Mixed media Altered Box

Hi y'all,

Combining recycling and art is a sweet spot for me.  You might know that I'm a first grade teacher as well as Etsy shop owner and paper crafter.  These boxes held reading materials for my classroom.  I couldn't wait to unpack and get my hands on these boxes.   Three dimensional projects are fun and look pretty sensational.  And it's not harder than making art journal pages.



To begin I put FolkArt White Chalk paint all over, doing two sides and then flipping the box when the sides were dry.  Then I gently sanded the box to show some distress.  I used black gesso on the corners and journaled with a white Posca pen.  If you connect your words when journaling and don't stop to worry with spelling it looks pretty cool.  Just write whatever is randomly on your mind--it's not a novel.

Then I used Tim Holtz's Mini Harlequin stencil and dabbed Dina Wakely Turquoise paint through it randomly on each side of the box.  I added black using Momento Tuxedo Black ink stamping with Tim Holtz's French Script Stamp (I'm unable to find a link)Stamper's Anonymous Forever Art Stamp ( no link ), and Stampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set.  Don't worry if you can't find the exact stamps I used.  Go through your stash and find what cool thing you have.



Then using Dina Wakely Tangerine and Lemon Heavy body paint, I made flower blobs.  I used Evergreen paint for stems and leaves.  I  left this to dry completely.  I added details to  the flowers by making sketchy lines with a dip pen and India ink.   If you hold the pen towards the back, you get freer lines that just look better.  I added shading with some Pitt Big Brush markers in coordinating colors, and smudging the ink with my fingers.   Lastly, I used the white Posca Pen to add highlights.



I filled in the butterfly's body with a black Posca Pen and colored with wings with water and a brush and Scribble Sticks.    I wanted to use my Fruits of the Spirit stamp set because of the wise and beautiful words.  I stamped one work by each flower. For the absolute final touch I flicked paint on the box with the black pen.  You have to flick it pretty hard, but you'll fill in empty spots and pull the piece together.

Now I have a box to store art supplies in my studio.  I always seem to need another container to organize my supplies. Need to organize your studio or craft room?  Make a worthy box for yourself and practice your art at the same time.

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FolkArt White Chalk Paint
black gesso
Harlequin stencil
Dina Wakely Heavy Body Paint
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Sttampendous Butterfly Stamp and Die Set
dip pen
India Ink
Pitt Big  Brush Markers
Scribble Sticks

Stencilbop Challenge

Hey Y'all,

Hopefully, you're keeping cool in your corner of the world.  It's blazing hot here, but that's normal for Texas.

I found a cool challenge for you so you can escape the heat and learn a new trick or two.  Nathalie Kalbach is a mixed media artist who creates stamps and stencils that show her love for her town Jersey City.  Click here to find out more about Nathalie and her challenge.  I recommend following her on Instagram. Just search for her name.  The challenge is called Stencilbop and it's about using your stencils in tons of cool ways.  The challenge prompts are released each day in August.

Her first Challenge was to use your stencil with acrylic paint.  I used a make up sponge to dab paint through circle stencils,  For me that is the easiest way to apply paint through stencils.  I used a variety of circle stencils in a variety of sizes.  I tend to start with a light color with a bigger stencil and gradually get smaller and darker.  And of course I have to add journaling.

The 2nd prompt was Eye Candy, so use your favorite stencil.  I love so many of my stencils!  I chose  Cell Theory by TCW and sprayed Dylusions Spray Ink through it and then spritzed it with a ton of water to get some drips.  Then I doodled a giraffe with a Retractable Sharpie ( I love these pens)and some florals, adding details with a Pink Posca Paint Pen--say that three times fast!


The last one I'm going to show you is Day 8 Fusion.  In this one you fuse acrylic paints and stamping to get delicious results.  I started with a layer of Dina Wakely Media Turquoise paint over a dried layer of gesso.  Then I used Dina Wakely's bull's eye stencil and some of her marine paint for my background, dabbing lightly. I'm sorry I can't provide a link-it seems there are no Bull's eye stencils  left.  Any circular stencil should get you the same results.  For the stamping I reached for my Tiny Tree Ring stamp.  I tend to use it whenever I can, because it's a great stamp for art journaling and mixed media. I used Distress Ink in Blueprint for stamping randomly in the background. I quickly and sketchily drew a botanical shape with a Stabilo All Pencil.  I also journaled on a scrap of mono print.  I felt the page needed more black to support the black of the pencil, so I stamped my Tiny Tree Ring stamp a few times in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.  That balanced the page.
I know the Challenge has started, but the prompts go out and you finish when you can.  The group participating is very supportive.  Join us.

Warmly,
Carolyn

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Traveling Art Jounal

Hi y'all,

Summer is the time we dream of getting away from our daily routines.  I'm about to head to the lake and spend time with my Mom, Aunt and Uncle, and cousins.  My daughter lives nearby so she's going to pop in for a bit, too.  Whenever I travel, I truly miss my art studio.  It has all of my wonderful toys: Paints, paper, stamps, markers, etc.  A few years ago I started taking some materials with me.  Today I want to share with you how I build my kit, hoping you get away for a bit this summer.
Let's talk paper.  Usually I grab some sheets of watercolor paper from the pad. Without measuring I fold the paper in the size that I want to travel with me. I soak a round watercolor brush with water and paint a line down the fold.  I tear the the wet fold.  If your paper isn't tearing easily, wet it again. For my birthday this year, I received a Dina Wakely Media White Journal which has lovely white cotton paper. The book  is thick, but small.  I'm going to pack it this year to see how I feel about it.

Along with paper I usually bring some sort of water soluable medium to work with.  I'ver taken Scribble Sticks and watercolors. The Scribble Sticks are richly pigmented, you can color with them like a crayon, dip it in water and it looks like a marker, or brush a full waterbrush on the tip to pick up pigment that acts like watercolor.  The Jane Davenport Palettes are richly pigmented for watercolors, but easily thinned out with water.  A handy tin holds the color and a palette.   Both are fantastic.  Both come in a variety of palettes.
Travel watercolors

Scribble Sticks

If you like mixed media like me add some small scissors, a pencil, a glue stick, and a black and white paint pen.    Then find a pencil or make up bag that makes you happy to tuck your supplies in.  I found my canvas pencil pouch in a bargain bin. I have a tiny, adorable glass jar that I always bring, too. 
packed

I've shared some of my very favorite products to work and travel with,  If you've found something amazing, please tell.

Happy Trails,

Carolyn

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Materials used are affiliate links from Amazon because I live in the sticks.

Watercolor paper




Looking for Inspiration

Hi y'all,

It's so beautiful in the heart of hill country in Texas.  We've had rains (yay) and everything is green, full of life, and the temperature hasn't creeped to 100 yet.  I hope your summer is lovely and you've found time to create.

One nice thing about summer for teachers, is we have time to read.  I just finished the most brilliant book,  Steal like an Artist by Autstin Kleon.  This book is a clever combination of advice, affirmation and a kick in the pants. I love the hand drawn illustrations and how easily this book reads.  I can't reccommend this book enough.  You need one.


 I have a few sources to help you steal like an artist after you've read the book.  Helpful places for inspiration are blogs such as this one that walks you through a skill, technique  or philosphy of art journaling.  For inspiration click here.  Apps for your tablet like Bloglovin' help you find blogs that suit your interests.
It's about the process

Another free resource is YouTube tutorials.  When I discovered art journaling, I would search for tutorials for teach me how to do this art journal thing.  Yes, I went to YouTube U for my art degree!  For inspiration watch the video below.



Two other great places to find inspiration are Pinterest and Instagram.  Both can be used on a computer or handheld device.

My latest source of inspiration is the Collage Collective by Dina Wakely.  Her art journal work is bound in book for you to cut up and tuck in your art.  I have two.  One to steal from and one to use.  You can check it out here.


Inspiration is all around you and you are good enough right now to be on this art journey.  So get out there and steal!

Warmest wishes,

Carolyn

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Simple Florals with Contrasting Colors

Hi y'all,

It's so great to be back in this space.  May for teachers is always all consuming with reports, last minute conferences, meetings, field trips and parties that being in my studio is rare.  I did make a pile of cards, but I only posted those on Instagram.  There was no time to write.

I have a project for you that I made a while back, and am now posting.  It's a lovely simple floral design with layets of texture and color.  Here's a video for you.

This is all inspired by Tam LaPorte.  I ran into a class bundle she was selling to raise money for tree plantings.  As I love art and nature I had to check it out.  Unfortunately the window for this bundle is closed, but she is very generous.  If you sign up for her newsletter she sends free videos to your mailbox and she has many freebies on her site.  And I've discovered her classes worth the money. Here is a link.

This project is my practice from one of her classes.   I started with putting collage elements down on my page which makes me happy as I always save every scrap for a future project.  Then is simple drawings with layers of color.  As you tryit, please feel free to use your favorite mediums--I did.  I don't usually post materials because I feel you probably have something similar that you can use.

Thanks a million for being here.  I adore your comments.

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Warmest wishes,

Carolyn


Abstract Botanicals

Hi y'all,

I have fallen in love with Scribble Sticks and this project highlights them.  But the great news is you can do this project with any water soluable medium such as water colors, Tombow or Zig markers, and water coloring crayons.  I first did this project for Birgit Koopsen's Everything Circles Challenge--you can find out more about it here.


Another thing to love about this project is that it uses minimal supplies.  I will have a link to Scribble Sticks because they are a little trickier to find.

Here's is a process video if you'd like to know more.


If you try this project, it would be super awesome to see what you did.

Thanks for popping by!  Comments and subscribers are the best!

Warmly,

Carolyn

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