Tag Archives: Mixed Media

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 ♥ 

 

Journal Disaster Recovery

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I am a novice at making art journals. I only know the basic stitch to bind pages and that’s all I really need. But, oh boy, this one made me mad and sad.  I don’t have all the pictures, because I was having a pity party for myself once the disaster struck.  I’ll try to describe it as best I can.  All I can say is BIG lesson learned.

Some of my Facebook friends may remember this 11×14 page I decorated using black gesso, then white acrylic paint through a stencil, then watercolors. I doodled around the flowers with a white Uni-ball Signo pen.  I just loved this and I wanted to do something with it.

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It hung out a while until I decided to make a journal out of it using manila folders as my filler paper. Great.. fun… can’t wait.

So, I cut my manila folders down to size and poked my holes with an awl. Used binding tape for the binder, then sewed my signatures in.  Loved it. Yay. Happy.

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Ok.. looks good, right.  Well, now I wanted to seal it.  Here it comes. AND I don’t have pictures.  I start to brush on some medium. I can’t recall if it i was Golden polymer medium or Collage Pauge or even self-leveling gel, but as I brushed it on I didn’t even think anything was wrong.  I thought the white streaks were the medium and I told myself it would dry clear. NOPE NOPE NOPE.  It was the white pen ink streaking.

Imagine something like this, below, but all over my flowers.

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I was heart broken. I thought maybe if I gently rubbed, I could save it.  No can do people. It was ruined.  Especially after rubbing it.  So I continued to rub it all off.  It was so sad.. after trying CPR and first aid, it was too late.

OK.. let’s get to happier times now….

Sooooooo.. the obvious thing to do was cover it up.  I found some art papers from my weekend class with Jane Davies a year ago called “Big Fat Art”.   I cut them to size, glued on my new covers, added some texture and here it is.

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Yes, I love it.  Big and bold.  I have fond memories of my flower cover, but the show must go on, right? If I were to do it again, I would have sprayed a finish on it.

Well, thanks for listening to my saga. I hope you enjoyed it and learned from it, too.

As always, I love hearing from you and thank you for your tremendous support of my art adventures.

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 ♥  ♥

Making Fabric Dolls with Some Great Dollz

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Making Fabric Dolls with Some Great Dollz

Happy Sunday!  If you are a football fan, you’ll be watching the Super Bowl tonight. And.. if you live in New England, you’ll be watching the Patriots play and hopefully win… deflated balls or not.

We just finished having about 3 feet of snow dumped on us last weekend and another foot is falling tonight. We were doing so good, too.  It’s been pretty dry up until now.  Working from home, there is no such thing as sick days or snow days, but it sure makes for a great commute.

Two weeks ago, I was invited to my dear friend, Corrine’s home for some fabric doll making. I’ve never made one before, but always wanted to.  A few more friends (Kay, Barbara and Eileen) joined us at Corrine’s old/new farm house she is renovating with her super duper super hero, David (who drilled some holes in my clay for me). Here are some pictures of our fun day.

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This one is mine.  Can you tell?  Teal colors (I think I have an issue) and clay wings, heart and face. Named her Edie, but I think she looks pissed, don’t you think?  She’s saying “Great, now what?… I have these damn heavy wings on me and how the hell am I going to fly.. they are upside down and they look like arms. I hate you”.  That’s not nice talk, Edie. I gave you life, after all.

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Check out some of Corrine’s art dolls here.  What a great day for art. We got to hang out with her beautiful 5 dogs, lots of laughing, eating and chatting it up.  And, as for sewing, Corrine sewed the shape of Edie.. thanks, you’re a doll.  You’ve given me confidence to go for a bigger doll next time.

Thanks for stopping by.. means so much to me when I hear from you and to just know you were here.

Judy ♥ ♥ (Go Pats!)

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 ♥  ♥