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Valentine’s Day Card

I am still on the mend from my brain injury and knee injury, but I am well enough to work on my You Tube Channel. Granted I am still trying having with my balance and my knee still hurts.  Everyone assured it still takes time and I am making progress.  I know and I know that I have to worst patience when it comes to this.

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Moving on, I just finished this You Tube video at Valentine’ Day Card

The supplies I used are:

  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut to 4 7/8 x 6 3/8 and 3 7/8 x 5 3/8
  • White Recollection card 5 x 6 ½
  • Red cardstock cut to 4 ¼ x 5 5/8 and leftover scrap
  • Reeves Watercolor set
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Inkadinkado stamps, “Hearts”
  • Anti-Static Pad
  • Versamark Ink
  • Tim Holtz’s Distressed Ink, “Fire Brick Red”
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Black Embossing Powder
  • White Cardstock scrap
  • Happy Valentine’s Day stamp by Recollection
  • Double-sided tape

 

I having another idea for another Valentine Day video which I hope to start today.

Other than that, nothing much has been happening. I finally started working on a scarf and cleaning.  It is amazing when you are ill, you let things lie.  In other words, my couch and my art studio table is covered with stuff where it has been stressing out.

I hope everyone is well and doing fine.


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Happy Mother’s Day

First for those who recently joined the mailing list of my blog, I welcome you. I am curious of where you found my blog.  So if you don’t mind of answering my question in my comments, I would really appreciate it.

With Mother’s day fast approaching, I decide to make both a video and my mom a card all in one. I warned my brother not to show my mom this video not until after Mother’s Day.  But I have a feeling that she will see it before.  Oh well.

The link to the video is Mother’s Day Card

As for supplies, you will need:

  • 5 by 6 ½ Recollection Red Card
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut down to 4 7/8 by 6 3/8 inches
  • Inkadinkados Mason Jar stamp
  • 3D Roses Viva Décor Stamps, I used the medium size rose
  • Anti-Static Bag
  • White Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Acrylic Block
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam Tape
  • White Lace ribbon
  • Yellow cardstock cut to 2 by 5 inches
  • Happy Mother’s Day stamp by Recollection
  • Tim Holtz’s Reinkers, Mustard Seed and Spun Sugar
  • Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain, Broken China

I first saw this technique done by Kristina Werner’s channel and instantly fell in love with it. Her link is here:

Kristina’s watercolor technique

I do admit this technique does appear easy, but does take practise. The hard part is just adding the paint and not soaking the paper to the bone.  You only have one shot to this.

This was my second attempted to the painting. The first one, I kind of overdid it with the heating gun.  Where I learned that burnt watercolor paper smells like toasted marshmallows.  And unfortunately, there was a big burnt mark right in the middle which I couldn’t fix it, so I had to reshoot the entire video.

But I am hoping to say that I am getting better, putting aside that little incident.

Other than that, things are good. Unfortunately I twisted my knee when I was picking up a bottle of paint, so I have been on pain killers and not doing much work. And the weather is finally warming up to where I actually packed my winter coat away for hopefully many months.

All the songs are by Dan Lebowitz. I thought it was perfect since my mom is a big country fan.

I hope everyone has a great Mother’s day.


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Cheap Art Challenge – Take 3

It was a good thing that I did some testing last night before going directly to the project.

I tried the melted wax crayons techniques on an old used canvas.  I tried the Sharpie marker with rubbing alcohol which didn’t go well as planned.  Maybe I used the canvas that was already gesso?  I don’t know.  So I tried it with crayons.  The black plastic knife was from one of the take out containers so that I was free.  The ruler, I brought from the Dollar Tree for this project.  I wasn’t going to ruin one of my good rulers.  The irony of that is that this ruler is starting to be one of my best rulers.

I had to use the heat gun for this project since I did not own a hair dryer.  Talk about irony.  A girl who does not own a hair dryer. 

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TIP: Freeze your crayons before you use them because the labels will come off easier.  I also ended up storing them in the fridge because of this hot weather.

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The color does blend better as if I was color directly on the canvas with the heating gun blowing.  Instead of holding it with the plastic knife and have the heating knife create a puddle.  I also learned that it is best to wear old clothes because wax drips on clothes, DOES NOT wash off.

I scrapped half of the canvas with the ruler like squeegee.  It did a give a smooth surface.  Once it was cool, I painted a white strip across and let it dry.

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I wanted to see of how it react to the wax, which was ok.  Then I thought that this would be a great background for a mixed media project that I have been planning to do.  But that is when the trouble begins.

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The yellow and red colors are from the watercolor pencils.  The yellow, I drew directly on the canvas and as you can see, it scrapped away the paint.  The red, I used a wet paintbrush and rubbed it against the pencil before painting on the canvas.  The blue is acrylic with I dipped my brush in the lid and painted on canvas.  I decided to try out modge podge with tissue and a piece of a cardstock.  The one on the left, I used white glue directly on it.  And this morning, everything peel off.

So the wax crayons are out for the challenge.  And yes, I know that I will be using cardstock as my base, not canvas so I may have different results.  So either I used all watercolor, all acrylic, or watercolor with acrylic.

I was leaning toward pumpkins, but last night while watching a video for research on another project, I was doodling and I ended up doodling a couple of horses.  And if you do not mind tooting my own horn, they turned out really good.

I then decided to do two pieces for the challenges.  I brought a storybook at the Dollar Tree and have been using it as an art journal.  Actually it is my Art Journal Prompt, so whenever I find a prompt, I used that journal.  So I prepped a page with white paint instead of gesso and now I am going to try something.  I am leaning towards horses except guess of what the first page of my journal is.  Yup, horses.  But since it is only an 8X8 size, I can do the pumpkins.  Do the horses on the bigger sheet where I can use the stencil.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.