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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 ♥ ♥

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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 ♥  ♥

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)

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.

StencilGirl Talk/Judi Kauffman
Walnut Hollow
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 ♥ ♥ ♥

In the studio…Playing with StencilGirl stencils

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Seems as though I’m spending more time on Facebook lately than posting on my blog. I realize that many of you do not have a FB page, so I wanted to show a couple of things I’ve been playing with in my studio.  That is, when I have time away from my job. That’s a funny phrase to say out loud, because I don’t seem to have much of that in my life lately.  Ahhh, the woes of a full-time assistant trying to be creative and find time to make art. Remember that balance thing I’m striving for? Well, I continue to reach for it and all I can do is accept what it is and maybe I need to stop trying so hard and let it go.

We move on…

Playing with my Gelli Plate in my journal using stencils.  Lots of sprayed layers with fabric sprays (same ones I used in this post). Checkerboard duct tape on the bottom and some doodles to the sides. Love this depth effect. Stencil by Carolyn Dube.

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Doodling inside traced stencils with a black fine marker. Using Prisma colored pencils and watercolors. Bottom stencil by Michelle Ward.  Inspired by Michael Trent, new Creative Team Member of StencilGirl.

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More stencils using heavy gesso and spray inks. Then playing with colors in Picasa. Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw.

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My favorite.  Playing with stencils in the background and making image transfers on top using old photos of my parents. Stencil by Carolyn Dube.

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Playing around with this photo in Picasa.

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Finally, I leave you with a photo I captured of a Snowy Owl just outside of our town at Plum Island. I had never seen an Owl in my life.  People come from all over to the sanctuary here for bird watching.  Some days it’s like a paparazzi with all the people and the cameras.  And, oh, by the way…. the Eagles have landed. No, seriously, the eagles (the bird, not the band), have migrated to Plum Island. I’m hoping to get some good photos of them; I’ll let you know how that goes.

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Just wanted to keep in touch with my peeps.  I’ll be back soon with another Blog Hop with StencilGirl.

Thanks for stopping by.  I love hearing from you.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥  (Happy Valentine’s Day!)

StencilGirl Blog Hop – Terri Stigmiller

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Welcome to the StencilGirl Blog Hop – Today I am playing with Terri Stigmiller’s stencil called Garden Swirl.

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I just love curvy and soft edge designs.  Flowers, hearts, spirals.  I saw many designs in this one stencil.  Of course, the flowers and spiral shapes.. but I also saw hearts.

I’ve decided to pull out my polymer clay again and target certain spots on the stencil to make thin embellishment to put on cards.  Ready? Let’s go.

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I’m working with Premo clay. Running it through the pasta machine as a very thin setting. If you are using a rolling pin, dedicated to clay, the make sure the clay is flattened to about 1/16th of an inch.  You want these to be thin enough to glue on a card and not be too heavy. I’m targeting that corner design that looks like a heart.  I also did the flowers and leaves.

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Take the clay and lay it on the surface, non-stick or paper is preferable, and take the section of the stencil you want and put it on top of the clay.  I am using an acrylic roller here.  Push down so it indents into the clay.  Pull up gently and you have your design imprinted in the clay. Use a dull knife to cut around the shape (think butter knife).  Now, with some plastic wrap, lay it over the shape and smooth your finger around the edges. This softens the edges.  Repeat with another shape.  The next one was a flower.

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Take a button or a rubber stamp and texture the clay flower (spray with water first for release).  I made a small center for the flower.  In the last picture, below, you can see the shapes I pulled from Terri’s stencil.  So much fun.

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Time to bake in my clay oven for the time specified on the package.  These are thin, so they won’t take more than 15 minutes.  Once they are baked and cooled, it’s time to make them purdy.  I took stickles glitter and drew into the creased lines of the heart and leave… or….

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.. here I stained my other pieces with brown acrylic paint.

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Time for a shine.  For the glitter pieces, I used Diamond Glaze.  For the stained pieces, I used my handy dandy Future Floor Wax.  Let dry.  As you can see with the last picture, they are pretty thin and flexible.

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I took two tags and laid them down and made a binding with masking tape.  Think greeting card.  Covered the card on the outside with Ranger tissue paper, gluing with gel medium.  Then I glazed with the Golden’s Patina Green glazing liquid, rubbing it in with a paper towel.

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I wanted to tone down the background.  I took a wash of titan buff acrylic paint and water and gave it a wash.  Then sprayed with Dylusions, front and back.

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I took my Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and went around the edges of the card and doodled all around.

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Glued the clay embellishments on the front of the card.  Inside the card, I glued in torn pages from a children’s book and washed that with titan buff and water to push the words in the background.

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I wrote a message in a thick lettering style – “I  Am Grateful 4 U”.

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And, that’s it folks.  Making your own handmade embellishments for your handmade greeting cards, just adds that special touch.   I just love that you can use stencils in so many ways. Just one little section can create wonderful designs all by themselves.

Give-a-way alert:  All comments left on the ENTIRE hop are eligible to be picked as the winning comment. Giveaway will close on Sunday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m. cst.

Please follow my art friends below. Can’t wait to see what they have all done.

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Terri Stegmiller
Linda Kittmer
Kirsten Reed
Marjie Kemper
Janet Joehlin
Judy Shea  (that’s me, next is Linda)
Linda Cain
Corrine Gilman
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Mary C. Nasser

Thank you so much for stopping by.  You know how I feel about you.  Loving all your comments.

Judy ♥  ♥

StencilGirl Blog Hop

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Hey, it’s Judy again with another blog hop using StencilGirl’s stencil designed by Cecilia Swatton.  I’m joined by other snazzy artists, that you can follow below.  I’ll send you hopping in one minute.

Today I am using Cecilia’s “Ferns 6” stencil.

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This time, I didn’t pull out the polymer clay.  It was my intention.   I had it somewhat planned, but this went another way, that surprised even me.  Imagine that?  Yup… did.  So, I’ll save that plan for another stencil.

My husband made me a very simple, nothing fancy, shelving unit that goes to the back of my art table.  I wanted to have what I use a lot at my fingertips.  I decided it needed a little decor on it.  So I took my fat sharpie and put black stripes on the sides.  Then I took some rubber stamps and stamped in black on the front of the shelves.  To give it some color, I rubbed Distress Ink pad colors over the stamped images.

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Next, I took my favorite color (everyone now)… “COBALT TEAL”. and painted the sides quickly, not really trying to be perfect. After all, who is?  Ok ok.. the big guy up there… you know…. at least that’s what my mom tells me.  Off track.. sorry.

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Now, this is where the stencil comes in.  I wanted to decorate it further.  I decided to stencil it.  Using white acrylic paint and a cosmetic sponge, I pounced the white into the taped on stencil.

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Once the stencil dried, I rubbed a brown glaze paint on it, by Golden.  I wanted to stain it lightly to take away the stark white.

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… and just for fun, I added an old lace place mat that I cut in half to look like a curtain valance.  Cute, huh?

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Thanks for sticking around, but don’t go yet.  I have 7 other fabulous artists joining me in this hop. Check them out below.

Judy Shea  (thanks for being here)
Nope, not yet.. I have to tell you about the giveaway.. StencilGirl will be having a give away and EVERY COMMENT you make on all the blog you hop to are eligible to win.  The more blog’s  you comment on, the more chances to WIN! The giveaway will close on Sunday, October 27th at 11:59PM Central Time.
Ok.. now you can go.
As always, thank you for stopping by and visiting.  I love hearing from you.
Judy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥