Stamp It, Draw It, Paint It, Tag It!

Paper, Ink Pads and Stamp

Here I go again saying what I have said for weeks now….I want to use my stuff. lol  I had a small watercolor paper pad with 6 pieces of paper left in it and a half of a manilla folder left over from a earlier project so I set about using them up. I grabbed a tag stamp and several colors of Staz-On ink and got to work. After stamping the tag image on all the paper space I had available I drew some whimsical flowers on each one in pencil then started painting them and cutting them out.  I added some distressing and a thin coat of sealer to each tag.  To finish them up I put pretty trims through the holes of each tag,   I really enjoyed this process and plan to do it again in a little different way so be on the look out for that.  Below are some photos and a video link showing the process of making the tags.  I hope you give it a try.  Have fun.

Laurie

Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads
Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads
Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads
Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads

Calendar Journal Pages January through April Using 2016 Calendar For Inspiration

April Calendar Page

If you have followed my YouTube channel for any length of time you will know that I mark in my calendar every time I am in the studio creating. At the end of the year I have 12 pages of calendars full of leftover paint, stencils, stickers or whatever I feel like putting down on the page.  As I start marking in the current years calendar I create a journal page in the previous years calendar for the month that we are currently in using the original artwork of the calendar as the inspiration for my page.  I usually create a video to go with the page but this year I was a little behind so I only created Aprils page on video.  But, I did finish January, February and March.  So, today I am sharing photos of January through April calendar pages. There will also be a link to the video for Aprils page.  These are fun little journal pages and I enjoy doing them each month.  I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Laurie

January 2016 Calendar Page
February 2016 Calendar Page
March 2016 Calendar Page
April 2016 Calendar Page

 

 

 

“Higgy, Iggy & Jinka” – Using Stickers – Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties (Box Art Series H, I & J)

Higgy, Iggy & Jinka Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties (Box Art Series H, I & J)

I really wanted to show you how easy and fun it is to use your stickers to cover the bodies of the “Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties” so I made a video showing you how.  There are actually two videos.  The first one is of “Higgy & Iggy” and is specifically geared toward showing you how to use stickers to cover their bodies. The second one is very similar but I go a little more detailed with decorating the bunny.  I hope you will take some time and look through your stash of supplies and find things you love and put them to good use.  I am finding I love the use of the item much more than having it in a drawer.  See you soon.  🙂

Laurie

Higgy Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series H)
Iggy Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series I)
Jinka Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series J)
Higgy, Iggy & Jinka Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties (Box Art Series H, I & J)

Raid Your Kids Easter Baskets

Use Easter Packaging To Make Something Artsy

If you enjoy mixed media art then you will totally get this. lol Product packaging that you might normally throw in the trash can be used to make some really cute art pieces.  I have a video up giving you some ideas of how you can use the easter packaging from your kids or grandkids Easter baskets.  In the photo above you can see different packages that I kept when I made up some Easter packages for the grandkids.  Below I will show you a photo of something I created using some of the packaging or templates created from the packaging.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to use up some trash. Give it a try. 🙂  Happy Easter.

Laurie

Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging
Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging
Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging
Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging

Small Altered Composition Book

Small Altered Composition Book

I have talked a lot about using your scraps and items in your stash and not holding on to them.  So, I have done just that and using my stash in my art.  I recently used a bunch of stickers on some of my mixed media projects but I still have several packages I had pulled out that I wanted to use.  I went rummaging through my drawers and found a small composition book I have had for a while.  I decided to alter it and use up all of those stickers.  I decorated the outside then went through each page and added a sticker to it. lol  I plan to use the book for little notes to myself on things I need to do or ideas I have for creating.  A sticker on each page will just add a little interest as I go through it making my notes.  I will show you a photo of the outside of the book but I did not take any photos of the inside pages.  Just imagine a cute little sticker in the corner or the center or even the top part of the page.  I have to say, it was a lot of fun throwing those stickers in the book with no rhyme or reason. I think I might do that again.  Find some of your old stash and use it up. It’s fun.  🙂

Laurie

Small Altered Composition Book

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie “Ellie Elephant” (Box Art Series “E”)

Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)

In the previous post I shared with you my “Teacup/ Coffee Cup Cuties as well as a preparation video showing the types of things you can use to create these cute dolls and characters.  A few days later I created “Ellie Elephant” and showed you the process of how I made her.   She turned out so cute.  Below are photos of “Ellie Elephant” and a link to the video for her.  Maybe you will be inspired to give one a try. 🙂

Laurie

Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)
Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)
Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)

 

 

I’m a little “Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie”

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties

I spent a couple of weeks just playing with my scraps, flowers, laces, trims, stickers and other embellishments that I am trying to use and not continue to “protect” them from being harmed and hiding them away in my storage containers.  lol  I was inspired to create some little characters while cleaning out my “odds and ends” container.  As I pulled out each item deciding whether I wanted to use it or lose I came across my  cone-shaped coffee filters. There are so many things you can do with coffee filters besides make yummy fru fru coffee but on that particular day I saw a dress or skirt and decided to make some dolls out of chipboard using the coffee filter as my inspiration.  I made some teacup/coffee cup girls, bunnies and birds.  They are so cute and so fun to make I wanted to share them with you.  Below I will put a link to the video as well as a FEW photos so you can see a handful of them and hopefully be inspired to make some.  I have also uploaded a “preparation” video where I share with you a few of the things I used to create my little dolls and soon there will be a video sharing how I made them so be on the look out for that too.

I hope you are feeling inspired and creative.

Laurie

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties Bunnies

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties Birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skype Art – Mixed Media Tags Using Scraps & Leftovers

 

Mixed Media Tags

Skype Art!  That is what those of us who like to create art while visiting with a friend on Skype like to call it.  It’s a fun way to spend time with other creative minded people and create something while you visit.  Sometimes we create whatever we feel like and sometimes we do something together or make something from a “challenge”.

This particular day I was talking to a friend on Skype and we were creating tags.  We challenged ourselves to use bits of trims, laces, buttons, scraps, flowers or ephemera that  you might have lying around on your desk or tucked away in your drawers or storage containers.  During the Skype session I was able to start and finish four tags.  Considering I used left over pieces of this and that from other projects I think they came out pretty cute.  It’s amazing what you can create with things you might otherwise have thrown away.  There is no video for these tags but there are playlists on my YouTube channel that shows you how you can use scraps to create cool journal pages and boxes to create whimsical characters.

Be Creative!

Laurie

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Mixed Media Tags

Blig, Blag, Blog? Plus, How To Alter A Coaster

Mixed Media Altered Coaster
Mixed Media Altered Coaster

Hello….is this thing on???

I was trying to figure out the “best” way to blog and like with anything you try to research there are a hundred gob zillion ways to do one thing by just as many people with an opinion on how to do it.  So then you lose me because it feels too restrictive. Blogging is supposed to be fun and easy…for me anyway.  So, that’s how it’s going to stay. Fun and easy.  I may post for a few weeks in a row then nothing for a while. I may post one day then nothing for a year.  That’s terrible blogging according to many folks but you know what…in order for it to be fun and easy it has to be just that, FUN and EASY.  If I have to follow some sort of “rule” then it won’t be fun. If I have to be “perfect” then it won’t be easy.  It’s like doing art, I can’t have fun with it if it has to be perfect or if I have to follow exact rules.  So why not apply my own rules to blogging just like I did with my art?  Great idea…let’s do THAT.  So, let’s see where this leads. Let’s just enjoy what is and not worry about what isn’t. 🙂

I have been wondering what to make this first post about.  So much has happened in the last two years. It stresses me out to think about trying to type up the entire events of the time that has passed so I decided that sometimes you just can’t cover it all and you just have to start where you are.  Based on that, today I will just share with you the latest video that I put up on YouTube.

In the video, I altered a coaster.  We do not eat out very much but there was a time when we used to eat out often.  Some of those restaurants provided coasters for your drink and anytime I had the opportunity to keep a coaster from that meal I did.  There was a time or two when the person waiting on our table just gave me a handful of coasters when I asked them to please not take my coaster with my plate because I wanted to use it for art.  They told me they get them for free from distributers and were happy to hand over a bunch to me.   So, I had quite a few coasters saved.  I recently had to go through all of my art supplies while I was re setting up my studio and came across these coasters.  I had so many I decided to downsize and get rid of the ones I didn’t like as much and use a bunch of the ones I did like.  Below is a link to the video if you would like to see how to make one.

Laurie