Saturday, August 30, 2008
This piece is on a 4" X 5" stretched canvas. A piece of torn cardstock pressed using the dot CB folder was layered onto the canvas. The piece was painted with ivory acrylic paint and allowed to dry. A laser-printed tulip was added after the dots in that area were pressed down a bit. Layers of acrylic paint in ivory, greens and reds were blended into the canvas with a slight sanding throughout the process. The words Tulip and perfect love were computer-generated and added. Watered-down acrylics were used to blend the words into the piece. Distress inks were used to emphasize the dot pattern. The canvas was completed with a layer of Mod Podge.
I painted a paper mache canvas with medium victorian teal acrylic paint. I love using paint so that was a good beginning. The next thing I used is my tried and true diamond stencil. I've used this thing so many times that I have to occasionally soak it and scrape all the built up paint away. With the diamond stencil, I used more of the teal paint blended with ivory acrylic to give it a contrasting color. The angel and doves image is from a vintage diecut sheet sold by rockcandystudios.com and the the dresden foil in teal is also available from rockcandy. I decided to crackle the piece and worked brown acrylic into the cracks.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
The key to using wordle is that the words you use the most times will print the largest. So, the word 'accounting' was typed maybe eight times, 'credit' and 'debit' maybe six times down to the smallest words being typed once. The generator can rearrange the words until you're satisfied plus there are color choices. I was pleased with the simplicity of this one and printed it out on good old columnar paper. It's mounted on black matboard and in an 11X14 frame. That will give you an idea of how large the wordle prints out. Another option is to enter your blog address and the wordle will pick up words from your blog and create a piece for you. You've got to try it! Work can be saved in a public gallery but I don't think it can be saved to your harddrive. As I said this piece is simple because I wanted that look but check out the gallery to see some of the awesome possibilities there.
The typogenerator is so much fun and I plan on making some things with it. Here's a sample of what I did rather quickly this morning. I only used two words "Be Accountable" and this is just one of dozens of generated choices. There are so many ways to use this site. I think you could come up with some great inspirational pieces using the typogenerator. This site does allow your work to be saved to the harddrive so that's a plus.
I'd love to see any creations you make using either of these sites! Be prepared to spend some time at it when you get started.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
These samples were created using junk mail. Actually, they are from a slick, glossy catalog similiar in weight to that of a really nice postcard. Like.........maybe the latest Vera Bradley catalog. The first piece was CB embossed only. The second sample shows the result of a light sanding with fine sandpaper. I really think it is cool at this point but also like the third result which is covered using metallic rub-ons. I see this as a good border on a guy card....lots of possibilities.
The mosaic CB folder is one of my favorites. Again, these are done on high quality junk mail. Each piece began at step #1 which was to emboss and paint using Plaid's bronze glaze. The excess was blotted. Step #2 was to lightly sand allowing the white base of the paper to show through in places. Now for the fun...
After completing the first two steps, each of the next four pieces were treated differently. The top right sample was colored using Brilliance ink in violet. The excess ink was blotted and then beeswax was melted and spread into the impressed area. Love this one! The first sample on the bottom row was colored with Adorondack lettuce ink...very simple. The middle one received a second coat of glaze in blue bell also by Plaid and was then lightly sanded again. The last sample was colored with red chalk ink. I know these are super simple but they really make fun backgrounds.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
So...what do you think?
It was a fun day!