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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Tags a Shimmerz Paints Design Team Project

Autumn is my favorite time of year! 
Now, and when I was a kid,
if I find a pile of faded dead fall leaves in my walking path,
I stomp on them just to hear the crunchy noise they made under my shoes.
and I tell you what products I used to create these autumn tags.

Thanks for visiting.




Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ideas you can use with Office Metal Tags on your art Projects!



Hello my arty friends!
Here are a few examples of what you can do with Office Metal Tags
for your junk journals, and/or scrapbooking pages.
Spritz your favorite mist, or tea stain the white
portion of the office metal tag; then apply some digi paper, or stamp
an image on top of the tag; add a fussy cut an element; and finally apply
some Shimmerz Paints, Pasteez-Sale of the Earth to
seal your applications and it will render a cool
faux encaustic look without the hassle of real encaustic wax.
The butterfly example above is the result of a heavy application of
Pasteez-Salt of the Earth.

A selection of sizes of the Office Metal Tags 
can be purchased at
A Tattered Dream on Etsy here.
Not only can you purchase office metal tags in a variety of sizes,
but the shop has an abundance of trims, fibers, and
junk journal papers too. 

Thank you for letting me share. 



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Shabby Chic Summer Place Junk Journal and new You Tube Channel


Summer’s over but I’m not quite done with it yet.
Today I'm sharing my shabby chic Summer Place Junk Journal. 
It’s stuffed with old things I used to hold dear:
a collage featuring an old ticket to a play I attended;
stained Battenburg doily;
Pansies I dried years ago and now have a home in my journal;
a letter from Grandma which included a dollar to buy ice cream on the way home from the neighborhood pool;
a post card from my favorite Pre-Raphaelite Artist;
and some music sheet to, “ A Summer Place” by Percy Faith. 
When I was a young child, my mom would play this song when she set up to oil paint
or do some chores.
Then and today, it still resonates with me.
I feel all is right in the world and it still brings a tear to my eye. 
I can't use my theme some to a Summer Place on YouTube, so I had to choose another classical piece of music to use in stead. Thanks for viewing with me.




All the chipboard, and linen fabric in the junk journal was treated with yummy, creamy Shimmerz Paints.

Let me tell you what I used.
Chipboard:
Acritonez-Three Sheets to the Wind
Inklingz – Pugnacious Purple, Precious Posey, and I Love you Onyxly
Shimmerz – Orchid-stra

Button:
Blingz- Gold Glimmer
Shimmer – Berry-licious

Coffee dyed paper and white linen fabric:   I combined the following two products to achieve a dusty lilac color.
Vibez- Princess
Shimmeringz-Heavy Metal


Some close ups.









Thanks for letting me share with you.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Arty Tag for Shimmerz Paints


Hello everyone!
I am up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog today
sharing an Arty Tag made with
Texturez. 
Texturez is this versatile product
that will render either a crackle effect, 
or a highly textured effect.
Stop by and let me show you
how you can achieve both effects using
this one product.

See you here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dress Pattern Vintage Tags for Shimmerz Paints Design Team Project


Sharing some dress pattern vintage tags with you here today using Shimmerz Paint Products.


Pattern paper was applied on cardstock and sewn along the edges. Some Spritz Truffle, Shimmeringz Bronze Bombshell was spritz on top of the tags and allowed to dry.  Some Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts was applied with a wet brush on top of the spritz.  Apply your favorite stamp,  white embossing powder and set with a heat gun.  One of the tags has a little postage stamp collage on top.

These tags quite simple to create and they look vintage enough to insert in my next vintage junk journal.

Thanks for letting me share with you, and stop by and visit Shimmerz Paints to find more inspiration and some new products too.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A One-Day Travel Junk Journal for Shimmerz Paints - Design Team Project

Hello everyone!
I'm up on Shimmerz Paints Blog with my new monthly project featuring my one-day travel junk journal to accompany me on a beach city trip with my darling nieces.
Come on visit me here and I'll share more photos and ideas with you too.












Friday, August 11, 2017

Scrapki -Wyzwaniowo August Challenge - Home Decor


The August Challenge at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo ("Scrapki") is “Home Décor.” Since I won the June Challenge, I was invited back to be a Guest Designer at Scrapki in the month of August.  I was overjoyed to learn the name of the Challenge and was only too happy to start another junk journal using the Home Décor theme.  The cover of my journal is from a magazine cover.  I used a white Tyvek envelope and cut it down on one side to accommodate the size of the journal. I left the flap part of the envelope on the back cover intact to store future ephemera.  Blue and white Toile tissue paper was applied to the inside covers.  There is one signature inside the journal, and I used the three-hole pamphlet stitch to bind the pages to the journal.

Let’s turn a few pages and I’ll show you what’s inside.



On the first page, is a decorative mirror tuck spot to tuck in paint chips, photos, ideas,  etc.  My favorite element on this page is the Dusty Attic lamp chipboard.  I printed a photo of a ginger jar and cut and molded the pattern paper over the base of the chipboard lamp. I painted the lamp shade with Shimmerz Acritonez,”3 Sheets to The Wind,” than white embossed a floral stamp on top of the shade.  This technique gave the lamp shade a lacy etched glass look.  And, finally I added Shimmerz Paints, miner 49er gold.  I love how the pale gold color enhances the lamp motif.

I debated whether or not to add the Table of Contents of the magazine to the junk journal, but when I re-read all the sections, I was captivated by their titles….they evoked feelings.  How could one of us, not want to see the words, “Artist in Residence” in their junk journal? J

Most of the pages for my junk journal came from home décor magazines, and old reference books.  One book had pages in blue and white featuring titling patterns, and another was a book of fonts.  On those pages of the magazine or reference book pages that looked unattractive, I added sample fabrics.  There are paint chips, some tags, and a blue and white Toile envelope to store more ephemera as I design my rooms.  There are charms and lacy bits too.

The page above features a photograph of an Envelope Art ("EnveArt")I created using a photo of Marie Antoinette.  I printed the EnveArt on a white paper page and sewed in into the signature. The bag as two openings and I am able to store some more goodies in them too.  The fabric swatches on the opposite page are fabric flips.  You can flip each piece up to view.

Belly bands made from scrapbook papers and ribbon are used to hold photos of some pretty room vignettes and other paper ephemera. There are hidden pocket pages with journaling tags inside with a lacy pull tag.



See photo below: Another favorite part of the journal for me is my homemade journal paper to write home décor information.  I debated whether or not to tea dye the papers, but thought it would look too muddy against the blue and white.  My journal papers are made using newsprint paper.  I spritz Shimmerz, “Rocka Fella Blue” and “Heavy Metal” on top of a large lace stencil, then turned the stencil upside down and slapped the stencil on top of the paper which revealed the design.  I then lightly drew horizontal lines to write on.  I like how this technique turned out and will use it again on future junk journals.

Thanks for letting me share.  Please drop in to say hello and see how my fellow Scrapki friends interpreted the August Home Décor Challenge.






Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mixed Media Journal Cover for Shimmerz Paints


Sharing my Shimmerz Paints design team project with you today. 
It's a Mixed Media cover page for a junk journal. 
The size of the junk journal cover is 6 x 8 inches. 
I also made some beaded charms to be affixed to the journal spine when that portion is completed. 
You can find more close up pictures and the list of Shimmerz Paints products I used here on the Shimmerz Paints Blog.












Saturday, July 15, 2017

Travel Junk Journal


I think my head has been buried in the sand the last few years, because I just discovered Junk Journals. 
Why didn’t one of you turn me on to these years ago? ;) 
I’m up on Shimmerz Paint Blog today featuring some pages of a travel junk journal I made for my niece. 
Drop by and see if I can inspire you to create one of your own. 
They’re fun to make!




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Captured

I found the Pink Challenge at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo June 2017 Pink Challenge very inspiring this month.
It was just what I needed to get inspired to work with a pretty, girlish color, and of course, use my Shimmerz Paints design team products too.
This photo reminds me of my 20 something year old niece's attitude. 
I entitled the art journal entry as, "Captured" because of my nieces insatiable
appetite for knowledge.  The journaling reads:
   
"Good and interesting conversation are a necessity for me. 
I want to feel like you're expanding my mind.
I need my attention CAPTURED."
Open pages of the book:
Close up of Blue Fern Studios chipboard painted with Shimmerz Paints.
More chipboard work painted with Shimmerz Paints:
All paint products used on the art journal is by Shimmer Paints, and you can find the names of the products and chipboard details on my Design Team post at Shimmerz Paints here.

The June 2017 Challenge:

Thanks for looking.

I am a Shimmerz Paints Design Team Member.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wild Caught - designed for Shimmerz Paints


I was attracted to the dark murky dusty colors with subtle hints of cream, and peachy/coral colors illuminated by the light. 
Desperately wanting to create with this photo,
I quickly took inventory of my Shimmerz Paints inventory, and “voila.”
  I had all the colors I needed to create an art journal entry entitled, “Wild Caught.”

Come on over to Shimmerz Paints Blog here,
and I'll share with you some of the details of my mermaid's swimming hole,
and how to add texture to your shell chipboard pieces.
You better come quick,
because she's such a pretty mermaid
and I may have to set her free.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Little Book of Whispers and Shimmerz Paints

Hello friends,
Today, I'm sharing a project using Shimmerz Paints,
and the results of my student lessons with Laly Mille's,
"The Little Book of Whispers."
The book is primarily composed of neutral materials and art medium,
but where I wanted to add a subtle hint of creamy colors,
I chose Shimmerz Paints.

Follow my Shimmerz Paints Design Team Post here,
and I'll show you what products I used.
And, many more pictures of the various folios
are also found on the blog.

If you're interested in the
Little Book of Whispers
class where Laly teaches
us how to bind folios, signature pages
and other lacy delights,
you can find Laly here.

Thank you for letting me share with you.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shimmerz Paints Design Team Project



Hello my friend’s, glad you followed my Shimmerz siren call to bring you here  today, because I am going to show you how to add some simple techniques to add interest to your art journal pages.   I look for elements in photo that I can try and artfully replicate like gowns that have patterns in the material, or some architectural element.  In this photo, I found the colors and the lovely lace work in the bodice of the gown creatively inspiring.  The following is how I tried to replicate the texture of the lacy bodice onto my book pages.
 
Art Journal Background Pages:

·         Apply gesso on both pages randomly, and do not fill in the entire pages with gesso.  Leave some of the book page edges in their natural state.  The page will absorb the Shimmerz Paint differently and the same paint will adopt a different hue and texture. How cool is that?

·         Emboss with a stamp, embossing ink, and white embossing powder randomly around the pages.

·         Lightly spray Vibez Deep Blue Sea around the edges of the book pages and quickly use a dampened sea sponge to absorb excess color and soften the edges.  If you can see the hard spray on the paper, add a spritz of water to soften the color and make the sprayed marks disappear.  Let dry completely.  I prefer to let the paint dry naturally and not try to move the paint around with a heat gun…did I mention I have control issues? LOL.  Plus, leaving the paint to dry naturally adds more depth.

·         Repeat the above application to add more depth of color.

·         If your embossing images become saturate with color, you can use a damp sea sponge to clean it up.

·         Some Paste-eez was used over a stencil randomly over the page leaving an ethereal patterned image.




Chipboard Element:  Chipboard remnants are my newfound interest…they look like puzzle pieces and are easy to tuck into clusters.

·         Apply gesso to the chipboard.

·         Use a very small paint brush and paint near the edge of the chipboard and leave some of the white gesso exposed. Here I used Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts

·         Apply another coat of paint, or a different color randomly on the chipboard making sure you don’t cover the white edged gesso. Here I used Shimmerz Blue Grass

·         Lightly use a very fine black marker and pen around the edges next to the white gesso.




I hope I have inspired you to work in  your art journal this week using some Shimmerz goodness.

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