Category Archives: Tutorials

Sito’s Kitchen – Making Tahini & Hummus

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Friends… HELLO.

Here in Mass, the weather is cold and dreary. We are wondering where Spring is. I feel like I live in Forks, WA. You know.. where the movie “Twilight” took place? I think “Bella” and “Edward” are going to show up at my door.. LOL
Then, in July and August, we’ll be complaining how hot and humid it is, right?

Cooking and art is funny. Funny, as in “strange”. You know, I have to cook everyday.. everyday…. and I do enjoy trying to be creative in that department. BUT, art.. art… I have to make time for it. Some days, I don’t know why it’s hard to get in the studio. Anyone have that issue? Please say yes. ūüôā So much going on in my head.. thoughts.. always thoughts. Do you know we have THOUSANDS of thoughts that twirl around in our brains, everyday. Which ones to you take action on? Which ones do you ignore on purpose? Which ones do you forget? Many are negative, many are positive. Squirrel!! That’s me.

Art doesn’t have to be an all day process. They (who’s “they”?) say just do 15 minutes a day of art. I think for me it’s ALL OR NOTHING. I discussed this with a group of women this week. What does that mean to you.. all or nothing? If I’m going to get in my studio, I want it to be for a full out project. But.. it doesn’t have to be that way. A little more consistency with little visits than ALL or NOTHING. You with me??? Let me know what it means to you.

I’m trying to take advantage of my mom wanting to do these videos with me. She surely is fun to do these videos with. Even with her shyness and getting tired, she knows what needs to be done and wants to take over. The boss, the queen, the best!! I do so cherish the amazing stories (of family and survival) she tells me of the old country when we are together. Recently, we spent the weekend together, just her and I. ¬†Those memories of that time with her, will always be forever in my heart.

I hope you enjoy this video as I attempt to make tahini from scratch and then hummus. I put so much garlic in. My mom tries to tell me to put more oil in the hummus to “kill” the garlic. As you can see, I try to ignore her and get through the video. It was really garlicky… no vampire visits today. Ha!!!

Thanks for being here. I do this for my readers and subscribers and at the same time, I hope you’ll love what I show you.

Would love it if you LIKED and SUBSCRIBED to my YouTube channel.

Happy Spring!!!

Judy ‚̧

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Mixed Media Cardboard Art

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Mixed Media Cardboard Art

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Hey everyone… thought I’d share a new video I did making a mixed media piece art from a butter cardboard carton.

I haven’t done a video in a bit, except for my Baklava one. ¬†It was nice getting back in the studio getting my hands messy. ¬†It’s all just play. I’ll let the video speak for itself.

Hope you like it and let me know what you think.

I love hearing from you.

Enjoy

Judy ♥ ♥

Rubbermoom Rubber Stamps by Jessica Sporn

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Hey folks.. howzitgoing?? ¬†It’s been a bit hot the past couple of days and we haven’t had any rain, but today we are getting a much needed soak. ¬†What a perfect day to do some art, don’tchyathink?

Jessica Sporn asked me to see what I could do with her new rubber stamps from RubberMoon. Thanks, JS.  My first thought, was to create something in polymer clay, but then I remembered some fun paper casting I had done a couple of years ago to make some cool embellishments.

I used two of Jessica’s stamps.¬† KRISHNA and MEZUZAH; you can see and order them here.

Let’s start, shall we.

I took 2 Kleenex brand tissues and pulled apart the plys. That gave me 4 layers, but now cut them in 4’s. You want to have a small stack of square tissues. I used about 7 layers for this. ¬†Using matte medium and the rubber stamp facing UP, start to layer one tissue on the stamp and brush the medium over it, covering the design. ¬†Keep repeating until you use up the 7 layers. ¬†You can try more layers if you want. ¬†Here, I’m using KRISHNA for my tutorial.

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After each brush of the medium, I gently rub my finger of the layer to smooth it out and make sure the design shows it’s details. ¬† Now, gently lift the layers off of the rubber stamp and you can see the design.

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Let this dry for a few hours until hardened.. or even overnight.  You can see the two rubber stamps dried below.   Next I ripped around the edges of the square tissue to round them off.  Then I took white acrylic paint and painted the the top of the design.

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Time to add some color. You can use any colors you’d like. ¬†I painted the entire image, let dry. Then I used gold acrylic paint and a pearl pen to just highlight the the parts that were elevated. I just mixed them on a palette then used my finger to gently swipe the color.

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I did the same with the teal paint and gold highlights.  Now they are ready to used as embellishments once they are dry.

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I used Krishna for a tag and the Mezuzah for the top of one of my soft journals I sewed out of paper towels. Really.

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These are easy supplies and I’m sure you have them in the house. ¬†You can used watered down glue instead of medium.

I had a lot of fun with this simple technique and what a great excuse to get me back in the studio. Even though it took me 2 months to getter done… right Jessica?

In my last post, I mentioned giveaways.  As I said, these supplies are gently used and I want to give them another home. I either already have a duplicates or I no longer use them.  Here before you, my lovely peeps, I have a flower stencil, a piece of an orange barrier/temporary fencing, which I use as a stencil. I was given to me by my friend Corrine Gillman. Thanks, CG. Also coasters from my collection to make art on and some beautiful decorative napkins for collage.

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Crossing fingers that you win. ¬†I’ll pick a winner by next Friday, June 5th.

Thanks for visiting, commenting and being fantastic subscribers.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

I’ve Been Unruly

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Hey friends.  My absence from my blog makes me sad, but no fear, here I am.

What’s going through my mind lately: ¬† Since we moved our home (almost 2 years, crazy) I’ve moved my studio to the basement and that’s where my full-time job is; on the computer.. ALL DAY. ¬†I’ve been rethinking how healthy this is for me. Although it’s a finished basement and is a beautiful room, it’s still much cooler (nice in the summer) and not sure how good that is for my back issues. It has a nice rug, but still sits on cement. ¬†My mom told me not go work down there. As she said to me in her cute accent “it not good, Judy”.

Honestly, I think it’s effected my desire to create art. ¬†In my old home, I had a sunny room¬†upstairs¬†that I was up there creating as much as I could. ¬†Maybe I am associating my back pain with my art down in the basement. ¬†Maybe I need separation of office and art studio. ¬†What do you think, my friends???? ¬†I’m usually a more private person, but thought I’d put this out there. Thank you.

Any whoosie whatsie…..

I thought I would share my recent Artist Spotlight appearances on the Unruly PaperArts website.  I was honored to be interviewed and asked to submit a tutorial.  It actually forced me to get back in the studio and get cranking on some art. Yay for me.

Click on the picture, below, to read my interview.

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Click on my bookmarks to see my tutorial.

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I hope you enjoyed both of those. ¬†Model Magic is not as easy to work with as you may think. Once dry it can break easy. Especially if it’s thin. ¬†I wanted to change it up a little from the polymer clay. Still a load of fun.

Have I told you how much I appreciate you lately?  No?  Well, I do.  A LOT!!!!    Because I do, I will be doing some giveaways. Passing on some of my gently used art and giving it a new life.  Stay tuned.

Always love hearing from you.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

Catching My Breath

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I know I know.. where have I been, right? Seems like forever since I posted. Well, I’m finally trying to sneak back in the studio for some creative time. ¬†What took me so long? ¬†Well, I don’t have excuses, but more like “reasons”… but this blog is all about art, food and fun. No one wants to hear about my full-time job consuming me and just plain being “in a funk” that keeps me away (see how I did that there?) ¬†… and Happy New Year to you all. ¬†I often wonder how long we need to say that to people. Is it 2 weeks? ¬†Let’s say that, shall we?

Just backing up a little for some show and tell. ¬†I went to Art is You in Stamford, in October (gosh, was that really 3 months ago?). I took¬†3 full-day classes. ¬†There seemed to be so much energy present this year. Maybe it was because it was my 3rd time attending and I was more comfortable. ¬†But, I do know that I was not 100% focused. Was that the beginning of my art funk? I was trying to push through and ignore the feelings. ¬†They say, out of sight out of mind. I guess the longer you stay away from art, the more you don’t want to dig in again. I’ve signed up for many on-line classes by some great great teachers. ¬†Have I finished one? ¬†NO! ¬†I start it then I get pulled away. Do art every day..no matter how little. ¬†“They” say that, too. ¬†So, for 2015, I need to not be so hard on myself and give “me” a break.

I’m I alone here? Does this happen to others? How do you push through?

I quickly want to show you the art I created from my favorite class with Andrea Matus deMeng. I so love her work and her style. This was my 3rd class with Andrea and she never disappoints. This time, it was collaging on wood blocks. Here’s a peek at my 6 blocks. The bottom left if my mom’s face when she was about 20 years old. I took this class with my side kick, Jessica.

 

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Here is a peek of Jessica’s (left) and all of them together from the class together. ¬†Aren’t they just amazing?

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The other class that I took was with Mary Beth Shaw and Pam Carriker. I got a twoferone. They shared some great techniques and we were able to try screen printing (the bird is screen printed). Here’s what I ended up with.

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I recently had about 2 weeks off from work for the holidays. Luckily, our company shuts down. What a nice gift. I was able to get a little art in. ¬†For those that know me well, I love doing image transfers. We also drink a lot of coffee and tea in our house and I have been saving the used filters and tea bags. ¬†The stain on the filters make a great background for any collages. I have a small bowl where we just dump the used tea bags in. Yup, my family doesn’t question my requests anymore. The fruity teas leave a pretty background. Once the tea bags are dry, cut across the top, dispose of the tea leaves and you are left with this beautiful tea stained filter. Gently open it so it doesn’t rip. For the coffee, lay out the filter with the grinds left and wait for them to dry. Rub off all the dry coffee.

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I decided to make some transfers over the tea/coffee filters on raw canvas. Here is a stained tea and coffee filter. ¬†Doesn’t that say vintage to you? I thought so.

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I had some deli paper that I used for wiping left over paint on and I glued that to the canvas using Pam Carriker’s Mixed Media Adhesive. ¬†I first gessoed the canvas. ¬†Next, I had some images that were printed on transparencies. ¬†This is one of my favorite ways to do image transfers. Cut out your image after it’s printed on the rough side. Note: I’ve used ink jet prints here. ¬†Cut out the image with a border around it for you to grab. Spread a thin layer of Soft Gel Gloss on the canvas and on the image. Lay it face down and gently rub it in circles with a soft cloth held against your index finger, then wait about 10 minutes. Gently peel off the transparency and you will see the image transfer on to the canvas. Check it from the corner first before you take it completely off. ¬†I stamped a butterfly image on deli paper and ripped it around the edges and spread gel medium underneath and on top of the image. The deli paper just melts away and leaves a black, clear image. ¬†Then I stenciled with white paint. Stained the edges with black distress ink.

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The two end pieces below, is where I used the tea bag filter and coffee filter using the same image transfer method I mentioned above. The little blue butterflies are also transfers. I rubber stamped directly onto the filters. I finally spread Collage Pauge in matte over all of them to cut down on any shine. ¬†Such a pretty look… like an old book or letter.

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So.. save your tea bags and coffee filters.

Thanks for hanging out with me and being patient. Hopefully, this post has given me a good kick to keep my posts and art going.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥

Getting Ready for Art is ME….

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I wanted to get this post in before I head off to Stamford, CT for the amazing Art is You retreat. ¬†Yes, I managed to make some swaps to share with lovely people. ¬†Last year, I used Tyvek¬†(check out my video), this year, it’s raw canvas.

I used raw canvas to make mixed media book marks. ¬†The layers on this are probably about 15 or so. It started out so differently than I planned, but that’s what art is… no thinking.. start and see what happens.

I gessoed the canvas; let dry.  Started adding layers of Golden fluid acrylics after I spritzed some water. Just brushing around with a large brush. Let dry in between each wet layer that you do.

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Then, I stamped on some dress pattern paper and collaged that on with decorative napkins using Collage Pauge.

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Teal paint in between collage. White paint marks with plastic cover and bubble wrap and adding stencil coloring.

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Pushing light molding paste through stencils… LOVE.

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Adding gold modeling cream and Posca markers for mark making.  That is what finalized it for me, all the scribbles from the markers.  All the beginning layers are buried in there deep.

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Then cutting up the canvas to make the bookmarks, changed it all. ¬†Each little marker was a piece of it’s own art. ¬†This is “The Key to my Art”.

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My business cards are dangling from the top.

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I hope you enjoyed that little ditty. It sure was fun to create these for many creative people.

I’ll be taking pictures and posting when I return. I hope I am lucky that some of you will be there again and I can’t wait to meet some new friends, too.

Thanks for stopping by and your support… always.

Judy ♥ ♥

 

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 ♥ ♥ ♥