Stencils and Achromatic Colors

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Die cuts from Wilna Furstenberg.  Cut them out with the Silhouette Portrait then stenciled them using gel matte medium with some white acrylic paint.  For the grayish colors behind the other cut outs, I used calligraphy ink by Parker, and added a little bit of water to lighten up the ink.  Patterned paper by Amy Tangerine patterned paper, ephemera by Pink Paislee, doily for date from a FB swap., and bade by Studio Calico.

Writing with Acrylic

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Writing with paint was a challenge.  I used Wilna Furstenberg’s premade script and painted over it as she did but it’s not as easy as she made it seem.  I enjoyed it though and hope to continue working on my text painting.  Used Amy Tangerine patterned paper and ephemera pieces by Teresa Collins.  Love badge by Studio Calico.  Acrylic paint by Reeves.

Brushstrokes with Acrylic Paint

I’m enjoying the Color Theory class by Wilna Furstenberg.  I’m learning so much about painting and colors and how they work together.  I knew how to match up colors and such before but I didn’t know how to really work with the colors to achieve a certain look which I think I have a better understanding of now.

This layout called for warm colors and brush strokes.

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I finally was able to put my Tim Holtz paper distresser to good use as you can see in the last photo where I took a close-up.  I also learned how to create a sticker look with the Silhouette Portrait using the Offset.  Wilna provides a very good tutorial in her class but she also has the tutorial on her blog.  It took a few tries and frustrations to finally get it to work correctly.  The whimsical leaves die cuts were from Wilna, the dots were from a FB swap, the acrylic paints are Reeves, and the paper with the white cameras and the paper I’ve distressed are by American Crafts.

Stamping with Acrylic Paint

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I used a rolling pin and bubble wrap to create the stamps.  The acrylic paint brand I used is Reeves.  They were a little on the darker side so I mixed a little bit of white in.  The journaling flower is from an ephemera set from awhile ago so I don’t know the brand.  The die cuts are from Wilna Furstenberg, the wood veneers and fawn badge are from Studio Calico.

Memory

The photo challenge for week 9 was “memory.”  I went with two that mean a lot to me: Dune by Christian Dior and the white orchid.  Dune was given to me by a co-worker when I was about 21 years old and worked at a bank.  She was a french lady with the cutest french accent.  I visited her once at her lovely home and she gave me an advice I try to keep up with: Always make your bed because you don’t want your man to see it messy (something like that).  She also gave me her Dune perfume.  I told her I loved the scent and she offered it to me.  The orchard was from my last job.  I still miss that place and the people I worked with.

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Impasto

I’m taking an online class at Studio Calico called Color Theory by Wilna Furstenberg. It’s a crafty paint type of class and it’s strictly fun but I’m learning a lot more than I had imagined. The first week covered impasto.

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CTIMPASTO0042_800I didn’t have pink acrylic paint (is there such a thing as pink acrylic paint?) so I mixed white and red to get the pink.  Initially, the pink was lighter than the darker color you see in the photos so I just added a bit more red to the mix.  I used Regular Gel Matte by Golden Artist Colors as the thickener.  For the black ink splatters, I didn’t have black in the little bottle Wilna used so I mixed a little water with black acrylic paint and used a brush to fling the color where I wanted the splatters.  The paper with the stamp ink is by Bazzill called Avalanche.  They have little ridges instead of the canvas texture. The heart stickers  and white stars stickers were from a Facebook swap, the little beads with the hole in them came from a Hello Kitty Scrapbook Kit my daughter didn’t want, and the butterflies are from my Martha Stewart Butterfly puncher.  The intricate flower cutout and the words (live, laugh, love) are cut files created by Wilna Furstenberg.  I didn’t use a glue gun like Wilna does even though I do have one.  I may start using it but for now I use the matte medium, Mod Podge, and E6000 as my glues.

A Decade Ago…

My first daughter turned 3 a decade ago today. I enjoyed and miss those very young years. They went by too quickly. I was working full-time when she was a toddler so I really didn’t get to spend as much time as I had wanted with her. I’m very grateful to have that opportunity now (and for the last 6 years) so no regrets. She keeps me on my toes, still.

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I can’t believe she’s officially a teenager today.  Take a deep breath.