"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Vintage Findings for the Word Challenge at Our Creative Corner

Hello everyone!  It's so good to be able to find some time for myself to create during my mom's convalescence which is coming along very well. She's out of the medical bed and into her own today. Yea!!!

I found this lovely challenge site, Our Creative Corner,  through one of my new Followers, "Butterfly".  It was the perfect pick me up to get me out of my creative slump.  The challenge is to create with Words, in any style you wish.  This gave me an opportunity to create using artist trading cards ("ATC") which I almost always incorporate quotes, songs, and thoughts.  And what better way to create with some Blue Fern Studios pieces that fit perfectly on an ATC.  After I finished the first one "keys", it came to mind that it looked like something vintage you would find in your great, great grandmother's trunk, and so the little collection is named, "Vintage Findings".  Those chipboard pieces were delish to create with.  If you don't already have some, I strongly recommend you pick some up soon. Or......come back to my blog at the end of month and win  some Blue Fern Studios chipboard with a "Give A Way" I will be offering.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.

Some close ups:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Done Is Better Than Perfect" - Creating with a Chipboard Stencil

Hello everyone!  It's so good to be back creating and doing something that I love after a few months of absence.  I have been caring for my mom during her convalescence, and we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  During some down time, I created this canvas inspired by two things: the Blue Fern Studios Quatrefoil Panel, and a quote from Pinterest.   Are you one of those that starts something and then find it's not perfect in your eyes so you put off finishing it?  I'm guilty of that, and when I read this quote it resonated with me to do something with it to remind me that there is pleasure and growth in the process and finishing something is just as rewarding.

The delicious background was created using the Quatrefoil panel chipboard as a stencil and lots of application of molding paste, mists, ink and stamping.  The word "Done" was created with the chipboard bits inside of the chipboard and stamped, inked and added some Diamond Dust to tone down the harsh black letters.   Unfortunately, the pictures don't truly capture the rich saturated colors of those glorious mists.


Quatrefoil Panel used as a Stencil
I loved how the chipboard stencil background technique came out, and I will be making more creations with this same technique in the near future.  Hope you stop by when I complete the second piece that I've been working on and I'll share a tutorial with you.  Until then, do something you love and finish it! :)