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Tuesday with Tara {take 114}

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Happy Tuesday, and happy September!

Something about the new month and the hint of some cooler temperatures has me in a pumpkin state of mind… so this week I’m sharing something different, an 8×10 canvas I painted featuring a pumpkin!  I used some of my fabulous Dina Wakley paints as well as a fun collage technique I learned from Dina to add a stamped image to my canvas.  I took a lot of photos along the way to document the mixed media transformation… so feel free to go ahead and grab a pumpkin spice latte before you read further 🙂  First, here’s a look at my completed canvas:

I started the project with an 8×10 canvas that had been painted as a background for a project I didn’t finish.  I used gel medium to adhere some collage papers for texture (the dots were packaging from some Prima embellishments, the book print is from a book I got at a thrift store for collage)

I used white gesso to rough out a pumpkin shape on my canvas, then grabbed a stencil and some texture paste to add dimensional details.

I love adding texture to my mixed media pieces, the only downfall is that you have to walk away while it dries.  It’s a good time to do some of the household chores you might be neglecting while you create, though 😉

Once it was dry, I started to roughly add some color.  I started with tangerine & umber paints to add some ‘pumpkin spice’ colors to my piece.  

Once I was happy with my background & my pumpkin, I decided one of Dina’s birds would be a fun finishing touch.  I stamped a bird in black Archival ink on a piece of white tissue paper, then created a torn edge around it so it would blend onto my background. (A wet brush would have given me even softer edges…)

I used a matte gel medium to adhere him to my canvas.  My brush was a bit stiff, so I worked with any tears that were created and lifted some of the tissue off my canvas leaving the outline.

I just love these scribbly birds, and this was a great way to add a bird to my canvas rather than trying to paint my own and hating it 😉  Again, I had to walk away from the canvas while this dried… it didn’t take long, but my impatience caused a few extra torn pieces.  Once he was all dry, I went in with a smaller paintbrush and covered up the tissue around the edge of my bird, then started layering in blues & tangerine to his body.  A  few brushstrokes of the dark umber paint added back some of those scribbly edges & details I love so much (I used the stamp as a guide to try and mimic Dina’s original design).

Here’s a look at some of the texture on my finished canvas…

… and a little bit of Nuvo Glitter Drop glitter to add some extra shimmer…

This was a fun step away from my regular paper crafting, it’s great to explore all the things we can do with the supplies we have on hand for card making!  I think it’ll look great on my mantle this autumn… along with any other pumpkins I decide to paint 🙂

Inky/Painty hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

8×10 canvas & torn papers for collage

White Gesso (available in this set, along with texture paste & gel medium… everything you need to get started in mixed media!)

Gel Medium

Texture Paste

Acrylic Paints- including Dina Wakley’s Tangerine, Umber, Turquoise, Penny, White, Ocean, Elephant… plus a few other neutrals from my stash (I still have a few tubs of the old Claudine Hellmuth paints Ranger used to make!)

Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds Stamps

Black Archival Ink

White tissue paper

Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 111}

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m celebrating the beauty in simplicity… with a simple floral card and a fun technique with Distress Oxide Inks!

Today I used a floral stamp by Tim Holtz.  Both the image and the sentiment are from the Distress Crayons Watercolor Kit, which was a great way for me to get some of beautiful images I didn’t have yet and try the Distress Crayons.  The technique I used would work with any open design image & Distress Oxide Inks.

I started with very simple stamping on Watercolor Cardstock.  These stamps have floral tops & stems separate, so it was easy to use two colors.

I then took my mister bottle of water and spritzed the images… got some beautiful wicking from these Oxide Inks!

I did a bit of extra blending with a wet paint brush, adding some color around the edges of the card stock as well since it looked so pretty puddled there… I then heated it with my heat tool and re-stamped the images over the blurred background.   I decided to crop my image down to 4×4 so I could layer it onto a square card.  My inky edges were finished by rubbing some Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink on my Craft Sheet, spritzing it with water and dragging the paper through the puddles.  I love how the oxide inks sit on top of themselves with new layers, rather than combining together (since pink & green would make mud if they blended)!

I took inspiration from the sentiment and kept things simple… a bit of twine, Stickles & bling finish it all off!

I really like the softness of the watercolor look with this flower- hope you do too!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Watercolor Cardstock

Tim Holtz stamps (mine are from the Distress Crayons Watercolor kit, but the same images are in the mini bouquet set)

Distress Oxide Ink in Peeled Paint & Worn Lipstick

Mister bottle

Non Stick Craft Sheet

Cardstock- kraft, olive green & pink

Bling & Twine

Rock Candy Distress Stickles (pretty sure these are discontinued… but I have a stash!)

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 110}

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a set of cards to share with you that I created with my mom when she was visiting earlier this summer.  We wanted to make a variety of all purpose cards for her to use, and came up with a plan featuring the gorgeous Wildflowers dies by Tim Holtz.

I started by preparing some black card stock and adhering some wide Be Creative tape to the back of it (I have a large roll around 5″ wide, but you can also get it in sheets which is great for this purpose!).  I then cut the wildflowers from the adhesive backed card stock, which made these detailed images a breeze to adhere to the cards!

 

Next we took some pre-cut pieces of watercolor card stock and inked them up with Color Burst- we had a great time combining colors and adding copper Liquid Metals Color Burst to some of them!  As these were small pieces, I generally chose 2-3 similar colors to blend on each piece.  I love how easy it is to mist with water, sprinkle some powder and mist some more… The backgrounds were set aside to dry while we grabbed some pre-cut tags and stamped sentiments on them.

 

Once we had all our pieces, we assembled the cards- six in total from the seven floral dies we cut!  To some we added ribbon or a stenciled background, but they are all very similar.  This was a quick and easy card set, but I think the results are very striking!

Do you see the difference in texture on this next card?  This background was made with Distress Crayons and water instead of color burst.  It’s interesting how the crayon clings to the texture of the card stock.

For this last card we added a simple stamped background for a completely different look.

As I mentioned on the previous post I shared with pics of another group of cards Mom & I created, my cat Abbey was super helpful when I was trying to photograph the cards!  LOL  Here’s a photo of her helping that just cracks me up.

I was trying to get a ‘card set’ photo but after this one I just gave up… sometimes you just have to let your pet win the battle!  Anyways, I hope you like these simple cards and the simple contrast in the design.  They were a lot of fun to make!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a creative week,

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Tim Holtz Wildflowers dies

Be Creative Tape– large pieces/sheets to back card stock prior to die cutting

Black Card Stock

Watercolor Card Stock (I used pre-cut pieces)

Color Burst Brights

Color Burst Earth tones

Color Burst Liquid Metals (Copper)

Distress Crayons Set 2

Assorted Distress & Archival Ink

Assorted Sentiment Stamps