Friday, August 21, 2020

Saturday Morning Down the Shore


There seems to be a bit of a beach theme in my last few postings. Pure coincidence: the materials that I’ve been working with have been perfect for the images that I’ve used. This layout, however, is different. The AB Studio Diva collection, full of pinks, purples and grays and bold patterns, cries out for equally bold and dramatic images to match. However, this photo of my grandsons has been on the top of my “must do” pile since June and I wanted to find a way to use it. I think that the “B” side of this sheet, with the distressed stone pattern in the center, fits perfectly.


 I’ve based this on the August sketch from Très Jolie. I like the way it features layers on layers and details such as the shapes of the chipboard embellishments that came in the kit.

I started with those chipboard pieces, coating them with black gesso and them treating them with embossing powder.

Next, I prepared my tags. First, I cut one from the “Desire” sheet (it’s filled with a nice variety of tags and flowers and clocks), punched out the hole and inked the edges. I created two more tags from stripped USPS packaging and fastened jute string to all the tops.

I created the layers under the photo with the tags and two stitched frames from the June kit. Next, I attached the chipboard keys and chains and added the flowers.

I finished my page with shells and a piece of Flair from my stash.

And that was it: a quick and easy layout featuring a lazy Saturday morning down the Jersey Shore.

A few closeups:

One of the chipboard pieces, coated with black gesso, then heat embossed with Ranger Cement embossing powder...

 Seashells and flair...

 Layering with frames and tags...

 Another chipboard key...

 Chipboard chains and dangling shells...



 ***Très Jolie August Kit***

AB Studio – Diva Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet No. 1 – Real DIVA

AB Studio – Diva Collection – 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper – Sheet No. 7 – Desire

Prima – Capri Collection – Flower Embellishments – Naples Shore #647049

Dusty Attic – Laser Cut Chipboard – Ornate Pendants 1 #DA1359

Scrapaholics – Laser Cut Chipboard – Skeleton Keys


49 and Market – Vintage Artistry Natural Collection – Stitched Frames – 6 Pcs #VAC-32181

May Arts – Jute Burlap String – Natural #SM-10

Creative Embellishments – Flair – By the Sea




Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Mini – Hickory Smoke #TDP47339

Liquitex Professional – Black Colored Gesso #5320251

Piccolo – Enamel & Embossing Powder Adhesive

Ranger Ink – Antiquities Embossing Powder – Cement #EAJ00396


We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile – Big Bite


As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Down the Shore at Sunset


As soon as I opened the August Mixed Media Kit from Très Jolie, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The shapes in the Prima Mould and the colors of the enclosed bottles of Distress Oxide Ink Spray called to mind this photo of my granddaughter taken a few weeks ago at the New Jersey Shore.

This project came together in no time: I spent a few minutes forming the clay pieces and another few creating texture on my canvas with crackle paste and a stencil and allowed it all to dry overnight.

I treated the clay pieces with Faded Jeans spray and put them aside to dry while I worked on the base of my project.

I began by spritzing the canvas here and there with a few short bursts of Distress Oxide Ink Spray in Antique Linen and gave it a few minutes to dry. Once it was no longer tacky, I shot it with Bundled Sage, then topped it with Faded Jeans. I love how this spray picks up the texture of the canvas and the cracks of the paste.

The clay pieces were now ready for the next step. Using a fan brush, I lightly dusted them with the Magical powder, then spritzed them with a small amount of water to give them a sheen and to allow the gold to settle in the crevices.

I printed out the photo on 5” x 7” paper and trimmed it just inside the white edges. Using a tape runner, I fastened it to a piece of white cardstock which I trimmed around to create an even border. This was attached to a layer of USPS packaging to create stability and dimension and glued to the center of the canvas with gel medium.

The lovely lady was backed with more of the packaging and glued down just below.

I dug out some of the flowers left over from previous kits and arranged them around the photo. (One of the flowers was treated with Antique Linen spray; it was too brightly white to blend in.) I removed the centers of the flowers in the bottom corner and replaced them with glass beads.

I tucked the clay flourishes and flowers around the blooms and finished by placing art stones here and there.

A few closeups:




 ***Très Jolie August Mixed Media Kit***

Fredrix – Quality Artist – Canvas Panel – 9 x 12 #3209

Prima – Finnabair – Silicone Mould – Fairy Garden #966591

Prima – Re-Design – Air Dry Modeling Material #642136

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Spray – Faded Jeans #TS064732

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Spray – Antique Linen #TS067542

Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Oxide Spray – Bundled Sage #TS067603

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Magical – Powdered Paint – Bayou Boogie Gold


***Other Embellishments***

Darice – Floral Embellishments – Paper Flowers – Natural – 36 Pcs #30062068

49 and Market – Handmade Flowers – Vintage Shades – Yellow Cluster #VS-85991

Darice – Floral Embellishments – White – 12 Pcs #30061976

49 and Market – Flower Embellishments – Sugar Posies – Blue Raspberry #SUG-32419


***Other Mediums***

Golden – Crackle Paste

Golden – Gel Medium – Matte

Prima – Finnabair – Art Ingredients – Glass Beads – Plum #961718

Prima – Finnabair – Art Extravagance – Art Stones – White #963705



Prima – 12 x 12 Stencil – Stain #572181



As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.