Monday, October 13, 2014

Making Art a Priority... Every Day

I'm getting closer to creating some sort of art every single day! Its awesome :)

This week I finished off my little thank you cards that were created using Dylusions Ink Spray and Darkroom Door stamps. All the dragonflies are now attached to stop them flying away, and the insides use the "Stay calm, smile and create beautiful things" stamp that I chatted about here. On the back is my logo and contact details... giving them a professional finish.

Its always good to have a professional polish on things, even handcreated things :) Its like putting decorations on a cake... all cakes look fantastic with icing, but decorations (whether handmade icing roses or plastic 'happy birthday' signs) make them look amazing.

This week I joined in an art swap with a Facebook craft group. Its a great group - we all encourage each other to be crafty and creative - the amount of beautiful artwork and crafted items everybody makes every day is incredible. It inspires me to ignore dishes and housework and get into my much loved studio.

Of course, then I get stressed out that the house is a mess or we've run out of clean clothes, but I'm getting closer to finding some sort of balance... which is nice.

The swap I joined was to make 2 flat (like large bookmarks) handcrafted spools, or cotton reels. I started with a sheet of Tim Holtz's Grungeboard (which smells like leather, love it) and cut out 2 spool shapes (I like the old wooden spools, so used that shape). I then trimmed to size a sheet of orange, brown and gold printed paper that I had in my paper stash. I'd made it using my Gelli Arts Gelli printing plate, paints and stencils.

On the back I used a piece of what I call lace paper. Its a white, handmade looking paper with raised flowers trailing all over one side. I painted the lace paper with Liquitex paints in yellows and brown mixed with a matte medium (which can be used as a glue, sealer or varnish).

Once dry, I sanded the edges - it gives them a great smooth finish while a the same time, ensures the edges don't get tattered (unless you want them tattered, which I didn't). Then inked the edges using the beautiful brown walnut Distress ink with a blender tool (as you do!).

Next, I gathered hessian leftovers from the previous day's craft session and wrapped them around the spool, making it look like a spool of string. I realise the idea is to make the spools look like something else other than a spool, but the embroider in me just couldn't resist!!!

Of course they needed a needle as well - made from Grungeboard and silver Inca paste (for something different to paint). Usually Inca paste is polished to a high sheen once dry but the more I polished the more the paste came off... it didn't like adhering to the porous board much, so I've left it 'raw' Inca. They're not as shiny as they could be but they look ok, sort of like oversized, well used needles.

They were finished but missing something... so I played around with my border punches and added it to both sides of the spools. Then added a few of the scraps as well.

They fly out tonight on their way to Canada to be with their new owner. I love them and hopefully my swap partner will too!

I'm off to the studio now to take photos of the new wooden shapes the talented Ray of Wood'n Marbles has created - Halloween witches and cats! They're ATC sized and are totally gorgeous.

Aren't they awesome? There are two sizes - small and large - and they're available exclusively at my Art by Jenny online shop. All wooden shapes in my shop are also available in watercolour paper, smooth white cardstock or textured cardstock (black or white) - contact me to order yours today!
Click here to view and buy wooden shapes for Halloween and other projects.

Thanks for reading my blog and I'll see you next time!

Happy Creative Day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Proof of a Wonderful Day of Art

"Something on Saturday" was a fun and productive one. I had a brilliant time with Me, Myself and I - the three of us had a great day :) Its the middle of the SA school holidays so people are away camping and having a beautiful time with their friends and family.

I'm offering this background (and card) technique as a tutorial for a fabulous magazine, Heart Journal Magazine, so won't be posting it here until its published, but here is a sneak peak and links to buy the makings if you want a go yourself.

It happened by accident actually. I started with Dylusions Ink Spray then stamped on that, but it was too limey so added more layers of ink and then even more ink spray... till eventually, I turned my fingers a gorgeous purply blue and the card background became something a dragonfly could call home. Just have fun with the inks and stamps and let the art flow :)

These are some of what I used...
Dylusions Ink Spray, StazOn ink pads and a Darkroom Door stamp.

From top left: Peeled Paint, Bold Blossoms and Dylusions Ink Spray - all available at my online shop

I love making cards - birthdays, Christmas, thank you, hello, any reason at all. What I don't do though, is remember to send them. Thank you's always get posted "on time" as there is no set date, and one also goes out with every order. At least that's something! So I'm making a calendar for special occasions - with reminders to say "post a card today to...". Its going to have a pocket for stamps too. No excuses from now on... if you have a birthday and would like a card, send me your address and birthday :)

I've got a stash of Graphic 45 papers that don't seem to sell (they have a calendar already printed on them, making life easy!), so obviously they're meant for me to use. I'll post a pic when I've gathered the 'kit' together... so you can see what I mean. It'll be a calendar for every year, meaning, no weekdays marked.

If you'd like a collection of cards to give away to your loved ones, I'd love to make them for you - Only $5 each including an envelope with 70c stamp :) Any style, any colour! I keep making some to sell but end up giving them away, but eventually I'll have a stash for you to see, choose from and put in the shop.

Happy Creative Day!

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