Monday, February 20, 2017

Mail Art Monday with Fiona

Hello my gorgeous VLVS peeps! Fiona here with you today to share a little mail art this fine Monday!!

I used a combo of pigment powder, gesso, black pen ink and a Gelato to create the artsy background.

And then stamped on it and heat embossed!

I love how the Quill Pen is like it's writing the address for you!

And then I stitched around it with my machine!! I was very careful not to sew it shut LOL

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

See you all again very soon x

Friday, February 17, 2017

Art Journal: Creativity Takes Courage by Cheetarah

Hi everyone, I'm back this week with some more Banksy inspiration, this time for our February challenge. I made the art journal page in my pocket journal based on this month's mood board which is this:

Isn't it fantastic?? Words like reds, oranges, greens, blues, pinks, purples... ALL the colors! Spray paint, art, graffiti, artists, surrealism, banksy, stripes, splatters, drips, dots and more inspired me to take some fun stamps and my distress paints and play! A list of stamps and materials are at the bottom of this post. 

I took a page on which I already had some paint and texture on and dabbed some more distress paints in well, ALL the colors and had it run over the page from left to right. I dabbed them straight on the paper  and used a mini mister to get the paint run. Did this in layers and dried each time so the paint wouldn't get mixed/muddy. Then took some fun mixed media / texture stamps and stamped them randomly on the page with Staz-On inks. Then took out my Dali Stamp and worked out on where I wanted him placed with a stamped image on a clear sheet. 

Before I did that I wanted to convey a graffiti sprayed wall and used some Paper Artsy fresco paint in Hint of Mint the middle and with a mini mister I let some watery paint drip down. On it I stamped the "create art every day" phrase with Staz-On jet black. I spattered some of that fresco paints over the page as well as Liquitex black and gold INKS! I adhered Dali to the page and then into my pocket journal. Here are some detail shots:

I noticed the page I was working on had some script text with modeling paste on it as well which gave a lovely sub texture under all the layers of paints. Fun thing to discover :)

I added some black distress crayon to outline the page after I adhered it in my journal.

Create art every day!!

Hope this inspired you to play along with this month's challenge!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps used:

Staz-On Jet black, royal purple, cherry black, mustard, rusty brown, azure, cactus green 
Distress paints fired brick, wilted violet, blueprint sketch, mustard seed, twisted citron, fossilized amber 
Fresco paints Hint of Mint 
Liquitex inks Black and gold 
Alcohol markers
Distress Crayon in black

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Challenge Inspiration by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

It's Susanne here and I'd like to share two Artist Trading Cards today. I used our monthly challenge theme as my inspiration.

 I love the stripes and the turquoise colour splashes!

I cut two 2.5" x 3.5" cards from heavy weight watercolor cardstock. I used a pink acrylic spray to give it some color. While this dried, I picked a gelli printed deli paper with orange hues and cut it to strips. I adhered those with Gel Medium and added some texture with the Dictonary Page, after it was dry. Now it was time to stamp the main images (Whimsical Horned Boy, Whimsical Lettered Man ). I used StazOn Jet Black ink. Of course I wanted to have these gorgeous turquoise splatters on my ATCs. I used Dylusions Paint "Vibrant Turquoise", thinned it down with a little bit of water, and added the splatters with a brush.
I used WOW! Opaque White powder to add the title and the sewing border on this card.

I added some doodling to this card with an acrylic fineliner.

Thank you for stopping by today. Don't forget to enter our February challenge!
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!:
Whimsical Horned Boy
She was a dreamer
Whimsical Lettered Man
Sawtooth Stitching Lines
Dictonary Page 
WOW! Opaque Bright White powder
Gelli Plate
StazOn Inks

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Born to Be Wild

HI, hi!!  Michele here with a quick gelli print background technique for a fun Banksy card.

Let's jump right in and get started!

You might notice I took some inpiration from this months inspiration still have time to link up!

I have been using my gelli plate a LOT lately...I LOVE the background I can create with it.

I used Dina Wakley acrylic paint and a brayer to put a nice layer of paint on my plate.

Then lay your paper right in the paint and apply pressure all over to pick up the paint.  You can also lay a stencil in the paint first to get an awesome pattern.

Don't clean you stencil right away though becasue there is still precious paint on it to apply another layer on you background.  This stencil is an Um Wow Studios creation!

I always like to create multiples, I mean while you are all painty your might as well!!

When everything is dry and trimmed the stamping begins!

I used my white Signo pen to add some doodling.

Marioneete Girl is stamped in archival ink and then heat embossed with Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.

You will also notice some splatters!!  Done with the same Dina Wakely paint.

Now...we are also hosting a swap over at Viva Las VegaStamps!  If you visit our Groupies Facebook page you will find an event with details.  There is a short window to get involved in this months OR we will have another one starting in March.

Our February theme is Bansky and we are swapping mail art.  I made some envelopes inspired by our inspiration challenge also.

Join us PLEASE!!!  We love a good swap!!

Until next ime...get inky (or painty-LOL).

Monday, February 13, 2017

Banksy takes over the post again!

Hello Again!
Welcome back to another Mail Art Monday!

Today I want to share the Envelopes I made for the VLVS Banksy Mail Art swap on the
(I hope some of you joined in!)

To start I created a pair of A2 sized envelopes using my Envelope punch board and some blue watercolor looking scrapbook paper.  

Next I stamped all 3 of my Banksy stamps in black Stazon ink. (stamps listed below)

I masked off my address block, with an business card that I often use as a mask. 
(Hence the ink all already all over
I traced around this with a black Micron pen.

Now to enhance the blue color, I used Distress inks in salty ocean and tumbled glass. 
The stencil I used was by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous (THMS055)

Next, I added a few flicks of picket fence and black soot distress stains. 
After I removed the mask I added a few doodles around the inside of the address lock with my white gel pen and a black Micron. 

I hope you all enjoy these fun envelopes, and I hope you feel inspired to get inky!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 09, 2017

She flies with her own wings

Hello everybody,

Today I am sharing a mini art journal spread. It took some time to make this because I started with totally different colours, decided I didn't like it and had to paint it over ! Oh well, happens sometimes doesn't it.

I painted the pages with 2 shades of green, a blue and a purple acrylic paint. I used Amsterdam but you could of course use whatever you have. I did mix in a little white here and there to get a gradient. 
I stamped the circles with white paint. Normally I would use VersaMark ink and white embossing powder but I didn't want to heat up the left page too much as I was afraid for the paint on the other side to bubble... 

Next I stamped the typewriter keys with black ink. I always think you have to have black and white on your pages. The face was stamped on photo paper with StaZon; I don't know why I did that because card stock and Archival would have worked just as well. 

I also stamped the sentiment several times on a piece of paper which I then punched circles off. I was going to use it as it was but decided to colour them the same as the background because they stood out to much. 
I adhered everything else to the page and added some thread under the face and that was it ! 

Here's a detail of the stamped image with white paint. It looks totally different to when you use ink or embossing powder. 

Here's a detail of this lovely face. 

I used the following stamps for these pages:

Thank you so much for stopping by today !