stamped my Bitty Balloon Stamp on the corner using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used Caran D'ache colored pencils to color in the balloon stamp.  (My husband bought them on our honeymoon and I've sort of confiscated them.)  I used white first to make the colors on top brighter.  I finishe the card with a sentiment from Paper Smooches called Scripty Sayings. 
This next card features an adorable paper airplane from my Love Letters Stamp Set.


Making a watercolor sky is easy peasy!  I challenge you to try it.  I'd sure love to see what you make.  You can do it!

Blessings,

Carolyn

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