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Mixed Media Techniques on Blotter Paper

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Mixed Media Techniques on Blotter Paper

Hey friends, what’s going on today?  Well…..

… I thought I would take my under paper (blotter) on my art table and take it to the next level with more layers of paint.  I’ll show you how I use texture paste on art tissue paper and use those torn pieces as collage fodder. Finally, I show you how I put an image transfer on the piece.

 

I really hope you enjoy that and share with others.  Please subscribe, click the thumbs up and share if you liked it.

I’ll be back soon with more.

Thanks for your comments; I just love hearing from you.

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 ♥ ♥

Image Transfers

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Image Transfers

Well, Happy New Year to everyone!!  Where did 2015 go?  Where did I go?  I’m here and there and as always, catching up to life.

So, as some of you know, I love image transfers.  I mostly love transferring them on to soft surfaces, then use them in my art. One of my favorite surfaces are tea bags.. used ones.  I’ve done this several times making art gifts for friends, just because.  I love sending a surprise gift when they least expect it.  Especially if it’s so meaningful to them.

Here are a couple pieces I did for friends who had lost family members.  I love taken a youthful picture (that I grabbed off of their Facebook page… I’m not a stalker, honest) and transferred the image on a used tea bag or muslin fabric.  Surprise little gifts with meaning.  These were done on coasters.

The one on the left, I was able to capture a hand written note that my aunt gave to her daughter. This was on a tea bag. The one on the right, was a friend’s father. That was on muslin.

Since we all drink tea in our house, I have plenty of dried bags to use.  My husband is an old fashioned Irishman and drinks the basic Lipton tea. These seems to have the most dying effect that makes a nice vintage/iron look.

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Let the bags dry with the tea in them. Once dry, cut off a top and shake out the dried tea. Gently pull them apart down the center seam.  Some of the berry teas work well, as they leave a purple hint behind.

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As you can see, I love the catholic icons. Bottom center photo is my parents on their honeymoon in Syria.

My favorite transfer method is using clear ink jet printer transparencies. Print them on the dull side. I always rotate my images horizontally.  I use polymer medium (not the gel that is thick, the liquid that you can shake in the bottle) to transfer on your surface.  It takes a lot of practice and even now, I still do the process a few times before they are completely transferred. If they are not perfect, that’s perfect to me to give that worn, vintage look.  These are now ready to put in any of your art. Collages, journals… etc.

Below, is a recent wedding gift I was commissioned for.  I used tea bags as the first layer. onto a wood board.  I transferred the e.e. cummings poem (the bride’s favorite), then the picture of the couple onto muslin. I used molding paste, stencils, acrylic paints and some embellishments to give it a little blingiddy bling.

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From what I was told, the couple loved the gift. Whew!

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Well, thanks for checking in with me.  I love to hear from you and all your comments.  I appreciate them so much.

Let me know how you are doing and what you’ve been up to.

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 ♥  ♥

Perfectly Imperfect Stamps- Blog Hop with StencilGirl & Foam Board Express

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ALERT:  LOTS OF PICTURES & 2 GIVEAWAYS!!

Welcome to a new blog hop.  This time, the StencilGirl Creative Team is collaborating with Foam Board Express and asked us to show what we can do with StencilGirl stencils and FBXpress foam board.

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After you are done reading my post, I shall release you to the rest of the team members to make you even more “hoppier”. (sorry)

“Perfectly Imperfect”?  What does that mean? Well, you’ll see as you follow my steps and see the pictures.

Note: There are too many pictures, so I am making them smaller, but you can click to enlarge.

I broke a piece of the board off and peeled the first layer of paper off of it.  It left behind another thin layer.  I sprayed with water and rolled the damp paper off to reveal just the foam.

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Using StencilGirl stencils Terry Stegmiller (Layerd Salad)  and Jessica Sporn (Judy’s Trees (that’s me) and Doors & Windows) and Mary Beth Shaw (Mandala).

Update:  During the burning process, I wore a mask, had the window open and ran an air purifier. I don’t think you need to do all three, but the mask is helpful and the window open a bit.

The tool I used was the Creative Versa Tool.  I used a couple of different tips to get the result I needed.   Here is where the “perfectly imperfect” comes in.  It’s pretty impossible to get a perfect cut, but I like them that way.  So, to me they are perfect.  The idea is to burn off the white foam around the design. Not easy, but fun results.

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Only using a section of this stencil.  Can you see the burned foam? You have to move fast or the foam will just melt and you are left with bigger sections.   I used a pen for the mandala stencil.  I also make a couple of free form designs.

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Now what?  I have all these cool imperfectly perfect stamps.  I could stop there, but nope… remember THIS POST, where I took a cardboard pamphlet and made it a piece of art?  I ended up giving as a gift to my lovely friend Corrine Gillman.  Anyway, I had a mailer that was calling to me to use my new stamps on it.  On to my mixed media mailer.

First I gessoed the outside of the mailer. Then I started to paint it with simple craft paints.

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Then I pulled out my Gelli Plate and started to make designs, using the foam stamps and stencils. I put a non-skid rug mat under my Gelli Plate so it won’t move as I brayer it.  Works great!  I also use a piece of the mat as a stamp.

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I used Viva Modeling Cream in gold for some accents with a very old paper stencil.

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I kept stamping (only using acrylic paint) and then did a little collaging and added some lace paper.  Here is the result.

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Wow.. what a trip.  I really hope you enjoyed that; I certainly did.

Thank you to Foam Board Express for letting me experiment with their product.  You can find FBXpress on Facebook and Pinterest.

Now, come with me to follow the other bloggers joining me on this hop.  Let’s see what everyone does with their foam board.

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Mary Beth Shaw
Carolyn Dube
Julie Snidle
Janet Joehlin
Judy Shea (ahem, that’s moi)
Linda Kittmer
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Jessica Sporn
Maria McGuire

…. and now for the give-a-ways.

Number 1:
PRIZE PACKAGE:
 Foam Board Express would like to offer a package of five (5) of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards, including one black foam board, one white foam board and three additional foam board sheets in colors chosen by the winner.  Color choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink.

Number 2:
StencilGirl is giving away Mary Beth’s new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal
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All comments on all blogs are eligible. Combined prize going to one winner.

Well, I don’ t know about you, but I’m exhausted.  That was a jam-packed post and two great prizes to win.

I can’t thank you all enough for supporting and following me.  Your comments mean a lot.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Judy  ♥♥♥

Art is…this

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Exciting… fun.. loud.. singing….quiet….happy.. friendly.. exhausting, but in a good way and all well worth it.

That is how I describe my long weekend at Art is You in Stamford.  My second year attending.

Day 1 for me was a workshop with Albie Smith called Totally Amazing Papers.  Wow.. messy fun and gorgeous results making our own paints with pastes and marking the papers with our own designs.  Thank you, Albie. Check her out .

Here are some of the papers I made.  I hope you get the idea of what you can create.  Not to mention how much cheaper making your own paints are compared to using straight out of the bottle.  Mucho cheaper.

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Days 2 and 3.. we worked so hard.  Our teacher was Andrea Matus DeMeng.  She told us she was going to work us and that she did.  She also promised us that we would walk away with beautiful art.. and that, my friends, we did.

It took me about a week to find images that were copyright free to use in our collages. Whew.. what a task, but now I have enough to last me.  Many of my images came from old country family photos.  See, what I wanted to do on the first day was to create a story of my parents.  Read on.

The first day with Andrea was Mixed Media Mythologies.  I used a cradle board to create a story of my parent’s life.  How my father went back to Syria to find a wife (yup, it’s true).  Chose her going door to door.. (yup, true again).  Anyway.. long and great story.  My focal point was my mom’s photo in her twenties.  I love this picture of her.  Here is a picture of gathering materials for the collage; then how it evolved.

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Day 2 with Andrea was Marquis de Scroll.  Are you kidding me?  Work on a 5 foot piece of canvas?  I’m there. I love these kind of substrates to work on.  The idea of the flexibility of it.  My heart just skips a beat for this kind of art.

My table mate was Marjie Kemper.. we laughed so hard and by the end of the day… well, lets just say frustration arose and a few swears were flying around.  She made me do it… No, Marjie, I kid I kid… and I love ya.

I have one picture of my scroll at the end of the day.  Our roomful of artists gathered around while we took pictures of our work.  Mine is on the left and a shot of some of the others…  look at all of the incredible art.

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Now, you may look at my two art pieces and think they are complete, but they are not. There is much more shading I want to do here and possibly add more texture.. Who me?  More texture?  Ahhh.. ya.

Andrea made it a point to tell us that to create these kind of pieces like this in a day, or in our cases… only 6 hours, is incredible.  So, it’s almost impossible to finish it the way you want.

I am so proud of the art that I did and I learned so much from two amazing teachers. Truly.

I hope you consider going to an art retreat.  I have never been to any other, but I hear this one is the best.  There is so much to write about with Art is You.  We are all there for the same reason.  To learn, to laugh, to play, to gather with our tribes and enjoy each other’s company…it’s a community.  Not a place to judge or be judged.  Sallianne and Ellen have managed to create a place like this that exists at Art is You.

Stay tuned for a couple of giveaways and an upcoming blog hop.  I guess I should unpack my art bag now… ugh.

Thanks for stopping by and love to hear from you.

Judy 

Cape Cod Journal Pages and What’s Up

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Hi Friends… I know it’s been a bit since I’ve posted any art.

Here is a quick run down of my life right now… I’m moving. We’ve been in our big house in the woods for 23 years and it’s time to move on. We are downsizing to a condo.  They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can go through, next to divorce and death… it’s TRUE.   It’s been so emotional.. up and down.  I admit, I’m not good at taking care of MYSELF while I’m focused on other things.  Not good at all.

So, here I am juggling my full-time job and trying to get the house ready to be taken by another family, while we are preparing our condo for our new lives.  Talk about up and down emotions… and can you say “PURGE”?  Say it with me  – PURGE – and commit to doing that even if you are not moving. If I have learned anything from this, it’s to not keep things around that you don’t need or use.   We’ve donated SO much; what a great feeling.  I believe in paying it forward. Give to the ones that need it more than me.  I have not bought any art supplies for over a year now.  I think I have some making up to do, don’t you think?

And.. focus..who can focus on anything else.  Even my cooking has been put on the back burner.. ha pun intended.  How do you not cook a lot and stay healthy?  Lot’s of salads and fruit.  Some things have got to give and, unfortunately, one is my art.  I’ve had to put that on the back burner for a little bit until we get settled in our new place and my art studio is set up. Try to get back to a normal life again.  My art sisters have been most supportive of me as I sit a bit more quiet in the art world.. but don’t you fret my pets.. I’ll be back soon.. very soon.  OK.. got that off my chest.. thanks for listening.

I was able to do a little art; read on.

Before I left on vacation last week, I grabbed a small art bag.  My supplies are put away until we move, so I had to accept what was in my bag.  I was able to take one day to play in a few pages.  It felt so good.  Yay for me.

So, the limited supplies I had were a journal, Koi watercolor paints, a few acrylic paints, one rubber stamp, small jar a gel medium and paint brushes (my one regret is I didn’t grab a stencil.. a StencilGirl stencil that is).

I had no idea what I wanted to do so I just dragged some paint down on a page from the top… I used a cardboard coffee cup holder I found. Improvise, Judy.

First, let me apologize for an blurry photos.. I was using my cell phone to capture the steps.

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I put more acrylic paint on top of the dragged paint and put some plastic wrap over, then pulled it off to give it texture.

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Then I “drew” a big face on the page, but I did not like.. so I went over that with some yarn labels my mom gave me,  then went over that with red paint.  Again.. no plans.. just feeling free with creativity.

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On the teal page, I love to make red marks with an edge of a card, in this case the coffee cup holder.

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Used the inside of a take out box for a palette for my paint; it was lined with plastic. Again.. what I had.  Then I had a water bottle cap and used it to make circles.  Used black paint and my one rubber stamp to make more markings.

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As some of you know, I’ve used paper towels in the past in my art and we had them so I used them again.  Why not. I let them sit in the wet water color palette and smooshed it up to make some nice colors.

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I took the paper towel and ripped in long strips and rolled them with gel medium in my finger to make stems for flowers.

I took clean paper towels and made more strips to roll with gel medium to keep them together and make spirals for the flowers. (sorry no pics on that).  I then painted the “flowers” with red paint.

I went outside and found a small branch with leaves and used those leaves for the leaves of my paper towel flowers. I adhered them with gel medium.  Then I took white a paint and made petals around the flowers.

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and there you go.. one side of the journal….

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.. the other side (I found a couple of magazine photos to use on this page.. buddah and sunflower).

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Well, that my first day in months of doing art.  It was definitely art therapy to get away from the house for a few days.

Thanks for hanging in with me as I go through this chapter in my life.  What would I do without you?

Judy ♥