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Creating an “Artpron”

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I know, I know.. where have I been, right?  I’ve been on an unplanned art hiatus, I guess. We all know how life gets in our creative way, at least for me. I’ve always said.. I can juggle 10 balls in the air, but not 11. Crash, boom, sizzle.

Right now the most important thing is I have a post and it’s a cute one.  Yay!!!

I said to myself.. “today, no matter what, I am going to do some art”.  Alone….. in my art bubble.

I bought this teal (surprise) apron from IKEA with the intention to make it my art apron.. my “artpron”.

Let’s get to it, shall we.

I also decided to paint outside in this beautiful weather.  I gathered all my supplies and went on the deck.

There are a lot of pictures, so hang in there with me.

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Since I already loved the teal background color, my intention was to stencil and stamp all over it. I didn’t bother using fabric paint, since I figured I won’t wash it. I used basic acrylic paints, by the way.

But, I started with StencilGirl stencils.. then more of other stencils.. old fashioned doilies, rubber stamps. Well, I’ll let the pictures tell the story…..

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Did you notice any of the StencilGirl stencils?  Let’s keep going…

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I have so much fun letting loose.  I was happy… here is the result….

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Love having you by my side for these posts.  Thanks for always responding and supporting me.

Can’t believe August is approaching us already.  Stay safe and wear your sunscreen. 🙂

Judy ♥  ♥

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Having Fun with Chalk Paint and StencilGirl Stencils

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What’s all the talk about chalk paint lately?  I needed to find out for myself and you’re coming along with me.

Ok, can I just say that I’ve been meaning to create some sort of “TO DO” board for a while now.  This is how I post my actions now….

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What up with that?  It needs to get out of my head and on a list, I know that much. So, let’s change it up.

Here is one of my art supply cabinets.  Nice open wide space on the door.  Enter black chalk paint.  I used a “Folkart” chalk paint.  I painted the section with 3 coats, drying well in between.  If I were to do this again, I would gesso it first, then add the chalk paint because the cabinet was not very porous. But, it worked out fine as you will see.

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Enter stencils from StencilGirl.  I first started with the Boxed Vines stencil by Cecilia Swanton

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I wanted to get a border of these lovely vines around my chalk board. Of course, I’m using Cobalt Teal for the first acrylic paint. I have to be honest, I started to use chalk to rub into the stencil… bad choice. It was icky.  The chalk scraped on the design openings and made dust all over the place. I decided to use acrylic paint. What’s the worst that can happen? I paint over it.  No biggie.

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Next up was a stencil by Jessica Sporn called Flowers, Pomegranates and Leaves

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Let’s put some flowers and leaves on, too.  Now, I’ve switched to Amsterdam acrylic paints.

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Now, let’s test the chalk on the paint.  Ok, first, can I just say that I did not have one piece of chalk in my house.  All I wanted was on little piece of white chalk. I ended up with a big box of sidewalk chalk I had to buy at the dollar store. I think I have enough to last me a while now.  Look at those big suckers, below.

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I have to say this stuff really works.  Write on, wipe off. As you can see, I had a little fun with my to do list and some doodles.

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Tomorrow, I will make a more serious to do list (ya, right). Well, at least it’s there when I have to spill my thoughts.
Maybe I’ll do another section on my cabinet just for inspirational quotes.

So, there you have it. Chalk paint and stencils. Lots of fun.. give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by and all your support. It means everything to me. You’re the best.

Long weekend coming up; hope you have some fun plans or just plan to relax.

Judy ♥  ♥

 

 

Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Seth Apter

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Here I am again, doing another Blog Hop with StencilGirl for the NEW RELEASE of Seth Apter’s stencil designs.

I just love Seth’s art style and for him to create stencils.. well.. is a bit exciting. Take a look at his blog HERE.

I will be using Seth’s “Timeless” stencil. I love these markings he’s made and the words… and what better way to use all this texture than with polymer clay.  Are you surprised?

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When I begin the process in my head of what I will create for each blog hop, most of the time, I don’ t know what I’m going to create until I sit at my art table. This time was no different. I knew I was going to use clay.  Let’s see.. bookmarks, buttons,  journal… yes a little funky journal. Let’s HOP to it.

I started with a package of beige polymer clay. Then conditioned it by softening it with my hand and through my clay dedicated pasta machine. Not loving that it is not getting soft. I’ve been through this before. Maybe my basement is too chilly or the clay is old.. not sure. But, let’s go with it, shall we?

Once I got a good sheet of clay soft enough, I sprayed the clay with water and put the stencil on top. Put my pasta machine on a thinner setting so I could get a thin cover for a journal.  Cool, huh?

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Now, I have to think about what shape of journal I want. At this point, I still don’t know and let’s face it, I don’t have a lot of options. So, I’m gonna split the clay in half and make a “shard” shape, as if it were ripped. Get them even enough so the front and back covers somewhat match.  I wanted the words to be engraved into the clay. I took a pencil and went over the letters to indent them. I did this because when I stain the clay, the paint will sit in them.  That’s coming up. I put holes at the top of the covers and now it’s time to bake in my clay dedicated oven.

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While the clay was baking, I had to choose some pages to go inside of the journal. I had some scrapbook paper from years ago that was double-sided. A neutral color to go with the covers. I stamped a clock image and a “remember” rubber stamp over the pages. Now, I had to trace the covers on the paper so I could get the same, sort of, shape. Then punch holes with an awl into the paper to match the holes I put in the clay. I used a distress stamp pad to darken the edges of each page.

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Now, it’s time to “antique” the clay covers. I took brown acrylic paint and with a bristle paint brush (or an old toothbrush), I smooshed the paint onto and into the clay getting into the deep lines.  Let it sit for about 30-45 seconds. Then wipe it off with a damp paper towel until you like the look. After this was dried, I brushed a coat of Liquid Laminate over the front and back covers (cuz, I can’t find my Future Floor Polish… ugh).

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Time to add some color.  I took acrylic paint and started to make the covers look purdy. Going over the parts of the design that are risen.  Turquoise, red, black, orange.  After the paint was dry, I put another coat of Liquid Laminate over the covers again.

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What do I use to bind this funky journal? I tried binder rings, too shiny and clunky. I had some twine and using a dental floss threader, I ran the twine though the holes with the inside pages in between.

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Here is the final journal… you likey???

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Well, thank you, Seth for creating such fun stencil designs.

Before you go off to the next artist, let me tell you about the giveaway…

All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win.  Giveaway will close on Sunday, May 4th at 11:59PM Central Time.

PRIZE:   2 lucky winners, each will get a set of Seth’s new releases.  Seems pretty cool to me.

Before you leave me to go to Leslie’s blog, I want to thank you, as always, for stopping by and supporting my crazy work/life/unbalanced world.  Ok, now you can  go to the next person on the list….  Judy  ♥ 

Judy Shea (U R HERE NOW)

On the StencilGirl Blog Today & a little giveaway

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Hey, I’m over at StencilGirl Talk today showing you how I recycled a crayon box and using Carolyn Dube’s Venetian stencil.

But, wait.. leave a comment here to win one of these cards.  I will be choosing two winners next Tuesday.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your supportive comments.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

 

StencilGirl and Andrea Matus deMeng = A Great Blog Hop

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  Hey everyone… I’m back again for another Blog Hop.  This time StencilGirl is introducing Andrea Matus deMeng as a new designer and announce her new stencils. Andrea is a fantastic artist and an amazing teacher. I know this because I’ve taken a class from her before and I will again at Art Is You in Stamford this year. Just amazing. Today, I am using Andrea’s face stencil called “Abigail, A Timeless Woman”.  This is the first face stencil I own and let me tell you, I was excited to say the least.

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I had my idea rolling around my mind for a while. Had it all planned out. This will be easy, I told myself.  Can I just tell you….. it was NOT.  Why, you ask? Well, I thought, make a background, which I did.  Stencil the face on the background, which I did. Then make her hair look wild and colorful, which I did.  But it did not go as fast or as smooth as I had planned.  Why am I telling you this?  Well, we can be tough on ourselves as artists and I was on this one, for sure.  I’m being honest and so you know the behind the scenes is not always a breeze.  It’s so true that practice practice practice is very key.  I wanted to take this beautiful face and do it justice.  Did I accomplish that? You tell me. Ok, enough of the whining Judy. Chop chop…let’s get teaching.

I started with large piece of Bristol paper.  Got my paints ready to squirt down and let some magic happen. Spray some water for more movement of the of the paint.  This definitely went through some ugly stages. I said to myself.. “self.. DON’T JUDGE”.  I covered up the purple and pinks; you’d never know they were in there.

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Added bubble wrap stamping.  Then I used some air brush paint and sprayed water. Too much water? Paper towel to the rescue. Dripping color from the top of the page.

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Ok.. not so bad, but there are a lot of layers to get to a happy point. Over an hour has passed. Tick tock, people.

Now, comes the face stencil. Lay it on the background after it has dried. Use cosmetic sponge with black paint through the stencil. I used a beige/buff paint for the face.  Now mind you, to me, I am not a face artist.  Eyes are probably my best, but when it comes to noses and lips… fuhgeddaboudit.  So, this was also a challenge for the skin tone. You know, I didn’t want to make it a big deal here, but once you start, you want it to look good. Okay, so not so bad, right?

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Time for some Portfolio Crayons. My favorite. I started to shade some areas. I used acrylic paint for the eyes, however.  Abby is coming alive.

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Next up, what I’m going to show you is how I made the “headdress”.  First, Light Molding Paste on plastic wrap on a piece of cardboard.  Next time, I’ll use palette paper. In each plop of molding paste, I added acrylic paints. The yellow is a Folkart paint.  Don’t use that. I could really tell the different. Icky. I took pieces of stencils (also from StencilGirl) to make flowers all over her head. I tried to find stencils that had full flowers, but I only had a couple to choose from (no, I don’t have all of them).  One was from Terri Stegmiller, Garden Swirl and the other was Maria McGuire’s Butterlfy Duo. I used a section of the wing for most of the flowers.  I decided to cut apart the butterfly duo for ease of placement (don’t be mad at me.)

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So, back and forth with colors of molding paste, making sure they are looking good… not always easy, especially in a crowded area.  I added some of my “bellishments” of polymer clay that I made.  Added rhinestones to the center of the flowers and slap on my clay butterfly and here she is…. Meet Abby.

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Well, she is not perfect, but she was sure fun to create.   She sort of looks like if Frida and Carmen Miranda came together.  I kid I kid.  I just crack myself up sometimes.

Thank you, Andrea for creating Abigail. I hope I did her justice for you. I think I need more lessons.

Next, it’s time to HOP… join the rest of the Creative Team and see what they did with Andrea’s new stencils.  But, first the giveaway… and a video to get you excited for THE HOP.

Giveaway = Two winners-one will receive a set of the new 6″x 6″ stencils and one will receive a set of the new 9″ x 12″. All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. Giveaway will close on Sunday, April 6th at 11:59PM Central Time.

Again and again, I thank you for stopping by and choosing to subscribe to me.
Happy Spring (if it ever gets here).
Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

StencilGirl and Lost Coast Designs Blog Hop – Clay ATCs

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It’s been quite a long few intense months at work here… hence my absence.  It’s calmed down now and I am determined to keep up my blog and do some art for ME an StencilGirl.. and today with Lost Coast Designs, too.

We have a great blog hop today and you’ll be able to visit with all my art friends in a minute. But before I let you go hopping and to an amazing giveaway, I’m gonna go creative on you or should I say “clayative”. Oh, good one, Judy.  Let’s see what we can do with rubber stamps and stencils.

Rubber stamps first.

Today, I are making ATCs+ (Artist Trading Cards)  The “+” means I’ll be putting them on stenciled coasters; so, my version of presenting ATCs a different way.   I’m making them with polymer clay using Lost Coast Designs rubber stamps.  Rubber stamps and clay have a great relationship. I’ve been pushing stamps and textures into clay for years and I never get tired of the result.

I love the look and color of natural/beige clay. It’s very wood-like to me, especially after I stain it. So, I have conditioned some Fimo Soft clay by softening it with my hands then running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine. I have to admit, I was NOT happy with this clay this time.  It just wouldn’t soften up like I wanted it to. But, I managed to get what I needed, and I had to make do with a result I didn’t like.  Friend and great artist, Carolyn Dube, calls them, OOPS – “Outsanding Opportunities Presenting Suddenly”. Indeed it was. Read on.

Let’s start with the rubber stamps the Lost Coast Designs sent me. I chose birds and a face.  I also chose unmounted, because the rubber stamps are more flexible and easily pushed right into the clay.

Spray the clay with a little water after is flattened. I used an acrylic roller. I gave it a sturdy push as I rolled.

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I created a template the size of an ATC (3.5 x 2.5″). Lay it over the bird image and cut around the center with a craft knife. Lay plastic wrap over the ATC and just rub around the edges to smooth it out.  Note: You can use a playing card as a template also.

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I did the same with another bird and the face.  I decided to take my “difficult” clay and let it look uneven, like a shard of some sort. I did this with the face.  Not a true ATC, but hey, my world, right? I took some of my favorite buttons and impressed some texture into the clay around the images. Time to bake.  I used a ceramic tile and baked in a clay dedicated oven.  Follow the package directions for timing.  Let the clay cool and now it’s time to stain and paint.

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Antique/stain:  I took brown acrylic paint and rubbed it into the now cooled clay and then wiped it off with damp cloth or paper towel.  Just look at the images come to life.  Lookie see.

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I painted the first bird with cobalt teal acrylic paint, let dry and the same with the to other bird, but I used red acrylic paint. For the woman’s face I started  to paint her hat and lips. I manipulated the image a little with tools to bring out the eyes and lips a bit.  I mixed the paint with a little glazing medium for a bit of a shine.  Once the paint was dry on the birds, I put a wash of brown paint and water and rubbed it over the words in the bird’s body so they would appear more.

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Once the paint was dry on the ATCs, I gave them a sealer coat of Diamond Glaze.  Let them dry.

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I wanted to give the ATCs a little flair. I opened up my rhinestone tray and give them a little bling. Then I used glitter glue to go around the birds.  I also took a Krylon Paint Pen and went around the edges of the clay.

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Now, onto the stencil part.  I used 3 StencilGirl stencils..  Scales by Jessica Sporn, Circle Rays by Michelle Ward and Mandala by Mary Beth Shaw.

I took 3 beer coasters and gave them a coat of heavy gesso. I painted them with acrylic paint to contrast with the image colors.  You’ll see I used green, but me no likey. I changed to purple later on.

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I stenciled the coasters with each design, using a make up sponge with acrylic paint.  I then put a coat of Collage Pauge to seal it and give it a deeper look. Love this stuff.. no sticking after it dries.

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I used  Posca Paint Marker Pen to add some doodling.  Then I glued the Clay onto the coaster.  Added a few “bellishments” that I made.

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Final results. Click on images for close ups.

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Wasn’t that fun?  Ready for the giveaway???

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Two 9″ x 12″ stencils from StencilGirl and a $25 credit in the Lost Coast Designs store will go to ONE lucky winner!

All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 30th @ 11:59PM Central.

Now, it’s time to hop on over to see what Bibiani created.

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Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Nasser
Cherri Robb
Judy Shea (that’s me… next is Bibiana)
Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler
Linda Kittmer
Carolyn Dube
Leslie B. Turner
Janet Joehlin
Karen McAlpine
Leslie Tucker Jenison
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Lindsay Weirich
Maria McGuire

I hope you enjoyed the ATCs and this blog hop.

As always, I love hearing from you and let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for your patience and sticking by me as I continue my balance of life, work and art.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow (Video)

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Hi and welcome to another Blog Hop with StencilGirl.

Today, StencilGirl is collaborating with Walnut Hollow.  You can check out Walnut Hollow’s blog today where they will be joining our hop using StencilGirl stencils.

I decided to do a video showing you what I’ve done with the box that Walnut Hollow sent me and with one of my favorite SG stencils designed by Maria McGuire called simply “Butterfly”.  As you can see from the picture above, it was a perfect design and perfect fit.  Wish that would happen to me in a shoe store. I kid.

Enjoy the video.. it speaks for itself. (taped during last weekend’s snow storm). I had 3 hours of taping before my editing and I got it down to about 15 minutes.  Now I know how Spielberg feels. I kid, again.

I hope you enjoyed that.

If you missed any of the other creatives on this hop, just follow the line up below. Next up is Maria McGuire.

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Mary Beth Shaw
Kirsten Reed
Carolyn Dube
Janet Joehlin
Linda Kittmer
Mary C. Nasser
Julie Snidle
Jessica Sporn
Judy Shea : )
Maria McGuire

Wow.. that was amazing. I need a minute.  Okay.. now for the giveaway…

There will be a giveaway consisting of StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow products. All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.

Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you.  I am beyond appreciative of your support.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥